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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 31, 2017

Greetings!

Happy Halloween! The frostin’ is definitely on the punkin’, and I am not liking this shift to winter-like weather. Remember: this Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, so the route will take us to the downtown Winans.

FYI – the email you may have received yesterday about cancelling our walk on Saturday was for last Saturday.  I sent it last Friday night!  Damn you, Google – you trying to bring back the pony express?

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • If You Think You Are Too Old…
  • A Little Thing To Keep In Mind
  • Heart Health Through Strength Training
  • Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party
  • Racing News
  • Hangry Turkey Race – Benefiting Reeb Community Thanksgiving Dinner

If You Think You Are Too Old…

Do you ever read obituaries? Andrea does, and I think she’s a little weird. Every so often, though, there’s one that becomes an inspiration because it captures the wonderfully full and meaningful life the person led. Well, here is an obituary from the New York Times for Harriette Thompson, who was a marathoner into her 90s.  She didn’t start running marathons until she was 76 years old. Wow!  Whenever you feel you can’t do something because you’re too old, read Harriette’s obituary for a little attitude adjustment. Harriette, you were quite an inspiration. May your memory always be for a blessing. Thanks, Brooke Albrecht, for the contribution.

A Little Thing To Keep in Mind

Here is little blurb from the Seth Godin blog, reminding us that the habits we choose to embrace—good or bad—are the ones we become. Choose well, my friends. In case you’re unfamiliar with him, Seth writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. He’s one of my favorite thinkers. Here is the link to his website.

Heart Health Through Strength Training

Man (and woman) cannot live by cardio alone. An article in US News and World Report demonstrates that strength training is needed to help improve your overall heart health.  Timothy Miller, a sports medicine physician at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, was interviewed for the article.

Save The Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party

Get it on your calendar. Our annual holiday celebration for GVWC members will be 6:15pm on Saturday, December 16 at Second Sole’s Short North store. As in the past, there will be appetizers, raffles, and 30% discounts off all Second Sole clothing and shoes. It’s possible that the tacky Christmas suit will make an appearance again this year. Look for more information about this and dinner following the happy hour.

P.S. If you’re not yet a member, this is a good time to make it official so you can take advantage of this terrific member benefit. Check out more benefits at the GVWC website.

Racing News

Congratulations to all the GVWCers who walked the Donut Race on Sunday. Marie and Phyllis, two of GVWC’s most dedicted walkers, did the race in honor Phyllis’ friend, Joan, for whom the race is dedicated. Proceeds go to the Joan’s Foundation, an organization to improve lives by raising funds to support head and neck cancer research, education, awareness, and survivorship. Marie and Phyllis are pictured below.

Phyllis and Marie

Also, congratulations to the GVWCers—Linda, Darla, Deb, Toni, Padmini, Vicky, Jim, and Steph—who walked the OSU 4-Miler. Among the perks of this event include a great medal and finishing on the 50-yard line in Ohio Stadium. I think you guys helped give good mojo for the big Buckeyes’ come-from-behind win over Penn State.

OSU 4 miler 2017

Hangry Turkey – November 11 –  Benefiting Reeb Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Hangry Turkey race at Three Creeks Metro Park will take place Saturday, November 11.  The race is supported by the Community Development For All People, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and the Reeb Avenue Center Roots Café. All proceeds go to cover costs associated with the Tuesday Night Thanksgiving Community Dinner on November 21 at the Reeb Avenue Center. It is a great cause as over 500 meals will be served for guests that night to celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you will help support this event. Sign up for the race here.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

strong stronger

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 24, 2017

Greetings!

The GVWC had a big community week – serving the Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center on Tuesday and, of course, the Winans to Winans Community Walk For All People on Saturday. I am so proud of the generosity of our walkers and the grassroots impact you have on making a difference in our community. We are a small but might group. Thank you everyone!

Lots of stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • Community Walk For All People – Recap
  • Wonderful perspective of the Community Walk For All People
  • Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center
  • Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party
  • Racing News
  • Next Jacket Order
  • Hangry Turkey Race – Benefiting Reeb Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Recap of the Community Walk For All People

The Winans to Winans route was beautiful. The weather was nearly perfect. And the amount of winter clothes donated by our walkers to the For All People Free Store was, literally, a truckload! Kim Hairston, director of the free store, gave some inspiring pre-walk remarks. Kim and her team at the free store do great work in our community and we look forward to continuing our partnership.

