AORTA Posts 2014


AORTA News: December 29th, 2014

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Join your fellow runners as we ring in the New Year at Big Dog Running Co. for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run!  Bring your favorite breakfast dish, a small snack, or drinks and stick around to share those items along with your New Year’s running/ fitness resolutions!  We’ll kick off the 
run at 8:00 AM.  You can choose either a 3M or 5M route (links below) then return to BDRC for fun and fellowship!

Date: January 01, 2015
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

* Bring your 2015 Membership Application/Renewal form if desired!

AORTA Resolution 3M Run          AORTA Resolution 5M Run   


Time to Renew Memberships!
To paraphrase up an old adage, "With great fun, comes great responsibility"… or something like that.  Anyway, it’s time to renew your official membership.  Why, you ask?  Why join if the runs are free, the waterstops are free, the comradery is free and the meetings are free?   Well, you get… um…, and… uh…, also,…. um.  Hey, it’s the right thing to do and you can also brag to everyone that you’re an “official” member!

How to Join/Renew
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below, or bring it to the Resolution Run!

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


A Note from Outgoing President, Bob Banks

Face it, running requires nothing more than a pair of shoes and a field, trail, track or road to run on. Some people were born to run and others of us, not so much. However I am convinced that joining Aorta will make you a better runner and give you a chance to share the gift with others along the way.

Prior to moving to Opelika in 1977 I considered myself a runner as I have developed the habit of running 2 to 4 miles several times a week. I had not participated in racing as there was no such thing in LaGrange Georgia at that time. However I soon came to know some local runners and was invited to join AORTA. Soon I was rubbing shoulders with real live marathoners and before too long I was training for the marathon as well. The shift from casual runner to marathoner was an amazing journey.

When I returned to running at age 50 (I will spare the gruesome details in between) I immediately found AORTA and got back involved. I knew I would find new friends to run with, new races and places to run, knowledge from shared experiences, and encouragement to persist through the tough times. One of the best life decisions I ever made.

Not only did it help my running but I have also enjoyed serving my fellow runners with water stops and assisting as a race crew member to help make these great events happen.

All AORTA members can quickly name people who have inspired, amazed, encouraged and pushed us out of our complacency to reach for what might be. We don't have to depend on the media to supply us with fictional heros, we get to run with our heros every week!

It is almost 2015, time to join or renew your membership. Here is the plan:
- Come to the Resolution Run and sign up. Dive right in the first day.
- You need AORTA.
- AORTA needs you.


Meet our 2015 Club President and Vice President!

President: Lori Connors
I am 45 and started running when I turned 40. Married to Vince for 21 years, we have two children, Jaclyn (20) and Brodie (8). I work at EAMC and have been employed there for 20 years. I have completed three full marathons, multiple half, 10k and 5k races. My family and I love to participate in obstacle races also. I am looking forward to racing my first 50k in January. I have made many long lasting friendships with people that I met during AORTA Saturday long runs. I know it can be intimidating to be a new runner and join a running club but I want to assure you that there is someone just like you in our group. Reach out to any of us on the Board and we will be happy to introduce you to the group!

Vice President: Joe Antoine
Joseph is originally from the Mobile area and relocated to Auburn during his college years.  He is married to Beth Antoine and has two children, Isabella and Alexander.  Joseph recently started a home building company, DesignScape Homes, and builds homes in the Montgomery and Auburn areas.  He has been running with AORTA since 2009 and looks forward to Saturday runs (and Big Dog pancakes) with the group. 
Favorite distance:  Half marathon
Most scenic race: Cheaha 50K
Favorite local trails:  Chewacla State Park
Best after party: Joe Cain 5K, Mobile
Best all around: New York City Marathon
Longest run: Nashville Ultra - 50 mile
Quote that keeps me going: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”- Lao Tzu


Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!  We moved the date from January to March to increase our chances of warmer weather conditions.  Last year our start time temperature was in the low 20’s, a little cold for the safety of our runners and volunteers.

Like last year, the race is a combined Half Marathon & 10K course beginning and ending at the beautiful ALFA Farmer's Pavilion on the campus of Auburn University.  The course will take runners past the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the quaint homes along Gay Street and then touring through the beautiful campus of Auburn University.  The course passes by the city's most iconic landmarks including Jordan Hare Stadium, Heisman Drive past the statues of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan, and also through the newly designed Toomer's Corner.  Our half marathon runners will also enjoy some rolling hills and scenic beauty found off the beaten path near Chewacala State Park in Auburn.

This race is a charity run and the ONLY half marathon in Auburn that donates 100% of the proceeds to charity, the East Alabama Cancer Foundation. The funds are used to help diagnose, provide treatment for and cover expenses of those fighting cancer.

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.





Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?

The average runners takes 35,000 steps during a marathon!



Quote of the Week
“Is it not true that the clever rogue is like the runner who runs well for the first half of the course, but flags before reaching the goal: he is quick off the mark, but ends in disgrace and slinks away crestfallen and uncrowned. The crown is the prize of the really good runner who perseveres to the end.”
        - Plato


Video of the Week
Rise and Shine (3:24)

A second run for this video, but a good one to start the New Year!


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started December 8th which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: December 22nd, 2014

New Year’s Resolution Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***
Join fellow runners as we ring in the New Year at Big Dog Running Co. for an early morning… ok, not so early, New Year’s run!  Bring your favorite breakfast dish, a small snack, or drinks and stick around to share those items along with your New Year’s running/ fitness resolutions!  We’ll kick off the run at 8:00 AM.  You can choose either a 3M or 5M route (links below) then return to BDRC for fun and fellowship!

Date: January 01, 2015
Location: Big Dog Running Co., Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No T-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Resolution 3M Run          AORTA Resolution 5M Run   


A Note from Outgoing President, Bob Banks

Face it, running requires nothing more than a pair of shoes and a field, trail, track or road to run on. Some people were born to run and others of us, not so much. However I am convinced that joining Aorta will make you a better runner and give you a chance to share the gift with others along the way.

Prior to moving to Opelika in 1977 I considered myself a runner as I have developed the habit of running 2 to 4 miles several times a week. I had not participated in racing as there was no such thing in LaGrange Georgia at that time. However I soon came to know some local runners and was invited to join AORTA. Soon I was rubbing shoulders with real live marathoners and before too long I was training for the marathon as well. The shift from casual runner to marathoner was an amazing journey.

When I returned to running at age 50 (I will spare the gruesome details in between) I immediately found AORTA and got back involved. I knew I would find new friends to run with, new races and places to run, knowledge from shared experiences, and encouragement to persist through the tough times. One of the best life decisions I ever made.

Not only did it help my running but I have also enjoyed serving my fellow runners with water stops and assisting as a race crew member to help make these great events happen.

All AORTA members can quickly name people who have inspired, amazed, encouraged and pushed us out of our complacency to reach for what might be. We don't have to depend on the media to supply us with fictional heros, we get to run with our heros every week!

It is almost 2015, time to join or renew your membership. Here is the plan:
- Come to the Resolution Run and sign up. Dive right in the first day.
- You need AORTA.
- AORTA needs you.


Time to Renew Memberships!
To paraphrase up an old adage, "With great fun, comes great responsibility"… or something like that.  Anyway, it’s time to renew your official membership.  Why, you ask?  Why join if the runs are free, the waterstops are free, the comradery is free and the meetings are free?   Well, you get… um…, and… uh…, also,…. um.  Hey, it’s the right thing to do and you can also brag to everyone that you’re an “official” member!

How to Join/Renew
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below, or bring it to the Resolution Run!

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!  We moved the date from January to March to increase our chances of warmer weather conditions.  Last year our start time temperature was in the low 20’s, a little cold for the safety of our runners and volunteers.

Like last year, the race is a combined Half Marathon & 10K course beginning and ending at the beautiful ALFA Farmer's Pavilion on the campus of Auburn University.  The course will take runners past the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the quaint homes along Gay Street and then touring through the beautiful campus of Auburn University.  The course passes by the city's most iconic landmarks including Jordan Hare Stadium, Heisman Drive past the statues of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan, and also through the newly designed Toomer's Corner.  Our half marathon runners will also enjoy some rolling hills and scenic beauty found off the beaten path near Chewacala State Park in Auburn.

This race is a charity run and the ONLY half marathon in Auburn that donates 100% of the proceeds to charity, the East Alabama Cancer Foundation. The funds are used to help diagnose, provide treatment for and cover expenses of those fighting cancer.

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






Weekly Whimsy

Sign seen at a recent marathon!


Did You Know?
Believe it or not, cold weather is actually ideal for your run. The colder the weather, the less heat stress on the body, which makes it significantly easier to run. Running in hot and humid weather is extremely taxing on the body — there is a reason why the majority of marathons are held in October and November.


Quote of the Week

“Remember, it’s the pace that kills, never the distance.”

    - Bill Jones,
            The Ghost Runner; The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn
’t Stop


Video of the Week 
How To Run: DOs & DON'Ts (3:42)


Evolutionary biology professor Daniel Lieberman, whose studies are the scientific backbone for Chris McDougall’s BORN TO RUN, gives five pointers on how you can run long distances better and injury free.


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started December 8th which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: December 15th, 2014

AORTA Winners!
Outstanding finishes from our club members from this past weekend!

Rocket City Marathon
   . Pam Carr: 2nd in Age Group

Earth Dog 5K
   . Rachel Matson: 3rd Female Overall


AORTA Christmas Party - The Aftermath
If you couldn't make it to last week’s party, you have only yourself to blame for missing a fun night of friendship, fellowship and gastronomic excess!  Club president Bob Banks graciously passed the reins to next year’s president Lori Connors and newly elected vice-president Joe Antoine.  He also announced the expansion of the club’s steering committee by welcoming Tom Turkington and Chris Shook to the board.  Only 51 weeks to the next one!


Canned Food Run - Sat, Dec 20th
Big Dog of Auburn is following in the paw prints of the Uptown Big Dog!  We ask for all runners and walkers to join us on Saturday, December 20th for a chance to give back to the Auburn community by participating in a “Canned Food Run.”  Bring a canned food item to this Saturday's morning Pancake Run and we will donate it to the local Food Bank here in East Alabama.  Our run starts @ 6:00 AM and of course we will have pancakes!

Auburn Classic Half-Marathon & 10K
Join us once again to enjoy this classic event!  We moved the date from January to March to increase our chances of warmer weather conditions. Last year our start time temperature was in the low 20’s, a little cold for the safety of our runners and volunteers.

Like last year, the race is a combined Half Marathon & 10K course beginning and ending at the beautiful ALFA Farmer's Pavilion on the campus of Auburn University.  The course will take runners past the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the quaint homes along Gay Street and then tour through the beautiful campus of Auburn University. The course passes by the city's most iconic landmarks including Jordan Hare Stadium, Heisman Drive past the statues of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan, and also through the newly designed Toomer's Corner. Our half marathon runners will also enjoy some rolling hills and scenic beauty found off the beaten path near Chewacla State Park in Auburn.

This race is a charity run and the ONLY half marathon in Auburn that donates 100% of the proceeds to charity, the East Alabama Cancer Foundation. The funds are used to help diagnose, provide treatment for and cover expenses of those fighting cancer.

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Auburn University
Time: 7:30 AM CST

Links to RunSignUp.com and event Facebook page below.






Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
After leading the pack through the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and the first 21 miles of the 26.2 mile run, John Dunbar lost his lead in the first ever Ironman triathlon because his crew ran out of water to give him, and switched to beer. He became drunk, and started running into parked cars.


Quote of the Week

       “You can’t be miserable when you’re running.
                It’s such a simple and pure way to feel alive.”

    - Veronica Rossi, Brooke



Opelika-Auburn News
From last week’s OA News, a reminder to stay safe on the road this holiday season.
Consider these national statistics from 2012:
» One drunk-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes.
» Alcohol impairment was a factor in approximately one third of all fatal crashes at night.
» More than 10,000 people died due to impaired driving.

These tips are worth repeating:
» Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.
» If you will be drinking, plan ahead. Designate a driver before the party.
» When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
» If you have been drinking, do not drive — even a short distance. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

Let’s stay safe while celebrating this holiday season."


Video of the Week - Safe Holiday Driving
Safe Holiday Driving (5:22) - *Warning - Graphic!*

The holiday season comes with a lot of celebration. Much of it includes alcohol, and numerous temptations to drive after having consumed alcohol. This video should help to remind us of those dangers.  Drive safely this joyous time so we can see everyone back safe and sound for the New Year!


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started December 8th which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28th! The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: December 8th, 2014

AORTA Christmas Party, Thursday!
Don’t miss this year’s Christmas party at the Auburn University Alumni Center!

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite this week. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with K-Z are asked to bring a side dish.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


AORTA winners!
Outstanding finishes from our club members!  AORTA members cleaned up this weekend during the annual Toys for Tots race at Auburn High School. Special thanks to the AHS JROTC for assisting with race preparations and course directions.  And of course, congratulations to Monica Kennis and her fabulous team of volunteers for (once again) putting on an exceptional race!

Toys for Tots 10K
   . Beverly Smith: 1st Female!
   . Keven Yost: 1st Male Masters
   . Beth Kisor: 1st Female Masters
   . Mike Milford: 1st in Age Group

Toys for Tots 5K
   . James Majors: 2nd in Age Group
   . Ann Erath: 3rd in Age Group
   . Pat McCulloch: 3rd in Age Group

Canned Food Run - Sat, Dec 20th
Big Dog of Auburn is following in the paw prints of the Uptown Big Dog!  We ask for all runners and walkers to join us on Saturday, December 20th for a chance to give back to the Auburn community by participating in a “Canned Food Run.”  Bring a canned food item to our Saturday morning Pancake Run and we will donate it to the local Food Bank here in East Alabama.  Our run starts @ 6:00 AM and of course we will have pancakes!

Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Weekly Whimsy


Did You Know?
Running does not necessarily "ruin" your knees, as you may have been told. In fact, research shows that osteoarthritis of the knees is no more common in older adults who engage in long-distance running than in those who don’t.

That being said, women are up to six times more likely to suffer from a knee injury due to running, compared to men, because they may have an imbalance in strength between their quadriceps and hamstrings. Regular strength training, including of your legs, is therefore important if you're a runner.


Quote of the Week
"The act of running is simple, one foot in front of the other. The art of becoming a runner is achieved through a new mindset and commitment to change, especially if it’s new to you. It’s tough, challenging, painful, sometimes lonely, regularly uncomfortable and often excruciating…but the rewards are second to none.” 

    - Terry Landers,
               Fat Guy Runs A Marathon


Video of the Week - Unbroken (Official Trailer)
Unbroken - The incredible story of Olympic runner “Louie" Zamperini (2:50)

The movie opens on Christmas Day.


Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group starts today which targets the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K on February 28. The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



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AORTA News: December 1st, 2014

AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Don’t miss this Saturday's Toys for Tots raceThis year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $25 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a toy (unwrapped) 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 needy children in the area.

Early Packet Pick-Up will be this Friday, December 5th at Mountain High in Auburn from noon until 6 PM.

Race Day Registration at 6:30 AM at Auburn High School.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club member Allen Smith who placed 15th in the Masters Division of the Footlocker Southern Regional Cross Country Championships in Charlotte this past weekend.
His 5K time?  An outstanding 18:37!!!




AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Current AORTA members should have received an e-invite this week. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with K-Z are asked to bring a side dish.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.  
If you did NOT receive an e-invite, please e-mail the webmaster using the link at the bottom of this page.


AORTA Presents Check to EAMC Cancer Center

On Wednesday, November 19th, AORTA Vice-President Lori Connor, Board Member Summer Vaughan and AORTA member Elyse Corbitt presented a check for over $3,200 to the EAMC Cancer Center based on the proceeds from the Tough Ten / Tough Two race.  Pictured from left to right are EAMC Breast Health Navigator Colleen Alsobrrok, Lori Connors, Summer Vaughan, and Elyse Corbitt.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
New Balance and Nike are among the brands that have been working on ways to “print" an actual shoe. Using a leading-edge 3D printing technology, each brand has successfully created shoe components out of nylon polymer materials. New Balance had already printed up working samples of lightweight shoes for some of its athletes. The use of 3D printing has been used for years for prototype modeling, but in the past most of the models were printed with a water-based corn starch solution. But the use of stronger and permanent synthetic polymers could change manufacturing considerably, especially when it comes to custom-fitting to a runner’s exact foot size and shape.


Quote of the Week
“‎As I get older I see that running has changed for me. What used to be about burning calories is now more about burning up what is false. Lies I used to tell myself about who I was and what I could do, friendships that cannot withstand hills or miles, the approval I no longer need to seek, and solidarity that cannot bear silence. I run to burn up what I don't need and ignite what I do.” 

    - Kristin Armstrong,
           Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run


Video of the Week - Winter Running Tips
Top Four from Tips4Running (4:29)

We haven’t had any snow yet!  But just in case...

Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 24th, 2014

AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 2 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Details: Current AORTA members will receive an e-invite this week. If you plan to attend, please RSVP and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names beginning with K-Z are asked to bring a side dish.  AORTA will supply a seafood and meat dish.


Water Stop Signs and Coolers
Due to limited space at Big Dog's new location, the water stop signs and coolers have been moved to the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. Coolers and signs can be picked up Mon-Thur from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
As a follow-up to last week’s running vocabulary words, here’s news of why sports bras are so important. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth in England have found that breasts don’t just bounce up and down during running; they also move side to side and in and out, creating a complicated figure-8 pattern. This so-called breast displacement could permanently damage the Coopers ligaments and lead to premature sagging. That’s why it’s super important to have supportive sports bras that minimize bouncing as much as possible, but are comfortable enough that you don’t hate to wear them.


Quote of the Week
“Running a race assigns a point to a sport that often feels very pointless. It's an exuberant payoff to months of tedium. It's a way of crafting an end boss for a particularly cumbersome video game. It's a fun, monstrous reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other. So, do yourself a favor: go build a monster.” 

    - Matthew Inman,
           
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances


Video of the Week - Sport Science
Sport Science - Meb Keflezighi 2013 NYCM (2:39)



Ongoing Events

What to Wear?
We’ll keep this link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the winter weather. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run. Click on the logo at right, or here.


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 17th, 2014

What to Wear?
To follow up on last week’s “Tips for Running in the Cold”, here is a link to the Runner’s World tool to help properly dress for the polar vortex. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or 
here.


AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 3 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Download the registration form here   

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: 6:00 PM
Stay tuned for more information!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Damion McIntosh
This month we feature a Saturday club regular and Auburn University professor Damion McIntosh. Not only is he a superb athlete and extraordinarily smart, he’s also a super nice guy!

Marital status: Happy
Children: 5 nieces and 1 nephew
Occupation: Finance Professor at Auburn University
Running History: Since 2009
Why Do You Run: It keeps me sane
Next Running Goal/Race: Soldier Marathon*
Fantasy Running Destination: Honolulu Marathon
Favorite Running Fuel: Bananas
Music On The Run: Anything to which I know the words to sing along
Hobbies: Travel, reading
Tips for New Runners: Your only competitor on race day is yourself
* Damion’s profile was submitted prior to publishing, but he did run the race!


Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
Technology has been a boon to runners in improving running gear to help us run our best during long runs and be more comfortable on the hard concrete sidewalks and asphalt roads. This week’s additions to our running lexicon involves one item that is quite familiar to the fairer sex, while the other… well, not so much.

Sports Bra (n.): a bra that provides additional support to female breasts during physical exercise. Sturdier than typical bras, they minimize breast movement, alleviate discomfort, and reduce potential damage to chest ligaments. Many women wear sports bras to reduce pain, and physical discomfort caused by breast movement during exercise. Some sports bras are designed to be worn as outerwear during exercise such as jogging. Larger breasted women may be prevented from taking part in sports or exercise when their breasts move excessively.

Sports Bro* (n.): The “Sports Bro” from GPSports is not designed to keep pecs in place. Instead, it is meant to keep a high-tech athlete-monitoring device in place. “The vest holds a small player tracking unit that’s worn really tight under the jersey to quantify the demands of the game, and that data is used as a benchmark for training and to dictate recovery protocols,” The tracking device used to be worn as a harness, “but the straps irritated athletes under the armpit and caused chaffing, so the new design of the compression vest (aka Sports Bro) is much more comfortable.”
* Yes, this is a real product!


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
Some beginner runners don’t like to drink water while they’re running because they’re worried that they’re going to get a cramp in their side (also known as a side stitch). Side stitches, which are usually a pain right below the rib cage, are not caused by drinking water. They’re usually a result of not breathing properly.


Quote of the Week
“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. I has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” 

    - Fred LeBow, New York City Marathon co-founder (1932-1994)


Video of the Week - Meggan Janota
In 2009, Meggan was diagnosed with cancer but ran as an inspiration. (2:14)

On October 30, 2014, Meggan lost her battle to brain cancer at the age of 36...


Ongoing Events

10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is here (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 10th, 2014

AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors during races these past few weeks!

Soldier Marathon
Jake Smith - 1st Place Age Group
Lesley Binning - 2nd Place Age Group
Beth Kisor - 5th Place Age Group

Soldier Half-Marathon
Morgan Brown - 4th Place Age Group
Gloria Walsh - 5th Place Age Group

7th Annual Run to Read 10K
Martin Mosconi - 3rd Overall, 1st in Age Group

7th Annual Run to Read 5K
Cyndi Walp - 1st in Age Group


2014 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
Thanks to all who showed up for our group photo shot!  Congratulations to everyone, especially to all our first-time marathon and half-marathon runners!

 

2014 Soldier Marathon/Half-Marathon AORTA Group Picture


AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 4 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Download the registration form here   

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College St
Time: TBD
Stay tuned for more information!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Damion McIntosh
This month we feature a Saturday club regular and Auburn University professor Damion McIntosh. Not only is he a superb athlete and extraordinarily smart, he’s also a super nice guy!

Marital status: Happy
Children: 5 nieces and 1 nephew
Occupation: Finance Professor at Auburn University
Running History: Since 2009
Why Do You Run: It keeps me sane
Next Running Goal/Race: Soldier Marathon*
Fantasy Running Destination: Honolulu Marathon
Favorite Running Fuel: Bananas
Music On The Run: Anything to which I know the words to sing along
Hobbies: Travel, reading
Tips for New Runners: Your only competitor on race day is yourself
* Damion’s profile was submitted prior to publishing, but he did run the race!


10 Tips for Running in the Cold
The polar vortex is on its way (again)!  So here are some tips, recycled from last year but still relevant, to help you get through those chilly morning runs!

1. Get Motivated - Make a date to meet someone for a run.
2. Arm Your Feet - Run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh and wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.
3.  Get Dressed - Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer… you should be slightly cool when you start.  Layer with technical fibers to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up.
4.  Be seen - Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree.
5.  Warm up Prerun - Move around to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat.  The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re warm.
6.  Deal with Wind - Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back.  Protect exposed skin.
7.  Forget speed - Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.
8.  Change Quickly Postrun - Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running.  To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes as soon as you can.
9.  Deal with Rain - Keep a spare pair of sneakers, running outfit, and towels in your car.  To dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes with the insoles removed.
10.  Go Someplace Warm - Moderate southern temperatures (yeah... right!) allow runners to go for personal records during races in the southern states.
* To read the entire article, click on the Runners World logo above.


Weekly Whimsy



Did You Know?
The correct pronunciation of Adidas is “Ah-Dee-Dass,” not the Americanized version “Uh-Dee-Duhs.”  The German brand is named after the company’s founder, Adi Dassler. The correct way to pronounce Hoka One One is “Ho-Kah Own-ay Own-ay.” The founders of the company have said its a Māori phrase that means “flying.”


Quote of the Week
“The Olympics, marathons - those are what bring people together.  Race, Religion, all the dividing factors that create conflict in this world, they all fall apart on the marathon route.” 


    - Bill Rodgers, 4-time Boston Marathon Winner


Video of the Week - A Veteran’s Day Tribute
Please remember our veterans as we honor them this week.
Darryl Worley - I Just Came Back from a War (4:18)



Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: November 3rd, 2014

Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo. Plan to meet at the statue at 7:30 am ET directly in front of the museum where you check in. Sunrise will be at 7:03 so we should be good with the light!  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!  :-)

 

2013 Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Picture.  Join us for this year’s photo!


Saturday Runs - Thanks WMR Running Club!
Thanks to the WMR Running Club for setting up this past Saturday’s waterstop at Auburn Early Education Center. They even made a fantastic poster! For those who missed it, here it is again!




AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 5 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Download the registration form here   

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


AORTA Christmas Party, Dec 11th
This year’s Christmas will again be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center.

When: Thursday, December 11th
Where: AU Alumni Center, 317 S. College Street
Time: TBD
Stay tuned for more information!



Weekly Whimsy


For those running Soldier this Saturday, don’t read this… Oops… too late!


Did You Know?
Running releases endorphins, the chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy; this is where the expression 'runners high' came from. This is why running is also such a great stress reliever and has been known to help with mild depression and anxiety.


Quote of the Week
“Running is a mental sport… and we’re all insane!

- Unknown (but thought by all!)



Video of the Week
Marathon Running Tips - Joan Benoit Samuelson (5:43)


Great advice for novices and elites from one of the best!  Joan won the Gold Medal at the 1984 LA Summer Olympics, the year that the women’s marathon was introduced.


Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 27th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: October 27th, 2014

Performance Panel, Tuesday!
Prepare for your next race by attending a Q&A about nutrition and hydration from a “Performance Panel” of experts including two-time Olympian, Amy Rudolph! Mark you calendar for this free event on Tuesday, October 28th at 6PM at the Uptown Big Dog in Columbus, GA. Click on the BDRC logo at right for more info.


Run To Read This Saturday!
Come and support the 7th Annual Run to Read event this Saturday. This is a very affordable race with pre-registration only $15 and race day registration $20. Long sleeve Tees for early registration. Age group awards and door prizes. Other highlights include: Clifford the Big Red Dog & celebrity guests from AU and Lee County, party inflatables, 1/4 mile and 50 yard dask for children. Click on the logo at right for additional information.
Date: Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Location: Floral Park, Opelika, AL
Time: 10K (8:15 AM), 5K (8:20 AM), 1.5 Mile Walk (8:25 AM)


Saturday "Halloween" Run
We're down to less than 2 weeks before the Soldier Marathon scheduled for Nov 8th! Because it's also Halloween weekend, we've worked out special "Halloween" routes around Auburn which pass (in order) Pine Hill, Town Creek, Memorial Park, Baptist Hill, and Westview cemeteries!  Our long and short routes are 10.3 and 6.7 miles respectively, though technically it should be an 8 miler if you're following the Hal Higdon Intermediate II plan.


Soldier Marathon AORTA Group Photo
All members running the half or full marathon are invited to meet prior to the race for a group photo.  Plan to meet at the statue at 7:30 am ET directly in front of the museum where you check in.  Sunrise will be at 7:03 so we should be good with the light!  Remember that Columbus is an hour ahead of us (Auburn / Opelika) so don’t be late!!  :-)











AORTA Toys for Tots 2014
Only 6 weeks left until this year's Toys for Tots race, scheduled for December 6th! Don't miss this one, so sign up NOW using the online link at right (click the logo). This year's race will once again start/finish at Auburn High School and be assisted by the AHS Junior ROTC. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile race, 5K and 10K.  $10 for the 1-mile, $20 for the 5K and 10K.  All registered runners are expected to donate a 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 needy children in the area.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Location: Auburn High School
Time: 5K/10K starts at 7:30 AM.  1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM.

Toys for Tots 5K Route   
Toys for Tots 10K Route   


Team Hoyt Honored in Boston

 

Thirty-eight year ago, Dick Hoyt said yes to 15-year-old Rick, who, despite being in a wheelchair, asked to participate in a five-mile road race. Team Hoyt was born and the inspiring father-and-son duo was honored by the City of Boston last week. City Councilor Matt O’Malley declared October 22nd, 2014 as Team Hoyt Day in the city. For those who missed their original story posted last year, here is a more recent video presented as this week’s Video of the Week (see video below).


Weekly Whimsy


Runners, Thank Women’s Lingerie!
For years, many of the innovations in the technical fabrics used in running apparel and running shoe uppers have come from the innovations developed for women’s lingerie. Seriously. Think stretchy, soft, form-fitting and supportive!


Quote of the Week
“Finally, I could see with startling clarity that the time I had spent experiencing pain on a run was outweighed by the amount of time that I felt good about it. I was aglow. I was invincible. I was thinking I might be able to do it again.

- Alexandra Heminsley, Running Like a Girl


Video of the Week
The Story of Rick and Dick Hoyt (9:54)



Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group started October 20th which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.

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AORTA News: October 20th, 2014


Run the AmaXing Challenge 5K!
Not training for a marathon and looking for a short-distance race? How about an on-campus race with Alpha Xi Deltas 5th Annual AmaXing Challenge this Sunday, October 26th. This is a family friendly event which features children’s activities, visits by Miss AU, Miss Auburn (yes, there are 2) and of course Aubie! More importantly, proceeds go to support autism research, community awareness, and outreach activities. 
The 5K starts at 1:00 PM followed by a 1-Mile Fun Walk at 1:05 PM.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. A new group starts today which targets the Toys for Tots on December 6th. The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.  For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
This edition features a familiar running term, but defined not in a strict scholarly manner, but more from a realist, first-person perspective. 

Marathon: (n) A popular form of self-imposed, overpriced torture wherein participants wake up at ass-o-clock in the morning and stand in the freezing cold until it’s time to run, at which point they miserably trot for a god-awful interval of time that could be better spent sleeping in and/or consuming large quantities of beer and doughnuts.
See also: masochism, awfulness, nipple-chafing, doughnut deprivation therapy



Weekly Whimsy

 



The World’s “Coolest" Marathon
Most of us have heard of the furnace-like conditions of the Badwater 135 in Death Valley or Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara. But have you heard of the world’s coldest marathon which is also the northernmost marathon?  Yes, there is a North Pole Marathon typically scheduled every April with a start/finish at the Geographic North Pole! If you plan to run it, be prepared to handle sub-zero temperatures of -13°F as well as an entry fee of €11,900 or $15,207 (at today’s exchange rate).  Competitors complete 10 laps of a 4.2km loop on a drifting ice sheet which floats about the North Pole. To date, no polar bears have threatened any runners but camp operators keep weapons for such an eventuality!


Quote of the Week
“Winning isn’t about finishing in first place. It isn’t about beating the others. It is about overcoming yourself. Overcoming your body, your limitations, and your fears. Winning means surpassing yourself and turning your dreams into reality.

- Kilian Jornet, Córrer o Morir


Video of the Week
Nike Priest - Why Do YOU run? (0:33)



Ongoing Events

Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


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AORTA News: October 13th, 2014


AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors this weekend!  Also, kudos to Tough 10 / Tough 2 Race Director, Summer Vaughan, for conducting a flawless race. Lastly, thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who assisted in making this year’s race such a success.

Tough 10
Ann Erath - 1st Female Overall!
Jake Smith - 1st Place Age Group
Bob Banks - 1st Place Age Group
Gail Lien - 1st Place Age Group

Tough 2
Mike Brown - 1st Place Age Group
Tammy Hollis - 1st Place Age Group


Next AORTA Club Meeting, Tonight!
Monday, October 13th

Our next club meeting is tonight, Monday, October 13th at Big Dog Running Co. at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be fellow AORTA-ian Tom Turkington and his story. 

One man’s journey from sorrow to joy
I was pretty much out of ideas and running desperately short on hope. I was grossly overweight and mentally in a very bad place. In my heart I was beginning to believe that I just wasn’t capable of being healthy or happy. There had to be a better way. 

Then things changed in a miraculous way. I realized the battle was in the mind, not the body. Changing what I was thinking made all the difference in the world. I have now lost over 150 pounds. I have run two full marathons as well as many other shorter races and I have another marathon on the calendar this November. I am completely off all medications for health issues and I feel as good or better as I can ever remember in my life. Most importantly though, I have true, lasting joy.

What was I thinking? Come find out. 


Upcoming Local Races!
Not training for a marathon and looking for a short-distance race? Check out the Earth Dog 5K / 1-Mile run on Saturday, October 18th at 8AM ** Postponed to December 13th** at Richland Elementary. Click on the logo at right for more information and to register for the race.

Or how about an on-campus 5K race or 1-Mile Walk with Alpha Xi Deltas 5th Annual AmaXing Challenge on Sunday, October 26th. This is a family friendly event which features children’s activities, visits by Miss AU and of course Aubie! More importantly, proceeds go to support autism research, community awareness, and outreach activities. The 5K starts at 1:00 PM followed by the 1-Mile Walk at 1:05 PM.


Need Race Volunteers for October 26th
We need volunteers to help with the AmaXing Challenge - Step It Up Auburn on Sunday afternoon, October 26th. Join Miss AU and Aubie in supporting this event!  If you have a few hours to spare, your participation would be greatly appreciated!  E-mail the webmaster.


Weekly Whimsy



The more you sweat, the more you burn?

Wrong! Are you especially drenched after your regular afternoon run? That doesn’t mean you necessarily torched any more calories than usual (sorry!). Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperatture. It’s just as apt to be the results of an overheated studio, the weather or your personal physiology.



Quote of the Week
“When you undertake a daunting task, an adventure bigger than you ever thought you'd take on, you don't get to know what challenges the universe will present to you on the way. You can decide where you will go and how much money you'll spend and what your activities will be, but there will always be something unexpected, a hurdle of sorts, that offers you an opportunity to learn something about yourself if you take it in stride..

- Cami Ostman


Video of the Week
Bartcasts: The Best Way to Run a Marathon (2:18)




Ongoing Events


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
 - C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address: 
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.

