AORTA News: October 19th, 2020

Tough Ten / Tough Two This Saturday!
Online signups close on Tuesday

- When: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 7:30 AM (2 and 10 Mile)
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $25 (Tough Two), $35 (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.

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. 

Upcoming Local/Regional Events!

East Alabama FCA Run The Race 5K
- When: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
 Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn
- Fee: $30
- Description: All Proceeds from this event will go to support the mission of FCA here in East Alabama which is, “To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.” 

Unity World AIDS Day Race (Virtual)
- When: November 15 - December 5, 2020
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 8K
- Description: 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. Run/walk the distance on your own, either on the official World AIDS Day course or on a course of your choosing and then submit your time to be added to the Unity Wellness Center Run results leader board. Post a picture of your run to Facebook or Instagram using #UWC8k and be entered to win raffle prizes!

Auburn Toy Drive 1-Mile, 5K, 10K VIrtual
- Date: November 29, 2020
- Location: Anywhere you like!
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
Charity: The Virtual Auburn Toy Drive 10k, 5k and 1-mile fun run is a great way to start the holiday season with giving! All participants may run or walk any of the races at any time, anywhere before November 29th. We will do a shirt pickup that afternoon. All are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the shirt pickup to be distributed to children in need in Lee County. You can run the race by yourself or split it up with others/family!  Since the race is virtual this year, we are going to have one $5 sign up fee per person and we are going sell the awesome long sleeve Tie Dye shirts for $19 each. (This is basically cost) The youth sizes will be short sleeve.  We won't do awards this year but Male and Female winners will have their picture immortalized on the web page. Results and photos can be submitted to the runsignup website.

2020 Jingle Jog 5K
DateSaturday, December 19th, 2020
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:00 AM (Jingle Jog 5K)
Distance: 5K
The Jingle Jog 5k is back in 2020 – so pull out those ugly sweaters and Santa hats Auburn! Join Active Auburn on Saturday, December 19th at 7 a.m. as we ring in the holiday season in style! The Jingle Jog 5k will begin at 7:00 a.m. at Toomer’s Corner.

Weekly Whimsy

Avoid Getting Headaches After You Workout
Ashley Mateo, RunnersWorld (paraphrased)

You should end a run with a runner’s high, not a throbbing head. But getting headaches after a workout isn’t uncommon. These are called exertional headaches and caused by any type of strenous physical activity such as running.

Separate from headaches caused by staring at a screen, grinding your teeth, or inflammation, exertional headaches presnet a pulsating feeling rather than a sharp pain. They may also come with side effects like nausea, vomiting, double vision, and neck stiffness.

Workout-induced headaches could also be caused by changes in your blood flow when the body re-routes blood from certain parts of the body to other parts that require it most.

One culprit is dehydration which decreases your blood volume resulting in less blood flowing through the body, thereby reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain. Dehydration also causes electrolyte imbalances which can lead to headaches during and after running. If you’re exercising longer than an hour, consuming electrolytes an hour beforehand and then every 15 to 20 minutes can help.

Headaches are also tied to blood sugar levels. Not having enough glucose can trigger headaches. Having a balanced snack 30 minutes before exercise can help with prevention.

Even your running form can cause head pain. Poor running form can cause overuse injuries due to an unbalanced force being applied repetedly over a prolonged period of time. As that force travels up your kinetic chain, it can definitely cause headaches, especially if it’s related to tension in your neck and shoulders. Foam rolling or regular massage can help ease tension in that area.

Finally, external conditions can trigger a headache or exacerbate any of the issues above. In hot and/or humid weather, runners need to pay more attention to their hydration and electrolyte status.

Thankfully, exertional headaches are mostly benign and shouldn’t stress you out. They should go away with a little rest and maybe OTC meds. But if they are sustained and don’t seem to go away with rest, see a physician with experience in evaluating and treating headaches.

Link to runnersworld,com article

Quote of the Week

“Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging, and present obstacles. However if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best."

                                   - Meb Keflezighi

Video of the Week
Nike - “Steps” (1:00)

In life, there are no limits… just steps.

** 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.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. 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.

The Cancer Event To Remember
When - October 1-31, 2020
What - A virtual event that honors cancer survivors and memorializes our loved ones who are no longer with us.
Fundraising - 100% of the funds raised for this event will go directly to the The Robert and Marjorie Goodson Oncology Wellness Program at the EAMC Spencer Cancer Center. This program provides exercise training and massage therapy to patients who undergo treatment at the Spencer Cancer Center.

Virtual Pink Up The Pace 2020
When - October 1-31, 2020
What - Brought to you by the Junior Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, this month-long event features three run options:
- A time challenge, which will challenge runners to submit their fastest 5K time.
- A distance challenge, which will connect runners across the state of Alabama to collaboratively reach 4,120 miles, to represent the 4,120 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Alabama this year.
- A 1-mile run, bike and scooter race, which will encourage Alabama's kids to get involved in funding life-saving research.
Choose one or participate in multiple - the choice is yours!
Fundraising - Join the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama to raise funds and awareness for local, life-saving breast cancer research by running with us during the month of October. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama takes a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer through support of collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate the disease. All of the funds raised remain in Alabama, supporting local research, which in turn makes a national impact.

Water Stop Volunteers
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!).

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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