AORTA Posts 2019


AORTA News: October 14th, 2019

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


Featured Local Race This Week!

Azakazaka 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM (1-Mile and 5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $25 (1-Mile or 5K)
- Description: Azakazaka is a fund-raising event directed by Fanovana-Friends of Madagascar, a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the development of community-based ecotourism by the people of Madagascar to preserve their natural heritage and raise themselves out of poverty. Finishers will be served refreshments including homemade Madagascan vanilla pound cake.  All proceeds will go directly to our partners in Madagascar.


Upcoming Local Races

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


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

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

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

Weekly Whimsy


The Connection Between Hydration and Sleep
National Sleep Foundation

Many people realize that their level of hydration can affect the way they feel and function throughout the day. A lack of fluids can make you sluggish, irritable, and off your game. But hydration also plays a critical role in how well (or not) you sleep at night. Understanding the impact of your daily fluid intake on your nightttime slumber will go a long way to improving the quality of your sleep.

Dehydration’s Negative Effects
Going to bed even mildly dehydrated can disrupt your sleep. Surprised? Dehydration causes your mouth and nasal passages to become dry, setting you up for sleep-disruptive snoring and a parched throat and hoarseness in the morning.

A lack of pre-bed fluids can also lead to nocturnal leg cramps that may keep you awake. In addition to the frustration of fragmented sleep., being dehydrated during night can compromise your alertness, energy, and cognitive performance the following day.

Sleep-Related Fluid Loss
Even if you start the night reasonably well-hydrated, you’ll lose some body fluids simply by breathing while you sleep. This is especially true if you breathe through your mouth, snore, or have sleep apnea. An overly dry or warm bedroom can also lead to extra fluid loss during the night, as can a late-day intense exercise session without sufficient rehydration. Drinking excessive alcohol can exacerbate these fluid-compromising scenarios, which in turn can cause you to feel tired or lethargic the next day.

How to Hydrate Properly
Good hydration requires more than guzzling a bottle of water before bed. Focus on drinking plenty of non-caffeinated fluids regularly rhroughout the day. Women need approximately 91 ounces daily from beverages and foods, while men should aim for about 125 ounces. Waiting until bedtime to do your drinking sets you up for multiple nighttime bathroom trips making it difficult to achieve quality sleep and making it tougher to wake up in the morning. Practice spreading your fluid intake thoughout your day to maximize the odds of sleeping soundly at night.

Link to National Sleep Foundation article


Quote of the Week

  “Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days.
"

                              - Rob Haeisen

Video of the Week
History Made: Eliud Kipchoge Runs 1:59 Marathon (3:01)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2019 Book It For Books: Amanda Thomas




AORTA News: October 7th, 2019

New - Short (2-4) mile Saturday Runs!!
Due to overwhelming demand, our Saturday group runs now include a short, 2-4 mile route.  Whether you’re a beginner, recovering from an injury, or someone who just prefers a short run, these routes were built for you.  No more need to modify the formerly “short” routes, you now have a distance that anyone complete!


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


Local Race of The Week!

Auburn Strong 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: This race is not only about fundraising, but it is also about showing our support. The Auburn police Division has seen more tragedy this year, than any prior year. Come out and show your support to the families of the fallen and injured officers as well as the auburn Police Division. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen and injured officers.

Upcoming Local Races

Azakazaka 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: Azakazaka is a fund-raising event directed by Fanovana-Friends of Madagascar, a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the development of community-based ecotourism by the people of Madagascar to preserve their natural heritage and raise themselves out of poverty. Finishers will be served refreshments including homemade Madagascan vanilla pound cake.  All proceeds will go directly to our partners in Madagascar.


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


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

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

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

Weekly Whimsy


Women Marathoners Now Outnumber Men!
By Michael Thomseni, DailyMail.com

In 2018, more women than men ran marathons for the first time, according to a new study. The percentage of marathon runners made up by women has risen dramatically, going from 20 percent in 1986 to a little over 50 percent in 2018, making it the first year more women than men ran marathons. At the same time, marathon runners have never been older.

Runners Getting Older
The average age of marathon runners has risen from 38 in 1986 to 40 in 2018, according to the study, a collaboration between Danish research firm Run Repeat and the International Association of Athletics Federation. 
The average age of general runners has also steadily increased even more, going from 35.2 in 1986 to 39.3 in 2018. The average woman runner is 36, while the average male runner is 40.

Marathon Entrants On The Decline
“Twenty years ago, you ran a marathon,” said Virginia Broph Achman, one of the organizers of the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St. Paul. “But [baby] boomers are aging out and younger people have so many choices - not only shorter, more manageable races, but they’re going to the gym, they’re doing CrossFit and yoga and biking.”  “They’re combining travel with a race.”

Today, marathon runners appear less interested in optimizing their times than they are the experience. “Maybe the average runner today is focused on a good experience than an achievement than before - not saying it’s overshadowing the achievement motive, but saying that maybe achievement means less today, relatively to the experience itself.”

Female/Male Ratios In Other Countries

Iceland is the nation with the highest percentage of women runners, with 59 percent. The U.S. has the second highest percentage of women runners at 58 percent, followed by Canada, Ireland, and Australia. The countries with the highest percentage of men runners are Switzerland, Japan, India, Italy, and Korea. The rising popularity of ultra marathons and other extreme running events may also have contributed to some declines in completion times as fewer expert or experienced runners are among those still competing.

Men and Women Getting Slower
Average completion times for both men and women have gone up over the last 30 years. In 1988, the average woman finished a marathon in 4:13. In 2018, it had risen to 4:51:  For men, times went from 3:45 to 4:21 in the same timeframe.

Link to DailyMail article


Quote of the Week

  “No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success. Although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes.
"

                              - Don Kardong


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

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2019 Book It For Books: Amanda Thomas




AORTA News: September 30th, 2019

Bring a Friend Winner!
We didn’t have any members bring any of their friends this Saturday, but we did have three newbies.  So, congratulations to first itme Saturday Group run participant Joe Perdue for being the winner of a $25 gift card to Panera Bread!


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


Upcoming Local Races

Auburn Strong 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: This race is not only about fundraising, but it is also about showing our support. The Auburn police Division has seen more tragedy this year, than any prior year. Come out and show your support to the families of the fallen and injured officers as well as the auburn Police Division. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen and injured officers.


Azakazaka 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: Azakazaka is a fund-raising event directed by Fanovana-Friends of Madagascar, a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the development of community-based ecotourism by the people of Madagascar to preserve their natural heritage and raise themselves out of poverty. Finishers will be served refreshments including homemade Madagascan vanilla pound cake.  All proceeds will go directly to our partners in Madagascar.


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

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

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


Weekly Whimsy



Straight Arms or Bent for Running?
By Sam Wong, NewScientist

Ever tried running with straight arms? Most find it a challenge, so it comes as a surprise to learn that it doesn’t require more energy than running with bent arms. Running with bent arms and walking with straight arms are almost universal habitats, but until now, there has been no research that explains why.

Researchers tested subjects walking and running on a treadmill with their arms straight and bent. As expected, walking with bent arms proved to be more energetically demanding than with straight arms, increasing oxygen consumption by 11 per cent. But, unexpectedly, running with bent arms doesn’t appear to be more efficient than running with straight arms.

Every subject in the study said that straight-arm running was the most challenging condition, so it’s surprising that there was no difference in the energetics.

Bending the arms uses more energy at the elbow to resist gravity, but should save energy at the shoulder since it effectively makes the arm shorter, reducing the force needed to swing the arms.The results for walking suggest that with bent arms, we spend more energy at the elbow than we save at the shoulder. As there was no difference in oxygen consumption while running, this suggests that the trade-off between shoulder and elbow energy is balanced.

But it leaves the reason why we bend our arms when we run unexplained. The study only tested running at a relatively low speed, so perhaps the benefit of bending our arms is only apparent at a higher speed. Maybe bending the arms spreads some energy demand from the shoulder to the elbow, stopping the shoulder muscles from tiring out. “These are speculative hypotheses to test in the future,” says Andrew Yegian, the main author of the study.

Link to NewScientist Article


Quote of the Week

  “Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.
"

                              - Nelson Mandela


Video of the Week
Nike Marathon Man 1998 (1:01)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2019 Book It For Books: Amanda Thomas





AORTA News: September 23rd, 2019

Book It For Books Race Results and Videos

Link to Book It For Books 5K Results
Link to Book It For Books 1-Mile Video

Bring a Friend And Win a Gift Card!
We love to have new members, especially on our long runs. Bring a friend (family member, roommate, co-worker, or reluctant fitness enthusiast) to this Saturday's group run and be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card!  If they need a few reasons to join us, here are a few.

1) Accountability: Making plans to train with others is one of the most effective ways to ensure you actually follow through, no matter what.

2) A Whole New World: Group runs give you varied conversation partners to make that long run fly by. You’re also more likely to explore new running routes with a group, which will definitely make your runs more interesting.

3) Faster Feet: Studies have shown that those who run in social settings tend to hold a faster pace than running solo - oftentimes without realizing it. Group influence can also spur you to go farther or try new training stimuli.


Upcoming Local Races

Auburn Strong 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: This race is not only about fundraising, but it is also about showing our support. The Auburn police Division has seen more tragedy this year, than any prior year. Come out and show your support to the families of the fallen and injured officers as well as the auburn Police Division. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen and injured officers.

Azakazaka 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: Azakazaka is a fund-raising event directed by Fanovana-Friends of Madagascar, a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the development of community-based ecotourism by the people of Madagascar to preserve their natural heritage and raise themselves out of poverty. Finishers will be served refreshments including homemade Madagascan vanilla pound cake.  All proceeds will go directly to our partners in Madagascar.

Run For Ruby 1-Mile & 5K
- When: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM (1-Mile), 4:30 PM (5K)
-
 Where: Auburn High School
- Fee: $25 (1-Mile and 5K)
- Description: A 1 Mile Fun Run and 5k to honor our beloved teacher, Mrs. Ruby Thomas, and all others who have fought the battle of breast cancer. Donations made will go to Mrs. Thomas' sorority to be used to fund scholarships for young women to attend college.

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


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


Weekly Whimsy



What Causes Stress Fractures in Runners?
By Jen A. Miller, The New York Times

A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone or an “accumulation injury.” With exercise and everyday activities, and even our normal body weight, we are constantly putting stress on our bones. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since stress causes microdamage to our bones that our boy naturally repairs, and that continual repair process helps to make the bones stronger.

However, “if you don’t give bones long enough to catch up, instead of getting stronger they’ll break down, and you accumulate enough injury that the bones can break,” says Dr. Michael Terry, an orthopedic surgeon and professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern Medicine.

The most common cause of stress fractures is overtraining to the point that your bones can’t heal. “You can get stress fractures anywhere in theory, but we see them most in the hips and bones of the feet,” Dr. Terry said. 

Children and teenagers who are growing are also prone to stress fractures at their growth plates, areas of developing tissue at the ends of bones that are weak links in the bone. “As kids are growing up, especially when they’re starting to work out more and they’re getting stronger and heavier, because they have a growth plate, they have the increased susceptibility of having a stress fracture around the growth plate.”

Athletes on vegetarian or vegan diets can also be susceptible to stress fractures if they don’t get enough protein or certain nutrients. “Vegans have to be real careful and supplement their diet so they get enough vitamin D and calcium.” Seniors and those who live in northern climes may also be susceptible. 

Link to RunnersWorld.com article


Quote of the Week

  “Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.
"

                              - Unknown


Video of the Week
This 70-Year-Old Ran a 2:54 Marathon! (3:01)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt
- 2019 Book It For Books: Amanda Thomas




AORTA News: September 16th, 2019

ODK Cake Race Video

ODK Cake Race Results

This Week’s Featured Local Race!

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


Upcoming Local Races

Auburn Strong 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: This race is not only about fundraising, but it is also about showing our support. The Auburn police Division has seen more tragedy this year, than any prior year. Come out and show your support to the families of the fallen and injured officers as well as the auburn Police Division. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen and injured officers.


Azakazaka 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: Azakazaka is a fund-raising event directed by Fanovana-Friends of Madagascar, a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the development of community-based ecotourism by the people of Madagascar to preserve their natural heritage and raise themselves out of poverty. Finishers will be served refreshments including homemade Madagascan vanilla pound cake.  All proceeds will go directly to our partners in Madagascar.


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


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


Weekly Whimsy


The Right Way to Carb-Load Before a Race
By Dimity McDowell, RunnersWorld.com

There’s a reason marathons and half marathons offer a pre-race pasta dinner the night before: A healthy store of carbohydrates is one key component to fueling your best performance.

Most runners know they should eat pasta, rice, potatoes or other high-carb boods before a half or full marathon. But many are far less clear on how many carbs they should eat and when to start loading up.

Carb Science - Carbs are stored as glycogen in your muscles and liver. During a race you burn both glycogen and fat, but the latter is not as efficient. When you run out of glycogen during a race you hit “the wall”. So proper carb-loading will, if you race smartly, help you avoid the wall.

Who Should Carbo Load? - Shorter distances, 5Ks and 10Ks, don’t require carb loading because it’s unlikely you’ll deplete the fuel in your muscles in the time it takes ot complete those distances. But if you’re running for longer than 90 minutes, you need to be proactive.

Choose Your Carbs Wisely - Which carbs should you load up on? Rice, tortillas, oatmeal, bread, pancakes, waffles, bagels, yogurt and juice are all easy-to-digest options. Many fruits are high in carbs but also high in fiber - and too much can cause stomach trouble mid race. Bananas are a low-fiber choice and you can peel apples, peaches, and pears to reduce their fiber content. Also avoid high-fat foods such as oils, butter, and cheese, as well as those that contain high amounts of protein which fill you up fast and take longer to digest than carbohydrates. They can rest heavy in your gut and spell serious GI trouble.

How Much Should You Eat? - Start carbo-loading two or three days before your race. 85 to 95 percent of your calories should come from carbs with 4 grams of carbs for every pound of body weight as a rule of thumb.
Example: A 150-pound runner should consume 600 grams or 2,400 calories of carbs per day.

How to Time Your Carbs - Here’s what to do before race day.
6 Weeks Prior: Practice Carb-Loading. Two to three days prior to your longest run, eat more carbs and less fat and protein.

One Week Before: Make a Plan - Pack plenty of snacks such as energy bars, pretzels, and crackers, and check restaurant menus online.

Two to Three Days Before: Switch to Carbs - 85 to 95 percent of your diet should be carbs. Also eat after taper runs. That’s when muscles are primed to store glycogen.

The Night Before: Don’t Stuff Yourself - Eat a small but carb-heavy dinner. Eat on the early side so you have lots of time to digest.  You should wake up hungry - not full.

Race Morning - Three hours before race start, eat 150 grams of carbs like a bagel and yogurt or sports drink and oatmeal.

Top Off Your Tank - Take a drink, gel, or chew every 30 to 45 minutes for runs lasting 60 minutes or longer to top off your glycogen store. 

Link to RunnersWorld.com article


Quote of the Week
  “Running fills a need so we make fewer demands on others. Running reveals the roots of negative thinking, so the weeds can be pulled. Running reconnects the soul to the source, inspiring hope and creativity.
"

                              - Kristin Armstrong


Video of the Week
Ankle Strength & Stability Routine for Runners (6:15)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt




AORTA News: September 9th, 2019

This Week’s Featured Race!

ODK Cake Run *Today!*
- When: Monday, September 09, 2019
- Time: 4:30 PM
- Where: Cater Lawn (new location)
               Auburn University
- Fee: Free!
- Description: The ODK Cake Race is an annual 5k put on by the Auburn University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. This is part of the kick off for Homecoming week at Auburn University. We look forward to seeing everyone at the run!
** Online registrations are closed, but you can still sign up this afternoon!


Upcoming Local Races

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


Auburn Strong 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: This race is not only about fundraising, but it is also about showing our support. The Auburn police Division has seen more tragedy this year, than any prior year. Come out and show your support to the families of the fallen and injured officers as well as the auburn Police Division. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen and injured officers.


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


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


Weekly Whimsy



The Golden Rules of Running
By Elizabeth Grimsley, Active.com

When it comes to running, 16 best practices always apply, no matter your fitness level. Follow these rules to improve with every run and achieve any running goal you set your sights on.

