It was about 40 degrees at the 8 a.m. start, so a bit chilly. I decided to wear gloves and a hat and my red TBR short sleeve shirt since my custom Champion System Blonde Runner gear is not ready yet (can’t wait until it’s done – it’s going to look awesome!). Even though it was cloudy I do wish I would have grabbed my sunglasses to keep the air from getting into my eyes as I was tearing up the first 1.5 miles. The tree pollen and dust counts have been extremely high in Northern Utah the last few weeks; which is no fun for those of us with seasonal allergies. Soon we were off, I lead the first mile with a split of 7:08 which is where I wanted to be. I knew the next mile was going to be slower because of the twists and turns and incline. There were three significant hills on this out-and-back route which was apparent with the next and much slower mile slit time. The route was really fun taking us past animals, over water and on a few short wood bridges; it was a beautiful groomed paved path. I loved it! I really enjoy out-and-back routes because you get to see other competitors and wave and say hello and the time went by fast. The last two miles had us touring most of the Lagoon Amusement park winding around all the rides. Even though it was flat I found it hard to push the pace with all the tight and frequent turns etc. The race offered three difference distances; half marathon, 10K and 5K events so it was fun to be able to see some other runners as all the routes ended with the 2 miles in the park. It was a sprint to the finish for me to capture First Overall Female in the 10K event. I was pleased with the race results considering I wasn’t feeling 100% this week and it has only been 10 weeks post knee surgery. It was fun to see so many of my friends and athletes there and cheer for them. It was also fun to make some new friends. If you’d like to learn more about the event visit Lagoon Half Marathon.
A big thank you goes to On Hill Events for putting on this fun event and all my friends, family and sponsors that support me! I couldn’t do it without you! Thank you so much!
Coach Lora Erickson
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Are you looking for a fun triathlon adventure? Check out this cool Doxa Threelay event. It’s like Ragnar for triathlon with up to 12 group members. It looks like a blast and my athletes on Team Blonde Runner (TBR) will be there. Come join us. Use the code “theblonderunner” and save $200! Visit doxaraces.com to learn more.
Coach Lora Erickson
Wed. May 6
Are you interested in getting started in triathlons or polishing up your skills? If so, this is a great class for you. All aspects of triathlon training will be covered in this one-time class including swimming, cycling, running training & form as well as equipment, transitions and nutrition. This is a great overview class with lots of great training and racing tips. Limited spots. Beginners welcome. To reserve a spot contact Coach Lora Erickson at email@example.com
We’d love to have everyone a part of the Race For Grief event. A virtual entry has now been set up so those from other places that can’t travel to join us can be a part of it. They can choose to run a 10K, 5K or 2 mile distance. They will be mailed a shirt (no shirt sizing guarantee after 5/17). Each participate is encourage to post a picture of their race to the Race For Grief Facebook page here.
This is a great local triathlon, perfect for beginners or even more advanced people wanting to hone their skills. This is a great family-friendly event. They even have a novice division perfect for kids! Ask me about my five-week Kids Triathlon Training Program, 8 years and up.
I will be offering a Beginner Triathlon Clinic & Group Ride on Saturday, May 2nd 8:00am-10:30am. It is free to all registered participants, or only $10 for those not registered for SNS. Meet at 8:00am in the bowery behind the South Davis Recreation Center. Please RSVP for the clinic to firstname.lastname@example.org with your race confirmation number.
Coach Lora Erickson
Get registered for the race on May 9th, 2015.
I am super excited to announce my newest sponsor. The Intermountain Sports Medicine Specialty Group and I will be teaming up to help you get healthy. They offer a large array of services for all level of athletes, from the very beginner to the elite. I feel honored to be supported as an athlete by such an amazing organization. I have personally benefited from the great services they offer and refer all my athletes to them. They have top notch medical care with board certified physicians, fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. I love that they provide non-surgical treatment for pain and injury to get athletes back out there training as quickly as possible so they can enjoy an active lifestyle. They also offer medical services and have many offices in Northern Utah including; Salt Lake City, Bountiful, TOSH- Murray, Alta View, and Riverton
I have recently had the privilege of touring the LiVe Well Center at the Salt Lake Clinic. What an amazing resource! Many of their facilities offer valuable assessments including:
Body Composition & Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing
Lactate Assessment or Vo2Max Testing
Musculoskeletal Functional Analysis
Bike Fit & Testing
Diet & Nutrition Education
Exercise & Physical Therapy Services
As a coach, I love to have my athletes take advantage of assessments like this. Simply the information provided from these assessments helps me coach my athletes better. If you are looking to become a better athlete I highly recommend you check into all the services Intermountain Sports Medicine has to offer. I have participated in many of these assessments myself and will be sharing more information about them on my YouTube account at The Blonde Runner in the coming months – stay tuned!
