Join me at the Cache Valley Gran Fondo

June 15, 2016 by  
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gran fondoI have attended the Cache Valley Gran Fondo event since it’s first year and have really enjoyed my experience and just can’t help but want to do it every year since it’s so well organized. They have a 50 mile and 100 mile option. (just a note, last year it was really 104 miles. To learn more visit

Message me at if you would like a discount code for 20% off.  Have a great day.

Coach Lora Erickson


Labor Day Triathlon: Beginner Triathlon Clinic and Sprint Route Bike Preview

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Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner will be offering a Beginner Race Clinic & Sprint Bike Preview scheduled for Saturday August 29, 2015 @ 8am meeting at south-east pavilion at the back of the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful (bring your bike and helmet). The clinic is free for registered racers. If you are not registered for the race you can still attend but you will need to register for $10 online or at the facility (front desk). Registration can be done via email ( as long as they are registered.  

Race Event Date: September 7, 2015 – 8 a.m.

Use the discount code BLONDERUNNER and get $5.00 off their entry (any distance)!

 Get registered for the race! Click here


Want to win a free spot? visit Blonde Runner Health on Facebook to learn how  

Flash Giveaway: Hooper Tomato Days 5K

August 21, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Races, Weight Loss

Enter to win! Two spots will be given away. Hurry and get your name in. The winners will be announced August 27th. Good luck!
Coach Lora Erickson

Triathlon Training Class

October 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Prevention & Safety, Weight Loss


Triathlon Training Class

Tues. Dec. 10, 2013 

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Are you new to triathlons or do you want to get faster?

The class will cover all the essential components of effective triathlon training including:

Swimming Technique

Cycling Skills

Running Essentials

Transition (how to’s) – prep check list

Nutrition Essentials

Pre-registration is required to reserve a spot, email Coach Lora Erickson at to make arrangements to pay the $25 class fee in person to hold a spot.

About the Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner:  Coach Lora is a USATF certified running & triathlon coach with over 27 years of athletic experience.  She is a nationally ranked triathlete and founder of Team Blonde Runner (TBR), a fully coached adult triathlon coed training team.  Coach Lora is also the race director for the event.  To learn more visit Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and her enthusiasm is contagious.  Come and get excited about the great sport of triathlon with us.

What are people saying about Blonde Runner classes?

“Swimming has always been the weakest part of my triathlons, so I jumped at the chance to join Coach Lora’s swim clinic.  She gave me some specific pointers right away, and I immediately felt a difference.  She took video footage of me from multiple angles, and when we got together the next week to review, I was able to really understand what she was talking about.  There are so many technical aspects involved in swimming, but Coach has been incredibly patient with me (helping me be patient with myself!), and helped me to focus on one at a time until I can start combining them. I especially appreciate how well she explains ideas and techniques–trying many different directions until I finally figured out which one clicked for me. That “Aha!” moment was worth every penny spent and every minute in the water.”  ~ Melanie M.

“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

“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


“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

Visit the Blonde Runner Health Facebook page

“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

Learn More


The RFG 2013 video is live

The 2013 Race For Grief event video is live.

It turned out great! Join us in 2014!

Tri Clinic / Race Course Preview – Labor Day Triathlon



Tri Clinic / Race Course Preview – Labor Day Triathlon

Friday August 30, 2013

5:30 – 7 p.m.

For all these registered to participant in the Labor Day Triathlon at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful are welcome to attend this free clinic.  I will be explaining how the transition is set up etc…  We will also ride the route together so bring your bike and helmets.  Meet at the pavilion on the southeast side of the South Davis Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m.  I am excited to teach you and answer your questions.  Please RSVP to reserve your spot by sending a message to  Limited spots.  I hope to see you there.  Learn more about the triathlon

~ Coach Lora Erickson

Race Review: USA Triathlon AG National Championships – Concussion

August 23, 2012 by  
Filed under News, Races

Wow this was an exciting event and even though this race didn’t go as planned and had a very different outcome for me than was expected I am greatful for the experience and have learned a lot.

Preparations started for this race well over a year ago when I first qualified to attend it. I was thrilled to qualify just one week after last years Nationals experience and I was even more thrilled to learn it would be held in Burlington, Vermont again. I assumed the course would probably be the same and so I knew exactly what I was preparing for. As always it’s important to train for the terrain and mimick racing conditions as closely as possible. The only thing that I knew would be hard to prepare for is the humidity since Vermont is very different than Utah but it didn’t seem to be a big factor in my race this year (there were far greater concerns as you will learn. Keep reading).

