AORTA News: October 22nd, 2018

Tough 10 / Tough 2 This Saturday!
- When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Ogletree Village
             (corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree)
- Fee: $20 (Tough Two), $30 (Tough Ten)
- Awards: Top Male/Female and Age Groups
- Charity: All race proceeds are donated to EAMC’s Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer Early Detection.

Upcoming Local Races!

Race to the Red Carpet
- When: Sunday, November 04, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (2-Mile and 10-Mile)
- Where: Creekside Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Charity: Time to break out the sequins, bowties, feather boas and any other paparazzi-worthy running attire! Race to support Richland, Creekside and Yarbrough Elementary Schools as their PTOs partner to host this fabulous event to raise funds to support teacher grants, technology in the classrooms and student behavior incentives!

Auburn Toys for Tots Race
- When: Sunday, November 25, 2018
- Time: 2:00 PM (1-Mile Fun Run)
             2:15 PM (5K/10K)
- Where: Wrights Mill Road Elementary
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K, 10K
- Charity: AORTA’s popular annual Toys for Tots race
will start/finish at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School. There will be 3 races, a 

1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.  Cost is only $10 (+$2 signup fee) for any race!  However all registered runners are requested to donate a new, unwrapped toy as part of their registration. All toys and proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Program and distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.
here or on the icon above to register!

Unity World AIDS Day Race
- When: Saturday, December 01, 2018
- Time: 7:30 (1-Mile), 8:00 (5K)
- Where: Town Creek Park
- Distance(s): 1-Mile, 5K
- Charity: Run, jog or walk a scenic 3.1 mile route through the moderately rolling hills of Auburn, AL. The race will start and finish at Town Creek Park. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome and encouraged. All proceeds are donated to Unity Wellness Center's Client emergency assistance fund. The World AIDS Day 5K is in honor of all those living with HIV and who have died from AIDS related illness in our community.

2017 Jingle Jog 5K & Santa Stroll 1-Mile
DateSaturday, December 8th, 2018
Location: Toomer's Corner, Downtown Auburn
Time: 7:00 Santa Stroll Fun Run/Walk
          7:30 Jingle Jog 5K
Distance(s:) 1-Mile, 5K
Description: The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run are back in 2018 – so pull out those ugly sweaters and get ready to run again! Join Active Auburn as we ring in the holiday season in style!  PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to run both the Santa Stroll and the Jingle Jog, please register for the Jingle Jog!  Bib numbers are assigned by races and the numeric value will determine whether or not your bib is scored.

Volunteers Needed!
Our volunteer support this year has been nothing short of awesome! That said, we have quite a few  upcoming races and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the finish line! You will be surrounded by health conscious individuals that, like you, are motivated fitness enthusiasts and appreciate the effort of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare on a weekend, come on out to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience! Click here or on the graphic above to signup!
*Bonus!* Volunteers are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card every race!

Weekly Whimsy

How to Recover After a Marathon
Marathon season is upon us! For those planning on taking on this extreme challenge, here are tips on what to do AFTER you finish.

First, postrace recovery is kind of like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’re going to get. There are a host of variables that can affect your marathon recovery such as race intensity, the elements, your health, and training.  Every recovery is different, but there are several strategies you can employ postrace that will aid in speeding the rate of recovery so you don’t have to avoid the stairs all week.

Keep Walking: After crossing the finish line, your first instinct may be to drop to your knees and thank the gods you’ve finished… not the best thing to do. Your body is still in marathon mode and needs to transition back to normal life. By walking, your heart rate gradually drops, the circulation diverts back to its resting state and flushes lactic acid from the muscles. Walk at least 10-15 minutes.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Eat a small snack within the first 30-60 minutes postrace. Get about 200-300 easily-digestible carb and protein calories to maintain blood sugar levels, replenish muscle glycogen, and repair muscle tissue. Half a turkey sandwich, carrots, and almond butter or pretzels will do the trick. If it’s a hot race, try a liquid recovery drink. If it’s cold, soup. Continue to nibble on balanced snacks and meals with a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein. Sip fluids to rehydrate.

Chill Out: If possible, soak in a cold water or ice bath for 5-10 minutes and consider wearing compression tights. This will decrease inflammation and speed the rate of healing.

