How Many Athletes are Needed for a Track & Field Team?
Is it time for the Ohio High School Athletic Association to reconsider how they determine if a high school has a track & field team? The OHSAA requires a school to have 9 athletes entered in the District Track & Field Championships for them to count that school as having a team, even though one athlete can score in the District Championships giving that school a team score and a place in the District Track & Field Championship. In 2015 a school with only 7 boys on their track & field roster won the State Championships, even though the OHSAA didn't recognized that school has having a track & field team. There also have been a number of State Track & Field Championships won for their school even though they only had one athlete competing and scoring at the State Track & Field Championships.
Can we do anything else to alienate sports fans from the sport of track and field? The high school governing body in Florida is certainly trying, as they will become the first state to record and report measurements in the field events, using the metric system. Coaches in Ohio are considering the same.
Firelands Area Runners Club
Firelands Area Runners Club (FAR) was founded in 1978 by a group of dedicated runners from Sandusky, Ohio and the surrounding areas. Larry Fox was our first president. Since then a total of 13 people have been president of the club. Jody Geyer is our current president.
Sometimes running can be frustrating. As much as you love to run and as much as running has to offer, there are times when things just don’t seem to go well. Injuries, fatigue, poor performances, stress etc. can all cause discouragement and in some cases, a sense of hopelessness. Sometimes it just seems as though no matter how hard you try, it’s as if you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere. You may feel physically, mentally or emotionally beaten. Obviously, you never want to be in such a state, but setbacks do occur. But you must always remember that setbacks are often temporary and they can be overcome. How you approach setbacks mentally can have a huge impact on how quickly and effectively you bounce back. If you can overcome setbacks and disappointments you may find the down times were learning experiences that could actually lead to future success in your running.
The Athlete’s Kitchen - Meal Timing: Does It Matter When You Eat?
Meals and snacking patterns have changed over the past 40 years. You have undoubtedly noticed that many of us are eating fewer calories from meals and more calories from snacks. As a result, I get questions from both runners and non-athletes alike about how to best fuel their bodies: Should I stop eating after 8:00 pm? Which is better: to eat 3 or 6 meals a day? Does it really matter if I skip breakfast? Because meals can be a central part of our social life—and busy training schedules can contribute to chaotic eating patterns—many runners disregard the fact that food is more than just fuel. When (and what) you eat impacts your future health (as well as today’s performance).
2016 RUNOHIO Runners of the Year
The following runners were chosen by the staff of RUNOHIO and its’ readers as the top runners in or from Ohio for 2016. RUNOHIO along with the runners of Ohio and the Midwest congratulate the following individuals for earning this honor.
USA Half Marathon Championships
The USA Half Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on April 29th in Columbus, Ohio.
The Science of Fueling for Performance
As a sports dietitian, I rely on the research of exercise physiologists and sports scientists who study the best ways for competitive runners—and all serious athletes—to fuel their bodies to optimize their performance. John Ivy PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas–Austin and author of Nutrient Timing, is one such researcher. Here are some of his insights.