Enso Roller Valentine’s Special

February 8, 2017 by  
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If you know me well you know that I am in love with the Enso Roller.  This is my all-time favorite customizable roller!  The discs are totally removable and can be moved around as you want.  For this month only they will be offering a great deal on this roller.  Buy a roller and get a travel roller for free!  You won’t want to miss it.  Click to learn more:  Enso Roller Special Recovery an important aspect of your training.

Happy & Healthy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Coach Lora Erickson earns Ironman All-World – Silver

February 5, 2017 by  
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I am so pleased and grateful to be recognized as an Ironman All-World Silver athlete. Thank you to all the support I receive.
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com

Who would want to do an Ironman Triathlon?

February 3, 2017 by  
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ironman bannerBy Coach Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Admittedly it seems crazy to pay hundreds of dollars and put so much time and energy into training to complete an Ironman event; swimming 2.4 miles, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and topping it off with running a 26.2 mile marathon. It’s plain crazy, right?! Having completed two Ironman events, I can tell you what drives someone to do things like this. I believe the human spirit knows there is value of hard work and setting goals that require true grit. I believe people want to understand their own limits and test themselves. I believe the pain and suffering experienced through hours of disciplined training leads to a greater victory and sense of accomplishment when the goal is realized. I believe humans innately know this. Think of your most joyous moments? Were they tied to some difficult trial that was overcome?

Some people just want to prove to themselves that they can do it. Or they may have been challenged or double-dog-dared by a friend. It could be all their friends are talking about. Maybe they have a significant birthday coming up or were inspired by watching the Ironman World Championships in Kona on television and want to attempt a triathlon themselves. Maybe they want to inspire others or do it for a friend that can’t. It could be the natural order or progression of racing from a 5K to a 10K to Marathon to triathlons to an Ironman event. Proving someone wrong who told them they could not do it may also be the motivation.

If they are like me and have suffered an accident (being hit by a truck on a bicycle) and have physical challenges that make them want to prove that nothing can stop them; then that might be the motivation. Once they have obtained the title of “Ironman” it can never be taken away and it is notably hard past challenges become trivial. New challenges are easier to take on with more vigor and resolve.  Whatever the reason, once they have completed an Ironman event it eliminates all the doubts that it could be done.  Anything is possible!

Happy Training,

Coach Lora

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World triathlete placing in the top 5% in her age division in the world. She is also an experienced and passionate certified running & triathlon coach. She offers custom designed training plans on-line as well as in-person coaching. To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com or message her directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com

Coach Lora Erickson on Good Things Utah with Michelle Money

January 27, 2017 by  
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Come join the fun.  Use the code blonderunnerslc17 to save 20% off.  Prices go up Feb. 4th. Great events!

 

Winter Running Challenges

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By Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Winter can pose many additional challenges for runners. Poor air quality and cold temperature can drive asthmatic runners indoors or to travel to higher elevations to get out of the inversion.  Obviously breathing bad air can pose health risks so it’s important to check and see if levels are safe to exercise in.  To check air quality in your area visit airnow.gov. Some people opt to run outdoor with masks however often complain of having a hard time getting enough air exchange and the condensation in the mask can be annoying.  I suggest taking the workout indoors if the air quality is bad.  Treadmills can have many benefits this time of year.  Not only do they provide a more giving surface and they obviously don’t have the concerns of slipping. It’s convenient and allows bathroom breaks if needed.  It is also easy to set a pace and just hold that pace on the treadmill.  While it can feel like a “hamster wheel” to some it offers safety from traffic and can be done any time of day or night.  I know many young mothers with small children that utilize a treadmill extensively; however, I often caution them when they start running outdoors more in the spring to do it gradually to allow the body time to adapt to harder surfaces.

If you really struggle with indoor or “dreadmill” running, I suggest cross-training on bad air quality days. Indoor cycling and swimming can have many benefits for runners and challenge the body in different ways.  I always like to suggest yoga for my runners and triathletes as well.  This is great for recovery and flexibility.  Don’t be afraid to utilize the snow for other fitness activities; like cross-country skiing or snow shoeing.  These are all great aerobic workouts to supplement the training.  It can also prevent burnout or keep you active if you tend to not to want to run in the snow.

