Birthday Wish Workout

My birthday is tomorrow and it is my wish that you will join me for a Birthday Wish Workout to be posted to instagram tomorrow. Be sure and take a picture of you doing the workout and tag #happybirthdaycoachlora @theblonderunner. It’s going to be a blast!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com
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Join the fun at the Boot Scootin Boogie Mud Run

July 25, 2014 by  
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Boot Scootin Boogie Mud RunThis event looks like a total blast!  I love to see fun and creative races like this.  Check out the event details:

Date:  October 4, 2014

Ya’ll think playing in the mud is fun? Just imagine playing in mud while romping like a cowboy or cowgirl.

The Boot Scootin’ Boogie is country bumpkin, cowboy kickin’ themed obstacles mud run. Get down and dirty in the mud with challenging obstacles, such as:

  • Rope wrangling
  • Hay mound hopping
  • Cattle chutes
  • Cowpie slinging
  • Fence flinging
  • Milky way
  • Two step terrain
  • Snake in the boot
  • So shine up those belt buckles and bring your little cowboys and cowgirls. This is going to be a party that even the youngsters don’t want to miss! Learn more

Get Involved in the Layton Triathlon

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I love local events and this one is one of my favorites! There are many reasons I love the Layton Triathlon: For one it’s local, so I don’t have to travel far to compete. Two is something my family can be a part of (who doesn’t love their own cheering section?).  Three –  it’s a fun challenge to do two mini tri’s back-to-back.  This race is unique and is set up to swim-bike-run, then do it all over again; so you have to go from a run back to the swim.  I have to admit it feels really good to jump back in the water after getting hot on the run.  I have done this race many times, here’s some pictures from the events over the years.  One year it even landed on my birthday – and the whole crowd sang to me – it was pretty cool!  My favorite picture below is my cute little kids cheering!  The event will be held on August 2nd this year.  It’s a fun one to get involved with!  Use the code BLDRUN and save $ (thanks for reading).   Learn more

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Race Report: Cache Gran Fondo Cycling Race & Tour

July 16, 2014 by  
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blue gran fondo logoWow, as always the Cache Gran Fondo did not disappoint. I have been part of this event since it existence 3 years ago and I remember being so impressed with how well organized it was even the inaugural year! I graduated from Utah State University as well as interned at Logan Regional Hospital (affiliated with the Race Director that puts on the event) so naturally I love to return to my old stomping grounds. A lot has changed since I want to college there, but the same beautiful mountains have not. As always I like to drive up the morning of the event. Getting up before the sun has its perks – I love to see the sunrise! This year I was participating again as an athlete as well as sponsor with many of my Team Blonde Runner – Triathlon athletes (www.TBRtriathlon.com). What a great group!
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At the start we found each other and assembled ourselves for the 50 mile event which the majority of the team members were doing. I suggested they use the race for training and run after the ride to simulate a triathlon. I did this last year and found it great for training to run on tired legs – just like it would be in a triathlon.
Soon they announced the start but we were waiting for a team member and after it thinned out a bit we all started together. The weather was absolutely perfect at high 50’s low 60’s to start! The route rides in a large loop through Cache Valley and it was great to reminisce in my mind about all the great times I had in college running for Utah State University on scholarship. I am a long distance runner gone triathlete. Triathlons rock!
Since the 100 mile riders started before us there were lots of people to catch up with and I found myself passing riders the whole time even though I was riding conservatively since I knew I would be stopping and waiting at the first support station to check on everyone and reconnect with team members. The first support station was offer just short of 20 miles. When I arrived they had plenty of great snacks and beverages to refill water bottles etc… Last year we had a team member experience some flat tires so I wanted to wait until every team member arrived so I could make sure all was well and nobody needed assistance. I was pleased to see everyone was having a great time and we enjoyed visiting a while at the first aide station as everyone trickled in. Before long we were on our way to tackle the next 30 miles.10540841_10204340781349658_1492248091954288981_n

