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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | April 26, 2016

Greetings!

A big race weekend is coming up. Big! Many GVWC members will be participating in half marathons, including the Cap City, on Saturday.  Take note: if you plan to walk with us this Saturday, we will only do the 3-mile route. There will be no 5-mile route. Not only will this keep us off the race course and out of the way, but we can cheer on the race participants—including a number of walkers from the GVWC—from our “home base” at Winans.

Shortened Walk This Saturday

Because the Cap City Half Marathon goes through German Village, we need to stay off the race course. Therefore, this Saturday, we will only do 3 miles. Otto will lead the group. We will start as we normally do from Schiller Park. We’ll wind our way through the trail at Scioto Audubon to the railroad trestle where we’ll turn around to head back to Winans. There we can cheer on the Cap City Half Marathon runners and our GVWC walkers—who should be coming through between 10:15 and 10:30am. Good luck to Jim, Karin, and Vicky!

Shaking off the Rust

As we’ve mentioned, this weekend, a number of GVWC members will participate in half marathons. Coincidentally, all these races happen to be along the I-71 corridor. Jim, Karin and Vicky are signed up to do the Cap City in Columbus; Dr. Steph, Mo and Linda will get their hills on in Cincinnati’s Flying Pig; and, while in Louisville, the Smith-Applegates (Andrea, Emily and Larry) will channel their inner-thoroughbreds in the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon, a race which goes out to Churchill Downs and back.  Good luck to everyone!

For most of us, spring races are tune-ups for the coming season. Spring races allow us to shake off the rust from the winter, and gauge our pace and performance under race conditions.  It is a time to learn and, of course, to have a little fun—if going 13.1 miles is your idea of fun. In This Runner’s Recipe, a long distance running coach from Seattle presents five great tips for easing into the racing season (sage advice for walkers too).

First in Ohio – Cap City Half Marathon Televised Live

If you cannot make it down to cheer on the runners and walkers on Saturday, you can watch the Cap City Half Marathon live on WBNS TV Channel 10. The race starts at 8am. This is a first for a half marathon in Ohio. The Cap City Half Marathon is becoming big time – besides the live telecast, 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team member Desiree Linden will participate in the Cap City as a tune-up for the Olympics this summer in Rio. In addition, four-time Olympic Marathon Team member Abdi Abdirahman will run. Details can be found on the Cap City Half Marathon website.

Earth Day Celebration Success!

It turned out to be a beautiful day for the Earth Day celebration in Columbus Commons last Saturday.  We met lots of people—and many potential new members to the GVWC. If this is the first GVWC newsletter you are receiving, we hope you enjoy it and we look forward to you joining us on Saturday mornings! Check out www.gvwalkingclub.com where, among other things, you can always find out what route will be walked on the upcoming Saturday. Also be sure to Like us on Facebook at “German Village Walking Club.”

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the GVWC booth. We congratulate Susan Moussi, who won a GVWC t-shirt just for signing up for the newsletter. Of course, if you join the GVWC, you get a free t-shirt. Check out details at www.gvwalkingclub.com.

A hearty thank you to our booth volunteers, Andrea, Deb, Karin, Helen, and David. As always, you are great ambassadors for the GVWC. Here are a few pictures from the Earth Day Celebration.

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earth day band

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Motivation of the Week

courage - winston churchill

Finishing Line

I will be walking the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon this Saturday and in Chicago the following week.  Hope to see you all in 2 Saturdays.  And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

 

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | April 19, 2016

Greetings!

I have three awesome words for you this week: “No. Wind. Chill.” I think wind chill factors are safely behind us for the next six or seven months. But, what is right in front of us, this Saturday is the Earth Day Celebration at Columbus Commons. We’ll need help attending to the GVWC booth that day.  If you’re available, please consider coming out for a shift. See details below. Thanks!