1) Always Run Facing Traffic - To stay safe while on a training run, always run facing the flow of traffic to ensure you see any potential hazards coming your way.

2) Don’t Eat, Drink or Wear Anything New During a Race - Never try anything new for a race. You don’t want to risk chafing or GI distress that could derail all the hard training you put in leading up to the big day. The same rule applies to difficult or long training runs, as well as what you eat and drink the night before you toe the line.

3) Cross Training Is Your Friend - Cross training not only decreases your chance of injury but also cuts down on your risk of burnout. Mix up your activities by adding in non-weight bearing exercises such as swimming or cycling.

4) Mimic the Pace You’re Training For - If you want to run a sub-two half marathon (a 9:09 average pace), you’ll want to do some training runs at that pace. While this doesn’t mean you need to run 13.1 miles at 9:09 pace during training - that’s what the race is for - you should at least know what the pace feels like over an extended period of time.

5) Run an Even Pace for Your Best Chance to PR - If you have a time goal, the best strategy is to run the entire race at the same pace or with negative splits - running faster as the race goes on. However, running negative splits doesn’t mean blasting out of the gate; burning out before you’re halfway through the course is even worse.

6) Dress Like It’s 10 Degrees Warmer - You’re going to warm up as you get your blood pumping. That long sleeve top and tights might have seemed like a good idea when you stepped outside your door, but once you start to sweat you’ll be wishing you wore shorts and a T-shirt instead.

7) Replace Shoes After 400 to 500 Miles - For a sport with limited equipment needs, what’s on a runner’s feet is very important. And wihile getting a new pair of kicks is fun, it’s about more than just looking good on the road. Wearing worn out shoes can put unnecessary strain on your joints - and don’t wait for your shoes to be on their death bed to replace them. Get a new pair sooner than later and rotate them with your old standbys.

8) Wait to Run Until Two Hours After a Meal - Like the summertime pool rule for kids, you shouldn’t head out for a run immediately after eating that big pasta dinner. It takes about two hours for your stomach to empty, especially when you’ve concumed high-carb foods.

9) Warm Up (and Cool Down) With 10 Minutes of Easy Running or Walking - Warming up - and similarly, stretching - before a run is important. It prepares your body for exercise, slowly increasing blood flow and raising your core muscle temperature. The cool-down is probably even more crucial, as the lack of one can cause muscle cramps, nausea or even fainting.

10) It Takes Seven Years to Plateau - In a column for “National Masters News,” Mike Tymn shares conclusions from his seven-year adaption theory, which found that runners were posting their best times around seven years after they began a serious running practice. The time it takes to reach your plateau could be extended if you’re a lower-mileage runner.

11) Taking Should Be Easy During Daily Runs - Regular, everyday runs - not speed work, tempo runs or intervals - should be easy enough that you can hold a conversation while pounding the pavement.

12) Refuel Within 30 to 60 Minutes After a Significant Workout or Race - You wouldn’t take your car for a long drive without filling it up with gas afterward, right? The same goes for your body after a run. Replacing the glycogen that was depleted with carbs, as well as consuming protein to repair muscles, will help you recover faster and be prepared to run again.

13) Run at Least One 20-Mile Run Before a Marathon - A long run in the double digits can help stimulate the length of a marathon, including the effort your body will go through during the race. Plus, knowing you can run 20 miles - just 10K short of the whole marathon - will give you a big confidence boost on race day.

14) Schedule One Easy Day After Every Hard Day of Training - You can’t go, go, go at the same effort level all the time. Your body needs a chance to recover and rebuild after a hard workout before it can perform like that again. Always make sure to give yourself an “easy” day - meaning a slow or short run or a day of cross training - after every hard effort, to ensure you stay at your best.

15) Long Runs Should Be Three Minutes Slower Than 5K Pace - There’s no such thing as too slow when it comes to long runs, because the most important thing about them is completing the miles, not how fast you do so. Running too fast can impact recovery or even cause injuries.

16) Increase Weekly Mileage by No More Than 10 Percent - Upping your total miles too much week over week can be detrimental to your training and goals, causing an increase in injuries, burnout and more. Never run more than 10 percent farther than you did the previous week. For example, if you ran 20 miles one week, don’t run more than 22 miles the following week.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week

  “Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
"

                              - Steve Prefontaine


Video of the Week
VR Treadmill Run: Mon Repos Beach Australia (30:33)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt




AORTA News: September 2nd, 2019

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

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


Upcoming Local Races

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


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


CDH Foundation 5K and Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 05, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: Come out and support the CDH Foundation as we raise money to support Alabama CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) and NICU families! The Sensigreen CDH Foundation provides support and hope to families who receive a CDH diagnosis. Our financial assistance is limited to families who are residents of the State of Alabama at this time. We will work with families in any location to connect them to other CDH families, other CDH support organizations and the best medical resources.


Auburn Strong 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
- When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
-
 Where: Ogletree Village
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
- Description: This race is not only about fundraising, but it is also about showing our support. The Auburn police Division has seen more tragedy this year, than any prior year. Come out and show your support to the families of the fallen and injured officers as well as the auburn Police Division. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen and injured officers.


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


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


Weekly Whimsy


Fabric That Smells Better The More You Sweat
By Eric Mack, cnet.com

Is this a pipe dream or reality? Processes already exist to embed fabrics with scents like those from aromatherapy esential oils, but now researchers have combined the idea with concepts taken from advanced smart fabrics.

A team of engineers from the University of Minho in Portugal have developed two ways to modify cotton fabric so that it lets off a citronella aroma when it comes in contact with sweat. Their methods for using sweat against itself are outlined in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

The scientists used a protein found in pigs' noses (yes, hog snouts could be the key to sweet-smelling sweat) that binds to scent molecules. They also attached what's known as a carbohydrate-binding module, which binds to cotton. They used a second method involving fat-like liposomes rather than proteins to bind the pleasant scent to the fabric.

The tweaked cottons released the citronella scent when they came in contact with an acidic sweat solution. The pig nose protein-treated fabric emitted a "quick burst of scent," while the liposomes cleared the air with a slower, more controlled release. 

"Both strategies revealed high potential," the engineers' paper reads. "Functional textiles incorporating fragrances could be an effective clothing deodorizing product."

As a bonus, citronella is also a popular insect repellent. Keeping both the mosquitoes and bad body odor away could soon be as simple as reeling off 50 quick jumping jacks.

Link to cnet.com article


Quote of the Week

  “Running through airports with pounds of luggage -
       that’s a good workout."

                              - Rachel McAdams


Video of the Week
Things That Heppen To Your Body When You Run Every Day (3:11)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver
- July Water Stops: Allen Smith
- August Water Stops: Monica Molt




AORTA News: August 26th, 2019

Running for Wrestlers Recap
Many thanks to all the runners and volunteers who helped to make this a successful event!


Running for Wrestlers 5K Race Results
Running for Wrestlers 1-Mile Fun Run video

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


Upcoming Local Races

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


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


Weekly Whimsy



12 Things You Should Never Say to Runners
By Erica Schuckles, Active.com

Runners are generally friendly people, always ready to offer an acknowledging wave or a quick tip to those just picking up the sport. However, there are a handful of sayings that will get a runner riled up faster than a pebble wedged in their running shoe. Heads up, non-runners: Make sure you never say these things to a serious (or even semi-serious) runner!

1. “Running is bad for your knees, ya know.”
Oh really? You know what’s bad for your body? Not running. In recent years, studies have shown that running itself does not contribute to knee injuries. In fact, some research suggests that running can strengthen joints by stimulating cartilage growth to protect against and reverse damage.

2. “Can’t you just skip your run today?”
Can you just skip eating, breathing and blinking today? Probably not. Our runs are necessary items on our daily agendas. We consider running part of our identity and schedule training like mandatory appointments. Going more than a day without a run is a big deal to us. So no, we can’t just skip our run today. Sorry, not sorry.

3. “You paid how much for those running shoes?”
Spoiler alert: Running shoes can be expensive. But it’s just a small price to pay to preserve our feet, legs, back and body. The right pair of running shoes can support and protect the parts of our bodies that play large roles in everyday movement, not just running. We consider a quality pair of shoes an investment in our running - and more importantly, our health.

4. “I could never run a marathon.”
There are always the naysayers who think running isn’t for them. These people have already counted themselves out and decided it’s too hard, so they don’t even try. We have it on good authority that anyone can run a marathon - you just have to try. And train, of course… you definitely have to train.

5. “You’re running on the wrong side of the road.”
This is actually something that runners occasionally get wrong. Running etiquette says to run on the left side of the road, against traffic. This allows you to see traffic heading your way - and dodge it, if necessary. We also hear the related, “Hey, that’s what the sidewalk is for!”, usually coming from drivers as they pass. If they would actually stick around to hear our answer, we would tell them that sidewalks are typically made of concrete. Asphalt roads are much softer and feel better on our joints

6. “You don’t look like a runner.”
‘And you don’t look like someone who casually throws around insults.’ Let’s get this straight. If you run, you ARE a runner. Sure, there are bodies that are better built for extremely fast running speeds, but it’s not always about speed. And as far as we’re concerned, the slowest runner at a race is as much a finisher as the fastest.

7. “Did you win?”
This always follows after telling someone about a recent race. The answer is usually no, because, well, most of us aren’t professional runners. But does it matter? No. Was it still an awesome accomplishment? Abso-freaking-lutely. And don’t you dare make me feel any less about it.

8. “Did you walk at all?”
This is another question that people have after hearing about a recent race. No, actually, I didn’t walk. But even if I did. WHY DOES IT MATTER? Running is sometimes hard, and sometimes we have to walk for a little bit. And that’s totally OK.

9. “Wow, you have some appetite.”
We run, therefore we eat. Food is fuel, and fuel is how we run farther and faster. There’s nothing like a long run to work up an intense runger, so be sure to steer clear of a runner’s path to the fridge afterwards, unless you’re offering carbs.

10. “Those shorts are pretty short.”
That may be true, but we dare you to try running in long (relatively speaking) shorts. Shorter shorts are practical, providing better range of motion for each stride. Plus, we’ve worked hard to make these short shorts look good.

11. “Don’t you get bored while running?”
Sometimes. But we also sometimes get bored driving down a lonely road, during a slow day at work or watching an awful movie. We’ve perfected the art of wasting time on runs by picking scenic routes, downloading our favorite podcasts or joining a running group. It’s just that simple. And believe us, there’s nothing boring about pushing ourselves on tempo runs, hill repeats or fartleks - and that word alone is the opposite of boring.

12. “Running sucks.”
TBH, sometimes, running does suck. But other times, it’s glorious and perfect and everything we could ever imagine. And that’s why we do it.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week
     “I think what endurance sports teach you is to stay dedicated, stay focused, and also to undersand you’re going to have ups and downs, but you need to keep running right through them."

                         - Kyrsten Sinema

Video of the Week
Impossible is Nothing (7:17)

From 5’7”, 292 lbs, John Brown dedicated himself to completing an Ironman in two years.  His finishing time: 15:32:48!!
** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

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


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

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











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




AORTA News: August 19th, 2019

Local Race This Saturday!

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

AU Welcome Back!!

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

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

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

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


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

Marital Status: Married to Laura Erickson

Children: Caroline and Claire

OccupationResearch & Development Manager – Milliken & Company

Alma Mater: BSME from Auburn – ’95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Upcoming Local Races

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


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


Weekly Whimsy



Are You Making These Treadmill Mistakes?
By Jackie Veiling, Active.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link to Active.com article


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

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


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

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











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






AORTA News: August 12th, 2019

AU Welcome Back!!

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


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

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


Saturday Run Route - Mt. Everest!

For those aficionados of hill workouts, have we got a treat for you! Saturday’s long route has it all. Starting with a gentle downhill on Dean, we’ll wet your appetite with a brief up and down on Thach followed by a long stretch down to Town Creek Park. That’s where the fun begins. We’ll kickoff with a short, discouraging climb up Azalea, a slight respite down, then a long moderate ascent on Ogletree. At 9 miles, we get to the good stuff. Opening with the demoralizing Moores Mill hill, we continue on East Samford and into AHS’ parking lot, followed by a humbling climb up to East Glenn, a brief but distressing stint up McKinley, then culminating with the soul-crushing quarter-mile ascent up Old Mill. From there it’s a relatively easy final ascent as your quads and calves protest in pain while you limp to the finish. Be sure to bring along an unsuspecting friend to share in the agony of de-feet!


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


Upcoming Local Races

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


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


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


Weekly Whimsy


The 10 Commandments of Race Day For Runners
By Jackie Veiling, Active.com

Even the best of us have screwed up on race day. Here are 10 important rules for having your best run when it counts most.

1. Thou Shalt Not Carbo-Load to the Extreme
It’s not a bad idea to add a few extra carbs in your diet the day before a race, but focus less on binge eating and more on strategic fueling. A simple spaghetti dish with marinara will get you a lot further than anything heavy and cream-based.

2. Thou Shalt Layer
Weather can always change, so think layers. You may think the temperature looks okay, but did you check the humidity? Is the sun out? What’s the wind chill factor? There are several variables for weather - including unpredictable rain showers. Layers ensure you’re prepared for anything. And consider wearing layers you don’t mind parting with in case you don’t see them again after you toss them to the side.

3. Thou Shalt Not Wear Your Race Shirt on Race Day
Aside from the immediate marker that you’re a newbie runner, there’s actually a much more important reason: you shouldn’t be wearing anything new. This also goes for socks, running belts, body glide, compression sleeves - anything. Unless you’ve tested it during training, race day is not the time to try out new things. Whatever you do, don’t you dare put on a new pair of running shoes.

4. Thou Shalt Not Arrive Late
Be early… be 
really early. It’s almost guaranteed something will come up that you didn’t plan for… unexpected traffic, limited parking, or a ridiculous line at the Porta Potty. The point is to arrive to the race site early. There’s nothing worse than using precious race-day energy sprinting to the starting line before the gun goes off.

5. Thou Shalt Know the Course and Elevation Map
No one expects you to memorize the course, but it’s important to at least be familiar with what lies ahead, even if you’re just running the race for fun. You’re much more likely to make it up that monster hill at mile two if you know it’s coming.

6. Thou Shalt Not Be Intimidated
Running is as much a mental game as a physical one. It’s easy to let other runners get in your head. Try to avoid these urges and remember that running is a solo sport. Even if you’re looking to break into the top five in your age bracket, analyzing everyone around you will not help. This is your race, focus on that.

7. Thou Shalt Not Take Off Like a Bat Out of Hell
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the race-day hype, but sprinting across the starting line like it’s the 100-meter dash is one of the biggest mistakes you can make on race day. No matter how good you’re feeling during the first mile, stick with your normal pace. Not only do you want to avoid depleting all your resources too soon, you also don’t want an injury from overdoing it before your muscles are warmed up.

8. Thou Shalt Not Feed or Hydrate Differently During the Race
Trying new gels, eating new food or downing a new sports drink are all big don’ts on race day. Just like wearing new gear, fueling differently is an unnecessary - and often disasterous - risk to take. If you don’t drink much water while you run, don’t gulp down a full cup at every aid station. There’s no telling how your body will react to something new, even water. Play it safe, and stick with what you know.

9. Thou Shalt Make a Post-Race Plan
Your post-race moments should be spent basking in glory, not frantically calling your family members, making a scene and shouting that you’re at the bagel stand farthest to the right. Make a plan before the race for where to meet and when, and avoid the family drama and endless phone calls.

10. Thou Shalt Not Forget to Have Fun
The best race commandment: Have FUN! Running is about bettering yourself, and in many races, bettering your entire community. You might be working towards a new PR, but don’t make yourself miserable in the process. Enjoy your ability to move and don’t forget to smile for the race photos along the way.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week

“I love the simplicity and freedom of running.  A pair of shoes, and you are all set to explore new trails."

                         - Rachel Boston
                           American actress and producer


Video of the Week
5 Minute Running Form Fix (7:56)

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


Ongoing Events

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


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

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver




AORTA News: August 5th, 2019

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

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


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


Aug 10: Post-Saturday Group Run Meet Up at Blue Bagel

Treat yourself after this Saturday’s group run with a relaxing breakfast or mini-snack at the Blue Bagel in downtown Auburn! Grab a bagel and coffee with your fellow runners while sharing your glory and/or gory days on the pavement!

