On Hill Events Discount Code

February 8, 2017 by  
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Local events are the best!  This is what keep the triathlon and running community connected.  Join in the fun and creative events put on by OnHillEvents.com

Use code BLDRUN15 for 15% off all the 2017 races.  Feel free to share with a friend!  Hope to see you at the races!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Yay! Women of Steel has moved back to American Fork!

February 2, 2017 by  
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logo-woman-of-steel-triThere is just something about women-only events that is great! Maybe is the “girl-power” or the great  boyfriends, brother’s, grandpa’s and Dad’s that get out and cheer for the women in their life.  The Women of Steel Triathlon was one of the first triathlons I did so it hold a special place in my heart.  I remember racking my bike on the metal racks and waiting in line for my turn to jump in the water.  I was nervous and excited all at the same time!  It was good competition and those ladies inspired me to do better and push harder.  Last year they moved it to a new venue but I am so glad it has been moved back to AF where I remember it being.  Join in the fun and save 10% using the code BLONDERUNNER10

Get registered for the Women of Steel event

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Swimming Classes

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Win a Spot in the TriathaMOM event

February 1, 2017 by  
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This is such an exciting way to support Mom’s. I will be offering a triathlon clinic for this event. Message theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn more. Join the fun!
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com
Can’t wait to sign-up? Use the code “blonde” to save $10. Click to get registered for the Triathamom event

Win a Spot in the Icebreaker Triathlon

February 1, 2017 by  
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This is a great local event in Northern Utah. Enter to win! Winner will be announced Feb. 17, 2017. If you just can’t wait to register use the code BlondeRaceTri2017 for 15% off. Have a great day! Click to get registered for the Icebreaker Triathlon

Happy Training,
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com

Need help with training? If so email theblonderunner@gmail.com

Great event! Sign-up for the Utah Valley Marathon

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, Health Classes, News, Prevention & Safety, Races

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 a spot in the Sweet Hearts Races in Bountiful Utah

January 9, 2017 by  
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Looking for a great Utah Race Calendar?

If you are looking for a great running race calendar for Utah I highly suggest checking out UtahRunning.com 

It’s a great resource!

Happy Running,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

2016 Blonde Runner Race Season Review

November 16, 2016 by  
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coach lora 2nd place soldier marathonThis has been a busy year with races and travel starting with the 1st place division win at the March Madness Half Marathon followed by a memorable Oceanside 70.3 Ironman event in April (Read the Oceanside Race Report). That was a tough race beginning with a difficult choppy ocean swim leading to salt-water consumption that affected my race causing GI issues during the ride and ultimately lead to a slow run with more bathroom breaks than I care to admit. Needless to say it was a huge disappointment as I had trained hard for this event and was prepared to have a strong performance.  It is hard to start out the triathlon season with a bad race but I was determined to prove to myself how strong my running was so in May I took on the Ogden Half Marathon completing it in a time of 1:34 taking the 1st Overall Masters spot in a major downpour and chilly conditions.  While that eased the blow of the Oceanside bomb it was still a difficult race to “get over.”  I resolved to learn from it and tackle my swim aversion, cycling fears and cope better with past injury; unexpectedly winning a trip to Hawaii to train with Dave Scott and compete in the Honu 70.3 Ironman event really helped.  It made me face an open water salty ocean swim head-on again.  I ended up having a strong swim in Hawaii (the clear warm ocean water was awesome!) and subsequently I placed 9th in my division with a strong bike and run. I was pleased with the performance and will always cherish the memories I made there with Dave Scott and the BioAstin community.  What an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience!  I moved forward with my plans on doing the Boulder 70.3 Ironman the following weekend since I had already signed-up.  I knew it was going to be tough with extra travel and jetlag.  My body would be tired from racing a 70.3 only 7 days before. The back-to-back 70.3 was tougher than I expected leading to severe leg and feet cramping starting on the ride and worsening on the run so it was a victory just to finish.  I was still glad I did it and have a lot more sympathy for those that deal with cramping regularly.  That has never happened to me before. After this event I started building my miles for the Vineman Ironman in July. This was my main focus for the year.  As always Ironman training is time consuming and you put a lot into one race so it was upsetting to be struck by another cyclist during a training century ride just three-weeks before the event in a freak accident.  Up to that point my injured knee was able to handle 18 miles without much pain which was great progress.  Last year while training for the Maryland Ironman I was experiencing pain at mile 11, so I was running stronger this year.  I was also riding and swimming strong in training so the hit to the knee left me not knowing how my knee would hold up in the race.  Unfortunately the hilly cycling course proved too much for my knee and my ride and run was severely compromised foiling my attempts of qualifying for Kona but I didn’t let that bring me down.  It was on my 44th birthday and I was please to finish my 2nd Ironman despite a slow performance.  After some time off I was determined to get my knee stronger to tolerate more miles so I built my volume slowly and finished out the season with a 2nd place division win at the Soldier Marathon in November in Georgia to honor my Samantha and other loved ones (RaceForGrief.com).  I am happy to report my knee held up really well and only started to bother me at mile 22, so that was more progress!  I was also pleased to be able to mark-off three states towards my 50-states goal this year:  Alabama, Georgia & Hawaii.  Learn more: A Journey To Race in All 50-states

I am pleased to report that I will be recognized as an Ironman All-World Silver athlete (top 5% in my division in the world) during the 2016 season.

Over all it was a busy season with lots of training, travel and learning opportunities, in total I completed; two 100-mile century rides, two ½ marathons, three 70.3 Half Ironman events, one Ironman & one marathon this year. It was a full race schedule!  As always I appreciate the opportunity to compete and do what I love.  Thank you to my family, friends and sponsor support.  I couldn’t do it without you!  I am looking forward to a successful 2017 season.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

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Run the Salt Lake Races in 2017 – 20% discount code

November 2, 2016 by  
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salt-lake-2017-discount-codeThere are a lot of great local races and the Alaska Airlines Salt Lake City races are one of them.  The race will be held on April 22, 2017 and they have something for everyone from a full Marathon, Half Marathon to cycling and skate events.  Check out the Salt Lake City Marathon events! #SLCMarathon

If you need some help training, let me know.  I’d love to coach you to a new PR!  Learn more

Use the code blonderunnerslc17 to save 20%.  Share with a friend.  Have fun! Get Registered

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