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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | October 24, 2016 (Early Edition)

Greetings!

Cooler weather is here. Embrace it! In this week’s newsletter, we urge you to share the “Walk 4 All People” event on Facebook; the latest in races; the latest in breast cancer technology by our very own Drs. Padia and O’Brien; stress relief for this Presidential election; and marathon muffins. Plus there are a number of events going on late this fall, including a new event that the GVWC was invited to by that walking club up north. It will be a good one – everyone gets a pie!

Thanks to Otto for leading the group on Saturday.  Below is a picture of Otto directing the group from his perch at the Broad Street Bridge.

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Share on Facebook

Our Community “Walk 4 All People” is only 2 ½ weeks away! If you’re on Facebook, help us promote the event by clicking on Share and Invite Friends or Share in Newsfeed. Another way to promote the event is to indicate on the event page that you’re Going to walk. (While you’re at it, if you still haven’t, show us some love and Like us on Facebook.) Of course, you can always promote the Community Walk the old fashion way, by sending an email or talking to your friends about the event.

Here’s a flyer with all the details (if you don’t have a Dropbox account, simply “continue as”). We’re hoping for a big turnout at the “Walk 4 All People.” Bring friends and family!  Oh, and don’t forget to bring an article of winter clothing for the For All People Free Store. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

PR Stands for Priscilla Rules

Congratulations to Priscilla Knaus and Laura Modisette, who achieved impressive milestones at the Duke City 10K, Marathon and Half Marathon in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 16. Laura completed her 45th state for walking half marathons. Way to be, Laura! And Priscilla PRed in the 10K judged race walk event. Priscilla gives the following account of the event.

The weather was great. Temperatures were around 50 degrees at the start and 80 by the finish. The elevation is 5,000 feet so the air was a little thin. I was able to PR as well as place first in my age group. Needless to say I was happy. The start/finish was within 3 blocks of the hotel and the course passed several of the houses used in the Breaking Bad series. [Editor’s note: how  cool!] The race was well organized. There were plenty of water stations and friendly people. 

Pictured below—on the top of the Sandia Mountain, at 10,000 ft elevation—is Priscilla, Mari (a journalist from Scotland), Denise (a marathoner from Tennessee), and Laura.

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In other racing news, the OSU 4-Miler was held Sunday.  It is always a good time and the medals are fantastic. Pictured below are Darla, Chuck, Deb and Vicky proudly displaying their medals.

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Latest In Breast Cancer Treatment

We are fortunate to have Drs. Shilpa Padia and Bridget O’Brien as members of the GVWC. They are breast cancer oncology surgeons at Mount Carmel. At the Community “Walk 4 All People” on November 12, Dr. Padia will speak a few minutes about the latest technology for a one-dose radiation treatment that she and Dr. O’Brien are using on their patients. Check out this short video of Dr. Padia explaining the treatment. We look forward to hearing more about the technology from Dr. Padia on November 12.

My Head is Ready to Explode!

I do not put politics into this newsletter. But, I will put in an article about how to stay healthy during this election season, which may be the most stressful Presidential campaign in history. Is it impacting you? Are you as stressed out as I am these days? I know lots of people who are, and if it is happening to you, the wise folks at VeryWell provide some background and recommendations on managing election-related stress better. For me, I have been trying to reduce the amount of political commentary I pay attention to, especially on social media. I find myself counting to 10 a lot. And Andrea is sleeping on the sofa. Haha! (Not really.)

Here is my one political comment:  Make sure you vote.

Marathon Muffins

Chris Coenen made her Banana Nut Muffins for those who were at the Angel Mile last week to watch the Columbus Marathon. Because her muffins were a roaring success, she has appropriately renamed them, Marathon Muffins.  Below is the recipe.  Thanks Chris!