Location: Really?… Come on, you know where it is!
Ok... 120 N. College 
between Glenn and Magnolia, close to Mellow Mushroom and Toomer's Drugs. Now, get there!


Upcoming Local Races

Running for Wrestlers 1-Mile / 5K
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park
- Fee: $15 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
Description: Come out and start the new school year by participating in the first local Fall 5K race while also supporting your local wrestling club! The Auburn Takedown Wrestling Club is a non-profit organization for all local wrestlers from the youth up through high school levels.  We do not receive any financial support from Auburn City Schools. The club is in its infancy and currently raising funds to support a year-round facility and furnish it with practice mats. Additional funds will be used to subsidize the cost of uniforms, training equipment, cleaning supplies, and other consumables.

ODK Cake Run
- When: Monday, September 09, 2019
- Time: 4:30 PM
- Where: Cater Lawn (changed 8/6)
               Auburn University
- Fee: Free!
- Description: The ODK Cake Race is an annual 5k put on by the Auburn University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. This is part of the kick off for Homecoming week at Auburn University. We look forward to seeing everyone at the run! 


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


Weekly Whimsy


The 10,000-Step Goal is Overblown 
By Bruce Horovitz, Washington Post   Jul 29, 2019 (Excerpt)

The magic marketing number of 10,000 daily steps embraced by so many wearers of Fitbits, Garmins, Samsungs, and Apple Watches, may be about 2,500 steps more than necessary.

Acoording to a recent Harvard University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, among older women, as few as 4,400 steps per day helped to lower mortality rates. With more steps per day, mortality rates decreased before leveling off at 7,500 steps, the study found.

Truth be told, even the woman behind the study - who concedes that she, too, is enamored of her step tracker - can’t say how many steps are the right number for each walker.

“No one size fits all,” said I-Min Lee, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and professor at Harvard Medical School.

But no matter how many steps you take, merely wearing and using a fitness tracker - particularly for older women, older men and other people who tend to be somewhat inactive - “can be beneficial not only to your health but to your quality of life,” Lee said.

Link to article


Quote of the Week

“In training, you listen to your body.
    In competition, you tell your body to shut up.

                              - Rich Froning Jr.
                                Crossfit Games Champion


Video of the Week
I Don’t Run - Danny Johnson (4:31)

How many of us can relate… to the ones he’s talking about?!
** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

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


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

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

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


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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver




AORTA News: July 29th, 2019

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


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

http://www.marathonguide.com/training/coachmindy/heat.cfm


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


Weekly Whimsy


How to Start a Running Routine
By Jen A. Miller, NYT, Jan 5, 2019

Starting a running routine, or getting back to running after a long break, can be daunting. It may feel weird and awkward and you might end up a bit sore afterward. Here are a few things you can do to get over that initial “what am I doing?” hump and build a running routine that lasts.

1. You Don’t Need a Bunch of Special Stuff.  Really. There are a lot of running products out there. But to start, you don’t need any of it. While getting properly fitted for running shoes is important as you build your mileage, you don’t need them for your first few forays out.

2. Set a Realistic Goal.  I would like to run a 100K ultramarathon in 2019. That is realistic for me given my past training. It would not be realistic for a new or born-again runner. A 5K is perfect for you if you’re one of these runners. It’s a challenge, but not one that will eat up your life or put too much stress on your body as it gets used to running.

3. Check out Couch to 5K. It’s a free, nine-week training program to help people go from no running to that 5K finish line, and then maybe beyond. It’s a great way to start.

4. Sign up for Your Goal Race.  I have a hard time getting out the door if I don’t have a race on the docket. Spring and fall are popular 5K times, so you most likely can find one on a weekend.

5. Keep Track of Your Training.  You want to be able to look back and see how you’ve progressed. It’ll keep you moving forward. This can be in a spreadsheet, a journal, or your calendar. 

6. Brace Yourself.  Forming any new routine is difficult, especially such a physical one. It’s easier to know that this challenge is going to take some work, so that you can prepare for it.

7. You Haven’t Failed if it Doesn’t Work.  It just means you get a chance to learn from what didn’t go right., and adjust for the future. Running is hard. Sticking with it until it’s a routine is harder.

One common fear of new runners is that they’re worried they’ll finish last in their first race. If so, check out this Runner’s World feature about people who finished last, and lived to tell the tale.

Link to New York Times article


Quote of the Week

    “Those who say it cannot be done
          should not interrupt the people doing it.”

                              - Chinese proverb


Video of the Week
Bekele vs. Farah vs. Haile - Half Marathon Bupa Great North Run (7:56

One of the greatest half-marathon finishes of all-time by three of the greatest runners of all time!  If this doesn’t get your pulse racing, you’re not human.
** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver




AORTA News: July 22nd, 2019

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


Weekly Whimsy


Why You Probably Shouldn’t Run a Marathon

If you’ve been running for a while, you’ve probably felt the pressure to run a marathon. You’re not a real runner until you conquer 26.2, right?

Wrong.

While finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment, it shouldn’t be the goal for all runners. If you’re on the fence about toeing the line, consider a few reasons why a shorter distance may be more appropriate this year.

You’re Looking to Lose Weight
If you want to slim down, a marathon might not be your best bet. Fueling properly while training for 26.2 miles is a delicate balance and adding weight loss goals to the mix can set you up for a bonk. If your ultimate aim is to drop pounds, a clean diet and interval workouts might help you burn fat faster than monster long runs.

Your running feels blah
Passing on 26.2 for a year (or more) can help you avoid burn out. Runners often sign up for fall or spring marathons out of habit, but every once in awhile it can be beneficial to focus on another goal. Shooting for a 10k PR or planning an overnight relay with friends instead can keep things fresh.

The timing isn’t right
Maybe you just started a demanding new job or you have a lot of travel planned; forcing marathon training into an already packed schedule might leave you stressed and unhappy - and potentially undertrained! Perhaps this is the year to run for enjoyment.

You have other goals
When you train for a marathon, long runs, endurance workouts and recovery will become your priority. There isn’t much time or energy for other activities. If you have your eyes on another athletic endeavor - say, completing your first triathlon or really focusing on your yoga practice - it might be best to put your 26.2 plans on hold.

You’re on a tight budget
Sure, there are low-cost marathons to be found, but if you’ve got your heart set on a big city experience like New York City or Boston, prepare to fork over a few hundred dollars. And once you add in travel expenses, gear and extras, training can take a pretty big chunk out of your wallet. If you’re trying to stick to a strict budget, look for low-cost (or free!) running events instead.

You have a nagging injury
Maybe you’ve got shin splints that keep coming back or a nagging hamstring pull; whatever the case, if you’re not feeling 100 percent, the rigors of marathon training will likely make things worse. Pass on long races for now and focus on getting strong and healthy. If you’ve been putting off physical therapy or strengthening your glutes, now’s the time. The race will be waiting for you next year.

All your friends are doing it
Sure, it helps to have buddies for those double-digit long runs, but if the only reason you’re interested in a marathon is peer pressure, it’s time to reevaluate. Marathon training is intense and 26.2 miles is a long way to run if you’re not all in. Before you commit to a months-long endeavor, make sure you’re signing up for the right reasons. If marathons aren’t your thing, figure out what type of running event truly motivates you, and do that instead.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week
    “I believe that every human has a finite number of heart-beats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.

        - Buzz Aldrin: astronaut, fighter pilot
          Second human to walk on the moon


Video of the Week
Marathons - Liz Miele (1:33)

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver







AORTA News: July 15th, 2019

AORTA Summer Party! Next Sunday, July 21st

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 21st
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Saturday Group Run
Thanks to everyone who showed up for this past Saturday’s group run!


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


Weekly Whimsy


What Does Running Do To Your Brain?

Many of us runners readily know how running improves the way we think and feel. Just why this is the case hasn’t always been clear… up until now.

A 2018 experiment at West Michigan University showed that running quickly for half an hour improves “cortical flicker frequency” threshold which is associated with the ability to better process information. Other studies from the Lithuanian Sports University and Nottingham Trent University showed running intervals improved “executive function”, a suite of high-level faculties that include the ability to marshall attention, tune out distractions, switch between tasks, and solve problems. Measurable gains were demonstrated after onlyl 10 minutes of interval sprints.

A brain imaging study found that meditation and running simultaneously engages executive functions while turning down the “default mode network” - the instigator of mind-wandering and the voice that ruminates on your past, typically associated with clinical depression.

When you’re stressed, your liver converts tryptophan into knyurenine. Some of that knyurenine works its way into your brain where its accumulation has been strongly associated with stress-induced depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Exercise increases the levels of the enzyme kynurenine aminotransferase in your muscles. This enzyme breaks down knyurenine into kynurenic acid which cannot be absorbed by the brain.

The long popular idea of the “endorphin rush”, born in the 80s and 90s, had a flaw in that beta-endorphin does not cross readily through the blood-brain barrier. In a 2008 study, functional brain imaging showed that beta-endorphin levels do indeed spike in the brain after a two-hour run, correlating with the runners’ self-reported feelings of euphoria.

Experiments with lab mice showed that running-induced endocannabinoids reduced anxiety and perceptions of pain. Given that levels of endocannabinoids circulating in runners’ blood after 30 minutes of moderately intense treadmill running, it’s a good bet that the same mechanisms in mice work in our minds.

While the physical benefits of running and aerobic exercise are well established, we are starting to see why running can have profound benefits for our mental health too!

Link to The Guardian  article


Quote of the Week
    
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become invevitable.

    - Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)
      American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and author



Video of the Week
T-Rex Race in Auburn? - Yes!… Auburn, Washington (0:29)

Could this be the greatest race in history? Several Tyrannosaurus Rex battle it out to see which T-Rex is the fastest in the world at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington.

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

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

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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver



AORTA News: July 8th, 2019

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, July 21st

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 21st
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



AORTA Member Spotlight - Cash and Duke

This month’s spotlight is on Cash Wilson and Jayden Duke Deramus. Both Cash and Duke recently medaled at the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association State Meet and the Alabama State Games. By placing at these meets, both have qualified to compete at the upcoming national meet at Lynchburg, VA on August 3rd and 4th!  AORTA wishes both Cash and Duke the best of luck!

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


Weekly Whimsy


Why Is Running On The Decline?

Midlife crises aren’t what they used to be. Serious running is in decline. One reason? Completing the marathon at the age of 40 may no longer confer the bragging rights it once did.

Not everyone signs up for these races, but they are one of the few objective measures of interest in the activity. At their peak, they represented a $1.4 billion industry that fed even bigger ones, from shoes and apparel to wearable devices.

A recent study in collaboaration with IAAF of 70,000 road races in 193 countries since 1986 observed a declining trend in the last two years. The total number of finishers was down 13% from 2016. Data from Running USA which tracks a much larger number of events, also shows a downward trend.

Source: RunRepeat

So what explains the decline? Boredom and high fees have been identified as possible causes, but the age distribution provides an important clue as to what’s going on.

Source: RunRepeat

In 2003, a lot of runners did a marathon at 40, 50, and 60. Today, that thought process isn’t dominating anymore. The achievement element is in decline. Millions have now completed a marathon, expanding what used to be an exclusive club of fanatical achievers to a crowd of more-or-less committed amateurs. As that cachet disappeared, extreme athletes have moved on to other pastimes; ultra-marathons have boomed, and Ironman became a valuable brand.

"Researchers have also reported that participants find less enjoyment and gratification from the physical act of running…” (editor's note - or are people getting less active?)  For those continuing to sign up for events, they are an increasingly social pastime - an experience rather than a sport.

Link to Bloomberg article


Quote of the Week


       
“Be the change you want to see in the world.


                                             - Mahatma Ghandi


Video of the Week
Life in Motion: Ultra-Trail Runner Krissy Moehl (13:13)

For over 10 years top ranked ultra-marathoner Krissy Moehl has participated in and won ultra-trail events around the world ranging from 50km to 103 miles. She enjoys both the physical and mental transformations these miles bring to life.
** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

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


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


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- June Water Stops: Rachel Crafton-Stiver



AORTA News: July 1st, 2019

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, July 21st

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 21st
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Weekly Whimsy


Science: Fitness Trackers Don’t Work. Wear One Anyway

Personal technology is getting a bad rap these days. Our devices, apps, and platforms, experts increasingly warn, have been engineered to capture our attention and ingrain habits that are less than healthy.

Unless, that is, you’re talking about fitness trackers. For years, the problem with Fitbits, Garmins, Apple Watches and their ilk has been that they aren’t addictive enough. About one third of people who buy fitness trackers stop using them within six months, and more than half eventually abandon them altogether.

For those who do continue to use them, it’s unclear whether these devices actually makes them more fit. In a controlled trial involving 800 test subjects between June 2013 and August 2014, the study found that after one year, the activity tracker had no effect on test subjects’ overall health and fitness - even when combined with a financial incentive.

A second study, conducted between October 2010 and October 2012, examined a combined weight loss program with a fitness tracker. The results published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that subjects without fitness trackers lost more weight than their gadget-wearing counterparts - a difference of about eight pounds!

Although clearly embarrasing for fitness device companies, this shouldn’t discourage you to ditch your fancy new fitness tracker. The studies above involved first generation devices whereas signs suggest that newer wearables are finally becoming more addictive. Some surmise the reason is that the devices have become much more capable and feature rich. Coupled with a more robust and effective user interface, these fitness devices are finally poised to hijack our brains - and bodies - for good.

Link to Wired.com article


Quote of the Week
   
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."

        - John Galt in Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


Video of the Week
Virtual Run on Waikiki Beach and Downtown Honolulu! (30:34)

Load this on your treadmill and enjoy a 30-minute, 6K “virtual run” down Waikiki’s famous beach and downtown Honolulu!
** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

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

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

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes





AORTA News: June 24th, 2019

AORTA Summer Party! Sunday, July 21st

Please join us for a family friendly afternoon of food, fellowship and fun! AORTA members, non-members, and their families are all invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SignUpGenius website and bring a food dish. Folks with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring a side dish. Those with last names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring a dessert. AORTA will supply burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, July 21st
LocationChewacla State Park, Beach Pavilion
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Weekly Whimsy


Nurse Denied Marathon Record Has Decision Overturned

A nurse who was denied a world record because she ran the London Marathon in trousers instead of a skirt has seen the decision overturned. 

Jessica Anderson, a NHS nurse at the Royal London Hospital, crossed the line in just 3:08:22, wearing her medical scrubs. 

She beat the time set by Sarah Dudgeon in 2015 by 32 seconds. 

Ms Anderson was denied the title because Guinness World Records (GWR) rules stated that a nurse’s uniform must include a white or blue dress, a pinafore apron and a traditional nurse’s cap.

She was told scrubs could be confused with the fancy-dress requirements for a doctor’s uniform.

The decision was heavily criticised,many of whom tweeted pictures of themselves wearing scrubs similar to those she had used for the race. GWR have now overturned what they admitted was an “outdated” decision.

Offering an unreserved apology to Ms Anderson,  the firm's senior vice president Samantha Fay said: "Over the weekend it has become quite clear to Guinness World Records that our guidelines for the fastest marathon wearing a nurse's uniform were outdated, incorrect and reflected a stereotype we do not in any way wish to perpetuate.”

Link to Independent article


Quote of the Week

      
 “Just do the best with what you have,
                and you’ll soon be doing it better.
"

        - Gil Hodges
          Major League Baseball first baseman and manager


Video of the Week
Trailer: Brittany Runs a Marathon (4:13)

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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

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

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

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes



AORTA News: June 17th, 2019


June 18th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, June 18th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Weekly Whimsy



6 Ways to Take Your Running to the Next Level

It’s one thing to dream of that momentous breakthrough—and another to create it. At some point you need to ask: What elements are missing from my training? What bad habits have I let sneak in? What have I resisted changing in my lifestyle? If you're looking to take a big leap too, here are 6 foolproof ways to get serious about your running.

1: Emphasize Endurance
Increasing your mileage comes with a host of benefits: increased capillary density, greater numbers of mitochondria, better usage of fat as fuel while running fast, muscle fiber adaptations, and higher glycogen storage. These cellular-level changes allow you to maintain a desired pace for a longer time by making your body more efficient with oxygen usage and energy production.

