GVWC Weekly Newsletter | June 27, 2017

Greetings!

Thanks so much to Otto for leading the group last week while I was gone. By all accounts, Otto put together a terrific new route that was welcomed by all. We will add this one – the Greenlawn Trail south along the Scioto River – to our rotation of cool downtown Columbus routes.

After an amazing 11-day trip to Israel, Andrea and I are still trying to decompress from the inspiring, historic and, at times, emotional journey across the beautiful country that is the homeland of Our People. And we both are struggling to recover from jet lag. (Changing from Standard to Daylight Savings knocks Andrea out for a week, so she’s really hurting.) In this abbreviated, jet-lagged newsletter, you will find:

  • The Israeli diet
  • Are you fit enough for extended travel?
  • Winans new downtown Columbus store is open!
  • Mazel Tov Drew & Kelsey
  • Bagel Boogie 5-Miler

Fruits, Nuts, Olive Oil, and More

Andrea and I loved the meals we had in Israel. The Israeli diet is much like the revered Mediterranean Diet and is based on fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, grains, nuts, and legumes. Oh, and wine! Israel does not import its fruits and vegetables; therefore, the availability changes with the seasons. (As it should be, right?) In Jerusalem, many Israelis buy their fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, pastries and more in the “Shuk,” the Israel market. This article from the Jewish Action Magazine discusses the Shuk and the Israeli diet. Below are some pictures from the Shuk when Andrea and I visited. I’m sorry the photos aren’t Scratch & Sniff because the aromas were intoxicating!

Fit Enough to Travel?

Andrea and I went to Israel with a group of 27 people, primarily from our synagogue. Other than the Rabbi and his wife, who are 54 and 45, respectively, Andrea and I were the youngest travelers. By my estimate, the average age of our group was late 60s. The itinerary for our trip was action-packed. As soon as we got off the plane in Tel Aviv—after about 10 hours in the air from Toronto—we boarded the tour bus and immediately started our adventure. We drove straight to Jerusalem to see the Old City. It was a full day of sites: walking, climbing stairs, standing. Actually, the first four days were nearly non-stop.

If you were looking to hang at the beach with casual strolls, this was not the trip for you. Indeed, the trip was challenging for Andrea and me—and we are in pretty good shape. We couldn’t imagine what it was like for our companions who were in less good shape. We observed the toll it took on some in our group. With all good intentions, they moved slowly to get on and off the tour bus, they struggled to keep up with the group, they were breathless after climbs at sites, they took frequent rest breaks, and even begged off on some activities.

There were others in our group who amazed me. Our tour guide, for example, is an inspiration physically and emotionally. David is 72 years old, an Israeli. He served in the Israeli army and fought the Six Day War in 1967 and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where he was injured in battle. His body is riddled with shrapnel and he has a plastic vein in one leg. You would never know it, though. He led our group, with a serious bounce in his step, for 10 hours a day. He never let up. It is as if he is fueled by his passion for Israel and his desire to share his knowledge and love of his country to those in his charge.

Then there was Brian. At 75, he is very active. He swims for fitness and, though retired, is in the process of writing his first book. Brian is bright and interesting and engaging. He looks much younger than his age, and I’d hazard a guess he’s in better shape than most men 10 or 20 years his junior.

And there was Carole, 77, the dynamo who planned our trip. She has been to Israel more than 200 times. She accompanies her groups to Israel 3 or 4 times per year. In addition to being an active travel agent, Carole shows dogs and has established a foundation for an elementary school in Israel. She is steady and strong, and she exudes passion for life. All these people are very active—physically and mentally—which seems to be the necessary foundation for taking on a trip of this magnitude.

But, then there was Leslie. Leslie is probably in her mid to late 60s and she struggled on this trip. She knew in advance it would be a challenge, and she said she prepared for it by working with her personal trainer. (But “working out” one day a week for an hour is not going to cut it.) I was sitting with her to keep her company on one of her breaks when she admitted to me that this is probably her last big trip. She just can’t do it anymore. She just can’t keep up. Seeing Leslie come to grips with her limitations makes me sad. But I am hopeful she will regroup, take time to think about the future, and seriously work on improving her physical condition and stamina. Because she so much would like to keep traveling.

