Monthly Archives: December 2017

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | December 26, 2017

Greetings!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to one more walk in 2017 this Saturday. Happy and healthy New Year to you and your families!

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • Join the GVWC Team for one of your 2018 Fitness Goals – April 28 Cap City Race
  • Review of Holiday Lights Walk
  • New – GVWC Steering Committee – Be Part of It!
  • Free Feetures Socks from Second Sole
  • GVWC Annual Membership Dues – Due December 31
  • Giving a Little, Getting So Much – Tutoring at Stewart Elementary

Starting to Create Your Fitness Goals for 2018? Here’s One We Can Do As A Club

It is the time of year when many people review their accomplishments over the past year and look to making improvements for the coming year. As you set your fitness goals for 2018, consider adding one that we can do together as a Club: sign up for, train, and compete in the Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, or 5K race on Saturday, April 28. Maybe this will be your first race. Maybe it will be your 15th. Either way, this offers a great way for our Club to have a common goal, to train together through the dreary and difficult winter months, and come together (finally!) on race day as a team for a fantastic race experience.

The Ohio Health Cap City will provide us some great incentives:

  1. $10 off the registration fee (email me for the discount code to enter). (Sign up by December 31 before the price goes up!)
  2. GVWC named in the Team Training Guide and on the Team Training Website; priority packet pickup; GVWC logo on video board in Columbus Commons; and announcement of GVWC Team at the start/finish line.

Let’s do this! Our goal is to get at least 25 people to sign up and train, and we have three signed up already. (A team of 25 is required to get the team perks on race day.) Email me for the $10 discount code, and remember to enter “German Village Walking Club team” from the drop-down menu when prompted. Go GVWC Training Team!

P.S.  Unfortunately, if you have signed up for Cap City already, the $10 discount is not available. Nonetheless, let me know if you already signed up so you can be assigned to the GVWC training team.

Holiday Lights Walk!

We had a hearty group of 16 walkers for our first Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Walk last week. Thanks, Otto, for the suggestion. It was a beautiful night for a walk in downtown Columbus to see the holiday lights—a rare GVWC night time walk. We met at the downtown Winans. Our route took us through Bicentennial Park, along the  Scioto Mile, east on Broad Street, where we stopped at the Leveque Tower to see their beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby. From there we headed east to the State Farm Christmas display, down and through the Topiary Park, and into the Columbus Main library to see the train display. We finished strong by heading west on Town Street through the beautiful lighting in Columbus Commons, and finally back to Winans for hot chocolate and wine – thanks to Brad and Alisa!

Holiday Lights Group

New GVWC Steering Committee – Be Part of It!

As we talk about setting goals for 2018, one of my goals is to improve the Club by sharing leadership and coordination. While you all have been wonderful with both your participation and your ideas for Club activities, I’m keenly aware that there’s more that we can do—and do better. But to get there, it requires more than just one person coordinating everything. Therefore, we’re launching a GVWC steering committee, consisting of 7 to 10 volunteers, to meet once every two months on a Saturday at 10am to discuss new ideas and plan events. The steering committee will help enhance the GVWC in achieving its four core tenets:

  1. Promoting walking as an easy, cheap, and effective form of exercise.
  2. Showcasing Columbus’ cool urban environment.
  3. Cultivating camaraderie and accountability.
  4. Looking out for our urban community and our neighbors.

To start, we foresee subcommittees to shepherd the following events:

  • Saturday walk “pace groups”
  • Annual holiday party
  • Volunteer service at Reeb Avenue Community Center
  • Olympic Race Walker Seminar

The first steering committee meeting will be Saturday morning January 20 after our walk and coffee. If you would like to learn more about the GVWC Steering Committee, please email me. I hope you will join me in taking the Club to a new level!

Free Feetures Socks from Second Sole

As an apology for the customer service mishap last week at GVWC’s Holiday Happy Hour, Randy at Second Sole, is extending an offer to every paid Club member to receive a free pair of Feetures! socks. This offer is good for all Club members regardless of whether you attended the Happy Hour. Complete this order form so I can pull together the order and get you the socks. Thanks, Randy, for your generosity!

