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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | May 31, 2016

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend. It was very hot and humid, which always presents a concern for dehydration during exercise. In the newsletter this week, you will find an article about proper hydration, as well as the following:

  1. Good luck Otto + Christy on Your First Race!
  2. GVWC Partner News: Welcome GT Environmental
  3. School’s Out For Summer | Seeking Volunteers for Next School Year at Stewart Elementary
  4. Member Jim McVay muses about Crosby, Stills & Nash and walking
  5. This Sunday Jack Roth 5K Rock & Run/Walk benefits lung cancer research and awareness

Otto and Christy Toe the Line

Good luck to Otto and Christy, and other GVWC competitors in this Saturday’s Bountiful Gifts 5K/10K/Half Marathon race. This is the first competitive race for both Otto or Christy. Otto is competing in the 10K and Christy, the 5K. Best of luck to you both. I am confident you will both do well in the event—and you’re guaranteed to PR! I hope that this will be the first of many races.

Hydration – Don’t LeaveHome Without It

It wasn’t until weekend’s heat and humidity that I remembered just how important it is to hydrate properly during long walks. Hydration should be your No. 1 priority this time of year. You can find yourself in real trouble if you become dehydrated. Believe me, I have been there and it is no fun. FamilyDoctor.org provides good suggestions for hydrating with both water and sports drinks. Because each of us sweats at a different rate, it is important to understand how much fluid youlose during exercise. Monitoring the color of your urine after exercising is one good technique. Or you can do a more precise evaluation by weighing yourself before and after exercising (and adjusting for fluids you have taken in during exercise). Every pound lost is equivalent to 16 ounces of fluid. Replacing electrolytes is important, too, and is touched on in this article. In upcoming newsletters, I will provide additional information regarding electrolyte replacement through sports drinks and other products.

Over the summer, we will have bottles of cold water after our walks to help with re-hydration.

Welcome GT Environmental, Inc. – GVWC’s Newest Partner

We welcome GT Environmental, Inc. as our latest official partner the German Village Walking Club. GT joins our founding partners, Winan’s and Second Sole, and our community partners, Caskey Dry Cleaning and Larrimer & Larrimer, Attorneys at Law, and Valter’s.

GT Environmental provides environmental compliance consulting services to its clients. One of its practices assists communities in evaluation, clean-up and redevelopment of old industrial properties. For example, the Scioto-Audubon was once home to the City of Columbus impound lot, the Lazarus warehouse, an asphalt plant, and a tannery before the City of Columbus and Columbus Metro Parks cleaned up and redeveloped the property into the cool urban park it is now. Full disclosure, I work for GT Environmental, Inc.

School’s Out for Summer

This past school year, I had the pleasure of tutoring at Stewart Alternative Elementary School, which is the beautiful red brick building located immediately west of Schiller Park. I signed up last summer through the German Village Society. I was matched with two boys in Mrs. Mayo’s 6th grade class who needed a little extra help with reading comprehension. The boys and I met most Friday mornings for about 45 minutes. It was a fantastic experience!

Mrs. Mayo is so appreciative of the help with her students. She said, “Teachers work hard to meet the needs of every child. Community volunteers and supporters who come into the school to read with children even once a week can be invaluable.” If you would like to volunteer to tutor for the coming school year, please email Kathy Wightman, who is also a GVWC member. She coordinates the tutors Stewart for the German Village Society.

The school itself has such rich history. It is 142 years old and was extensively renovated in 2014/2015 after a major fire. The school is absolutely beautiful, the environment is warm, and the students energetic. Here is an interesting article about the extensive renovation of the building, and below are a few pictures of me with my students, and also addressing the class with my “Career Talk.”

classroom cropped

Sometimes It’s The Simple Things That Matter

Jim McVay sent an email on Saturday to a number of GVWC members expressing gratitude for the simple pleasure of gathering with friends. Excerpted below, with Jim’s permission, is his email.

Picture this – I’m in my chair trying to connect the dots of my thoughts which can be a real challenge at times! And then the song “Wasted On The Way” by Crosby, Stills and Nash comes on. You can Google the lyrics, they are a pretty relevant read and will mean different things to each of you. When the song came on, for me it just seemed to click with the thoughts I was having about a near perfect morning in GV, only just the opposite! Today in my book was as far as you can get from wasted time! We had a couple of faces there that we had been missing for a while, you know who you are! Plus quite a few of some of my favorite people! Not everyone made it today but they’re still on my favorites list! Seems like Winans has turned into a one stop shop for everything from chocolate to therapy, to good conversation, to just plain fun! Thanks to each and every one of you for being an indispensable part of all of this and double thanks for never wasting my time! Don’t forget to read those lyrics!

