2021 Women Run NH event | Saturday, August 28th | 12-4pm | Bedford, NH
A Mind for the Miles: Mental Skills for High Performance in Distance Running.
Dr Stephen P. Gonzalez PHD, CMPC
Dr. Gonzalez is the Assistant Athletics Director for Leadership and Mental Performance at Dartmouth College.
Fueling for Performance
Shira Evans, MS, RD, CSSD
Shira Evans, MS, RD, CSSD offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the fields of sports nutrition and disordered eating at Dartmouth College. Her passion for sports nutrition started when she was on the varsity running teams in high school and
college. She has also had the opportunity to cycle across the United States twice and has qualified for the Boston Marathon twice. She appreciates how nutrition can support athletic development and health. At Dartmouth College, she works will all 35 varsity Division I athletic teams, and provides individualized sport nutrition counseling, too. She has provided nutritional support and education on topics such as: fueling prior, during, and after athletic competitions, hydration, bone health, supplementation/ergogenic aids, eating during the off-season, and creating individualized meal plans for daily nutritional needs.
Prior to joining the staff at Dartmouth College, Shira worked as a dietitian at Eating Recovery Center in Denver. There she had the opportunity to work with children and adults who were struggling with different types of eating disorders. Through her collaboration with multidisciplinary treatment team providers, she has helped to restore health and happiness in individuals who have been struggling with disordered eating.
Preventing Injuries with Prehab
Nick Stewart and Nick Kafker, Recover Athletics
Nick S. leads product strategy and business development. Prior to cofounding Recover, he managed strategic partnerships at Jebbit, leading the go-to-market with Twitter & Pinterest.
Nick K. leads marketing, brand, and content development at Recover. He created and hosts the Run Healthy podcast and writes our Heelstrike Newsletter.
Running Safety & Self-Defense
Tips for Eating and Training Like a Pro
A Renewed Perspective on Perseverance
Meagan is a 2020 Olympic Trials qualifier, and the first to qualify at the Baystate Marathon. She competed at the University of New Hampshire and Manchester Central High School. She is now coaching at Bedford High School. Meagan is the co-owner of Renewal Garden & Compost.
Part of the NH Elite Panel
Jen Mortimer is a 2x Division I NCAA All-American in the 5000m and Cross Country at Boston College, 2004 US Olympic Trials Qualifier in 5000m, 2019 Boston Marathon 1st NH Female, and running Coach with Millennium Running.
Part of the NH Elite Panel
Laura Hagley is a two-time US Olympic Trials Qualifier, having run in both the 2016 and 2020 Marathon Trials. In 2016 she also ran the Boston Marathon in the elite wave, placing as the first NH female. In 2019 Laura was the New England Runner Magazine Runners of the Year, and continues to race for the Millennium Running Club. Professionally, Laura has a background in exercise science and worked as a physical therapist, and now works full time as the Director of Quality at Valley Regional Hospital.
Part of the Ultra / Trail Panel
Yuki Chorney is a marathoner/trail runner/ultramarathoner. She has completed 34 marathons including 17 Boston Marathons and 18 ultramarathons. Course Record holder Twilight Challenge 6 Hour Ultra, 1st Female Sweltering Summer 8 Hour Ultra, 1st Female Drummer Hill 50K, Overall winner Ghost Train 75 miler, Vermont 100 finisher, 2nd overall female Ghost Train 100 miler. Former Girls on the Run coach and member of the Gate City Striders and Millennium Running Club
Part of the Ultra / Trail Panel
Mindy Randall is a trail runner and ultra distance runner. She has completed multiple various distance races since her first Ultra in 2008. Marathons include; Boston, Marine Corp, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Disney marathons. She has completed four 3 day Ragged Mountain 75 stage races and most recently her 2nd Manchester to Monadnock Ultra. Mindy is a Running and Ultra Coach who loves to introduce athletes of all ages to the awesomeness of trail and ultra distance running. She is a member of the Greater Manchester Running Club and Team Red, White and Blue. One of her favorite quotes from her mentor is “Your thoughts create your race, positive mindset is everything”
Part of the College Coaches Panel
Alex Cameron is the head Cross Country coach at Simmons University in Boston, MA. In addition to coaching, Alex also works as a data analyst at a tech startup in Boston called Teikametrics. She is currently a member of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Racing Team, and prior to that ran Division I Track and Cross Country at Miami University (Ohio). Alex is incredibly passionate about coaching female runners to be the best version of themselves, both athletically and personally, and can’t wait to meet everyone in August!
Running, Burnout, and Mental Health
Alyssa Hamel, LICSW
Alyssa Hamel, LICSW is a Behavioral Health Clinician through Core Physicians in Exeter, NH. Alyssa comes to us with a strong history and background in women’s distance running. She will discuss the positive impact of running on mental health. She will also address burn out and the other “not talked about” issues in the sport of women’s running/competition.
Elite Panel Interviewer / Opening Speaker
Ali Feller is the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run podcast. She has recorded more than 400 episodes of her podcast, and has interviewed some of the most interesting, influential, and inspiring athletes for her show. She is also a freelance writer, editor, race announcer, runner, and a mom. She will offer some opening remarks to help kick off our event, and she will be interviewing our elite panel.