GVWC Annual Membership Dues

Your $15 annual membership fee for 2018 is due by December 31. If you joined the Club after September 30 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail checks made out to “German Village Walking Club” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!

Giving a Little, Getting So Much – Call for Tutors at Stewart Alternative Elementary

As you may know, Andrea and I volunteer as reading tutors in Mrs. Mayo’s 6th grade classroom at Stewart Alternative Elementary School. This is my third school year tutoring at Stewart, which is the recently renovated school located at the corner of City Park and Stewart Avenues between Schiller Park and Valter’s. Mrs. Mayo has asked me to spread the word to my friends and neighbors because she’s short on tutors but has a lot of kids who need extra help.

I know, I know! It seems like a hassle, but it’s not. Simply pick a day and time that works best for your schedule. Our shift, for instance, is every Friday from 9am to 9:50am. To accommodate this into my schedule, I work at home in the morning and then head into the office after tutoring. While helping these youngsters improve their reading skills is truly one of the most impactful things I can do in a day, I assure you that I get more out of the experience than they do. I can’t explain why, I just know when I leave the school, I feel energized. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who live or work Downtown. The kids are great! Email Mrs. Mayo if you’d like more information about tutoring.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

Happy-New-Year-Comfort Zone

Finishing Line

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

Larry

Logos for Newsletter

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | December 20, 2017

Greetings!

There are lots going on these last couple weeks of year.  I hope everyone is navigating all the extra events on your calendar. Remember to make time for yourself, take a couple extra deep breaths, and try to find time for exercise and a few vegetables.

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • GVWC Holiday Happy Hour Re-Cap
  • 11 Health Trends for 2018
  • Cold Weather Walking Tips
  • GVWC Annual Membership Dues
  • THIS WEDNESDAY – Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Walk
  • Gift Ideas from Winans – And They Deliver!

Just to prove all you non-believers out there about the popularity of racewalking, here is a link to a video of a Green Bay Packers touchdown celebration this past Sunday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCQwWAKgSC8

GVWC Holiday Happy Hour Re-Cap

We had a fun time at Second Sole on Saturday night for the Holiday Happy Hour. The folks at Second Sole apologized for being shorthanded Saturday night, and they promise to honor the 30% discount to anyone who did not have time to get what they wanted.

The follow-on for dinner at 101 Beer Kitchen was equally enjoyable—even for those not sitting at the “winners” table. Many thanks go to Deb for coordinating the dinner.

Thank you again for the thoughtful (and tasty!) gifts for Andrea and me—and the generous donation made on our behalf to the MidOhio Foodbank. You make the GVWC a special organization. You are ambassadors of fitness through walking. You are exemplars of pursuing lifelong health and wellness. And you are generous with your time and resource in supporting the needs of Columbus’ south side community. I am proud to be a part of this group and I am grateful for your friendship.

11 Health Trends for 2018

I know what y’all are thinking. Topping the list of trends for 2018 is paying for gym membership with Bitcoin.  Sorry, Bitcoin did not make the list. What you will find on this year’s list, compiled by MindBodyGreen blog, are words and phrases like “mitochondria optimization,” “sustainability,” “gut health,” and “intermittent fasting.” Times they are a changing! Let’s be sure to add these to the list of discussion topics during our weekly post-walk coffees at Winans.

Cold Weather Walking Tips

As you know, weather-permitting, we walk year-round. We are a hearty crew not deterred by the cold. Walking outside during winter months can be an invigorating experience. Some of my most enjoyable walks are during brisk conditions. Getting outside to breathe the cold fresh air—and I assure you your lungs will not freeze!—is a special kind of invigorating. This article from the VeryWell blog offers good reminders for walking comfortably in colder weather.  Remember to dress in layers and make sure your extremities are well-covered. Also, if you go out for long walks, take water or a sports drink with you. Even though it’s cold, you’ll still sweat and are at risk of dehydration. Every person has their own personal thermostat, so it may take a little practice to figure out the right clothing to wear for particular conditions.

GVWC Annual Membership Dues

Your $15 annual membership fee for 2018 is due by December 31. If you joined the Club after September 30 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail checks made out to “German Village Walking Club” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!