Just in case you don’t know the song, here is Wasted On The Way, by an older Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Still Time to Sign Up | Jack Roth 5K Rock “N” Run/Walk on June 5

Come out to Bexley this Sunday, June 5 at 9am for the 11th Annual Jack Roth 5K Rock “N” Run/Walk. Despite being a health enthusiast and a non-smoker, Jack died of lung cancer when he was just 57. Here is an article from Joe Blundo of the Columbus Dispatch about Jack and his relationship with Jack’s best friend, former Chicago Tribune columnist, Bob Greene.This year’s honorary race chair is Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman.

The entrance fee is $25. Proceeds from the run go to the Jack Roth Fund, created to promote the vital research and treatment necessary to combat lung cancer at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. The Jack Roth Fund also supports Camp Netaim, a program in Israel for children with special needs.

Join Us Every Thursday | GVWC Hits the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course

Be there. Thursdays. 6:30pm. Wear old running shoes and clothes you don’t care about getting muddy. Here is the park:Scioto Audubon Metro Park. We will meet at the first set of shelters in the park near the bocce courts and the Osprey nest. You can park in the lot just off Maier Place as denoted on this map. (If you get to the Grange Audubon Center, you went too far). As demonstrated in this 2 minute video, people of all fitness levels can handle the obstacles.

Here is a picture of last week’s group:

OC 5-27 muscles

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route is here.

Motivation of the Week

didn't say easy

Finishing Line

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

Larry

 

 

German Village Walking Club gratefully acknowledges our

              FOUNDING PARTNERS 

Winans  logosecond sole logo

and our COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Caskey logoLL logo

Valters

GT Environmental

 

 

 

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | May 24, 2016

Greetings!

Despite the threatening rain, which, as I predicted (commanded??), stopped very nearly precisely at 8am, we had a great time walking with the Buckeye Striders on Saturday. For those of you who missed our post walk socializing, a group of us had a wonderful breakfast at Valter’s at the Maennerchor. Don’t worry: there will be plenty more opportunities at Valter’s—as Valter’s is the Club’s latest partner! Also, in this week’s newsletter,

  • It’s no secret. It’s easy to find out the route for our next walk at the GVWC website
  • GVWC new member t-shirts are ready for pick up on Saturday
  • GVWC Partner News: Welcome Valter’s (the best place in town for pancakes) and Congrats Monica & Miles (on the birth of their daughter)
  • this Thursday is our inaugural Club workout at the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course
  • Jack Roth 5K Rock & Run/Walk benefits lung cancer research and awareness
  • Walking improves creativity
  • The GVWC is your best place for news, information and resources about walking

GVWC Route of the Week

Where are we walking this week? It’s not a closely guarded secret. In fact, you can always find this week’s route on the GVWC website. While you’re at it, poke around to see what else is posted there. Who knows, you might find your photo or an inspiring story from one of your fellow walkers.

GVWC T-shirts Are Here! GVWC T-shirts Are Here!

GVWC t-shirts for new members arrived today! I will have them with me on Saturday to distribute. New members should plan to walk on Saturday—or at least stop by Schiller before or Winans after to pick up your shirt. About a dozen extra shirts are available for purchase for $25 each. This is a terrific opportunity to round out your warm weather collection. The shirts, which are black and made of Nike Dri-FIT material, have “Walk On!” emblazoned on the back.

GVWC T-shirt

Welcome Valter’s – GVWC’s Newest Partner

Thank you, Otto, for coordinating the breakfast at Valter’s at the Maennerchor. It was a terrific time. The food was fantastic and chef Valter gave our group a very warm welcome. He even gave us some secret tips on those unbelievable pancakes. What pancakes, you ask? Check out the GVWC website for visual pancake documentation.

Valter’s is now an official partner of the German Village Walking Club, joining our founding partners, Winan’s and Second Sole, and our community partners, Caskey Dry Cleaning and Larrimer & Larrimer, Attorneys at Law. We look forward to many more opportunities to socialize—and eat those fantastic pancakes!—at Valter’s at the Maennerchor.

Welcome Lillian  – Winan’s Newest Family Member!