Increasing your mileage takes time. To make a 25 percent increase in volume, a person accustomed to running eight hours a week would now be running 10 hours.

Adding volume does increase the risk of overuse injuries such as IT band syndrome and tendinitis. To lower the risk, Ben Rosario, the head coach of Northern Arizona Elite, has two recommendations. “First, make sure you’re running on soft surfaces for the majority of your mileage,” he says. “Second would be to put an even bigger premium on postrun recovery; foam rolling, flexibility exercises, and massage are three big ones.”

Rosario also says that when trying to develop the aerobic system, patience is a virtue. You may not get faster for a while, but workouts will get easier over time. “Sometimes it’s just about trusting what you’re doing,” he says.

What to Change: Run more miles, even if you’re training for the 5K.
Why: Upping your mileage safely is the best-known way to improve your aerobic capacity, which increases speed endurance or how long you can sustain a pace during a race.
The Challenge: Making a jump in mileage requires patience.

2: Make Recovery a Priority
Mike Caldwell, Greenville's track club-elite head coach, has his team's recovery runs limited to 45 minutes total, twice a week. That’s it. For elite college runners used to averaging 12 to 15 miles per day, this sounds downright crazy.

“I think a lot of people just don’t understand recovery,” Caldwell says. “Our recovery days are vital to our system. We’re able to run hard on our hard days [because] we only ran 45 minutes on [recovery days].”

Lowering your mileage on easy days can be difficult mentally, as higher mileage spells higher fitness. Training volume is certainly a big factor in performance, and lowering it too much on your recovery days can be detrimental if the total aerobic stimulus is too low. Runners who are hesitant to lower their recovery day mileage significantly should consider slowing the pace. This reduces stress on the body while allowing for more volume. Because all fitness gains occur during recovery, it’s critical to find a personal balance between the volume and intensity of hard days and easy days.

Some groups may opt to go longer or run twice a day on their easy days. Some research says doing two runs on your easy days will increase growth hormone production and thus speed recovery. There’s no one answer that works for all.

Ensuring adequate recovery comes down to more than just distance and pace. Eating a nutrient-rich diet, training on a multitude of surfaces, and wearing proper shoes can all reduce the wear and tear on the body and speed your recovery from harder sessions. Rosario says there’s one other ingredient that runners of all levels neglect. “Sleep, sleep, sleep,” he says.

It’s not just tired muscles that need sleep, either. According to a 2014 review article published in Sleep Science, sleep deprivation reduces your ability to maintain attention and increases perceived exertion. It also affects your ability to thermoregulate, making it more difficult to perform well in adverse conditions, and increases cardiac effort. In this state your central nervous system is too depleted to produce the effort needed to run fast. Generally if you’re not getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night, you’ll be hard-pressed to run your best.

What to Change: Lower your recovery day mileage and/or slow your recovery pace, and get more sleep.
Why: Failing to recover sets you up for injury and burnout.
The Challenge: Sport is rife with messages that say to get better you have to work harder. Cutting back on recovery day mileage seems counterintuitive to getting faster.

3: Become a Complete Athlete
In the 1970s and ‘80s, runners rarely thought about strength: The weight room was a scary torture chamber where hulking football players worked out. In the last decade, if you wanted to sound like an informed member of the running world, you threw out one simple word about strength: core. Developing those magical muscles in your abdomen, trunk, and lower back was touted as the most vital ancillary work you could do.

Core stabilizing muscles are certainly important, but so are the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the lower and upper body. Several studies have found evidence that lifting heavy weights, especially with the lower body, improved race times for well-trained distance runners.

Attention in the strength and conditioning world has moved away from raw strength and more toward reducing the discrepancy in strength and flexibility between paired muscles. “Functional movement is really the buzzword,” Rosario says. “We make sure to address any biomechanical inefficiencies. We make sure their strength is equal on each side.”

While exercises targeting the abs, obliques, lower back, and hips are still included in this program, so are exercises that work on the quads, hamstrings, calves, Achilles tendons, shoulders, and chest muscles. Rosario’s athletes use mostly kettlebells and their own body weight. Other coaches add in balance boards, medicine balls, and elastic bands. The goal is addressing strength imbalances and applying them in a running-specific manner. To lower the risk of injury, Rosario’s athletes are not permitted to move on to heavier weights until they have mastered good form.

Another option to develop strength and power is to train on steep hills. One recent study found that hill runs developed stronger hip flexors, which could be related to better form, efficiency, and faster times. John Goodridge, Eastern Michigan University coach, says hills sprints are just as effective as lunges or squats.

Many coaches find that explosive hill reps of seven to 10 seconds on a steep grade (20 to 30 percent) are equally as effective as squats and lunges in building lower-body power.

What to Change: Strength train your whole body, not just your legs or midsection.
Why: You need full-body strength to run with your best possible form, using your full range of motion and power. Strength also reduces injury risk. You can’t get all the strength you need just by running more.
The Challenge: Strength training takes extra time and energy on top of running. It tends to be a tedious discipline with none of the joy or clearly visible progress of running.

4: Switch to High Octane Fuel
Let’s be honest: Runners have a strange relationship with food. Running double-digit miles each week can make you as ravenous as a 14-year-old boy during a growth spurt. But what’s good to eat? Every day batches of articles circulate the internet extolling the virtues of eating like a caveman, abstaining from sugar, eating more fat, eating less fat, going raw, and everything in between. Experts on TV lambaste “Big Food” for poisoning the masses with GMOs but offer few viable solutions. It certainly takes all the fun out of a postrun treat.

Emily Brown, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and a former elite runner, says it would be better if runners looked at the performance-enhancing qualities a food brings to the table rather than how it can hurt them. “I always try to address nutrition from the standpoint of the positive influence it can have on health and performance, versus focusing on the negative,” she says. “An optimal diet can benefit an athlete by increasing energy, both for training and everyday activities, as well as enhancing recovery from exercise.”

One small way to start getting better fuel for performance is by packing your own snacks, Brown says. Healthy and convenient snacks that provide quick energy include whole-wheat crackers with nut butter, trail mix with dried fruit and seeds, and fruit smoothies. Minimal processing is good, because the additives found in many commercially produced foods can negatively impact your performance. Simple sugars increase the production of cortisol, a hormone that can inhibit recovery from workouts if it’s constantly flowing through the bloodstream. Man-made fats, such as partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), have been linked to increased inflammation, high cholesterol levels, and poor cardiovascular health—definitely not the side effects you want if you’re in serious training.

That doesn’t make all processed foods bad, Brown says. Consider cereal, for instance. “Some choices are very obviously sugar bombs disguised as a health food,” she says. “But some breakfast cereals are low in sugar and fortified with a number of nutrients that athletes may struggle to get enough of, such as B vitamins, vitamins A and D, iron, and zinc.”

What to Change: Increase your intake of healthy, nutrient-rich foods to improve your performance.
Why: Food is more than calories to burn for energy. Real foods contain nutrients that can improve cardiovascular health, speed recovery, protect you from disease, provide more consistent energy, and result in prolonged periods of better health.
The challenge: Processed foods are convenient, inexpensive, and well-marketed. Eating habits are tied to lifestyles and emotions. Runners may feel immune from the need to monitor their intake.

5: Embrace Positivity
“Run joyfully.” It is Goodman’s mantra, her website’s name, and what she tries to personify when she opens the door every morning to put in her miles. 

Controlling your mental outlook is no New Age gimmick, nor a call to abandon concrete goals. You can be a positive perfectionist. Eminent German psychologists Arne Dietrich and Oliver Stoll have published recent studies that show how perfectionism falls into two categories. Positive-striving perfectionism leads you to set high standards and benchmarks for your performance and helps you achieve your goals. Self-critical perfectionism, on the other hand, leaves you in a state of constant worry and disappointment and is correlated with anxiety, stress, and depression. Despite all their attention to detail, self-critical perfectionists were less likely to achieve their goals because any minor setback was seen as defeat.

This is one reason why experiencing running as an autotelic experience (one that’s enjoyed for its own sake) may be the key to running faster. Putting in more miles, doing quality work, and experimenting with different workouts become rewards, not chores, when pleasure is found in the act itself. That doesn’t mean every mile will be wonderful, Goodman says. But if you take a moment, even in the middle of a raging nor’easter or a tough workout, to remind yourself how fortunate you are to be running in the first place, then you’re more likely to appreciate the process.

“We don’t have the power to change an experience—an experience is what it is,” Catalano says. “But we do have the power to change how we experience that experience. You can let those dark voices [in your head] overwhelm you and have a bad day, or you can make the voices focus on all the good stuff, and it turns out to be a pretty amazing day. And the thing is, it’s the same damn day.”

What to Change: Enjoy running for running’s sake, not just for its outcomes.
Why: A happy, positive runner performs better and feels more satisfaction.
The Challenge: Runners are competitive—we use the numbers to convince ourselves of our worth. It is difficult to accept the relativity of our performances and reframe our perspective. Plus, some days running just doesn’t feel good, and positive psychology can feel like a load of you-know-what.

6: Be Persistent and Consistent
Tolstoy said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Distance runners understand this, but can be lulled into forgetting it when life gets busy and goals feel distant, perhaps unattainable.

Year-in and year-out consistency can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making a big jump in performance. “Distance running takes patience,” says Art Siemers, head cross-country coach at Colorado State University. This can be a challenge in the age of instant gratification, but those athletes who possess patience and a strong work ethic usually succeed.”

This same type of patience applies to noncollegians as well. It can be hard to keep training when it seems like you’ve plateaued, but staying consistent creates the changes that lead to new levels of performance down the road.

What to Change: Make running a default part of your life: every day, week, month, and season.
Why: Big leaps in running come about only by transforming your body, and those transformations only occur over time.
The Challenge: It’s hard to measure the progress of one day and too easy to convince yourself it doesn’t make a difference. It’s also easier to negotiate the time and find the willpower for a hard, short-term push than to adopt a long-term lifestyle change.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week
   “In a marathon I never let myself think, I’ve got 26.2 miles ahead of me. You have to think of your race as it is then and there. At the same time you keep in mind the prospects for the future."

                          - Bill Rodgers


Video of the Week
8-Year-Old Runs a 3:32 Marathon AFTER Chemo! (4:13)

Nate Viands was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.  After years of chemotherapy, he started running with his father. In the fall of 2018 he joined a cross country team and won the national age group championships.  A week later he ran the NRC Trail marathon finishing in 3:32 and 55th place overall!
** AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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

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

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

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: June 10th, 2019


June 18th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, June 18th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Weekly Whimsy


What Exactly Is a Tempo Run?

Tempo Runs are a staple of elite runners but can also help regular runners to improve their performance. But while a tempo run is a key staple in the training diet, very few people actually know what exactly the recipe calls for.  In fact, there’s a lot of misconceptions about the tempo run. But learning how to incorporate it into your running routine can bring you lasting benefits—especially on race day. Here’s everything you need to know about the tempo run.

How to Find Your Tempo Run Pace
A tempo run—also known as an anaerobic threshold or lactate-threshold run—is a pace about 25 to 30 seconds per mile slower than your current 5K race pace, according to running coach Jack Daniels, Ph.D. Without getting too technical, tempo pace is the effort level at which your body is able to clear as much lactate—a byproduct of burning carbohydrates—as it produces. Thus, the dreaded dead-leg sensation doesn’t set in. That’s the key difference between a race and a tempo run. In an all-out session, your body bypasses this limit, allowing for fatigue to develop rapidly. A tempo pace, on the other hand, can be held steadily for at least 20 minutes. For those fond of using heart rate monitors, tempo runs should be done at 90 percent of maximum and feel “comfortably hard.”

How Tempo Runs Help You Get Faster
According to exercise physiologist and coach Pete Pfitzinger, not all competitors benefit equally from tempo runs. “Athletes racing from 15K on up to the marathon receive the most benefit from tempo runs because the physiological adaptations are most specific to the demands of those races,” he says. “An improvement in lactate threshold is only a small benefit for a 5K race, because it’s run well above lactate-threshold pace.” In longer distances, however, your performance is determined primarily by your lactate-threshold pace. So tempo runs provide a direct benefit in longer races for beginners and elites alike.

The beauty of tempo is that it doesn’t require a track or mile markers, but simply relies on time, making it an ideal workout if you’re traveling or just starting a training program, since running down the clock can be a lot less daunting than tackling mile repeats.

The Mental Benefits of Tempo Runs
Tempo running not only improves runners’ physical fitness, but their mental strength, too.  According to Bob Williams, distance coach at Concordia University, “I really believe in tempo running because it helps the athlete feel that sense of toughness they experience when they compete.” Training at speeds that aren’t quite all-out efforts taps into the concentration required to develop mental toughness for racing.

How to Incorporate Tempo Runs Into Your Training
Tempo workouts should be part of your weekly routine, whether you’re running for fitness or looking to set a personal record. They build both slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibers, which leads to gains in speed and endurance.

So how can you work them into your workout? You have several options.
- For long-distance athletes, tempo runs of four to six miles at 15K to half-marathon race pace.
- For marathoners, up to nine miles at between half-marathon and marathon race pace, or a 13-mile run followed by five miles at between half-marathon and marathon pace. Runs two of these every three weeks during a race workup period and perhaps once a week (but before tapering) as race day approaches.
- “Cruise Intervals”: Rather than a constant pace at a certain time (i.e. - 20 mins at 7 min pace), cruise intervals are essentially tempo runs (e.g. - one mile or 10-minute runs) with 30-60 second rest periods. This allows greater volume with less chance of injury or burnout.
- “Bookends” - During long runs, bookend tempo runs (e.g. two 20-min runs) around an easy one-hour run.
- “Cut-down” - Start a two-mile run at conversational pace and speed up to a hard tempo effort at the end.

The key to a tempo is that you stick to a steady, specific, planned pace.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

  
 “Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed."

                          - Charles Schultz
                            
Creator of the Peanuts” comic strip

Video of the Week
Adidas - Long Run (1:01)

Athletes: Muhammad Ali, Zinedine Zidane, Laila Ali, David Beckham, Tracy McGrady, Ian Thorpe, Haile Gebrselassie, and Maurice Green.
Note: "The Long Run” is a metaphor of Ali’s legacy through time. You don’t see them breaking records in their respective sports. Instead, they are all moving forward together, following the lead of a youthful Ali. It’s an intemporel moment where everyone comes together as a team, embracing the same philosphy.
* AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.

Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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

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

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

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks
- May Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: June 3rd, 2019

AORTA Winners!
Congratulations to the following club members who completed this weekend’s Dam Yeti 50M and 50K ultramarathons!  Also to our May water stop volunteer winner of a $25 Belk gift card!

Dam Yeti 50 Miler                  Dam Yeti 50 Kilometer
- Morgan Brown                     - Nicole Carter
- Summer Vaughan

- Lori Connors
- Mike Brown

May Water Stop Volunteer: Mari Wilkes


June 18th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, June 18th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius


Weekly Whimsy


Wed, June 5th - Global Running Day!

Grab your running shoes and mark your calendars: June 5 is Global Running Day. What started as National Running Day in the United States in 2009 has grown into an international movement. “Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving,” according to the official website. That could be a long run; it could be a walk around the block.

Making running truly available to everybody has been the mission for the District Running Collective (DRC) in Washington, D.C. One of the group’s founders, Matt “Mars” Green has witnessed first-hand how running can change lives, and he fully embraces setting aside a day to recognize that. “No one really took ownership of running in the city [of Washington, D.C.],” Green says. “Our crew is a point of entry for a lot of non-runners. When you have a holiday [like Global Running Day], the attention to the topic is a lot stronger. It’s a way for us to join together and preach the gospel of running.”

“I think of Global Running Day almost like Valentine’s Day,” says Jamaican Olympian Aisha Praught-Leer. “Send a text to your running friends—as many as you can possibly find. Find a place to meet and go for a run. Talk about what you love about running and follow that up with coffee and brunch, the true runner one-two punch,” she says. “And maybe throw in some strides at the end of your run just to celebrate running fast. You gotta.”


“Community is so important. One of my favorite things about running is that it is such a unifier,” says Praught-Leer. “And Global Running Day is the perfect holiday for all runners. I love it.”

