German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | September 20, 2016

Greetings!

Ready or not, we officially move into fall this week.  Cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors make for a great back drop when walking, and maybe a half or full marathon, too.

In this week’s newsletter, help us spread the word about our next Community Urban Walk; building muscle using our own body weight; and how GVWC walkers kick back after a 5K charity event.  Speaking of that 5K, pictured below is Maureen, Gloria, Darla and Chuck celebrating at the “Talk the Walk Strides for Hope 5K” for the fight against Ovarian Cancer. Go Gloria!

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GVWC’s Next Community Urban Walk: the “Walk *4* All People” 4-Miler 10/29/16 @ 8am

The GVWC hosts its next Community Urban Walk: the Walk *4* All People 4-Miler.  Join the community along with  the New Albany Walking Club and the Buckeye Striders.  Get it on your calendar: October 29 at 8am. What makes this walk special? This is what are we’re walking “4”:

  1. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Prior to the walk, breast cancer oncology surgeons Drs. Shilpa Padia and Bridget O’Brien will talk about advancements in treatment.
  2. For All People Free Store. Bring a new or gently used winter article of clothing to be donated to the For All People Free Store serving our southside community. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since opening January 1999.
  3. For Good Health and Fitness. Walk four miles through the Scioto Audubon Park, across Main and Rich Street bridges, then back to Schiller Park. Second Sole and Hoka One will have shoes available for free fit tests during the walk. Oh, and snacks, too!
  4. For Chocolates and Coffee! Mingle and schmooze after the walk at Winans Chocolates & Coffee where free treats will be provided.

You can find a flyer on the GVWC website. Help spread the word! Better yet, bring two friends, co-workers, or family members.

Strength and Muscle

You don’t need no stinking fancy equipment to get strong. Use your own body weight. Here is an article from the VeryWell website showing 6 core bodyweight exercises. I take issue (of course I do) with one of the exercises: the crunch. The potential of back injury when performing a crunch is too great. A good substitute for the crunch is the plank. There are many variations of the plank.  Here are 22 for you from Men’s Health Magazine. And look where he is performing them. That’s right – outside!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

My goofy walking buddies lifted my spirits this weekend with this picture.

goofy-walkers

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | September 13, 2016

Greetings!

It was a beautiful day for racing Sunday.  I am sure everyone had an awesome time at the New Albany Walking Classic and the Winans to Winans Half Marathon.

In this week’s newsletter, you’ll read about a race weekend featuring needles in the back, ranting about water fountains, and the power of good balance.  Also, put this date on your calendar: October 29, for the next GVWC Community Walk.

Perfect Day for a Race (And Chocolate Factory Tour)!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the New Albany Walking Classic and the Winans to Winans Half Marathon.  As it turns out, both GVWC participants (Larry and Andrea) for the Winans to Winans were on the injured list.  However, we got a personal tour of the chocolate factory (see picture below) by co-owner Joe Reiser, and I got a deep tissue massage and needle treatment by the physical therapist working the race.  So, it worked out well.

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Our GVWC members did a great job – Age bracket winners included Nancy Traub (2nd); Neal Eiber (3rd), and Stephanie Ladson-Wofford (3rd).  Also congratulations for personal bests by Deb Hudson, Otto Beatty, Christie Angel and Chuck Marshall!  If you would like me to post your results on the website, please email them to me.  Also, feel free to send me your story of the good, the bad, and the funny, about your training or race day experience.  It can be a couple sentences.  Here is a picture of Darla and her Larrimer & Larrimer team at the New Albany Walking Classic. Larrimer & Larrimer is a great GVWC partner!

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Next Community Group Walk – October 29 – Save the Date

Get it on your calendar: October 29, 8am. The GVWC is hosting its next community walk featuring walkers from the Buckeye Striders, Gahanna Get Moving Team, and New Albany Walking Club. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, prior to the walk we will hear from Drs. Shilpa Padia and Bridget O’Brien, breast cancer oncology surgeons at Mount Carmel, about advancements in treatment. As in the past, Second Sole and a shoe vendor will be present at the event and, as always, we will gather at Winans for complimentary coffee, chocolates and mingling.  For this event, we are asking that everyone bring a winter article of clothing to help out the needy this winter.  More information to come…

Rant to the City of Columbus

In this month’s Runner’s World Magazine, there was an article of America’s 50 Best Running Cities.  Sadly, Columbus did not make the list.  I am more than a little ticked off (but you expect nothing less, right?).  How could Columbus NOT make the cut of the top 50?  The magazine ranked the cities based on “run” (sanctioned clubs and races), parks, climate, access to healthy food, and safety.  The cities of Des Moines, Lincoln, and Omaha all made the list.  Omaha was No. 9.  Omaha?  Come on Columbus!  Apparently, our convention and visitors bureau needs to do a much better job promoting Columbus as a runner (and walker!) friendly town. Yes, I am enthusiastic about Columbus—and showing off Columbus’ cool urban environment is literally one of the stated goals of the GVWC. But I know we have the races, clubs, events, and parks/trails to make the list.  Easily.  We should not have been left off the list.

