AORTA Posts 2020


AORTA News: February 17th, 2020

Volunteers Needed
We closed out 2019 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 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!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
    AORTA Travel Bag: $25
    AORTA Shoe Bag: $15



Auburn University Looking for Volunteers  ** Note: They are also looking for 19 to 35 year-olds! **

The Locomotor and Movement Control Lab in the School of Kinesiology is looking for people to participate in a study. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 19 to 35 OR 55 and 85, and able to walk unassisted on a treadmill.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to come to the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab, room 016 in the Kinesiology building, for a single two-hour session. You will need to wear tight-fitting clothing, or some will be provided for you. At the beginning of the session, you will have small reflective balls and muscle-activity-recording devices taped to specific parts of your body and clothing. During the session, you will be completing over ground balance tasks and walking on a treadmill with two belts – one for each leg – and the belts may be moving at two different speeds. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call or email the contact information below.

Email: locomoco@auburn.edu


Weekly Whimsy

Why Am I Not Hungry After a Workout?
Danielle Zickl, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

<>Do you find yourself with a bigger appetite on your rest days than after your long runs?  New research investigated the idea that exercise can put a damper on your appetitite and found that it even prevented against overeating.

In a study by Health Psychology, researchers evaluated 130 participants and found that when participants didn’t exercise, they were 12 percent more likely to overeat. But when particpants exercised for 60 minutes, their risk of overeating was cut by more than half, to only 5 percent. For every additional 10 minutes of exercise after the 60-minute mark, the chances the particpants would overeat dropped by 1 percent.

However, light physical activity (defined as “activity that burns between 1.5 and 3 times as much energy per minute as resting levels of energy”) showed the strongest effects against overeating as opposed to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (defined as ‘"activity that burns 3 or more times as much energy as resting levels”). According to the current U.S. physical activity guidelines, light activity includes walking at a “slow or leisurley pace,” moderate activity includes brisk walking, and vigorous activity includes running or participating in a “strenuous” fitness class.

So why exaclty does exercise suppress your appetite?  According to lead study author Rebecca Crochiere, Ph.D,  Some evidence suggests that following exercise, the hormone grehlin (which stimultes your appetite) levels drop and peptide YY (which suppresses your appetitie) levels spike, leading to not feeling very hungry afterwards.  

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week
“There’s more to marathon day than running long. Leaning how your body reacts to the early alarm, light breakfast and warm-up is key. Minimize surprises come race day. Run long the same time of day as the race..”

                                              - Gina Greenlee


Video of the Week
Zwift - A Quick Overview (2:02)

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


Ongoing Events

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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough





AORTA News: February 10th, 2020

Upcoming Local Races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


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!


AORTA T-Shirts, Travel and Shoe Bags For Sale!

AORTA T-Shirts

These are super soft and look great. Wear one to races and around town! Order extras for your children! Click on this link, or on the t-shirt designs below to order.  
Order today as online orders close on Feb 11th!












AORTA Travel & Shoe Bags
If you weren’t able to make it to the party but still want one (or both) of these awesome bags, you can order them today!  Click here or on the photo below.  Payments can be made through PayPal or credit/debit cards. Quantities are limited so get yours before their gone!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15


Auburn University Looking for Volunteers

** Note: They are also looking for 19 to 35 year-olds! **

The Locomotor and Movement Control Lab in the School of Kinesiology is looking for people to participate in a study. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be between the ages of 19 to 35 OR 55 and 85, and able to walk unassisted on a treadmill.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to come to the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab, room 016 in the Kinesiology building, for a single two-hour session. You will need to wear tight-fitting clothing, or some will be provided for you. At the beginning of the session, you will have small reflective balls and muscle-activity-recording devices taped to specific parts of your body and clothing. During the session, you will be completing over ground balance tasks and walking on a treadmill with two belts – one for each leg – and the belts may be moving at two different speeds. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call or email the contact information below.

Email: locomoco@auburn.edu


Weekly Whimsy


Can Your Fitness Tracker Know You Have The Flu?
Elizabeth Millard, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Your fitness tracker gives insights into your mileage, sleep quality, and calorie burn, but can it give you a heads up on whether you’re in the early stages of the flu? A study published in The Lancet Digital Health suggests that it may.