The bottom line is this: although we may reach a time in our lives when we think we need to give something up that is very important to us, there are ways we can still accomplish our goals. Better yet, let’s keep up with a fitness regimen to keep us sturdy, strong and healthy. There is no doubt that it takes being intentional—and disciplined—about exercise. There are plenty of ways to keep on moving strong, and walking with the GVWC every Saturday can be a part of it. I know many of our members have overcome obstacles and made adjustments to lead lives of fitness. You are proof that, if you have the will and the passion, there is definitely a way.

Winans Chocolates and Coffee (& Wine!)  

Congratulations to Monica and Miles on the opening of their new Winans store located at the northeast corner of Rich and High Streets in downtown Columbus.  I peeked in the windows before we left for vacation, and it looks really cool inside.  Perhaps the GVWC will mix it up to include the downtown location in our post-walk socializing.

http://winanschocolatesandcoffees.com/locations/columbus/

On a Personal Note: She Said Yes!

Congratulations to my son (and co-president of the North Carolina Chapter of the GVWC), Drew Smith. She said yes! Drew, who is not one to do anything understated, plotted an elaborate scheme to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Kelsey VanDemark. Despite the many moving parts and the countless opportunities for the beans to be spilled, everything worked perfectly on the surprise proposal: beautiful day, beautiful ring, beautiful fiancée. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Kelsey to our family. Mazel tov!!

Drew and Kelsey3

New Albany Walking Club’s Bagel  Boogie 5 Miler

The New Albany Walking Club is going to be hosting a fun walk on Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 am at The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.  The New Albany Walking Club will be providing bagels, and a variety of spreads, coffee, tea and water post-walk.  Registration is required by July 2.  Please email Linda Romanoff for more details and registration.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

train the quit

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | June 6, 2017

Greetings!

The weather-people were wrong – what a great weekend!  And, lots of folks took advantage of the weather with bike rides, graduations, and commercial photo shoots!

In the newsletter this week:

  • Loss of our sweet friend Gloria
  • Thanks to all who participated in the commercial shoot Saturday. It’s gone live!
  • GVWC discount for the Emerald City Half/Quarter Marathon August 27
  • Burpees and Pull-ups (my favorites!)
  • The GVWC newsletter is on vacation till June 27

With Great Sadness

It is with great sadness we share the passing of GVWC Founding Member Gloria Lotz. Gloria died Sunday evening after a long illness. If you had the pleasure to know Gloria, I’m sure you would agree she was one of the sweetest people on this earth. Even during illness and treatments, she would walk with us when she could, all the while still projecting that sweet disposition of hers. Gloria was a source of inspiration and joy to all of us. She will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies to Gloria’s husband Steve, her daughter Gina and grandson Wayne (both GVWC members), and Gloria’s entire family and friends.

No funeral information has been announced yet. We will do something special in Gloria’s memory on Saturday at our walk. We will miss her dearly.

winnie the pooh

AAMWWI Commercial Shoot

Thanks to everyone who participated in the commercial shoot at Schiller Park on Saturday to promote the August 12 African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI). A terrific version has already been posted on their Facebook Page. As you can see, they captured some “B-roll” of us walking around the pond and a few of our members (Otto and Christie, Maureen, and David) say a few words about what walking means to them. This may launch the modeling career of the youngest member of the GVWC, Emmy Smith (no relation), who stole the show in her GVWC onesie. Look for more spots on NBC4, the media sponsor of the event, over the summer.

Baby Em

Emerald City Half/Quarter Marathon GVWC Discount

M3SSports, the promoter of the August 27 Emerald City Half/Quarter Marathon, is offering the GVWC a group discount of $5 off the races. After registering, enter the discount code 17ECGVWC.  This race could be a tune-up race or long slow day (LSD) as part of your fall racing schedule.

Perfect Form for those Burpees and Pullups!