Speaking of our partners: Congratulations to Monica and Miles on the birth of their daughter, Lillian, on May 18. Along with her sister, Alexandra, that makes two future walkers for our group!

Jack Roth 5K Rock “N” Run/Walk – June 5

Come out to Bexley on Sunday, June 5 at 9am for the 11th Annual Jack Roth 5K Rock “N” Run/Walk. Despite being a health enthusiast and a non-smoker, Jack died of lung cancer when he was just 57. Here is an article from Joe Blundo of the Columbus Dispatch about Jack and his relationship with Jack’s best friend, former Chicago Tribune columnist, Bob Greene. This year’s honorary race chair is Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman.

The entrance fee is $25. Proceeds from the run go to the Jack Roth Fund, created to promote the vital research and treatment necessary to combat lung cancer at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. The Jack Roth Fund also supports Camp Netaim, a program in Israel for children with special needs.

Walking Improves Creativity

I don’t know about you, but some of my best ideas come when I am out walking, particularly when I’m by myself during my long miles on Sundays. Walking and breathing fresh air seems to clear my head, enhance my mood, and helps me sort out issues or ideas I’m mulling over. The Quartz recently posted an article, Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity, based on a study from Stanford University that demonstrates walking influences our thinking and somehow improves our creativity. Well, that study seems like a no-brainer to me. Ha! Get it? “No brainer.” I thought that one up on my walk this morning!!

Really, Go To the Website

This is worth repeating – you can find race results, GVWC community events, and pictures and stories from past events.  You can also find a generic training schedule for a half marathon, and lots of other health tips.  There is even a glossary about racing terms.  You can impress all your friends at cocktail parties with your knowledge of “the taper”.  The website is www.gvwalkingclub.com.  And, tell your friends.

Thursday May 26 – GVWC Hits the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course

Be there. Thursday. 6:30pm. Wear old running shoes and clothes you don’t care about getting muddy. Here is the park: Scioto Audubon Metro Park. We will meet at the first set of shelters in the park near the bocce courts and the Osprey nest. You can park in the lot just off Maier Place as denoted on this map. (If you get to the Grange Audubon Center, you went too far).

As demonstrated in this 2 minute video, people of all fitness levels can handle the obstacles. Besides, it’s a terrific opportunity to bring out your inner child, to work other muscles, and to challenge yourself mentally. After all, how are you going to make it over that wall? So let’s have some fun at the obstacle course this summer!

Motivation of the Week

Tough

Finishing Line

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

Larry

 

German Village Walking Club gratefully acknowledges our

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Winans  logosecond sole logo

and our

              COMMUNITY PARTNERS            

LL logo

Caskey logo

Valters

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | May 17, 2016

Greetings!

Join us this Saturday as we host the Buckeye Striders for a joint walk. On Thursday nights this summer, the GVWC members will show off their athletic prowess at the Scioto Audubon obstacle course. Yes, you can. You can do it! Those announcements, racing news, and more are detailed below.  Go…

This Saturday – Walk with the Buckeye Striders … then feast on Breakfast!

The GVWC will host our sister walking club, the Buckeye Striders, this Saturday, May 21. As we always do, we will finish up at Winans, with coffee and chocolate samples! If you would like to join us for a post-walk breakfast at Valters at the Maennerchor at 10am, be sure to email me so I can arrange with the restaurant for seating. Valters is a new, German- and Old World-inspired restaurant, and is just three blocks from Winans on South High St. Breakfast is “Dutch treat.” Hope to see you there!

“Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”

Alisa Vural, GVWC – New Jersey chapter president, sent me this email last week.

I am in Hollywood for a conference. I arrived early so I went out for a run. While waiting for a light to change at a crosswalk, a lady looked at me and said, “Hey German Village, I grew up there!” This GVWC shirt is turning heads in Hollywood!

Thanks, Alisa, for proudly wearing your GVWC t-shirt. Small world!

Below is Alisa modeling her GVWC t-shirt at a race last year.

Alisa

Check out Race Stories and Pictures

Thanks to Karen Edwards and Jim Matysiak for sharing their racing stories and pictures.  You can find their stories under In Your Own Words section of the GVWC website. Check out the photos of GVWC racers there, as well. The shot of Jim in a superstar pose outside Great American Ball Park is a must see. Thanks, everyone, for the contributions. Keep those pictures, stories, and race times coming.