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AORTA News: October 6th, 2014


2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - This Saturday!
Join us for the fifteenth annual Tough Ten / Tough Two run … ten miles or two miles of fun on the familiar Ogletree/Grove Hill Road route. This is a great race for all ages, whether you are just wanting to squeeze in a walk or a run on a Saturday morning, or if you are training for a half or full marathon.

One hundred percent {yep, you read that correctly}, of the proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured. Here is a recent testimonial for the Cancer Center:
“My husband and I are new residents of Alabama. He is a disabled veteran who receives his health care through the Veterans Health Care System, but I do not have medical insurance coverage. Before we moved to Auburn, I got my yearly mammograms through a state-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program. I soon realized that this program was not available everywhere. I am very thankful for the EAMC Breast Health Program that provides free mammograms. I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that my breast screening was once again negative.”  -  Michelle

* AORTA Members - Please Read *
One of the best pieces of feedback received from participants in AORTA sponsored races is how much they love the food and homemade goodies that are provided on race day. We would love to continue this tradition … please bring an item you would like to share to the upcoming Tough 10 / Tough 2 race on October 11th. Feel free to bring the item the morning of the race or if you would like to send something but aren’t able to attend the race, please contact Lori Connors, loriconnors35@aol.com, to make pick up arrangements.  {We kindly ask that you not bring bagels, fruit, or doughnuts, just in case they were on your list.  Thanks for your understanding!}

Hungry runners thank you for your support!

When:  Saturday, Oct. 11th
Where:  Ogletree Village
Register: Click on the logo at right to register online or download the pdf file below.


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at 
vaughanse@att.net 

* This year's race is in memory of Nick Holler * 



Honoring a beloved AORTA member - Nick Holler
Dr. Nick Holler, a retired Professor Emeritus in Biological Sciences and the former 13-year leader of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, was a 30+-year runner, Boston Marathoner, former esteemed and inspirational colleague and avid supporter of AORTA. He devoted his second career as an ordained deacon and Director of Congregational Care at AUMC for over the past decade. His love of running coupled with his commitment to nature compelled him to direct the popular Annual 5K Trail Run at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve for many years. Admired for his gentle yet fiercely competitive spirit, Nick exemplified the best qualities of sportsmanship, class, and friendship. To honor his commitment to AORTA, this year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two will again be run in memory of Nick Holler.


Nick Holler Memorial at AUMC
For runners and bikers, AUMC recently completed a rest stop memorial to Nick Holler that consists of a water fountain, air hose, and multiple bicycle repair tools. Located near the Magnolia entrance to AUM, the service is free to all to use and enjoy. They merely ask you to leave it as clean as you find it.

  Here is a link to the location and pictures below.

Water Stop 3


Next AORTA Club Meeting, Monday, October 13th

Our next club meeting will be Monday, October 13th at Big Dog Running Co. at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be fellow AORTA-ian Tom Turkington and his story. 

One man’s journey from sorrow to joy
I was pretty much out of ideas and running desperately short on hope. I was grossly overweight and mentally in a very bad place. In my heart I was beginning to believe that I just wasn’t capable of being healthy or happy. There had to be a better way. 

Then things changed in a miraculous way. I realized the battle was in the mind, not the body. Changing what I was thinking made all the difference in the world. I have now lost over 150 pounds. I have run two full marathons as well as many other shorter races and I have another marathon on the calendar this November. I am completely off all medications for health issues and I feel as good or better as I can ever remember in my life. Most importantly though, I have true, lasting joy.

What was I thinking? Come find out. 


Need Race Volunteers for October 26th
We need volunteers to help with the AmaXing Challenge - Step It Up Auburn on Sunday afternoon, October 26th. Join Coach Bruce Pearl and Aubie (of course!) in supporting this event! 
If you have a few hours to spare, your participation would be greatly appreciated!  E-mail the webmaster, or Clem Tanaka.


Weekly Whimsy

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Sugar is as bad as Cigarettes
Although sugar does not have the same stigma attached to it as smoking, the truth is indulging on sweet treats or dessert could be as bad for you as lighting up a cigarette. According to research by a University of California team, sugar is as damaging as both alcohol and cigarettes and, according to the researchers, should therefore be regulated to control consumption.



Bernd Heinrich

Quote of the Week
“Running is perhaps the most fundamental of all sports, and it is economically the least costly to perform. As a consequence, it is the most democratic and most competitive of all sports because individual merit can prevail despite economic equality. It is a sport for everyone, the whole world over.”

- Bernd Heinrich, Why We Run: A Natural History


Video of the Week
Jennifer Bricker’s Story (4:54)

You've never seen back-to-back inspirational videos up til now, but I think you’ll agree that this exception is worthwhile.


Ongoing Events


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 29th, 2014

Autumnal Equinox - Be Seen!
Last Monday marked the first day of Fall and the official Autumnal Equinox when the sun crossed the celestial equator. 

However, due to our location, the transition to when day and night are of approximately equal duration occured this past Saturday, with more night than day to follow as we move towards winter. For you early morning runners, that means darker and, thus, arguably more dangerous conditions. Because of this, we highly recommend adding highly reflective gear, or even lights, to your running wardrobe. Remember that even if you see them, they may not see you!


Need Race Volunteers
We need volunteers to help with the following races.
- October 11th: Tough Ten / Tough Two
- October 26th: AmaXing Challenge - Step It Up Auburn
If you have a few hours to spare on one of these mornings, your participation would be greatly appreciated! E-mail the webmaster, Summer Vaughan (Tough Ten) or Clem Tanaka (AmaXing Challenge).
Thanks!


2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - Oct 11th!
Join us for the fifteenth annual Tough Ten / Tough Two run … ten miles or two miles of fun on the familiar Ogletree/Grove Hill Road route. This is a great race for all ages, whether you are just wanting to squeeze in a walk or a run on a Saturday morning, or if you are training for a half or full marathon.

One hundred percent {yep, you read that correctly}, of the proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured. Here is a recent testimonial for the Cancer Center:
“My husband and I are new residents of Alabama. He is a disabled veteran who receives his health care through the Veterans Health Care System, but I do not have medical insurance coverage. Before we moved to Auburn, I got my yearly mammograms through a state-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program. I soon realized that this program was not available everywhere. I am very thankful for the EAMC Breast Health Program that provides free mammograms. I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that my breast screening was once again negative.”  -  Michelle

* AORTA Members - Please Read *
One of the best pieces of feedback received from participants in AORTA sponsored races is how much they love the food and homemade goodies that are provided on race day. We would love to continue this tradition … please bring an item you would like to share to the upcoming Tough 10 / Tough 2 race on October 11th. Feel free to bring the item the morning of the race or if you would like to send something but aren’t able to attend the race, please contact Lori Connors, loriconnors35@aol.com, to make pick up arrangements.  {We kindly ask that you not bring bagels, fruit, or doughnuts, just in case they were on your list.  Thanks for your understanding!}

Hungry runners thank you for your support!

When:  Saturday, Oct. 11th
Where:  Ogletree Village
Register: Click on the logo at right to register online or download the pdf file below.


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at 
vaughanse@att.net 

* This year's race is in memory of Nick Holler * 



Honoring a beloved AORTA member - Nick Holler
Dr. Nick Holler, a retired Professor Emeritus in Biological Sciences and the former 13-year leader of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, was a 30+-year runner, Boston Marathoner, former esteemed and inspirational colleague and avid supporter of AORTA. He devoted his second career as an ordained deacon and Director of Congregational Care at AUMC for over the past decade. His love of running coupled with his commitment to nature compelled him to direct the popular Annual 5K Trail Run at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve for many years. Admired for his gentle yet fiercely competitive spirit, Nick exemplified the best qualities of sportsmanship, class, and friendship. To honor his commitment to AORTA, this year’s Tough Ten / Tough Two will again be run in memory of Nick Holler.


Nick Holler Memorial at AUMC
For runners and bikers, AUMC recently completed a rest stop memorial to Nick Holler that consists of a water fountain, air hose, and multiple bicycle repair tools. Located near the Magnolia entrance to AUM, the service is free to all to use and enjoy. They merely ask you to leave it as clean as you find it.

  Here is a link to the location and pictures below.

Water Stop 3



Next AORTA Club Meeting, Monday, October 13th

Our next club meeting will be Monday, October 13th at Big Dog Running Co. at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be fellow AORTA-ian Tom Turkington and his story. 

One man’s journey from sorrow to joy
I was pretty much out of ideas and running desperately short on hope. I was grossly overweight and mentally in a very bad place. In my heart I was beginning to believe that I just wasn’t capable of being healthy or happy. There had to be a better way. 

Then things changed in a miraculous way. I realized the battle was in the mind, not the body. Changing what I was thinking made all the difference in the world. I have now lost over 150 pounds. I have run two full marathons as well as many other shorter races and I have another marathon on the calendar this November. I am completely off all medications for health issues and I feel as good or better as I can ever remember in my life. Most importantly though, I have true, lasting joy.

What was I thinking? Come find out. 



AORTA Member Spotlight - Tammy Hollis
This month we feature a long-time staple to the club, Jeff Galloway Running Program and C25K Trainer and all-around awesome and inspirational member!

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Marital status:  Married
Children: Tess (also a runner)
Occupation:  Healthy Tigers Coordinator – Auburn University (Employee Wellness Initiative Program)
Running History:  Began later in life… took a C25K class at Healthplus approximately 10 + years ago with Lisa Gallagher. Fell in love with how running made me feel and how it challenged me mentally and physically to push myself. I started out doing lots of local 5K races then progressed to a few 10Ks and then decided I would try a half marathon. I ventured to New York City to run my first half marathon in Central Park. It was the MORE Women’s only race. I completed most of the training for this race on a treadmill until I met some of “Alvin’s Angels” and finished up the last 4 weeks of training with this group. Running outside and with the support of a great group made me love running even more and made me realize what I had been missing! 
After this first half marathon, I became hooked on doing the long distance training and continued to train for half marathons – going to some great destination races –  in North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Louisiana, Florida and even completing a duathalon with the one and only ALVIN WALLS.  In 2010, I decided it was time to check the “marathon” off of my bucket list….  A goal for the year I was turning 50. I trained with a great group here in Auburn and with their help and support, completed the New Orleans, Rock and Roll marathon.  Shout out to my running partner – Jane Farr!

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Why Do You Run:  For the health benefits (physical and mental). The benefits running offers in relieving stress are one of the best reasons I love running! AND, how could I forget the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with through this avenue! 
Next Running Goal/Race: After returning from a serious injury in December, 2013, my goal is to just run again – but cut mileage at this point in life! Next race may be the Tough 2 – just to get back out there! Possibly return to coaching the Galloway Running Method.
Fantasy Running Destination: Probably New York again – I love running in Central Park – just a run – not even a race would be an ultimate for me!
Favorite Running Fuel: Peanut Butter and bananas
Music On The Run: I love anything that gives me a beat that I can pace myself to.  If running with friends – I prefer to run without music… if running by myself I sometimes run with music, but many times I like the solitude.
Hobbies: Anything that gets me outdoors! Gardening, biking.  I also enjoy cooking and any type of exercise!
Tips for New Runners: Stay committed and remember to enjoy your runs. Look around you, enjoy the sunrise or the sunset… and find your happy pace!

Healthy Tiger

Tammy was recognized at Jordan Hare Stadium for her work as the Healthy Tigers Coordinator during Saturday's game against LA Tech !


Weekly Whimsy
For those running a marathon this season, don’t let “the wall” catch you!

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Nike - Greek Goddess of Victory
The name "Nike" is one of the best-known of the Greek goddesses - yet many people don't even realize Nike was a goddess first, sports brand second. Nike is depicted as a fit young woman with a blade and large wings, unusual among later Greek gods and goddesses, though many of them could take on the forms of birds in the myths. 

Nike image

She’s also a very fast runner, swift flyer, and able charioteer. She is often seen with wings in most statues and paintings to remind people that victory is fleeting. Hence, she can be capricious in doling out victory. The three most recent Summer Olympic medals featured Nike’s figure with the Panathinaiko Stadium in the background.



Haruki-Murakami

Quote of the Week
“As I run I tell myself to think of a river. And clouds. But essentially I'm not thinking of a thing. All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.”

- Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running


Video of the Week
I Am Unstoppable - Sarah Reinertsen (3:11)

Ever thought you couldn’t do something?  Don’t tell Sarah!….


Ongoing Events


Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 22nd, 2014

AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors this weekend!

Marie Wooten Memorial Run
Jake Smith - 1st Place Overall (10K)
Elizabeth Knight - 3rd Place Overall (5K)



2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough 10 / Tough 2 - Oct 11th
Join us for the fifteenth annual Tough Ten / Tough Two run … ten miles or two miles of fun on the familiar Ogletree/Grove Hill Road route. This is a great race for all ages, whether you are just wanting to squeeze in a walk or a run on a Saturday morning, or if you are training for a half or full marathon.

One hundred percent {yep, you read that correctly}, of the proceeds are given to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation. The center provides education and awareness regarding early detection of breast cancer and offers free mammograms to women who are uninsured.

Here is a recent testimonial for the Cancer Center:
“My husband and I are new residents of Alabama. He is a disabled veteran who receives his health care through the Veterans Health Care System, but I do not have medical insurance coverage. Before we moved to Auburn, I got my yearly mammograms through a state-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program. I soon realized that this program was not available everywhere. I am very thankful for the EAMC Breast Health Program that provides free mammograms. I can take a deep breath and relax knowing that my breast screening was once again negative.”  -  Michelle

When:  Saturday, Oct. 11th
Where:  Ogletree Village
Register: Click on the logo at right to register online or download the pdf file below.


Questions?  Contact Summer Vaughan at auburntough10@gmail.com

* This year's race is in memory of Nick Holler * 



Saturday Runs
If you’ve been following the Hal Higdon Marathon training program to prepare for the Soldier Marathon, you’ll be happy to note this Saturday’s run provides some respite from the recent spate of 15-20 milers. But have no fear, next week will be the 2nd to last of the 20 milers prior to the Marathon!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Tammy Hollis
This month we feature a long-time staple to the club, Jeff Galloway Running Program Trainer and all-around awesome and inspirational member!

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Marital status:  Married
Children: Tess (also a runner)
Occupation:  Healthy Tigers Coordinator – Auburn University (Employee Wellness Initiative Program)
Running History:  Began later in life… took a C25K (Couch to 5K) class at Healthplus approximately 10+ years ago with Lisa Gallagher. Fell in love with how running made me feel and how it challenged me mentally and physically to push myself. I started out doing lots of local 5K races then progressed to a few 10Ks and then decided I would try a half marathon. I ventured to New York City to run my first half marathon in Central Park. It was the MORE Women’s only race. I completed most of the training for this race on a treadmill until I met some of “Alvin’s Angels” and finished up the last 4 weeks of training with this group. Running outside and with the support of a great group made me love running even more and made me realize what I had been missing! 
After this first half marathon, I became hooked on doing the long distance training and continued to train for half marathons – going to some great destination races –  in North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Louisiana, Florida and even completing a duathalon with the one and only ALVIN WALLS.  In 2010, I decided it was time to check the “marathon” off of my bucket list….  A goal for the year I was turning 50. I trained with a great group here in Auburn and with their help and support, completed the New Orleans, Rock and Roll marathon.  Shout out to my running partner – Jane Farr!

My chariot mod

Why Do You Run:  For the health benefits (physical and mental). The benefits running offers in relieving stress are one of the best reasons I love running! AND, how could I forget the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with through this avenue! 
Next Running Goal/Race: After returning from a serious injury in December, 2013, my goal is to just run again – but cut mileage at this point in life! Next race may be the Tough 2 – just to get back out there! Possibly return to coaching the Galloway Running Method.
Fantasy Running Destination: Probably New York again – I love running in Central Park – just a run – not even a race would be an ultimate for me!
Favorite Running Fuel: Peanut Butter and bananas
Music On The Run: I love anything that gives me a beat that I can pace myself to.  If running with friends – I prefer to run without music… if running by myself I sometimes run with music, but many times I like the solitude.
Hobbies: Anything that gets me outdoors! Gardening, biking.  I also enjoy cooking and any type of exercise!
Tips for New Runners: Stay committed and remember to enjoy your runs. Look around you, enjoy the sunrise or the sunset… and find your happy pace!



Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975



Weekly Whimsy

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Running Makes You Happier
A 2012 study proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.  Ever heard someone call running their “drug”? Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological Behavior showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs.


christopher-mcdougall

Quote of the Week
“If you can run six miles on a summer day then you, my friend, are a lethal weapon in the animal kingdom. We can dump heat on the run, but animals can't pant while they gallop.”

- Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


Video of the Week
Trail Running: Common Mistakes (2:30)



Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 15th, 2014

Featured Race of the Month: Marie Wooten Memorial Run

2014 Marie Wooten Race Graphic

Distances: 10K / 5K / 1-Mile Walk
When: Saturday September 20, 2014
Time: 10K (7:45), 5K (8:00), 1-Mile (8:15
Where: Donald E. Davis Arboretum Pavilion
Fee: $30 (10K), $25 (5K), $20 (1-Mile)
Charity: Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship
- Awards: Top 3 Male/Female Finishers
                  (no age-group awards)

Link to the 5K/10K map *(pdf)  
Link to Active.com for online registration
 *
Link to the registration form *


Winners

AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors in the past races!

Divas Half-Marathon
Pam Carr - 1st Place Age Group (11th Overall!)
Beverly Long - 1st Place Age Group





Can You Be Bribed?
We’ve pleaded, prodded, and politely asked and now we’re done groveling… and moving to flat-out bribery! We’re still looking for a more diverse group to help with our waterstops, so in a desperate attempt to lure you in, we’re offering the following bribe. For every waterstop you sign up, you will receive one chance to win one of six $50 gift certificates to Big Dog Running Co. or Academy Sports! The winners will be chosen by random drawing at this year's Christmas party to be held at the Auburn University Alumni Center on December 11th. The more times you enter, the better your chances to win!



What to Wear?
Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to wear on your run. Use the handy Runner’s World tool to take the guesswork out of it. Simply enter a few details, and you’ll be sure to be set for your run.
Click on the logo at right, or here.




Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975



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Exercise Won’t Make You Thin
Although many people use exercise as their sole method of weight management, many studies have shown that exercise, when not combined with dietary changes, does very little in respect to losing weight. A study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that when a group of obese people completed 12 weeks of supervised cardio workouts without dieting, most did not experience any significant weight loss results. However, it is important to remember that, while it may not lead to weight loss by itself, exercise still has plenty of other health benefits.


Fred Rohe

Quote of the Week
“There are no standards and no possible victories except the joy you are living while dancing your run. You are not running for some future reward - the real reward is now!”

- Fred Rohe, The Zen of Running



Video of the Week
5K Race Strategy - 5 Tips (3:57)



Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 8th, 2014

Featured Race of the Month: Marie Wooten Memorial Run

2014 Marie Wooten Race Graphic

Distances: 10K / 5K / 1-Mile Walk
When: Saturday September 20, 2014
Time: 10K (7:45), 5K (8:00), 1-Mile (8:15)
Where: Donald E. Davis Arboretum Pavilion
Fee: $30 (10K), $25 (5K), $20 (1-Mile)
Charity: Marie W. Wooten Memorial Scholarship
- Awards: Top 3 Male/Female Finishers
                  (no age-group awards)

Link to the 5K/10K map *(pdf)  
Link to Active.com for online registration
 *
Link to the registration form *



Waterstop Help! - Part 2
Ever feel like you're wrapped in wet towels, instead of running gear, in the middle of a run? Do you have rivers of sweat pouring off your body when simply standing outside? Do you leave a small pool of water at your feet  whenever you stop? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know how critical our waterstops are during these hot and humid mornings. Do you ever think of how these oases get there in the first place? No, there’s no magical formula. We rely simply on the generosity and altruism of club members. We are again appealing to your sense of fair participation and ask your help in signing up for future Saturday run water stations. As always, volunteers are guaranteed to receive unlimited appreciation, gratitude, and instant karma to boot!



Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975



Runners Dictionary

Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
This addition to our aperiodic lexiconic lesson includes one term familiar to runners; the second expression, a recently coined neologism popularized by a now declining pop star during an awards show. Be careful to use the proper word when describing your injury, lest others think you to be a lewd and lascivious individual!

Tweak (v.): 1) To injure (a part of your body) slightly, twist or pull (something) sharply such as when starting out too fast and running the risk of pulling a muscle, tweaking a tendon, bone or joint.  2) Improve (a mechanism or system) by making fine adjustments to it as in “4 simple tweaks you can make to your training to make you a better runner”.

Twerk (v): A dance, usually done by a female, to music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance. Though uncertain in origin, common assumptions suggest it to be a contraction of “footwork” and a portmanteau of the words “twist” and “jerk”. The Oxford Dictionary claims the word has been around for 20 years. It was a runner-up in the 2013 Word of the Year.


Beginner’s Corner - Stretching
Last week we covered pre-run dynamic stretching. This week, we feature a Runners World video on a post-run stretching sequence.



Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Studies show that couples who run together also do… um… other things together more frequently as well. We’ll leave it up to you to guess the activity.

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Quote of the Week
“The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”

- Erma Bombeck, American humorist 1927-1996


Video of the Week
Nike Commercial (1:30)

Why it pays to stay in peak running form!

Ongoing Events

Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of Big Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: September 1st, 2014

Labor Day 5Miler

Labor Day Fun Run!
Join us this morning for a not-so-early Labor Day Fun Run starting from Toomer’s Corner! We’ll kick off the run/walk at 8:00 AM. The route includes a waterstop at the 3-mile point at the Auburn Early Education Center on University Avenue.
Date: September 01, 2014
Location: Toomer’s Corner
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No timing, t-shirts or medals for this one!)

Labor Day 5-Miler   


Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975



Beginner’s Corner - Stretching
You‘ve seen runners bent over, touching their toes while holding that position. Should you do the same before or after a run? The experts say no, as there is no evidence that it helps. Or if you must, do it after your workout. Recent studies have shown that there is no evidence that static stretching prior to exercising prevents injury or improves performance. In fact studies have shown that it can actually be detrimental. Before running, your time is better spent on dynamic stretching. See the video below for a good warmup routine.

Link to Runners World article



Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started last week which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


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Interesting Facts
You use 200 muscles to take one step. Depending on how you divide up muscle groups, just to take a single staep you use somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 muscles. That’s a lot of work for the muscles considering most of us take about 10,000 steps a day.

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Quote of the Week
“There are some people who think runners are snobs. These people are called non-runners. And they’re right, of course. There is a certain hubris you develop when you do things no one else does.”

- Jennifer Graham
  Honey, Do You Need a Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner


Video of the Week
Shoe Lacing Tips and Techniques (3:51)

Is your heel slipping, are your shoes not secure, do you have a high instep or a wide forefoot? Watch this video to see how different lacing techniques could solve these problems!


Ongoing Events

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of BIg Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: August 25th, 2014 (Update)

Saturday Runs
Group runs will start at Toomer’s Corner from this weekend. As we enter marathon season, the long runs will follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate II training plan in support of those running the Soldier Marathon in November.


Labor Day 5Miler

Labor Day Fun Run!
Come join us on Monday morning for a not-so-early morning Labor Day run starting from Toomer’s Corner! We’ll kick off the run/walk at 8:00 AM. The route includes a waterstop at the 3-mile point at the Auburn Early Education Center on University Avenue.
Date: September 01, 2014
Location: Toomer’s Corner, Auburn, AL
Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA Resolution 5M Route   

Membership Drive!
Join now and your tax-deductible membership fee will hold you in good standing through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Along with being an
 official member of the best running club in Auburn-Opelika, you will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on club sponsored runs
- Socials / forums with fitness related topics
- Group runs with water stops
- Eligibility to join the 1200 Mile Club

How to Join
- Annual fees are $25 for Individuals, and $30 for Families.
- Click on the box below to download the application form (pdf), fill it in and send it to the address below:

Become a member 1

     Mail the completed form to:
     AORTA
     P.O. Box 975
     Auburn, AL  36831-0975


AORTA Member Spotlight - Keven Yost
Last month we spotlighted Beverly Smith. This month, we spotlight Keven Yost, to whom we are eternally grateful for his contribution to our local running lexicon. (See Nov 25th, 2013 under Archived Posts at the bottom of this page)

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Marital status: Married to Elizabeth for 12 years.
Children: Two, Kaitlin is about to turn 7 and start 2nd grade. Ethan is 4.
Occupation: Finance professor at Auburn
Running History:
I ran casually and inconsistently in college and graduate school. I started being more consistent when I got plugged in with AORTA about 8 years ago. I have run 5 marathons.  My first was Disney in 2008. My second was the Goofy Challenge (I was talked into it and then that person backed out). Then, I did Savannah, Soldier, and New York.
Why Do You Run:
I like donuts. And, I like to complain about running. And, I like the fun people I run with (though, the feeling may not be mutual).  I have never gotten the runner’s high, but like the sense of accomplishment after-the-fact.

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Next Running Goal/Race: Soldier Marathon
Fantasy Running Destination:
Athens, Greece Marathon
Favorite Running Fuel: A banana and a glass of water before every run/race.
Music On The Run:
I almost always listen to a podcast of a syndicated morning radio show called the Bob and Tom Show. Occasionally, I listen to music. I am listening to a book right now.
Hobbies:
Besides the donuts and complaining about running, I play the piano and am involved with Cornerstone Church.  I also enjoy an occasional building project.
Tips for New Runners:
Have fun and try to find people to run with. Also, do not believe most of the things people say about me.


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group starts tonight, August 25th which targets the Earth Dog 5K, October 18th.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com or bigdogauburn@gmail.com.


How to Avoid All-Day Post Long Run Hunger

Exhausted runner

You just finished a long run and wonder how to properly replenish your energy. From a Runner’s World article, here’s a strategy:
1. Eat a small pre-run breakfast.
2. Ingest a smaller amount of run nutrition more frequently.
3. Drink plenty of water. Have a large glass of water before eating anything every time you feel hungry.
4. Have a protein shake or low-fat chocolate milk ready to drink within 20 minutes of finishing your run.
5. Plan small nutritious post-run snacks and meals loaded with carbohydrates and protein.
Some protein/carb options:
- Greek yogurt, banana, and berries or a Smoothie
- Low-fat chocolate milk and some fruit
- A protein shake with fruit
- Cereal and milk
- Bagel with protein, like an egg, and a latte-
 Pretzels and hummus- Baked potato with cottage cheese
- Turkey sub
- Pasta and meatballs



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Interesting Facts
It’s your mom and not your dad who determines if you will be a good endurance runner. Approximately 30% of your cardio fitness ability can be traced to genetic disposition but, not from dad, it comes from the egg, not the sperm!!

Jacqueline Simon Gunn

Quote of the Week
“I step outside, easy at first….. there is noise; I don’t hear it. There are people; I don’t see them… I see the water; I am alongside it. There is a big hill; I conquer it. A mile of grass; I fly across it. With each step I am stronger, and then faster. My body engages; I am really flying; I am one with the road; but I no longer feel it. With every step forwward I am faster and then freer. Nothing can touch me; no one can find me. What I find is the truth; I find myself… I am a runner.”

- Jacqueline Simon Gunn


Video of the Week
Chicago Marathon Inspiration Video (6:20)

For those planning to run the Chicago Marathon in October. This one’s for you!


Ongoing Events

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of BIg Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: August 18th, 2014

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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 also 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. For those who missed last week’s message, here’s another cautionary video on texting and driving.



Saturday Runs
This week’s group runs (August 23rd) will be the last to start from the old Big Dog Running location at the Glenn/ Dean shopping center. Future runs will start/end at Toomer’s Corner. For newcomers, we typically have 20 to 40 runners, joggers, and walkers so you’re bound to find someone to keep pace with you!



Robin Williams

Robin Williams RIP
For those who haven’t heard, Robin Williams wasn’t just a gifted comedian and all around nice guy, he was also an accomplished athlete. A member of the wrestling, cross-country, and track team at Redwood High in Larkspur, California, he ran a 1:58.8 8oo meters, 1:59.4 half-mile, and a 52.3 440 yards in 1969. His relay team once held the 4 x 400 meter school record of 3:21.7 which stood for decades. He became an avid cyclist and involved with charities supporting athletes with physical disabilities. Here is a short clip on marathons from his 1986 routine at the New York Metropolitan Opera House.
                            ** Warning: Explicit language **


Here’s a link to Bob Glover’s (“The Runner’s Handbook”) tribute to Robin.
P.S. - A very little known fact is that, before he became a superstar, he was employed by Hewlett Packard to make customer relations training films. If you want more details, ask me some Saturday morning!


Big Dog has Moved!
Cinderella (Big Dog) has spent her adolescent years in Auburn on Glenn Ave. with great friends. Now that she is all grown up, she is going to COLLEGE!  See Cinderalla at her new location of 152 North College.



Waterstop !Help!
Say you’re 5-miles into a hot and humid Saturday morning and looking forward to the next waterstop. When it appears, you heave a sigh of relief and drag yourself up to the coolers filled with life-prolonging liquid gold.  As you down the soothing elixer of agua and power/gatorade, do you ever think of how these get there in the first place?  No, there’s no magical formula. We rely simply on the generosity and altruism of club members. Recently, we’ve noticed the same small group of individuals providing the bulk of waterstop support. Thus, we are appealing to your sense of fair participation and ask your assistance in signing up for future Saturday run water stations. Volunteers are guaranteed to receive unlimited appreciation, gratitude, and instant karma to boot!


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Interesting Facts
South Africa hosts the world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, the ninety-km (56.1 miles) Comrades Marathon which runs between the capital of the Kwasulu-Natal Province of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban. Approximately 12,000 runners complete Comrades each year, with over 24,500 competing in 2000. To qualify to enter, you need to run a sub 5-hour marathon.

Scott Jurek

Quote of the Week
"Running effiiciently demands good technique, and running efficiently for 100 miles demands great technique. But the wonderful paradox of running is that getting started requires no technique. None at all. If you want to become a runner, get onto a trail, into the woods, or on a sidewalk or street and run. Go 50 yards if that’s all you can handle. Tomorrow, you can go farther.”

Scott Jurek, Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness 


Video of the Week
Auburn Football 2014 - The Driven (3:46)

Last season was memorable. Can they do it again this year?  Stay tuned!...


Ongoing Events

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run? Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Pearl at shiel185@gmail.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of BIg Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: August 11th, 2014

School's Open Drive Carefully

Schools Are Back In Session
It’s that time of the year where our local schools are 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 has become an epidemic. As a matter of fact, 
“texting while driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens, according to a new study.”  

Text Messaging

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. 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.

Please encourage anyone you know who texts while driving to view this video.


2014 Tough Ten Tough Two

Tough Ten / Tough Two
Thinking about doing the Tough 10 / Tough 2 on October 11th?  The early bird discount ends today (August 11th) at midnight!  Register now … you can't beat $20 for a 10 miler or $10 for a 2 miler with all proceeds supporting the Breast Health Fund at EAMC. Click on the logo at right to register, or click here.

Saturday Runs
Last week’s Saturday run featured our local primary and secondary schools of the Auburn City Schools system.  This weekend’s group run recognizes our new and returning Auburn Tigers with a “Tiger Tour” which weaves in and around the Auburn campus. A couple of important notes:
1) 
This Saturday's long route includes about a mile of trail running between Lem Morrison and Auburn Camp Rd. So… if it rains Friday night, be prepared to do some mud running!
2) We’ll start at the Glenn/Dean location this and next week.  After that we’ll re-locate the start/finish to Toomer’s Corner!

Big Dog is Moving
Cinderella (Big Dog) has spent her adolescent years in Auburn on Glenn Ave. with great friends. Now that she is all grown up, she is going to COLLEGE!  See Cinderalla at her new location of 152 North College on Wednesday, August 13th.


Waterstop !Help!
Say you’re 5-miles into a hot and humid Saturday morning and looking forward to the next waterstop. When it appears, you heave a sigh of relief and drag yourself up to the coolers filled with life-prolonging liquid gold.  As you down the soothing elixer of agua and power/gatorade, do you ever think of how these get there in the first place?  No, there’s no magical formula. We rely simply on the generosity and altruism of club members. Recently, we’ve noticed the same small group of individuals providing the bulk of waterstop support. Thus, we are appealing to your sense of fair participation and ask your assistance in signing up for future Saturday run water stations. Volunteers are guaranteed to receive unlimited appreciation, gratitude, and instant karma to boot!

Beginner’s Corner - Shin Splints
Recent research has revealed shin splints as the most common injury for new runners. There are 2 main types of shin splints:
1) Bone Related (90%) - Pain when you press on the bone.
    - Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: Pain on the inside of the lower tibia (lower leg).  If left untreated, it can turn into a stress fracture.
    - Tibial Spine Pain: Pain along the front of your shin which is much more serious and more difficult to treat. If you have this, see a doctor immediately.
2) Muscular (10%) - Tightening and pain associated with running.
   - Exertional Compartment Syndrome: Caused by tightening of the muscles in the front of the shin.  Tightening of the fascia (wrapping) around the muscle.

Treatment
1) Cross-Train: Swim, bike, lift
2) Ice
3) Use an arch support to reduce pronation (foot rolls inward when running)
4) Anti-inflammatories (Consult with a doctor first!)
5) Strengthening exercises:
IronStrength Workout
6) Use foam roller to loosen up shin muscles.

