Welcome to fall, even though with this heat it feels like summer is just now showing up. I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. For those training for the Columbus marathon, you just completed your last 20-mile training walk this weekend. Congratulations! You are ready. Rest up and limit yourself to lower distance and intensity till race day. This week should be the last long day for those competing in the half marathon.
I will not be at our walk on Saturday. Chris Coenen will lead the group. Thanks, Chris. For those who ordered shirts, they will be available for pickup after our walk on October 7.
Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- Balance – It’s Important
- A Little Nutty
- A Little Mental Health
- Winans-to-Winans Community Walk For All People on October 21
- Serving the Reeb Avenue Community Meal on October 17 – Sign up
Pictured below are Smason, Emily, Ilana, and Andrew before the Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday. Even with temperatures in the mid-80s and caution flags on the course, Our Little Emily PR-ed. Way to be, Em!
Balance – It’s Important
Whether you are an athlete or a senior (or both) or anywhere in between, balance plays an important role in life. For an athlete, balance can improve performance, power and speed. And, as we age, good balance means we’re less likely to be injured, sometimes seriously, as a result of a fall. Here is an article from the VeryWell blog with 5 exercises to improve balance. I was working on the “dead bug” pose, but Andrea kept trying to pick me up with a tissue and flush me down the toilet.
A Little Nutty
Nuts, seeds, and legumes have great nutritional value in our diets. Some more so than others. Many of us lean toward good-old fashioned peanut butter when it comes to a nutritious nutty spread. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is my go-to pre-race meal. Here is an article from the Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Essentials blog with recommendations for alternative nutty spreads, along with some to shy away from. Thanks Gail Gross-Brown for helping to spread the word. (See what I did there?)
A Little Mental Health – Time to Stop and Smell the Roses
I think we all recognize that life is short, and not always fair. Many of us charge through life a mile a minute. Every now and then, it is important to take a beat, take a breath, and remember what is important. That way, we increase our gratitude and minimize our regrets. Here is an article from the Mark and Angel Hack Life blog that looks at 10 common regrets—and strategies to avoid them.
Winans to Winans Community For All People Walk – October 21
Mark your calendars for Saturday morning, October 21. The GVWC will host its next community walk, a 3-Miler from Winans to Winans. Coffee, chocolates and a raffle will be waiting at the finish line at the Downtown Winans. As we did last year, we ask participants to donate a new or gently used article of winter clothing to benefit the For All People Free Store.
Reeb Avenue Center Community Dinner on October 17–WE NEED 3 MORE
The German Village Walking Club will again serve the Tuesday night meal at the Reeb Avenue Center, 280 Reeb Avenue in Columbus on October 17 from 4:30 to 8pm. For those of you who have not participated in this wonderful community service opportunity, we help set up, serve and clean up the evening meal that is provided at no cost to residents of the southside neighborhood. This is our 3rd dinner service and, like in May, we need 15 people on our team to help serve. Please email Frank Stoy or call him at 419-386-6511 if you would like to join us.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all a week from Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!