Banana Nut Muffins or I now call this Marathon Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg
1 large egg white
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup almond milk or can use regular or skim milk
1-2 cups chopped nuts I use walnuts but pecans work too
2 over ripe bananas
cinnamon as desired I just shake the heck out of the bottle until I am happy
mix above ingredients together,
put in muffin pan well sprayed with Pam or whatever
bake for 20 minutes or until done

Community Urban Walk November 12

The GVWC hosts its next Community Urban Walk: the Walk *4* All People 4-Miler.  Join the community along with the New Albany Walking Club, Gahanna Get Moving Team and the Buckeye Striders.  Get it on your calendar: November 12 at 8am. What makes this walk special? This is what are we’re walking “4”:

  1. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (belated). Prior to the walk, breast cancer oncology surgeon Dr. Shilpa Padia will talk about advancements in treatment.
  2. For All People Free Store. Bring a new or gently used winter article of clothing to be donated to the For All People Free Store serving our southside community. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since opening January 1999.
  3. For Good Health and Fitness. Walk four miles through the Scioto Audubon Park, across Main and Rich Street bridges, then back to Schiller Park. Second Sole and Hoka One will have shoes available for free fit tests during the walk. Oh, and snacks, too!
  4. For Chocolates and Coffee! Mingle and schmooze after the walk at Winans Chocolates & Coffee where free treats will be provided.

A flyer for the event is posted on the GVWC website. Help spread the word! Better yet, bring two friends, a couple co-workers, or some family members.

Annual NAWC Gobble Waddle – November 19

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19. The GVWC was invited by the New Albany Walking Club to join them in their annual Gobble Waddle Thanksgiving 3-Mile Walk. Thanks so much, NAWC! Below is a summary from the NAWC about the Walk.

When: Saturday, November 19th, 8:00 am

Start:  Heit Center for Healthy New Albany

Distance: 3 miles

As always, every participant will receive a free pie (one per family).  In addition, we are asking participants if they would like to make a donation of any amount they choose to the Village Coalition Against Hunger.  Donations are not required and all checks will be collected anonymously and placed in an envelope.  Please make checks payable to: Village Coalition Against Hunger.  Tax deductible forms will be given to those who make a donation.

Those wishing to participate must RSVP to Sheryl Heit at Heit515@gmail.com by Friday, November 11th, 5:00 PM.

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

not-easier-stronger

Finishing Line

Hope to catch you all Saturday.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | October 18, 2016

Greetings!

Congratulations to all who participated in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon on Sunday: the runners, walkers, pacers and cheerleaders. In the newsletter this week, read a couple blurbs about the marathon from different perspectives (MUST read – Honor. Remember. Celebrate.); crawling for a bear claw; and more about the BMI. Plus, details of upcoming events.

I will be out of town this Saturday. Otto is in charge.  Catch you all the following week.

Honor. Remember. Celebrate.

The Columbus Marathon is not your ordinary marathon. It’s not just about running—or walking—the distance. It’s not just about challenging yourself to do something crazy hard, or accomplishing a big, hairy, audacious goal. It’s not even just about Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of race proceeds. It’s about so much more. It’s about the children (and their families) who receive expert medical treatment at Nationwide Children’s, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States. The race organizers take care to make it special—and make it personal—by recognizing at every mile marker specific patients of Nationwide Children’s. The child and family honored at their Mile are out on the course to cheer as the runners and walkers go by. Two years ago, when I did the back half of the marathon with Emily, I experienced how each mile is made special by seeing these children. It is inspiring, and you know exactly why you are out there. Seeing these young heroes…well, there is NO WAY you want to give up!