Thursday May 26 – GVWC Hits the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course

As the old adage goes, Man (and woman) cannot live by walking alone. Starting Thursday, May 26 at 6:30pm—and continuing every Thursday evening through the summer—the GVWC will hit the obstacle course at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. We will meet at the first set of shelters in the park near the bocce courts and the Osprey nest. You can park in the lot just off Maier Place as denoted on this map. (If you get to the Audubon building you went too far). The Columbus Rotary Obstacle Course features a quarter-mile running track plus a tire run and flip, 8-foot wall, tunnel crawl, balance beams, monkey bars, cargo climb, belly crawl, over/under and a log run. It sounds daunting, I know, but the course is suitable for novice athletes. As demonstrated in this 2 minute video, people of all fitness levels can handle the obstacles. Besides, it’s a terrific opportunity to bring out your inner child, to work other muscles, and to challenge yourself mentally. After all, how are you going to make it over that wall? So let’s have some fun at the obstacle course this summer!

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Gym Membership

For more proof that the world is your gymnasium, MindBodyGreen shows different exercises that you can complete at your local playground. No membership required.

GVWC Route of the Week

Where are we walking this week? As always, you can find this week’s route on our website.

Motivation of the Week

create it

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 | May 10, 2016

Greetings!

While it feels to me like I’ve been gone for a month, it’s only been two Saturdays. Thanks Otto, Jim and Karin for filling for me during my absence. Ya’ll are the best. In the newsletter this week, we announce the newest GVWC chapter (you’ll never guess where!); we present a couple goings-on a little closer to home; we provide information on keeping your bones strong; and we seek your RSVP – by this Saturday! – for breakfast with the Buckeye Striders on May 21.

New GVWC Alaskan Chapter

Welcome, Joe Christopher, who started the Alaskan Chapter of the GVWC! Joe and I worked together in Columbus many years ago until he and his family moved to Alaska to fully embrace his passion for the great outdoors. You know, huntin’, fishin’, campin’ – all the stuff I know nothing about. But when Joe recently started his own walking program, I was eager to provide advice and encouragement. And Joe’s t-shirt is on the way! Joe walks four to seven miles a day, five days a week. Although he can’t walk with us in cool urban Columbus, he does have some decent scenery to keep him occupied. Joe is shown in the picture below with Suicide Peak, part of the Chugach Mountains, in the background.  Welcome Joe!

Joe picture alaska

This Saturday – Village Valuables

Saturday, May 14 is the annual Village Valuables Sale in German Village. Village Valuables is a popular community-wide garage and sidewalk sale all throughout the Village.  Many retailers run special sidewalk sales on this day. The sale starts at 8 am and lasts all day. So, after our walk, feel free to stroll around and shop the village.  This year, shoppers will be able to view items for sale in advance.  Find more information on the event here. Thanks, Otto, for the heads up!

Get Your Copy Now!  “Walk German Village”

Check out OB3’s Book Review:  Many times during our GVWC walks, I look around and wonder about the stories behind certain houses around Schiller Park or think about what types of businesses were on Third Street 100 years ago. Regardless of how many times I do it, every walk through German Village raises more questions. Why are some streets and sidewalks brick while others are asphalt?  Where is the house with the seven-car, underground garage I heard about? How many current homes are really the combination of two or three original homes? Is that street pronounced KOSS-uth or kah-SOOTH? Who were the real Max & Erma? These and many other questions are answered in a newly published book, “Walk German Village.” Consistent with our mantra of movement, the book provides the reader with two separate hour-long, self-guided walking tours of German Village. While I don’t recommend attempting to read the book on GVWC walk or training (unless you want to risk a face full of bricks), it’s a great resource for visiting the Village with family and friends at other times. The book is available for $7.00 at the Book Loft or the German Village Meeting Haus both on Third Street. Thanks, Otto, for the book review!

Keep Those Bones Strong!

You think I am kidding when I tell you to drop down and give me pushups after every mile walked.  But, adding weight bearing exercises to your regular fitness routine is really important – especially as we age. Check out this article from VeryWell.com which provides five tips for maintaining strong bones to help keep us healthy and prevent injuries.

REMINDER – Walking with the Buckeye Striders … and Breakfast!

The GVWC will host our sister walking club, the Buckeye Striders, on Saturday, May 21. At 10am, after meeting for coffee at Winans, we will head over for a post-walk breakfast at Valters at the Maennerchor, a new German and Old World-inspired restaurant serving mouthwatering breakfast dishes in cast iron skillets. Valter’s is three blocks from Winans on South High St. RSVP by May 14 if you will join us for this “Dutch treat” breakfast.