From the MyFitnessPal blog, here are two articles to help you with your form when doing burpees and pull-ups. Anyone can get in pretty damn good shape doing these two exercises.  The burpee is a total body workout and the pull-up/chin-up is terrific upper body exercise. Toss in some squats or lunges and you have covered every major muscle group. After my 3-mile walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do a set of chin-ups, pull-ups, and burpees. It’s a nice and challenging way to finish off a walk. The only equipment needed is a chin-up bar, like the one I use (Iron Gym workout bar), which temporarily hangs in any doorway. Thank you, Dr. Steph, for submitting these articles. Seems like some type of challenge is in order?

The GVWC Weekly Newsletter is on Hiatis for 2 Weeks

While Andrea and I are on vacation, the newsletter will also take a break. Catch you all back on June 27.

First Place in Her Age Group

Speaking of Andrea, congratulations to her for coming in first place in her age group at the Jack Roth 5K in Bexley on Sunday with a speedy time of 24:29. Moving into a new age group category sometimes has its privileges.

Jack.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

In Loving Memory

Gloria

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 30, 2017

Greetings!

Welcome to the traditional start of summer! I hope you all had a terrific Memorial Day weekend. Don’t forget our walk starts at 9:30am this week so we can accommodate the filming of the promotional video for the AAMWWI at 11:30am. More details below. Also in the newsletter:

  • Summary of GVWC Volunteers Serving Free “Community Meal” at Reeb,
  • The Key to Losing 130 Pounds, and
  • Steph, in her own words

Saturday – 9:30am Walk, 11:30am AAMWWI Video Shoot

Reminder, this Saturday our regular walk starts at 9:30am to accommodate the promotional video shoot with the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI) starting at 11:30am. The AAMWWI will collect footage of GVWC walkers for a promotional video they are preparing for their upcoming AAMWWI 5K Walk on August 12. So, wear your GVWC gear, and help us have great representation for the video.

(For all you Saturday morning sleepy heads, this late start allows no excuses for those who say they struggle with an 8am start. Haha!)

GVWC Serves Community Meal at Reeb Avenue Center

A huge thank you to members of our group who volunteered to serve the free meal last Tuesday night at the Reeb Avenue Center: Frank, Deb, Andrea, Priscilla, Jim, Nancy, Jeff, Karen, Tim, Jason, Emily, Michelle, David, Maureen, and Larry. Those of you who participated can attest to the important work being done every day at the Reeb Avenue Center for a community in need. For those of you who missed it, it was an amazing and humbling experience. We hope you will consider joining us next time.

With the two meals served by the GVWC this year at Reeb, we have accumulated 92 community service hours. As you may recall, the GVWC will donate to charity $1 for every hour our group contributes toward community service. (Well, up to 200 hours—and $200—because we’re just starting out.) Look for more opportunities later in the year. If you have suggestions for volunteer opportunities, please let me know. Thanks again for all your generous support!

Take a look at the happy, handsome group comprising the GVWC-Reeb Avenue Team:

Reeb Avenue Team

This Man Lost 130 Pounds – The One Exercise That Helped Him Achieve It

You guessed it. Walking! Here is an inspiring article from Men’s Health Magazine with the story of a man who lost 130 pounds. The one thing that helped him break through his weight loss plateau was walking. You will also read in the articles such phrases as:  “small changes,” “portion control,” “40-minute daily walks,” “having a group to rely on,” “strength training,” and “the burpee.” Sound familiar? Yes, these are all principles that we at the GVWC advocate. And you’ve heard me say many times, things like: make a small change stick before adding another; be consistent in your exercise; you don’t need no stinkin’ gym (literally and figuratively); and BURPEES ARE THE GREATEST!

In Her Own Words – Dr. Steph at the Cleveland Half Marathon

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Steph Ladson-Wollford’s email about her experience at the Cleveland Half Marathon a couple weeks ago. As you will read, races are more about the entire experience than the race, itself. Congratulations, Dr. Steph, on the race and your son’s graduation, too!

