AORTA News: June 24th, 2024

Local Race This Saturday!

June 29th: Race for a Summer of Second Chances

When: Saturday, June 29th, 2024
8:00 AM (1-Mile) / 8:30 AM (5K)
Where: CARE Humane Society, Auburn
Distances: 1-Mle, 5KFee: $20 (1-Mile), $30 (5K)
Description: Lace up your sneakers and join us for a cause that's close to our hearts! 🐾 We are thrilled to announce our Annual Race for a Summer of Second Chances benefiting CARE Humane Society™️! 🌟 Whether you're up for the challenge of a 5k or prefer a leisurely walk/run one mile, there's something for everyone!

Upcoming Local Races

Opelika Summer Swing Series
When: Tuesdays, May 7 - July 30
6:00 PM
Where: Opelika Middle School Track
Distance: 5K
Fee: $1 per race or $10 for the series!

Auburn Summer Swing Series
When: Wednesdays, June 5 - July 3
5:30 PM: Registration
          6:00 PM: 1-Mile Fun Run
          6:30 PM: 5K Run
Where: Auburn Junior High School Track
Distance: 5K
Fee: 5K - $15 per race or $50 for the series!
                AHS & AJHS Track/XC athletes are FREE!
          1-Mile - is FREE.

July 4th Fun Run!
        *** Non-Members Welcome ***

Come and celebrate Independence Day in Auburn with a morning group run alongside fellow AORTA members and non-members!  Choose to run, jog, or walk a 4 or 7 mile course… your choice. We’ll kick off the run at 7:00 AM!  Water stop on E. Samford @ the East Samford School (ESS) exit (see the maps below).

Date: July 04, 2024
Location: TCBY (next to Kroger) @ Glenn/Dean Intersection
Time: 7:00 AM
Free (No t-shirts or medals for this one!)

AORTA July 4th 4-Mile Run        AORTA July 4th 7-Mile Run

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 “Sneakers4Good”, 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.

Weekly Whimsy


What Your Heart Rate Tells About Your Fitness
Talya Minsberg, New York Times

**Summary of full article **

Smartwatches and fitness trackers provide valuable data on heart health, including heart rate, heart rate zones, variability, and trends. This information can enhance fitness routines if users understand its limits and apply it to their specific goals.

Kathryn Larson, a cardiologist, advises tailoring data use to individual health objectives. Beginners can track fitness progress, while experienced athletes can benefit from heart rate zone training to boost speed and endurance.

Heart rate can be manually measured or monitored using devices. A healthy resting heart rate ranges from 60-100 beats per minute, with athletes often having lower rates.

Heart rate zone training divides workouts into five intensity levels based on a percentage of maximum heart rate. Each zone supports different fitness goals, such as building endurance or improving efficiency. Dr. Tamanna Singh emphasizes understanding effort and purpose for effective zone training.

Factors like stress, weather, and sleep affect heart rate, so personal effort should also guide fitness practices. Programs like Orangetheory and Peloton offer structured heart-rate-based workouts.

Heart rate variability (HRV) indicates recovery and fatigue levels. Higher HRV suggests better recovery, but HRV can be influenced by factors like illness and alcohol. Dr. Seth Martin finds HRV interesting but less actionable than other metrics.

Experts caution against over-reliance on heart-rate data due to potential inaccuracies. Using a talk test during workouts and considering overall recovery can be equally important. Dr. Larson advises focusing on the big picture rather than becoming consumed by data.

Link to New York Times article 

Quote of the Week

        Up before the sun

        Why did I go run?

        Everything hurts, 

        This is no fun

        Am I almost done?


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.

Video of the Week

3 Simple Ways PRO Runners Run Faster (5:15)

This video shows the running technique tips used by elite runners to run faster and with an efficient running style. Learn how to run with proper running form by following the tips in this video, as we study some of the world's best runners. If you're wondering how to run faster, this video is for you!

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

Ongoing Events

RunGo For Turn-By-Turn Directions!
RunGo provides turn-by-turn navigation allowing you to just enjoy your runs without having to think about looking for street names and when you may have to turn next. Other great features include, audio cues with your running stats, split updates, the ability to share your runs via social media, and create new routes. Another great feature of the app is the ability to work offline. You can create and download your routes ahead of time, before your run so you don’t have to use data during your run.

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.

Water Stop Volunteers Needed
Water stop signs and coolers are available at the following location: 1536 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL. (Thank you Adahli Massey!). Coolers and signs can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 8AM-12 noon. Items are in the room next to the back door. If you are unable to pick up supplies on these dates/times, e-mail to make alternative arrangements (we deliver!).

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