Motivation of the Week

When you walk alone, it’s meditation. When you walk with a group, it’s therapy.

Steph Waterman, GVWC

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 | May 3, 2016

Greetings!

It was a big race weekend last weekend. That requires a bigger newsletter this week.  Here are a few highlights: 1. Email me your order by Sunday if you want another GVWC t-shirt. 2. Check out the GVWC website for results and photos from last weekend’s races. 3. Did you race? Email me your results, photos, stories to be included on the website. 4. Read why I maintain you should train in the rain. 5. Look for details regarding breakfast with the Buckeye Striders after our walk on May 21. Ready, set, go…

GVWC T-shirt Order – Deadline This Sunday!

Next week, I will place an order for short-sleeve Club t-shirts for new members. If you’d like another shirt(s), email me with the number of shirts, the sizes, and fits (men’s or women’s) by THIS Sunday, May 8.

Heavy Race Weekend

Congratulations to everyone who participated in races last weekend. Check out race results and photos posted on the GVWC website. Thanks to those who already sent in their race times, pictures and stories. If you haven’t yet, don’t be shy. Be proud of your accomplishment and know that it is an inspiration to us all.

Speaking of inspiration, a special call out goes to Linda Romanoff who two weekends ago PR’d in the Glass City Half Marathon in Toledo with a time of 2:37:49. As noted last time, it’s hard to PR in the spring. Her accomplishment is the result of her commitment to a great training plan. Way to be, Linda!

Pictured below are Linda, Maureen Redovan, Steph Ladson-Wolford, and Shelly Thompson, showing off the hardware they earned for completing the Flying Pig “3-Way” in Cincinnati. Because, apparently, 13.1 miles wasn’t enough for them, over the course of the weekend, they each walked the 5K, 10K and half marathon. A 3-way is also a reference to Cincinnati-style chili.

The Piglets Flying Pig

Outdoor Training

A couple weeks ago, I emphasized the importance of training outdoors. While the treadmill may have its place as a backup in extreme weather conditions, nothing prepares you for a race as doing your miles outside on the road and in all weather conditions.  This advice came to fruition last weekend when, along with Andrea and Emily, I participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon. The weather report was threatening foul weather for days in advance. Sure enough, about 3 miles in, it started to sprinkle and, by the time I crossed the finish line, the rain had turned into a steady downpour. Because we had trained in all weather conditions—including rain—we were unfazed. Drenched, but unfazed.

We didn’t panic because we had experience being out in the rain. We knew what to expect. Since we traveled to Louisville for the race, we knew we’d need to pack multiple types of race clothes and jackets that would allow us to make last-minute decisions for dressing on race morning. We knew how difficult it could be to grab and tear open a gel packet with wet, cold and “pruney” fingers. We knew to watch for puddles and, when we inadvertently stepped in one, we knew to ignore our totally soaked foot. (By the way, if you have good shoes, they wick away the water almost immediately.)  The bottom line is the more you train on the road and in different race conditions the better prepared you will be if—and when—something goes wrong on race day. Trust me, especially over long distances, something always goes wrong. Our training allowed us to finish strong. And, do it smiling.

Walking with the Buckeye Striders … and Breakfast!

The GVWC will host our sister walking club, the Buckeye Striders, on Saturday, May 21. At 10am, after meeting for coffee at Winans, we will head over for a post-walk breakfast at Valters at the Maennerchor, a new German and Old World-inspired restaurant serving mouthwatering breakfast dishes in cast iron skillets. Among the terrific menu items: corned beef hash, Belgian waffles, and the famous Berlin Breakfast Sandwich with German bologna, egg and cheddar on a pretzel bun. Valter’s is three blocks from Winans on South High St. RSVP by May 14 if you will join us for breakfast.

Thanks Winans!

Thank you, Winans, for supporting the GVWC walkers during the Cap City Half Marathon last Saturday.  Winans placed a banner in their window on race day with the GVWC logo and the tagline, “Fueled by Winans.” We appreciate your partnership!

winans sign

Motivation of the Week

wake up

Finishing Line

I will be out of town this weekend. Hope to see you all the following Saturday.  And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

German Village Walking Club gratefully acknowledges our

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Winans  logosecond sole logo

and our

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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