AORTA News: July 8th, 2024

We had a fantastic turnout for our annual July 4th four and seven mile runs! The event saw an incredible number of participants, each bringing their enthusiasm and patriotic spirit to the celebration. Congratulations to everyone who braved and completed the challenging, hot, and hilly routes!

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!

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


The Sartorius Muscle and Link to Pain and Cramps
Lauren Bedosky, Runner's World

**Summary of full article **

The sartorius muscle, the longest muscle in the body, often causes pain and cramps in runners. This thin, strap-like muscle crosses both the hip and knee joints, playing a crucial role in hip and knee flexion, hip rotation, and pelvic stabilization during running.

Runners often experience sartorius-related pain due to overuse, tightness in other hip flexors, overstriding, or frequent sprinting. This pain can manifest at the front of the hip, along the quadriceps, or as a sore, burning sensation inside the knee due to irritation of the pes anserine bursa. Sartorius cramps might feel like painful tightness rather than traditional muscle cramps.

Treatment includes addressing muscle tightness and strength imbalances, modifying running form, and performing targeted stretches and strengthening exercises. Key exercises include the 90/90 hip stretch, high lunges, glute bridges, deadlifts, and fire hydrants. Recovery time varies, with muscle tightness improvements seen in one to four weeks and muscle strains taking four to six weeks. Persistent or severe symptoms should prompt a visit to a sports physician.

Link to archived Runner’s World article 

Quote of the Week

        So often we become so

        focused on the finish line,

        that we fail to enjoy the journey.

                     Dieter F. Uchdorf
                    Aviator and Airline Executive

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

The Kenyan Village With The World’s Best Distance Runners (19:55)

The Kalenjin tribe from Kenya has dominated long-distance Olympic running like no one else. Discover the secret ingredients to their success.

** 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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