Afterwards walkers gathered at Winans’ downtown location for complimentary coffee and chocolates. Congratulations to Jim, Chad, Otto and Larry (no relation) for being the lucky raffle winners. Thanks to Second Sole for donating a $100 gift certificate. Special thanks to Monica and Miles, owners of Winans, for their fantastic hospitality. Not only did they provide a water-stop at the Winans GV, and then host us at the downtown location, they, too, provided gift certificates for the raffle. You guys are the best!

By the way, circling back to the For All People Free Store, it was noted that more than one Cleveland Browns winter jacket was donated. Was that a mistake?? Also, I can email you a donation receipt. Let me know if you need one.

Whole gang

Building Community Part 1 – Putting the Walk For All People In Perspective

The Church For All People’s Director of Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL), Pastor Greg Henneman, wrote a wonderful piece about Saturday’s Community Walk For All People. While fitness and friendship are primary benefits we get out of being a part of this Club, a core tenet of the Club is to extend that ethos to our southside neighbors. As Pastor Greg observed, we walked the talk on Saturday. Amen, brother!

Building Community Part 2 – Serving Dinner at Reeb Avenue Center

Members of the GVWC team participated in serving the Tuesday Night Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center last week. In addition to those stylish aprons, Ronni, Larry, Chris, Mo, Brooke, Vicky, Karen, Mitch, Tracy, Jim, Tim, and Frank, donned plastic gloves and hairnets and got busy dishing food, bussing tables, and washing dishes. It’s not glamorous work, but it’s important. And fun! The Reeb Avenue Center does such great work for the South Side community. You all have a big hand in that.

the group

Save The Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party

Get it on your calendar. Our annual holiday celebration for GVWC members will be 6:15pm on Saturday, December 16 at Second Sole’s Short North store. As in the past, there will be appetizers, raffles, and 30% discounts off all Second Sole clothing and shoes. It’s possible that the tacky Christmas suit will make an appearance again this year. Look for more information about this and dinner following the happy hour.

P.S. If you’re not yet a member, this is a good time to make it official so you can take advantage of this terrific member benefit. Check out more benefits at the GVWC website.

Racing News

Congratulations to Drew and Kelsey, co-presidents of the GVWC – North Carolina Chapter, for their PR performances in the Cannon Ball 5K race in Greensboro. Kelsey’s PR was only matched by her PR time from the finish line to the beer tent. Well done, Kels!

Kels Cannon Ball 2017Drew Rocking the Finish

Congratulations to Otto and Christie for their participation in the Jesse Owens Jog a couple weeks ago. The Jesse Owens Jog is a 2.62-mile fun run/walk held in partnership with the Columbus Urban League and the King Arts Complex and focuses on African-American health and wellness. It also pays tribute to Owens, an Ohio native who ran for and graduated from The Ohio State University. Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. (Take that, Hitler.) Pictured below is Club member, Otto Beatty, with Olympic Gold Medalist and Ohio State graduate, Butch Reynolds (and some other dude). Reynolds, an Ohio native, won the Gold medal in the 4 x 400m, and the Silver medal in the 400m at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. P.S. Extra points to Otto for sporting the GVWC t-shirt at the race!

Otto and Butch Reynolds

Next Jacket Order

Many requests have come in for GVWC jackets for the winter. An order of 8 or more is required to make it work. The jackets are different from the last couple years. Below are pictures. The men’s jacket is black and costs $85. The women’s Option 1 jacket (no hood) is $90 and women’s Option 2 (with hood) is $95. (I have no idea why the cost difference between men and women). We will also order GVWC ½-zip, $65 (as shown on model below). Please let me know by 7pm this Sunday, October 29 of your interest. Your order should include: type, gender and size.

men jacket 2017women jacket 2 2017

women jacket 2017half zip lss

MEN – REPELS WATER. RESISTS EXCUSES.

Inclement weather has nothing on your run. The lightweight, water-resistant Men’s Nike Essential Hooded Running Jacket keeps you covered with a runner-specific hood, back vent for breathability and media pocket for convenient storage.