Prevention
1) Find the proper shoes at a local running store
2) Gradually add miles
3) Consume more calcium and vitamin D
4) Shorten stride and quicken cadence
5) Strengthen “kinetic chain” through exercise: 
IronStrength Workout

More information at Runner’s World video below.



Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Runners are getting adventurous… and dirty. Last year, more people completed obstacle and mud runs than marathons and half-marathons. These non-traditional races had an estimated 4 million finishers in 2013. The 5K, however, is still the most popular race distance with more than 6.2 million finishers in 2012, according to Running USA.


Quote of the Week

Ronald Rook quote



Video of the Week
5 Biggest Mistakes Beginning Marathoners (and Runners) Make (4:24)



Ongoing Events

Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC (TBD)
Due to the recent move of BIg Dog to their new location, cross-training workouts are on hold until further notice.


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AORTA News: August 4th, 2014
 

Saturday Runs
As we mark the beginning of yet another school year, this Saturday's “Back to School” group runs feature the Auburn City Schools. With the exception of Richland and Yarborough Elementary, the routes will pass adjacent to or nearby our award winning centers of education!

Waterstop !Help!
Say you’re 5-miles into a hot and humid Saturday morning and looking forward to the next waterstop. When it appears, you heave a sigh of relief and drag yourself up to the coolers filled with life-prolonging liquid gold.  As you down the soothing elixer of agua and power/gatorade, do you ever think of how these get there in the first place?  No, there’s no magical formula. We rely simply on the generosity and altruism of club members. Recently, we’ve noticed the same small group of individuals providing the bulk of waterstop support. Thus, we are appealing to your sense of fair participation and ask your assistance in signing up for future Saturday run water stations. AORTA uses a free web-based sign up tool called Signup Genius. The site is easy to use and can be found at www.signupgenius.com.  Our page is named AORTA WATER STOPS. Volunteers are guaranteed to receive unlimited appreciation, gratitude, and instant karma to boot!

Sportsplex Tri for Kids

250+ Compete in Tri for Kids
More than 250 young athletes competed in the second annual Sportsplex Tri for Kids at the Opelika Sportsplex. The triathlon event was open to kids ages 6-15 and raised $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. In the boys 5-8 division, Ryan Donaldson, Charlie Cutler, Justin Liu and George Von Gal all received awards. In the boys 9-11 group, the top finishers were John Austin Thomas, Graham Young and Woodrow Dean. Luke Dorough and Michael Loutzenheiser were the top competitors in the boys 12-15 division. The top finishers in the girls 5-8 division were Lindsey Anniuk, Ashlyn Grimes, Abigail Counts and Cassidy Bowers. In the girls 9-11 group, Gracie Dyal, Alexis Croft and Presley Miles all earned awards. Madison Wyatt, McKenzie Hogue and Sailor Miles were the top finishers in the girls 12-15 age division.


New Track Design
Ever get mad at folks who “cut corners” during a race?  If you run on this newly designed track, you’ll have even more to fume about when you see participants cutting corners.. more out of necessity than a desire to cheat!



Beginner’s Corner - Running Form
A proper running form will help you make this a lifetime activity!  Here are tips to improving yours:
1) Relax your shoulders.
2) Elbows 90-degrees or less, hands at hip height or higher, don’t cross centerline of body, relax hands.
3) Short, quick strides (don’t overextend forward leg), foot lands underneath knees.
Link to Runner’s World video


Couple running-3

What to Wear?
It’s the middle of the day and you’re ready for a long run. It's 85
º outside, partly cloudy, slighly windy. What do you wear? Click on the link below to the Runner’s World “What to Wear?” online tool to figure it out!

Link to Runner’s World “What to Wear?"


Weekly Whimsy

20140804 - Beer hydration chart

Seen at the Western States 100 at the 55 mile marker!


Atalanta Lepautre Louvre MR1804

Interesting Facts - Atalanta
Atalanta is a character in Greek mythology. Powerful, independent, and speedy, she is the Greek goddess of running. Her suitors were tasked to beat her in a footrace; she killed those who lost to her. Many died in their attempt to win. Hippomenes came along and asked Aphrodite for help. She gave him three golden apples. Every time Atalanta got ahead of Hippomenes, he rolled an apple ahead of her. The apples proved irresistable and she would run after it. Hippomenes won the footrace and came to marry Atalanta.
Source: Wikipedia


Endurance Runner bw

Quote of the Week
“Endurance is more than just competing, it’s more than just running, it’s a lifestyle of no easy options!"

    - A runner



Video of the Week
ASICS Made of Sport: I am made of blazing trails not following paths (2:41)



Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: July 28th, 2014

AORTA winners!
Congratulations to club members who took top honors at the past few races!

Chattahoochee Sprint Triathlon
Jorga Loftin: 1st in Age Group
Mac Deshazier: 1st in Age Group
Stephanie Kendrick: 3rd in Age Group

Chattahoochee Duathlon
Lori Connors: 2nd in Age Group
Andrea Nelson: 2nd in Age Group

Race for Hope Half-Marathon
Jake Smith: 2nd Overall!


This Saturday!
Sportsplex Kids Triathlon

Description: Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Sportsplex Small Fry and Kids Triathlon! Last year’s event had 200 Kids Tri and 100 Small Fry Tri participants, was awarded Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year, and resulted in a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
- Who:  Kids Small Fry Tri ages 2-5
             KIds Triathlon ages 6-15
When: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 12-15 division - 7:30 AM
             9-11 and 6-8 divisions begin as earlier waves complete the swim
             2-5 division - 10:00 AM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center
Distances:       Swim                Bike                    Run
     Ages 2-5       *Splash*            TBD                   TBD
     Ages 6-8      50 yards            2 miles            500 yards
     Ages 9-11    100 yards          4 miles              1 mile
     Ages 12-15  150 yards          6 miles             2 miles
Fee:   Small Fry Tri (2-5): $20
             Kids Triathlon (6-15): $30
   ** For both Small Fry and Kids Tri, discount of $5 per child when signing up 3 or more children.  Discount only available through mail-in registrations.
Charity: American Cancer Society
- Website
: www.sportsplextriforkids.com



Pavlok
Is the heat and humidity getting to you on those long (or short) runs and you just don’t have the energy to get off your duff and get moving?  Feel like taking a Yost and relaxing for a day instead of doing that workout that you KNOW you SHOULD be doing?  Try this!



Beginner’s Corner - Side Stiches
So you’ve decided to start running but 5 minutes into your run, you start to feel a pain in your side.  What do you do?  Here’s the answer:

1) Stop running and take some deep breaths.
2) Press two fingers in and slightly upward where it hurts, hold for 10 secs.
3) While pressing, take more deep breaths.
4) Continue around the edge of your ribs up to your sternum.

5) Also raise your arm on the side that hurts and lean to the opposite direction.

** Read more about side stitches at this link to the Runner’s World article.


Weekly Whimsy

20140728 - Going Shopping



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Interesting Facts
12 of the world’s top-20 distance runners are members of the Kalenjin tribe of northwest Kenya.  “There are 17 American men in history who have run under 2:10 in the marathon.  There were 32 Kalenjin who did it in October of 2011.”**
**Source: How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World’s Best Runners

christopher-mcdougall

Quote of the Week
“You can’t muscle through a five-hour run that way; you have to relax into it like easing your body in a hot bath, until it no longer resists the shock and begins to enjoy it."

    - Christopher McDougall
       Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the
                            Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


Video of the Week
Rocky’s inspirational speech to his son (3:09)

Have you ever had someone tell you that you couldn't do something?  This clip answers the question: What’s more important, what others think about you or what you think about yourself!


Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **

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AORTA News: July 21st, 2014

AORTA Member Spotlight - Beverly Smith
Ever wonder who some of our runners are but were afraid to ask?  This week, we introduce a new feature which we’ll call “Member Spotlight”.  We start with long-time member Beverly Smith

Bev Smith 1

Marital status: Married to Kent for 30 years
Children: Alyssa (teaches English in NC.), Matt (married to Heather and in Phys. Therapy school in Ft. Myers, FL), and Kristen (Senior at UAB and in the process of applying to med school and plans to join the ARMY)
Occupation: Former High School Science teacher, manager of the Smith household, now that the kids are launched doing some writing.
Running History: Runner since I was 18, but became a serious runner about 12 years ago and took about 2 years to work up to marathon level. Have run 6 marathons: “Rocket City” twice, “Boston” twice, “Disney,” and “Soldier.” 
Why Do You Run: Love it, love races, love the camaraderie of fellow runners, see it as a way to be fit and “Love the Lord with all my strength” Mark 12:30-31

Bev Smith 2

Next Running Goal/Race: Color Run here in Auburn
Fantasy Running Destination: London Marathon
Favorite Pre-Running Fuel: Gatorade PRIME Sportsfuel drink and some oatmeal and/or a piece of homemade bread.  :-)
Post-run: Chocolate milk!
Music On The Run: Usually just use my run as think time 
Hobbies: Reading, writing, camping, hiking
Tips for New Runners: Build up slowly, be consistent, do some core work, hydrate, work on good form, run with friends, remember it is supposed to be fun!

Beginner’s Corner - 5 Steps
Ready to take your first steps to running but not sure where to start?  Here are five tips to help get you off the couch and into a habit of physical activity.

1) Get fitted with good shoes and appropriate running attire.
2) Start small.  Begin with a 15-minute walk.  Work up to 30-35 minutes.
3) Make the time.  Set specific days/times to exercise.
4) Check your diet.  Start by reducing as much sugar and HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) as possible.
5) Find someone to share the experience or join a group (such as AORTA every Saturday morning!).


Runners Dictionary

Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
This issue of lexiconic literature includes one familiar to veteran runners and one newly derived by a leading textile firm. Once again, we’ve chosen two nearly homophonic words which have completely different definitions. This week’s words are runsies and runsie.

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Runsies (n.): A dreaded condition most common in long-distance runners, characterized by an urgent need to explosively evacuate the lower gastrointestinal tract and caused by physical jostling of the organs, decreased blood flow to the intestines, changes in intestinal hormone secretion and pre-race anxiety and stress.

Runsie (n.): Recently introduced by the Canadian technical athletic clothing manufacturer, Lululemon, the Runsie is a lightweight, breathable, one-piece, uni-sex running suit featuring sweat wicking materials, hand pockets, a secure zippered pocket, adjustable shoulder straps, and a secret liner for keys.  This is sure to be a hit with AORTA members, male and female!  Check out Runners World’s recent review here.


Upcoming Sportsplex Kids Triathlon
Description: Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Sportsplex Small Fry and Kids Triathlon! Last year’s event had 200 Kids Tri and 100 Small Fry Tri participants, was awarded Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year, and resulted in a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
- Who:  Kids Small Fry Tri ages 2-5
             KIds Triathlon ages 6-15
When: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 12-15 division - 7:30 AM
             9-11 and 6-8 divisions begin as earlier waves complete the swim
             2-5 division - 10:00 AM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center
Distances:       Swim                Bike                    Run
     Ages 2-5       *Splash*            TBD                   TBD
     Ages 6-8      50 yards            2 miles            500 yards
     Ages 9-11    100 yards          4 miles              1 mile
     Ages 12-15  150 yards          6 miles             2 miles
Fee:   Small Fry Tri (2-5): $20
             Kids Triathlon (6-15): $30
   ** For both Small Fry and Kids Tri, discount of $5 per child when signing up 3 or more children.  Discount only available through mail-in registrations.
Charity: American Cancer Society
- Website
: www.sportsplextriforkids.com


Weekly Whimsy

20140721 - You're Crazy



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Interesting Facts
In a recent study, when asked what food they couldn’t live without, most runners named bananas as their most adored foodie fix!


Patrick Ness bw

Quote of the Week
“Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished."

    - Patrick Ness
       The Knife of Never Letting Go.


Videos of the Week
How to Run Like An Olympian - Top 3 Exercises to Avoid (6:34)


How to Run Like An Olympian - Top 3 Must Do Exercises (8:32)




Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form
* Auburn Summer Swing 5K map
Link to Current Auburn Summer 5K Series Results


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **

------------------------

AORTA News: July 14th, 2014


How Do You Compare to the Average Road Racer?

From last week’s Runner’s World online, “if you’re a 38-year-old woman who runs a 2:19 half marathon, or a 33-year-old man who runs a 28:46 5K, consider yourself a perfect representative of American road racers.

This, and many more, statistics are available from Running USA’s latest sport report as well as at Runner’s World online.  Links available below.

Running USA Sport Report
Runner’s World


Marathon-Training-764x1024

Marathon Training - Continued!
For those who have continued into the 2nd week of training for the Soldier Marathon, here again are links to the more popular training programs.
Hal Higdon: 18-week programs for the novice through Boston bound runners!
Runner
s World: Fee based 16-week plans from this popular publication.
Cool Training: 20-week program adjusted for different levels.
Active.com: Fee-based 18-week programs.
Jenny Hadfield: A 20-week free “W
alk Training Program"


Upcoming Sportsplex Kids Triathlon
Description: Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Sportsplex Small Fry and Kids Triathlon! Last year’s event had 200 Kids Tri and 100 Small Fry Tri participants, was awarded Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year, and resulted in a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
- Who:  Kids Small Fry Tri ages 2-5
             KIds Triathlon ages 6-15
When: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 12-15 division - 7:30 AM
             9-11 and 6-8 divisions begin as earlier waves complete the swim
             2-5 division - 10:00 AM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center
Distances:       Swim                Bike                    Run
     Ages 2-5       *Splash*            TBD                   TBD
     Ages 6-8      50 yards            2 miles            500 yards
     Ages 9-11    100 yards          4 miles              1 mile
     Ages 12-15  150 yards          6 miles             2 miles
Fee:   Small Fry Tri (2-5): $20
             Kids Triathlon (6-15): $30
   ** For both Small Fry and Kids Tri, discount of $5 per child when signing up 3 or more children.  Discount only available through mail-in registrations.
Charity: American Cancer Society
- Website
: www.sportsplextriforkids.com


Rails with Trails

Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey
Rails-with-trails are trails adjacent to or within an active railroad corridor that enhances local transportation systems.  By providing a safe, attractive alternative for cyclists and pedestrians, often with fencing between the pathway and the railway, rails-with-trails offers safe, attractive community connections.  Currently, there are more than 160 rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling more than 1,300 miles, and more are being built each year.  If you would like to see a multi-use, rail-with-trail developed along the CSX rail line connecting Auburn and Opelika, click on the link below to add your name to the 300+ neighbors supporting this peittion.
* Link to Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey *


Weekly Whimsy

Scott Adams - A continuation of last week’s weekly whimsy!


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Interesting Facts
When we run, the human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood thirty feet!



Jeff Horowitz

Quote of the Week
“Elite runners are genetically gifted, sure, but without intense training, those gifts are wasted.  Their training creates a strong work ethic that leaves humility in its wake.  There are no short cuts in marathoning, so anyone who is a marathoner has worked hard."

    - Jeff Horowitz,
     
My First 100 Marathons: 2,260 Miles with an Obsessive Runner.


Video of the Week
Kid Snippets: “Runners” - Imagined by Kids (2:41)



Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form
* Auburn Summer Swing 5K map
Link to Current Auburn Summer 5K Series Results


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


------------------------

AORTA News: July 7th, 2014

louis-zamperini

“Unbroken”
For those who missed the news, Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner and war-hero, died this past week at the age of 97.  A movie of his incredible story, titled “Unbroken” and based on the best selling book by that same name, is scheduled to be released this December.  The film iis directed by Angelina Jolie.  A short CBS video of his inspiring and excruciating odyssey of determination and survival is featured in this week’s video of the week.


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Marathon Training
Despite the issues raised from the June 21st video of the week regarding excessive long distance training / running (if you missed it, scroll down to access the archived posts), I KNOW many of you will continue running marathons, including the upcoming Soldier Marathon this November 8th.  To assist in beginning the 18-week trek towards marathon-hood, here are links to some of the more popular training programs.

Hal Higdon: 18-week programs for the novice through Boston bound runners!
Runner
s World: Fee based 16-week plans from this popular publication.
Cool Training: 20-week program adjusted for different levels.
Active.com: Fee-based 18-week programs.
Jenny Hadfield: A 20-week free “W
alk Training Program"


Saturday Waterstop Reminders

AORTA water stop sign

- Please setup by 6AM and supply the following minimum supplies:
- AORTA Water Stop sign
  (Available at Big Dog)
- Cooler & ice
  (styrofoam coolers are available at Big Dog)
- 2 Gallons of Water
- 2-3 (64 oz) / 5-6 (32 oz) sports drinks (i.e. - Gatorade / Powerade*)
   
* Please include both “regular” and “zero calorie” options. 
- 50 small cups
- Trash bag for used bottles and cups
** Remember to cleanup your waterstop and return the sign to Big Dog **


Sweaty-Runner-586x420

Running in the Heat
Because of the heat and humidity, most AORTA-ians wouldn’t pick summer as our favorite seaons for running.  But summer does have a lot going for it such as more daylight.  Here are a few pointers to help you get through the coming summer months:
Adjust: Run early or late.  If you run midday, seek shady routes.
Shed: Wear light colored, lightweight mesh clothing with vents.  Also wear a hat, shades, and sunscreen with atn SPF of 30 or more.
Hydrate: Drink early and often.  Drink 16-oz of sport drink with electrolytes an hour prior.  Down 5-8 ozs of sports drink every 20 minutes (2-3 miles).
Be patient: It takes 8-14 days to acclimatize to hot weather.
Seek cool: Look for shade or run near parks away from asphalt and concrete.
Wind: If possible, start runs with the wind and end with a headwind.
Slow down!: Every 5F in temperature above 60F slows your pace as much as 20-30 seconds per mile.
Excerpted from Runnersworld.com

July 12th: Test New Mizuno Shoes!
Eager to try the latest and greatest in Mizuno shoe technology?  Come on out on Saturday, July 12th to meet the Mizuno rep and take a trial run in their latest line of high-tech running shoes!  


