How to Pick Good Running Shoes

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews

A little while ago I put together this video clip about running shoes.  Give it a listen and be sure and get good shoes.  In my area I recommend Wasatch Running Center (they have a store in Centerville & Sandy).  Discounts are offered for my athletes, just tell them I sent you in.

Happy Running,

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

Need help with training? Contact me, I would love to help!  Individual consultation and/or in-person or on-line coaching available.

Race Report: Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Chattanooga, Tennessee – Saturday Sept. 9, 2017

It seems surreal to me to have experienced a competition along-side some of the best triathletes in the world. What an honor it was to participate in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Tennessee this past Saturday. It was a difficult race and I was thrilled to be able to check off another state towards my 50 states goal (Read More:Journey to Race in All 50 States). I arrived a few days early allowing me to attend the welcome banquet and have a day to put my bike back together, check-in and get acquainted with the race venue. Tennessee is a beautiful state and the humidity breeds ample foliage. The winding roads were surrounded by trees and greenery and I was excited to know that these would be the roads we would be riding and running on! I love nature!

My body was a little stiff and tired from the flight and travel but they managed to loosen up on a run. I had some physical limitations this year that have dampened my training efforts but overall my body felt pretty good, all things considered, and I was excited to be there.

Next I assembled my bike to find a mechanical problem that I remedied (or did the best I could, not being a bike mechanic). Then it was off to the grocery store for food. I always like to make my own stuff as much as I can so I can eat foods my body is used to. I also needed to pick up some Co2 cartridges for emergency tire changes since they are not allowed on the plane.

Then I checked in and picked up my packet and began assembling my bags and getting organized. I always feel so much better when everything is ready. This was a “clean transition” which means nothing more than bikes where allowed in the transition area. The bikes were packed tight with little space around them. Bags would be used for the ride and run and to be dropped off along with the bike Friday night before the race. This means I had to have everything ready in advance and as the race progresses each athlete picks up their bag, goes through a changing area and then moves to the next discipline. It would add a little bit of time to my overall time but everyone had to do it so I became familiar with all of that before dinner. 

The Welcome Banquet was spectacular gathering nearly 4,000 participants from all over the world (91 countries) who had qualified for this event in one big room. There was live music and a nice southern dinner with many choices including; pulled pork, chicken, slaw, green beans, corn muffins, green salad, fruit, chocolate brownies and pecan pie. We listened to many speakers welcome us with encouraging words. The highlight for me was when they introduced the youngest (18 years) and oldest athletes. The oldest man was 86! His finish would mark the oldest man to have ever completed the 70.3 WC event. So cool! What an inspiration and testament to triathlon being a life-long sport.

Race morning the transition was packed with excited athletes chattering about previous race experiences; the nervous energy was nearly palatable. I quickly double checked my bike and set up my nutrition then re-acquainted myself with all the transition ins-and-outs. Soon the women pro’s started. It was fun to see them run through their transition and cheer for them. Then finally it was time for me to head to the swim start.

After waiting for what seemed like an eternity we were taken down the corrals to the swim dock (nearly one hour and 40 minutes after the first women were in the water). Then we were off, as soon as I jumped in I could feel the current working against me. It was a difficult swim heading up-river which increased my anxiety but I tried to stay calm and focused. It seemed to take forever to get to each sight buoy and the sun was in my eyes. Finally it was over and a quick glance at my watch confirming my extremely slow swim time; certainly not a good representation of my ability however I quickly put it behind me and focused on the task at hand; there was no use dwelling on it. It is what it is!

I moved through transition smoothly grabbing my bike bag and switching to cycling gear; I stuffed my wetsuit in the bag and handed it to a volunteer and darted for transition. Sadly my bike was situated on the far side so there was a long run with my bike to the other side of the large transition area then I would finally be able to get on my bike. I kept moving and mounted quickly determined to make up some ground on the ride. I knew I could cycle strong. There was only a short distance before the long Lookout Mountain climb so I tried to get some nutrition in as soon as I could. I swallowed some river water but it didn’t seem to have the effect saltwater has on me so I was OK.

The climb seemed to come with no hesitation and soon I was spinning in my easiest gear and watching my heart rate climb. I tried to keep it in check and passed many women who were struggling and some who decided to walk their bike. It was a long leg-numbing climb similar to Snow Canyon in Utah with just some more twists and turns. After the main climb the route continued to be a series of inclines and descents with many turns, and I did drop my chain once. It seemed I spent much of my time in either the hardest gear descending quick then back into the easiest gear to climb so my legs were being put to the test. The route also teased with many false flats and a head wind the last 45 minutes.

