Win a Spot in the Haunted Half Provo or Salt Lake City this October

October 8, 2018 by  
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I just love to do giveaways! Who just loves to race this time of year? This Haunted Half is a good one, better break out your costumes! Be sure and get your name in a win a spot. You can choose between the Provo or Salt Lake races and also choose between a half or 5K.
Good Luck!
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com

Double your chances and enter on Instagram @theblonderunner Click for a direct link

Click on the picture below to enter on Facebook.  Good luck.  Winner announced Oct. 17th.

Asian Pear/Apple Crisp Recipe

October 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Health Classes, Light Desserts, News, Nutrition, Recipes, Sides

This Asian Pear Crisp turned out delicious!  I usually like to make apple crisp this time of year but I decided to switch it up and made it with Asian pears since we had so many from our tree we needed to use up. It was so easy and tasty! 😋  view on Instagram (@CoachLoraErickson)

Here’s the recipe:

Wash and slice Asian pears and toss with cinnamon (can substitute apples). Preheat oven to 375°.  Top with a mixer of oats (I use about 4-5 packets of instant Maple & Brown sugar oatmeal), brown sugar (about 1/4 cup), and some melted butter (1/2 stick)and a dash of baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and what ever spices you like. Bake until bubbly and golden (about 35 minutes). Serve with ice-cream or whip topping (better plan some extra running miles, if you need help with training you know who to call 😉

Enjoy!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

#asianpear #alamode #crisp #foodie #kissthecook #nomnom #dessert #triathlete @theblonderunner

Join us at the My Gluten Free World Expo in October

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Nutrition, Prevention & Safety

I love to get involved in local events and have worked with many athletes that have Celiac Disease or are gluten intolerant.  This is a great expo that I have been to and very educational.  Come join us and tell all your friends and family members that might want to join in. Use the code GFWTWO for $2 off your tickets.  Learn more 

Want to win some tickets?  If so, visit Blonde Runner Health on Facebook and get your name in! Your chances are good! (see below)

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Race Report: Ironman 70.3 World Championships – Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

September 8, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Nutrition, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews, Races

What an amazing experience it was to travel across the world to take part in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship event in South Africa. It was great to experience another culture as well as see and interact with animals in the wild. I am in awe of these amazing creatures. My favorite part of the experience however was the race.

I loved being able to ride a portion of the route earlier in the week with fellow athletes and hear different languages and ride on the opposite side of the road. It was so nice that the WTC offered an escorted ride with police officers for the first 11K. It felt great to get my legs moving after many hours of catching planes, long lay-overs and lots of sitting. They did announce at our race briefing that we would be riding on the right side of the road as usual for American races, which I was surprised but glad about.