As if that weren’t emotional enough, the Marathon dedicates Mile 11 as the “Angel Mile” to honor, remember and celebrate the Angels who are no longer with us. Those families, along with some current patients, are present along Mile 11. Maureen Redovan’s granddaughter, Campbell, is a patient of Nationwide Children’s and was one of those honorees. She and her family were there to cheer on the participants and Maureen invited us to join them. It was a treat to spend time with Campbell. She is an adorable combination of charming and shy who, as I observed, laughs easily and often at her grandmother’s antics. Maureen remarked later how she was unexpectedly touched by the event, her first as a spectator:

“We are so thankful to be able to participate in such a great event. Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is so special to our family. Without them, we wouldn’t have the honor of having precious Campbell in our lives. She is such a blessing!  I know she had the best time watching all the fun, and once [Campbell’s brother] Cooper’s energy kicked in (he’s not much of a morning person!), he loved cheering everyone on. Just a great experience all around!  I guess maybe thinking that I was giving back to the community in some small way by supporting the NCH marathon. But what I realized, very early on [in the race], is that I was the one on the receiving end of this event. I’ve never seen a race from this perspective before…….and boy, have I been missing a lot!  Seeing the happiness, sadness, determination, focus, concern, gratitude, pain, uncertainty, confidence, in all those faces today was so touching. And a gift! What a gift that I received from each and every person that I was lucky enough to have even just a split second interaction with…..I wish I could let them all know how special today was for me.”

As you can see from the photo below, Campbell was focused on the action. She was especially excited to see runners and walkers come over to applaud or give high-fives to the children and families along the Angel Mile. As you can imagine, many were crying as they approached. It was an honor to spend this year’s Columbus Marathon with Campbell. Thank you, Campbell. God bless you and your family!

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Pacers, Post Script

Congratulations to my buddy, Mike Renavitz, on pacing the Columbus Marathon. Way to be, Mike. Here is Mike in action.

Pacers, Post Post Script

Congratulations to Linda Romanoff, Nancy Traub, Brian Zuk, and Shelly Thompson for pacing the marathon and half-marathon walkers. It is a very important job. And, of course, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge one of the happiest walkers of the day—as demonstrated in the photo below. Congrats, Dr. Steph, on your half-marathon.

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The GV Pastry Crawl

Darla, Mo, Deb, and Jim recently founded the GVPC—the German Village Pastry Crawl.  Saturday after Winans, the group did a bear crawl (get it?) to test it out. Starting at Katzingers, they made their way down 3rd Street to Kitties and then Pistacia Vera. They say that they may need a few more test crawls before they open it up to the GVWC.  We can’t wait!  Here are a couple pictures. You can find the other pastry photos on the website (and scroll down to recent events on website).  Delish!

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BMI – Boo Hiss

Remember my recent rant about the BMI (Body Mass Index) and how it is an outdated and a poor measure of healthiness? Well, here is an article from Bicycle.com which agrees with my analysis of the BMI. The author of the study, Linda Bacon, PhD (Are you kidding me? Her name is Bacon??) said “over half of the people on the study would have been misdiagnosed, because doctors would see people of normal body weight and likely not check for high cholesterol or blood sugar, those people wouldn’t get the treatments they need.”

The bottom line is that the BMI, in of itself, is most likely not be a good measure of good health (Larry—Not A Doctor—Smith).

SAVE THE DATE | Community Urban Walk November 12

The GVWC hosts its next Community Urban Walk: the Walk *4* All People 4-Miler.  Join the community along with the New Albany Walking Club, Gahanna Get Moving Team and the Buckeye Striders.  Get it on your calendar: November 12 at 8am. What makes this walk special? This is what are we’re walking “4”:

  1. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (belated). Prior to the walk, breast cancer oncology surgeons Dr. Shilpa Padia will talk about advancements in treatment.
  2. For All People Free Store. Bring a new or gently used winter article of clothing to be donated to the For All People Free Store serving our southside community. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since opening January 1999.
  3. For Good Health and Fitness. Walk four miles through the Scioto Audubon Park, across Main and Rich Street bridges, then back to Schiller Park. Second Sole and Hoka One will have shoes available for free fit tests during the walk. Oh, and snacks, too!
  4. For Chocolates and Coffee! Mingle and schmooze after the walk at Winans Chocolates & Coffee where free treats will be provided.

