AORTA News: October 21st, 2019

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. Click here or on the graphic at right.

Featured Local Races This Week!

Run For Ruby 5K and 1-Mile
- When: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM (1-Mile), 5:30 PM (5K)
 Where: Auburn High School
- Fee: $25 (both races)
- Description: A 1 Mile Fun Run and 5k to honor our beloved teacher, Mrs. Ruby Thomas, and all others who have fought the battle of breast cancer. Donations made will go to Mrs. Thomas' sorority to be used to fund scholarships for young women to attend college.

Auburn Tough Ten & Tough Two
- When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (2 and 10 Mile)
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $20 (Tough Two), $30 (Tough Ten)
- Description: Run, jog or walk a scenic 10 mile or 2 mile route through the moderately rolling hills of Auburn, AL. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome and encouraged. All proceeds are donated to the East Alabama Medical Center's Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection and all participants will be given a pink ribbon to wear. Additionally, the Tough 10/2 race is in honor of Nick Holler, dedicated runner and community leader.

Testimonial by Arkira Dowdell
"I'm sorry, it's cancer." Four short words that changed everything in my life as I knew it. I had so many emotions. I thought about my husband and my children. They needed me, and I wanted to be with them. I was afraid and sad. The feelings of frustration were just as significant as the fear, and losing control was very hard to deal with. Cancer has a say in everything in your life: what you eat, where you go, how long you can stay, what you wear. But you know what? Somewhere in between all of the tears, treatments, medications, and doctor’s visits, you learn how strong you are. You learn who loves you at your worst. You learn who and what to make a priority. You see your true beauty even with all of your physical and emotional scars. You learn to live, love hard, and be free.

God has been with me throughout this journey. It would take a novel for me to tell you all about the people he placed in my life and the things he put in place for me YEARS before I was ever diagnosed. I wish I could share with you all of the answered prayers and daily reminders of His grace and love for me. I have an even better relationship with Him and pray that I will always be aware of His presence in every situation, good and bad. Active treatment was the hardest 211 days of my life, but He was with me every step of the way. I won't call cancer a gift, but I sure am proud of the person I have become. I might have a few new scars and a little less hair, but I thank God each day that I am able to stand confidently as the new me.

Upcoming Local Races

Run For Ruby 5K and 1-Mile
- When: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM (1-Mile), 5:30 PM (5K)
 Where: Auburn High School
- Fee: $25 (both races)
- Description: A 1 Mile Fun Run and 5k to honor our beloved teacher, Mrs. Ruby Thomas, and all others who have fought the battle of breast cancer. Donations made will go to Mrs. Thomas' sorority to be used to fund scholarships for young women to attend college.

Unity World AIDS Day Race
- When: Saturday, November 09, 2019
- Time: 8:00 (1-Mile), 8:30 (8K)
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 8K
- Charity: Run, jog or walk a scenic 8K (5 mile) route through the moderately rolling hills of Auburn, AL. The race will start and finish at Town Creek Park. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome and encouraged. All proceeds are donated to Unity Wellness Center's Client emergency assistance fund. The World AIDS Day 8K is in honor of all those living with HIV and who have died from AIDS related illness in our community.

SCAVMA Shelby’s Shuffle 5K
(Formerly Tails & Trails)

When: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Where: Town Creek Park
Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile), 2:30 PM (5K)
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
Charity: Calling all animal lovers! The Auburn University Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) is hosting its fifth annual 5K. This year the race will be called Shelby's Shuffle. All of the proceeds will go to Shelby Safe Pet, who recognizes the strong human animal bond and how that bond can be manipulated in abusive relationships.  They provide a way for domestic violence victims to seek assistance confident that their pet will receive free veterinary care and boarding until they can be reunited. Bring your dogs and have a great time! (Please do not bring intact males, in heat females, aggressive dogs, or any dog that is not up to date on vaccinations.).

Auburn Toys for Tots 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
- Date: Sunday, December 01, 2019
- Location: Wrights Mill Road Elementary
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:15 PM (5K/10K)
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Charity: AORTA’s popular annual Toys for Tots race is scheduled for Sunday, December 1st, and
 once again will start/finish at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.  Cost is only $15 for the 1-Mile and $20 for either the 5K or 10K. However all registered runners are requested to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. Awards will be presented at the end of the race.

Most importantly, all toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.

2019 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
DateSaturday, December 7th, 2019
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:00 AM (Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk(
          7:30 AM (Jingle Jog 5K)
Distance(s:) 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run are back in 2019 – so pull out those ugly sweaters and get ready to run again! Join Active Auburn as we ring in the holiday season in style!  PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to run both the Santa Stroll and the Jingle Jog, please register for the Jingle Jog!

Weekly Whimsy

Top Tips For Running In Winter
Sabrina Barr,

In the colder months, those who run regularly may feel deterred from going on their usual outdoor jogs. But exercising outside during the chillier part of the year can be extremely beneficial for your wellbeing, providing you with an effective cardiovascular workout and a rush of endorphins.

When planning for a run during winter, it’s essential that you take certain precautions to ensure you don’t put yourself in harm’s way. Warming up is always important, but even more so when your muscles are at risk of becoming especially tight in low temperatures.

Furthermore, you may need to invest in reflective clothing if running during the early or late hours so that drivers on the road are aware of your whereabouts. Here are some top tips on running during winter.

