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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | October 27, 2015

Greetings!

The second Community Urban Walk was a success. It was a great chance to showcase all the cool redevelopment along the river, promote and expand the walking community, and catch up with old friends from other walking clubs.  As we head deeper into autumn, the days will get shorter, the temperatures will get cooler, and the weather is bound to get rougher. Note that the German Village Walking Club will walk every Saturday morning—rain or shine. (The only conditions when we won’t walk are lightening and ice.) We know some of you will take to the indoors, but I hope you will see for yourselves that nothing replaces the head-clearing, mind-expanding experience of fresh air, not to mention the post-walk socializing with terrific people at Winan’s.

Community Urban Walk

Check out the terrific looking group of people in the photo below! Thanks to all who attended the Community Walk on Saturday, including the New Albany Walking Club, Buckeye Striders and the Gahanna Get Moving Team.  A special shout-out goes to the Gahanna Moving Team for having the most walkers at the event, 24.  We truly appreciate how you have promoted the event and celebrated with us.  Also special thanks to our volunteers on the course – Emily Smith, Morgan Yablonsky, Brandon and Melissa Smith, Bob Borman, John Miller, and the crazy lady with the cowbell.  And, of course, thanks to our sponsors – Second Sole, Saucony, BodyArmor Sports Drink, Caskey Cleaners, Mount Carmel Breast Surgery Group, and Winan’s Chocolate and Coffee Shop.

Group Pic at Oct 24

Racing News

The Marine Corps Marathon – Congratulations to Cindy Wildman on completing the Marine Corps Marathon with a PR of 4:38:15.  Holy cow!   Now, THAT, is amazing.  Way to be Cindy!

OSU 4-Miler – There were 15,000 participants in the OSU 4-Miler, and plenty from the GVWC.  But, for GVWC member Chuck Marshall, it was his first race ever.  And, by definition, he earned a PR.  I am also told that he completed the race with negative splits—which is a good thing, meaning he finished strong!  Well done, sir!  Chuck is pictured below with his coach, Darla.

Darla and Chuck OSU 4-Miler (2)

In Her Own Words…

As you read in Racing News, Cindy Wildman completed the Marine Corps Marathon with an incredible PR time of 4:38.  That is a blazing pace of 10:37 per mile for 26.2 miles.  Through this unbelievable achievement, Cindy thinks nothing of the athletic accomplishment.  To Cindy, it is about something much different; something much more powerful.  Here is Cindy, in her own words:

Races are not about finished times; they are about sharing times with the support you receive from families and friends that makes racing successful. I finished the Marine Corp. Marathon, not alone, but with all the support and encouragement I received. It was awesome to be able to be part of a great organization like Team Fisher House. I had the opportunity to be an ambassador for this wonderful group of people that does awesome things for our military families. Truly grateful and blessed  that I am a contributing factor in raising funds for our servicemen and woman who have given their all for our country so we can do all these awesome racing events.  That is what racing is all about.

Cindy adds – someone shared with me yesterday – “Walk with your heart and your feet will follow!”

List of 29

Krista, the author of the 12-Minute Athlete blog, recently turned 29. To celebrate, she prepared a list of 29 things she has learned over her life.  It is a great list, and things that took me (almost) 59 years to learn. Granted, I am kind of a slow learner.  Many on her list are very motivating, others remind you not to be so tough on yourself.  Even at the young age of 29, she understands the power of walking (no. 28).  Here is the article from her blog.

Energy Bar Recipe

This is my week to borrow from the 12 Minute Athlete.  Her blog provides a recipe for energy bars – chocolate, cherry energy bars.  Just like Krista, I am not much of a cook (I am pretty sure Andrea would have no problem confirming that).  But, I thought this could be a good, fast, easy way jump into “cooking”.  I have not prepared them yet; however putting the recipe in the newsletter is my way of working up to it.  Bon Appetit.

Motivation of the Week

Clear Your Mind

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 | October 20, 2015

Greetings!

The Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday was a huge success. Check out the race results below. Many of the GVWC members got the satisfaction of hitting the PR Gong at the finish line. Well done! A special shout-out to first time marathoners: Maureen Redovan, Dr. Steph Ladson-Wofford, Linda Romanoff, Nancy Traub, and Jim McVay. You did it! Twenty-six point two miles is NO JOKE. No one can ever take that accomplishment away from you. For those of you who are new to walking or who have never participated in a race, the GVWC is not just about racing. It just so happens that Fall and Spring are high season for races—particularly full and half marathons. That explains why the last several issues of The Newsletter have been dedicated to racing. On the contrary, the mission of the Club is to promote good health and fitness. We strive to help our members meet their health-related goals. If you participate in races, great. If you don’t, don’t feel pressured to enter one. But know this: if and when you dip your toe in that water, we are here to support you. All the way to the finish line. As a bit of motivation, read “In Her Own Words” composed by Dr. Steph. Who knows…after reading it, you may be inspired to sign up for a race next Spring. Finally, don’t forget the Community Urban Walk this coming Saturday. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Racing News

The Columbus Marathon – Huge congratulations to the Big Five, who completed their first marathon:  Maureen Redovan (5:45:49), Jim McVay (5:45:56), and Dr. Stephanie Ladson-Wofford (5:45:59). Nancy Traub (5:52:39), who competed in the 70 -74 age group, proves that it’s never too late to try something new (and challenging!). And Linda Romanoff (5:57:32), who not only completed her first marathon, but paced the 6-hour group. That means she carried the “6:00” balloon sign for 26.2 miles. Talk about stamina!! Special acknowledgement goes to Neal Eiber (5:47:24) who, at 70, vows this will be his last marathon.  We will see, Neal, we will see. Congrats to the married due of Dave (5:41:14) and Rena (5:51:47) Ridenour. Neal, Dave, and Rena are marathon veterans.

marathon 5

(Jim, Steph, Nancy, Mo, Linda, and Neal)

Columbus Half Marathon – Congratulations to the speedy half marathoner, Jim Matysiak (2:41:20).  Jim, thanks for donning the GVWC t-shirt during the race to represent the Club. Both Cindi Leeman (2:49:38) and Deb Chenault (3:00:48) finished with PRs. Well done, ladies!

7N7 –  Energizer Bunny awards goes to Jay Hanks, Patty Hanks, Reva Allen, and Jen Reinhard, who completed the 7N7—seven half marathons in seven consecutive days in seven states! We will hear more from these crazies next week.

In Her Own Words…

As I mentioned, we are at the peak of racing season. After this month, there may be some holiday races, but things settle down. At the GVWC, we support racing every step of the way (see what I did there?), but we support all our members goals. Doing races are not for everyone. We get that. Just in case you are curious, below is an email from Dr. Steph to her marathon team 3 days prior to the Columbus Marathon. You will see that it is more about a journey, than the start and finish lines. And for Dr. Steph, the journey began with a “send” button.  Thanks so much Steph for sharing with all of us:

Here I sit typing, reflecting on when I sat with my finger poised over the “send” button after I had completed my registration form for the Nationwide Columbus Marathon. I saw the 6-hour time limit for the race and froze. After a moment’s panic and frantic emails, I finally pressed the button and started the journey to complete my first marathon.

Now it is 3 days away. I am still nervous, but also excited. I have increased my carbs and water intake. I am getting ready to eat my oatmeal. I am watching the weather, trying to make sure I don’t injure myself, reviewing the course and trying to make sure I have all the things that I need to have for the race (“Don’t forget to buy Goo”). I am letting a friend use my tickets to the OSU game that just happens to be late. I’ve given them away, but will probably not be able to sleep anyway. I’ll keep checking the alarm and say “just clear your mind and go to sleep”. I will need to sleep but don’t want to oversleep. I will force food down Sunday morning because I know my appetite will be next to nothing. I will probably pee no less than 10 times once I finally climb out of bed.