We Need You! Earth Day Celebration Columbus Commons

The GVWC will have a booth at the Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, April 23. While the entertainment goes until 10pm, the exhibits are only open from 1pm to 7pm. This event celebrates the volunteers who this week are cleaning up parks and streams, planting trees and shrubs, and removing weeds, scrub and other invasive plants around Columbus. A number of our intrepid GVWC members volunteered last week to remove the dreaded honeysuckle at Scioto-Audubon Park. It will also be a great way to promote walking and the GVWC.

We need Club members to help out at the booth in 2-hour shifts: 1 – 3pm, 3 – 5pm, 5 – 7pm.  It involves hanging out and “talking up” the Club. Email me by Wednesday night (or sooner!) to let me know what shift you can help out on. There will be food trucks, beer, activities and bands.  Here is the link for the celebration.  Thanks for your help and support of the GVWC!

Cleaning up the Scioto-Audubon Park or … Who Put the Suck in the Honeysuckle

Thanks to Maureen, Deb, David, Vicky, and Andrea for participating in our Earth Day community service project last Saturday. Members of the GVWC, along with about 70 other volunteers from across the community, helped clean up and prepare for the season at the Scioto Audubon Park. We were on the team tasked with clearing out invasive—and insidious—honeysuckle plants in the children’s nature and play area of the park near the river.  That honeysuckle is one tough plant. But we took on the challenge to pull, pop and dig it out of the ground. It was a terrific workout using muscles I haven’t used in a long time. I am still sore. Here are a few pictures of the morning. As you can see, nary a shrinking violet among the bunch.

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Core Values

We cannot get enough tips on how to improve our core.  In this article from MindBodyGreen, Simone De La Rue demonstrates five core exercises to develop a really strong core. This routine would definitely be good for a rest/recovery day.

Walking with the Buckeye Striders May 21

The GVWC will host the Buckeye Striders, another Central Ohio walking club, on Saturday, May 21. It will be great to walk with the Striders, show them our home turf, and hang out at Winans afterwards. Join us!

 Motivation of the Week

some days

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | April 12, 2016

Greetings!

It’s going to be busy this Saturday! There is still time to sign up for the Scioto Riverbank clean-up in the morning and a casual gathering for dinner at Arepazo in the evening.  The Saturday morning walk will still take place: same time, same place. Also, you will find in this week’s newsletter the importance of getting in your road miles, and a tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The Boston Marathon is next Monday, April 18.

This Saturday – Two GVWC Events

Just a reminder, this Saturday 9am, GVWC members are helping out with cleanup and plantings along the Scioto River in the Scioto Audubon Park. This is part of Earth Day celebration in Columbus.  You can still join us.  We’ll meet at the Audubon Building around 8:50am. Wear closed-toe shoes that you won’t mind if they get dirty.  Lunch provided afterwards.  You must register with Earth Day Columbus as a volunteer (click in the “Saturday April 16th box within the link).

Also on Saturday at 7pm, GVWC members will get together for an informal “Dutch treat” hang-out for dinner and drinks at Arepazo Tapas Bar and Grille, located at 515 S. High Street, in the Brewery District.  You can still join us – please email me by Wednesday night if you would like to join us. Feel free to bring a guest or two or three.

The Saturday morning walk will still take place: same time, same place. Otto will lead the group.

Road-Tested

Congratulations to everyone who walked long miles outside this weekend. Below is a picture of the hardy few who showed up for Saturday’s walk: a hardy group indeed!  This crazy “back to winter” weather—the frigid temperatures made worse by unrelenting wind—made being outside miserable. I even got caught in some sleet during my miles on Sunday.

For those signed up for early spring races, it is essential to get in road miles, particularly during less than ideal weather conditions. After all, there’s no guarantee it will be pleasant weather on race day. So, it’s in your best interest to have experience in all kinds of weather and road conditions.  Whether you realize it or not, it’s part of your training program and is important for a successful race. One thing I can guarantee you will NEVER hear the morning of the race, is the race director announcing over the Public Address: “Folks, it’s too ________ [fill in the blank: cold, windy, rainy, humid] this morning. All race participants need to head next door to the gym and hop on the treadmill for your 13.1 miles. Just let us know how long it took you.” My advice to you is to suck it up, be tough, and get in your road miles regardless of the conditions.  You may not like it in the moment, but you will be well-prepared for your race.

