LANCASTER — His Wednesday began like any another throughout the last 45 years.
Burbank High alumnus Mark Covert awoke at 4 a.m. for his predawn workout.
The plan had been the same for the Lancaster resident, which is to say Covert scheduled an hour of exercise, followed by a shower, breakfast and then a short drive to Antelope Valley College for 6 a.m. practice with his men's and women's cross-country teams.
The only difference this Wednesday was that the 62-year-old Covert, a current coach and teacher at Antelope Valley College, didn't take his usual 2-to-4-mile jog-walk hybrid, but instead enjoyed a vigorous workout on his recently-purchased bike.
Such a minute change would seem trivial if not for the fact that Covert did not run at all on that Wednesday, which marked the first time the one-time Glendale Community College coach did not complete at least a one-mile run since July 22, 1968.