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If you are like most runners, you are busy juggling work, workouts, family, and life. You likely eat meals and snacks on the run, grabbing an energy bar here, a frozen meal there, and a protein shake to go. You can easily fuel yourself with highly processed foods that are ready to heat and/or ready to eat.

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Thanks to the Internet, we can easily become overloaded with conflicting nutrition information. A few Google searches will leave you confused about carbs, calories, keto, inflammation, weight management, and sports supplements. How do you know what and whom to believe?   

Goals are part of youth running. There are classroom goals, like tracking on a map the miles run during recess, a journey to a landmark or across the country. There are goals built around earning awards, the finishers’ medal, or the T-shirt or water bottle. And, of course, goals set by a coach or parent for the child to aspire to; a faster time or completing some run, or winning a trophy as the best team in some local race.

In the September/October issue, 2009, of RunOhio, “Life Lessons from Cross-Country” first appeared. In this month’s issue, an updated and revised version of the original article is presented. In an attempt to keep our wonderful sport vibrant and relevant in our athletic world, we must sell it and communicate how special it truly is to parents, coaches, athletic administrators, and others who are involved.

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