I may have some serious race jitters, but knowing I will not be alone helps me cope. I think you all know how important it is to know that we are all in this together; whether in the race or cheering on the sidelines or giving positive thoughts (Cindy). Pressing the send button sent me on a journey I never anticipated. It was reflected on the 8-mile walk that we did this past Sunday. We were a team, taking turns leading and following, making sure we did not get run over, pacing each other, encouraging each other, complementing each other, comfortable with each other. Nancy said “I won’t walk that fast”, but her legs kept her with the group, a feat not able to be done at the start of the summer. I may be nervous as hell, but it is those good feelings I will bring to the race. We are more prepared than just physically. Our mentors (Neal, Steph, Larry, Cindy) have seen to that and helped us in more ways than I can say. Completing the marathon will be bittersweet. We’ve put so much into it. Thank you so much. See you early Sunday (and don’t bitch if I have to pee on the way downtown)! 🙂

With much affection,
Stephanie Ladson-Wofford

THIS SATURDAY – The Community Urban Walk

The second Community Urban Walk hosted by the German Village Walking Club, and featuring four other walking clubs across central Ohio: the Gahanna Get Moving Team, Buckeye Striders, New Albany Walking Club, and Step and Stride. The walk will be held October 24, 8am meeting at Schiller Park. The 3- and 5-mile routes will take walkers through downtown, Columbus Commons, State House grounds, and along the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park.

The Community Walk is sponsored by Second Sole, Saucony, BodyArmor SuperDrink, Caskey Cleaners, and Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees on Third Street. As usual, we’ll gather to socialize at Winans afterwards and enjoy coffee and samples of Winans fabulous chocolates. Second Sole is providing pre- and post-walk snacks, as well as coupons for your next shoe purchase. Saucony is providing fit tests of shoes during the walk. BodyArmor is providing samples of their sports drink, as well as coupons. Let’s ensure another strong turnout!

Motivation of the Week

motivation

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all Saturday – at the Community Urban Walk.  And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | October 13, 2015

Greetings!

The biggest race day of the year in Columbus is this Sunday when competitors toe the line for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon. Good luck to all participants, pacers, volunteers and spectators. Check out below where we will be cheering for the runners and walkers—particularly all our GVWC walkers. Also, don’t forget the Community Urban Walk is only one week from Saturday. Since our Club is playing host, I hope everyone will make it to the event. And since the goal of the Urban Walk is to expand the walking community, consider bringing a family member, friend or neighbor to walk with you. The more the merrier!

Come Out and Cheer on our Walkers (and Runners)

Please join us as we cheer for our fellow GVWC members during the Columbus Marathon, especially those members who are doing their very first marathon – Maureen Redovan, Jim McVay, Linda Romanoff, Nancy Traub and Dr. Steph Ladson-Wofford. Andrea and I will be hanging at the corner of Frankfort Street and High Street, near Grange Insurance, which is approximately Mile 11.5 on the course—as participants come out of Schiller Park. We will be out there by 8:20 to catch the elite runners come through, and then, if my algebra is correct, we should see our walkers come by between 10 and 10:30. Help us generate great energy for all the walkers and runners. Please BYOCB (bring your own cow bell) and BYOBM (bring your own Bloody Marys). See you there!

In Her Own Words…

Steph Waterman completed the Chicago Marathon this past Sunday, and here is her account of the event. Congrats Steph!

The City of Chicago puts on a first class marathon and I was lucky enough to participate as it is a lottery to get selected. It was my 8th marathon, and I would rank it near the top.  There were more than 40,000 participants, and about one million spectators on the route! My family was a part of that crowd, and seeing them on the course a couple of times was the best part of the day!   This event was so well organized and volunteers were everywhere, from finding your specific coral before the race started, to each water and Gatoraid stop.