A flyer for the event is posted on the GVWC website. Help spread the word! Better yet, bring two friends, a couple co-workers, or some family members.

Another SAVE THE DATE | Holiday Happy Hour with Second Sole – December 10

The GVWC will hold its 2nd Holiday Happy Hour at Second Sole on December 10. As last year, Second Sole will host the Club after-hours for 30% discounts on shoes and clothing!  We will have raffles, appetizers, and a follow-on dinner at a Short North restaurant. Look for details in the coming weeks. Mark your calendar!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

head-in-shape

Finishing Line

I will be out of town this weekend.  Catch you all back on October 29.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | October 11, 2016

Greetings!

Columbus Marathon week! Good luck to all doing the race! In the newsletter this week, congratulations to the 3 members of the GVWC who ran in the Chicago Marathon last Sunday; join us this Sunday to cheer on participants in the Columbus Marathon; throw your body around (yep, you heard me right); news about donuts and wine (I hope it’s good!); and save two dates.

Windy City Congrats!

Congratulations to Emily, Erik and Gabby for completing the Chicago Marathon this past Sunday. This was Erik and Gabby’s first marathon, and Emily’s second. All three trained together, ran the race together, and crossed the finish line hand-in-hand! Though it was a perfect October morning in Chicago for the race, it was a tough go for them at about Mile 20. But they sucked it up and declared they would, for the last 10K, finish strong! Andrea and I were on hand to cheer them on at Miles 1, 3, 12, 20.5, and 25.5. Below are pictures of Emily and Erik ready to soldier through the last 10K, and all three with just a half mile to go putting in their finishing kick.

Mile-11 Cheering Crew | Columbus Half Marathon – This Sunday!

Good luck to all the walkers and runners competing in the Columbus Half Marathon this Sunday! For those of you not walking or pacing the Columbus Half Marathon, please join the GVWC cheering crew at Frankfort and High Streets, which is just shy of Mile 11. It is always cool to see the lead runners go by. Walkers should be coming by that area between 10am and 11am. Join us any time that morning. There should be plenty of parking on Front Street.

Throw Your Body Around

This article from the VeryWell blog gives you 10 very good reasons to incorporate bodyweight exercises into your fitness routine.  Let me break it down fast for you: minimal space needed, anywhere, no equipment needed, variety, fast strength gains, functional movement, improves balance, and cheap!

It Hurts – Donut?

No one gets more fired up about donuts than members of the GVWC.  What goes better with Winan’s coffee than donuts! (Well, I guess Winan’s famous chocolates). Mark your calendars for the Donut Race on October 30. Here are the details of the race. I bet some of you have the shakes already.

New Winans Downtown Location Adds Wine!

Not sure if our group gets more excited about donuts or wine, but more great news.  Winans is opening a downtown location at High and Rich Streets, just off Columbus Commons this winter.  And, they will serve wine!  And, cheese!  Here is a sneak peek in a Columbus Underground article about Monica’s plans for the new shop.  Congratulations Monica!

SAVE THE DATE | Community Urban Walk November 12

The GVWC hosts its next Community Urban Walk: the Walk *4* All People 4-Miler.  Join the community along with the New Albany Walking Club, Gahanna Get Moving Team and the Buckeye Striders.  Get it on your calendar: November 12 at 8am. What makes this walk special? This is what are we’re walking “4”:

  1. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (belated). Prior to the walk, breast cancer oncology surgeon Dr. Shilpa Padia will talk about advancements in treatment.
  2. For All People Free Store. Bring a new or gently used winter article of clothing to be donated to the For All People Free Store serving our southside community. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since opening January 1999.
  3. For Good Health and Fitness. Walk four miles through the Scioto Audubon Park, across Main and Rich Street bridges, then back to Schiller Park. Second Sole and Hoka One will have shoes available for free fit tests during the walk. Oh, and snacks, too!
  4. For Chocolates and Coffee! Mingle and schmooze after the walk at Winans Chocolates & Coffee where free treats will be provided.

