Monthly Archives: July 2015

German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | July 28, 2015

Greetings!

This Saturday is the big event – the Community Urban Walk hosted by the German Village Walking Club and featuring the Gahanna Get Moving Team, Buckeye Striders, and New Albany Walking Club. I hope you will all make it, even if you haven’t shown up for a while, or maybe have not participated since we started the Club.  Come out!  It should be a great event, with Second Sole providing water/Gatorade, snacks and coupons to their new Short North Store; Winans providing the coffee and social gathering; and Saucony providing new shoes to test out during the walk.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!  Bring a friend!

Just Plain Dopey

Who would do a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon on consecutive days? Well Club members, Steph Waterman, Vicky Brunneto, Darla Kaikis, and Karen Edwards would; that’s who. These women completed the Dopey Challenge in January at Disney World in Orlando.  To hear about their great accomplishment from Steph and Karen, go to this link for the podcast on Walk Magazine Podcast, interviewed by Cindi Leeman.

Way to go, Ladies!  And, thanks Steph for the contribution.

Works Better with Two (or More)

Sometimes we need a little extra motivation to get out the door for our next walk.  Well, here is a good tip provided by Maureen Redovan in a blog post she sent to me.  Hint, it involves finding a partner.  Ok, that’s not a hint; that’s the answer.  Here is the blog from the No Meat Athlete.  Thanks Mo for the contribution.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

Hope to see you all Saturday!  And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | July 21, 2015

Greetings!

We continue to be vexed by unpleasant weather this summer—it’s like we can’t catch a break. Rather than torrential downpours, this past weekend was brutally hot. When it’s hot and sunny like this, it’s extra important to plan for the particular challenges brought on by heat and sun. First, pay attention to your hydration needs to prevent yourself from overheating or becoming dehydrated. In addition to carrying fluids with you, know the water resources along your route—places where you can stop to refill your bottles. Gas stations, fast food restaurants, water fountains at public restrooms are all great options. Or consider stashing bottles in the bushes along the way. Seriously!

The group did really well on Saturday.  We stay hydrated by stopping at water fountains at Scioto-Audubon and Frank Fetch Park.  Another problem is going out in the heat of the day. Your best bet is to get out early. Although I had my hydration needs covered for my long, slow day (LSD) on Sunday, I made a rookie mistake: I got out the front door way too late in the morning. It did not end pretty. Finally, don’t forget the sun screen. Fresh air and sunshine is good for the soul, and Vitamin D, which comes naturally through exposure to the sun, is essential for bone health, we need to protect against skin cancer. So, as the summer heats up, please remember to start as early, stay hydrated, and wear sunscreen!

Aging Like a French Women

A couple months ago, I put an interesting article in the newsletter from the MindBodyGreen website titled “29 Food Rules We Can Learn From the French.” I thought it was great advice.  Now I am here again to hold the French in high esteem; this time with another fantastic article from MindBodyGreen, “The Secret to Aging Like a French Woman.” I thought this was a powerful statement in the author’s introduction:

One thing that I’ve learned about the French lifestyle is that it’s not only how you live when you’re older that makes the difference; It’s the choices you make throughout your life. Aging well comes from living well. 

I love that – “Aging well comes from living well.” Brilliant!

Reminder – August 1 – Community Urban Walking

The German Village Walking Club is excited to host the New Albany Walking Club, Buckeye Striders Walking & Racewalking Club, and the Gahanna Get Moving Team for a joint walk through downtown Columbus on Saturday morning August 1. The public is invited for this free community urban walk. We look forward to showcasing downtown Columbus, the power of healthy walking, and having a good old time.  It looks like we could have 30 or 40 walkers.

The event starts at 8am at the Schiller statue, our usual meeting place. Choose from a 3-mile route, which includes Schiller Park, Columbus Commons, and the Statehouse, or a 5-mile route, which continues on to Nationwide Arena, Arch Park, Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile.

The event is supported by our partner, Second Sole Short North, who will provide water and Gatorade at the start/finish. Afterwards, please join all the walking teams for a social gathering at our weekly stomping ground, Winans German Village Chocolate and Coffee Shop. Winans, our other event and Club partner, is supplying coffee for the event.  One block from Schiller Park.

More Racing News

Well, she did it again, only better this time! Congratulations to club member Cindy Wildman, who took the Silver Medal in the 5000M race walk event for her age bracket at the National Senior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minnesota!  Cindy had another PR. Great job Cindy!  What will you do next to top this?

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Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

Hope to see you all Saturday!  And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | July 14, 2015

Greetings!

It is still hard to figure out this weather, which makes it hard to schedule a daily walk. That’s why it is important to keep your walking schedule flexible, and be ready to trade off a walking day outside for an inside workout: cross-training or—dare I say it—the treadmill.  I know the rain is wearing on me; so much so that I took Sunday off from my long miles.   But, I still worked in a cross training day.  Felt good to do those push-ups and chin-ups.  So, hang in there, especially if you are training for a race!