  • Water-repellent finish shields you from harsh weather.
  • Fitted hood provides coverage without limiting visibility.
  • Internal audio pocket offers convenient storage.
  • Soft, fold-over elastic at the cuffs delivers a secure fit while running.
  • Cordlocks at the hem and back of hood provide an adjustable fit.
  • Exaggerated drop-tail hem adds coverage.
  • Vents at the back and chest enhance airflow.

 WOMEN OPTION 1 – REPELS WATER. RESISTS EXCUSES.

Inclement weather has nothing on your run. The insulating, water-resistant Women’s Nike Essential Running Jacket keeps you covered with a high neckline, filled front baffles and media pocket for convenient storage.

  • Water-resistant finish shields you from inclement weather.
  • High neckline helps keep cold air out.
  • Front baffles filled with insulating material help keep you warm.
  • Zippered side seam pockets offer secure storage. An internal pocket within the right side provides storage for a small media player.
  • Drop-tail hem adds coverage.
  • Brushed, thermal fabric on the internal back and sides help keep you warm.

WOMEN OPTION 2 – WATER-REPELLENT IN A FLASH.

Inclement weather has nothing on your run. The lightweight, water-repellent Women’s Nike Essential Flash Running Jacket keeps you covered with a runner-specific hood, back vent for airflow and a print that bolsters dark runs with a pop of reflectivity.

  • Water-repellent finish shields you from inclement weather.
  • Graphic pops with reflectivity.
  • Vent at the upper back provides airflow.
  • Full-front zipper for easy on and off.
  • Runner-specific hood provides coverage without impeding your field of vision.
  • Zippered pockets on the side seams offer secure storage.
  • Curved drop-tail hem adds coverage.
  • Allover “dizzy camo” graphic pops with reflectivity.

Hangry Turkey – November 11 –  Benefiting Reeb Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Hangry Turkey race at Three Creeks Metro Park will take place Saturday, November 11.  The race is supported by the Community Development For All People, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and the Reeb Avenue Center Roots Café. All proceeds go to cover costs associated with the Tuesday Night Thanksgiving Community Dinner on November 21 at the Reeb Avenue Center. It is a great cause as over 500 meals will be served for guests that night to celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you will help support this event. Sign up for the race here.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

kick ass repeat

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

 

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter |October 16, 2017

Greetings!

This Saturday is the Winans to Winans Community Walk For All People. The walk steps off at 8am at Schiller Park. Be there, bring friends, as well as an article of new or gently used winter clothing for the For All People Free Store serving our South Side community.

Stuff in the newsletter this week – short and sweet:

  • THIS SATURDAY – Winans-to-Winans Community Walk For All People
  • Columbus Marathon – Nailed It!
  • Post Marathon Recovery Tips (It Works for All Post-Tough Workouts)

THIS SATURDAY – Winans to Winans Community Walk For All People

The Community Walk For All People is this Saturday. We still step off at 8am. Please come out, brings friends and join us for a fun 3-mile walk from the Winans in German Village to the Winans Downtown. It will be a beautiful route through the Scioto-Audubon Park and along the Scioto Mile. We ask you to bring to the start a new or gently used article of winter clothing to donate to the For All People Free Store serving our South Side community. We will have collection boxes to receive the donations. In addition, if you come out a little early, you can try on running shoes from Second Sole—and even test them out by wearing them during the walk. Afterwards, Winans will offer all walkers free coffee and chocolates at their downtown location. A few prizes will be raffled off.

Check out our website for more information. And let us know on Facebook if you’re Going, and be sure to Share with friends.

Columbus Marathon – Nailed It!

I am so proud of our GVWC Marathoners:  Maureen Redovan, Jim McVay, Steph Ladson-Wofford, and Linda Romanoff! Hats off to Mike Erlichman who completed his first marathon. Mike trained with the group and finished just behind them. They trained well, they trained hard, and they trained as a unit. They were solid throughout the race, under less than ideal conditions: it was warm, humid, and windy. Thanks to Coach Vern Payne, who every Wednesday morning, coached the group through its paces during their speed day. Their hard work paid off well as everyone placed in the competitive marathon race walking age group category.  Sensational!