After reviewing data from 200,000 Fitbit users, researchers calculated average resting heart rates and sleep durations, noting weekly deviations. What they found was that rising resting heart rates taken together with decreasing sleep quality signaled a significantly higher probability of a flu.

Currently, traditional flu reporting takes between one to three weeks. That limits quick outbreak response measures, such as encouraging people to stay home and being more diligent about washing their hands and getting flu shots.

Given that influenza has caused more than 40K annual deaths on average over the past 7 years (source: CDC), the capability to make flu predictions and reporting faster and more accurate becomes more important in an active flu season.

Whether your current tracker can indicate the onset of an infection will require additional studies. But by tracking your resting heart rate and sleep quality over time, and recognizing when the former goes up and the latter goes down, you may be able to detect periods when you are more susceptible to infection.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

“Going in, you have to remember that the race is supposed to be the fun part. The race isn’t to be feared, it’s supposed to be the thing we look forward to. It’s why you did all the stinkin’ work in the first place, so have fun.”

                                              - Ben Rosario


Video of the Week
STRYD: Perfect Pacing In imperfect Running Conditions (1:40)

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


Ongoing Events

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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January: Mandy Yarbrough




AORTA News: February 3rd, 2020

Upcoming Local Races!

Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K
Distance: 5K Run
WhenSaturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: IW. Thach / Wire Road,
Fee: $20
Charity: Funds raised from this race go directly to the prevention of child abuse on the local and national level.


”Boots” For Troops 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Nichols Center, Auburn University
Fee: $25
Charity: Race proceeds will support Hope for the Warriors, a non-profit that was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. The organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


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W.E. Winter ”These Colors Don’t Run" 5K
Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
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.”


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!


AORTA T-Shirts: Now For Sale!
AORTA t-shirts are here to order! They’re super soft and look great. Wear one to races and around town! Order extras for your children! Click on this link, or on the t-shirt designs below to order.  Online orders close on Feb 11th!!













Weekly Whimsy


Training Tips For Beginner Marathoners
Sean Paul, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Whether you’re in the middle of training for your first 26.2 or prepping for your initial crack at the distance, here are some tips that will help you towards your goal.

As you train, remember your body’s systems need a minimum of six weeks to adapt to the stresses placed upon them, so proceed gradually. Training periods of greater workload, like mileage increases or speedwork, should be followed by periods of reduced workload, where mileage is reduced and speedwork is less intense.

Here are 10 marathon training tips.

1. Keep a Training Log - Write down your daily mileage, run times, race distances and times, and how you feel. It’s hard to remember what you did later, so wriite it down immediately. This will help you learn from your training, especially if you end up doing more races in the future.

2. Increase Weekly Mileage By No More Than 10 Percent - This allows for a gradual increase in mileage and reduces the risk of injury over time.

3. Include a “Cut Back” Week - Every third or fourth week of training, take your foot off the gas and cut back a little. This means reducing your mileage and using it as an easy week.

4. Run Three to Four Days a Week - Include one long run, two shorter runs for speed and strength, and an optional easy recovery run day. For speed, focus on your run pace one day a week by running slightly faster in short increments of time or distance. For strength, include some hills one run each week. Long runs are runs that increase your distance. Run these at a slow, comfortable pace, about 1 or 2 minutes per mile slower than your expected goal pace.

5. Alternate a Hard Day With An Easy Day Or A Day Off - This allows your body to properly recover from the hard effort, which is when real adaptations take place.

6. Take At Least One Day Completely Off Per Week - Rest, and recover. Two days a week for rest and recovery is okay when you’re new to marathon training.

7. Monitor Your Resting Heart Rate - Take your resting pulse each morning before arising or use a smart watch that measures heart rate. Keep track of it in your training log. After several readings, you will have a baseline number. As our fitness improves, our resting pulse decreases. If you see your resting heart rate spike up by 10 percent or more above your normal resting pulse, take it easy that day. This can be a sign of fatigue, lack of recovery between workouts, or an illness coming on and it is best to take the day off, sleep in, or change a hard workout to a very easy one, until your resting heart rate returns to normal.

8. Consider Cross-Training One Or Two Days A Week - Performing complementary cross-training activities will increase your aerobic conditioning without additional running. Swimming, cycling, or rowing are good options. Keep cross-training activities to 45 minutes, one or two times a week, and do them at a very moderate-intensity level.

9. Consider Strength-Training Twice A Week - This can be weight training, or a Pilates or Yoga class. Or you can do workouts at home with the new Run 360 program from Runner’s World.

10. When In Doubt, Always Listen To Your Body - If you are tired, rest. If a workout feels hard, it is hard. If you need a day off, take one. No matter what a training plan says, the real coach of your training will be your body, so tune in and take notes on what it’s telling you throughout your journey.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week
“Your body provides you with constant feedback that can help improve your running performance while minimizing biomechanical stress. Learn to differentiate between the discomfort of effort and the pain of injury. When you practice listening, you increase competence in persevering through the former and responding with respect and compassion to the latter.”

                                              - Gina Greenlee


Video of the Week
Make It Count - (3:20)

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


Ongoing Events

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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- January Water Stops: Mandy Yarbrough




AORTA News: January 27th, 2020

AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party
Thanks to all who attended this weekend’s New Year Kickoff Party!










AORTA T-Shirts: Now For Sale!
AORTA t-shirts are here to order! They’re super soft and look great. Wear one to races and around town! Order extras for your children! Click on this link, or on the t-shirt designs below to order.












Weekly Whimsy


Top Training Mistakes to Avoid
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Simply logging miles and getting on with your day may actually be standing in your way of a PR.

Based on a recent poll of Runner’s World readers, it appears the stereotypes of runners skipping cross-training days, overtraining, and taking recovery shortcuts are true.

Here’s where runners said they fell short last year:
- Avoiding Strength Training
- Not Sleeping Enough
- Not Fueling Properly
- Skipping Long Runs
- Taking Recovery Runs Too Fast
- Skipping Out on Recovery
- Sacrificing Form for Speed
- Running Through Injury

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

     “A year from now…
               you will wish you had started today"

                            - Karen Lamb


Video of the Week
Highbanks Virtual Run - (54:07)

Start and finish behind the nature center after running the hills and bridges of Highbanks. Visit the cliffs that are the namesake of the park and enjoy the groomed nature paths that allow you to wander through the woods.

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


Ongoing Events

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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: January 20th, 2020

AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
It’s finally here… clear your calendar this Saturday evening! Join your running cohorts, minus their sweating faces and running attire, at AORTA’s fourth annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 25th
Location: The Resting Pulse
                 714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801

Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Details: AORTA will provide pizzas, healthy spinach & artichoke dip, and soft pretzels (drinks are on you); present our 600/1200 Mile Club members with their rewards; and announce the winners of this year’s individual award categories. We will also have limited quantities of the travel and shoe bags (below) for sale. Finally, be sure to wear your favorite or most memorable race shirt and/or medal as a conversation starter!
RSVP: Sign up today through the SignUpGenius button below!


32 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!







Congratulations to our members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year! Here are the finals for the 2019 version of the 600/1200 Mile Club: 48,978.83 miles run; 114 race volunteers; 126 water stops covered. 53 people signed up; 20 completed the 1200 Mile Club and 12 completed the 600 Mile Club. To recognize this awesome achievement, awardees will receive one of the following items! Great job everyone!

** These cool items will also be available for sale at Saturday’s party!
   AORTA Travel Bag: $25
   AORTA Shoe Bag: $15

1200 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Bob Banks                     - Ashley Burnette              - Lori Connors
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver    - David Erickson               - Dusty Hall
- Moses Kariuki                - Stephanie Kendrick        - Beth Ladisla
- Gary Leung                   - Gail Lien                          - Beverly Long
- Damion McIntosh          - Mike Milford                    - Brook Moates
- Lisa Plaisance              - Jessie Schwiesow           - Allen Smith
- Mari Wilkes                   - Keven Yost

600 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Misty Carroll                 - Elyse Corbitt                 - Elizabeth Larson
- Chris McCharge           - Monica Molt                  - Kathryn-Ruth Sasser
- Allen Sasser                - Randall Stover              - Clem Tanaka
- Jordan Towns              - Heath Willingham         - Mandy Yarbrough


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2020 - Sign Up Today!
It is time to sign up again for the 600 or 1200 Mile Club for 2020. Your participation does not roll over - you must sign up for this year. *NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS!  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. 

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least THREE (3) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least TWO (2) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


Weekly Whimsy


Sleep Deprivation Symptoms - Migraines Days Later
Elizabeth Millard, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

It’s easier than you’d think to throw your whole sleep schedule off. One late night of binging the newest docuseries to hit Netflix can lead insomnia and leave you feeling a headache coming on in the morning.

Associations between poor sleep and higher migraine risk have been established in several previous studies, and new research suggests even just one night of fragmented sleep could boost migraine risk in the coming days.

Published in the journal Neurology, the study looked at adults who reported episodic migraines in the past. They wore sleep-tracking devices for six weeks, as well as provided daily information on sleep, headaches, caffeine and alcohol intake, physical activity, stress, and headache frequency.

Researchers found that short sleep duration wasn’t significantly associated with migraine, but sleep fragmentation increased their odds of having a migraine two days later. This is the kind of sleep where you’re still in bed but wide awake.

The exact cause is unknown, but researchers speculate that fragmented sleep may cause changes in control of the hypothalamus, the area of the brain associated with functions like hormone release and body temperature regulation—which can both play a role with migraines.

There’s also a chicken-and-egg question here, as to which comes first: migraine risk or fragmented sleep? In other words, poor sleep may not be a cause for more migraines, but instead, an early indicator that a migraine could be on the way.

A similar study found that blood flow was enhanced during a sleep-deprived night, but significantly worsened during the fragmented night. Migraines are clearly related to brain blood flow, so it’s not surprising they would go hand in hand with sleep quality.

Most experts advise getting more than six hours of sleep each night—any less can put you at risk for other health issues, too, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner.
     We are all runners, some just run faster than others.
         I never met a fake runner."

                            - Bart Yasso


Video of the Week
The Crawl - Sian Welch & Wendy Ingraham (1997) - (3:20)

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


Ongoing Events

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 (except 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.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: January 13th, 2020

New Year Kickoff Party!
It's that time of the year to gather and celebrate recent achievements, plan for future events, or simply enjoy friendly banter amongst fellow runners and family members at AORTA’s fourth annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 25th
Where: The Resting Pulse
             714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801

Time5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
RSVP: Sign up today through the SignUpGenius button below!


31 Members Earn 600/1200 Mile Club Status!







Congratulations to our members who completed and logged at least 600 or 1200 miles over the past year!  To recognize this awesome achievement, awardees will receive one of the following prizes below.

1200 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Bob Banks                     - Ashley Burnette              - Lori Connors
- Rachel Crafton-Stiver    - David Erickson               - Dusty Hall
- Moses Kariuki                - Stephanie Kendrick        - Beth Ladisla
- Gary Leung                   - Gail Lien                          - Beverly Long
- Damion McIntosh          - Mike Milford                    - Brook Moates
- Lisa Plaisance              - Jessie Schwiesow           - Allen Smith
- Mari Wilkes                   - Keven Yost

600 Mile Club Award Winners for 2019
- Elyse Corbitt                 - Elizabeth Larson             - Chris McCharge
- Monica Molt                  - Kathryn-Ruth Sasser      - Allen Sasser
- Randall Stover              - Clem Tanaka                  - Jordan Towns
- Heath Willingham         - Mandy Yarbrough


1200 / 600 Mile Club 2020 - Sign Up Today!
It is time to sign up again for the 600 or 1200 Mile Club for 2020. Your participation does not roll over - you must sign up for this year. *NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS!  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. 

1200 Mile Club
In addition to logging 1200 miles during the calendar year, members of the 1200 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least THREE (3) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least THREE (3) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

600 Mile Club
In addition to logging 600 miles during the calendar year, members of the 600 Mile Club must
1) Be paid members of AORTA
2) Volunteer for at least TWO (2) AORTA supported races
3) Volunteer to cover at least TWO (2) Saturday run AORTA water stops.

If you have any questions, contact Keven Yost at aorta1200@gmail.com.


Weekly Whimsy


Run on a Treadmill or Run Outside?
Jordan Smith, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

Whether you run on a treadmill or running outside, you’re still running. But the two ways certainly feel different for many runners. While recent research has concluded there are a few times when logging runs one way over the other is more beneficial, overall the two forms aren’t so different.

Researchers analyzed studies that compared running on motorized treadmills to running outside. They found that both surfaces give you a relatively similar run. The slight observed differences included footstrike, knee flexion, and vertical displacement of the pelvis. They also found that surface can make the biggest difference based on certain types of injuries, and they looked at if a one percent incline really makes a difference.

Treadmill runners were observed to have a less pronounced heel strike, while outside runners tended to have more of a rearfoot strike. When pushing off on a treadmill, the speed of the belt will slightly alter your gait and your body bounces up and down less compared to running on the ground.

If you’ve been injured, you’ll want to pay attention. When rehabbing from stress fractures, one study found you’ll experience lower bone strains on your shinbone (tibia) on a treadmill. However, if you’re struggling with calf or Achilles tendon injuries, running outside may be more beneficial because it may put less force on these muscles and tendons, likely because people land more towards their mid foot or forefoot on the treadmill.

As for adding a 1-percent incline to your treadmill, it turns out most runners won’t see a difference in resistance and push off… unless one runs faster than about 8 to 10 miles per hour (around a 6:00 to 7:30 minute/mile) in which case it may be beneficial.

Pay attention to your running surface if you’re experiencing certain injuries. However, if you need to get a run in, whether outside or in the gym, choosing one over the other won’t necessarily give you a better workout.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

“You have a choice. You can throw in the towel,
   or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.

                            - Gatorade


Video of the Week
Running - Greg Warren (3:39)

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


Ongoing Events

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 (except 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.


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!
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes




AORTA News: January 6th, 2020

New Year's Resolution Run Photo!


AORTA's New Year Kickoff Party!
Mark your calendars for January 25th. Details are still in work, but plan to join your running cohorts minus their sweating faces and running attire to AORTA’s fourth annual New Year Kickoff Party!
WhenSaturday, January 25th
Location: The Resting Pulse
                 714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801

TimeTBD


Weekly Whimsy


16 Ways People at the Gym Know You’re a Runner
K. Aleisha Fetters, Runner’s World (paraphrased)

It’s easy to spot a runner out of their natural habitat. When it comes to the gym, a majority of runners would much rather be out on the roads, a scenic trail, or repeating some loops on the track. So it’s no surprise that they don’t always know how to behave when runners actually swipe their gym membership cards from time to time.

To identify some of the main ways runners can infuriate others in the gym, consider this your list of what not to do.

1. Completely overaking the gym on bad-weather days.
2. Stalking the treadmill section of the gym.
3. Wearing Garmins on the treadmill.
4. Blatantly racing the “non-runner” on the next treadmill.
5. Going super long on the treadmill.
6. Snapping postrun selfies.
7. Failiing to properly wipe down the treadmill after a run.
8. Complaining about not exercising outdoors.
9. Doing curls with 5-pound dumbbells.
10. Hogging all of the foam rollers.
11. Never getting out of breath during spin classes.
12. Your 
short shorts.
13. Those eight pushups completely winded you.
14. You have the worst flexibility in the whole gym.
15. You complain that you can’t run with your friends.
16. Wearing yesterday’s running clothes.

Link to RunnerWorld article


Quote of the Week

   “Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind.
          Keeping the dream alive is half the battle."

                            - Kara Goucher
                              U.S. Olympian the 5K and 10K


Video of the Week
No Human is Limited (4:38)

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


Ongoing Events

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!
- October Water Stops: Mari Wilkes
- 2019 Unity World AIDS Day: Lori Connors
- 2019 Shelby’s Shuffle: Monica Molt
- November Water Stops: Morgan Brown
- 2019 Toys for Tots: Brook Moates
- 2019 Jingle Jog: Ben Oni
- December Water Stops: Mari Wilkes