Get a Leg Up: Take 5-10 minutes to get your legs up on the wall. It refreshes circulation and gently stretches the legs.

Stretch, Roll, and Massage: Wait at least 2-6 hours after the race to stretch and foam roll and at least 24 hours for a massage. This allows your muscles time to replenish fluids and energy lost and recover from the demands of the race.

Give Yourself a Break: One of the most common mistakes is running too soon after a marathon. Try this four-week plan:
Week 1: Cross train, rest, and test the waters. Do short, light effort, low-impact cross training activities to boost circulation, warm your muscles, and aid in the healing journey. If all feels well later in the week, run a short, easy-effort (30 minute) run to test the waters.
Week 2: Run short and easy. If things hurt, keep cross training. If you feel good, start back to your normal running frequency but keep the effort easy and the distance short (30-60 minutes).
Week 3: Run longer and a little faster. If things are still going well and your body feels good, ease back into distance and intensity.
Week 4: Return to regular volume or training. Return to your pre-marathon schedule if you feel good.

Link to Runner's World article

Quote of the Week

   “Heart is the difference between those who attempt
              and those who achieve."

                                            — Anonymous

Video of the Week
Running motivation: Master yourself! (3:19)

Ongoing Events

Revolution Running Certification Training: Oct 27th
Running is the most popular exercise in the world and the most potent exercise to burn calories and lose weight. Yet most runners train WRONG. With the REVOLUTION RUNNING™ certification, developed by renowned running expert and 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Dr. Jason Karp, you will learn how to train runners RIGHT so they (and you) can train like a WINNER.

REVOLUTION RUNNING™ is a PhD-level running education program specifically designed to provide the required skill and expertise to train runners and to teach the exclusive REVOLUTION RUNNING™ group workouts. With certified fitness professionals and coaches in 20 countries, the program is offered as level 1 (live performance without exam) and level 2 (home-study course with exam).

Link to website:

A running coach certification will be held on October 27, 2018 @ Metro Fitness in Montgomery, AL.
Link to brochure. 

Running for Auburn Student Veterans

“Hi Friends! 
As some of you may know, this year I decided to push myself both physically and mentally and have registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th in Washington D.C.

Shortly after deciding to run the race, I lost my grandfather – an Air Force veteran – and I knew I wanted to run this race and raise money in his memory; as well as to honor my living grandfather who is an Army Veteran. I knew I wanted the money I raised to stay local and support veterans in Auburn, and I have chosen to run my first marathon on behalf of the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association (ASVA).

The men and women of the ASVA are true leaders on campus; supporting not only each other, but also the larger student body. In the 2017-18 Academic Year, their president was nominated for Male Student of the Year and the organization as a whole was nominated for Most Exceptional Campus Organization. Most members are not only students, but spouses/parents and are still active duty or in the reserves.

The money I raise will help support their year-round initiatives including a job clothes closet for veterans, reaching out to student veterans on campus, their fall gala, and their spring golf tournament.

Please consider making a donation to the Auburn Student Veteran’s Association at my link below.

-Kathryn-Ruth Sasser

Link to Fundraising Site: 

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 Soldier Marathon / Half-Marathon on November 17th 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.

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)

Charity Miles!
If you’re motivated to help others, the free app Charity Miles helps you earn money for charities while you walk, run, or bike! The Android/iOS app uses your phone’s GPS to track your exercise. The first time you open the app, you’ll sign up and choose a charity among the list of 41 organizations. After that, each time you open it up, you’ll select an event such as walking, running, or biking. You’ll then earn 10 cents a mile for biking or 25 cents a mile for walking or running for your designated charity! Funds are provided by corporate sponsors who, in turn, receive ad space on the app. To date, this app has raised over $2.5 million! Download the app at one of the links below.
Important: After signing up, join Team AORTA and let’s do this together!

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!
- July Water Stops: Stephanie Kendrick
- 2018 I Run Opelika 5K: Brook Moates
- August Water Stops: Andrea Nelson
- 2018 ODK Cake Race: Sarah Crim
- September Water Stops: Bob Banks
- 2018 Rabies Run: Amanda Thomas

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