“Every day has been a great day.”
And every day starts with Molnar lacing up his Adidas running shoes. He never eats anything. Just steps out his door and hits the road. He wants to run a marathon one day, if the timing lines up with offseason workouts and camps.
“He’s out there running every day, working hard just like us,” Thellen said. “No matter the weather, he’s running every day. He doesn’t take a day off. That’s very respectable as a coach to do that, for players to see your head coach out there working hard.”
Said Walker, “It’s crazy. I see him running all the time. He did that at Notre Dame, too. I just remember, in the summer when he first got here, we’d see him and think, ‘Well, there’s the new OC.’ He’s running somewhere. Then in the winter, we’d go to work out, and he’d be indoors running too.”
The times when Molnar hasn’t run, he’s felt the exercise pangs. Before this five-year streak, he went another two years without missing a day. But in between, he injured his meniscus. After a Saturday scrimmage, Molnar went running for an hour, picking up the pace as the pain got greater, as if going faster would speed up the 60 minutes. During spring ball at Cincinnati, the injury got worse.
“Then I took about a year off, and I just didn’t feel right,” Molnar said. “I wasn’t myself. It really relieves a lot of stress. I’m really a better guy with running. Especially if I run early in the morning, I’m good for the day. If I don’t run until night, I’m kind of keyed up until I get that done.”
But Molnar kept running, right up until the day he got his meniscus scoped. Hours after he went under the knife, still woozy from the anesthesia, Molnar asked his doctor a simple question.
“Can I run today?”
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