As usual with Ironman brand events the race was well organized. There were some differences that I really liked here verses the races I have done in the States. For instance, I loved how the racks were on the ground in transition; we didn’t hang the bike, so even though it got windy after the bikes were checked they were not swaying around hitting each other and getting damaged. They were also easy to remove from the rack during the race speeding up the transition. I also really liked how we hung our transition bags. For this race there were two transitions. It was so easy to find the bags hung in number order and run through transition quickly. 
After racking my bike and hanging my bags Friday night it was time to relax before the big event. I made sure and put RockTape on my knee and neck to help prevent neck chafing and give knee support. This stuff really sticks and helps, I love it!
The next morning came quickly and before I knew it I was waiting anxiously in my swim wave corral. Unfortunately my age division was the last wave (12 of 12) and this is when the time seemed to go by slowly! I choose to wear my sleeveless XterraWetsuit (use the code CO-BLONDE to save 60%) since it’s better for my shoulder and I am used to cold water. It was in the low 60’s, so not bad. Most people were in long-sleeve wetsuits however I made the right choice for me. Finally 8:58 a.m. came and we were organized into groups of ten leaving every 5 seconds. I was in the third set of this beach start. Soon the horn sounded and I was off digging my toes deep in the sand every push off until I hit deeper water. The swim starts we had practiced earlier in the week became useful now and I had a decent and cautious start swimming over the waves and quickly became accustom to the salt water in my mouth. I worked to sight the first yellow buoy and it seemed to come quickly. As I continued pushing through the blue water I noticed the waves becoming more choppy, the further I got from the shore, making it more difficult to site the bouys. I stopped a few times to get my bearings to make sure I could swim as straight as possible. As I rounded the last turn I could see the scuba divers under the water (I found out later they were there to keep the sharks away). Soon I was approaching the shore hoping to catch a big wave to ride in on but no such luck. I hurried through transition grabbing my bag and after getting my gear on I quickly made my way to my bike.
I was happy to get going on the bike and experience the whole ride; especially the parts by the ocean. What a beautiful ride! I learned from the practice ride that the roads were bumpy and there was potential for wind. After all, Port Elizabeth is know as the “The Windy City,” as implied, it was windy on race day. Wind always makes me nervous so I slowed down on many occasions during the race. Safety first! There were some climbs but mostly the winds caused the slow downs. Overall I was passing quite a few ladies and many in other divisions so I knew I have made up some ground from the swim. As I continued along the course I managed to get my nutrition as needed and take advantage of uphills and downhills passing many athletes as I pedaled my way to the next transition. My legs still felt a bit stiff and my hamstrings were tight from sitting so much on the long flights. As I came into T2 (the second transition) I was excited to experience this out-and-back run by the ocean. I love these type of routes! It allows for a lot of camaraderie with other athletes. I felt pretty good at first and tried to stay loose but as I ran along my hamstrings really tightening up more and became pretty painful. I had been nursing a strain so wanted to be careful not to push too hard. I tried to take one mile at a time and stay positive although I wasn’t hitting the pacing I had planned for. Thank goodness I was wearing my new Hoka Bondi 6’s which offers superior cushioning and undoubtedly helped me through the run much better. I was able to manage my nutrition well and was thrilled to be able to take water bags/satchets with me as needed. The water bags were new to me and I loved them! Ultimately it helped me to get more water and keep moving. They also had the usual sports drink (High 5 brand), gels, bars, Coke, RedBull etc… but no ice. At the start of the race it was mid-50’s as it was the first day of Spring in Africa so no need for ice. Also everything in Africa was in Kilometers. The speed signs for driving, and the race signs. I liked it because I always think of the half marathon in terms of 4 x 5K’s (I was a 5,000 meter runner in college) plus 1 mile so it was easy to know my splits. I pushed through each mile and was delighted to see the finish carpet and joyfully run to the finish strong completing my second 70.3 World Championships event.
There is so much to learn from each race I do; overall it was a great race and amazing experience. There is something about competing against the best in the world that really makes a person determined to continue to improve and get stronger and better. I am so grateful to those that made this race possible for me and it wouldn’t have been complete without a safari or two (more pictures below). Thank you to all those who support me!
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Sincerely,
Lora Erickson

Race Results: 6:04:04, Division Placing: 105th/186, OA Placing 882 of 1,374

There were some other highlights outside of racing I wanted to mention. I loved petting a Cheetah as well as riding an elephant and seeing so many animals on safari.

Bountiful Reverse Triathlon Discount Code

July 26, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews

If you have never done a reverse order triathlon, this is the one to do.  The Bountiful Reverse Triathlon starts with a run, then moves to the bike on the roads and a pool swim to finish it up.  It is held at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful on Saturday August 4, 2018.  Come join the fun and use the code LORADIS5REVERSE for $5 off.  Hurry!  Registration closes next Wednesday (August 1st) night at midnight.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

Join us at the South Davis Labor Day Triathlon in September

July 26, 2018 by  
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I just love local races.  It’s how I got my start into this awesome sport many years ago now.  If you are looking for a great pool triathlon, look no farther and join us on September 3, 2018. The Labor Day Triathlon is held at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful Utah.  Use the code LORALABOR5 for $5 off.

I will be offering a Triathlon Clinic and Bike Route Preview on Saturday August 18th at 8:30 a.m.  This is free for those registered for the race, please RSVP to me at theblonderunner@gmail.com.  Bring a friend.  Let me know if you need help with training.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Don’t Miss A Utah Race Discount

July 11, 2018 by  
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I love to be involved in local races and we have some great ones here in Utah.  Be sure to check out this BLONDE RUNNER DISCOUNT LIST and Join the fun!  It’s updated often so check back!  If you need help with training don’t hesitate to contact me!  I love to see people reach their goals!

 

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

BlondeRunner.com

Summer Fun with Xterra Paddle Boards

Summer is time to splash around and have fun at the lake.  Join the fun with Xterra Paddleboards!  Don’t miss out on these great deals!  Click to learn more

Wishing You a Summer Full of Fun!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

How to Pump-up a Road Bicycle Tire with Coach Lora Erickson

It may seem simple but when I started riding I didn’t know how to pump up my tires on a road bike so I thought I would explain it for the beginner.  It’s simple once you know but may be different than your bike when you grew up like me.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

Win an Entry into the Handcart Days Races

June 13, 2018 by  
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I just LOVE local races!  How would you like to win a free entry into the Handcart Days Half or 5K?  Your chances are good in this giveaway, be sure and get your name in.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Can’t wait to register? Use the code BLONDEHANDCARTDAYS for $5 off.

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