  • Maureen – 1st Place
  • Jim – 1st Place
  • Linda – 2nd Place
  • Mike – 2nd Place
  • Steph – 3rd Place

Special shout out to Karin Beaulieu and Karen Edwards for their half marathon race. Also, thanks to our cheering squad:  Andrea, Vicky, Chris, Priscilla, Chris, David, Otto, Christie, Darla, and Chuck. Rest up, folks. See next blurb for marathon recovery tips. Pictures below by Vicky:  Mile 11, Mile 20, and part of Mile 11 Cheering Squad.

gang at Mile 11Mile 20 Still Strong

Mile 11 Cheer Crew

Columbus Marathoners Listen Up – Take Steps for Your Post Marathon Recovery

Say you just did a marathon, or, for us regular folks, had a tough workout. What steps (no pun intended) should you take for the most effective recovery from sore muscles? Here is an article from Business Insider with a video from a physical therapist for some great tips.

Rest up well, marathoners. You earned it.

Route of the Week

It is the Winans to Winans Community Walk For All People 3 Miler!

Motivation of the Week

faith - marathon

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 10, 2017

Greetings!

Columbus Marathon week is here! Good luck to GVWC members Maureen Redovan, Jim McVay, Linda Romanoff, and Dr. Steph Ladson-Wolford! You are well-trained and ready for this race! Remember this: walk the first 10 miles of the race with your head by avoiding the temptation to go out too fast, the second 10 miles with your legs, and the last 10 kilometers with your heart. And we will be there cheering you on!

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • This Sunday – Cheer on our walkers at Columbus Marathon
  • This Friday Night – Volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Memorial Tree for Gloria
  • What Walking Fast Tells You About Your Health
  • Six Foods to Live Longer
  • Sign up to serve the Reeb Avenue Community Meal on October 17
  • Winans-to-Winans Community Walk For All People on October 21

Congrats to the Queen Bee half marathoners last weekend – Darla “Kickass” Kaikis, “Diva” Vicky Brunetto, Toni “the Tiger” Bailey, and Deb “Deb” Hudson! Special shout-out to Deb who placed 3rd in her age group!

fearsome foursome

This Sunday – Cheer on our Walkers in the Columbus Marathon and Half

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is this Sunday, October 15. For those not participating this year, consider cheering on GVWC walkers – along with the other 18,000 marathoners and half-marathoners. Andrea and I have a cheering “station” on the east side of the intersection of Frankfort Street and High Street, just before Mile 11 on the course. We’d love for you to join us. If you drive to the area, you’ll find plenty of free parking on Front Street, a block west of High. The fastest walkers should arrive at Mile 11 between 9:45am and 10:00am. There’s a rumor circulating (started by whom, I can’t imagine) that there will be Bloody Marys and Mimosas at the cheering station—but you’ll have to show up to find out if it’s true!

This Friday  – Volunteer to Benefit Kids From Ronald McDonald House Charities

GVWC member, Chris Coenen, is a very active volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities.  She says there is a need for 40 to 60 volunteers this Friday the 13th from 5:45 – 7pm to help staff the red carpet at the annual “Toast to Tinseltown” fundraising event downtown at Miranova. It is a fun, quick volunteer opportunity where you’ll be cheering for attendees as they arrive at the event. Matt Barnes from NBC4 is conducting the red carpet interviews. Coupons for free McDonald’s sandwich will be available for anyone who volunteers. Sign up here. Chris, you are doing great stuff. I hope we can get you a few volunteers.

Memorial Tree for Gloria Lotz

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the memorial tree and brick paver for our dear friend, Gloria, who passed away this summer. The tulip poplar tree (and paver to be installed) are located at the Bob Toopes Comfort Station along the Creekside path in Gahanna, where Gloria was a long-time member of the Gahanna Get Moving Team. Thanks to Gloria’s close friend, Priscilla Knaus, for coordinating the beautiful memorial.

How Fast You Walk As You Age May Predict Your Lifespan

Here is an interesting article from the Very Well blog summarizing a large study which looked at the natural gait speed of people age 65 and older and how it changed with age. The study showed that people whose gait speed slowed down over time had a shorter lifespan. There are, of course, many contributing factors, but declining gait speed can be an indicator of declining health. It may the result of “deconditioning,” where physical activities decline, or it could be the result of other physical factors, such as arthritis. One of the best things we can do is to keep as active as we can for as long as we can. Keep moving. You are doing a great job! Thanks, Gail Gross Brown, for the contribution.