Link to runnersworld article


Quote of the Week

  
 “Nothing helps me sort out problems better than lacing up my shoes and taking a turn around the park."

                 - Judith Kaye
                   Runner and former chief judge of New York

Video of the Week
Marathons are for Losers (1:50)

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series started Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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

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

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

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks 




AORTA News: May 27, 2019

Plogger Run Recap!

Warm summer skies greeted Saturday’s group as they “plogged” (collected litter) along 20+ miles of Auburn’s streets centered around the Glenn/Dean intersection. Originally scheduled in conjunction with Earth Day, the event had to be re-scheduled due to inclement weather. Thankfully, mother nature cooperated this past weekend and our intrepid runners, turned ploggers, collected large amounts of sidewalk and road trash to help maintain Auburn’s unofficial title as “The Lovliest Village On The Plains!”  Cold drinks and pastries rewarded everyone’s efforts at the end of their routes! Due to the overwhelming success and positive feedback, plans are to continue this event on a quarterly basis. Thanks to all who participated for doing their good deed for the week!









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

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


Upcoming Local Races!

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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


Weekly Whimsy


4,000-Mile Trail System To Connect Both Coasts

It’s been a pipe dream of explorers for centuries. Now for the first time in history, both coasts will be connected by a trail that will stretch nearly 4,000 miles across the country. While the path will not be completed for years, trail goers can look forward to exploring the full route which was unveiled recently by the Rails-to-Trails Convervancy (RTC).

According to the plan, the trail will connect more than 125 existing trails and 90 trail gaps over more than 3,700 miles between Washington D.C. and Washington State. The Great American Rail-Trail will be multi-use, with public trails available for activites such as running, cycle, walking, wheelchair use, inline skating, cross-country skiiing, and horseback riding.

Click here or on map below for link to the interactive map!


Following a 12-month analysis, the route will run through 12 states - Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington - and is currently 52.4 percent complete. The route is also more than 80 percent off-road and separate from vehicle traffic.

Link to runnersworld article


Quote of the Week

  
 “Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon."

                 - Fred Lebow
                   Founder of the NYC Marathon

Video of the Week
Tribute to Memorial Day (3:00)

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks 




AORTA News: May 20, 2019

Link to RehabWorks 5K Results
Link to RehabWorks 1-Mile Video



This Saturday - Plogger Runs!

Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 25th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!
Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
When
Saturday, May 25th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!


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

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


Upcoming Local Races!

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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


Weekly Whimsy


Running Best at Reversing Aging

We all know that running helps build strong bones and strengthens muscles, but a European Heart Journal reports that it could also slow down signs of aging. The study also found that it was better than weight training.

A six-month study of 266 volunteers compared the effectiveness of three types of exercises: endurance, HIIT, and resistance training. The endurance group involved long runs, HIIT training consisted of a warm up followed by running intervals, and resistance training involved a variety of exercises such as crunches, chest presses and leg curls.

The researchers noted a greater increase in telomerase activity and telomere length in the white blood cells of participants in the endurance and HIIT groups, but not the resistance volunteers. Telomeres are stretches of DNA that can be found on the end of chromosomes that affect the way in which humans age. 

Link to independent.com article


Quote of the Week
   “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one whol’ll decide where you’ll go. Oh the places you’ll go."

                 - Dr. Seuss
                   Oh the Places You'll Go

Video of the Week
Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams (3:45)

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung
- 2019 RehabWorks: Bob Banks 




AORTA News: May 13, 2019


Link to Royalty Run 5K Results
Link to Royalt Run 1-Mile Video


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2017 Royalty Run 5K
- Brook Moates: 1st Overall Female!
- Brodie Connors: 1st in Age Group
- Kimberly Tucker: 1st in Age Group
- Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Gary Leung


Featured Race of the Week

RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile0, 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: RehabWorks
             2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
Awards: Great prizes for overall male and female winners and masters. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 90-minute corrective soft tissue massage.
Description: 
RehabWorks 4Life 5K and 1 mile fun run will take place May 18, 2019  at the RehabWorks Opelika location.  All proceeds will benefit clients at Rehabworks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund. This fund can assist clients with minor pieces of adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility .



Re-Scheduled: May 25th Plogger Runs!

Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 25th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!
Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
When
Saturday, May 25th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!


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

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


Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Summer 5K Series - Auburn
The Auburn Summer 5K (and 1 mile Kids Run) Series starts Wednesday, May 29th and runs through June 26th. The event will be held at the Auburn High School campus. Join us for 5 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 5 weeks is $40 with a T-shirt ($20 without the t-shirt). $20 for kids under 12 for the 5K 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


Weekly Whimsy


Why You Should Never Start Running

You see us everywhere. We look so happy, fit, athletic and strong as we grind out the miles on treadmills, roads and trails. You WANT to be like us. You NEED to be like us. You WILL be a RUNNER.

Talk to any of us and we’ll rattle off all of the benefits. Running has so profoundly changed our lives that we want to shout it from the rooftops.

But… the truth is, running isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. There are some very real reasons why you want to avoid it all together. To save you from the pain and suffering, it may be best you never even think about running.

If you’ve come to this site for inspiration to start running, consider this your fair warning. 

You will own more running shoes than regular shoes
You used to have nice things. Now you just have 100 pairs of running shoes. You’ll  need a pair for road running, trail running, treadmill running and then extras to rotate through. A corollary is that you’ll need a larger closet and dresser to accommodate the running clothes, accessories, and race t-shirts you’ll begin to acquire.

You will have an earlier bedtime
There will come a time when you’ll have to choose between going out with friends on a Friday night for drinks or staying home to rest because you have a long run in the morning. There’s nothing worse than running with a hangover.

Your feet will look like aliens
Running will tear your feet up. There will be callouses, blisters and you may even lose toenails. Your feet will swell and grow larger. Be prepared to apologize every time you go in for a pedicure; it’s best to warn the nail technician for what they are about to see because it won’t be pretty.

You will need to learn a new language
PR, PDR, Gu, DNS, DNF, BQ, fartlek, tempo… To speak runner, you need to know the language. So many new words!

You will want to talk about it all the time
Your non-running friends will begin to avoid you just so they don’t have to hear about your last, or next, race. No worries though. Everyone will see it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter anyway because you post about every. Single. Run.

You will want to run all the time
Driving down a street, you may see a runner and instantly wish it were you pounding the pavement. Even though you just ran that morning, you still want to run. If you are injured, you’ll want to run. If you are on a bike, you’ll wish you were running. You just want to run!

If you can endure the horrible side effects of running, lace up your running shoes. Running can and most likely will change your life for the better. It’s totally worth the horrible side effects just to endure the glory of a great run.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week
   “If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken him completely by surprise."

                 - P.Z. Pearce
                   
Director of Champion Sports Medicine


Video of the Week
Corey Bellemore Sets New Beer Mile Record 4:33.6!! (8:53)

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


Ongoing Events

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run was on Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019 Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- 2019 Royalty Run: Gary Leung 




AORTA News: May 06, 2019


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

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


Lots of Local Races/Events This Week!

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run will be Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug


Run/Walk for Mental Helf 5K - Alabama
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019
- Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
               Auburn, AL
DescriptionBe part of our journey to raise awareness and understanding for mental illness in all 50 states in 50 days.  This will be a non-competitive 5K run/walk on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center in Auburn. The scenic course will be on unpaved trails and may not be stroller-friendly. Runners and walkers will follow the yellow markers tacked to trees.  Registration and check-in will open at 5 p.m. near the pavilion and will close around 6:15 p.m.  All participants will receive a high-quality shirt. We will have a timing clock near the start/finish line but will not do chip-timing or awards.  Parking in the parking lot off the College Street entrance.

Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Fit to Fight, May 11, 2019

Please join us for a fun filled day and support this wonderful foundation! We hope to see you there!
What: 1 Mile Celebration Walk
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
TIme: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: HealthPlus Fitness Center
Cost: $20


Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Race!

RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile0, 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: RehabWorks
             2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
Awards: Great prizes for overall male and female winners and masters. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 90-minute corrective soft tissue massage.
Description: 
RehabWorks 4Life 5K and 1 mile fun run will take place May 18, 2019  at the RehabWorks Opelika location.  All proceeds will benefit clients at Rehabworks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund. This fund can assist clients with minor pieces of adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility .


Weekly Whimsy


28 Things Only Runners Understand

1) Pain is pleasure. Burning lungs? Extreme sweat? If you’re a runner, this is probably your idea of a fun Saturday morning. Whether it’s during a race, long run or track workout, we put our bodies through a lot for this hobby. The challenge is what attracts us.
2)  Dreaming of carbs.  Post-run pancakes and bagels and pizza, oh my. What to treat yourself with after a long run probably dominates your sleeping (and waking) hours. After all, one of the best parts about running is the subsequent eating.
3) Early run > Late nights. We will gladly pass on parties and late nights in favor of Netflix and an early bedtime. We have a killer runner’s high scheduled for tomorrow morning.
4) Makin’ it rain at the (running) club. Runners will blissfully spend copious amounts of cash on race entry fees, gear and gadgests.
5) Sh-tuff happens. Let’s just be frank: Few things are more crucial than the pre-run poop. This is non-negotiable. That is all.
6) We can’t remember where we parked at the mall… But we can absolutely recite our PR for every distance on demand. Bonus points for remembering the weather conditions.
7) The glory of the BQ. All runners may aspire to the same two-letter acronym. There is perhaps no greater glory for an amateur road warrior than qualifying for Boston.
8) Owning more running shoes than regular shoes. Priorities.
9) The sweet, sweet taste of cold sports drink after a hot run. There’s nothing more refreshing on this earth than an ice cold, fruit-flavored electrolyte refill.
10) Race-mares. Can’t find the start, take a wrong turn or show up barefoot? We’ve all had these types of nightmares.
11) An unhealthy obsession with the Weather Channel. We probably spend more time checking weather reports than the actual weatherman, himself - especially in the week leading up to race day!
12) Searching for GPS signal… Are all of the satellites hiding? Seriously, all the dishes floating around up there and your watch can’t catch one. The angst, the frustration, the disbelief - it’s the same for all of us.
13) Black toenails. Should we be embarrassed to wear sandals? Hope not because we aren’t ashamed a bit. Your perfectly pedicured toes haven’t seen the journeys ours have.
14) Chafing. Choose the wrong shorts and you’ll swear they’re lined with sandpaper.
15) The satisfaction of a morning run. There’s nothing quite like that slightly tired, very accomplished feeling that accompanies the conclusion of an early morning run to start the day.
16) The unyielding pursuit of a whole number. We can’t finish a run on anything short of a full mile. If that means running up and down the block a few times to get there, so be it. 6.94 is not 7.
17) Meb, Galen, Shalane, Kara, and Desi. We get almost as nervous for 
their big races as we do our own.
18) The agony of a dead battery. A runners’ batteries must cooperate. Whether it’s our phone, watch or earphones, a dead battery a mile into a run can ruin thee whole thing.
19) The red light conundrum. To jog in place or not to jog in place, that is the question. Does anyone actually have an answer.
20) The porta-potty waiting game. The anxiety of waiting in long pre-race bathroom lines is unmatched. What are those other runners doing in there?
21) The dreaded sock tan. And this concludes the two-part reason that our sandal-wearing situation is a mess.
22) The dreadmill. It feels like you’ve been running for hours, but the treadmill says it’s only been a half-mile - because that’s how purgatory works.
23) Shorts season! That first warm and sunny run of the year feels so, so good.
24) Awesome autumn. As great as the return of warmth feels, a cool, crisp day after a summer of muggy running is a little slice of heaven.
25) The thrill of registering for a new race. Time to put the pen to the calendar and celebrate a brand new training cycle. One-way ticket to PR town, please!
26) Taking a rest day is harder than running. The quickest path to feeling generally awful? Never leaving the couch. The inactivity is practically unbearable.
27) Neither snow nor rain nor heat… Are we postal workers? No. Do we suscribe to their creed? Absolutely. All weather is running weather.
28) Just one mile can cure a bad day. The most reliable means for an attitude adjustment is a run - no matter how short. There’s nothing quite like it.

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week
   “I run because it’s my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I’m going where I’m going and I’m already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise … it’s a consistent reward for victory!"

           - Sasha Azevedo
            
Actress, athlete, model


Video of the Week
Don’t Forget Mother’s Day Next Sunday! (3:15)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019: Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick
- April Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: April 29, 2019

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 BHM 26.2 Half-Marathon
- Beth Ladisla: 1st in Age Group
- Beverly Long: 2nd in Age Group

2019 Unity Stampede 
- Hunter Thomas: 1st in Age Group
- Beth Kisor: 1st in Age Group
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Stephanie Hendrick


Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run will be Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug


Run/Walk for Mental Helf 5K - Alabama
- Distance: 5K
- When: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019
- Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
               Auburn, AL
DescriptionBe part of our journey to raise awareness and understanding for mental illness in all 50 states in 50 days.  This will be a non-competitive 5K run/walk on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center in Auburn. The scenic course will be on unpaved trails and may not be stroller-friendly. Runners and walkers will follow the yellow markers tacked to trees.  Registration and check-in will open at 5 p.m. near the pavilion and will close around 6:15 p.m.  All participants will receive a high-quality shirt. We will have a timing clock near the start/finish line but will not do chip-timing or awards.  Parking in the parking lot off the College Street entrance.

Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Fit to Fight, May 11, 2019

Please join us for a fun filled day and support this wonderful foundation! We hope to see you there!
What: 1 Mile Celebration Walk
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
TIme: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: HealthPlus Fitness Center
Cost: $20


RehabWorks 4 Life 5K and Fun Run
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile0, 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: RehabWorks
             2450 Village Professional Dr, Opelika
Fee: $10 (1-Mile), $25 (5K)
Awards: Great prizes for overall male and female winners and masters. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 90-minute corrective soft tissue massage.
Description: 
RehabWorks 4Life 5K and 1 mile fun run will take place May 18, 2019  at the RehabWorks Opelika location.  All proceeds will benefit clients at Rehabworks through the EAMC Foundation RehabWorks Fund. This fund can assist clients with minor pieces of adaptive equipment such as tub benches, hand held shower heads, grab bars and assistive devices for improved mobility .


Weekly Whimsy


AORTA Running Dictionary
New words added to the Merriam “AORTA" Dictionary

Hangry (adj.): “Irritable or angry because of hunger.”
Ex:. Keven was hangry after not eating breakfast and missing his marathon goal of 3:10 by 20 minutes.

Rando (n.)Slang, often disparaging. A random person: a person who is not known or recognizable or whose apperance seems unprompted or unwelcome.
Ex: 
The Saturday group became irritated by the sudden appearance of the rando.  His name: Keven. 

TL;DR (abbrev.): “Too Long: Didn’t Read” - used to say that something would require too much time to read.  Also in the runner lexicon: “Too Long: Didn’t Run” - used to describe a route that, in the mind of the runner, is too long to run.
Ex: After viewing the morning run map, Keven decided to TL;DR that day’s group run.

Runcation (n.): A vacation that features a running race or planned running route during the time away from home.
Ex: 
We look forward to starting our runcation and getting away from the rando that kept appearing at our group runs.


Quote of the Week
   “Almost every part of the mile is tactically important: you can never let down, never stop thinking, and you can be beaten at almost any point. I suppose you could say it is like life..”

          - John Landy
           Who made a tactical error by looking back in the final sprint in the mile against Roger Bannister which cost him the race.


Video of the Week
Summer Running Tips for Handling Heat and Humidity (2:25)

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



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- 2019: Unity Stampede: Stephanie Kendrick




AORTA News: April 22, 2019

Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


AORTA Member Spotlight - Lori Connors
Meet month's featured AORTA member, long-time resident Lori Connors, who went from a running newbie nearly a decade ago, to ultra-marathoner!  Here’s her story.

Marital status: Married to Vincent Connors

Children: Jaclyn 24, Brodie 12

Occupation: Administrative Assistant to the President of EAMC

Running History: I got pregnant later in life and was overweight. I knew I had to do something or I would not be able to enjoy my children as I aged.  I slowly began walking/running on the treadmill about 9 years ago.  My very first “race” was the Tough Two.  I absolutely wanted to puke when I finished:-).  But after I had time to think about it I truly loved the camaraderie and atmosphere of the race. I continued to run/walk in my neighborhood for awhile.  Eventually I knew I wanted to run farther so I reached out to AORTA via FB to inquire about Saturday runs.  Tracey Buckingham responded and made me feel so welcome and at ease.  Fast forward to now.... I am currently training for my second 50-miler.  I truly love to run the road or trail. I’m not a “racer” by no means.  I truly just love challenging myself to finish.  

