All Women Wildflower Events

May 1, 2017 by  
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I just love to see local events like the Wildflower Trailfest on July 14 and the Wildflower Pedalfest on August 12, 2017.  This is how many women get started in the sport as friends invite other friends to give it a try.  I have really enjoyed the women events that I have been part of and am so excited to be part of this event!  Come join the fun!  Use the code BLONDERUNNER for either or both events.  Invite your friends.  Let’s have fun!  Contact me if you need help with your training.

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

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Win a Spot in the Utah Valley Marathon, Half or 10K race

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Races

This is a great event.  Enter for your chance to win.  Don’t want to wait?  Use the code br15 to get 15% – Get Registered.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

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Need help with training?  Contact Coach Lora directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com

2016 Blonde Runner Race Season Review

November 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews, Races

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

Need help with training? Contact Coach Lora directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com

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Fun & Creative Running Workouts

August 25, 2016 by  
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Fun & Creative Run Workouts

Recently I was interviewed by a popular website and wanted to share some of the ideas I shared with them. Out-of-season I often enjoy less structured and fun workouts, here are some of my ideas:

Explorer Run

Instead of running your regular routes go and explore new neighborhoods for a certain amount of time. Try new roads you haven’t run on before and then turn around at a certain amount of time and go back the same way you came.

Reverse Route

If you’re bored with your regular running routes but don’t have the time to map out new ones just do them in reverse. You’ll be amazed at how different it might look going the opposite direction.

My Jam Music Run

Using an iPod with your music after a warm-up, run hard for one song and then easy for next. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a build doing two hard songs and three easy songs then three hard songs and two easy songs etc. Make the workout as long or short as you want it. This can be challenging and fun.

Family Friendly Park Run

This is a destination run choosing a nearby park and run to it. This run can be done easily pushing a stroller with the child in it. At the park have your child play while you do push-ups, lunges and your own strength routine. If they have monkey bars, do some pull-ups. No equipment needed. Unless you want to bring some easily portable elastic bands that can be tied onto a tree or fence etc. Search the Internet to get ideas. Check out my fitness Pinterest board. Have other Moms meet you at the park to make it more social and create some accountability.

Local Track Run

There are so many great things that you can do at a track and when my children were young I often take them there to play while I did my speed workout. A typical track is approximately 400 meters around making four laps to a mile. Often they are broken up into four 100 meter sections. This makes it great to break up your workout into fast and slow portions or do lunges, grapevine, jump rope or other activities for each segment. Running form drills can also be done at the track. Visit my website at BlondeRunner.com to learn more.

Telephone Poles or Interval Run

This workout is similar to a Fartlek run with variable pacing. Use telephone poles or other landmarks to run to on your regular run incorporate harder efforts. I suggest an RPE effort of 6 for the regular running and 8 for the push effort. The push effort can be as long or short as you would like. I suggest around 1 to 2 minute pushes 4 to 6 times within a short 30 plus minute run.

Leap Frog

This is a run I often do with the group of friends (usually my triathlon team) at the track. I suggest 5 to 8 people. Having everyone running in a single-file line and every hundred meters or so the last person sprints up to the front and then leads for a pre-designated distance (i.e. 100 meters, .1 mile etc..). This is usually done after warm-up and all together added up to 3-4 miles. It’s a fun but challenging workout.

Terrain Change

Often we get bored running the same route so try to change up the terrain. Maybe find a new hill and do some hill repeats (i.e. 2 min hill X 6 with downhill jogs for recovery) or seek out a new trail for a trail run vs road. Instead of running on the sidewalk try to run on the grass etc…

Need a coach?  I’d love to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Send me a message and we will connect.