Our arrival into Cleveland was a big step up from that of Canton. We arrived at the right place the first time, instead of the wrong place with a tiny sign telling us we were wrong. A conveniently placed bathroom after we arrived foretold a good weekend.

Even though we had plans to eat out the entire weekend, Linda, Mo and I brought enough food to feed 10 walkers. Mo and I enjoyed several cups of tea along with our water. Mo explained that she would not be walking that fast. Linda and I took her at her word (not!). In fact, we all decided that we would keep a pace of 13:30 to 13:45 for the half. However, I did not know that Mo was slipping into her tea. It was either ginseng or beet root or something, because she walked with the wind when it came time for the half. Linda and I forgot about the slower pace, pulling each other along at a much faster pace. Mo was just a blur, and then we lost her completely. The roads had pot holes, bricks and road kill, but that did not stop us. Linda and I even had a cat jog across the road in front of us. In the last mile when you think you have nothing left, there was a bridge we had to climb. Linda and I dug deep and pushed through. When it was all said and done, Linda, Mo and I stood proudly together.

We thought of Chris doing her first race and Karin proudly sharing a race with her newly graduated daughter, Caroline. We also thought of Gloria and Deb, whose struggles pale in comparison to our own. Here’s to you, ladies.

Participating in a race or two took a back seat to just having a good time with friends. The reward was just a culmination of all the miles and hard work to get to the Big Day. As I was finishing my last mile, I began to wonder why the hell I was out there, why didn’t I just slow down. But it was another test of life to dig deep and keep going until you finish. It’s never easy, but it teaches you that you have more in yourself than you gave yourself credit.

It is the eve of my oldest son’s graduation. Another proud moment, but another major life change.

Ladies of Cleveland Half 2017

Mo, Chris, Linda, Dr. Steph, and Caroline. Not pictured – Karin (taking the picture, I suppose).

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 23, 2017

Greetings!

Memorial Day weekend coming up? Crazy! Be sure to start your long weekend off right with a Saturday morning walk with us through downtown Columbus.

In the newsletter this week:

  • GVWC women take to the streets of Cleveland
  • fit-Foodie retake
  • Shilpa Padia using the latest in radiation technology for breast cancer patients
  • The GVWC is making a video with the AAMWWI Saturday morning June 3. We will meet at 9:30am for our walk. Video 11:30am.  Be there!
  • Sign up for GVWC Passion Team for the AAMWWI on August 12
  • 67 Weight Loss Tips – good habits to create

Below are Deb and Vicky, who walked in honor of our friend, Gloria Lotz, in the Race for the Cure on Saturday. We are thinking about you, Gloria!

For Gloria

Girls Weekend Racing in Cleveland

Congratulations to Caroline, Dr. Steph, Karin, Chris, Mo, and Linda who participated in a variety of races and in multiple combinations in Cleveland last weekend. Distances ranged from 8K, 10K, and half marathon. Special kudos to Chris for completing her first half marathon. She says that she is ready for another one. That’s a good sign. Way to be ladies!

The girls of Cleveland 2017

Redo fit-Foodie

Here is another link to the last week’s fit-Foodie review by Darla Kaikis. Technical difficulties, which impacted the formatting, have been fixed. Apologies to Ms. Fit-Foodie.

Shilpa Shines

Congratulations to GVWC member, Shilpa Padia, MD, co-medical director of Breast Cancer Services for Mount Carmel Health System, for being featured in an article in Columbus CEO Magazine this month about the cutting edge radiation technology she uses to treat breast cancer patients. The treatment involves a one-dose application of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, delivered over a period of about 20 minutes at the time of surgery. It reduces the amount of radiation exposure, and the one dose eliminates the need and hassle of returning daily for weeks of radiation treatments. This is a meaningful innovation in treatment for patients. Way to be, Shilpa!

Be There! June 3 Saturday Morning (Time Change 9:30am Start of Walk) – GVWC Makes Promo Video with AAMWWI
Mark your calendars! On June 3, our walk will start at 9:30am.  A crew from the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI) will be out to film and interview us at 11:30am after our walk. They will collect footage for a promotional video they are preparing for their upcoming AAMWWI 5K Walk on August 12. So, wear your GVWC gear.  We will be joined by Black Men Run, and two former OSU basketball standouts, Scoonie Penn and Tomeka Brown, to shoot the video.

