By Randy & Tia Accetta (Randy is the RRCA Director of Coaching Education) - Runners are optimistic by nature, but it’s hard to super optimistic in the face of the current public health crisis of coronavirus and COVID-19.  As an athlete, you may be feeling a little down, a bit stressed, and a lot unmotivated.

By Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, The average American, spends 24 hours a week online. That includes many runners who spend a lot of time surfing the Web, looking for answers to their nutrition questions. They generally find way too much conflicting information and end up more confused than ever. Hence, the goal of this article is to offer science-based answers to a few popular sports nutrition questions and share some food for thought.

Author Marc Bloom’s latest book, Amazing Racers, is a must read for every coach, athlete, and parent who is associated with the sport of cross-country. It describes the development and success of the incredible Fayetteville-Manlius program and its iconic coach, Bill Aris, who leads both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Between 2006 and 2017, the latter group won the Nike Nationals 11 times, while the former qualified 12 times, taking home the crown in 2014. The girls were so dominant, that in 2010, had the entire remaining field competed as one team, F-M would have been victorious.

I’ve started eating clean; quinoa and brown rice. No more white rice. 

I haven’t had cookies forages. I’m eating clean—no added sugar. 

When I visit my parents, I bring my own food. It’s healthier….

“I wish I didn’t have snack attacks. I eat way too much chocolate…”
“I eat only healthy foods during the day. My snacking problem starts the minute I get home from work. Chips are my downfall...” “I try hard to not snack after dinner, but I have a bad habit of getting into the ice cream...”