AORTA News: August 19th, 2019

Local Race This Saturday!

Running for Wrestlers 1-Mile / 5K
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
Description: Start the new school year with a 5Kor 1-Mile Fun Run while also supporting your local wrestling club! The Auburn Takedown Wrestling Club is a non-profit organization for all local wrestlers from the youth up through high school levels. We do not receive any financial support from Auburn City Schools. The club is in its infancy and currently raising funds to support a year-round facility and furnish it with practice mats. Additional funds will be used to subsidize the cost of uniforms, training equipment, cleaning supplies, and other consumables. The 5K and 1-Mile routes will take runners and walkers on a scenic tour of a lovely, historic Auburn residential area.  We look forward to having participants of all ages and fitness levels.

AU Welcome Back!!

Returning Tigers, looking for a local running group to share fun and friendship while striding around the town? Join us every Saturday morning for our weekly group runs. Check the column at right for our schedules. These routes feature waterstops every two and a half to three miles! All are welcome and membership is not required, although we do ask you take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Schools Are Open - Be Safe!
It’s that time of the year where our local schools will be filled with the ever burgeoning youth population which means more traffic, crowded sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections. Despite all the warnings and admonitions, texting while driving is still an epidemic. In fact, 
“texting while driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens, according to a new study.” 

The reality is that kids aren’t drinking seven days a week, but they are carrying their cell phones every minute of the day. We adults aren’t any better. A Pew Research group study showed that a higher percent of adults text and drive compared to teens. How many do YOU see in Auburn every day? From a runner’s perspective, a driving texter may get into an accident but may survive. A runner who gets hit by a driving texter will most certainly be maimed for life or killed. Be safe out there.

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 Wile-E-Coyote, or Aubie belowt to sign up today!

AORTA Member Spotlight - David Erickson
Meet this month's featured member - Auburn grad ’95, ultra-runner, and current AORTA Vice President, David Erickson.

Marital Status: Married to Laura Erickson

Children: Caroline and Claire

OccupationResearch & Development Manager – Milliken & Company

Alma Mater: BSME from Auburn – ’95

Current Personal Records
   5K - 23:11
   10K - 46:44
   Half - 1:47
   Full - 3:55
   50K - Finished***

Running History: Started running regularly in the early 2000s, and became hooked after running in the 4th of July Peachtree 10k – so much so I’ve done it 16 more times! Lost about 60lbs when I finally improved my diet (in addition to exercise) and have worked hard since to keep it off.

Why Do You Run: I love it...the mental and physical challenges, burning a bunch of stress; helps to keep me motivated and in shape; great opportunity to eliminate noise and distraction from your day and focus your mind on something specific, OR nothing at all and just relax. Often on solo runs I try to use it for some quiet time and in prayer. 

Next Goal/Race: 2nd year going for the 1200 injured last year and hit 900+. This year looks like it will be close. Best year was 1400 miles. I’m ramping up training for something in the winter but haven't pulled the trigger on a race yet.

Fantasy Race DestinationI've got a bunch that I'd like to do at some point...Napa Valley, Disney, some of the Ragnar locations. I also dream about traveling internationally to run in cool races in other countries.

Favorite Races I’ve DoneI've really enjoyed the few races I've done that are relay team Ultra runs. I've done a beach 50m in Destin a couple of times (Destin Ultra), and an Appalachian Mtn 200m (Blue Ridge Relay). Competing as a team in a multi-leg event in a beautiful location is a great experience. Especially the legs that are in the middle of the night, and it’s just you and the road in front of you. I hope to do more of those in the future, and get a team up with this club.

Music on the RunN/A, don't listen to anything - never could keep the earbuds in place!

HobbiesIn addition to running, I love playing golf and look forward to getting back in to tennis. Of course, I also love watching college sports - especially my Auburn Tigers!

Tips for New RunnersHave fun with it! Don't ramp up too quick and get injured. Also, don't get too hung up on the numbers (which is hard for me), but listen to your body and make smart decisions with your training plans.

Upcoming Local Races

ODK Cake Run
- When: Monday, September 09, 2019
- Time: 4:30 PM
- Where: Green Space (next to stadium)
               Auburn University
- Fee: Free!
- Description: The ODK Cake Race is an annual 5k put on by the Auburn University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. This is part of the kick off for Homecoming week at Auburn University. We look forward to seeing everyone at the run! 

Book It For Books 1-Mile / 5K
- When: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
 Where: Town Creek Park
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $30 (5K)
- Description: Registration is now open for the Third Annual Book It for Books 5K and Fun Run, taking place September 21, 2019 at Town Creek Park. In an effort to cultivate students' love of reading, Drake Middle School will enhance its book club program. Book clubs provide students the opportunity to explore captivating stories written by critically acclaimed authors. All proceeds will support a range of cross curricular learning materials.

Weekly Whimsy

Are You Making These Treadmill Mistakes?
By Jackie Veiling,

There’s a reason the treadmill is jokingly referred to as the “dreadmill”. It can be boring, tedious and, with all that effort, you don’t even go anywhere!

But on brutally hot and humid days, it’s often an evil necessity and there’s a good chance you've found yourself on one recently. But is it possible you’re making treadmill running even worse with your form? Read on to see if you’re guilty of any of these mistakes.

1. Running Too Close to the Front of the Treadmill
If you’re practially on top of your TV monitor while running on the treadmill, you’re too close to the front. Many runners feel safer and more in control when they hug the front, but it’s causing serious damage to your form by compromising your natural stride. Always try to run in the middle of the belt, a few inches back from the front.

2. Looking Down at the Belt
Looking down strains your neck and creates tension in your shoulder. It’s also important to look directly in front of you rather than around the room to avoid taking a wrong step.

3. Always Landing on Your Heel
While landing on your heel is natrual and efficient in some running scenarios, when sprinting on the treadmill or doing any type of interval speedwork, try to balance heel strikes with forefoot strikes.

4. Purposefully Changing Your Stride
It’s easy to overstrike on treadmills and to unnaturally lengthen your stride to match the pace of the belt. Instead, your feet should be landing as close to underneath you as possible.

5. Setting Back on Your Hips
Lean slightly forward so that you’re engaging the muscles of the back and core to stabilize yourself and absorb shock. Even though you are technically stationary, your posture should be the same as if you were moving forward. Stacking your torso directly over your hips can create spinal compression and other back pain.

6. Watching the Big Screens
If you need to watch TV to make the time pass, stick to your individual monitor. Watching the gym’s big screens (and leaning your head slightly back to do so) will lead to a stiff neck the next day. You are designed to look out and just a little bit down while running. This means your eye line should be at the top of your monitor, which will keep your head in just the right position.

Link to article

Quote of the Week
“So many people condemn me for risk taking, but I find it sort of hypocritical because everybody takes risks. Even the absence of activity could be viewed as a risk. If you sit on the sofa for your entire life, you’re running a higher risk of getting heart disease and cancer."

                         - Alex Honnold
                           American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents.

Video of the Week
Nike ‘Men vs. Women’ Virtual Running Race Commercial (1:27)

** 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.

Dealing with Summer Heat
If the Auburn hills haven’t been challenging enough, summer in the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” doesn’t make it any easier. As they say, it’s not only the heat, but the humidity, which takes the wind out of the sails from the most devoted runner. Use the handy table below to regulate your effort levels. Take extra precautions when the apparent temperature goes above 90-degrees. Click on the chart or the link for the source article and additional tips when running in the heat.

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 Saturday 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!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith

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