THIS WEDNESDAY – Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Walk – Rare GVWC Night Walk

Ho, ho ho! Let’s see the holiday lights! Join the Club after work on Wednesday, December 20 for a casual walk to enjoy the holiday lights around downtown Columbus. We’ll meet at the downtown Winans at 6pm and stroll through Bicentennial Park, along the Scioto River to Broad, head east on Broad Street to State Auto, then through the Topiary Park, and back through Columbus Commons to Winans. It’s about 3 miles and it can be done in regular walking shoes. No need to change into workout clothes. Hope to see you there!

Gift Ideas from Winans – And They Deliver!

Winans delivers! Did you know Winans can ship their freshly-made chocolates and locally-roasted coffee anywhere? Whether you need to send a box of chocolates, a selection of flavored coffees or even a gift basket filled to the brim with chocolates, coffees, teas, nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and other treats, Winans can help! Winans will work with you to create a custom treat your family and friends will love! Contact Monica for all your Holiday gift giving this season!

Winans Holiday Corporate Gift Display 2017

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

ridiculous

Finishing Line

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

Larry

Logos for Newsletter

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | December 12, 2017

Greetings!

Baby, it was cold outside! But we had lots of energy to keep us warm during our walk on Saturday and lots of good cheer to go with our delicious breakfast at Valter’s afterwards. (This despite reports of a “mugging” at Valter’s. More on that later.) Be advised there is no official GVWC walk this Saturday, but you are welcome to attend my family’s 5-Miler instead. Also, looking forward to celebrating with the Club this Saturday evening for our annual Holiday Happy Hour.

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • THIS Saturday – Brrrrrewery District 5-Miler + Schmooze – No GVWC Walk
  • GVWC Holiday Happy Hour THIS Saturday Night
  • GVWC Annual Membership Dues
  • “Mugging” Valter
  • Foods to Fight Fatigue
  • Rare GVWC Nighttime Walk to See Holiday Lights – December 20
  • Gift Ideas from Winans – And They Deliver!

THIS SATURDAY – Brrrrewery District 5-Miler – No Official GVWC Walk

There is no official GVWC Walk on Saturday (December 16). Instead, you may join my family and me for our 4th Annual Brrrrewery District 5-Miler + Schmooze. We will have an easy 5-mile jaunt through the Scioto-Audubon Park, North Bank Park, Broad and Main St. Bridges, and back to the Brewery District. Afterwards, refreshments will be served at our home. Be aware this is a “mixed” group – walkers and runners – but I’m confident we can all get along in the spirit of the holidays! Here are the particulars:

DATE: Saturday, December 16

TIME: Arrive by 8:20am. Run/Walk starts at 8:30am.

LOCATION: 41 W. Frankfort St., Columbus
RSVP: by Thursday, December 14 to germanvillagewalkingclub@gmail.com

CHARITY:  This year our family is supporting the Roots Café and Market at the Reeb Avenue Center. You are welcome to join us with a small donation, by making a check payable to the MidOhio Foodbank. We will have a box available to collect donations.

THIS SATURDAY – GVWC Holiday Happy Hour + Follow-On Dinner

Also on Saturday, we are excited for the GVWC Holiday Happy Hour, 6:15pm to 7:30pm at Second Sole’s Gahanna location, 1245 N. Hamilton Rd. All members and their guests receive 30% off shoes and clothing. In addition to shopping, we’ll have appetizers and adult beverages, as well as a raffle for gift certificates from our Club partners: Second Sole, Winans, Valter’s, and Caskey Cleaners. Every attendee gets one raffle ticket. If you pay your annual GVWC renewal member dues ($15) that night, you will receive an extra raffle ticket, doubling your chances of winning!

After the Happy Hour, we’ll head over to nearby 101 Beer Kitchen, a short walk from Second Sole, for dinner. Email Deb Hudson if you will attend the dinner so she can have an accurate count for reservations.

Phew! There’s a lot going on this Saturday. Looking forward to a whole day of celebrating!