I felt prepared; my training went well thanks to others in the Club, and the weather perfect.  The race course took us through 29 neighborhoods; every one of them packed with spectators.  Hearing “Good walking form” and “you walk faster than I run” made my day, and helped inspire me to continue on to the finish.

I highly recommend this marathon.  I guess this is… My kind of town, Chicago is…

Steph Hugging Granddaughter

Steph reaching out for a hug from her grandchildren.

Racing News

USATF Masters Kingsport, Tennessee – 5K Racewalk – Congratulations to Joyce Prohaska who was the 6th overall woman with a time of 33:53.  Way to be Joyce!  That is moving!

Adams County Half Marathon – Congratulations to Laura Modesette, who was the first woman walker.  Deb Chenault and Cindi Leeman won age group awards.

Run Like A Girl Half Marathon – Congratulations again to Laura Modesette, who placed third overall walker.  Busy walker!

7N7 – We hope that Jay, Patty, Reva, and Jen are all doing well, as they are in the middle of completing 7 Half Marathons, in 7 consecutive days, in 7 States!  West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Crazy, huh?  We will hear from the Fearsome Foursome next week.

Help Me Out!

Please send me your stories – your races, your events.  Or, if you see an interesting article about walking, health or fitness, or the community, please send to germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com  so I can share with the Club.  It is your Club too!

Rolling.  Rolling.  Rolling…

I call it maintenance.  Others call it torture.  But, as this article from Map My Fitness demonstrates, foam rolling can be a great way to help sore muscles, increase range of motion, and improve athletic performance. I particularly use it on my hamstrings, which are some of my weak spots for flexibility and range of motion. Try it out some time. It hurts so good.

The Community Urban Walk is BACK – October 24

The second Community Urban Walk hosted by the German Village Walking Club, and featuring four other walking clubs across central Ohio: the Gahanna Get Moving Team, Buckeye Striders, New Albany Walking Club, and Step and Stride. The walk will be held October 24, 8am meeting at Schiller Park. The 3- and 5-mile routes will take walkers through downtown, Columbus Commons, State House grounds, and along the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park.

The Community Walk is sponsored by Second Sole, Saucony, BodyArmor SuperDrink, Caskey Cleaners, and Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees on Third Street. As usual, we’ll gather to socialize at Winans afterwards and enjoy coffee and samples of Winans fabulous chocolates. Second Sole is providing pre- and post-walk snacks, as well as coupons for your next shoe purchase. Saucony is providing fit tests of shoes during the walk. BodyArmor is providing samples of their sports drink, as well as coupons. Let’s ensure another strong turnout!

Motivation of the Week

lll

(thanks Linda for the contribution!)

Finishing Line

Hope to see you all Saturday.  And, hope to also see everyone on Sunday to cheer on the half and full marathoners. And as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | October 6, 2015

Greetings!

I hope everyone is having a great week.  For some, it is time to rest up a bit and get ready for your fall races.  For others, keep getting out there and moving!  Cooler and darker is no excuse.  Remember all that heat and humidity you were complaining about not too long ago?  Well, it’s gone.  So keep going.  We will be out there with you.

Taper Time

Many of our members are walking the Columbus Half Marathon in two weeks. The last 2 weeks of a training plan for a half marathon are part of the “taper” period. As the word indicates, it is time to decrease mileage, reduce effort, and increase rest. It seems counterintuitive, but during the taper, you’re getting your body in peak condition for your race by cutting mileage by one-third to one-half and dialing down the distance of speed work. You have trained for a long period—up to 12 weeks—now it is time to give your body some rest and to let any nagging issues heal up. When you’re on the taper, be sure to get more sleep, hydrate a lot and eat well. Sounds pretty good, huh?  But it’s not always easy to put into practice. You may think, “If I do that, if I let up, if I don’t keep going strong until the race, then I may not do as well.” Quite the opposite. You are ready! You have put in the miles! You are locked in! You just have to trust your training: the miles, the speed, your nutrition. You GOT this! Take this time to do some of the things you haven’t been able to do because of the training. Enjoy it. Embrace it.

