I hate to be the first one to break it to you, but this coming weekend is the Labor Day Holiday. Yes, it is true: the unofficial end to summer. But don’t despair! I am sure there is plenty of hot weather still to come, and cooler nights are excellent for sleeping and cooler mornings are excellent for walking.
You saw this coming, right? You must have.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day. Please note below a few new events on the calendar for September and October.
The Ice Bath Cometh!
As you know, a number of intrepid GVWC members are at the height of their fall marathon training. With long miles comes the dreaded…ice bath. Dun dun duuuun. All kidding aside, I am a huge proponent of ice baths. Indeed, I have taken a number of them, particularly after marathons. The 10 to 12 minutes of misery—or however long you can endure in an ice-filled bathtub—far outweighs the soreness you will surely suffer over the 24 to 48 hours afterwards without one. After my wife and I did the Chicago Marathon a few years ago and did our post-marathon ice baths, we were out and about on the town feeling good. We felt even better whenever we saw see other marathon finishers hobbling around that night and next day exhibiting what is known in the business as the “post marathon shuffle.” Check out tips and best practices here.
Thanks to Neal Eiber, who did 21 training miles last week, for providing the following pictures of the three stages of his ice bath:
1st Stage – Preparation
2nd Stage – Anticipation
3rd Stage – Denial
This just in!
Congratulations to Priscilla Knaus who achieved a PR at the Emerald City Quarter Marathon on August 23. Way to be Priscilla! And you thought you were slowing down.
Save the Date – October 24th
Back by popular demand, the next Community Urban Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 with an 8am start at Schiller Park. Walking groups around Central Ohio will participate again including Gahanna Get Moving Team, Buckeye Striders, New Albany Walking Club, and new to the event, we welcome Step and Stride. We look forward to having our sponsors join us again – Second Sole Short North, Saucony, and Winans Chocolate and Coffee Shop.
Teaming up with Walk With A Doc
Please join us Saturday, September 26, 7:45am Schiller Park at our regular meeting place to walk two miles to Dodge Park (across the Main Street Bridge into Franklinton) to meet up with the Walk With A Doc group. We will mingle with the group, share some snacks, listen to their guest doctor, walk a few laps in Dodge Park, and then head back two miles to Schiller. Join us!
Step and Stride 10 Miler
Step and Stride’s annual 10 Mile Walking Challenge is also Saturday morning September 26 at Glacier Ridge Metro Parks in Dublin. Find more information about the race and Step and Stride here. Catch up with the Step and Striders every Monday 6:30pm for weekly walks at the Westerville Sports Complex.
Check out the list of Super foods from Active.com that they say are essential for endurance athletes. How many can you claim? Thanks, Dr. Steph, for the contribution!
Motivation of the Week
Hope to see you all Saturday! And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!