Why Do You Run: I run for many reasons but mainly because it is good for my mental health.  I run early in the morning and the days I don’t go I feel sluggish and distracted.

Next Running Goal/Race: June 1 - Dam Yeti 50 miler in Virginia

Fantasy Running Destination: Well...it is now going to be Niagara Falls. My amazing daughter (who graduates in a couple weeks from Pharmacy school) has accepted a year long internship at Niagara Falls Medical Center. Turns out there is an international marathon there in October.  Start in NY and finish at the base of the Falls.

Favorite Running FuelUmm...loaded question for sure! Trails...pretty much anything - think pop tarts, pickles, pb & j, fireball shots! You name it I have probably had it. Road....I usually stick with SIS gels. The consistency is way better than Gu and you can take without water.

Music on the Run: I can go either way....I usually have it with me but sometimes just listening to the world around brings me happiness.

Hobbies: Camping, hiking, kayaking, reading, cooking, going to the beach

Tips for New Runners: Have fun!  Don’t stress about paces or what others can do and you can’t.  Learn to enjoy what your body can do and be proud of it!


Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run will be Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Fit to Fight, May 11, 2019

Please join us for a fun filled day and support this wonderful foundation! We hope to see you there!
What: 1 Mile Celebration Walk
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
TIme: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: HealthPlus Fitness Center
Cost: $20



Weekly Whimsy


Use This Test to Predict How Long You’ll Live
Sit. Stand. Repeat. This little test - a deceptively simple measure of flexibility and strength - can predict who will live longer and whose lives will be cut short. Older people have trouble with ordinary motions such as bending down to pick up something off the floor due to reduced muscle power and loss of balance.

Existing clinical tests of flexibility, muscle strength, and balance are excesively time-consuming, require ample space and/or special equipment.  The Sitting-Rising Test, or SRT, requires no equipment or walking paths and can be easily completed by anyone, anywhere.

The SRT is completed as shown below..  


Try It.
1. Stand in comfortable clothes in your bare feet, with clear space around you.
2. Without leaning on anything, lower yourself to a sitting position on the floor.
3. Now stand back up, trying not to use your hands, knees, forearms or sides of your legs.


Scoring
The two basic movements in the sitting-rising test - lowering to the floor and standing back up - are each scored on a 1-to-5 scale, with one point subtracted each time a hand or knee is used for support and 0.5 points subtracted for loss of balance; this yields a single 10-point scale.

Analysis
People who scored fewer than eight points on the test are twice as likely to die within the next six years compared with those who scored higher; those who scored three or fewer points were more than five times likely to die within the same period compared with those who scored more than eight points.

Overall, each point increase in the SRT score was associated with a 21 percent decrease in mortality from all causes.

Link to Discover Magazine article


Quote of the Week
   “All our dreams can come true if we
    have the courage to pursue them.”



          - Walt Disney





Video of the Week
Why Marathon Runners Suck… (5:25)

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



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser




AORTA News: April 15, 2019 (Updated 4/19)


April 20th Plogger Runs - Canceled!

Due to tomorrow morning’s weather forecast of 45F (40F wind chill and 12mph winds), the Plogger Run is postponed and will be scheduled for a later date.
Instead, we’ll make tomorrow a normal Saturday group run using next week’s routes (Ismoli Somoni Peak 6.1 and 12.0). The website will be updated shortly.




AORTA News: April 15, 2019


April 20th Plogger Runs!
Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!
Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
When
Saturday, April 20th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!


AORTA Member Spotlight - Lori Connors
Meet month's featured AORTA member, long-time resident Lori Connors, who went from a running newbie nearly a decade ago, to ultra-marathoner!  Here’s her story.

Marital status: Married to Vincent Connors

Children: Jaclyn 24, Brodie 12

Occupation: Administrative Assistant to the President of EAMC

Running History: I got pregnant later in life and was overweight. I knew I had to do something or I would not be able to enjoy my children as I aged.  I slowly began walking/running on the treadmill about 9 years ago.  My very first “race” was the Tough Two.  I absolutely wanted to puke when I finished:-).  But after I had time to think about it I truly loved the camaraderie and atmosphere of the race. I continued to run/walk in my neighborhood for awhile.  Eventually I knew I wanted to run farther so I reached out to AORTA via FB to inquire about Saturday runs.  Tracey Buckingham responded and made me feel so welcome and at ease.  Fast forward to now.... I am currently training for my second 50-miler.  I truly love to run the road or trail. I’m not a “racer” by no means.  I truly just love challenging myself to finish.  

Why Do You Run: I run for many reasons but mainly because it is good for my mental health.  I run early in the morning and the days I don’t go I feel sluggish and distracted.

Next Running Goal/Race: June 1 - Dam Yeti 50 miler in Virginia

Fantasy Running Destination: Well...it is now going to be Niagara Falls. My amazing daughter (who graduates in a couple weeks from Pharmacy school) has accepted a year long internship at Niagara Falls Medical Center. Turns out there is an international marathon there in October.  Start in NY and finish at the base of the Falls.

Favorite Running FuelUmm...loaded question for sure! Trails...pretty much anything - think pop tarts, pickles, pb & j, fireball shots! You name it I have probably had it. Road....I usually stick with SIS gels. The consistency is way better than Gu and you can take without water.

Music on the Run: I can go either way....I usually have it with me but sometimes just listening to the world around brings me happiness.

Hobbies: Camping, hiking, kayaking, reading, cooking, going to the beach

Tips for New Runners: Have fun!  Don’t stress about paces or what others can do and you can’t.  Learn to enjoy what your body can do and be proud of it!


Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.  Sign up by clicking on the graphic at right!
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


Summer 5K Series - Opelika
Here we go, time for another season of Summer Swing 5K runs! Our first run will be Tuesday May 7th. You can find details for the run in the link to the right named "Click here for run details". This year will feature 13 runs in 13 weeks - we will not be taking a break for the 4th of July week. Pretty much everything else remains the same - a low registration fee of $10 for the entire series, or $1 per week, pay as you go. Hamburgers and hot dogs - at cost as usual. Runners 18 and under, free! There is a link for a map of the course in the right column. Anything else you might like to know, feel free to email me at durunforfun@yahoo.com, or give me a call at 334-524-5021. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Doug


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Weekly Whimsy


A Dog Named Cactus is Dominating an Ultramarathon

The Marathon des Sables, a 140.7 mile race in the Sahara, is arguably one of the most grueling ultras in the world. However the most popular runner this year is not a human, but a dog named Cactus.  After missing the first day, Cactus appeared on day two, completing 15 miles. On the third day, Cactus completed the full 23 miles and the entire 47.4 mile stage on day four.
“I know he’s having the greatest time,” Karen Hadfield, a hotelier who owns an inn where Cactus lives. The dog is accustomed to the companionship of strangers. He is also a nomad who often travels about 25 miles a day around the area “just for fun”.While the human runners line up daily to have their battered feet attended to after long days in thick-sole shoes and gaiters to keep out the sand, Cactus appears to be doing fine in bare paws. “No blisters, nothing,” Anthony Serena, a podiatrist, said.

“That dog was a besat; he ran right past me and I couldn’t keep up,” said Theo Holzapfel, a runner from London.  “No one has seen anything like this,” said Mohamed Ouhassou, a Berber and driver who has ferried jounalists during the Marathon des Sables since 2004.

In the Berber culture, Ouhassou said, dogs are viewed as workers to guard goats and other animals, not as pets. If the race organizers were Moroccan instead of French, Cactus would likely have been shooed off the course days ago, Ouhassou said.  Instead, his whereabouts are relayed during each stage with great anticipation. “Maybe next year,” siadn Hassan Taouchikht, another driver, “all the runners will bring their dogs.”.

Link to New York Times article


Quote of the Week

   “I don’t train to beat another runner.
We are out there together, competing with the marathon, and I train to run the marathon as fast as I can.”


                 - Juma Ikangaa
                 Tanzania marathon runner


Video of the Week
Arctic Cool Cooling Shirt (0:30)

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



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit
- March Water Stops: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser




AORTA News: April 08, 2019

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2019 Backpack International Family 5K Video

Link to 2019 Backpack International Family 5K Results
Link to 2019 Backpack International Family 1-Mile Video


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 Backpack International Family 5K
- Jordan Towns: 2nd Overall Female!
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Elizabeth Wilhoit


Sunday Race Canceled!

SAVMA Superhero 5K


April 20th Plogger Runs!
Calling all runners looking to do good for themselves and our local community, all at the same time! Introducing, 'Plogging' : the exercise movement that not only benefits your mind and body, but also the environment. The term is a portmanteau word combining "picking up" and “jogging". Scandinavians dreamed up this environmentally friendly form of exercise that blends jogging and picking up trash. It’s basically like going on a treasure hunt during your workout, except your treasure happens to be trash left on the streets.  Plogging appears to have started around 2016, but is now going global. Plogging is like high intensity interval training too, if you think about it. Bending down to pick up litter is like doing some core-boosting squats and can extend your range of motion, according to some fitness experts.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th at 6:00 AM and join us as a “Plogger” during our First AORTA Plogger Run!  We willl start at our normal Saturday Run location at TCBY’s in the Corner Village Shopping Mall at the intersection of Glenn and Dean.  From there, we will have various “Plogging” routes from which to choose.  Bags and gloves will be supplied so we just need your bodies!  Come out to help maintain our “Loveliest Village on the Plains”!

Who: YOU!
What: Plogger Run
When
Saturday, April 20th, 6:00 AM
Where: TCBY next to Kroger at Glenn/Dean
Why: To get healthy while cleaning up our community!


Race Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.
*Bonus!* Race volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!


Upcoming Local Races!

Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Weekly Whimsy


The Heart of a Swimmer vs. a Runner

Is there a difference between the heart of a swimmer vs. a runner’s heart?  A recent study says maybe yes.

Cardiologists and excercise scientists have long known that aerobic exercise increases the size and strength of the left ventricle.  However a new report discovered that the left ventricles of runners filled earlier and allowed blood to move more quickly than those of swimmers.  But these differences do not necessarily show that the runners’ hearts worked bettern than the swimmers’.  Since swimmers exercise in a horizontal position, their hearts don’t have to fight gravity to get blood back to the heart, unlike in upright runners.

The findings underscore how exquisitely sensitive our bodies are to different types of exercise. But the study also provides a reason for swimmers to sometimes consider logging miles on the road.

Regardless of the exercise, the important message is that all athletes demonstrated better heart health than a normal person off the street.

Link to New York Times article


Quote of the Week

      “Racing is where I have to
          face the truth about myself..”


                 - Joe Henderson
                    An American runner, running coach,
                    writer, and former editor of Runner’s World

                                
Video of the Week
REI Presents: The Mirnavator (11:06)

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



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki
- 2019 Backpack International Family 5K: Elizabeth Wilhoit




AORTA News: April 01, 2019

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Run for the Raptors 5K Video

Link to 2019 Run for the Raptors 5K Results
Link to 2019 Run for the Raptors 1-Mile Video


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 Run for the Raptors 5K
- Greg Kloepper: 1st in Age Group
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Moses Kariuki

2019 Montgomery Half-Marathon
- Peter Slutzker: 1st in Age Group/ 4th Overall
- Jake Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Kelly Collins: 1st in Age Group
- Moses Kariuki: 2nd in Age Group

2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K
- Peter Slutzker: 1st Overall!
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Brook Moates


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Upcoming Local Races!

SAVMA Superhero 5K
Distance: 5K
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $30
Charity: Calling all superhero fans! Please join the Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) fraternity and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) from Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine at this year's annual road race, "Superhero 5K". All Proceeds from this event will be donated to Good Samaritan Fund at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which provides care and medical treatment to unowned animals in need. All runners are encouraged to dress up themselves and their canine companions as their favorite superhero. All dogs are welcome if leashed, up to date on vaccines, spayed/ neutered, and get along well with other dogs.


Unity Stampede 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Opelika Sportsplex, Opelika, AL
Charity: Proceeds will fund Character Education through the Community Foundation of East Alabama, provide scholarships for students at Southern Union State Community College and to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in the community.


Royalty Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (5K), 8:45 (1-Mile)
Where: USA Town Center, Opelika, AL
Description: This 5th annual event is a fundraiser to offset our Dynasty competition team's travel fees and expenses for the 2018-2019 Season. The Dynasty team travel throughout the southeast competing and performing several times throughout the season. This Event also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a local Non-Profit benefiting area individuals who are suffering with CF and working towards a cure for this disease. 40% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Big House Foundation director on this day! This is the Royalty Run so please feel free to come dressed in your most Royal Running attire! This event is Rain or Shine!!!
For updates "Like" us at www.facebook.com/MYMRoyaltyRun


Weekly Whimsy


Official Marathon Distance to Change!!
** NEWS FLASH **
In an unprecedented announcement this wekend that has rocked the running world, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) reported that starting on January 1st, 2020, the official marathon distance will be changed to a flat 26.0 miles. Working in conjunction with worldwide running associations including the AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), the USATF and RRCA, the IAAF stated that the official marathon distance of 26.2 miles (or more precisely 26.219 miles or 26 miles 385 yards) along with the half-marathon distances will be rounded down to an even number.

According to IAAF official spokesperson Rick Tiaafj, the discussion to change the distance has been brewing for decades and based on the fact that the first Olympic marathon in 1896 is not precisely known but was around 40 kilometers or 25 miles.  For the next two Olympic Games, the marathon distance varied between 40 and 42 kilometers (25 to 26 miles).  In 1908 the games were held in London at which time there still was no official marathon length.  That year, the British Royal Family requested that it start at Windsor Castle and end at the Olympic Stadium’s royal box.  The distance worked out to the now standard 26.2 miles which also proved to be the longest Olympic marathon to date.

Recently, discussions within the IAAF centered around the elevated influence the Royal Family had on creating the official distance.  E-mail discussions and video conferencing sessions between the major international claimants realized that, with the upcoming 2020 Olympics, the time was right to finally make the transition to a more “acceptable” distance designation.  “Let’s face it”, said Tiaafj translated from his native Finnish, “the average marathoner doesn’t even realize that the 26.2 and 13.1 distances aren’t even exactly correct.”  He continues. “Many marathoners know that it’s actually 26 miles and 385 yards, but have you heard anyone state the exact half-marathon distance of 13 miles and 292.5 yards?…. Probably not.”   Cynthia Johnson, an avid runner and marathoner, expressed her irritation with the 26.2 and 13.1 designations.  “Why the .2 and .1?  Doesn’t it bother runners that they have to run an uneven distance?”  Focus groups in numerous countries with long-distance and elite runners found similar consensus.

Tiaafj hasn’t made any proclamations about changing the 5K and 10K, yet.  However many who have been following these deliberations says those changes, namely switching from 5K to 3-miles and 10K to 6-miles, are probably right around the corner.  “This makes perfect sense,” says Johnson.  “Think about it, a 5K isn’t exactly 3.1 miles.  You can’t even convert it into an even number of feet or inches!”

While the “K” designations won’t likely be immediately dropped from racing venues in favor of the “mile” races, race organizers, sports equipment suppliers, and entrepreneurs who have been stunned by this initial notice, see a lot of positives.  Runners will now have new PR goals and a more varied plate of races to choose from.  Race organizers will see an increased participation rate.  Sports equipment manufacturers of high-end fitness watches, timing and support gear will have to fill new niche markets.  And entrepreneurs will undoubtedly figure out how to capitalized on this revolution.

In an unassociated note, the 2-hour marathon record will now likely be broken in the next few years.


Quote of the Week

      “Go fast enough to get there

                   but slow enough to see.”


                     - Jimmy Buffett
                       “Barometer Soup” lyrics


                                
Video of the Week
Blind Runner Makes History with Guide Dogs (4:43)

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



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates
- 2019 Run for the Raptors: Moses Kariuki




AORTA News: March 25, 2019

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run” 5K Video

Link to 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K Results
Link to 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 1-Mile Video

AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races.