So, if you will allow me for a moment, I think the City of Columbus has missed the boat when it comes to some amenities for runners (walker and bikers).  Two words for you, City of Columbus – water fountains! To land in the Top 50, if not the Top 10, we must install water fountains on the major trails. It is pathetic how few there are.  I don’t know if there is one fountain on the Olentangy Trail along the 12 miles or so between downtown and Worthington.  And, with the multi-million dollar development of the Scioto Mile, which is awesome, I believe they installed only one fountain at Broad and Marconi Streets on the path.  That is just unacceptable.

A month ago, I ran (yes ran!) with Emily and Andrea along the Lake Michigan paths from downtown Chicago through Lincoln Park (about 2.5 miles). There were multiple fountains right on the path, each having 4 faucets per fountain. This is a great feature. And how basic!  It just shows the priority Chicago places on recreation and the lengths the city will go to create a great exercise environment for its residents and visitors.

Come on, Columbus.  You can do it.  Time to step up to the big leagues.  Omaha has!

Improve Balance.  And Beam!

One part of the equation for staying healthy is improving and maintaining good balance.  As this article from the VeryWell blog says, having good balance is for everyone, and it helps improve performance for athletes, and make every day activities easier for seniors.  The article provides 5 exercises to help improve balance. Time to balance out your life.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

therapy

Thanks Darla K. for the contribution, as well as last week’s MOTW.

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | September 6, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Weekend.  We had beautiful, fall-like weather. It was great to be outside as you can see by the group gathered at Winans after our walk Saturday.

In this week’s newsletter, note the cut back to our walk this Saturday due to Sunday races; good luck to all on Sunday; my rant letter to race directors; college sports at its best; and the power of peanut butter.

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Easy Like Saturday Morning

With a number of GVWC members racing this Sunday, we will be taking it easy on Saturday.  Anyone doing half marathons or 10K races on Sunday should take the day off or just do a mile or so Saturday to stay fresh.  With that in mind, we will still meet at 8am at the statue. For those doing races on Sunday, you have the choice of 0 (straight to Winans), 1, or 2 laps around Schiller Park, and then over to Winans.  Everyone else will do only a 3-mile route through the Scioto-Audubon Park, east on Main Street (at Main Street bridge) to 3rd Street, and south to Winans.

Good Luck to All Participants Sunday!

Good luck to everyone participating in the Winans to Winans Half Marathon and the New Albany Walking Classic – 10K and Half Marathon this Sunday.  Please email your results so I can put them on the website.  Let me know if this is your first time or if you achieve a PR (personal best).  Also, feel free to send a story of the good, the bad, and the funny, about your training or race day experience.

Rant to Race Directors

Dear Race Directors, stop the madness! I beg you. Please. Please stop using “quarter marathon” as a designation for races. It makes my head want to explode when I hear it. First, a marathon, by definition, is 26.2 miles – or 26 miles 385 yards, if you prefer. It’s an official distance. It’s always the same distance, no matter where you are. A half marathon, is half that distance, or 13.1 miles, and a half marathon is a legitimate race distance. A quarter marathon, if we extend out this logic, is 6.55 miles.

But we can’t. We can’t extend the logic out to a quarter marathon because there is no such established race distance. The established designation for the six-mile-or-so distance is 10,000 meters, or 10K. The 10K is used to track official records for middle-distance competitors. The 10K is the standard middle-distance contest in track & field competitions across the globe, from the Olympics to your neighborhood race. Though a quarter marathon is a mere 0.3 mile farther than a 10K, never at any of these officially-sanctioned events is that distance offered. Ever.

Again, there is no such thing as a quarter marathon. It’s a gimmick. It’s a ploy. It’s an affectation of race directors trying to be clever or cute. Rather than elevating the challenged posed by completing 6+ miles, the quarter marathon only serves to diminish the accomplishments of the marathon and half marathon competitors. What next? An 1/8th marathon instead of a 5K? A 1/16th marathon instead of running to the mailbox to get the mail? There are some things that should be held sacred, that should not be tampered with. And the strength, perseverance and fortitude it takes to complete a marathon is one of those things.