Six Foods to Eat to Live Longer

While we are on the topic of lifespan and how to live longer, here is an article from the Very Well blog discussing six nutrient-dense foods to can help you do that. They have been shown to strengthen your immune system to help add years to your life. Do peanut M&Ms, a blooming onion, and Captn Crunch Berries count?

Next Tuesday – Reeb Avenue Center Community Dinner on October 17

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. Please email Frank Stoy or call him at 419-386-6511 if you would like to join us.

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.

Check out our website for more information. And let us know on Facebook if you’re Going and be sure to Share with friends.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

twenty six point

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 3, 2017

Greetings!

Wow! What a beautiful weekend it was last weekend! Thanks, Chris, for leading the group. I missed the pumpkin cookie party afterwards at Winans. Thanks go to Darla for bringing the cookies from Piece of Cake bakery. Pictures below.

Remember, this is the first Saturday of the month, which means we’ll walk the “Winans to Winans” route, ending at the new Downtown Winans.

Good luck to the women participating in the Queen Bee Half Marathon in Cincinnati on Saturday!

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • Cheer on our walkers at Columbus Marathon
  • 15th Anniversary of Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon
  • Body weight. Use it.
  • Hangry Race
  • Sign up to serve the Reeb Avenue Community Meal on October 17
  • Winans-to-Winans Community Walk For All People on October 21

Come Cheer on our Walkers in the Columbus Marathon and Half

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is Sunday, October 15—less than two weeks away. Our walkers are well-trained and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor—the taper. For those not participating this year, consider cheering on our walkers and the other 18,000 marathoners and half-marathoners. Andrea and I have a cheering “station” on the west side of the intersection of Frankfort Street and High Street, just before Mile 11 on the course. We’d love for you to join us. If you drive to the area, you’ll find plenty of free parking on Front Street, a block west of High. The fastest walkers should arrive at Mile 11 between 9:45am and 10:00am. And there’s a rumor circulating (started by whom, I can’t imagine) that there will be Bloody Marys and Mimosas at the cheering station—but you’ll have to show up to find out if it’s true!

Kickoff to the  15th Anniversary of the Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon

April 28, 2018 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon. Ohio Health and M3S Sports are celebrating this 15 year anniversary with features in their newsletter of individuals and groups participating in the event. GVWC is honored to be the first group featured. Congratulations Ohio Health and M3S Sports on this achievement. We look forward to racing on April 28.

Coincidentally (ok, it is not a coincidence, I did it intentionally), the motivation of the week is a quote by 2012 and 2016 Olympic marathoner, Desiree Linden, who used the 2016 Cap City Half Marathon as a tune-up race for the 2016 Summer Olympics where she finished 7th in 2:26:08.

Body Weight – Use It

At the GVWC, we talk a lot about “no excuses” – as in quit telling yourself that you need to wait for the perfect time, the perfect gym, the perfect class, the perfect fill-in-the-blank excuse before you can start doing something. I know I am preaching to the choir, but if you are looking for some easy ways to start (or maybe enhance) your strength workouts, here is an article from Prevention Magazine about the most effective body weight exercises you can do to develop strength. No equipment needed. You can do them as a set—all 7 exercises—for one minute each, and then do 3 sets. Or maybe toss in a couple of these in at the end of a walk or fitness class. Or maybe while you’re watching TV. The possibilities are endless. My favorites as you know by now are burpees, pushups, and mountain climbers. These are killer exercises that work most the major muscle groups.

Hangry Race

Our good friends at the Community Development For All People are organizing their second annual Hangry Race on Saturday, November 11 at Three Creeks Metro Park. All proceeds from this event will support the Thanksgiving community dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center on Tuesday, November 21, when over 500 meals will be served to residents in the southside neighborhood. For more information about the race and registration, visit www.HangryRaceSeries.com

Oh, and if the Community Development for All People sounds familiar, the For All People Free Store is the beneficiary of the new and gently used winter clothing we collect at the Community Walk on October 21.

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.

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.

Check out our website for more information. And let us know on Facebook if you’re Going and be sure to Share with friends.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

desiree shoes

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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