You may recall, this year the GVWC is partnering with the AAMWWI. We will have a booth at the 5K Wellness Walk and will participate in the walk (see “GVWC Passion Team” below). Check out this promotional video with Mike Jackson.

Pulling the GVWC Passion Team Together for August 12 AAMWWI Walk

We committed to having 50 members and friends of the GVWC to join our AAMWWI Passion Team. A passion team is a group (could be a club, family or group of friends) committing to the Wellness Walk. They expect to have 20,000 people at the 5K event this year.  The GVWC and AAMWWI have very similar messages. Theirs:  move more, know your numbers, and get to your doctor! So, who better to be ambassadors of walking than the GVWC.

I am working on securing our team.  So, please let me know if you will commit to walking and if you will bring friends or family members. It’s free to participate!

Weight Loss – Here are 67 Tips!

Thank you, Drew Smith, co-president of the North Carolina chapter of the GVWC for submitting this article from the My Fitness Pal blog. My Fitness Pal lists 67 science-backed weight loss strategies, many of which we have seen before. None of the tips are related to fad diets or get-slim-quick schemes. Like we advocate at the GVWC, these tips are rooted in becoming habits. Establishing healthy habits helps us achieve and maintain our ideal weight.

Just to clarify for some of you, when you see the tips about drinking, it does not refer to alcoholic drinks. So, settle down.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

eat like you

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter |May 16, 2017

Greetings!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mother Nature pulled out all the stops by providing spectacular weather over the weekend. I hope all our GVWC moms enjoyed the day. For those of us whose moms are not with us any longer, we certainly felt your sunny smiles shining down on us.

Welcome Diedre and Janet who walked with us for the first time Saturday. We hope you will become regulars!

Remember this Saturday is the Komen Race for the Cure. Those who drive to Schiller might run into traffic. To avoid getting mixed up in the Race, our route this week will take us through the Topiary Park.

In the newsletter this week (lots to read – pace yourself):

  • New GVWC Apparel Order – t-shirts, tank tops, and caps – Tell me by Sunday!
  • The fit-Foodie is back
  • Saturday, June 3 – GVWC makes promotional video with the AAMWWI
  • Cleveland half marathon-bound
  • Find a park – do your strength workouts there
  • Redevelopment in Merion Village

Darla captured the two scenes below. First, the beauty of the Statehouse early in the morning. Second, which turns into a nightmare when you realize, on closer inspection, Mo is making us run the Statehouse stairs. Nonetheless, stairs make you stronger!

statestairs

T-shirts, Tanks, and Caps – Need Order by Sunday

I am placing another GVWC apparel order.  Here are the options with pictures below:

  1. Short sleeve t-shirt:  $25.  Women colors – purple (no XL) or gray.  Men colors – blue or black
  2. Tank top:  Women $25.  Colors – purple or gray. Men $30.  Color – black only (not pictured).
  3. Caps:  $27.  Unisex, one size fits all.  Colors – black or white.

Please email me with your order by this coming Sunday, May 21.  Tell me the size, gender, color and number of items of each.  All shirts are gender specific. Please make checks out to German Village Walking Club, mailed to 41 W. Frankfort Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206.

Sorry, I can’t get vests or jackets until September.

gear may 2017

The fit-Foodie is Back – El Arepazo Latin Grill

Back by popular demand, the “fit-Foodie” reviews Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille, a Latin American restaurant located in the Brewery District. Arepazo’s dishes come from Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Spain. This Latino delight did not disappoint and the fit-Foodie gave the restaurant 4.5 medals out of 5. Read the full review of Arepazo, by fit-Foodie Darla Kaikis, at the GVWC website.

