Eating Better to Train Better – Nutrition Class

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Nutrition, Prevention & Safety

Tues. March 21, 2017
6-7 p.m., $25
Davis County Area

Learn daily nutrition tips that will help you in your training. Whether you are training for a triathlon, running event or your daily exercise; we will review what you need to know to stay healthy. This one-time lecture-style class will review protein powders, supplements, cellular hydration, anti-inflammatory eating, gluten-free diets and more. Learn how to prevent weight gain while training for long events like marathons and Ironman events. Class Fee: $25. Limited spots. Pre-registration is required. Message Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn how to reserve a spot.  Bonus:  Get to try some yummy Power Bites (pictured)!

Learn more about Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner

Can’t make it, but want to join another class?  Check out the Triathlon Training Class or next Running Form Class

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Coping with Emotional Eating Class

November 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Fitness, Health Classes, News, Prevention & Safety

Easy Red Beans & Rice Recipe

This is super easy and yummy! This is one of our family favorites. Great source of protein too! Enjoy!
Coach Lora Erickson
BlondeRunner.com

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Easy Red Beans & Rice Recipe2 cans low sodium kidney beans with juice 1 can water 2 cloves minced garlic 2 tsp….

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Want to learn more about Nutrition? Take a class from Coach Lora Erickson. To learn more message her directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com
Next Class: February 24, 2016 in Davis County, Utah.

Pre-Race Breakfasts For Running & Triathlon Events

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Nutrition, Product Reviews

By Coach Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

After coaching hundreds of athletes and doing triathlons and running events for over 30 years I have learned a thing or two about what foods work for people before different types of races and what foods don’t.  Although nutrient needs are very individual there seems to be some common practices that work for most people.  Here are some suggestions; however be sure to test these in your training before you use them in a race to be sure they work for you.  Take time to fine-tune your nutrition plan.

What to eat before a 5K, 10K run or Sprint Distance Triathlon event:

I find most runners tend to do better with less in their stomach during these shorter faster race efforts; especially if it’s an early morning race.  For me I will eat a very light breakfast of 125-250 calories of an easily digested carbohydrate product, such as part of a flour tortilla, bread, granola bar or banana a few hours before the race start.  I am 5’4”, 120-125lb athlete, so if you are larger than me you may need more, but I’d still go light. I would say a general rule of thumb would be .3-1 gram of carbohydrate per pound of body weight.  Be careful not to consume too much or your body will shunt blood away from your muscles to the stomach to digest and slow your pace.  I usually have some water or watered down electrolyte beverage with my breakfast.  I try to be careful not to drink too much before the event so I don’t have to use the bathroom excessively.  It’s also best to avoid anything really high in fat or fiber like fibrous fruits or things that contain a lot of dairy, artificial sweeteners or fructose; which is known to cause gastric upset.  This holds true for most races.  Usually very little food or water is needed during these shorter distance events but be sure to go into the race well hydrated but not over hydrated (see the “Cellular Hydration” article on BlondeRunner.com to learn more).

What to eat before a Half Marathon, Marathon or Olympic Distance Triathlon event:

Since these are longer events, more nutrition during the event is needed.  For me I usually go into the event with an easily digested carbohydrate product one to two hours before the event like I do with a 5K or 10K.  Sometime I will consume a few additional chews, a bite or two of a peanut butter & honey sandwich or part of a gel pack within 15 minutes of the start time of the race and then consume one gel packet every 30-45 minutes during the event with electrolyte water.  If you don’t tolerate gels well, you might consider consuming a electrolyte beverage with calories (Gatorade, Cocogo, Powerade or the like) during the event. Again you want to avoid a lot of high fiber foods before or during the event so you don’t lose time using the porta-potty.

What to eat before a Half Ironman or Ironman Triathlon Event:

Since these events are so much longer than even a standard marathon event it is important to get a little more in the belly before getting started and I like to include a little protein.  I usually suggest starting a pre-race nutrition routine the day before by eating small amounts of high-carbohydrate, low-fiber foods all through the day and sipping on electrolyte water to make sure my muscles are saturated.  Four to five hours before the event I consume 250-350 calories of an easily digested low-fiber carbohydrate rich foods with some protein (ratio: 1 gram protein to 4 grams of carb) every hour on the hour before the event.  Yes, this means you will have to set your alarm and get up early and sometimes when you are nervous it can be hard to eat, but it’s important to eat anyway.  Again only use low-fiber foods (you don’t want to need to use the toilet during the event).  Other food suggestions are; toast, bagel, rice, PB & Honey sandwich, banana, a small amount of salted nuts, pasta, granola bar, sweet potato, juice, protein drink (Ensure is popular and used by many Ironman athletes) etc. Wash foods down with a little electrolyte water.  Also, I find most do better to avoid too much dairy or artificial sweeteners before events.   Be sure and plan out your nutrition details to consume during your event too.  Proper timing and cellular hydration during the event is key to avoid bonking.

Happy Racing,

Coach Lora Erickson

To learn more, take a community class.  Contact Coach Lora Erickson directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn what classes are coming up.  Private coaching can be started anytime.

 

Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner is a USATF certified running & USA Triathlon Certified coach. She has been coaching for over 19 years. She offers community classes as well as group and private coaching services.  She is also a US Masters Level 1 & 2 certified coach  She has a true love and passion for coaching and welcomes beginners.  To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com.

 

Teaming Up with Intermountain Sports Medicine Specialty Group

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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

Running Analysis

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

BlondeRunner.com

Kids Team Triathlon Training

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The kids team triathlon training program will begin the first week of April this year.  This is a 5-week training program for the Splash ‘n Sprint triathlon March 9th.  Children 8 and up are welcome to participate.  The sign-up deadline is March 31st.  To learn how to get your child registered message Coach Lora Erickson directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com.

Please note:  You child will need to be able to swim all the way across the pool by themselves.

To learn more visit:  Team Blonde Runner Youth Triathlon

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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

Take care of yourself

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Weight Loss

1229945_10151849899810660_1928244076_nSo true.  Taking care of yourself so others don’t have to worry about you is a great gift to give!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

ChooseMyPlate dot Gov

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Nutrition

The USDA has introduced a New Food Icon: “My Plate.” It illustrates a simple way to visualize what American families need to be eating to stay healthy. Visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more about how to incorporate vegetables, fruits, protein, grain and dairy. Check it out. http://youtu.be/SEFmSk08LIE

Got Soy Milk?

March 13, 2008 by  
Filed under Nutrition

I love products made with health-packed beans including soybeans.  Soy milk has a similar calorie count as cow’s milk, and is packed with Calcium, Vitamin D, Riboflavin Vitamin B 12 and protein.  When the craving hits – try chocolate soy milk . . .your heart will thank you for this low-saturated fat treat over a heavy chocolate bar!  Soy milk makes a yummy healthy treat for everyone, not just those who are lactose intolerant.  Give it a try – you may just love it (I know I do)!