Saturday is the Spring To Your Feet event which kicks off the GVWC training program for the AAMWWI 5K in August! Come out, bring friends & family, and celebrate the morning. This is a great day to promote walking as a terrific way to stay fit and healthy—something which all GVWC members believe in!
Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- This Saturday – April 14 – Spring to Your Feet – AAWalk Training Program Kickoff
- Welcome to our newest partner, Columbus Running Company
- Having a Good Laugh – Good for your Health
- Ohio Senior Olympics – June 8 – 30
- GVWC Initial Membership Fees to Increase May 1
- Week 10 – Cap City Half Marathon (April 28) Training – LSD tops out at 11 miles
- Race Season Around the Corner – Here are Races and GVWC Discounts
This Saturday – April 14 – Spring To Your Feet – GVWC Training Kickoff for AAWalk
Join us this Saturday, April 14 at 8am as the GVWC officially kicks off its training program for the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative 5K. The purpose of the training is to help participants in the 5K Event on August 11 build up to the 3 miles and establish the healthy habit of walking for fitness. This video explains the training partnership.
The event, hosted by the GVWC, AAMWWI, Columbus Running Company and Winans, will start with a demo of the official shoe for the AAWalk: the adidas Supernova. Everyone will have a chance to wear the shoe during the walk that morning. In addition, CRC will raffle off some cool prizes, and Winans will provide complimentary coffee and chocolate samples following the walk. Route options will be 3 miles through the Scioto Audubon Metro Park or loops of Schiller Park. More information is at the GVWC website. Go to our Facebook page to sign up.
Welcome Columbus Running Company!
The GVWC officially welcomes our new running (walking) shoe store, Columbus Running Company! CRC is a locally owned and operated running shoe and fitness apparel store with four locations, including one in the Short North at 765 N. High Street. As our neighborhood store, we will work primarily with the Short North crew. CRC promotes our Club and sells our shirts in the Short North store—that’s good for us. What’s in it for you? In addition to a free GVWC technical t-shirt and a bunch of other benefits, everyone who joins the Club receives a $15 gift card from CRC—and another $15 gift card every year with membership renewal. What else do you get? After accumulating $200 of purchases at CRC, you will receive a $20 credit. (And, considering you can get an average of 300 – 500 miles out of a pair of shoes, that $200 goes quick!) Look for more events, discounts, and promotions with CRC as our partnership progresses. Thanks Eric, Matt, Lisa, Andy, Evan, Sakiko, and the rest of the CRC crew!
Having a Good Laugh – Good for Your Health
We have all heard it: laughter is the best medicine. Well, there are studies that prove it. From relieving pain to improving the immune system, laughter is good for your health as explained in this article from the VeryWellMind blog. At the GVWC, we know it to be true. After all, have you seen us at Winans on Saturday mornings after our walks? We always find ways to yuck it up.
Ohio Senior Olympics – June 8 – 30
Ok, so most of us probably think our prime shot to compete in the Olympics is behind us, right? Or is it? There may still be time. The Ohio Senior Olympics, which is open to men and women age 50 and older, will be held at Otterbein College in Westerville June 8 – June 30. The official sign-up period has started. The Ohio games are held in even number years, and act as qualifying events for the National Senior Games held in the odd years. Race walking and power walking are events are among the track and field events, as well as other sports. The GVWC’s very own Cindy Wildman, Joyce Prohaska, Neal Eiber, and Karen Edwards are race walking medalists in the Ohio Olympic games, and all except Karen, have participated in and medaled at the National Games. Maybe you will be next!
Check out the information here, and email me if you are interested in participating. As Cindy tells me, “It would be awesome to get some fellow GVWC members to come out and strut their stuff. It is always a great time and once you compete, you feel such a great sense of accomplishment.” She certainly has firsthand knowledge. If you’re concerned about the competition, Cindy advises that the power walking event may be a little less intimidating than the 1500M and 3000M race walking events. As I mentioned, there are a number of sports you can compete in. You never know, you may even find yours truly toeing the line in one of the non-racewalking events. Any guesses on which one?
GVWC Initial Membership Fee Increasing May 1
On May 1, the cost of a GVWC initial membership increases from $25 to $35, though the annual membership renewal fee remains at $15. If you are thinking of joining the Club, do it now before the price increases. With initial membership you get a free GVWC technical t-shirt and valuable discounts on shoes and gear from Columbus Running Company, Caskey Cleaners, registration to local races, and other perks during the year. Thanks so much for everyone’s support of the GVWC. You make this the best walking club in town!
Week 10 – Cap City Half Marathon Training – LSD is 11 Miles – Then We Taper
We are 2 ½ weeks away from the race. Can you believe it? This is Week 10 of the Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon training, and it will be our longest distance (11 miles) for LSD. This is it, the last big push for our training. After this, with two weeks to go, we taper. Taper is where we drastically cut back mileage leading up to the race. That gives us time to rest up and, if necessary, heal up. Finish strong this week as we max out the training miles. Remember to hydrate properly, and to consume carbohydrates (about 25 to 50 grams of carbs each hour). Look for more detailed blurbs about hydration and fueling later this racing season.
Keep it going. You are almost to the starting line!
Race Season Is Around The Corner – Race Discounts for GVWC Members
The race season is right around the corner, and you can find an event almost every weekend from here through November. Lots of people enjoy doing races throughout the season. It keeps them motivated and adds purpose to their walking regimen. The GVWC has relationships with many of the leading race event promoters and we are proud to offer discounts on registration to these races as a benefit to GVWC members. So, get out your calendars to see which ones fit into your schedule. Let me know by email those you are interested in and I will send you the discount code(s) to register.
Ultra Fit USA provides 20% discount on the following races:
4/15 – DogTap 10K / 5K – 2pm@ BrewDog in Canal Winchester
5/5 – Cinco de Mayo 5K / 5 Miler -6pm @ Woodlands Backyard in Grandview
5/20 – Zoo Run 5K – 8am @ Columbus Zoo
6/17 – Hilliard Classic Half Marathon / 10K / 5K – 7am @ Hilliard Bradley High School
8/12 – Columbus Half Marathon / 10K / 5K – 7am – location pending
9/29 – Run Like A Girl 10 Miler / 10K /5K 9am @ Genoa Park, Downtown Columbus (this one is for women only)
10/28 – DogTap 10K /5K Fall Fun – 2pm @ BrewDog in Canal Winchester
11/22 – Turkey Trot 2.5 Mile / 5 Miler 9am – in Upper Arlington
12/9 – Dublin Snowflake 5K – 9am @ Dublin Community Center
Trail race from the Flip Cancer Now Organization, Flip Cancer Darby Creek 5K and 10K trail run, where GVWC members can get $5 off the race to be held on July 21.
Come out for a beautiful 10K route through downtown for Columbus’ oldest road race, the Columbus 10K held on June 3. GVWC members receive a $5 discount off the registration fee, which is currently $40. A portion of the race benefits the Ronald McDonalds House Charities of Central Ohio.
Route of the Week
This week we will be kicking off our training program for the AAMWWI 5K in August. We will do loops of Schiller and a special 3-mile route is also available.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!