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June 2021 Event Calendar

by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD - Today’s runners are confronted with a plethora of foods and beverages containing low- or no-calorie sweeteners (LNCS): Diet Pepsi, Halo-Top ice cream, Gatorade Zero, Nuun. Questions arise: 

By Rod O’Donnell - Ken Norton’s first novel, When Legends Run Free, is a must-read for anyone who has participated in, coached, or has been associated in some way, with the sport of cross-country. The author, who was a Division II All-American at Southwest Missouri and was coached by the legendary Chuck Hunsaker, captures the true essence of the sport and the dedicated athletes who participate in it. His descriptions of the races, the warm-ups, grueling interval workouts, and long Sunday runs on crisp fall mornings, will truly bring back many wonderful memories of similar experiences that we have all had.

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D. - Positive Psychology is currently one of the hottest areas of study by psychologists. Why are some people positive thinkers and other more negative in their outlooks? None of us were born being positive or negative thinkers. We have all learned to think in a positive or negative manner through varied life and socialization experiences.  The word “learn” is the key here! We can all learn to become more positive in how we approach our running and how we approach life in general.

by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD - Do you know the bacteria in your gut can enhance running performance? Or the sports you play when you are a kid impact your bone health as an adult runner?  Or your ability to run in the heat depends on how well you hydrate? At the annual sports nutrition conference hosted in March 2021 by SCAN (the sports nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics; SCANdpg.org), the speakers offered updates on these topics of interest.