Dress for the occasion
One of the key items you should have in your workout wardrobe when preparing for outdoor winter exercise is a waterproof jacket, explains running expert and former Great Britain competitor Louise Damen. Not only will a waterproof jacket keep you dry if you get caught in the rain, but it'll also provide you with insulation in all sorts of weather conditions. Damen additionally suggests buying clothes such as tights or arm warmers in order to keep your body temperature at a sufficient level during runs. "As the temperature begins to drop, it's imperative to keep your muscles warm if you want them to work optimally," she says. "The most effective way to trap heat and to stay warm whilst facing the winter elements is to layer up. A base layer should draw moisture away from your skin to prevent you from feeling the chill. "Compression type tops make ideal base layers as they are lightweight and fit snuggly.” Damen advises wearing a hat to keep your head and ears nice and toasty.

Check the weather forecast
Before you go on your run, check the weather forecast to see if any gusts of wind may be coming your way. If so, plan your run accordingly in order to make the wind work in your favour. "A nice tip on windy days is to start your run into the wind so it's behind you on the way home," says Luke Worthington, human movement and elite performance specialist. Worthington also advises facing oncoming traffic if running on narrow roads or country lanes so that drivers will see you as they approach.

Make warming up a priority
Warming up helps to increase your body temperature and blood flow to your muscles. As the temperature drops outside, warming up before a run is even more vital, as your muscles will likely be more prone to tightening up. "Colder climates can cause tighter muscles, as there is less heat in your body," explains Abbas Kanani, a pharmacist at Chemist Click. "You should prepare your body before rigorous exercises by performing a warm up, to avoid muscle and tissue soreness. "This allows for an increase in blood flow to the muscles, making them more flexible and able to perform broader ranges of motion without putting an extra stress on them.” Furthermore, warming up will deliver more oxygen to your muscles, which will allow them to work as hard as possible during exercise. 

Regulate your breathing
When heading out on a run during the colder months, you may find it harder to breathe than usual. There are simple tactics that you can try to regulate your breathing, as Andy McGhee, founder of Pinnacle Performance and partner at Kymira Sport explains. "Learning to breathe while running will go a long way," he says. "To help control breathing start with a 'three in and three out' breathing rate. This simply means taking a breath every three steps, before exhaling for another three steps. "It might also help to develop your rhythm with this and running apps or a metronome can help with this."

Keep hydrating
When doing any form of exercise, whether it's indoors, outdoors, during summer or during winter, staying hydrated is always paramount. "Don't forget to still hydrate. It's an obvious one in the summer, but you still lose fluid through sweating and also breathing even in the colder months," Worthington says. "So don't forget to replace the fluid even if you don't feel thirsty."

Team up with friends (Hint: Join AORTA!)
Motivating yourself to exercise during winter can be a difficult task, especially if it requires waking up at ungodly hours. In order to tackle this, you could team up with some friends and go on group runs together, spurring each other on along the way. "As with any kind of training, it's always more enjoyable if there is someone else to train with," Damen says. "If this means getting yourself along to a club and meeting up with other runners, then you should do this. "Not only is this great for your motivation and commitment levels, there is also the added safety bonus of not running alone."

Stay safe
If you choose to go for a run in the early morning or evening during winter, then there's a strong chance that there's not going to be a great amount of sunlight. Therefore, you must make sure that you prioritise your safety when there's a lack of visibility outside, especially if you're going to be crossing or running along roads. "As the dark evenings set in, it is definitely worth investing in some high-vis kit so that you can be seen by drivers and other road users," Damen advises. "However, if you're not keen on bright colours you don't have to dress as if you are going to a neon rave - a lot of technical winter kit now includes reflective panels and prints.” Damen also suggests investing in a head torch if there's limited street lighting along your road or uneven surfaces that could be a safety hazard.

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Quote of the Week

  “Run in the morning… before your brain figures out what your body is doing!"

                                               - Anonymous

Video of the Week
Olympian Collapses Trying to Run World Record Marathon Pace (6:45)

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

Ongoing Events

Marathon Training
Fall Marathon Season is nearly upon us with many of the “biggies” showing up on runners’ calendars including Chicago, Marine Corps, and New York, along with a number of more local races.  Since many of our club members are planning to run the FINAL Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 16th in Columbus, GA, our Saturday runs are following the distances provided by Hal Higdon's "Intermediate II" Marathon Training Guide.  For more information on this program, click on the Hal Higdon logo above.

Have Gently Worn Running Shoes?
Are your running shoes past their useful running life? Most are normally good for 300 to 500 miles but can still have a lot of “sole” left in them!  If yours are ready for retirement, bring your gently used running shoes on the first Saturday of every month where we’ll collect them for a fantastic organization called “Sneaker4Funds”, a social enterprise that ships them to developing nations for micro-entrepreneurs. In return, AORTA will be compensated based on the number of shoes sent.

When you bring them, please check for the following:
1) Gently worn means they are clean in usable condition and have no holes.
2) Soles are intact and not too worn, cracked, or breaking apart.
3) Laces intact, in good condition, not frayed, and tied together.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

Due to popular demand, we've created a daily group running schedule for our early birds!  Interested members and non-members are welcome to meet, rain or shine, at the following locations at 5:00 AM and typically complete around 6 miles. Runs are canceled during severe weather (tornado warnings, lightning, etc).
Mon: Chappy’s @ Glenn/Dean
Tue: Auburn University “old” track (near Samford Ave / Biggio Dr)
Wed: CVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)
Thu: Downtown at the “old Big Dog” store next to Halftime Bar & Grill
FriCVS Pharmacy on S. College St. (park between CVS and Newk’s)

Volunteer Gift Card Drawings!
To show our appreciation for volunteers, AORTA members who sign up for a water stop or as an AORTA race support volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card for various local restaurants and shops! The drawing for water stop volunteers will be held on a monthly basis while the one for supported races will be held at the race itself!  To be eligible, you must be a club member (sign up through the RunSignUp link above) then click on one of the sites below.

Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2019 Book It For Books: Amanda Thomas
- September Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Auburn Strong: Lori Connors
- 2019 Azakazaka; Amanda Thomas

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