While exercising outside on better air quality days I suggest dressing in layers. As your body warms-up you can remove layers to control temperature.  I often see runners wearing too many layers so usually in 20 degree temps I wear two layers on the top, earwarmers, gloves or mittens (sometimes with hand warmers) and tights.  If it’s snowing I also suggest a hat or visor so you don’t “blink” yourself to death.  Surprisingly, I often wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun’s bright reflection off the snow.  Glasses can also block the wind from making the eyes water and tears from dripping down the lacrimal ducts causing your nose to run. This can be annoying and lead you to wiping your nose excessively.

Often while running outdoors the feet can get wet and cold and there are concerns of slipping. For this I would suggest running in trail shoes that have more traction and are generally more water proof.  I also like to use a water-proof spray on my shoes and clothes.  If you can stay dry you won’t lose as much heat.  Short gators can also prevent snow from getting in your shoes and melting.  If you are concerned about black ice and slippery surfaces you might consider using yaktrax, IceTrekkers, or Kahtoola MicroSpikes.  They can all be found at Wasatch Running Center or a local running store in your area.

If you are like me and it takes you a while to warm-up in cold temperatures but you don’t like to be stuck indoors, I would suggest warming up on a treadmill or indoor exercise bike then take the run outside. Remember running on slick snowy surfaces isn’t going to be as fast as you can go on a treadmill but it’s still a great workout.  If you usually train by pace I would suggest using heart rate numbers to train with during the winter.  Contact me if you need more training tips.

Another outdoor concern is traffic safety. I often find myself winding back and forth from the sidewalk to the street to avoid really deep snow or icy patches.  As always be aware of your surroundings and assume cars don’t see you.  I also suggest running against traffic, wearing bright colors with reflexive strips, blinking lights or utilize the Tracer 360 visibility vest (noxgear.com 20% off with code BLONDERUN) which can be seen from all directions.  I don’t use music as much in the winter so I can hear my surroundings better and stay safe.  It is also helpful to train with others as a group since you are  much more visible to traffic.

Either way, whether you plan to workout indoors or outdoors don’t let anything get in your way. Yes, winter can make it more challenging to get the workouts in but if you want the rewards you have to do the work.  No excuses.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

About the Author:

Coach Lora Erickson is a nationally ranked and All-World Triathlete as well as certified running, triathlon, swimming, and cycling instructor. She has a true passion for nutrition education, fitness & health promotion and has been coaching for over 25 years. She works with all level of athletes and relishing the opportunity to help beginners harness their true potential.  She offers community classes, in-person and on-line custom coaching.  To learn more contact her directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com or visit BlondeRunner.com to read health articles. 

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Great event! Sign-up for the Utah Valley Marathon

January 18, 2017 by  
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There are lots of great races out there but I have heard some great things about the Utah Valley Marathon in June.  Not only was it ranked one of the Top 10 in the U.S. before but it offers a full-marathon, half, 10K and Kids K.  The course is a beautiful decent and is a Boston Qualifier.  Use the code: br15 and get 15% off.  You are welcome to share this code with a friend or family member.

https://www.raceentry.com/races/utah-valley-marathon-and-half-marathon-10k/2017/register

Bonus! Free jacket in 2017 for 10th anniversary.

Win a spot in the March Madness Half Marathon or 5K

January 11, 2017 by  
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Win an Enso roller by EvoFit

December 16, 2016 by  
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Enter to win! Sweethearts 5K race entry

December 12, 2016 by  
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Great local event. If you just can’t wait to get registered use the code BLONDESWEET2017 to save $5. Learn More at SouthDavisRaces.com

Need some help training? Contact me at theblonderunner@gmail.com. Once you are registered you can join in the Running Clinic on Jan. 21, 2017. Great info to help you race faster.

Can’t race but want to be involved?  Contact me if you’d like to volunteer. We’d love to have your help.
Happy Training,
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com

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