Racing News – Hot Off The Press

Earlier today, our very own Cindy Wildman placed 5th in the 1500M racewalk event for her age bracket in the National Senior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minnesota!  Cindy had a PR, and as she said, she was flying high. Bravo Cindy, bravo!  Good luck tomorrow in the 5000M.  We know you will do great!

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Reminder – August 1 – Community Urban Walking

The German Village Walking Club is excited to host the New Albany Walking Club, Buckeye Striders Walking & Racewalking Club, and the Gahanna Get Moving Team for a joint walk through downtown Columbus on Saturday morning August 1. The public is invited for this free community urban walk. We look forward to showcasing downtown Columbus, the power of healthy walking, and having a good old time.  It looks like we could have 30 or 40 walkers for the event.

The event starts at 8am at the Schiller statue, our usual meeting place. Choose from a 3-mile route, which includes Schiller Park, Columbus Commons, and the Statehouse, or a 5-mile route, which continues on to Nationwide Arena, Arch Park, Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile.

The event is supported by our partner, Second Sole Short North, who will provide water and Gatorade at the start/finish. Afterwards, please join all the walking teams for a social gathering at our weekly stomping grounds Winans German Village Chocolate and Coffee Shop.  Winans, our other event and Club partner, is supplying their wonderful coffee for the event.

Alternatives to the Plank

As you know, I like to highlight a body weight exercise every so often.  It is important for us to do some type of strength training along with our walking.  We need to work muscles other than the ones that propel us forward during walking.  I like the plank, and its variations, for working your core.  Here is an article from Jenna Wolfe of NBC Today Health about effective alternatives to the plank.  She is pretty tough. Check her out!

GVWC T-shirts

The t-shirts are in and they look great! If you ordered one and haven’t picked it up or made other arrangements, I will bring them the next few Saturday mornings for pickup, including August 1, the Community Walk.

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Finishing Line

Hope to see you all Saturday!  And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | July 8, 2015

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July.  Ok, this is the week – the t-shirts will be here Saturday for distribution.  This time I mean it!  If you are picking up a shirt, please try to be there around 7:45am so I can distribute them.

Urban Walking

I hear there are some walking clubs out there where you must touch a really nice fence at the end of a path before turning around, or your miles don’t count.  Well, in the GVWC, below is a picture of the fence we must touch before turning around or it doesn’t count.  We are urban tough!

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Actually, this is presently the dead-end on a path at the really cool Columbus Metro Parks Scioto Audubon Park.   It is anticipated that later this year the path will be reopened so that you can walk from the Scioto Audubon Park up through Bicentennial Park, the renovated Scioto Mile, and connecting to the Olentangy Trail.   The path is currently cutoff for construction of new paths and park space along the Scioto River.  It has been really interesting watching the weekly changes.  The new trail/park space along the river will be just another treat for downtown Columbus, and opening up more cool routes for the GVWC.

Older Athletes Have Strikingly Young Fitness Age

Here is an article from the NY Times “Well” blog that we “older” athletes (speaking for myself) will be particularly interested in, AND pleased with.  The title of the article gives it away, but from studies conducted, particularly on a group of athletes participating in this year’s National Senior Games (we have a couple of Senior Olympic athletes in our Club – Cindy Wildman, and Joyce Prohaska), show that someone who stays in good athletic shape has a much lower fitness age than chronological age.  And, the best part?  Is that a majority of the athletes at the Senior Games didn’t begin serious training until quite late in life.

Please try out the on-line “fitness age” calculator (link in the article) to see where you “fit” in.

Racing News

Congratulations to Priscilla Knaus and Laura Modisette on completing the Red, White and Boom Twin Cities Half Marathon in Minneapolis, MN last weekend!  Laura said there were lots of food (raisin bread, bananas, potato chips, ice pops, chocolate milk, water) and the VIP tent has watermelon, cupcakes, ice cream and beer.  The volunteers were great, and there were a fair number of cheering residents.  However, on the down side, the start and finish were about a quarter of a mile apart (gotta keep walking), and the time cut-off is 3.5 hours from the race start (not from your chip time). ​

A big congratulation goes out to Deb Chenault, who placed second in her age group and had a PR at the New Albany Independence Day 5K last weekend!   I also heard it on good authority that all the Buckeye Striders placed in their age categories, with three PRs!  Apparently, the secret to their speed has been their Wednesday nights speed work on a high school track this racing season.  See how that works – you practice speed, you get faster!  It works, and works well!   So, remember to get in your weekly speed work, and see how you do in your next race.

Motivation of the Week

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.
– Jesse Owens

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all Saturday with t-shirts!  And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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