It was another great crowd Saturday. It is always great to see so many people getting outside, breathing fresh air, challenging themselves to walk a little further or a little faster than last week—maybe even running a few sets of stairs at the Statehouse—and then hanging out afterwards at Winans enjoying great company. This is what the GVWC is all about: fitness, competition, and community.
In this week’s newsletter:
- Special treat this Saturday: new route and celebration at the new downtown Winans
- Promoting playground fitness: Get outside to walk, do strength exercises, and maybe bring out your inner kid
- Deb Hudson – PR!
- GVWC Want Ads
- AAMWWI – August 12
Celebration at Winans Downtown This Saturday!
Winans is hosting us at their new downtown location at the northeast corner of High and Rich Streets, just off Columbus Commons after our walk this Saturday. If you have not been to the new store, it is beautiful! We will be treated to iced coffees and samples of Winans chocolates!
We will meet at Schiller Park—as usual—and complete our 3 and 5-mile routes at the new Winans. You can find the new “Winans to Winans” route on the website. Rest assured, the pink arrows on the pavement will provide directions to make sure everyone gets to the right place. Note that it’s a little less than a mile to walk back to Schiller afterwards.
Coinciding with the Gallery Hop, we will walk this new route and end at the Downtown Winans the first Saturday each month – the Winans Hop!
Maureen is the GVWC Stair Master. She often leads the group up and down the steps on the north, west and south sides of the Statehouse, as well as the steps along the Scioto Mile. Keeping with Maureen’s affection for using the natural environment, check out this routine, a video from the 12-Minute Athlete website, to spice things up. The 12-Minute Athlete put together creative and challenging ways to get a solid workout using stairs. This could be a stand-alone workout, tacked on to the end of a walk, or incorporate into our mid-walk workout.
As we talk about frequently, don’t wait to find the perfect gym or class or piece of equipment to start a fitness routine. Just turn the steps at the Statehouse, bleachers at the local high school football field, or your neighborhood school jungle gym into a fantastic workout. You are only limited by your imagination. No membership or fancy home equipment required, or being held hostage to that yoga class schedule. Get outside and move!
Taking Advantage of the Outdoors
As an addendum to the previous blurb, this is the time of year to take advantage of the great outdoors. Stop going (at least temporarily) to your local gym for your workouts. Instead, get outside, get creative, and go breath some fresh air. Go to your local school or neighborhood playground for some fun and sweat. But, don’t take my word for it; check out the “happiness” benefits associated with outdoor workouts in this article from MindBodyGreen. And, while you are at it, check out this article from Men’s Health Magazine for an outdoors jungle gym workout.
Last year, some of us worked out at the Scioto Audubon obstacle course. Let me know if you’re interested in doing the obstacle course again this year. It’s both fun and challenging!
Here is a picture of me testing out the jungle gym equipment at a local park in Jerusalem a few weeks ago. I almost look like the guy in the Men’s Health article, right?
PR – Deb Hudson!
Congratulations to Deb Hudson for a PR (36:40) in the New Albany Independence Day 5K on July 4. Deb finished 3rd overall for women in the race walk division. All that Orange Theory work must be making her stronger because, as you know, strength improves speed. Way to be! Below is Deb collecting her medal—and a 20 pound apple pie. Wait, what?
African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative – August 12
Mark your calendars for August 12 and bring 3 of your friends and family to the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative. The GVWC will have a Passion Team. We are shooting for 50 team members to support this important event. The AAMWWI has a similar message as the GVWC: move more, know your numbers, and get to your doctor. The GVWC had fun putting together a promotional video last month. Recognize any faces?
GVWC Want Ads
Free New Albany Walking Classic Entrance Fee
Looking to walk the New Albany Walking Classic? Not signed up, yet? This is your lucky day. Deb Hudson is graciously offering up a free entrance fee she won at a race last week. The first person to email me with the request and it is yours free!
Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Watch
Anyone interested in purchasing a nearly new Garmin Forerunner 305 with heart rate monitor strap? Retailing at $250, it’s a steal at $25. The first person to email me with the request and it is yours.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all Saturday morning. Until then, as always, whatever you do finish strong!