Being the last wave of ladies in the water the women were spread out so it was difficult for me to really get into race mode since there were so few women around me and large gaps between racers. I worked on catching up to anyone I could see in the distance. A few times I was disappointed to catch a man doing a warm up ride (the men were competing the next day). Honestly, the ride was a little lonely with a few riders dotting the road. It was a welcome sight to see my “support crew” cheering for me at the half way mark. That really lifted my spirits. I tried to stay focused and ride strong getting all my planned nutrition in. It was not an easy course and to compound the problem my quads and back muscles were starting to spasm and I was getting odd pains in my hips. My muscles didn’t seem to be functioning properly. This was unusual. I later found out that my bike saddle had dropped over 1/2 inch over the course of 56 miles due to a problem with my saddle stem bolt/wedge system that keeps it in place. That explains all the odd pains I was having! My legs felt different but I pushed forward and was pleased to reach T2 without getting a flat tire.

Soon I was off on the run. No sooner did I start then my right quad completely seized up (only about .3 miles in) and I slowed to a walk. I remember thinking, “Oh no, this is going to be a long day!” I downed some extra electrolytes that I always bring with me just in case and took the time to put on some extra chafing cream under my arms. I then pushed my legs to run again. A fellow athlete I bumped into at the airport warned me that the run would be challenging as it was constantly up and down. I could not agree more: it was a challenge so I needed my legs to cooperate! As the miles wore on my legs felt more and more spent and didn’t seem to want to respond to my taunting so I resolved to focus on enjoying being part of this historic event. I took in the scenery and listened to people cheering. I always appreciate the volunteers that spend all day feeding us at aide stations and keeping us motivated. I thought about my friends and family and the encouraging words they have said to me recently. It was fun to see the community involved as many had lawn chairs out in the front of their houses cheering and my personal favorite; the sprinkler going in the road so we could run in it and cool ourselves down. Go USA! 🇺🇸

The temperatures where not too bad but the humidity made it feel hotter than it was. I looked forward to cheers from my friend and sister who had come to see me race. It was such a boost hearing those cheers by name and seeing familiar faces. They made fun signs for me and I found myself looking for those bright signs every turn; it really kept me going and I can’t thank them enough for their support! It was a long day and as I counted down the last 5K, I was delighted to know that I was going to finish an Ironman 70.3 World Championship that day.

I did it! I made it to the finish with a smile on my face grateful that I am physically able to do hard things and push my body despite my physical struggles this year. I am truly so grateful for my friends, family and sponsor support from near and far. Those kind encouraging words I get throughout the year carry me through the hard workouts and tough challenging courses like this one. You are so appreciated! Thank you!  Here’s to many more adventures together!

Coach Lora Erickson

Go USA! 🇺🇸 @champsys #beyourownbrand #bountifulbicycle #intermountainsportsmed #bountifulbicycle #xterrawetsuits #cocogo #ensoroller #Wasatchrunningcenter #dohardthings #gratitude

Related links:

I did it! IG link to post: https://instagram.com/p/BY1zP8Snzo9/

Number and visor picture on FB

Medal Monday IG post: https://instagram.com/p/BY63v7eHSt7/

Product Review: I love Beetroot Pro, it’s a portable powder!

I LOVE the health benefits of beets. Use the code RUNNER5 for $5 off and free shipping. Check out this awesome portable powder. Learn more 
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com

Xterra Wetsuits August Discount Code Deals

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews

Xterra Wetsuits has so great products I really love.  Check out these deals for August.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

Pit Bull Attack Update

As many of you know that my niece was mauled by two pit bulls on July 21, 2017. Since then she has had a miraculous physical recovery however it will take time for the scars to fade and nightmares/fears to dull. I really love this song my niece Rebecca wrote with her sister Amanda. The song can apply to so many difficulties in our lives. Please take a listen and share if you agree. I just love it!
Aunt Lora

My sister is a single Mom with four girls. If you can make a donation to help that would be great, please share.
Donate to help

If you would like to follow her healing journey please like/follow her page: https://www.facebook.com/healingforAmandaPrichard/

Labor Day Triathlon Bountiful Discount Code

I love local races!  This was my very first triathlon and got me started on my journey.  I love to do triathlons!  Use the code LABOR2017 to save $5.  Come join the fun! I will be offering a training clinic and class, message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com if you want to learn more.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Race Report: Ironman Boulder 70.3 Goals Accomplished!

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews, Races

All races are tough in their own way. This one was hard because I was tired going into it, but I was please to accomplish all of my goals (see post below). This was a training race to prepare for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships next month in Tennessee. I learned some things from this race and will make some changes in training to adjust and should be well prepared for World’s. I can thank my friends and family enough for their support. If you need help training don’t hesitate to contact me. Triathlon training rocks!
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com
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Donate to Help Coach Lora get to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews

The trip is a little over 7 weeks away! Gulp! I have been working hard in training and I am so excited to represent the USA!  It’s expensive to pay for flights to Chattanooga Tennessee, to transport my bike, get a rental vehicle and housing for the trip.  If you would like to donate directly to help pay for the expenses for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships trip, please use this link: paypal.me/blonderunner
Thank you so much for your support! I couldn’t do it without you!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Blonde Runner Race & Product Discount Codes

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, Product Reviews

(new code added 8.16.2017 – check back often)

Who doesn’t like to get a discount on a race or great products you love?! Check back often as discounts will be added through the year.  Please feel free to share with a friend or family member.