Saturday Morning June 3 – GVWC Makes Promo Video with AAMWWI
Mark your calendars! On June 3, a crew from the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative will be out to film us during our regular Saturday morning walk. They will collect footage for a promotional video they are preparing for their upcoming AAMWWI Walk. You may recall, this year the GVWC is a partner with the AAMWWI. We will have a booth at the Walk on August 12 and will participate in the event. Our goal is for at least 50 members and friends of the GVWC to join our Passion Team. (Look for details in a future newsletter.) The purpose of the Walk, which is free to participate, is to get the word out about the healthy benefits of walking. Who better to be ambassadors of walking than the GVWC? Hence the camera crew on June 3. Be sure to come out to walk with us — and wear your best GVWC outfit. “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”

Good Luck to All in Cleveland Races this Weekend

Good luck to Mauren, Shelley, Linda, and Dr. Steph as they head to Cleveland to participate in the 8K Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.  Cindy, who has boundless energy, speed and stamina, will compete Sunday in the full.

Karin will be doing the half marathon on Sunday along with Chris Coenen, who we give a special send off as she attempts her first half marathon. Chris, you have trained well. Don’t get caught in the hype at the start and go out too fast. Just stay in control and finish strong. You got this!

Good luck to all and walk like the wind!

Seriously, You’re Going to the Gym to Lift Weights?

As the old saying goes, we gotta make hay while the sun shines. For fitness buffs in Columbus, when spring has sprung, that means taking full advantage of the beautiful weather by doing our strength training outside. We can breathe fresh air, feel the sun on our faces, and just enjoy … well, being outside!

All it takes is a little creativity. Start with the jungle gym at your local school. On Saturday, while strolling through nearby downtown neighborhoods, Andrea and I discovered an exercise circuit playground, initiated by Project Fit America, next to the former Africentric High School at the corner of Livingston and Grant avenues. While nothing fancy, this collection of equipment allows users to accomplish many exercises. From pole-climbing; to working on upper body strength on the monkey bars, the pull up bar and the parallel bars; and to using the benches for step ups, box jumps, lunges, and incline pushups and planks. Men’s Fitness Magazine has lots of great suggestions on playground exercises as well as important tips on technique.

Those of you who are ready to get more intense, head out to the Scioto-Audubon’s obstacle course for tire-flipping, cargo net-climbing, balance beam-crossing, and wall-scaling. I will be there most Thursday nights after work this summer. Please join me!

Cool Columbus Redevelopment Continues

Because the GVWC is an urban walking club, in addition to health & fitness, we promote what’s cool about living in the urban core. As you know, many of our routes are centered on walking through revitalized areas, like the Scioto Audubon and the Scioto Greenway Trail. Adding to the list, just east of German Village, in Marion Village, a super cool project has just completed. The development is a renovation and revitalization of the 117-year-old former Barrett Middle School. The school itself has been redeveloped into apartments as the center piece of this new neighborhood. New apartments, condos and single family homes are being constructed around the Barrett. Read more about Merion Village school’s history preserved in makeover into apartments from the Columbus Dispatch. A GVWC member recently moved in—and another “hopefully soon to be” member lives there, too.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

motivate

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 9, 2017

Greetings!

It seemed unrelenting, but the rain finally stopped by early Saturday morning. Though it was brisk, it was sunny when the Club embarked on a refreshing new route—starting and ending at the Topiary Park. This was all followed by a terrific brunch in their lovely home thanks to the hospitality of Nancy and Jeff. Back to good old Schiller Park this Saturday.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Awesome brunch!
  • The French. A Way of Life
  • Flying Pig Success
  • Race Review – Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon
  • GVWC Out in the Community

Wonderful Brunch on Saturday

Thanks to Nancy and Jeff who hosted the GVWC for brunch in their lovely home last Saturday after our walk. Prior to the walk, Nancy gave an historical and entertaining overview of the Topiary Park, the adjacent former School for the Deaf (now Cristo Rey Columbus High School), and the homes in the neighborhood, including their own. The Club then did a 3-miler around downtown, providing just another perspective of downtown Columbus.  Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious brunch and lively conversation. Nancy and Jeff, thanks again for opening your home to us!