Mr. and Ms. Race Director, haven’t you heard the expression, “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon”? Well, you can’t chop up the word marathon in little bits and still have it make sense. A marathon is, by definition, an endurance race. While a 10K demands exceptional levels of aerobic endurance, it nowhere compares to the level of endurance called for in a marathon. You can’t cut the amount of sugar from your sugar cookie recipe by three fourth and still call them sugar cookies. You can, but who’s bragging about their “sugar” cookies? And, who’s actually eating them?

Six+ miles is a tough distance. No doubt about it. But there’s no reason to call a middle distance race a quarter marathon when there is already an established designation, a 10K. So, again I say to you, race directors, quit using quarter marathon. Where does it end?  Oh wait, next year your kids can do the Mini-Quarter Marathon, in Katy, Texas, January 7, 2017.  Mini-Quarter Marathon? It is 1.25 miles (I guess the phrase “fun run” is now dead, too.).  But, I digress.

Please … stop the madness!

Sportsmanship at it Best

No words. Watch the video.

Peanut Butter Power

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is my go-to pre-race meal.  I will be eating one about 5am on Sunday for my Winans to Winans Half Marathon race.  Here is an article from the VeryWell.com blog touting the power of peanut butter, from protection against heart disease to better management of type 2 diabetes.  Bon appetite!

Raining Cats and Dogs

There are two 5Ks in September where the proceeds go to help our local animals.  The races are listed below with the links to the details.

  1. Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Cat Caper 5K benefiting the Welfare Association.
  2. Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Defend Your Friend 5K benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society. Our very own Alisa has been volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society as she says “forever”, and that the money goes to a great cause.

GVWC Route of the Week

As discussed earlier, we have modified our routes based on the races Sunday.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | August 30, 2016

Greetings!

Labor Weekend is upon us.  Bittersweet. It is the unofficial end of summer, kids back to school, and cherries already out of season.  But, it also the start to the fall marathon season. So get fired up! Cooler temps and fun races. We have a couple good half marathons coming up in less than two weeks.

In this week’s newsletter, we start with a serious story about an attack near Schiller Park. Then, moving on to lighter subjects, my rant about the BMI, the origins of the Winans to Winans Half Marathon, and taper time!  Go!

Incident Near Schiller Park

If you have not heard, a female jogger was sexually attacked on the north side of Schiller Park around 7am on Monday. As told in this story from NBC4i, the victim screamed and the attacker ran away.  A runner in the area heard the screams and gave chase, but could not catch the attacker.

A couple times a week, I walk around the park between 5:30 and 6am, along with a number of other walkers and runners. I always try to be on alert of my surroundings and have felt safe in this area. Please be careful of your surrounds no matter where you may be walking.

Another Rant – The BMI

I have said this for years now and I feel obliged to say it again: As an indicator of healthy weight, the BMI—or body mass index—is meaningless for most people, especially athletes. (And walkers are athletes.) That’s because the BMI is calculated based on a formula using only two inputs, height and weight. The output of the formula, your number, then places you in a range for body weight including the following categories: “healthy,” “overweight,” or “obese.” The formula was invented way back in 1832 by Adolphe Quetelet, and was never intended to evaluate the healthiness of weight. Quetelet, who was not a medical doctor, but a statistician, created the calculation as a tool to assist him in studying the relative weight of a normal 19th century male. How did it gain favor among medical professionals in the 21st century? Well, I suppose there are several possible reasons. First, it’s handy because it gives you your number. Second, it’s based on a mathematical equation. It must be accurate if it is an equation, right? Finally, and—most impressive of all—it can be presented in a fancy color-coded chart as shown below:

BMI-chart

(In the spirit of full disclosure, I acknowledge that, like Monsieur Quetelet, I am not officially a doctor, though I did earn a medical degree by proxy from my Jewish mother. But, getting back to the failings of the BMI…) This supposed measure of healthiness factors in only two inputs: height and weight. What? It doesn’t consider gender? Not bone size? Or age? How can that be?? Let’s use me as an example of where it breaks down. I am 5’10” and 165 pounds. My BMI is 24, close to the TOP of the healthy weight range (18.5 to 25). If I was few pounds heavier, I would tip over into the “overweight” category. No one would consider me overweight. (Well, except Alisa, who questioned me last week.) But, with the BMI as my guide, I am close. Let’s look at the low end of the healthy spectrum. For me to have a BMI of 18.5, which is at the bottom of healthy, I would weigh 130 pounds. That’s considered healthy? Yikes! I am pretty sure if I weighed 130 pounds you would think I was seriously sick. My point is that this is not a good indicator of healthy weight. This article from Runner’s World Magazine has a similar opinion as me on this.

