Kids Triathlon Training Program To Start in August

July 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Races, Weight Loss

IMG_2436The kids team triathlon training program will begin the first week of August this year.  This is a 5-week training program for the Labor Day Triathlon in September.  Children 8 and up are welcome to participate.  The Registration is open.  To learn more message Coach Lora Erickson directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com.

Please note:  You child will need to be able to swim all the way across the pool by themselves to participate.

To learn more visit:  Team Blonde Runner Youth Triathlon

Like us on Facebook:  KidsTBRtriathlonteam

Funny Video: Marathon Thoughts

May 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Blonde Jokes, Fitness, News

Mentally Strong Article

April 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews

Finish pictures arm up Lora Erickson IMMDRecently my Mom shared this article she found with me.  I have read it and re-read it and just love all the kernels of truth in it, so I wanted to share it.  Here’s a summary with my comments of 9 Things Mentally Strong People Do Every Day:

  1. They monitor their emotions.  “Sometimes reaching your greatest potential requires you to behave contrary to how you feel.”
  2. They practice realistic optimism.  I love this one because it’s not about being overly optimistic but realistic and positive.  (It’s about your inner monologue). I believe being positive and grateful is the key to a happy life.
  3. They solve problems.  So true!  I love to be productive with my time and move forward and put my energy into solutions.  I “refuse to engage in unproductive activities.”  I just don’t have time for it.
  4. They practice self-compassion.  True, so true.  Sometimes you have to lighten up and roll with the punches.  Treat yourself as you would want your best friend to treat you.
  5. They set healthy boundaries.  I especially love this one as it has been a hard lesson learned in my life.  Take full responsibility for how you think, feel and behave.  You determine if you will have a good day, not others.
  6. They manage their time wisely.  Time is too valuable to waste and I want to do meaningful things with it.  I am picky about what I spend my time on.
  7. They strive to fulfill their purpose.  I recently put a post up about this.  It’s wonderful to feel like your life has meaning and purpose. Check it out.
  8. They seek to grow stronger.  We are never too old to learn.  Don’t be too proud to learn either, swallow your pride.  Everyone has room for improvement.
  9. They monitor their progress.  They seek explanations not excuses. This is such a valuable tool to continue to stay motivated and on track with goals.

Read the article: 9 Things Mentally Strong People Do Every Day

Great article!

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Funny Video: 8 stages of Marathon Running

This is funny and true.  Enjoy!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

 

Salt Lake City Marathon Discount Code

Ok peeps. The Salt Lake races are just a few days away. I did the half last year and it was seriously one of the most organized races I’ve done with timing clocks on route, pacers and a great expo. It’s not too late to sign-up and they have other events besides the Full/half marathon available like the bike tour, 5K, skate etc. Check it out and use the code blonderunnerslc16 to save $5

SaltLakeCityMarathon.com

Such a great event!

Salt Lake Half collage 4.14.2016

 

Splash N Sprint Triathlon: Win a Free Entry

April 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews

I just love getting involved in local races and this one is a favorite.  Get your name in and see if you can win a spot for yourself, or a friend/family member.  Come join in the fun!

Can’t wait and want to get registered?  If so, use the code BlondeSNSPromo to save $5.  Get Registered

Set Backs: It’s Never Too Late

March 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Fitness, Weight Loss

never too lateFor various reasons I did not meet my potential in high school or college running. My senior year in college was a particularly hard setback, while I was running for Utah State University on scholarship. I started to have a hard time breathing when I was running and would get winded easily going up the stairs despite being in great shape. It started to affect my race performances. It was strange since I did not have asthma.

warm up utah state with glovesMy brother-in-law, who is an ENT doctor, found a cyst in my neck which protruded into my windpipe and I ended up having to undergo neck surgery in the middle of racing season. Up to this point, I had improved, getting faster every year but this was the only year I was unable to because of the setback.

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It was difficult to walk around the track as I recovered while my teammates ran circles around me. As the team captain I was used to taking the lead. It was hard to regain fitness to the level needed to compete well for my final track season. I don’t believe I ever met my potential in college but it’s never too late. Since having children and coaching myself I have now ran faster times than I did in college. I believe I still have faster times in me despite my age. I am really enjoying competing in triathlons now. I have a lot of goals to still accomplish. I strive to continue to improve and believe it’s never too late to become the athlete I could have been. If you have a dream keep working towards it. You never know what you might accomplish with persistent effort. I’m working to be the BEST ME I can be. How about you? setback setup for come back

Product Review: EO Gear top tube bag

eo gear bag top 3.1.2016 side of eo bag zipper pocket of side bagAs many of you know I like to train like I race so I have been practicing my nutrition during rides as usual. I am really liking this EO Gear bag I got from the Endurance Sports Show. I love that it has many separate compartments to hold the different products I like to use like Cocogo (use the code “blonderunner” to get 20% off during March), Endurolytes tablets (use the code “blonderunner” for 15% off the first order), gels and regular food too.

I really like the mesh pocket on the side to hold my used gel packets while I ride. Bonus- it has a reflective stripe on each side (you know how I feel about safety). To purchased online visit EoGear.com

This particular one is the Century Bag Deluxe and bonus – it’s made in the USA, particularly Utah! Wahoo for local!

It’s made of durable water proof material so I know if I experience the harsh conditions that I experienced at Ironman Maryland it can hack it and my food won’t get wet or soggy. It’s worth checking out.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Funny Video: Yoga Pants, Tim Hawkins

February 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Blonde Jokes, Fitness, Product Reviews, Weight Loss

I just love yoga pants – they are so comfortable.  I also love to laugh, it’s what gets me through life.  This is a great clip, enjoy!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Blonde Runner on Air Quality KSL 5 TV Interview Segment

Air quality is something to consider when running outside.  Here’s a video clip of the interview on KSL 5 TV if you missed it.  Go Team Blonde Runner!

Happy & Healthy Running,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Pro’s & Con’s of Treadmill Running
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Check Air Quality

Just in case you missed the news segment on air quality this morning, you can view it here. We were interviewed four times through out the morning. Go Team Blonde Runner! #KSL5TV BlondeRunner.com

Posted by Lora Heyl Erickson on Monday, February 15, 2016

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