Well done, everyone. We made it through the rain on Saturday. Not ideal conditions, but we got out there and got it done. Fortunately, as always, hot coffee and delicious chocolate was waiting for us at Winans afterwards. Speaking of Winans, this Saturday upcoming is the first Saturday of the month, and you know what that means! The route for the week is the Winans-to-Winans 3-miler ending at the downtown Winans.
Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- Serving the Tuesday Night Community Meal at Reeb Avenue Center – April 24
- International Women’s Day Fundraiser
- More about Mindfulness – Meditation – Good for the Heart
- It’s About Time – Timing the Events at the Olympic Games
- Schiller Park “Loop Leaders” Needed
- Week 3 – Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon Training – LSD is 7 Miles
Serving the Tuesday Night Community Meal at Reeb Avenue Center, April 24
The German Village Walking Club will again serve the Tuesday night meal at the South Side Roots Café at the Reeb Avenue Center on April 24 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. This will be the fourth time we serve the evening meal, which is provided at no cost to residents of our South Side neighborhood. For those who have not participated with us in the past, it’s a wonderful community service opportunity. And it’s easy! We help set up, serve and clean up. Like last year, we need 15 people on our team to help serve. This is the first of three dinners we will serve in 2018. Please email Frank Stoy if you would like to join us.
International Women’s Day Fundraiser
On Thursday, March 8, from 3pm to 11pm, Wolf Ridge Brewing (215 N. 4th St.) will hold a public fundraiser and tapping party to benefit the YWCA of Columbus for International Women’s Day. Come out, celebrate and raise money for the YWCA. In case you don’t know it, the GVWC’s very own Christie Angel is the CEO of the Columbus YWCA.
More About Mindfulness – Meditation – Good for the Heart
Mindfulness—particularly meditation—may be another good tool for good heart health. This article from the Harvard Medical School Review blog has tips and strategies for incorporating meditation into your healthy routine. This year, I am working on meditation and mindfulness. I try to spend a few minutes twice a day on meditation and breathing exercises. It is not easy, but I think it helps me…especially after a particularly stressful day.
It’s About Time – Timing the Events at the Olympic Games
Ever wonder how they time the events at the Olympics? Well, the technology has changed from the handheld stopwatch used the first modern Olympics in 1896. Those early stopwatches, which could discern to the tenths of seconds, actually relied on the reaction time of the human holding the watch and not necessarily to performance of the athlete being timed. By 1948, Olympics timing technology was down to measurements in the hundredth of seconds. That was the same year the “Magic Eye” was introduced—which allowed for the photo finish. In 1992, technology increased the accuracy to thousandths of a second.
A fascinating article from the New Yorker Magazine recounts the evolution of Olympic timing, and describes how certain events were measured in Pyeongchang. Thanks, Steph Waterman, for the contribution!
Schiller Park “Loop Leaders” Needed
Every spring and summer, we enjoy an increase in the number of people who walk with us. This year, we anticipate even more walkers. That’s because (we hope!) people will take advantage of the opportunity to train with the GVWC to prepare for the AAMWWI 5K in August. Many of these folks will start out with laps around Schiller Park. To accommodate them, we need “loop leaders,” who will be responsible for welcoming newcomers and walking with them around the park. Two loop leaders each week will probably suffice and seven GVWC members have already committed to rotate Saturday mornings. Many thanks to Nancy S., Phyllis, Deb, Frank, Christie, Sandra, and Larry for stepping up. We could use 4 to 6 more volunteers, which will lighten the load for everyone. Loop leaders are definitely Walking the Talk: they are ambassadors both for walking for fitness and for the GVWC. If you can commit to one or two Saturdays over the spring/summer, email Frank, the Loop Leader Liaison (L3).
Week 4 – Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon Training – LSD is 5 Miles
It’s Week 4 of the Ohio Health Cap City Half Marathon training—and it’s FALL BACK WEEK! The focus of any distance training schedule is the long slow day (LSD). For full and half marathons, it’s all about getting accustomed to time on your feet—to building endurance. During Week 4, we back down the LSD from 7 to 5 miles. Yes, that is right, we fall back to 5 miles. A little reprieve. During training we may do this every 4 weeks or so to rest up for the next increase in longer miles. Enjoy, but get ready to crank it up for the next 3 weeks after that!
Remember to build your other training days—easy, tempo, cross training, and OFF—during the rest of the week. Find links to the half and quarter marathon training schedules on the GVWC website.
There’s still time to join our Ohio Health Cap City team to walk in the half, quarter or 5K race. Price increases $10 midnight Wednesday! Walkers associated with the GVWC receive a $10 discount upon registering here. (Be sure to email me for the code prior to registering.) GVWC’s half marathon team includes: Jim McVay, Stephanie Ladson-Wofford, Nancy Traub, Brooke Albrecht, Chris Coenen, Deb Hudson, Karin Beaulieu, Sandra Bordley, Vicky Brunetto, Karen Meggyesy-Latimore , Tim Latimore, Linda Romanoff, Toni Allen, and Larry Smith. You know the old saying, “The more the merrier.” Or is it, “Misery loves company”? Either way, we hope you’ll join us in conquering 13.1 in April!
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!