AORTA News: March 1st, 2021

Upcoming Local Races!

Run Like a Mom 5K (Real/Virtual)
Distance: 5K
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time: 7:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: $30 (5K), $15 (1-Mile)
Charity: Previously known as the Women's Hope 5k and the Walk 4 Life, this event will help support Women's Hope Medical Clinic and Hope Adoptions.  Women's Hope is a local non-profit ministry that helps young families by offering FREE pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, prenatal clinic visits, childbirth classes, and parenting classes.  Hope Adoptions is our new adoption agency that offers free adoption plan services to birth moms and lower cost adoption services to adoptive parents.

Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races! Assisting at a local race is a fun and rewarding experience. You are surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers.

Weekly Whimsy

Should Profee Be Your New Go-To Recovery Drink?
Rozalynn Frazier, (paraphrased)

If you’ve been paying attention to social media, then you’ve likely heard of profee, which is exactly what it sounds like: protein (milk or powder) plus coffee.

The Case for Profee
Postrun, you want something that replenishes and repairs tired muscles. Protein does just that. Profee is a convenient way for runners to get the protein they need after a workout that starts the important recovery process.

You’ll first want to evaulate how much protein you’re already eating. If you fall short, a profee may be a way to help fill the gap. For most active people, a protein goal of 0.25 to 0.40 grams per kilogram of body weight four to five times per day is ideal. If you are an endurance runner (hello marathoners!), you may need to up your daily intake and increse up to a range of 1.3 to 2.4 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

What You Should Avoid
When it comes to choosing your protein source, there are plenty on the market, but you want to steer clear of added sugars. Keep your eyes open for things like evaporated cane juice, dextrose, or HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) along with artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

Also avoid additives that could cause digestive upset or an allergic reaction. Additives like guar and xanthan gum, or even pea protein, can cause digestive issues.

Drink Profee Before or After a Run?
Profee can be used as a prerun source of fuel as well as a recovery drink. A study had two groups with one taking a pre-workout protein shake and the other a post-workout shake. At the end of the study, there was no significant difference in the muscle strength or size between the two groups. If you plan to consume pre-run, consume it 30 to 60 minutes before the event. 

Note that not eveyone can tolerate the combination of protein with coffee, and might be sent running to the bathroom instead. As with any nutrition changes, it’s best to test it out. Try profee before a shorter run, where you know you’ll have ample places for restroom breaks on your route.

The bottom line: There is no real downside to profee as long as you keep balance rather than excess in mind and your stomach agrees. Plus, profee is convenient, customizable, and it fits seamlessly into your day. Non-coffee drinkers can even swap coffee for brewed chia tea.

Link to RunnersWorld article

Quote of the Week

        “Start slow,

                 then taper off."

                                  - Walt Stack

Video of the Week
Motivational Running Video (4:33)

Who’s ready for their next marathon?!

** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.

Ongoing Events

6AM Saturday “Group" Runs

We’re now over a month back with water stops and while we’ve removed the 10 person group restriction, we still ask that all abide by the following additional protocols.

1) Maintain social distancing
2) Bring your own water if you don’t wish to use the group water stops.
3) Remain at home if you are sick, are in a high-risk group (60+), or have a pre-existing condition.
4) Avoid extra-long runs (marathon distances) which can suppress your immune system for as long as 72 hours. If you want to push yourself, consider HIIT sessions (10 mins hard, 10 mins easy) which are easier on your immune system.

Routes start at the Corner Village parking lot at the intersection of E. Glenn Ave and N. Dean Road. Please park near theTCBY/PakMail storefronts and away from the Kroger entrance.

Water Stop Volunteers Needed
Water stop signs and coolers are available at the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. (Thank you Adahli Massey!). Coolers and signs can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, e-mail to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

 AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags

These awesome bags are still available and can be ordered today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15

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