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

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March Madness Half Marathon: First Place AG

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Races, Weight Loss

IG post blonderunner 3.5.2016My last race was Ironman Maryland, then I took some time completely off running to see if I could get my knee to feel better. It looks like to rest has paid off as it felt pretty good today. I was pleased to start my racing season with a solid first place division win at a local half marathon today. It was a training race to dial in my numbers. It was fun to see so many friends today. Up next: Oceanside 70.3 in four weeks. I am super excited about it! ‪#‎triathlon‬ ‪#‎swimbikerun‬ ‪#‎blonderunner‬ ‪#‎athlete‬ ‪#‎halfmarathon‬ ‪#‎trainingrace‬ ‪#‎firstplace‬ ‪#‎running‬ ‪#‎familysupport‬ ‪#‎sponsorsupport‬
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Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

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Triathlon Training with Blonde Runner

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

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Triathlon Training Class

Wed. April 27, 2016

6:30- 8 p.m., $25

Come learn how to get started in triathlons and/or polish your skills.  Swim technique, cycling skills, running form, training tips and nutrition will be covered.  Come get all the answers to your questions in this lecture-style class to be held in the Bountiful area.  All triathlon distances will be covered. Lots of great racing tips will be shared. There are limited spots in this class. Pre-registration is required. Message Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn how to register.

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Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner

USATF & USAT certified run & triathlon coach

US Masters Level 1 & 2 swim coach

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Salt Lake City Races – Discount Code

IG postOne of my absolute favorite races that I did this year was the Salt Lake Half Marathon in April.  It was well organized, marked well and just fun!  I love big races because you always have someone to run with.  Come join in the fun next year – they also have other race distance options.  Use the code blonderunnerslc16 to save $5, be sure and choose me from the ambassador list (Blonde Runner – Lora Erickson).  Prices go up tomorrow at midnight.  Come join in the fun!  http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com/

2015 South Davis Recreation Center Race Series

Want to get involved in some great local events?  If so, this is a great series to get involved with.  Five races total (2 triathlons, 3 running races).

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Pricing:  $140 through 12/31  – less than last year!

$150 from 1/1 – 2/13

Registration will close on 2/13! No exceptions!!

reg now orangeAll registered series members will receive a hooded, long sleeve, tri blend training shirt, and those who FINISH all 5 races will receive a quarter zip tech jacket. 

Note:  You must be registered for the series, not just complete all the races so be sure and take advantage of this great pricing!

Running & Triathlon Classes:

Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner will be offering a series of classes through the year for registered racers.  The first one will be offered in January for the Sweetheart participants.  Learn more about the Winter Running Class

 Periodic race giveaways can be found on the Blonde Runner Health Facebook page

Running Scared 5K & 10K Oct. 26

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews, Races, Weight Loss

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Breakout the Halloween Costumes and get ready to be “Running Scared”! On Oct 26, 2013 the Running Scared event will be held at Tuscany Park in Herriman. They will be offering a 5K & 10K run and all the fun family festivities like a carnival for the children with balloons, face painting, games prizes and more. Also kids under 7 can run for free! How awesome is that! I just love see family friendly events like this. They will also have finishers medals and prizes for the division winners, so it’s a great event for all levels. Come and get festive. Learn more 
Check out this cool footage of last years event

Do you have a group of friends that want to get fit and healthy together?

December 5, 2009 by  
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So, do you have a group of friends or family members that would love to get fit and healthy together?If so, set up a class for you and your friends. Coach Lora Erickson “Blonde Runner” will come and teach you fun exercises, fitness tips and proper nutrition to help each individual be a healthier person.All classes are customized for the group and many different topics can be addressed including:healthy cooking, recipe modification, weight training, body sculpting, weight loss, sports nutrition, family health, stress management, meditation, running, triathlons, personal training, provident living, athletic fitness etc…A minimum of 8 people is required to hold a class, but 15-20 people are preferred.

Other Services Available:

Coach Lora is also available for one-time lectures or guest speaking for your group or business.

Do you have a home gym you want to learn how to use better? She can help you with that too.

Corporate wellness program for your company.

One-on-one programs are also available.

If you are interested in setting up a class or what to learn more contact Lora directly.

Coach Lora Erickson

“Blonde Runner”

theblonderunner@gmail.com