Upcoming Sportsplex Kids Triathlon
Description: Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Sportsplex Small Fry and Kids Triathlon! Last year’s event had 200 Kids Tri and 100 Small Fry Tri participants, was awarded Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year, and resulted in a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
- Who:  Kids Small Fry Tri ages 2-5
             KIds Triathlon ages 6-15
When: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 12-15 division - 7:30 AM
             9-11 and 6-8 divisions begin as earlier waves complete the swim
             2-5 division - 10:00 AM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center
Distances:       Swim                Bike                    Run
     Ages 2-5       *Splash*            TBD                   TBD
     Ages 6-8      50 yards            2 miles            500 yards
     Ages 9-11    100 yards          4 miles              1 mile
     Ages 12-15  150 yards          6 miles             2 miles
Fee:   Small Fry Tri (2-5): $20
             Kids Triathlon (6-15): $30
   ** For both Small Fry and Kids Tri, discount of $5 per child when signing up 3 or more children.  Discount only available through mail-in registrations.
Charity: American Cancer Society
- Website
: www.sportsplextriforkids.com


Rails with Trails

Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey
Rails-with-trails are trails adjacent to or within an active railroad corridor that enhances local transportation systems.  By providing a safe, attractive alternative for cyclists and pedestrians, often with fencing between the pathway and the railway, rails-with-trails offers safe, attractive community connections.  Currently, there are more than 160 rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling more than 1,300 miles, and more are being built each year.  If you would like to see a multi-use, rail-with-trail developed along the CSX rail line connecting Auburn and Opelika, click on the link below to add your name to the 300+ neighbors supporting this peittion.
* Link to Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey *


Weekly Whimsy

I think this would be good news for many of our members!

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Interesting Facts
Twenty-six bones, thirty-three joints, one-hundred-twelve ligaments, and a network of tendons, nerves, and blood vessels - all in the feet - have to work together when we run.


christopher-mcdougall

Quote of the Week
“The Tarahumara would party like this all night, then rouse themselves the next morning to face off in a running race that could last not two miles, not two hours, but two full days. According to the Mexican historian Francisco Almada, a Tarahumara champion once ran 435 miles, the equivalent of setting out for a jog in New York City and not stopping till you were closing in on Detroit.” 

    - Christopher McDougall
     
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.


Video of the Week
Unbroken (37:00)

Yes, this is a bit longer than usual.  But then again, I think you will find much inspiration and many relevant messages interwoven within this story.


Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form
* Auburn Summer Swing 5K map
Link to Current Auburn Summer 5K Series Results


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **

------------------------

AORTA News: June 30th, 2014

Saturday Waterstop Reminders

AORTA water stop sign

- Please setup by 6AM and supply the following minimum supplies:
- AORTA Water Stop sign
  (Available at Big Dog)
- Cooler & ice
  (styrofoam coolers are available at Big Dog)
- 2 Gallons of Water
- 2-3 (64 oz) / 5-6 (32 oz) sports drinks (i.e. - Gatorade / Powerade*)
   
* Please include both “regular” and “zero calorie” options. 
- 50 small cups
- Trash bag for used bottles and cups
** Remember to cleanup your waterstop and return the sign to Big Dog **


Sweaty-Runner-586x420

Running in the Heat
Because of the heat and humidity, most AORTA-ians wouldn’t pick summer as our favorite seaons for running.  But summer does have a lot going for it such as more daylight.  Here are a few pointers to help you get through the coming summer months:
Adjust: Run early or late.  If you run midday, seek shady routes.
Shed: Wear light colored, lightweight mesh clothing with vents.  Also wear a hat, shades, and sunscreen with atn SPF of 30 or more.
Hydrate: Drink early and often.  Drink 16-oz of sport drink with electrolytes an hour prior.  Down 5-8 ozs of sports drink every 20 minutes (2-3 miles).
Be patient: It takes 8-14 days to acclimatize to hot weather.
Seek cool: Look for shade or run near parks away from asphalt and concrete.
Wind: If possible, start runs with the wind and end with a headwind.
Slow down!: Every 5F in temperature above 60F slows your pace as much as 20-30 seconds per mile.
Excerpted from Runnersworld.com

July 12th: Test New Mizuno Shoes!
Eager to try the latest and greatest in Mizuno shoe technology?  Come on out on Saturday, July 12th to meet the Mizuno rep and take a trial run in their latest line of high-tech running shoes!  


Upcoming Sportsplex Kids Triathlon
Description: Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Sportsplex Small Fry and Kids Triathlon! Last year’s event had 200 Kids Tri and 100 Small Fry Tri participants, was awarded Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year, and resulted in a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
- Who:  Kids Small Fry Tri ages 2-5
             KIds Triathlon ages 6-15
When: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 12-15 division - 7:30 AM
             9-11 and 6-8 divisions begin as earlier waves complete the swim
             2-5 division - 10:00 AM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center
Distances:       Swim                Bike                    Run
     Ages 2-5       *Splash*            TBD                   TBD
     Ages 6-8      50 yards            2 miles            500 yards
     Ages 9-11    100 yards          4 miles              1 mile
     Ages 12-15  150 yards          6 miles             2 miles
Fee:   Small Fry Tri (2-5): $20
             Kids Triathlon (6-15): $30
   ** For both Small Fry and Kids Tri, discount of $5 per child when signing up 3 or more children.  Discount only available through mail-in registrations.
Charity: American Cancer Society
- Website
: www.sportsplextriforkids.com


Rails with Trails

Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey
Rails-with-trails are trails adjacent to or within an active railroad corridor that enhances local transportation systems.  By providing a safe, attractive alternative for cyclists and pedestrians, often with fencing between the pathway and the railway, rails-with-trails offers safe, attractive community connections.  Currently, there are more than 160 rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling more than 1,300 miles, and more are being built each year.  If you would like to see a multi-use, rail-with-trail developed along the CSX rail line connecting Auburn and Opelika, click on the link below to add your name to the 300+ neighbors supporting this peittion.
* Link to Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey *


Weekly Whimsy

20140630 - I'm Not Slow



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Interesting Facts
The North Pole Marathon, which holds the Guinness World Record for the northernmost marathon, bills itself as “the coolest marathon.”  We’re inclined to agree given that runners actually run on water, frozen water, that is.


Dagny Scott Barrios bw

Quote of the Week

“Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day's canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations. When you're angry, a run can be a sharp slap in the face. When happy, a run is your song. And when your running progresses enough to become the chrysalis through which your life is viewed, motivation is almost beside the point. Rather, it's running that motivates you for everything else the day holds.” 

    - Dagny Scott Barrios
     
Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running: The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance.


Video of the Week
Science of Marathon Running. (7:31)



Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form
* Auburn Summer Swing 5K map
Link to Current Auburn Summer 5K Series Results


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started June 23rd which targets the Tropical Dog 5K, August 23rd.  The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **

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AORTA News: June 23rd, 2014

Trinity Peach Festival 5K - This Saturday!

Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday June 28th, 2014
Time:  (1-Mile) 7:30 / (5K) 8:00 AM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church
Fee: $25
- Charity: Women’s Hope Medical Center and Food Bank of East Alabama
Description: Don’t miss this one!  Join us in celebrating the annual Trinity Lutheran Peach Festival!  The overall male and female & masters winners will receive a basket of peaches!

Link to the 5K map *(pdf)  
Link to Active.com for online registration
 *
Link to the registration form *


Special Events: June 23rd

What:
Couch to 5K Good Form Running Clinic
When: 5:30 PM
Where: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art

What: Good Form Running Clinic
When: 6:15 PM
Where: Big Dog Running Company, Auburn


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group starts tonight and targets the Tropical Dog 5K , August 23rd. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.

Upcoming Sportsplex Kids Triathlon
Description: Bring the kids for the 2nd annual Sportsplex Small Fry and Kids Triathlon! Last year’s event had 200 Kids Tri and 100 Small Fry Tri participants, was awarded Innovative Program and Special Event of the Year, and resulted in a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
- Who:  Kids Small Fry Tri ages 2-5
             KIds Triathlon ages 6-15
When: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 12-15 division - 7:30 AM
             9-11 and 6-8 divisions begin as earlier waves complete the swim
             2-5 division - 10:00 AM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center
Distances:       Swim                Bike                    Run
     Ages 2-5       *Splash*            TBD                   TBD
     Ages 6-8      50 yards            2 miles            500 yards
     Ages 9-11    100 yards          4 miles              1 mile
     Ages 12-15  150 yards          6 miles             2 miles
Fee:   Small Fry Tri (2-5): $20
             Kids Triathlon (6-15): $30
   ** For both Small Fry and Kids Tri, discount of $5 per child when signing up 3 or more children.  Discount only available through mail-in registrations.
Charity: American Cancer Society
- Website
: www.sportsplextriforkids.com



Rails with Trails

Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey
Rails-with-trails are trails adjacent to or within an active railroad corridor that enhances local transportation systems.  By providing a safe, attractive alternative for cyclists and pedestrians, often with fencing between the pathway and the railway, rails-with-trails offers safe, attractive community connections.  Currently, there are more than 160 rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling more than 1,300 miles, and more are being built each year.  If you would like to see a multi-use, rail-with-trail developed along the CSX rail line connecting Auburn and Opelika, click on the link below to add your name to the 300+ neighbors supporting this peittion.
* Link to Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey *


July 12th: Test New Mizuno Shoes!
Eager to try the latest and greatest in Mizuno shoe technology?  Come on out on Saturday, July 12th to meet the Mizuno rep and take a trial run in their latest line of high-tech running shoes!  


Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Cardio fitness ability is about 30% predetermined.  The genetics that matter are your mothers’.  Of course, you can fight genetics and overcome the fact that your mother may not be very into cardio.


christopher-mcdougall

Quote of the Week

“If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history.  You’re denying who you are.” 

    - Christopher McDougall
     
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


Video of the Week
Run for your life!  At a comfortable pace, and not too far. (18:10)

Dr. James O’Keefe, the director of Preventative Cardiology Fellowship Program, provides a compelling case that extreme endurance training and racing can take a toll on your long-term cardiovascular health.  For the daily workout, it may be best to have more fun and endure less suffering in order to attain ideal heart health.
Summary: Run 2-5 days a week, 6-7 MPH (8.5-10 min pace), 10-15 miles/week.


Ongoing Events

Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Opelika Summer Swing 5K map   
Link to Current Opelika Summer 5K Series Results


Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form
* Auburn Summer Swing 5K map
Link to Current Auburn Summer 5K Series Results


Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.


Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **

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AORTA News: June 16th, 2014

AORTA Pool Party! June 19th
*** This Thursday!! ***
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun!  All AORTA members and their families are invited.
Date: June 19th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Members should have received invitations through Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.  Hope to see you there!


Featured Race of the Month: Trinity Peach Festival 5K

Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday June 28th, 2014
Time:  (1-Mile) 7:30 / (5K) 8:00 AM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church
Fee: $20 (before June 20th), $25 (after June 20th)
- Charity: Women’s -Hope Medical Center and Food Bank of East Alabama
Description: Don’t miss this one!  Join us in celebrating the annual Trinity Lutheran Peach Festival!  The overall male and female & masters winners will receive a basket of peaches!

Link to the 5K map *(pdf)  
Link to Active.com for online registration
 *
Link to the registration form *


Special Events: June 23rd

What:
Couch to 5K Good Form Running Clinic
When: 5:30 PM
Where: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art

What: Good Form Running Clinic
When: 6:15 PM
Where: Big Dog Running Company, Auburn


Rails with Trails

Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey
Rails-with-trails are trails adjacent to or within an active railroad corridor that enhances local transportation systems.  By providing a safe, attractive alternative for cyclists and pedestrians, often with fencing between the pathway and the railway, rails-with-trails offers safe, attractive community connections.  Currently, there are more than 160 rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling more than 1,300 miles, and more are being built each year.  If you would like to see a multi-use, rail-with-trail developed along the CSX rail line connecting Auburn and Opelika, click on the link below to add your name to the 300+ neighbors supporting this peittion.
* Link to Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey *


July 12th: Test New Mizuno Shoes!
Eager to try the latest and greatest in Mizuno shoe technology?  Come on out on Saturday, July 12th to meet the Mizuno rep and take a trial run in their latest line of high-tech running shoes!  


Weekly Whimsy: Marathon Sign

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Interesting Facts
The New York City Marathon, held annually the first Sunday in November, kicked off in 1970 with 127 runners who paid an entry fee of $1 to run several loops through Central Park.  Only 55 finished.  In 1976, organizers switched to the five-borough race, which attracted 2,090 runners.  Last year’s (2013) event set a record of 50,266 finishers, the largest in marathon history.



James Dyson bw

Quote of the Week

“What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up.  Success is often just around the corner.” 

    - James Dyson
                   
Inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner


Video of the Week

How to Run like an Olympian: Top 10 exercises Part 1 (6:02)


How to Run like an Olympian: Top 10 exercises Part 2 (5:45)



Ongoing Events


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika (Tue PM)
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   

Summer 5K Series  - Opelika Race Results


Wake Up Run (Wed AM)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices for runners! -


Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Wed PM)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form *
* Link to 5K map *

Summer 5K Series  - Auburn Race Results

Track Workout (Thu AM)
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu PM)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address: 128 N. College St, Auburn, AL
- Discounted prices on food for runners! -


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: June 9th, 2014

Featured Race of the Month

Trinity Peach Festival 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday June 28th, 2014
Time:  (1-Mile) 7:30 / (5K) 8:00 AM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church
Fee: $20 (before June 20th), $25 (after June 20th)
- Charity: Women’s -Hope Medical Center and Food Bank of East Alabama
Description: Don’t miss this one!  Join us in celebrating the annual Trinity Lutheran Peach Festival!  The overall male and female & masters winners will receive a basket of peaches!

Link to the 5K map *(pdf)  
Link to Active.com for online registration
 *
Link to the registration form *


AORTA Business Cards Available Now!

AORTA business card 2014-05-13

Our *new* AORTA business cards are now available at Big Dog Running Co. Feel free to pick up a few to hand out to fellow runners and spread the word about YOUR running club!


Rails with Trails

Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey
Rails-with-trails are trails adjacent to or within an active railroad corridor that enhances local transportation systems.  By providing a safe, attractive alternative for cyclists and pedestrians, often with fencing between the pathway and the railway, rails-with-trails offers safe, attractive community connections.  Currently, there are more than 160 rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling more than 1,300 miles, and more are being built each year.  If you would like to see a multi-use, rail-with-trail developed along the CSX rail line connecting Auburn and Opelika, click on the link below to add your name to the 300+ neighbors supporting this peittion.
* Link to Rail With Trail (RWT) Survey *


* New * Wake Up Run (Wed)
Can’t get enough coffee with your run?  Wake Up Run is an early morning running group that meets at Wake Up Coffee in Auburn every Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM.  No need to sign-up, just meet us there!
Address:
131 S. College St, Auburn, AL


* New * Mellow Mushroom Run (Thu)
Tired of early morning runs to beat the heat?  Looking for more challenging conditions when the heat and humidity conditions are near their peak?  Practicing for the Badwater Ultra 135?  Then come join us every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM starting at Mellow Mushroom.
Address:
128 N. College St, Auburn, AL


AHS Track and Field Camp, June 10-14
Auburn High School will hold a Track and Field Camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-7 for the upcoming school year.  A link to the registration form is available below:

* Link to AHS Track and Field Camp *



Pool Party

AORTA Pool Party! June 19th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun!  All AORTA members and their families are invited.
Date: June 19th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Members should have received invitations through Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.  Hope to see you there!


July 12th: Test New Mizuno Shoes!
Eager to try the latest and greatest in Mizuno shoe technology?  Come on out on Saturday, July 12th to meet the Mizuno rep and take a trial run in their latest line of high-tech running shoes!  


Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Runners can store about 2,000 calories worth of glycogen in their bodies—enough to fuel about thirty km (eighteen to twenty miles) of running…. Which is why runners hit "the wall" around that time!