Jim, Maureen and Linda are doing the full marathon! They started their taper a week ago (3 weeks prior to the race) after their last 20-miler. Look at these guys below. This is at the end of the 20-miler. Are you kidding me? I would be a hot mess. For them, it looks like – ahem – a walk in the park!

mo jim linda

Thanks to Grange Insurance

Thanks go to Grange Insurance for inviting the German Village Walking Club to participate at their recent 2015 Health and Wellness Fair. Health and fitness among its employees is a top priority for Grange. In fact, Grange is recognized as a Top Employer in Central Ohio in this category. In addition to the annual Health and Wellness Fair, Grange has a comprehensive gym on site and a walking path along the greenspace they created on the south side of the building. We should all work for Grange! Here is an article discussing the positive impact of healthy employees, featuring Rea Jean Hix, HR Benefits at Grange Insurance. Thanks to Club regulars, Jim and Maureen, for helping out at GVWC table during the Fair.

Grange Booth

Walking Community

Last weekend I attended my high school reunion. It is amazing that, after so many years, I could walk into the room and start yacking it up with my classmates again. A lot of us may have not seen or talked to each other in 40 years (thank goodness for name tags with our high school pictures on them), but the friendships and bonds that held us together back then, in a way, keeps us together today. It reminds me of the friendships and bonds I have established with all my walking buddies. It doesn’t matter if we are in different clubs or different cities or states.  We share the same bond of the walking community. It is always a reunion going to races. I get to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a long time and those I’ve spent hours and miles training with. As they say, when you are together somewhere you talk about walking, and when you are out walking together, you talk about everything else. I have come to cherish all my walking buddies. We are tight; we are a community. I hope we can create such an environment for the walking community within the German Village Walking Club.

So, how far has that kid from the Walnut Hill High School Class of 1975 come? Check it out for yourself:

me 1975

New GVWC Partnership

I am happy to welcome Caskey Cleaners as the latest partner of the German Village Walking Club.  Speaking of community, Caskey has been in the German Village Brewery District community since 1901!  Now that is a long-time relationship!  Caskey will support the Club at the Community Urban Walk October 24. In addition, all GVWC members will get an on-going 10% discount on your dry cleaning needs. Thank you Mike Hill and Caskey Cleaners!  Here is an article from the Columbus Dispatch last year featuring Mike.

 

Save the Date – The Community Urban Walk is BACK – October 24

Back by popular demand! The second Community Urban Walk hosted by the German Village Walking Club, and featuring four other walking clubs across central Ohio: the Gahanna Get Moving Team, Buckeye Striders, New Albany Walking Club, and Step and Stride. The walk will be held October 24, 8am meeting at Schiller Park. The 3- and 5-mile routes will take walkers through downtown, Columbus Commons, State House grounds, and along the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park.

The Community Walk is sponsored by Second Sole, Saucony, BodyArmor SuperDrink, Caskey Cleaners, and Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees on Third Street. As usual, we’ll gather to socialize at Winans afterwards and enjoy coffee and samples of Winans fabulous chocolates. Second Sole is providing pre- and post-walk snacks, as well as coupons for your next shoe purchase. Saucony is providing fit tests of shoes during the walk. BodyArmor is providing samples of their sports drink, as well as coupons. Let’s ensure another strong turnout!

This Sunday! Gahanna Get Moving Team  –  Show Your Class 5K – October 11

Please join our friends from the Gahanna Get Moving Team who are sponsoring the Show Your Class 5K on Sunday, October 11 at 9 a.m. This untimed charity walk benefits outdoor experiential programs through the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation. After the walk, join them for a spectacular breakfast afterward at the Gahanna Senior Center. Register online [type activity # 760001 in the search box] OR print and fill out the form and turn it in to City of Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation.

Motivation of the Week

stronger than excuses

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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