Of all the questions runners ask me, “What about sugar…?” is at the top of the list. You likely have been bombarded with messages that sugar is evil, feeds cancer, causes obesity, ruins health, and should be avoided at all costs.

Matthew J. McGowan
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Administrative/Principal Certification - grades 7-12, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

M.S., Miami University, Oxford, OH - Student Personnel - Higher Education with additional graduate hours in marketing and management

B.A., Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH - Business Administration, Public Administration and Teaching Certification with additional hours in physical education


Granville Exempted Village Schools, Granville, OH
Educational Aide and Substitute teacher

Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus, OH
Teacher, Business Department Chair, Boy’s and Girl's Cross Country and Boys and Girls Track & Field coach

Miami University, Oxford, OH
Started the Women’s Cross Country program under the AIAW guidelines and coached the team for four years, Women’s Track & Field volunteer coach for two years, volunteer assistant with the Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams for three years

RUNOHIO Racing Team, sponsor/coach post collegiate runners, women’s team won the 2007 USA Track & Field Club Cross Country National Championships and finished 5th twice

Converse Running Club, coordinated post collegiate team which had six runners compete in the USA Olympic Track & Field Trials and one athlete who ran in the marathon in the Olympic Games

Editor/Publisher of RUNOHIO - a regional running publication with both a print and web version – www.runohio.com 


Media credential personnel - for seven of the last nine USA Olympic Track & Field Trials, National Track & Field and Cross Country Championships, OHSAA State Cross Country  and Track & Field Championships and numerous other running events Member of the selection committee to pick the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame athletes Ohio Association of USA Track & Field President Award for Lifetime Achievement

USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification
National High School Coaches Association Coaching Certification
Former track & field official
Race director for various road races and cross country races, including, USATF Regional Cross Country Championships, Granville Summer Cross Country series, Arnold 5K Pump and Run, Columbus 10K, Crew 5K, Jingle Bell Run and Circleville Classic
Finished 33rd, 53rd and 149th in the Boston Marathon
Four time NCAA National qualifier in cross country
Three time NCAA National qualifier in track & field
President of Lettermen’s Club, Ohio Northern University
Captain of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, Ohio Northern University
Outstanding senior athlete, Ohio Northern University
Oxford Summer Youth Track and Field coach


Technical Representative for running and fitness shoes for Converse, Inc. in a seven state area

Head Resident of a 250 student upper class residence hall at Miami University


Member of Granville Village Council, served as Mayor for two years and Vice Mayor for two years
Member of Granville Area Chamber of Commerce
Granville Kiwanis member
Member of Licking County Community Center
Former member of the Granville Recreation Commission

While treating an injury is specific to the type injury and background of the runner, many aspects are general in nature and can be discussed in an article such as this. However, don't consider this to be a cure-all, only a first step.  If it works in your case, good.  If not, seek personal and more experienced advice.  But this is a good place to start.

At the 2023 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting (ACSM; acsm.org), more than 3,000 sports medicine professionals and researchers from around the globe gathered to share knowledge.

The life of Running Times magazine ended with the 2016 January/February issue, thus terminating one of the best running periodicals ever published.