Quote of the Week

Danny Dreyer bw

“Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it's right in front of your face. 

Now, I know that might sound a bit simplistic. But, too often we're led to believe that struggling is a bad thing, or that we struggle because we're doing something wrong. 

I disagree. I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you're willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.” 

    - Danny Dreyer, Author of Chi Marathon


Video of the Week
Cousin Sal at the LA Marathon (4:32)



Ongoing Events


Track

Track Workout
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!



Auburn Summer 5K Series

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form *
* Link to 5K map *


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **

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AORTA News: June 2nd, 2014


AORTA winners!
Congratulations to all the club members who took top honors at the Annual Big Dog Auburn Trail Run 10K/5K race!

Big Dog Auburn Trail Run 10K
Emily Ansick: 1st Overall Female / 3rd Overall
Jason Adams: 2nd Overall Male
Joseph Antoine: 1st in Age Group
Molly Johnson: 1st in Age Group
Rachel Crafton-Stiver: 2nd in Age Group
Lori Connors: 2nd in Age Group
Joe McNeill: 3rd in Age Group
Tom Turkington: 3rd in Age Group

Big Dog Auburn Trail Run 5K
Ashley Swink-Fincher: 1st in Age Group
William Ansick: 1st in Age Group
Tracey Buckingham: 1st in Age Group
Emily Ansick: 2nd in Age Group
Kevin Yost: 2nd in Age Group
Vince Connors: 2nd in Age Group
Elyse Corbitt: 3rd in Age Group
Mike Milford: 3rd in Age Group


Starting this Wednesday!
Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form *
* Link to 5K map *

AHS Track and Field Camp, June 10-14
Auburn High School will hold a Track and Field Camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-7 for the upcoming school year.  A link to the registration form is available below:

* Link to AHS Track and Field Camp *


We Still REALLY Need Race Volunteers
Thanks for those who volunteered for the LCHB 5K but we still need volunteers to help with the following:
-
June 28th: Trinity Lutheran Peach Festival 5K
If you have a few hours to spare on the 28th, your partipation would be greatly appreciated!  If you can help, please e-mail the webmaster.  Thanks!


Pool Party

AORTA Pool Party! June 19th
Please join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun!  All AORTA members and their families are invited.
Date: June 19th
Location: Asheton Park pool on Watercrest Drive.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
A-J last names please bring a side dish
K-Z last names please bring a dessert
Members should have received invitations through Sign-Up Genius to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share.  Hope to see you there!



Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
In 2005, the average marathon time in the U.S. was 4:32:08 for men, and 5:06:08 for women.




Haruki-Murakami

Quote of the Week
“Of course it was painful, and there were times when, emotionally, I just wanted to chuck it all. But pain seems to be a precondition for this kind of sport. If pain weren't involved, who in the world would ever go to the trouble of taking part in sports like the triathlon or the marathon, which demand such an investment of time and energy? It's precisely because of the pain, precisely because we want to overcome that pain, that we can get the feeling, through this process, of really being alive--or at least a partial sense of it. Your quality of experience is based not on standards such as time or ranking, but on finally awakening to an awareness of the fluidity within action itself.” 

    - Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running


Video of the Week
Why We Run - Salomon Running TV (5:32)


Bernd Heinrich is a retired Professor living in a log cabin in the woods of Western Maine. He has held numerous running records throughout his life and has committed much of his time to the study of the natural world.


Ongoing Events


Track

Track Workout
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: May 25th, 2014

Memorial Day

May 26, 2014 - Memorial Day means different things to different people. Many celebrate it as the start of the summer season, an annual trip to the beach, a 3-day weekend, or a great excuse for a barbeque.  For those, I say enjoy it at your leisure.  But I do ask you to please remember those who gave their all to make this day possible.

Summer 5K Series - Auburn (Update)
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. For this year, the weekly event will be at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
*
Link to registration form *
* Link to 5K map *  

AHS Track and Field Camp, June 10-14
Auburn High School will hold a Track and Field Camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-7 for the upcoming school year.  A link to the registration form is available below:

* Link to AHS Track and Field Camp *


We REALLY Need Race Volunteers
We are seeking volunteers to help with the following upcoming races to cover the finish line.
- May 31st: Lee County Home Builders Home Run 5K
-
June 28th: Trinity Lutheran Peach Festival 5K
If you have a few hours to spare on one of these mornings, your partipation would be greatly appreciated!  If you can help, please e-mail the webmaster, Bob Banks, or Monica Kennis.
Thanks!


Pool Party

AORTA Pool Party! June 19th
Plans are currently underway for this summer’s pool party. The date is set for June 19th at the Asheton Park pool.  We will use Sign-Up Genius for members to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share. AORTA will supply burgers, hotdogs and refreshments. Stay tuned for additional information!



Weekly Whimsy



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Interesting Facts
Some of the anatomical characteristics that humans developed over time to make them efficient runners include; shorter forearms to counterbalance the lower body during running, a strong connection between the pelvis and spine providing more stability and shock absorption, long legs allowing us to take longer strides as well as the ligaments and tendons which act like springs, the arrangement of bones in the foot creating a stiff arch making the foot more rigid so it can push off the ground better and a large heal bone for better shock absorption to name but a few.


Dean Karnazes

Quote of the Week
I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch.  I run to breath the fresh air.  I run to explore.  I run to escape the ordinary.  I run… to savor the trip along the way.  Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense.  I like that.”

    - Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: onfessions of an All-Night Runner


Video of the Week
Memorial Day - Arlington (4:17)


Dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice….



Ongoing Events


Track

Track Workout
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: May 19th, 2014


Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series is scheduled to run every Wednesday, June 4th through July 23rd. This year, the weekly event will be held at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. Join us for 7 weeks of friendly competition and a fun boost to your racing. The 1-mile Kids Run will start at 5:50 pm followed by the 5K run at 6:15 pm. Pre-registration for all 8 weeks is $50 with a T-shirt ($35 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 with a cotton t-shirt.  Kids 1-mile is free! Entry fees on a weekly basis is $5 for the 5K (everyone).  Results will be posted each week.
* Link to registration form *


Need Race Volunteers
We are seeking volunteers to help with the following upcoming races to cover the finish line.
- May 31st: Lee County Home Builders Home Run 5K
- June 28th: Trinity Lutheran Peach Festival 5K
If you have a few hours to spare on one of these mornings, your partipation would be greatly appreciated!  If you can help, please e-mail the webmaster, Bob Banks, or Monica Kennis.
Thanks!



Pool Party

AORTA Pool Party! June 19th
Plans are currently underway for this summer’s pool party. The date is set for June 19th at the pool at Asheton Park.  We will use Sign-Up Genius for members to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share. AORTA will supply burgers, hotdogs and refreshments. Stay tuned for additional information!



Weekly Whimsy

by Scott Adams


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Interesting Facts

Human beings started running long distances some 4-6 million years ago. It is thought this developed from the persistent hunting of animals when hunter gatherers ran 15-75 miles a day on the hunt.



Haruki-Murakami

Quote of the Week

“I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactl do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.”


             - Haruki Murakami, What I talk About When I Talk About Running



Video of the Week
Budd Coates - Running On Air: Breathing Technique (20:15)

A revolutionary way to breathe can help you run better and sidestep injury.



Ongoing Events


Track

Track Workout
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. We’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: May 12th, 2014


AORTA Club Meeting, Tonight, May 12th 

John Quindry

Club Meeting
Date: Monday, May 12th
Location: Big Dog Running Co.
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: Supplements
Discussion:
 Please join us for this informative lecture where Dr. John Quindry, Associate Professor in Auburn’s Department of Kinesiology and fellow AORTA member, will present information on supplements.


We’ve Got A New Look!
After nine months of design work involving numerous false starts, modifications, a club-wide vote, handwringing and reworking, we’re happy and proud to reveal our new logo! Many thanks to our graphic artist, Jason Adams, who worked tirelessly on this project and subjected himself to the endless barrage of requests to “modify this” and “how about trying that?” Look for our refreshed logo at future events and club apparel. We hope you find this new look as exciting and refreshing as we do!


Need Race Volunteers
We are seeking volunteers to help with the following upcoming races to cover the finish line.
- May 31st: Lee County Home Builders Home Run 5K
- June 28th: Peach Run (details TBD)
If you have a few hours to spare on one of these mornings, your partipation would be greatly appreciated!  If you can help, please e-mail the webmaster, Bob Banks, or Monica Kennis.
Thanks!



Pool Party

AORTA Pool Party! June 19th
Plans are currently underway for this summer’s pool party. The date is set for June 19th at the pool at Asheton Park.  We will use Sign-Up Genius for members to RSVP and sign up for a dish to share. AORTA will supply burgers, hotdogs and refreshments. Stay tuned for additional information!



Weekly Whimsy

20140512 - Can't run another step




Interesting Facts

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Healthy Mind
According to a study presented in 2010, running a marathon can result in decreased function of more than half the segments in the heart’s main pumping chamber—fortunately other parts of the heart take over. Full recovery is reached within three months or less. The fitter the runner, the lesser the effect.


Quote of the Week
      “Remember, the feeling you get from a good run
                     is far better than the feeling you get
                                 from sitting around wishing you were running”
             - Sarah Condor


Video of the Week
The Day After… The Marathon (0:48)



Ongoing Events


Track

Track Workout
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is running a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. They’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!



Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: May 5th, 2014


AORTA winners!
Congratulations to the following who placed in recent races! In related news, this was quite a weekend for Jessica Ridley who tied the knot with Jason Vecloth, graduated from AU, AND placed first (2nd overall behind Jason) in the ENA 5K!  Sadly for us, the happy couple will be leaving the area for job opportunities elsewhere. On the other hand, their move will open up opportunities for local runners to finally reach the top of the podium! 

East Alabama ENA 5K
Jason Vecloth: 1st Overall Male / 1st in Age Group
Jessica Ridley: 1st Overall Female / 1st in Age Group
Randy Boone: 1st in Age Group
Robert Keith: 1st in Age Group
Beth Nicol: 1st in Age Group


Safe and Courteous Running

Safety Tips for Runners

AU graduation is complete and the “Lovliest Village on the Plains” has been blessed with the annual outflow of college students for the upcoming summer months. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can afford to let our guards down when it comes to safe running. So let’s cover one of the most serious transgressions that are commonly committed by AORTA members (your webmaster included) and non-members, that is, running on the wrong side of the road. The old adage of running “against” traffic is well known and repeated throughout the running community. Unfortunately, there are many exceptions, where one should run on the “Right" side of the road or even cross the road on one or more occasions during a given run. Here then, are some principles of common sense and safety that we can all apply:
- Run on the side that has a sidewalk or shoulder
- Run on the side that gives you best visibility (ahead and behind)
- Run on the side that gives oncoming cars on THAT side best visibility of you.
- Run on the side that has an exit, in case you need to make a sudden dive to save yourself from being run down (a wall, cliff or ditch provides an undesireable or NO escape route).
- When approaching a steep hill or a blind corner, apply the rules above and switch sides if wise to do so (i.e. if oncoming cars are blind to you as they crest the hill/round the turn, you have little or no shoulder, and visibility from behind you on the other side of the road is markedly better for you and oncoming vehicles)

By following these guidelines, we will not only be safer, but less likely to suffer the wrath of irritated and/or sadistic drivers as we continue on our road to healthy running!
* Thanks to the Adams Legal Group for this information *


Track

Track Workout
Fellow AORTA member, Ann Erath, is starting a weekly track workout group at BDRC (Big Dog Running Co) every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM. They’ll start with a warm-up jog to the high school track. Everyone is welcome to join!



Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k started Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The weekly runs start at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  A new group started April 28th which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


AORTA Club Meeting, May 12th 

John Quindry

Club Meeting
Date: Monday, May 12th
Location: Big Dog Running Co.
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: Supplements
Discussion:
 Please join us for this informative lecture where Dr. John Quindry, Associate Professor in Auburn’s Department of Kinesiology and fellow AORTA member, will present information on supplements.



Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Healthy Mind

Physically active people have a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer's disease than non-exercisers. A study done at Washington University in St. Louis found that of those who carried a high risk gene for Alzheimer's, a history of exercise significantly decrease their chances of developing it.



Dean Karnazes

Quote of the Week
“Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.”

             - Dean Karnazes



Video of the Week
Ben Davis - My 120 Pound Journey (4:55)

Watch the inspirational story of Ben Davis who, after topping the scales at 358 pounds, turned his life around by running. Completing his first non-stop mile in 11:44, he progressed to short 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons (qualifying for Boston along the way), and as of today completed 2 Ironmans! More importantly, he’s gone from a depressed recluse to motivational speaker.


Ongoing Events

AU School of Kinesiology Looking For Volunteers






The AU Department of Kinesiology is recruiting for a study they are conducting.  As a background, they are looking at an enzyme linked with Type 2 Diabetes, called dipeptidyl peptidase IV, and its levels in correlation with people's body composition. For the study, participants will provide blood and saliva samples, along with body comp measures from a DEXA scan. The current age range is 19-60 years old, but they are having difficulty recruiting anyone above the age of 22. The link to the flyer below provides the explanation and requirements. The study is scheduled to run through May.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Leslie Neidert at len0009@auburn.edu.

Link to Informational Flyer


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Check out their informational video below!

Soles4Souls: What We Do Video



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: April 28th, 2014


Saturday Run
Take a break from our weekly Saturday Run and enjoy participating in the annual East Alabama Emergency Nurses Association’s 5K to be held at Richland Road Elementary. This worthwhile event is held in memory of Gaye Brown who trained hundreds of nurses and paramedics and provided care to thousands of patients during a 20+ year career. Funds raised by this event support educational scholarships and the EAMC Cancer Center.


Featured Race of the Week

East Alabama ENA crop

East Alabama ENA 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run
When: Saturday May 3rd, 2014
Time: (5k) 8:00 AM / (1-Mile) 9:00 AM
Where: Richland Road Elementary, 770 Yarbrough Farms Blvd, Auburn, AL
Fee: $25- Description: This is a fundraising event for the East Alabama Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association.
CharityFunds primarily provide educational support for chapter members.  A donation will also be made to support local charities.
- RouteEast Alabama ENA 5K   


AORTA winners!
Congratulations to Emily Ansick for placing 1st Female Overall in this past Saturday’s Scenic City Trail Half-Marathon in Chattanooga!




AORTA Boston Marathoners!
Congratulations to the following AORTA-ians who completed the Boston Marathon!
- Pam Carr: 3:50:40
- Mac Deshazier: 4:17:55
- Beverly Smith: 4:01.24
- Scott Walker* 4:34:06
  * NIce pick with the Wellesley girls!


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
The Summer Swing 5k starts Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive. The first run of the season starts at 6:15pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.

Summer Swing 5K Opelika map   


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. We’re starting a new group today, April 28th, which targets the Summer Solstice 5K in Columbus, June 21st. The C25K group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


AORTA Club Meeting, May 12th 

John Quindry

Club Meeting
Date: Monday, May 12th
Location: Big Dog Running Co.
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: Supplements
Discussion:
 Please join us for this informative lecture where Dr. John Quindry, Associate Professer in Auburn’s Department of Kinesiology and fellow AORTA member, will present information on supplements.


Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Oldest Marathon Finisher

Fauja Singhl

At 100 years old, Fauja Singh became the oldest person — and the first centenarian — to finish a marathon when he crossed the finish line at the 2011 Toronto Marathon. His final time: eight hours, 11 minutes, and 5.9 seconds.

“Just before we came around the [final] corner, he said, 'Achieving this will be like getting married again,’” his trainer Harmander Singh said, according to Fox Sports.


John Bingham

Quote of the Week
“Long Distance training can be a positive & constructive form of selfishness. After all, once you're at the starting line, you're there by yourself. No one can run a single step for you. No one can jump in & help you. No one but you can make the decisions about what to do to keep going. It's all up to you.”

             - John Bingham


Videos of the Week
Darkness: How Ultrarunning can strip away our emotional barrier (5:36)



Ongoing Events

AU School of Kinesiology Looking For Volunteers






The AU Department of Kinesiology is recruiting for a study they are conducting.  As a background, they are looking at an enzyme linked with Type 2 Diabetes, called dipeptidyl peptidase IV, and its levels in correlation with people's body composition. For the study, participants will provide blood and saliva samples, along with body comp measures from a DEXA scan. The current age range is 19-60 years old, but they are having difficulty recruiting anyone above the age of 22. The link to the flyer below provides the explanation and requirements. The study is scheduled to run through May.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Leslie Neidert at len0009@auburn.edu.

Link to Informational Flyer


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.

Run-Walk-Run Method with Jeff Galloway


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Check out their informational video below!

Soles4Souls: What We Do Video



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/

Hunger - East Alabama Food Bank


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: April 21st, 2014


AORTA winners!
Congratulations to Ashley Swink-Fincher for placing 2nd Female Overall in this past Saturday’s A-Day Autism 5K.



