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