Welcome to summer! I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend. Lots of adventures with GVWC members is discussed in this week’s newsletter. Thanks for sending me stories, pictures, and interesting articles. While “wellness” is kind of our thing, we don’t live and die by just reading healthy articles. Heck, there’s even a rumor floating around that the GVWC will host donut, bloody Mary, and taco walks later in the year. You see, we try to be mostly healthy in the GVWC. But we aren’t nuts. Everybody needs to cut loose a little!
Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- GVWC Members – This and That
- Need a Few More Volunteers Needed – GV Haus and Garten Tour
- June 9 – Spring To Your Feet, Part III – Dr. Darrell Gray speaker
- Eight Things That Happen to Your Body by Walking Everyday
- Mediterranean Diet Recipes
- Sign up for GVWC AAMWI Passion Team
- This Saturday’s Route – Winans to Winans
Thank you, Otto, for leading the group in my absence on Saturday. Continuing with our “What Will Cross Our Path” nature theme, this was the latest animal to be discovered during our walk. Looks like a Yertle. Or maybe a Myrtle.
GVWC Members – This and That
Congratulations to Deb Hudson who completed the OhioHealth Fore! Miler last week in Dublin which, according to Deb, was crazy hot for an evening race. Deb does this race every year in memory of her late father, who loved Muirfield and was a big fan of Jack Nicklaus.
Kim Beery, Darla Kaikis, Karen Edwards, Steph Waterman, Vicky Brunetto, and Priscilla Knaus (who volunteered at the Mile 2 water stop) traveled east for the Martha Vineyard’s Half Marathon. Vicky reported that, though it was a flat course, the last 4 miles were tough. The course ran alongside the ocean—and the wind and rain were not a treat. “We were really glad to be done!” Pictured here, looking a bit like they’re about to head out on a fishing trawler, is the crew at the start line.
Andrea and I, along with my son, Drew and his fiancée, Kelsey VanDemark, participated in the Cub, the first leg of the High Country Triple Crown, held near Boone, NC last weekend. While Drew and Kelsey are signed up to complete all three races, Andrea and I took advantage of the opportunity while we were down for a visit. This race was 7 miles in the mountains. The scenery was beautiful, but the course was tough. It was a circuit, but the whole dang thing seemed to be uphill. And when I say uphill, I mean, uphill. Congratulations to Andrea, who won third place over for women in the “grandmasters” category (i.e., 50+). As Andrea likes to say, “Congratulations to me for being over 50!”
I captured this view from the top of mountain, which was at the 5-mile point. This was by far one of the toughest races I have done. I thought this may be my final resting place.
Seeking Eight More Volunteers for German Village Haus & Garten Tour
This year, the GVWC will cover a house during the German Village Haus & Garten Tour on June 23 and 24. The house we have been assigned, 71 E. Deshler, is located at the southwest corner of Schiller Park. A few more volunteers are needed to completely fill our shifts. Here is what remains:
Saturday Night Pre-Tour: June 23 5:15pm to 8:30pm – Need 4
Sunday, June 24:
- 8:45am – 11:30am – Need 2
- 11:15am – 2:00pm – Need 2
- 1:45pm – 4:15pm – Shift filled
June 9 – Spring to Your Feet Part III – GVWC and AA Wellness Initiative
June 9 is our next Spring to Your Feet series as part of our partnership with the African American Male Wellness Initiative (AAMWI). Our special guest that morning will be Dr. Darrell Gray, OSU Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Gray will say a few words, and you will have a chance to walk with him as well. In addition, Columbus Running Company will be on-hand to showcase the new AAMWI shoe. Try it on, walk the route. There will be a raffle for Columbus Running Company gift cards.
Our final Spring to Your Feet walk will be July 14 with Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham, dermatologist, Downtown Dermatology. I hope to see and walk with everyone on June 9 and July 14.
Eight Things that Happen to Your Body by Walking Everyday
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic pill we could take to keep us healthy and fit? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Even though there is no miracle drug, walking regularly for exercise comes damn close. Walking helps you physically and mentally. Walking reduces the risk to major diseases, and it helps to maintain a healthy body late into life. This article from the providr blog offers eight compelling reasons to walk regularly for wellness.
Thanks, Linda Romanoff, for the submitting this article!
Mediterranean Diet Recipes
May is International Mediterranean Diet Month. You may be familiar with the diet which incorporates meals rich in beans, lentils, grains, olive oil, and perhaps a glass of red wine as the basis for healthy eating. The VeryWellfit blog offers 10 easy and affordable recipes. They all look great, except for No. 9, sardine patties. Fatty fish is good for your heart, but this is ridiculous!
AAMWI Passion Team – Time to Sign Up
As you know, the African American Male Wellness Walk is August 11. We are helping to train people for the 5K event, and help them establish the healthy habit of regular exercise. Like we did last year, the GVWC will have a passion team, and the 5K will replace our regular Saturday morning walk on that day. Since this is an “official” walk, we need to register our participants. Please use this sign up link. Our goal is at least 30 people to represent the GVWC for this important cause. Sign up … and bring family members and friends, as well.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!