Where does obesity start?

Don’t enable your children.  Changing how our children eats starts with you.

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

I Nominate You to Take The Ice Bucket Challenge

August 30, 2014 by  
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I donated in honor of Pete Frates and all those affected by this disease.  I nominate you to take the challenge.  #blonderunnerice and I will be reposting some of my favorites.

~ Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

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Local Superhero Race Win a Race Entry

August 29, 2014 by  
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Click the link and learn how to win a free entry!

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Best Price for Thanksgiving Day Races 2014

August 27, 2014 by  
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running turkeyDon’t miss the EARLY BIRD price for the Thanksgiving Day Events 2014 at the South Davis Recreation Center!  The prices goes up MONDAY 9/1!  Wobble before you Gobble this year!

Turkey 10K: $25 Family 5K: $20 Gobbler 1K: $10 This is your BEST PRICE!  Get registered and save some $$$
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Free Triathlon Clinic For Participants

August 26, 2014 by  
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no year labor tri logoI will be offering a free Triathlon Clinic and route pre-view for those registered for the Labor Day Triathlon.  The clinic will be held this Friday August 29th from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  We will be riding the sprint distance route after a short demonstration on how to set up your transition area.  Please bring your bike and helmets and meet at the pavilion behind the South Davis Recreation Center.  Questions about the event will also be answered.  This clinic is at no charge however you will need to RSVP to reserve your spot.  Just message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com

See you there!

Coach  Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

Tracer 360 Visibility Vest

BLONDERUNI can not emphasis enough the value of safety while you are outside exercising. Our day light hours are getting shorter and if you exercise before work – you know it’s dark out there in the early morning hours. I also see cars putting on their lights as early at 6:30 on overcast days. Please, please wear lights! I use the Tracer 360 vest and feel it is the most visible vest out there and can be seen by all angles (thus “360″). It also doesn’t rely on reflection only so cars can see you from a distance. Those that are seen are not usually the ones that get hit. I use this while cycling and running in low light conditions. I like to use the flashing light feature as we are competing with drivers attention now with cell phone/text use. Use the code BLONDERUN to save 15%. This is so worth your safety and piece of mind. Please share with a friend you care about!
~ Coach “Blonde Runner” – Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com
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Local Superhero Race Win a Free Entry

August 23, 2014 by  
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Check out this fun and local Superhero Race on September 20th.  Looks like a blast!

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

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Flash Giveaway: Hooper Tomato Days 5K

August 21, 2014 by  
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Enter to win! Two spots will be given away. Hurry and get your name in. The winners will be announced August 27th. Good luck!
Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

Tips for Beginners

August 13, 2014 by  
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I was recently interviewed.  Here are my responses to the questions.  I hope you will find a kernel of information that might be helpful for you.  Beginners rock!

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

What is a tip you share with all beginning runners?

The advice I like to give to beginners is don’t run too much too soon.  A seasoned runner can handle a lot more miles and beginners need to build up their miles over a period of time or they will end up injured.  If they are not sure how to do this it would be best to follow a program or hire a coach.  They also need to use a good pair of running shoes from a specialty store and allow time for a proper warm-up/cool-down & stretching.  They should also supplement their running with regular core & strength training.

A lot of people have heard about a walk-and-jog method when they start running. Can you explain what that is and why it’s beneficial?

Yes, I think a walk-run is a great approach to getting started.  It allows the body to adapt to the jarring of running.  Often walk-run programs require short run bouts sandwiched between walking breaks.  I do recommend those starting with this approach eventually build up to continuous running.

How can you improve your speed or endurance?

The best way to improve your speed is to incorporate pace and speed workouts into your training.  If you keep doing what you have always done, your results will remain the same.  If you want something different, you need to do something different.  There are various types of workouts (fartlek, tempo, interval, hill repeats, etc…) but they are often done wrong by beginners.  I highly suggest working with a coach and getting specific guidance to improve your speed properly to reduce your risk of injury especially if you plan to start race; 5K, 10K, triathlon, half marathon and especially the marathon distance.  Endurance can be built with increasing long run time.  A general rule of thumb is 10% a week.

What are the most important factors in having good running form?

There are many factors that contribute to good running form; one of which is utilizing a proper lean from the ankle.  Many runners concern themselves with foot strike, but often manipulating the lean can fix heel strike issues.  There are many other important elements to proper form but this is usually one that makes the most difference.

What can people do to improve their form, or why is it important to have good form?

Having good form can reduce or eliminate injuries as well as improve overall running economy.  The best way to improve your form is have a certified coach evaluate your form and give you direct feedback and specific drills that will help you.  Over the 18 years that I have coached I have discovered that no two people are exactly alike and usually flexibility issues and muscular imbalance need to be identified and addressed.  I am a big believer in a custom approach to form fixes.  I also offer a popular Running Form Class that highlights common problems that when they are fixed allow the runner to meet his or her true potential.  You can learn more by visiting www.BlondeRunner.com
What are the most common running injuries?

Overuse injury is commonly found in distance running ie. tendonitis.  Simply many runners run through pain that they should not or do too much too soon.  Understanding the value of “rest” will lead to more success for any runner.

What are 3 or 4 ways to avoid the common running injuries?

Start slow and allow the body to adapt.  Vary the terrain you are running on.  I often see people with leg problems because they are always running on a crowned or cambered road.  Running on a slant repetitively can cause problems.  Also, don’t be afraid to cross-train.  Utilizing other sports in your training can make you a well-rounded athlete and allows you to challenge yourself and muscles in other ways.  Cross-training also makes running a “treat” since you may not do it everyday and allows you the mental break often needed to prevent burn-out.    Swimming builds the strength in the arms and cycling helps strengthen the legs yet is not as hard on the joints.  This is why I enjoy triathlon training so much.

 

Win a Free Race Entry – The Classic Race 10K/5K

August 12, 2014 by  
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It’s that time of year again, time to lace up your shoes and join Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital in the Fight Against Heart Disease at The Classic Race.

The Classic Race is one of Utah’s longest lasting traditions. What started as just a road race in 1984 has turned into an event where 100’s of runners join together year after year to help support heart services at McKay-Dee Hospital.

This year the event, featuring 10K, 5K, and KidsK events, will be on September 6, 2014 at Layton Commons Park. So come take part in this family friendly event and strengthen your own heart while you help fight heart disease!

Friends of Blonde Runner Special Discount!

Get $10 off the registration price by using the discount code “CLASSIC10-BR”.

Now that is a deal you just can’t pass up!

Register now at:
https://registermyrace.com/register/the-layton-classic-10k-5k-kids-run/50

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Prices Go Up on Sunday, August 17th
Regular registration ends at midnight on August 16th, so make sure you register in the next few days to take full advantage of the lowest registration cost possible. While your $5 off discount won’t end, regular registration fees will.

More Fun with Your Friends
Feel free to share the discount code with your friends and family and be the hero of the day!
See you September 6th!
For more information visit runtheclassic.org, get updates on Facebook at facebook.com/runtheclassic, or contact runtheclassic@gmail.com

FLASH GIVEAWAY:
Want to win a spot? Check out the Blonde Runner Health page to learn more.

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