I am looking forward to an amazing year and partnership with Intermountain!
Coach Lora Erickson
There are so many great marathons in Utah, it was really hard to narrow it down, but I’ve noticed there are some top features that really do set some races apart from others. The marathons that have been around for a while are usually the ones that have things in common that runners really like and keep them coming back year after year. Here are the top picks in chronological order among local Utahans.
Salt Lake Marathon in April
The Salt Lake Marathon has had its fair share of twists and turns over the years with course and management changes since its beginnings in 2004, but the race has attracted some of America’s top quality racers. “Since acquiring this race just before last year’s event, Life Time Fitness has received great feedback, especially in regards to the new marathon route,” says Jennifer Nelson, one of the race organizers. “Feedback has been that it is a beautiful, challenging course.” The course takes you through some of the most iconic parts of the city starting at the Olympic Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Athlete Village, and past the towering Wasatch Mountains, through Memory Grove, Sugar House and Liberty Parks until it culminates at the finish line in the heart of downtown at Washington Square. Last year, nearly 7,000 participants toured this Boston Qualifier course. It is also certified by USA Track & Field (USATF) and sanctioned through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and named a Utah State Half Marathon Championship race for the second year in a row. Divisions include open, masters and 18 age groups. They have also partnered with the Huntsman Hometown Heroes as the primary charity affiliate. They also offer a Full and Half Marathon,5K, Bike Tour (cyclists take to the closed marathon course before the runners do), Kid’s Marathon around the City Building (1K), and new this year, a 10K Skate. To learn more visit SaltLakeCityMarathon.com
Ogden Marathon in May
Locals know this race fills up fast, especially the half, so if you want to get in this event you better be ready when the registration opens. Not only is it well organized but it is a beautiful route (are you noticing a tread with good races and routes?). The Ogden Marathon was voted one of the “Top 10 Marathons in the World” by the Runner’s World Readers Poll in January 2010 and it is easy to see why. “Coined ‘Utah’s Spring Run Off’ the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon is one of the most scenic Boston Marathon Qualifiers in the country,” states race organizer Mike McBride. More recently, February 2015, Shape.com indicated that this event was the “5th Best Marathon in the Country for Beginning Marathon Runners.” So, if you are looking for a first time marathon, this is it. The course is slightly downhill with almost no uphill so it’s a perfect environment for new personal records. The Ogden Marathon is one of the most well supported races in Utah with over 1,800 volunteers on the course on race day! Participants rave about the well-executed planning and great communication this event provides. Over the 15 year history of the event; from the first event in 2001 with 650 participants, it has passed ownership to the GOAL Foundation. This year they will have a combination of over 10,000 runners made up of the full, half, relay, 5K and kids K events! Wow, I can see why they need all those volunteers! The GOAL Foundation really does aim to inspire others to “Get Out And Live!” To learn more visit OgdenMarathon.com
Utah Valley Marathon in June
If you are looking for a race with amazing scenery, you won’t want to miss the views of Deer Creek, the Provo River, Bridal Veil Falls and Provo Canyon that you can experience with the Utah Valley Marathon. It’s a beautiful course, with wonderful volunteer support! These are a few of the many reasons that this race was named the top 10 race in the country by Runner’s World Magazine. It is also a fast course. The Race Director, Hyrum Oaks says, “We commonly hear that people set their fastest times on our course, and the proof can be heard with our PR bell being constantly rung in our finish area after people set their personal best times.” They also give out Boston Qualifier shirts to runners that qualify on the course (how cool is that?). To top it off they will have Ryan Hall (the American record holder for the half marathon) coming to speak at the expo this year. It is no wonder that the race has grown from 240 participants in 2008 to over 7,000. This year they have also added a K9 Dash (5K) on Friday evening, the night before the main event. To learn more visit UtahValleyMarathon.com
Top of Utah Marathon in Sept
Living in Logan for some time as I attended Utah State University I can attest to the beauty of Cache Valley which is the location of the Top of Utah Marathon. The Marathon starts at Hardware Ranch, in the Wasatch Mountain just southeast of Logan and winds down the Blacksmith Fork Canyon’s gradual decline and then through small neighboring communities to the finish at Merlin Olsen Park in Logan. The course is a USAT&F-certified Boston Qualifier and has a net elevation drop of 1,045 feet and is getting great reviews. The race is organized well with great support and volunteers. To learn more visit TopOfUtahMarathon.com