2019 Montgomery Half-Marathon
- Peter Slutzker: 1st in Age Group/ 4th Overall
- Jake Smith: 1st in Age Group
- Kelly Collins: 1st in Age Group
- Moses Kariuki: 2nd in Age Group

2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K
- Peter Slutzker: 1st Overall!
- AORTA Volunteer Gift Card Winner: Brook Moates


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Upcoming Local Races!

Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


SAVMA Superhero 5K
Distance: 5K
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $30
Charity: Calling all superhero fans! Please join the Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) fraternity and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) from Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine at this year's annual road race, "Superhero 5K". All Proceeds from this event will be donated to Good Samaritan Fund at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which provides care and medical treatment to unowned animals in need. All runners are encouraged to dress up themselves and their canine companions as their favorite superhero. All dogs are welcome if leashed, up to date on vaccines, spayed/ neutered, and get along well with other dogs.


Weekly Whimsy


The 5 Healthiest Nuts You Can Eat
You may have heard that nuts are great for you.  The reason is that they contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein. These nutrients that battle hunger and heart disease, help you live longer, and may even make you smarter!

In addition to their mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, some nuts contain inflammation-fighting omega-3s, antioxidants, and other beneficial vitamins and minerals, says Melissa Halas-Liang, R.D., a spokesman for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In general, it’s best to eat a variety of nuts in order to maximize the unique benefits of each kind.  Try the following mix… about a handful a day.

1. Walnuts: A 2019 study found that eating walnuts reduced depression by 26 percent compared to those on nut-free diets.  Other kinds of nuts only reduced this by 8 percent.

2. Pistachios: These keep you lean due to their low-calorie and high fiber count.  They’re also full of antioxidants including lutein and zeaxanthin, which may provide protection for your eyes, skin, and heart.

3. Pecans: Among tree nuts, they contain the lowest calories. Their abundant phenolic compounds make them a great snack after an intense workout and are one of the best natural sources of a compound called beta-sitosterol, which may help lower cholesterol.

4. Almonds: These contain the most calcium of any tree nut and are also rich in vitamin E - a potent antioxidant - and zinc, which helps boost your immune system and heal wounds.

5. Peanuts: Not technically legumes or tree nuts, but they belong on this list. The fiber-fat-protein combo in peanuts helps control blood sugar in diabetics. Peanuts are also top in both protein and plant sterols, the naturally occurring compounds that may block cholesterol from being absorbed into blood.

Link to the Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

      “A man’s reach must exceed his grasp,

               or else what’s a heaven for?.”


                                   - Robert Browning
                                     English poet and playwright

Video of the Week
Gucci is selling “dirty” sneakers for… how much?!! (0:59)

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



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors
- 2019 W.E. Winter “These Colors Don’t Run”: Brook Moates




AORTA News: March 18, 2019

Volunteers Needed!
As a runner, we know your time is valuable. But if you have a couple hours to spare, we could use your help for one of the upcoming AORTA supported or directed races!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Upcoming Local Races!

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


Weekly Whimsy


Trends in Running, By the Numbers
RunSignUp's recent annual report released this week reveals that the business of running is healthy and stable, despite a slight 0.1 percent decline of participants in both 2017 and 2018.

The report also found the cost of running races continues to club.  From 2015, the average price of a 5K has risen from $25.68 to $26.48, while marathons went from $87.49 to $94.11.  On the other hand, ultramarathons have declined from $112.38 in 2017 to $107.70 last year. Despite this, the road race business is still competitive and still working hard to attract you to their events.

Finally, the study reports that while spring and fall continue to be prime time for races, more events are being added in summer and winter.

Link to The New York Times article


Quote of the Week

      “I had no shoes and complained,
              until I met a man who had no feet.”


                                   - Indian Proverb

Video of the Week
Why Everyone Smells Bad: Body Odor 101 (3:51)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4dada822a31-volunteer











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors




AORTA News: March 11, 2019

Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy lineup of races to support and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius

Upcoming Local Races!

\

W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


Weekly Whimsy


Are Eggs Healthy, or Should You Eat Egg Whites Instead?

There’s no question that eggs are one of the best foods for high-quality protein. But whole eggs, specifically their yolks, have long been villified for their fat and cholesterol content. So in the 1990s and 2000s, when people tossed food containing fat and dietary cholesterol, the egg yolk went with it.

For years, people thought that the dietary cholesterol in the egg yolk increased blood cholesterol levels while the saturated fat in egg yolks was linked to increased risk of heart disease. As a result, people - including athletes - ditched the yolk for the whites, which are made up of protein and water.

The truth. The evidence just doesn’t add up. A 2013 report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that eggs were not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or death related to heart disease. So, skip the carton of egg whites and crack op a real egg instead - you won’t be putting your heart at risk.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “Running is the classical road to self-consciousness,
   self-awareness, and self-reliance. Independence is
     the outstanding characteristic of the runner.”


         - Noel Carroll
           Irish middle-distance runner who set world records in teh 1960s


Video of the Week
If People Talked About Hobbies Like They Talk About Running (2:41)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors





AORTA News: March 04, 2019

2019 Dyslexia Dash Results and Video!

Link to 2019 Dyslexia Dash 5K Results
Link to 2019 Dyslexia Dash 1-Mile Video


March 19th: Club Meeting @ Chappy’s Deli!

Mark your calendars and join us for our first quarterly AORTA club meeting to be held at Chappy’s Deli!  This will be an informal social gathering to allow current members, new members and non-members to mingle and hobnob in a non-running environment.  You’ll also be able to meet with board members, find out more about our club, hear about future events, and pick up an AORTA sticker for your car!  If you plan to attend, please signup through the SignUpGenius link below so we have an idea of how many plan to attend.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
LocationChappy’s Deli in Auburn - “Partition” Room in the Rear
RSVP: Please signup through SignUpGenius


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 Dyslexia Dash 5K
- Brad Merner: 1st Overall! (2nd race in a row!)

$25 Gift Card Winners
- February Waterstops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash 5K Volunteer: Lori Connors


Upcoming Local Races!

\

W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Backpack International Family 5K and 1-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Town Creek Park, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Join in the fun as we run for a cause! Backpack International will be traveling to Guyana, South America for their annual mission trip. Your support helps us provide VBS, meals, and backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for over 300 children this summer!
Participants are also asked to bring a hygiene product, toy or school supply item.


Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy lineup of races to support and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


Runner Loses Shoe, Injures Foot, Wins 3K Championship 

Harvard runner Kieran Tuntivate lost his shoe during the 3K race at the Ivy League Indoor Championships on Saturday after only 400 to 500 meters. The junior won the race, but his foot paid the price.

His shoe began slipping off after a competitor stepped on its back heel, creating an unnatural and uncomfortable motion about 300 meters into the race. Soon, Tuntivate had enough, and forced the shoe off his foot, leaving his left foot exposed to the recently redone track surface at his home stadium. “I just let the shoe come off so I could run naturally again,” Tuntivate told Runner’s World. “I just just tried to stay calm and stay in the race and last a long as I could.”

Tuntivate powered through the following laps without issue until about the 2K mark. That’s when the pain really started kicking in.

“Up until 2K, my foot felt okay,” Tuntivate said. “After that, it got worse. I could feel my skin peeling away, and the last lap was pretty painful. I was trying to accelerate around the turn, and my foot was slipping on the track when I tried to push off. That was the worst part.”

Despite the discomfort, Tuntivate finished the turn and sprinted down the home stretch to finish the race in 8:12.72 for the win in a tight race—the top three were all within about a second of each other.

“My first reaction was I was pretty upset,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d be able to do the 5K the next day.” With the help of his teammates setting a comfortable pace in the 5K, Tuntivate went on to win the race with a time of 14:25.32.

“It was a good weekend,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They paced me in the 3K, and in the 5K, they helped me set a pace, because if we were changing paces, that would have hurt my foot.” 

A few days out, Tuntivate is still recovering. He has not run on his injured foot yet, but he feels comfortable enough to do so in the coming days.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “One thing is for certain. Between putting your deep heating rub and going to the bathroom, you should always, always, always… wash your hands.”

                                 - Randy L. Thurman


Video of the Week
What’s It Like to Be a Half-Marathon Pacer? (1:58)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks
- February Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 KD Shamrock: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Dyslexia Dash: Lori Connors




AORTA News: February 25, 2019

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K Video and Results!

Link to 2019 KD Shamrock 5K Results


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 KD Shamrock 5K
- Brad Merner: 1st Overall!
- Sean Taylor: 1st in Age Group
- Casey Strange: 1st in Age Group
- Bob Banks: 1st in Age Group

$25 Gift Card Winners
- Unforgettable Footsteps 5K/1-Mile: Bob Banks
- January Waterstops: Allen Sasser
- KD Shamrock 5K: Mari Wilkes


Upcoming Race This Saturday!

IDA-AL Dyslexia Dash
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Upcoming Local Races!

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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy lineup of races to support and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


Running Group Chases Down, Catches Thief

Members of the Annenberg (lunchtime) running group in Philadelphia were waiting for one more member to join their midday run, when a man sprinted by at an estimated 7:15 pace. “We were impressed by his speed.”

Half a minute later, another man came by huffing and puffing, yelling, ‘Help me, help me. That man took my phone and laptop.”  Immediately the group took chase, tearing down the streets in full pursuit. They tracked him but lost him after he ducked into a construction site. The group split up attempting to cover all exits and canvassed the area. While knocking on doors, the culprit ran from his hiding place behind some bushes and eventually ran directly into the path of responding University of Pennsylvania police officers, who detained the man.

“We heard the first officer yell to the other officers, ‘it’s a running club,’” he said. “This guy tried to run from the running club."

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “You’re better than you think you are
         and can do more than you think you can!”


                                 - Ken Chlouber
                                   avid marathon runner


Video of the Week
You vs. Them (2:17)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks




AORTA News: February 18, 2019

Upcoming Race This Saturday!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Intersection of W. Thach and Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


Upcoming Local Races!

ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM (1-Mile), 8:00 AM (5K)
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: This patriotic-themed event is held in memory of US Marine and Auburn Alumnus, Major William E. Winter and in support of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. Major Winter perished along with 240 other American service members during the terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Race proceeds will be donated to AHERO to commemorate his selfless and dedicated service to our country. AHERO “connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities with the primary goal of healing the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service.”


Run for the Raptors 5K & !-Mile
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Dean Road Elementary, Auburn, AL
Fee: 5K/1-Mile $25
Charity: Calling all BALLERS!! Dress in your favorite team jersey and come run or walk in the March Madness Run for the Raptors! The Auburn Raptors are a travel basketball organization formed by Mayor Ron Anders and Danny Aubin 11 years ago to develop our young athletes in the game of basketball and the game of life.  We have grown to one of the largest travel basketball clubs in the state and have teams from 4th grade through 11th grade boys and girls. Last year was our inaugural season as part of the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet and Adidas Silver Gauntlet and we look forward to building on the success we had last year. For the 2018 season our teams won 15 Championships and had 8 2nd place finishes. The excitement for basketball in our football town is amazing! 


Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy lineup of races to support and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


What’s Best for Weight Loss: Sprints, HIIT, or Steady Pace?

As runners, we’re always looking for ways to get faster and chase that elusive PR - and incorporating interval training definitely helps. But new research shows that interval training can also help you shed pounds!

Researchers crunched the data from 36 previous studies that compared the effects of interval training with continuous moderate-intensity exercise over at least four weeks’ time.  Splitting interval training into two categories: HIIT and sprint interval training, they defined HIIT as exercise that’s done at 80 percent or more of your max heart rate, and sprint interval training as exercise that’s equal to or higher than your VO2 max (in other words, an all-out effort). While the protocols for each varied among the studies, the most widely-used HIIT routine included 4 minutes of high-intensity work followed by 3 minutes of recovery. As for sprints, most used 30 seconds of “all-out” effort alternated with 4 minutes of recovery, or 8 seconds of work with 12 seconds of recovery.

Moderate-intensity exercise is defined as a continuous effort that where you hit 55 to 70 percent of your max heart rate or 40 to 60 percent of your VO2 max. Again, steady-state routines varied, but ranged from 10 to 60 minutes, with those of 40 to 45 minutes, and 29 to 35 minutes, as the most common.

The findings? While people lost weight and body fat from both types of interval training (HIIT and sprint) and continuous moderate-intensity exercise, interval training as a whole was more effective. Those who did either kind of interval training lost about 29 percent more weight than those who did continuous moderate-intensity exercise.

“Interval training seems to change your metabolism, and higher intensity exercise seems to promote many physiological changes that might favor long-term weight loss,” study coauthor Paulo Gentil, Ph.D., a professor in the department of physical education and dance at the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, told Runner’s World. “In other words, it makes your body more efficient in burning fat.”

Moderate intensity, on the other hand, doesn’t cause the same changes to your metabolism as higher intensity training does, according to Gentil.

“While [moderate-intensity exercise] burns fat and calories during its performance, it’s been shown that, after its cessation, there are metabolic changes that might make fat loss difficult and favor fat accumulation,” he said. “While that does not mean that low to moderate intensity exercise will make people gain fat, it suggests that the metabolic adaptation to this form of exercise might, at least partially, compensate for the fat [burned] during exercise.”

But just because the research found that intervals are better for weight loss, it does’t mean more intervals are even better. Because these kinds of workouts are more taxing on your body, you shouldn’t do them as often as you do easy runs.

And if you do have a weight-loss goal, you also need to pay attention to what you’re putting on your plate in addition to what kind of exercise you’re doing. Gentil also points out that healthy eating is an important part of weight loss, too, and that pairing a good diet with interval training is the best way ensure weight loss success. 

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

 “A marathon is like life with its ups and downs,
             but once you’ve done it,
                            you feel that you can do anything.”


                                 - Unknown

Video of the Week
Usain Bolt vs. a Cheetah (2:26)



Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps 5K: Bob Banks




AORTA News: February 11, 2019

Upcoming Local Races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: W. Thach/Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteers Needed!
We have another busy lineup of races to support and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


A Beginner’s Guide to Race Distances
For the new runner or one new to racing, here’s a primer on the most popular race distances along with some interesting information for each.

5K (3.1 miles)
On a standard outdoor track a 5K works out to 12.5 laps. In 2016, there were 8.2 million 5K finishers in the United States. That accounted for about 49 percent of finishers of all races. By number of events, the 5K is far and away the most popular distance. There were 17,000 5K events in 2016, more races than all other distances combined.

10K (6.2 miles)
Every year, tens of thousands of runners flock to popular spring and summer 10K events such as the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta (the largest race in America). The festive atmosphere and hoards of cheering fans draw runners in. And you can join the fun!  If you have at least eight weeks between now and race day, you’ve got plenty of time to build up to completing a 10K safely and comfortably.

Half-Marathon (13.1 miles or about 21.1 kilometers)
Many runners find the half marathon distance ideal: It requires training and endurance, but not nearly as much as a full marathon. The half marathon has grown tremendously in popularity over the past two decades. There were 1.9 million finishers of half marathons in 2016, according to Running USA, up from around 400,000 in 1995. Women account for almost two-thirds of all finishers.

There are many reasons for the half marathon’s popularity. It’s far enough that you need to really train for it; few people can finish a half marathon on a whim in the way that they might be ale to run a 5K. But the 13.1-mile distance isn’t so great that training for it takes over your like, as can be the case with the marathon. Running one or more half marathons is also a great stepping stone to preparing to run a marathon.

Marathon (26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometers)
Running a marathon is not an easy task for many people, but with the proper training, finishing a marathon can be one of life’s most rewarding achievements. It’s generally recommended that runners train for 16 to 20 weeks before running a marathon.

Why is a marathon 26.2 miles? The marathon distance has its roots in the story of Pheidippides, the Greek messenger who is said to have run some 25 miles, from Marathon to Athens, to deliver the news of a Greek battlefield victory. The first Olympic marathon was held in Athens in 1896; its distance was 40 kilometers, or just less than 25 miles. The current distance of 26 miles, 385 yards was first run at the 1908 Olympics.

Ultramarathon (Anything more than 26.2 miles)
Another name for this distance is ultrarunning. Many ultramarathons are run on trails. The most common distances are 50K (31 miles), 50 miles, 100K (62 miles), and 100 miles.