You Don’t Need to Live in Paris to be Fit

You don’t need to live in Paris to be fit. But for the French, being fit is a way of life. They don’t think twice about it. Americans, not so much. Here are six tips observed about French women that help them stay in shape with seemingly little effort, according to Mindbodygreen.  Although Columbus doesn’t have the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Seine River, or the Champs-Élysées, we do have a cool downtown—and it’s getting cooler every month. We can ride, walk, run, buy local, relax and play—just like the French. A votre santé!

Flying Pig Races – Cincinnati

Congratulations to Deb Chenault and Laura Modisette for completing the 3-Way with Extra Cheese Challenge at the Flying Pig in Cincinnati over the weekend. The 3-Way plus Extra Cheese, named for one of the famous dishes of the sponsor, Skyline Chili, is comprised of a 1-miler, 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Deb bowed out of the half because of lower-back issues, but Laura completed it all, racking up some incredible numbers as provided by Laura:

Including runners, I was 3/16 in my age group in the 1 mile; 11 out of 74 in the 5K, 12 out of 60 in the 10K, and 15 out of 70 in the Half. In the Half Marathon walk division, I was 36 out of 814 including all age groups. As you always say, finish strong. I pretty much hurt all over and couldn’t have pushed any more in the Half.

Well done, ladies!

Race Review – Pro Football Half of Fame Half Marathon

Congratulations to Linda Romanoff, Stephanie Ladson-Wofford, and especially Jim Matysiak for completing the Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon last week. Jim who was a trooper considering his knee was not 100% healthy. Here is Jim’s review of the race:

I managed to squeak another Half out Sunday with my knee not feeling too,
too bad afterward! I was slower than usual, (2:55) but I only did 3 practice walks this Winter, while being very cautious with my knee.

The race itself is nice.  It was a small entry field of about 5,500. The course this year was changed as the Canton McKinley Stadium is being remodeled.  That was the starting and ending venue in previous years. We walked through some pretty nice neighborhoods in Canton, highlighted by the park surrounding the McKinley Memorial which is awesome to behold. Every mile was marked by a poster of a different football star.

The shirt was nice, the medal was unique, we all received a fleece blanket, free entry to
the Football Hall of Fame afterward, and the hot dogs were wonderful at the
conclusion.  This was also the cheapest Half I ever did when I registered last Fall, –
$26.00.  This course is a nice race for a first time Marathoner or a racer who wants a flat, fast course.

Congratulations, Jim, and thanks for the contribution to the newsletter.  Heal up that knee!

Canton Half Medal2

GVWC Out in the Community – Serving the Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center

The Club will be serving another Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center on Tuesday May 23. The dinners, which are provided by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, are served at Southside Roots:  Café.Market.Kitchen. We have 16 volunteers schedule, so we are good to go for the evening.   Looking forward to it again. If you are interested in helping out with future meals or other community events, please email Frank Stoy, our GVWC Community Committee leader,

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

Einstein solution

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter |May 2, 2017

Greetings!

Congrats to Dr. Steph Ladson-Wofford, Linda Romanoff, and Jim Matysiak who raced at the NFL Hall of Fame Half Marathon in Akron on Sunday, and Jim McVay who participated in a storm-shortened Cap City Half Marathon on Saturday.  Once the storm reached its full intensity, it got pretty scary.  Picture of Steph and Linda below.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Walk Starts at Topiary Park this Saturday
  • Handling Saturday’s Downpour
  • GVWC members featured in GV Spotlight
  • Walking is Good for the Brain
  • 261

Cap City Half 2017

GVWC Walk Hosted by Nancy and Jeff – This Saturday

This Saturday the GVWC goes on the road, so to speak. We will meet at the Topiary Park (480 E. Town Street) for our walk. Afterwards, Club members Nancy Recchie and Jeff Dalby will host us for refreshments at their home, 382 E. Town Street. There is metered parking on Town Street. Please email me by Wednesday if you plan to attend.  Try to get there a little early.