St. George Marathon in October
Having been around for so long the St. George Marathon makes the list. This will be the 39th year of the event and holds a special meaning to me personally as it was the first marathon I ever ran back in 1996 where I qualified for the Boston Marathon. This race is especially known for being downhill and a beautiful course and I would echo many of the comments made by fellow racers; “Best organization in any marathon I’ve ran,” “Amazing supporters”, “ I love the way it is put together, the expo, the energy from the volunteers and the staff.” The event has reached such numbers that it now offers a lottery to get in. If you’re lucky enough to have your name drawn out you can experience this great course for yourself. All the amazing things I experienced many years ago are still in place, like the fires at the starting area, the great finish support and volunteer help as well as a great community feel. This race truly has a great hometown feel and there is a real sense of community when you are part of it. I don’t doubt it will be around for many more years to come. From its meager start in 1997 with 43 racers to it now nearly 7,700 that toed the line in 2014; It is no wonder they were voted the most organized marathon in the nation by Runner’s World Magazine in 2010. You simply can’t have an event continue for so long without being well organized. To learn more visit StGeorgeMarathon.com
Deseret News Classic Marathon – This event is well organized and is the oldest running marathon in Utah holding the first event in 1970. The prize money attracts some of the fastest runners in the country. If you are looking for good competition, this is a great event. DeseretNewsClassic.com
Big Cottonwood Marathon – So many people rave about this beautiful downhill route. If you are looking for some amazing scenery, you’ll want to check out this event. RunRevel.com
Moab Trail Marathon – We can’t leave out this Trail Marathon. If you tend to favor the trails over roads then be sure and check out the Moab Trail Marathon which captures the rugged natural beauty of Utah. They also offer a half marathon, fun obstacle 5K and kids K. MoabTrailMarathon.com
About the Author: Coach Lora Erickson aka “Blonde Runner” is a certified running and triathlon coach with over 30 years of athletic experience. She loves to work with all levels of athletes and trains people for all distances, in person as well as on-line. She also offers community health classes & corporate motivational lectures. To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com
Recently I ran across this footage from one of my first triathlons many years back. Thanks so my husband for taking this video. It was held at the old Bountiful Rec Center aka “The Bubble”. It was really fun to watch. This was before I knew how to use aero bars, before I had clip pedals and before I understood that triathlon clothing was available. You can see me struggle to get my dry clothes on over my wet swimsuit. The homemade wooden bike stand is classic! You can see my water bottle with the hose on it that my husband and I put together from the hardware store so I wouldn’t have to take my hands off the handlebars and could suck the water up the straw. I remember how heavy and stiff my legs felt heading out on the run. I’ve come a long way since then. Thank you to the late Richard Barnum-Reece, 1945-2008, for offer these events that got so many of us locals started into triathlons. Rest in peace and may triathlons live on.
Coach Lora Erickson
Many of you know how much I love to train and compete in running and triathlon events and I am proud to announce my newest sponsor, Champion Systems. Champion Systems is a nationally recognized custom clothing brand. They have offices around the world and produce top quality custom apparel for a many sports including running, triathlon and cycling.
I was first introduced to the Champion Systems brand as part of the Endurance Films National team back in August 2012 competing at the USA Triathlon AG National Championships in Vermont. That proved to be a great learning experience and I loved the fit and quality of the Champion Systems custom made one piece kit I used (pictured).
Champion Systems offers many great products from hats, jackets, socks to gloves. You can plan on seeing me sporting this great quality gear through-out my race season this year. I am proud to be an individually sponsored athlete. To learn more visit Champion Systems
I am exciting to be presenting a running class (description below) at the Endurance Sports Show! This is an exciting two day event with tons of booths, lectures and giveaways etc.. I would love to see you there! Here’s my lecture information:
Topic: Run Faster
Saturday Feb. 21 from 11 – 11:50 a.m.
Description: Everyone wants to be able to shave a few minutes off their 5K or 10K, Lora will discuss how to increase your speed in running, while avoiding injury.
You can pre-registered for the class and reserve your spot here. There is no cost for the class but you will need to pay to get in the event $7 (on-line) $10 at the door.