What is better than a discount?  FREE!  Often I have giveaways for free entries on my Blonde Runner Health Facebook page.  Check it out!

If you need help with training for a triathlon or running events don’t hesitate to contact me. I love to coach! I work with people all over the country on-line and/or in person in Northern Utah.  I also offer local classes (Run Form, Swimming, Nutrition etc…).  Come join the fun!

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

BlondeRunner.com

 Beetroot Pro – This is the real deal! Use the code RUNNER5 to save $5 and get free shipping. Learn more

August 12, 2017Wildflower Pedalfest – Use the code BLONDERUNNER to save $

GoTriathamom.com – Use the code “blonde” to save $10 on this Women’s Only Sept Event.

Monday Sept. 4.  Labor Day Triathlon. Use the code LABOR2017 to save $5.
Learn more:  http://www.southdavisraces.com/labor-day-triathlon/

A route pre-view and clinic will be offered for this event on Aug. 30.  Message Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com to get more details.

April 2018 – SaltLakeMarathon.com – Use the code “blonderunnerslc18” for 2018 for 20%

Splashnsprint.comUse the code BLONDESPLASH for $5 off (a new 2018 code will be added)

RaceForGrief.comUse the code RFG5 to save $5 (10K or 5K events)

OgdenMarathon.com – “blonderunner” for $10 off the Ogden Full, Half or Relay or  “blonderunner5” for the 5K  (a new 2018 code will be added)

June 24, 2017 – Daybreak Triathlon – use the code “blonde” for $10 off.  Get Registered

Women of Steel Triathlon – BLONDERUNNER10 for 10% off

June 10, 2017 – Utah Health Food Expo.  Come to my presentation at 1 p.m. on Nutrition for Athletes. Use the discount code “blonde” for 50% off  –  Get tickets

UtahValleyMarathon.com – BR15 for 15% off 

JulyCache Gran Fondo Cycling Event in Logan Utah – Use the code TeamBlonde2017 ($25 discount – jersey at cost of $35) Get Registered

July 14, 2017 – Wildflower Trailfest – Use the code BLONDERUNNER to save $

July 15, 2017 – Topaz Tri – Delta, Utah – Use the code blonde to save $10

July 22, 2017 – Use the code BLONDEHANDCARTHALF to save $5. Register today!

OnHillEvents.com – Use the code “BLDRUN15” to get 15% off events

RaceTri.com events – BlondeRaceTri2017 – 15% off

ONGOING DISCOUNTS

Xterrawetsuits.com – use the code CO-BLONDE to get 60% off wetsuits and Lava Pants

Training Peaks is a great and free tool to log your workouts:  Check out Training Peaks

Use these links to help accumulate product giveaways on Blonde Runner Health:

Swimoutlet.com/blonderunner  – great prices.  Check out their grab-bag suits.

Use this link for great deals: TriSports.com

Use this link for great deals (ask me for a free shipping code) RoadID.com

Champion Systems. I love the custom race gear Champions Systems has made me.  Want to have some made for you or your club/team.  Contact me at theblonderunner@gmail.com and I will get you in touch the right people.

Evofitforlife.com – “blonderunner17” gets 25% off and free shipping on the enso roller

Wasatch Running Center and Bountiful Bicycle.  Message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn how you can get discounts.

Cocogo.com/ – Use the code BLONDERUNNER code for discounts (grape is my favorite)

Noxgear.com/tracer360  – Visibility Vest – Safety First! Use code BLONDERUN for 20% off

Elete Electrolyte – Set up a free account and use the code “blonderunner” to save 15% on your first order. https://www.mineralresourcesint.com/products/

Product Review:  Solo Sleeve HydraKlick Bottle for Running

Hot! Hot! Hot! The weather has been HOT here in Northern Utah this summer. With all this heat and ramping up my training I am always looking for ways to stay cool while I run outside. I also do not like to carry things in my hands if I can help it so I was excited to try this HYDRAKLICK Solo Sleeve bottle. This bottle is different than other bottles because it’s NOT hand held; it clips onto your waistband. I like this because when I am trying to open my gel or ProBar chomps while running my hands are free to do so.  I really liked that! There is also NO belt, it clips securely on your shorts waist band.  I particularly liked my on the front hip (easy access) on my drawstring shorts. It would also work well with compression shorts I believe, so perfect for a bike-run brick workout.

What I really liked about this bottle particularly is that it was insulated; I filled the 8 oz. BPA-free bottle with ice-water and it stayed cold for my entire run! The bottle also has neoprene pockets for chapstick, gels, key etc… and is equip with a speed value so I can squeeze and squirt water in my mouth or on my head or clothes to stay cool, no need to suck on it.  I really liked this product and am excited to try their whole line of products including the Belt Intro, and Solo 8.Up next, the Solo Mobile phone holder so I can use my new running playlist!  Woot!  Woot!

Happy Running & Stay Hydrated,

Coach Lora

Do you have a question or you are looking for a coach? Message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com

Have a healthy day!

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