GVWC Annual Membership Dues

Your $15 annual membership fee for 2018 is due by December 31. If you joined the Club after September 30 this year, you do not need to pay the membership renewal for this year. Mail checks made out to “German Village Walking Club” to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Thank you for your support. You all make the Club a great success!

Valter was “Mugged”!

This past Saturday, during the Club’s post-walk breakfast, Valter was “mugged”! That’s right, mugged!! To protect the identity of the ring-leader, we’ll refer to her as “DK.” It is the opinion of this reporter that the mugging was not entirely unjustified. After all, it seems Valter has been guilty of a crime of egregious proportions: serving coffee to his guests in Michigan-themed coffee mugs. Michigan! Who would do that in Columbus?? Totally unacceptable. To remedy this sacrilege, DK rallied a rowdy band of co-conspirators to inundate Valter with Ohio State coffee mugs. Yes, the bandits purchased Buckeye coffee mugs to replace the reprehensible mugs representing That State Up North. Good riddance. Well done, DK, and your merry band of muggers, who are pictured below, with their identities masked—to protect the guilty.

Valter Mugging_LI (1)

Foods To Fight Fatigue

The holiday season, while festive and fun, can be a recipe for zapping your energy. After all, take fewer hours of daylight for walking outside, combine it with parties that extend into the wee hours, add a dash of healthy eating regimens shot to hell and – viola! – you’re left snoozing under your desk all Costanza-like. Fueling your body properly can help you fight fatigue and stress. The VeryWell blog offers specific food ideas to keep your energy levels high and your body in top shape. You can bet the suggestions include more protein, fruits, vegetables and grains which, of course, applies any time of year.

Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Walk – Rare GVWC Night Walk

Ho, ho ho! Let’s see the holiday lights! Join the Club after work on Wednesday, December 20 for a casual walk to enjoy the holiday lights around downtown Columbus. We’ll meet at the downtown Winans at 6pm and stroll through Bicentennial Park, along the Scioto River to Broad, head east on Broad Street to State Auto, then through the Topiary Park, and back through Columbus Commons to Winans. It’s about 3 miles and it can be done in regular walking shoes. No need to change into workout clothes. Hope to see you there!

Gift Ideas from Winans – And They Deliver!

Winans delivers! Did you know Winans can ship their freshly-made chocolates and locally-roasted coffee anywhere? Whether you need to send a box of chocolates, a selection of flavored coffees or even a gift basket filled to the brim with chocolates, coffees, teas, nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and other treats, Winans can help! Winans will work with you to create a custom treat your family and friends will love! Contact Monica for all your Holiday gift giving this season!

Winans Holiday Corporate Gift Display 2017

Route of the Week

No official GVWC walk this week.

Motivation of the Week

mile is mile

Finishing Line

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

Larry

Logos for Newsletter

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

GVWC Weekly Newsletter EARLY EDITION| December 3, 2017

Greetings!

It was a beautiful December morning—crisp and sunny—for our walk on Saturday. And being the first Saturday of the month, it was the Winans to Winans route. We had an interesting encounter with real racewalkers along the Scioto Audubon trail. More about that below. And, as I often say, you don’t get that on a treadmill!

Stuff in the newsletter this week:

  • Breakfast at Valters this Saturday
  • New Dinner Plans for Post GVWC Happy Hour – Need RSVP
  • The GVWC Brush with Greatness
  • So, What Do Olympic Race Walkers Eat?
  • GVWC Senior Race Walkers vs. Olympic Race Walkers
  • Gift Ideas from Winans – And They Deliver!

Valters for Breakfast this Saturday – December 9

Join us for breakfast at Valter’s this coming Saturday (12/9) after our walk (about 9:30am). So I can reserve a table, please email me by Wednesday if you will attend.

GVWC Happy Hour Post Dinner – RSVP

For those attending the GVWC Happy Hour on December 16 at the GAHANNA Second Sole, we will be having dinner afterwards at 101 Beer Kitchen almost next door to Second Sole.  Please send email to Deb Hudson if you will be attending.  Looks like we may have 30 attendees for the Happy Hour!

Olympic Racewalkers are For Real!