Instead, ask yourself these two questions. Do you like what you see in the mirror? Do you like how your clothes fit? If you answer yes, you’re probably good to go. If you answer no to either question, work on getting healthier. Simple? Yes. Oversimplification? Maybe. But, I think it’s a better indicator than the BMI.

Winans to Winans Half Marathon –How It All Got Started

On Sunday, September 11, 2016 the 3rd Annual Winans to Winans Half Marathon will be held.  It is a race that starts at the Winans Chocolate and Coffee Shop in Troy, Ohio, runs along the bike trails to the Winans chocolate factory in Piqua, Ohio. Winans is a founding partner of the GVWC, and we love what they do for the Club.  Here is an article about Joe Reiser, co-owner of Winans Chocolates + Coffee, and how the race got its roots. Still time to sign up!

Taper Time!

For those doing the New Albany Walking Classic or Winans to Winans Half Marathons on September 11th, you have reached your taper period of your racing schedule! Woo hoo!! For a half marathon, this means it is time to rest up from your long training period, heal up those nagging aches and pains, and try to have your body fresh for race day. This week, you should be cutting your mileage in about half, including any speed work. For race week, only walk two or three times, 1 to 3 miles each.  On Thursday or Friday, you may want to do one mile of speed to keep those fast twitch muscles race ready. Drink plenty of water that week, particularly the day before the race, and that morning. Get plenty of rest. Good luck, and don’t fight the taper – more is NOT better.

School is Back – Tutors Are Needed

For those interested, Stewart Elementary School (the school just west of Schiller Park) is looking for tutors to work with students once a week for an hour between the school hours of 9am and 2:30pm.  Kathy Wightman, GVWC member, is the coordinator.  You can email your interest at kwightma@aol.com .  Kathy says that no experience is necessary, and sometimes just the willingness to lend some extra support to a student makes all the difference.  I had the pleasure of working with two 6th grade boys last year.  I shared my experience as found in this GVWC newsletter earlier this summer.

Raining Cats and Dogs

There are two 5Ks in September where the proceeds go to help our local animals.  The races are listed below with the links to the details.

  1. Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Cat Caper 5K benefiting the Welfare Association.
  2. Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Defend Your Friend 5K benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society. Our very own Alisa has been volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society as she says “forever”, and that the money goes to a great cause.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route is here.  For those of you who tell me that I always say we are doing a different route than on the website – you are right!  I forgot that I have to change the mobile version of the website, as well as the website.  Sorry!  Fixed.

Motivation of the Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PechzO5LASs

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | August 23, 2016

Greetings!

If you are like me, you are feeling a bit of a let-down this week, maybe a little sadness. Yep, the Olympics are over so it is time to move on to something else. For me, I will be catching up on the next season of The Americans. How about you?

In the newsletter this week, an article of what it feels like to be at the back of the pack in the Olympic marathon; 100 is the new 35, lots of laughs at 56, and tutoring time again. Enjoy!

The Spirit of the Olympics – A View From Behind

As walkers (and for some of my running audience, as well), we usually experience our races somewhere toward the back of the pack. We’re assigned to the last corrals. We encounter water stops running dry. And we experience dwindling cheers from sparse crowds. But we don’t do it for the cheers, for the glory. We do it because we enjoy the challenge, the sense of accomplishment, and the camaraderie of our fellow back o’ the packers. So, what does the Olympic marathoner experience from the back of the pack? You know, they can’t all get gold, silver or bronze. Here is a nice article from Runner’s World Magazine titled, What It’s Like to Finish Second-to-Last in the Olympic Marathon which chronicles Saudi runner Sarah Attar’s experience, and gives insight into both the spirit of the Olympics and the spirit of finishing strong!

I use to be a “fair weather spectator” at half or full marathons. There, I said it. I liked to watch the leaders, sure. Who doesn’t? I was mesmerized by the elites racing by so effortlessly, their feet seemingly not touching the ground. How do they do that? How do they make it look so easy? And I was glad to cheer on my walking buddies, encouraging them to FINISH STRONG and empathizing with their every step. But I never stayed for the participants at the back. I didn’t give it much thought until one day, Andrea and I were at a race, and when the crowds started to thicken as did the size of the participants, I figured all the good athletes had passed and it was time to go home. “What are you talking about?” she said. “All the runners haven’t come through yet.” I was like, “What? You plan to stick around to watch the entire race?” That seemed excruciating. She pointed out, though, that the folks at the back of the pack need our support, our encouragement, as much—if not more—than the competitors who finish with the best times. Indeed, for the athletes who are not naturally gifted or who lack experience, they probably have even greater struggles than the more talented athletes. They deserve the same enthusiastic support from us. You can see the appreciation on their faces.  And now that I stay and watch, sometimes until the bitter end, I am so impressed with the accomplishment of these athletes—yes, athletes!—that I’m almost moved to tears.

I Got Your Motivation Right Here

No other words than to say: “Ida Keeling, you’re my hero.”  Oh, and, you do push-ups. Check out this terrific story from the New York Times Well Blog, “At 100, Still Running for Her Life.”

Breakfast, Laughs and 56

We had a blast at Valters on Saturday to celebrate Dr. Steph’s 56th birthday. The food is always terrific and it is such fun to hang out with great friends. Dr. Steph gave a toast about how much healthier she feels at 56 than when she turned 50. Very cool to be part of the celebration. If you missed it this time, I hope you’ll join us at the next post-walk brunch at Valters.

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steph bd group

School is Back – Tutors Are Needed

For those interested, Stewart Elementary School (the school just west of Schiller Park) is looking for tutors to work with students once a week for an hour between the school hours of 9am and 2:30pm.  Kathy Wightman, GVWC member, is the coordinator.  You can email your interest at kwightma@aol.com .  Kathy says that no experience is necessary, and sometimes just the willingness to lend some extra support to a student makes all the difference.  I had the pleasure of working with two 6th grade boys last year.  I shared my experience as found in this GVWC newsletter earlier this summer.

Raining Cats and Dogs

There are two 5Ks in September where the proceeds go to help our local animals.  The races are listed below with the links to the details.

  1. Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Cat Caper 5K benefiting the Welfare Association.
  2. Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Defend Your Friend 5K benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society. Our very own Alisa has been volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society as she says “forever”, and that the money goes to a great cause.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route is here.

Motivation of the Week

couch

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | August 16, 2016

Greetings!

Rain, rain, go away … I got caught in a torrential downpour during my long miles on Sunday. I was thoroughly soaked by the time I got home. Normally, I enjoy walking in the rain; unless it’s 40 degrees—in which case being out in the rain is the absolute worst. So on a day like today, I didn’t mind at all. It’s refreshing. Cleansing. Even peaceful. Though that last one can probably be attributed to the fact that no one else is crazy enough to be out in these conditions.  By the way, rolling up old newspapers and stuffing them in your wet shoes really does help them dry quickly.

In the newsletter this week, I have another example of how we weekend-warriors share things with Olympic athletes; 6 ways to hit the stairs; races going to the dogs (and cats), we’ll see you at Valter’s this Saturday (email RSVP by Wednesday!), and some Olympic Carpool Karaoke.

One Leg At a Time

You know how nerve-racking it is when you get a chance to meet a famous or accomplished person? Someone will invariably try to calm you down with that old expression, “Don’t worry, they are just like you and me: they put their pants on one leg at a time.” I have a comparison with the Olympians competing in Rio in track and field and gymnastics. You see, it seems that, even in the multi-billion dollar business of elite athletics, with ever-increasing innovations in things like featherlight running shoes, ultra-wicking material for uniforms, scientific measuring devices, and food and nutrition, we all—Olympic athletes and you & me—affix our race bibs to our race day shirts with four safety pins. I can just imagine Usain Bolt gathering his race day shirt (either the night before or that morning in his Olympic dorm room), grabbing a handful of safety pins to carefully attach the bib with his name on the front of his shirt and his race number on the back. I see him taking care to make sure it is even, straight, not too high and not too low. For the bib on the back of his shirt, he looks in the mirror, straining to see if it is straight enough for the world to see. Is that really part of the pre-race routine of an Olympic champion competing for gold? See? They are just like you and me, putting their race bibs on one safety pin at a time.

As a post script, I don’t know about you, but I am going to come up with something to improve that 1849 technology.

safety pins

Illustration included in Walter Hunt’s 1849 patent on the safety pin, U.S. patent #6,281

Cross Training – Stairs

Thanks to Mo, many of our members like to do stair workouts as part of cross-training. Thank you Mo! To keep things fresh, here are a few variations demonstrated by Jeremy Scott from his Jeremy Scott Fitness Facebook Page. I run the steps behind COSI at 5:45am on Wednesdays if anyone would like to join me.

Raining Cats and Dogs

There are two 5Ks in September where the proceeds go to help our local animals.  The races are listed below with the links to the details.

  1. Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Cat Caper 5K benefiting the Welfare Association.
  2. Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Defend Your Friend 5K benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society. Our very own Alisa has been volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society as she says “forever”, and that the money goes to a great cause.

This Saturday – Valter’s Brunch – August 20th

This Saturday we are heading back to Valter’s will be after our walk, where we will celebrating Dr. Steph’s birthday. If you would like to attend, please email me.  Thanks!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route is here.

Motivation of the Week

Olympic Swimmer Car Karaoke

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | August 9, 2016

Greetings!

This is the greatest two weeks on earth – the Ohio State Fair AND the Olympics! It doesn’t get any better than that. Quite the dichotomy. I tried to give the newsletter a little Olympic accent this week. It includes a reflection on toeing the line with Olympic athletes; risks of dehydration among Olympic athletes (about the same experience as mere mortals); and a detour through Chicago. Also, GVWC t-shirts are in, and Valters August 20.  Hey, Alisa, thanks for filling in admirably for me last Saturday!

Is That Who I Think It Is?

Have you ever played in an NBA game against LeBron James? Ever been across the offensive line from Ben Roethlisberger in an NFL game? Tee off in a PGA tournament in a foursome with Jason Day? Probably not. One of the cool things about our sport is that you can compete in the same event as the elites—even a Boston Marathon winner or Olympic Marathon champion! You don’t think so? Well, if you entered the Cap City Half Marathon this year, you were in the same race as Desiree Linden. Linden is scheduled to compete in the Olympic Marathon next week in Rio. Pretty cool, huh? It was super fun for me in 2009 to line up with giants of the distance racing world, including the first woman’s Olympic Marathon winner, Joan Benoit Samuelson (LA, 1984), and 4-time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers. The three of us toed the line at the first-ever Boston Marathon 5K where relatives and friends of Boston Marathon runners could run or—in my case—walk part of the historic course and cross the famous Boston Marathon finish line. What a unique and cool perk of our sport!

Race Walking … Is An Olympic Sport?

For those interested in watching the Olympic race walking competition, here is the schedule:

  • Men’s 20K race walk | Friday (8/12) at 1:30pm
  • Men’s 50K race walk | Friday (8/19) at 7:00am
  • Women’s 20K race walk | Friday (8/19) at 1:30pm

By the way, the 50 kilometer race walking event, which equates to 31 grueling miles, is the longest Olympic distance for any sport. Yohann Diniz of France holds the world record for the 50K at 3:32:33, which is an average pace of 6:50 minutes/mile. Walking. For 31 miles. Now that’s moving!

Dehydration – I Mean It!

We can never remind you enough about the dangers of dehydration, particularly this time of year. Keeping with the Olympic theme of this newsletter—and offering another public service announcement—here is an article from Runners World about the dangers dehydration and how to prevent it when exercising. The article does a great job of explaining in laymen’s terms what happens to your body and offers some good rules of thumb for hydrating properly. Drink up!

Chicago’s Lakefront in the Summer

Have you ever run or walked along Lake Michigan in Chicago during the summer? If not, put it on your list. The trails, beaches and harbors north and south of the loop are amazing. You may even see a polar bear swimming around at the Lincoln Park Zoo. On a Saturday morning, it is incredible and inspiring to see all the health-conscious people walking, running, biking, swimming, roller blading and pumping iron along the paths. Here is a picture of me surrounded by Emily (GVWC Chicago Chapter President) and Andrea on Friday.

Em LSS AJA Chicago 8-16

T-Shirts Are In

If you ordered a t-shirt, I will have them available after our walk on Saturday. I still have a few that need to be picked up from our last order. Thanks promoting our partners and the Club with your t-shirt purchase.

Next Valter’s Brunch – August 20th

The next outing to Valter’s will be after our walk on August 20 when we will celebrate Dr. Steph’s birthday. If you would like to attend, please email me.  Thanks!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route is here.

Motivation of the Week

https://www.facebook.com/olympics/videos/10154460504554216/

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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