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?
Motivation of the Week
Hope to see you all Saturday! And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!