We will do a simple 3-miler that morning. We will head west on Town to the Scioto Mile, go south to the Main Street Bridge, across the bridge, north on Washington BLVD. (between COSI and the River), turn right on the Broad Street Bridge, take Broad Street all the way back to Washington AVENUE, turn right and take it a block back to the Topiary Park. (Our route is bounded to the west by Washington Blvd and on the east by Washington Avenue. Crazy!)

Jim Is All Wet – In His Own Words

As I mentioned, Jim McVay walked the Cap City Half Marathon last Saturday before the race was cancelled due to the storms.  Here is Jim’s account of his ordeal.  Thanks, Jim, and glad you were safe.

I think you all know that there was a race this past Saturday called the Cap City Half Marathon. I didn’t know that the storm on the way had the same name! It started out innocently enough, no rain before the start, and not a drop till around the 3-Mile mark. Then it was light to moderate rain off and on for the next couple of miles. No biggie, it’s just water! Then around Mile 6 things changed a little bit. A bolt of lighting followed by thunder almost immediately which means it’s real close and all bets were off! It wasn’t long before the police drove up High Street ordering everyone onto the sidewalks. They didn’t say shelter in place or even that the race was over, just get on the sidewalk! So quite a few people kept going on the sidewalk into downtown where we were let through the fence so we could turn and go back up High Street and cross the finish line! Woohoo!

It was just pouring down at this point. Lightning was directly overhead, they were telling people over the apparently non-conductive PA system to shelter in place, and don’t touch anything metal! So I calmly grabbed my metal medal out of a soggy box and walked past the Ohio Theater towards the commons and my parking garage. There wasn’t any pizza, tequila, beer, or anything resembling refreshments left, just a lot of wet people!

I did get something out of this besides wet! Today I received a congratulatory email from the race thanking me for my participation in the race! It also had my stats for the race. The only one that matters is my finishing time……..1:44:08! Woohoo! That’s a new PR no matter how you look at it! Fastest Half I’ll ever see unless there’s another storm!

Here is the last picture taken of Jim during the race:

Jim at Cap City

Phyllis Duryee Spotlight on German Village

Congratulations to GVWC member, Phyllis Duryee, who, as a long-time resident of German Village, was recently interviewed by the German Village Society about her experience living in the Village. The short version of her interview is an easy 2 minutes. While you’re at it, check the archives (scroll about a dozen people down) to find GVWC member, Sandy Kight’s, interview. I won’t spoil it, but there’s a lot of unlikely discussion about White Castle. I’m thinking it’s time we should revive the Scotch and White Castle parties!

Walking Makes Your Brain Work Better

A study referenced in an article from the NYDailyNews blog, shows that a foot’s impact on the ground during walking significantly increases the supply of blood to the brain. For me, my early morning walks allow me to organize my day or work through issues that have been bugging me. Walking just helps me clear my mind. Walking is as much about mental wellness as it is physical wellness. Otto Beatty, thanks for sending the article to me!

261

You all know that number, right?  261?  That was the bib number Kathrine Switzer wore when she became the first woman registered (under K.V. Switzer) to run the Boston Marathon. That was April 19, 1967. As unbelievable as it may seem today, woman were not allowed to run in Boston, or any other marathon for that matter. It was thought to be too strenuous or dangerous for women to run.  You know, being so dainty and all. Switzer proved the doubters wrong by finishing the race, even after the race director tried to tackle her and throw her off the course. Switzer ran the 2017 Boston Marathon—50 years later, at the age of 70—to commemorate the momentous event.

Check out this terrific article from the Washington Post recounting both runs. Switzer completed that first marathon in 1967 at the age of 20 in 4 hours and 20 minutes. At 70, she ran it in 4 hours and 44 minutes! Katherine was given the same bib number for her 2017 marathon, and the Boston Athletic Association announced they would not assign bib number 261 to any future competitors as an honor for Switzer.

Route of the Week

As discussed above, we are not starting at Schiller Park this Saturday. We will meet at the Topiary Park for a 3-miler followed by refreshments at Nancy and Jeff’s.

Motivation of the Week

seth

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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