A flyer for the event is posted on the GVWC website. Help spread the word! Better yet, bring two friends, a couple co-workers, or some family members.

Another SAVE THE DATE | Holiday Happy Hour with Second Sole – December 10

The GVWC will hold its 2nd Holiday Happy Hour at Second Sole on December 10. As last year, Second Sole will host the Club after-hours for 30% discounts on shoes and clothing!  We will have raffles, appetizers, and a follow-on dinner at a Short North restaurant. Look for details in the coming weeks. Mark your calendar!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

persistence

(Thanks, Darla, for the contribution).

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter (Late Edition) | October 5, 2016

Greetings!

You guys get a break this week – a shorter newsletter and I will be out of town on Saturday watching Emily run the Chicago Marathon.  Since small is the theme this week, I’ve included an article about how chitchat can be a benefit to your health; save the date for two upcoming GVWC events; and some HIIT (read: short duration workouts) to balance things off.  Plus, get your “dance on” for the motivation of the week. Thanks, Jim, for leading the Club this week!

There are lots of good things going on the next couple months.  I hope you all plan to join us, and spread the word.

SAVE THE DATE | Community Urban Walk November 12

The GVWC hosts its next Community Urban Walk: the Walk *4* All People 4-Miler.  Join the community along with the New Albany Walking Club, Gahanna Get Moving Team and the Buckeye Striders.  Get it on your calendar: November 12 at 8am. What makes this walk special? This is what are we’re walking “4”:

  1. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (belated). Prior to the walk, breast cancer oncology surgeon Dr. Shilpa Padia will talk about advancements in treatment.
  2. For All People Free Store. Bring a new or gently used winter article of clothing to be donated to the For All People Free Store serving our southside community. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since opening January 1999.
  3. For Good Health and Fitness. Walk four miles through the Scioto Audubon Park, across Main and Rich Street bridges, then back to Schiller Park. Second Sole and Hoka One will have shoes available for free fit tests during the walk. Oh, and snacks, too!
  4. For Chocolates and Coffee! Mingle and schmooze after the walk at Winans Chocolates & Coffee where free treats will be provided.

A flyer for the event is posted on the GVWC website. Help spread the word! Better yet, bring two friends, a couple co-workers, or some family members.

Put Down the Device!  The Benefits of a Little Small Talk   

Engaging in a little idle chitchat during your day can provide good health benefits, improve your daily happiness, and increases your ability for empathy. Chitchat also serves to build a sense of community, which is one of the core tenants of the GVWC.  These benefits were shown in a study featured in a Wall Street Journal article last week titled “The Benefits of a Little Small Talk.”  The article provides a guide on the “how to’s” of small talk.  You can hone your chitchat and small talk skills when hanging with our group at Winan’s after our weekly walks.  No shortness of small talk there!

Another SAVE THE DATE | Holiday Happy Hour with Second Sole – December 10

The GVWC will hold its 2nd Holiday Happy Hour at Second Sole on December 10.  As last year, Second Sole will host the Club after-hours for 30% discounts on shoes and clothing!  We will have raffles, appetizers, and a follow-on dinner at a Short North restaurant.  Look for details in the coming weeks.  Mark your calendar!

High Intensity Interval Workout – Part of Your Program

Studies say you can gain just as good health benefits with shorter, high intensity workouts appropriately called the High Intensity Interval Workout (HIIT).  But, can we live by HIIT alone? This article from the Washington Post suggests that HIIT is just one part of your overall fitness plan.  HIIT workouts are very hard and should only be completed two or three days a week and interspersed with other type of workouts such as cardio, stretching or strength.  Variety is the spice of life, right?

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

Here is a little fun, upbeat, really old school, motivation this week.

Finishing Line

I will not be around Saturday, but hope to catch you all the following week.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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