Boston Bound AORTA-ians
Good luck to the following AORTA members running today’s Boston Marathon!
- Pam Carr
- Mac Deshazier
- Beverly Smith
- Scott Walker

Please view the Boston Marathon tribute videos below.


Karen Khodadadi’s 100th Marathon!

Karen Khodadadi

This Saturday will mark an incredible milestone for one of our club’s most prolific runners. Karen Khodadadi, a cornerstone of AORTA, will complete her 100th marathon during the Rock-’N’Roll marathon in Nashville.  More incredible is the fact that she completed the last 50 marathons in the past 5 years, three of those on consecutive days! To quote Alvin Walls (another of our extraordinary members), “Karen is a one-of-a-kind awesome runner." 


Last lap

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
It's time to get started on another great series of Summer Swing 5k runs which starts on Tuesday, April 29th at the Opelika Recreation Center on Denson Drive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. Come out to meet new people and make new friends while experiencing a fantastic summer running series. The first run of the season starts at 6:15pm. The series consists of 15 runs every Tuesday evening over 15 weeks. It starts on 4/29 and finish up 08/05. The free concert series (14 of them) starts 5/6 and runs through 8/5 as well. There is a great lineup of artists, as usual. $10 will register you for the entire series, or you can pay $1 per run, as you go. Those 18 and younger, no charge. Volunteers could contact Doug Underwood at durunforfun@yahoo.com or 334-524-5021. Click on the Last Lap picture above or go to http://lastlap-dougu.blogspot.com/ for additional information.



Weekly Whimsy




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Interesting Facts
History of the Marathon
You’ve probably known about the origin of the marathon. Upon the Greek victory over the Persians in 490 B.C., legend says that soldier Pheidippides ran 25 miles from the battlefield in Marathon, Greece, to Athens to deliver the news. After he arrived, Pheidippides yelled out, "Rejoice, we are victorious,” then collapsed and died.

What you probably DON’T know is that marathon races of the modern Olympic games which started in Athens in 1896 were 24.8 miles in length from Marathon Bridge to the Olympic stadium. This distance of around 25 miles continued until the London Olympics in 1908. Although the length was originally intended to be 26 miles, with a start at Windsor Castle and the finish at White City Stadium, Queen Alexandra requested the distance be extended 385 yards — or 26.2 miles — to the East Lawn so that the royal children could watch the race from their nursery.  This distance became the official marathon length in 1924.


Tim Fargo

Quote of the Week

             “It is never wise to run any race but your own.”

             - Tim Fargo
                                Author of Alphabet Success



Videos of the Week
This week we present a double dose of videos in remembrance of, and dedicated to, the 2013 Boston Marathon with messages of hope, inspiration and determination which are characteristic of the unbreakable American spirit.

#WEWILLRUN - Boston - (2:07)


On April 21, 2014 the world's focus will return to this great city to watch the 118th Boston Marathon. As usual, runners will take their places at the 26.2-mile mark, while friends, family, and the people of this iconic city line the streets to cheer them on. The memory of last year's heinous and senseless act will not shy runners or spectators from celebrating this annual sporting event that welcomes participants from all over the world. Yet, we will all stand in remembrance of the beautiful people who lost their lives and those who were gravely injured in the tragedy. In pain we found love. We grieved together and chose friendship over hate. We honor the brave men and women who tirelessly worked in the days after the bombings. This short video is dedicated to the great city of Boston and its people, and especially to the victims Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu, as well as to MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who died in the line of duty. They messed with the wrong city. We choose to be Boston Strong and WE WILL RUN.

We Run - Boston Marathon Tribute (5:29)

Dedicated to all the runners of this year's Boston Marathon and honoring all those affected by last year's tragic events. We are Boston... We Run.
Written and recorded by local recording artists, Busker.



Ongoing Events


AU School of Kinesiology Looking For Volunteers






The AU Department of Kinesiology is recruiting for a study they are conducting.  As a background, they are looking at an enzyme linked with Type 2 Diabetes, called dipeptidyl peptidase IV, and its levels in correlation with people's body composition. For the study, participants will provide blood and saliva samples, along with body comp measures from a DEXA scan. The current age range is 19-60 years old, but they are having difficulty recruiting anyone above the age of 22. The link to the flyer below provides the explanation and requirements. The study is scheduled to run through May.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Leslie Neidert at len0009@auburn.edu.

Link to Informational Flyer


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.

Run-Walk-Run Method with Jeff Galloway


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. This group completed the most recent session by running this past weekend’s Mellow Dog 5K. Stay tuned for the next session!  All sessions will meet at Big Dog Running Company in Auburn.  For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Check out their informational video below!

Soles4Souls: What We Do Video



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/

Hunger - East Alabama Food Bank


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: April 13th, 2014

Featured Race of the Week

A-Day Autism 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
When: Saturday April 19th, 2014
Time: (5k) 8:00 AM / (1-Mile) After 5K
Where: Town Creek Park, South Gay Street
Fee: $25 (5K) / $15 (1-Mile)
- Description: Bring a picnic and spend the day.  Easter egg hunt for the kids after the 5k and walk. Plenty of time to run, walk, picnic and still make it to the game!
Charity: Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy


AU School of Kinesiology Looking For Volunteers






The AU Department of Kinesiology is recruiting for a study they are conducting.  As a background, they are looking at an enzyme linked with Type 2 Diabetes, called dipeptidyl peptidase IV, and its levels in correlation with people's body composition. For the study, participants will provide blood and saliva samples, along with body comp measures from a DEXA scan. The current age range is 19-60 years old, but they are having difficulty recruiting anyone above the age of 22. The link to the flyer below provides the explanation and requirements. The study is scheduled to run through May.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Leslie Neidert at len0009@auburn.edu.

Link to Informational Flyer



Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Male runners are more likely to have daughters. Researchers at the University of Glasgow figured out that males who run more than 30 miles a week have a 40% chance of fathering a son, compared to 51% change in the general population and a 62% chance in male runners who covered less than 30 miles a week.



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Quote of the Week
“Finish: Even if you run a slower than expected time, you succeed in any marathon when you finish.”

- Hal Higdon
 
        4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners



Video of the Week: Spirit of the Marathon II (Trailer)

From the producers of the award winning documentary Spirit of the Marathon, this highly anticipated sequel follows seven runners from around the world as they journey to the starting line of the Rome Marathon. Spirit of the Marathon II weaves the compelling stories of each runner - the trials and the triumphs - that paved their road to Rome. The documentary also features insightful interviews with marathon greats such as Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter, and many others, as they offer perspective and insight into this legendary race.


Ongoing Events

Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.

Run-Walk-Run Method with Jeff Galloway


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. This group completed the most recent session by running the recent Mellow Dog 5K. Stay tuned for the next session!  All sessions will meet at Big Dog Running Company in Auburn.  For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Check out their informational video below!

Soles4Souls: What We Do Video



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/

Hunger - East Alabama Food Bank


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: April 7th, 2014


AORTA winners!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who placed in these recent races!

Mellow Dog 5K
Laura Allen: 1st in Age Group
Bill Pearce: 1st in Age Group
Molly Johnson: 1st in Age Group
Miles Ansick: 2nd in Age Group
Rachel Crafton-Stiver: 3rd in Age Group

Featured Races of the Week

Tiger Trot for Tots 5K

Tiger Trot 5K

- Distances: 5K Run
When: Saturday April 12th, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum
Fee: $20 (Adults) / $15 (Kids 10 and under)
- Charity: The Little H.A.P.I.E. Preschool

Baseball Players Play Against Cancer 5K

BBPAC LOGO 2014

Distances: 5K Run
When: Sunday April 13th, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM (5K)
Where: Auburn High School
Fee: $20
Charity: EAMC Cancer Center


Need Volunteers this Saturday
We are seeking volunteers to help with the Tiger Trot for Tots 5K this Saturday, April 12th, on AU’s campus at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. For those signing up for the 1200 mile club this year, you can fulfill and complete your obligation.  If you want to be a part of this extremely worthwhile and rewarding event, please e-mail Clem Tanaka soonest!



AU School of Kinesiology Looking For Volunteers






The AU Department of Kinesiology is recruiting for a study they are conducting.  As a background, they are looking at an enzyme linked with Type 2 Diabetes, called dipeptidyl peptidase IV, and its levels in correlation with people's body composition. For the study, participants will provide blood and saliva samples, along with body comp measures from a DEXA scan. The current age range is 19-60 years old, but they are having difficulty recruiting anyone above the age of 22. The link to the flyer below provides the explanation and requirements. The study is scheduled to run through May.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Leslie Neidert at len0009@auburn.edu.

Link to Informational Flyer


Runners Dictionary

Oxford’s Running Vocabulary
For running newbies, the lexicon of running tends to be a bit confusing. To enlighten and enrich the vocabulary of the neophyte runner, we’ll be adding this feature on a sporadic basis. Although fascinating in their own right, these nearly homophonic words have completely different definitions. This week’s words are fartletk and fartlet.

Fartlek (n.): Derived from the Swedish “speed play”, fartlek is a training technique, normally used by runners, which consists of continuous bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

Fartlet (n.): Originating from the gastrointenstinal tract, fartlets consist of continuous bursts of gas from the digestive tract with well controlled contractions of the sphincter muscles which permit only small quantities of the offending odor, which, in their entirety compares to the volume of a regular fart.  When conducted in a confined space, one can release a series of fartlets that achieve the same rank effect as a whole fart. However when released in the open air, especially while running in a group, the release of fartlets can be completed in a discreet and rarely noticeable manner.


Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
The average man has enough energy in his fat stores to run non-stop for three days at 24 kilometers/hour.  The average running pace for men is approximately 10-12 km/hr.  Though nobody should try this, it shows just how much fat stores the average man has.



Bob Glover BW

Quote of the Week
“Vary your training, your running partners, and your environment. Only your imagination limits the ways you can spice up your running routine.”

- Bob Glover
 
        Author of The Runner’s Handbook



Video(s) of the Week: Lactate Threshold or Tempo Run

Lactate Threshod or Tempo Run Training Part I: Correct Pace / Intensity (3:09)


Lactate Threshod or Tempo Run Training Part II: Correct Pace / Intensity (5:57)



Ongoing Events

Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.

Run-Walk-Run Method with Jeff Galloway


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. This group completed the most recent session by running this past weekend’s Mellow Dog 5K. Stay tuned for the next session!  All sessions will meet at Big Dog Running Company in Auburn.  For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Check out their informational video below!

Soles4Souls: What We Do Video



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/

Hunger - East Alabama Food Bank


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: March 31st, 2014


Featured Race of the Week
What: Mellow Dog 5K
- Distances: 5K Run
When: Saturday April 5th, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM (5K)
Where: Cater Lawn at Auburn University
Fee: $25 Pre-Registration / $30 Race Day


AU School of Kinesiology Looking For Volunteers






The AU Department of Kinesiology is recruiting for a study they are conducting.  As a background, they are looking at an enzyme linked with Type 2 Diabetes, called dipeptidyl peptidase IV, and its levels in correlation with people's body composition. For the study, participants will provide blood and saliva samples, along with body comp measures from a DEXA scan. The current age range is 19-60 years old, but they are having difficulty recruiting anyone above the age of 22. The link to the flyer below provides the explanation and requirements. The study is scheduled to run through May.  If you are interested in volunteering for this study, please contact Leslie Neidert at len0009@auburn.edu.

Link to Informational Flyer


Puma needs RUNNERS!

Ever wonder who does the testing for all the top running shoe companies? Wanna be a tester yourself?  Well, now’s your chance to be one of “those” lucky folks because Puma is looking for dedicated, not “run-of-the-mill”, runners to test and evaluate new Running Shoes!  No… we’re not kidding.  But… be advised that they are looking for road runners averaging 30-50+ miles/week and trail runners averaging 20-30+ miles/week.  Lastly, they test mainly with men’s size 9 and women’s size 7 although other sizes may be used on rare occasions.

Link to Puma letter


Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Human beings started running long distances some 4-6 million years ago. It is thought this developed from the persistent hunting of animals when hunter gatherers ran 15-75 miles a day on the hunt.


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Quote of the Week
“The true runner is a very fortunate person.  He has found something in him that is just perfect.”

- George Sheehan
 
       Running & Being: The Total Experience



Video of the Week: Nike Talk-About Running Watch

A new accessory from Nike! (1:09)


Ongoing Events


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.

Run-Walk-Run Method with Jeff Galloway


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  To ring in the New Year, we started a new session on January 4th which targets this Saturday's Mellow Dog 5K on April 5th, 2014.  

Here’s the schedule:
Saturdays - 6:15 AM
Mondays - 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM
Wednesdays - 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM
All sessions will meet at 
Big Dog Running Company in Auburn.
For more information, e-mail Linda Christensen at lc@bigdogrunning.com.


Soles 4 Souls
Got any old shoes that you’re not sure what to do with?  Big Dog Running Co., Auburn is an officially designated drop off point for Soles4Soles.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization collects new and used shoes then distributes those shoes to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Check out their informational video below!

Soles4Souls: What We Do Video



Food Project - Bag

Please donate to this valuable and indispensable organization.  Pick-up a green re-usable shopping bag at Big Dog.  Each week, buy one (or a few) non-perishable food items when you go shopping.  Store them in the green bag.  Turn the bags in to Big Dog on any Saturday you come to run or really at any time.  Grab an empty bag for the next month.  We will then turn the food in on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Thank you for supporting this program!

Here's a link to the Project:  http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/food-project/

Hunger - East Alabama Food Bank


Cross-Training Workouts at BDRC

BDRC Kickboxing (Mondays)
Join us every Monday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company for a sweat-filled, kick-butt, kickboxing workout!  Bonus, it's FREE!



YogaFit (Wednesdays)
YogaFit is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Big Dog Running Company.  Call 334-209-2580 to sign up for your spot!


BDRC Abs and arms pic

Tone Zone (Thursdays)
Formerly listed as “Abs and Arms”, we’re changing it up a bit  to make this more of a whole body workout.  Join Big Dog Running Company in Auburn on Thursdays at 5:30 pm to target your total body workout with weights and strength training.  Tone, tighten and your core, abs and arms in a workout that will strengthen the muscles that most runners neglect!


Run For Those Who Can't…
The I Run 4 (IR4) group pairs runners with folks that can't run or even walk.  You get paired with a buddy and take them along on your runs/training/races with pics/posts through the private Facebook page.  Click on the logo to check out the website and lend inspiration to someone special with all of your running adventures.  This costs you nothing and will provide a whole new level of motivation and awareness as well as mental and emotional encouragement for both you and your honorary runner!
** Thanks to Jane Farr for providing this link through AORTA's FB page! **


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AORTA News: March 24th, 2014


AORTA winners!
Congratulations to the following AORTA members who placed in these recent races!

Centerpoint Half-Marathon
James Killian: 1st in Age Group (Grand Master)
Pam Carr: 2nd in Age Group (35-39)
Morgan Brown: 3rd in Age Group (30-34)


Featured Race of the Week
What: Strides for Speech & Hearing 5K
- Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Walk
When: Saturday March 29th, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM (5K) / 9:30 AM (1-Mile)
Where: Auburn University, Thach Concourse
Fee: $20 (Adults) / $8 (Children Under 12)
Benefit: Auburn University Speech & Hearing Clinic


NYT logo



What Running Can Do for the Heart
This article references a study which reassures runners that “prolonged training doesn’t damage the heart” as reported in previous research.  Most surprisingly was that the “spouses of runners were quite healthy, too.” Suggesting that if you “can’t be runner, marry one!News ”


Weekly Whimsy

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Interesting Facts
Exercise physiologists have found that stride rates are extremely consistent among professional runners; they are between 185 and 200 steps per minute.



Jeff Horowitz

Quote of the Week
“Running cleared the day’s cobwebs from my mind and focused my thinking, and gave me time and space to sort out anything that was bothering me, or to detach and think of nothing at all."

- Jeff Horowitz
         My First 100 Marathons: 2,260 Miles with an Obsessive Runner



Video of the Week: Behind the Madness

This documentary shows the various motivations of runners. (16:09)


Ongoing Events


Jeff Galloway Training Group
From Tammy Hollis - We will begin training again in late June for any new runners wanting to do the run/walk program targeting the Soldier Half-Marathon in Columbus, GA in November 2014!  The program advocates a run/walk approach to training that keeps you injury free and healthy!  If this sounds like a program for you, contact Tammy Hollis at e-mail auburngallowaytraining@gmail.com.  Click the icon above or the following link for additional information.  Jeff Galloway Training Program.  See the video below for a short summary of how the program works.

Run-Walk-Run Method with Jeff Galloway


Auburn Couch-to-5K Program
Beginners
- C25K is a fantastic program that's designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes.  To ring in the New Year, we started a new session on January 4th which targets the Mellow Dog 5K on April 5th, 2014.  

Here’s the schedule:
Saturdays - 6:15 AM
Mondays - 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM
Wednesdays - 8:30 AM and