What are the odds of this happening? During our walk last Saturday, at the top of the path just past the entrance of Scioto Audubon park, we came across what I presumed to be three runners who looked as if they might be lost. My “Columbus ambassador” persona overwhelmed my role as walking leader, so I was compelled to stop and help these strangers with directions. The three out-of-towners, who I later learned were in Columbus for a conference with USA Track & Field, were looking for a suitable route to get in 12 miles, thinking maybe they’d travel south to Greenlawn (aka “Otto’s Route”). My advice, though, considering their mileage requirements, was to head north through the Scioto-Audubon (the direction the Club was already heading) to catch the Olentangy Trail on the other side of North Bank Park. I offered to run with them a few miles to make sure they found their way. “Oh, we aren’t runners,” one of them said. “We’re racewalkers.” I was stunned.

What are the odds that on some random Saturday in Columbus, Ohio I’d come across, not one, not two, but three—THREE!—serious-looking racewalkers? Me. LarryWalksFast. Crossing paths with three racewalkers!

I was so excited I blurted out that I, too, am a racewalker. But then I was immediately embarrassed. What am I doing? These three were young and fit—clearly way out of my athletic league. I tried to walk back my declaration, “But I’m sure you are much faster than me.” It was adorable how they tried to reassure me: “Well, no. Actually, we’re just doing an easy pace today.” I asked the pace. They said a 9-minute mile. As if that was completely normal. Nine-minute miles? Walking?? That is some serious racewalking! “Great,” I said, “I will run with you.”

While we headed along the Scioto-Audubon path at a too-speedy-for-me pace, I tried to keep the conversation going and hide, as best I could, my obvious difficulty keeping up. We caught up quickly with the GVWC walkers. As we passed them, I pointed out to my new friends the pack of walkers who comprised the German Village Walking Club. That was when Deb yelled out, “Hey, Larry! You’re running. That’s not good racewalking form.” With obvious appreciation that our Club understand the rules of racewalking, one of the women said, “You’ve trained them well.” Yep, GVWC members are awesome, aren’t they?

Even though I only had their first names at the time (Marie, Miranda and Cody), thanks to Google I was able to find out all kinds of information about them, including that they are bona fide Olympic athletes. One is two-time Olympic racewalker Marie Michta Coffey, who owns the women’s American record for the 20K race walk at 1:30.49. (That’s a blazing 7:14 pace.) Miranda Melville is also an Olympian who competed in the 2016 Rio Games. The third racewalker, Cody Risch, is looking to qualify for his first Olympics in Tokyo. This article from Runners World features Maria’s story and provides great information about the misconceptions about the sport. This video about Miranda tells her story of becoming an Olympian. And, finally, here is a video which is the equivalent of me trying to keep up with Maria, Miranda and Cody on the trail last Saturday.

The GVWC wishes all three well on their pursuit of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. We will be rooting for you big time!

Here is a picture of Maria (left) and Miranda in a race walk competition from Runner’s World Magazine.

Maria and Miranda2

So, What Do Olympic Race Walkers Eat?

Have you ever wondered what Olympic athletes eat before a big race or event? This article from ESPNW includes a recipe from Maria Michta Coffey sharing one of her favorite power meals. Check it out, Emily Smith, Maria also has a sensitive stomach. Bon Appetite!

GVWC Senior Olympic Race Walkers vs. Olympic Race Walkers

Coincidentally, I came across this photo from the GVWC archives of Club members, and Senior Olympic medalists, Neal Eiber and Joyce Prohaska. If form has anything to do with it, I think Neil and Joyce could give the younger Olympians a walk for their money!

neal and joyce2Maria and Miranda2

Gift Ideas from Winans – And They Delivery!

Winans delivers! Did you know Winans can ship their freshly-made chocolates and locally-roasted coffee anywhere? Whether you need to send a box of chocolates, a selection of flavored coffees or even a gift basket filled to the brim with chocolates, coffees, teas, nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and other treats, Winans can help! Winans will work with you to create a custom treat your family and friends will love! Contact Monica for all your Holiday gift giving this season!

Winans Holiday Corporate Gift Display 2017

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

best yet to come

Finishing Line

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

Larry

Logos for Newsletter

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized