AORTA Posts 2020

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


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