Others Distances
Other race distances that are common but not as popular include the 8K (about 50 yards short of 5 miles), 15K (9.3 miles), and 10 miles.

Tracks
Most running tracks are 400 meters, as measured by one lap in Lane 1 (inside lane); that’s just a bit less than one-quarter mile.
- 100 meters: the length of one straightaway
- 800 meters: roughly 1/2 mile or 2 laps around the track
- 1600 meters: roughly 1 mile or 4 laps around the track (1609.34 m is 1 mile)

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “If you under-train, you may not finish,
           but if you over-train, you may not start.”


                                  Tom DuBos, runner


Video of the Week
’Tomatan” Hands-Free Tomato Machine for Runners (0:50)

This is an example of “Chindogu” which are gadgets that appear to solve a problem but are in fact nothing more than a useless gag.
* AORTA provides this informational video to its members as a courtesy and does not endorse any particular product, process or service.


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh
- January Water Stops: Allen Sasser
- 2019 Unforgettable Footsteps: Bob Banks




AORTA News: February 04, 2019

Upcoming Local Races!

Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K
Distances: 5K Run / 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
WhenSaturday, February 09, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
WhereOpelika Municipal Park
               (1102 Denson Dr., Opelika)
Fee: $25
Charity: Funds raised from this race are used to support the Lee-Russell Aging Foundation which provides quality services to over 8,000 elderly citizens in the Lee and Russell Counties.


Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Intersection of W. Thach and Wire Road, Auburn, AL
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


ALIDA Dyslexia Dash
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (1-Mile), 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: Ogletree Village
Fee: 5K $25 / 1-Mile $15
Charity: Race proceeds serves the East Alabama Community to help those with dyslexia and dyslexia characteristics.


Volunteers Needed!
We closed out the year by supporting nearly 20 local races and are looking forward to another great year of race support!  If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. *Bonus!* All volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card for every race!


Weekly Whimsy


9 Favorite Running-Related Super Bowl Commercials
As the Los Angeles Rams go head-to-head with the dynasty that is the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LIII, many are getting ready for another reason to park in front of their TVs and stuff their mouths with chips and guac: the commercials.

But have you ever caught how many commercials include running? We rounded up some of our favorites from years past to get runners everywhere ready and inspired for the big day.


1984 by Apple (1984)

Track and field athlete Anya Major performed the climatic moment of what many consider to be the greatest commercial of all time. Major represents Apple as she epically sprints toward Big Brother (many assume to represent IBM) and defeats him with a sledgehammer. Not only did this ad introduce the Macintosh computer to the public for the first time, but it helped pave the way for Super Bowl commercials to even really exist. (And the behind the scenes of the ad is fascinating.)

I Like Beer! by Michelob ULTRA (2018)
If elite runner Shalane Flanagan is in a Super Bowl commercial, then it’s automatically a win in our book. Catch Flanagan singing “I Like Beer!” along with pro golfer Brooks Koepka and champion surfer Kelly Slater. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt hilariously tries to fit in with the crowd.

Like a Girl by Always (2015)
This funny commercial turns inspirational when the insult “like a girl” gets turned on its head, reminding us all why “running like a girl” might be the best way to run after all.

Melissa McCarthy Saving the World by Kia (2017)
Comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy is summoned to save the whales, hug the trees, save the ice caps, and protect the rhinos… but she’s not super successful. And watching McCarthy run for her life from a charging rhino never gets old.

Team Clydesdale by Budweiser (2008)
Who doesn’t need a good coach? This 2008 commercial of a Dalmatian training Hank the Clydesdale to make it on the official Budweiser team goes down as one of our favorites. And we all know running to the Rocky theme song makes you feel like anything is possible.

Wiener Stampede by Heinz (2016)
There’s no bond like the bond between hot dogs and their ketchup (or mustard), and there’s something about adorable wiener dogs running in slow motion in a meadow that just tugs at your soul. 

Betty White by Snickers (2010)
We’ve all had days where we feel like Betty White when we run… and that’s okay. Sometimes all you need is the right nutrition (or in this case, Snickers) and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

Dancing Bulldog by Skechers (2012)
If this ad doesn’t prove the importance of a good pair of running shoes, then we don’t know what to tell you. After all, who doesn’t want to run (or dance) like Mr. Quiggly??

Lamb Streaker by Budweiser (2006)
We’ve all seen sports fans get a little crazy (maybe that’s you). But it takes a lot of guts for someone to run on the field streaking. This shaved lamb sprints right into the middle of an intense Budweiser Clydesdale football game with a lot of enthusiasm and not much of a “coat.” Pro tip: Runners, let’s try to keep our clothes on tomorrow.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “Runners can get through the weary and lonely hours
          only if they are at peace themselves.”

           Ayers, runner


Video of the Week
8-year-old Ran a 3:32 Marathon One Year After Chemo (4:24)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 28, 2019

New Year Kickoff Party Video!

Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to make it to Saturday’s club party at GoodTimes in Auburn!  Thanks to Amanda Thomas, Summer Vaughan, Rachel Crafton-Stiver and Elyse Corbitt (along with any others that I've failed to mention) for setting up this event!


Brown-Long Marathon

Twenty-five AORTA members braved the frigid conditions this past Saturday to complete the challenging Brown-Long half or full marathon!  Here is club member Chris McChargue’s first-person view during his pursuit in completing his first marathon!  Does he make it?  Watch to find out!


Weekly Whimsy


4 Ways to Break a Running Plateau
All runners will likely face a performance plateau - a natural flat line that leaves runners unable to improve pace or increase mileage.  When you hit a performance wall, adjusting your training regimen will allow you to bust through that invisible ceiling.

Here are the four most common reasons runners plateau and how to get over each hump.

Mistake: Low Quality and/or Low Miles
The Fix: Consistent 80/20 Training
Newer runners typically only get two or three runs a week, sticking to the same routes, mileage and pace for every run. After making gains the first six months, they are now stuck. The remedy is to transition to an 80/20 cycle. Elite runners spend arond 80 percent of their time running at a slow, conversational pace, and the other 20 percent pushing themselves hard. Most recreational runners train somewhere in between these two levels. To get faster, run 4-6 days a week with 3 or 4 very slow and 1 or 2 pushing aerobic boundaries.

Mistake: Constant Training at Low Intensity
The Fix: High-Intensity Intervals

Intermediate runners that already follow the 80/20 protocol above may be frustrated by not realizing aerobic gains necessary for a half or full marathon. To boost your VO2Max, try a 6-8 week cycle of 2 easy runs and 2-3 workouts that include sprint intervals, hill repeats, or Tabata workouts. After 8 weeks, drop one of the high-intensity workouts and replace with a long, slow distance.

Mistake: Ignoring Form
The Fix: Dynamic Warm-Ups, Strengthening and Form Drills
For those at or near their VO2 peak, squeeze out a little more performance by improving your running economy.  First, start with a solid dynamic warmup that serves to strengthen weak areas, loosen tight areas and improve running form. It will also raise core and muscle temperatures and move your major joints through their full range of motion. The warmup should also include bodyweight strength exercises that target the hips, glutes, abs, and back muscles which are critical to good running form. Finally, add ballistic movements and form drills - such as skips, strides, and sprints.

Mistake: Poor Recovery Habits
The Fix: Refuel, Rest and Hydrate
If you follow all the above training and still find yourself slow, tired and battling injury, you may have poor recovery habits. Good recovery isn’t rocket science, but it does need to be intentional. Have a high-quality recovery snack after every workout aiming for a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein. Hydration and electrolyte (sodium, potassium, and magnesium) replacement are also important, especially after long or very intense runs. Finally, the best thing you can do for your running (other than running) is sleep. That’s when your body’s hormonal system repairs tissues and creates favorable metabolic changes you’re after.  

Link to Active.com article


Quote of the Week

    “Succeeding makes you forget the failures..”

           Harry Cordellos
           Blind athlete who finished 2:57 at Boston in 1975


Video of the Week
ECO-POWR! (4:24)

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


Ongoing Events

Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 21, 2019

New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.
RSVP at this link to SignUpGenius

AORTA will provide bowling, pizza, wings and one drink token per adult. Arcade games, additional food and drink items will be available for purchase as desired. Also, end of the year 600 and 1200 mile awards will be presented to those who have completed this awesome achievement! This will be a family friendly event so bring the kids to join in the fun!


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below.
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday morning AORTA water stops during the calendar year.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.


Weekly Whimsy


How Long It Takes to Benefit From Hard Workouts

You feel the pain, but what about the gain? Like all things, there’s good news… and bad news.

First the good. “You’ll see some benefits immediately following a hard workout,” says Matt Lee, PhD., certified exercise physiologist and professor of kinesiology at San Francisco State University. An increase in blood volume within the 24 hours may make runs feel easier for the next few days.

Also, a tough workout triggers cellular changes that make you faster. A Journal of Applied Physiology study shows that four 30-second, all-out cycling sprints activate certain enzymes associated with mitochondrial density. However it will take weeks of regular training to see significant increases. 

A caveat is that too many back-to-back HIIT workouts without adequate recovery can impair performance and lead to overuse injuries. Generally speaking, give yourself an active recovery day after a super intense workout: a short swim, a yoga class, a light hike.

The best way to answer the question is to look at the way most training plans are designed - Short tempo runs and a few low-intensity rest days leading up to a long run each week. Overloading the body, letting it adapt, then overloading it again is a gradual process that helps you get better and better.

Ok, now the bad news. Actually not so bad if you enjoy exercising. You need to work out regularly for real results.

Link to Runner’s World article


Quote of the Week

    “The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

           Pierre de Courbertin
           Considered the father of the modern Olympic Games


Video of the Week
Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes! (6:07)

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


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 14, 2019

Saturday Group Run
Thanks to Lauren Woodie and her group from the upcoming Birmingham Wine 10K for supplying all the water stops and providing a delicious post-run breakfast for this past Saturday’s group run! 


34 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!





Congratulations to our AORTA members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!

1200 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Banks, Bob                  - Burnette, Ashley                - Coleman, Charles
- Corbitt, Elyse               - Crafton-Stiver, Rachel.      - Dean, Tony
- Hall, Dusty                   - Kariuki, Moses                   - Kendrick, Stephanie
- Ladisla, Beth               - Leung, Gary                       - Lien, Gail
- Milford, Mike               - Plaisance, Lisa                   - Schwiesow, Jessie
- Smith, Allen                - Wilkes, Mari                        - Yost, Keven

600 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Antoine, Joseph           - Brown, Mike                      - Cole, Ashley
- Erickson, David            - Majors, James                  - Marcus, Andre
- McIntosh, Damion        - Moates, Brook                  - Molt, Monica
- Morred, Megan             - Poer, Bobby                     - Sasser, Kathryn-Ruth
- Smith, Heather             - Tanaka, Clem                   - Wilhoit, Elizabeth
- Zenas, Liz

1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below.
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday morning AORTA water stops during the calendar year.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.
RSVP at this link to SignUpGenius

AORTA will provide bowling, pizza, wings and one drink token per adult. Arcade games, additional food and drink items will be available for purchase as desired. Also, end of the year 600 and 1200 mile awards will be presented to those who have completed this awesome achievement! This will be a family friendly event so bring the kids to join in the fun!


Time to Join or Renew your Membership!

If you’re still not an official member of the BEST running club in the Auburn-Opelika area, don’t put it off until tomorrow… do it today!  While the bulk of membership fees offset the costs associated with local races, a small portion goes to various local charities, bi-annual club parties, and 600/1200 Mile awards.

How to Join/Renew
- Click on the RunSignUp logo at right to signup as an AORTA member online.
- Annual fees are $25 for individuals, and $30 for families with the membership period running for one year from the day of membership.


Weekly Whimsy


Why Chocolate Milk is a Great (But Not the Best) Post-Workout Snack

Whether you run or lift weights, your body uses glycogen to fuel your workout. Glycogen is stored in your cells in the form of glucose which is broken down to produce energy. Most of your glycogen is stored in your liver and skeletal muscles. When you deplete it, you hit what athletes generally call “fatigue.”

After a workout, your body starts replenishing its glycogen stores and repairing or building new muscle, depending on how strenuously you worked them. This requires two basic components: carbohydrates and protein. The latter is more important after resistance exercises.

Chocolate milk has plenty of carbs from the milk and sugar, plus it has protein from the dairy. It’s not necessarily the best possible snack, but it’s got a good balance of what you need… and tastes good to boot!  If you go this route, choose regular milk and not a soy-based product as the whey protein in milk is absorbed quickly. The key to using this carb-protein combo is to consume it within 30 minutes although some studies reveal that it can still be effective up to two-hours later.

Link to Popular Science article


Quote of the Week
    “The purpose of training is to stress the body, so when you rest it will grow stronger and more tolerant of the demands of distant running.”
                          David Costill
                          A pioneer of running research


Video of the Week
Man loses 200 pounds in one year! (5:37)

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


Ongoing Events

Saturday Runs - Be Safe!
Leaving the heat and humidity of summer behind us, we welcome the cooler mornings that the fall season brings to the “Loveliest village on the Plains.”  Despite these more pleasant running conditions, we runners need to mindful of the dangers that come with the associated darkness. To encourage more “safe running”, follow these guidelines when running before sunrise or after sunset:
1) Stay on sidewalks when available.  If there are none, run against traffic to see oncoming cars.
2) Be visible! Wear highly reflective gear, a headlamp and/or flashing light.
3) Choose well-lit streets and routes when possible.
4) Ditch the music which could dull your senses of other potential dangers.

What to Wear?
Cold, winter weather has arrived once again and sometimes it’s difficult 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.


Early Morning Running Group Weekly Schedule

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


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











Recent Volunteer Gift Card Winners!
- 2018 Race to the Red Carpet: Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- November Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- December Water Stops: Damion McIntosh




AORTA News: January 7, 2019

2019 Resolution Run!
A group of dedicated AORTA members met at TCBY to complete this year’s first official 5-mile group run!  Only 1,195 miles left to hit the 1200 mile goal for these intrepid runners!



34 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!





Congratulations to our AORTA members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!

1200 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Banks, Bob                  - Burnette, Ashley                - Coleman, Charles
- Corbitt, Elyse               - Crafton-Stiver, Rachel.      - Dean, Tony
- Hall, Dusty                   - Kariuki, Moses                   - Kendrick, Stephanie
- Ladisla, Beth               - Leung, Gary                       - Lien, Gail
- Milford, Mike               - Plaisance, Lisa                   - Schwiesow, Jessie
- Smith, Allen                - Wilkes, Mari                        - Yost, Keven

600 Mile Club Members for 2018
- Antoine, Joseph           - Brown, Mike                      - Cole, Ashley
- Erickson, David            - Majors, James                  - Marcus, Andre
- McIntosh, Damion        - Moates, Brook                  - Molt, Monica
- Morred, Megan             - Poer, Bobby                     - Sasser, Kathryn-Ruth
- Smith, Heather             - Tanaka, Clem                   - Wilhoit, Elizabeth
- Zenas, Liz


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2019 - Sign Up Today!
Looking to join the list above for this year?. Sign up for the AORTA 1200 or 600 Mile Club today!. Completing all the requirements of the 1200 Mile Club will earn you a grand prize.  If you are not that crazy, completing all the requirements of the 600 Mile club will earn you a less shiny prize package, but a great sense of accomplishment as well. Sign up for either of these at the link below.
Link to signup page

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday morning AORTA water stops during the calendar year.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club are expected to be paid members of AORTA, volunteer for at least ONE (1) AORTA supported races, and volunteer to cover at least ONE (1) Saturday morning AORTA water stop during the calendar year.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


AORTA Winners!
AORTA winners from recent races and events.

2019 Red Nose Half-Marathon
- Peter Slutzker: 3rd in Age Group, 6th Overall!

Water Stop/Race Volunteers ($25 Gift Cards)
- 2018 Jingle Jog / Santa Stroll: MIchael McConnell
- Dec Water Stops: Damion McIntosh


New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars on January 26th and join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s third annual New Year Kickoff Party!

WhenSaturday, January 26th
Where: Good Times Bowling and Arcade
Time4:00 PM

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link below and indicate the number of adults an