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:
- Good luck Otto + Christy on Your First Race!
- GVWC Partner News: Welcome GT Environmental
- School’s Out For Summer | Seeking Volunteers for Next School Year at Stewart Elementary
- Member Jim McVay muses about Crosby, Stills & Nash and walking
- 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.”
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:
GVWC Route of the Week
This week’s route is here.
Motivation of the Week
Hope to see you all on Saturday. And, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!
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