Spring Running Form Class

January 21, 2017 by  
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coach lora 2nd place soldier marathonDo you want some feedback on your running form to help you become a better and more efficient runner with less injuries?  If so, this class is for you.  A Running Form Class will be held on Tuesday March 14, 2017, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Davis County/Bountiful area. This is a one-time lecture style class designed to review common running form mistakes and give you direct feedback on your form. We will go over injury prevention and review drills and exercises to make you a faster, stronger and more efficient runner. Please dress to run – we will only be running a little bit to learn the drills and give you form feedback so it’s not rigorous. Beginners welcome. Message theblonderunner@gmail.com if you’d like to learn how to reserve a spot. $25.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

About the Coach:

Coach Lora Erickson has been running for over 30+ years. She is a USATF certified running coach and USA Triathlon coach and nationally ranked Ironman All-World Triathlete. She has been coaching for over 25+ years and has a true passion for health promotion. She ran on athletic scholarship in college for distance running. Learn more

Full custom coaching available.  Contact Coach Lora Erickson directly to learn more

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

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Nutrition, Races

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

Triathlon Coaching Available

triathlon-training-2017Learn proper swim technique, developed cycling skills and run faster and more efficient. All aspects of triathlon training are covered including nutrition instruction. Beginners welcome. On-line and in-person triathlon coaching is available. 

Coach Lora Erickson 

aka Blonde Runner 

theblonderunner@gmail.com 

BlondeRunner.com 

Recent Testimonial: 

“I have enjoyed working with you on my triathlon goals and races. I am highly satisfied with your coaching, I appreciate your efforts in my training and I want to continue to succeed with your help. Last year, you helped me break ALL of my PRs in running and this year (so far) you have helped me SET 3 new PRs (Full Marathon, Half Century and Duathlon)” – Angela M.

About the Coach:

Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner is a nationally ranked triathlete competing in all distancing of triathlon including Ironman.  She is a USA Triathlon All-American.  She is well-educated and holds many certifications including:  NASM – Corrective Exercise Specialist, B.Sc. Degree from Utah State University in Health Education with duel minors in Nutrition and Chemistry, USATF certified coach, USA Triathlon Certified coach, US Masters Swim Level 1 & 2 Coach, & Slowtwitch Cycling Triathlon Coach.  She welcomes beginners and loves to help people meet their health & fitness goals. Learn more

Spring Running Form Class with Blonde Runner

February 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Prevention & Safety, Weight Loss

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The next Running Form Class will be held on Wednesday March 23, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p. in the Bountiful area. This is a one-time lecture style class designed to review common running form mistakes and give you direct feedback on your form. We will go over injury prevention and review drills and exercises to make you a faster, stronger and more efficient runner. Please dress to run – we will only be running a little bit to learn the drills and give you form feedback so it’s not rigorous. Beginners welcome. Message theblonderunner@gmail.com if you’d like to learn how to reserve a spot. $25.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

About the Coach:

Coach Lora Erickson has been running for over 30+ years. She is a USATF certified running coach and USA Triathlon coach. She has been coaching for over 19+ years and loves to help people get faster. She ran on athletic scholarship in college for distance running. Learn more

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Big Five Must-Run Marathons in Utah

February 27, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews, Races

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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

Honorable Mentions:

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

Frustrated with Swimming?

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Prevention & Safety, Weight Loss

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I remember when I first started swimming as an adult and how frustrating it was.  Coming from a running background and being in great physical shape when I started swimming I had a difficult time understanding why I couldn’t just swim as fast as I wanted to.  I had the strength to do it but just not the technique.  I also had to learn to time my breathing right.  Unlike running, you can’t breathe whenever you want in the water.  Over the last nine to ten years I have developing my stroke and become a much better swimmer which has resulted in better triathlon race results.  I can’t emphasis enough the importance of learning proper technique when you first get started.

I’ve had a lot of people contact me for swimming help since I now coach swimming, however they are hesitant to have anyone watch them or have an underwater video taken because they don’t feel confident they are “good enough.”  They often feel self-conscious and want to “practice” more before we meet up however they often don’t realize that the more they practice something wrong, the more time it will take to correct it.  Often people that are frustrated with swimming avoid the pool and their hopes to practice more are foiled with self-doubt.  So, I suggest, bite the bullet and get coaching!  Having coaching feedback can help you learn things that will immediately help you improve your stroke and help you know where to put your energy to make progress in the pool.  It’s all about technique when it comes to swimming faster.  Winter is a great time to put time in at the pool and perfect your stroke.  Who knows, you actually might end up loving the pool like I do.  Swimming is so.much.fun!

Train Happy,

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

Need some help?

Take the Small Group Swim class.  To learn how to reserve a spot message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com

Want to do a Triathlon?

I will also be covering some aspects of swimming in my Triathlon Training Class

Want to be part of a team training program?  Join Team Blonde Runner (TBR) – beginners welcome www.TBRTriathlon.com

Testimonials:

“Thank you so much!  You are a fantastic coach. I know I have a ton to work on but to be completely honest, I’m so excited right now. My perspective has completely changed from I just have to get through the swim to I think I can do it well. I’m looking forward to this new sport and excited to train. Thanks for making it fun! And understandable!  You are great!”  ~ J. H., swim instruction participant

“Your clinic was absolutely time well spent.  You are AMAZING.”   ~ Emily G.

“I first met Coach Lora when I participated in her underwater swim analysis class. Although I grew up by the beach and swimming in the ocean, the pool was new to me. This small group class was held at the pool and she uses an underwater camera to film you. You meet a week later individually and she review your stroke and things to work on. My knowledge of good freestyle technique was limited, however, I worked on what I learned. Several weeks later, I had the opportunity to participate in the on land, lecture style swim-clinic. I really didn’t expect that a discussion format with film clips would make a difference, but to my surprise, the next time I went to the pool, I was like a new person in the water. More efficient and much faster, even in my board shorts. I highly recommend both classes individually, but the combination for me has helped a ton. Coach Lora is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and really cares about your progress individually.”  ~ Dr. Scott T., M.D.

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Running Form Class

September 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Product Reviews, Weight Loss

run-form-class-sept-13-imagWed. Oct 23, 2013

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Want to run more efficiently and faster?  If so, take the Running Form Class. Pre-registration and payment is required to hold a spot in the class.  To learn how to register message Coach Lora Erickson at lora@blonderunner.com

What are people saying about the class?

“I want to thank you for your help. I learned much from your nutrition and running form class over the last month. Without the proper training I came within six minutes of my goal time and was back running within a couple of days. Thank you for the tips and willing to share your knowledge with those of us just starting this running adventure.”  ~ Doug S., class participant

“Thank you so much for the running form class. I took away alot of new ideas and I definitely think it is helping to improve the way that I run.”  ~ Kristy M., class participant

“Coach Lora, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your posts and your emails. You are a fantastic motivator!” ~ Becca C., Facebook fan and class participant

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” I never thought I needed a coach before, but it makes all the difference.  If you are looking to learn, to improve or just for some accountability with regard to your fitness, Coach Lora is for you.  Since working with her, I’m back down to the weight I was 16 years ago, and I have less injuries and better performance.”  ~ Scott T., MD, TBR team member

“Just want you to know that I am super excited about my running these past couple of weeks. I think the running form analysis has really helped me. I can’t wait to learn more. Thank you for your help!”  ~ Marie E.  – Individual Running Form Analysis participant

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