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Immediately out of this stop the 50 and 100 mile rides split and not too much farther up the road was a 500 foot climb. I was looking forward to the challenge. The hill starts gradually and gets stepper as you go so it was important to keep your cadence up and not burn out your legs too early. I was happy to say I was passing people the entire climb. As always it was a thrill to reach the top and see the spray painted sign “KOM” on the asphalt. Just for a second you truly feel like a “King of the Mountain.” At this point the riders were thinning out and I found myself riding between groups; as I would catch them I would pull them for a while until I dropped them and worked on closing the next gap. It was fun! I was thrilled to be able to hold 36 mph for a portion of it. I tried to work in aero as much as I could to simulate a triathlon. I couldn’t help looking around at the beautiful scenery that northern Utah has to offer. It felt great to have the wind on my face and be surrounded by nature. It is really easy to remember why I do this stuff when I participate in rides like this. I was in the zone and just enjoying the ride.
Before long the next two supports stops came and went. The route was well marked and it’s always fun to pick up the pace for the final stretch to the finish! Shortly after I finished I was awarded my finish medal. Since I wanted to simulate a ride-run workout (aka “brick”) I didn’t linger and quickly put my stuff away and traded out my cycling shoes for running shoes and took off on the run. By now it was getting hotter and as expected my legs were tired. I pushed them to run hard as I pounded out some miles – it felt good. I love the burn of a great workout! Soon after arriving back at the finish area I saw my first athlete finishing up her ride. She was smiling and enjoyed the event!

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I then browsed through the expo with lots of vendors and enjoyed all the fun festivities. It was an honor to be part of such a well organized event! After picking up some food (provided by the event with a meal ticket – how cool is that?!) I headed back over to the finish and was greeting by many other team member who had just finished with smiles on their faces. It was fun to say hello and I was happy to see everyone had done well and felt good about their ride.
This was truly a great event and one I plan to do every year. It’s just so fun to be back in Cache Valley and to be part of such a great event. This event also helps fund breast cancer screenings – bonus. I love to be part of a great cause too! BreastCancerScreeningsI hope to see you there next year!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

Registration for the 2015 event will begin in January. Learn more
Check out this cool video – you can see all the great views!

Other perks you should know about:
Complimentary breakfast before the event
Photo’s available for free after the event
Great expo at the finish with lots of fun booths, food and vendors.
UCA categories racing available
Free meal ticket after
Prizes & drawings

Get signed up for a triathlon this weekend

July 15, 2014 by  
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The Cache Valley Super Sprint put on by On Hill Events is coming up this weekend!  Registration is still open – use the code BLDRUN to get a discount – check it out Triathlons are a blast!

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

Handcart Days Races in Bountiful

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This is a great annual local event offering a half marathon and 5k along with a 1k for kids and breakfast!  It’s great fun!  Come join us.  I’ll be helping at the aid stations and cheering for you!

Use the code TBR14 and save $$

Click to register

Marathon Training Program

Are you signed up for a marathon (St. George, Layton, Chosen, Huntsville etc…) and want some help with your training?  I have a Marathon Training Program starting soon.  Message me at lora@blonderunner.com if you’d like to learn more.

Coach Lora Erickson

USATF certified running coach

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Race shirts no more?

June 25, 2014 by  
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Please share your opinion.
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Independence Eve Races

June 13, 2014 by  
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1538906_236287233161773_501444410_nThere are a lot of great races up in Northern Utah and this one looks like a lot of fun. Night races are a blast. Check out the Independence Eve event. They offer a 10K and 5K. Learn more 

Do you want to win a spot? If so visit the Blonde Runner Health Facebook page and enter to win!

Labor Day Triathlon

June 12, 2014 by  
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The South Davis Recreation Center puts on a lot of great races. One of my favorites is the Labor Day triathlon. It will be held on Monday Sept. 1st this year. Come join in the fun. Learn more

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