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Here’s the Scoop on the Poop

As we know, the paths on the new Scioto Trail downtown are beautiful.  We also know the main problem with the paths: goose poop.  The City of Columbus is working to fix the problem.  They sweep the paths twice a day. And, they recently hired a consultant to implement long-term, permanent solutions.  This article in the Columbus Dispatch lays out the plan for keeping the paths clear. I hope they hurry. They need to step on it … before we step in it. Thanks for the contribution, Karin B.

Boston Strong!

For the last 119 years, the Boston Marathon has been run on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts’ holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday of April. This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. This year—the 120th running of the iconic Boston Marathon—will be run next Monday, April 18. This year marks the 3rd anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here is a tribute by Aerosmith to the Boston Marathon bombing victims. We Are Boston Strong!

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

Hope to see you all on Saturday.  I will see some of you planting bushes, and others drinking sangria (and some – both).  And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | April 5, 2016

Greetings!

Yes, Ohio weather can be very cruel.  But, you knew that already, right?  A couple things worth highlighting in this newsletter. First, submit your upcoming race schedules, race results, pictures, and stories to be posted on the new website. Next, there will be two GVWC events on April 16: Earth Day (during the day) and GVWC dinner at Arepazo (in the evening). Third, the GVWC will begin weekly nights at the Scioto-Audubon obstacle course later this spring. Finally, if you have not already, check out the GVWC website (www.gvwalkingclub.com). And spread the word!

Racing Season

Don’t be shy! Let us know what you are doing this racing season. We have a “Racing Section” on the new GVWC website.  There, we will announce upcoming races and race results. In addition, we provide an area where you can submit your training and/or race stories and pictures.

Like the time I did a 16-mile training walk to prepare for one of my marathons – I was using a new sports “goo” (because that is what you do during training; practice with new things to see how they work).  Andrea was sitting on the front porch when I got back waiting to see how it went. When she asked, I responded by throwing one of the unused packets at her and hissed, “Not well.” It was not my proudest moment. We laughed about it then and we laugh about it now.

April 16 – Earth Day | Scioto Audubon River Cleanup

Saturday morning, April 16, at 9am, GVWC members are helping out with cleanup and plantings along the Scioto River in the Scioto Audubon Park as part of Earth Day celebration in Columbus.  You can still join us. You must register with Earth Day Columbus as a volunteer (click in the “Saturday April 16th box within the link).  Also please email me that you plan to participate.

If you cannot join us, we will still do our regular scheduled walk that day.

April 16 – GVWC Member Get Together

Also on April 16 at 7pm, GVWC members will get together for an informal “Dutch treat” hang-out for dinner and drinks at Arepazo Tapas Bar and Grille, located at 515 S. High Street, in the Brewery District. So I can make a reservation, email me by this Friday (April 8) if you would like to join us. Feel free to bring a guest.

Bunny Hop

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Bunny Hop 5K last weekend.  Below is a picture of the group, mostly Buckeye Striders, with a mixture of some GVWC members, who also have dual walking club citizenship, like Laura, Deb and Pricilla.  Now is the time of year to enter 5K and 10K to practice speed and pace, and help get in shape for longer races (if you are so inclined).

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Crazy Fun

Later this spring, the GVWC will be having a weekly night at the Scioto Audubon obstacle course.  It is a great way to challenge yourself both emotionally and physically while exercising different muscles—some you didn’t think you had. No particular experience required, and you can do as much or as little as you want. We will probably meet there on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm starting mid-May. Here is a video of the course, which is also on our website home page. Please email me if you are interested.

Motivation of the Week

walking best time

Thanks Brian Z. for the contribution.

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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