This particular year was also very exciting as I was one of the athletes chosen to take part in the Endurance Films Racing Team.  It is such an honor to be associated with such a good quality company that offers great products. Needless to say I was thrilled to meet the team at the expo and get to know other athletes on the team.   It was also a privilege to meet the owners of the company in person. After the team meeting we picked up our racing gear and set out to perform our own pre-race rituals.

This year I had decided to rent a bike to alleviate the stress of taking it apart and shipping it. While the bike I rented was nice and roughly fit for me, it wasn’t my bike. This was the first learning experience I had. Simply it’s worth the extra time and effort to be able to ride on your own bike, even if you have to ship it across the country. While renting a bike was not cheap it was still less expensive for me than shipping my bike across the country, not to mention the damage it can sustain. But if I were to do it again I would ship my bike. Simply my bike is fit for me and much lighter than the rental. And as many of you dedicated athletes know you develop a bond with you bike. I know it sounds silly but it’s true (you know what I am talking about). Although I have not named my bike – it’s my baby and I am familiar with how it handles.

As usually I was fairly anxious about the race and as usual run through the race many times in my head as well as literally run through the transition area making sure my mind is completely prepared.  This “practice” ended up serving me well as I believe my body went on “auto-pilot” after I was knocked silly on the swim. At this point you are probably wondering “What happened?” so here’s the story. Just over two-thirds of the way through the swim somebody (a big burly male no doubt) swam over me coming down on the back of my head forcefully; knocking me under the water and nearly knocking my cap and goggles completely off. Immediately I was disoriented and felt confused. After this point I only remember small fragments of the race until just after the half way point on the cycling route (about 12 or 13 miles into it). I remember the intense pain in my head, dizziness and nausea and remember thinking to myself, “This is not a good time to get a migraine.” My vision when back and forth between blurry and normal and I remember feeling scared and doing my best to ‘hold my line.’ At this point I didn’t associate the hit on the swim with the symptoms and thought this is not a good day to be “feeling like crap.” I of course pushed through. Immediately out of the second transition (T2) and at the start of the run there is a steep short uphill and I remember distinctly wonder if my body would be able to make it through the run. For me not finishing was not an option. I didn’t travel all this way to not finish, so even if I had to crawl I would finish this race! The waves of nausea and the feeling of having to vomit intensified and the headache hovered over me. I felt like I was in a cloud and my body didn’t seem to want to cooperate with my mind. I remember feeling like I was in a dream where you try to go and your body won’t. Mentally and physically I felt completely exhausted and it took everything I had to complete the race. I had nothing left for my trademark finish kick.

I really believe what carried me through the race was my training and the practice runs I did through the transition area before the event. I can’t remember what actually happened during that time but I must have been on auto pilot to find my way and cycle without futher incident. It took shear will-power to complete the race. For me even before I got on the plane to fly to the event I decided that I would give it my all. I had prepared, I had trained and I had decided that I was determined to make the USA team. Despite my result and even though I didn’t make the USA team I do believe I put in all the effort into the race that would have been required had I not been hit. Either way there is something to learn from each experience in our life, and we probably gain far more from disappointment than winning. I plan to train once more to compete at USA Triathlon AG Nationals in 2013 with that hope of making the USA team. As of now I will rest and allow my “brain to heal” per doctors orders and hope to get back to racing soon. I expect that my close friends will likely tease me about having “brain damage” but I will continue to blame it on my blonde hair color. After all, blondes have more fun.

Happy Racing,
Coach Lora Erickson
“Blonde Runner”

USATF certified Running Coach
Owner, Blonde Runner Health

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Check out this great highlight reel of the USA Triathlon AG Nationals – Olympic Distance

Coping with grief and loss

November 13, 2009 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Races, Weight Loss

threads_002Today specifically is a significant day for me.It is November 13th, the same day I lost my tiny baby girl a number of years ago.Samantha was simply born too early, lived five hours and died the same day (it happened to be a Friday the 13th).  I now put on a race every year on Memorial Day to honor her.  Visit to learn more.

At the time I lost her, I was 22 weeks along and my cervix simply didn’t want stay closed.In the ensuing months, I learned about a condition known as incompetent cervix.  This problem lead to long arduous subsequent pregnancies; with surgery, limited activity, extra weight gain, stress and worry. Each pregnancy I had a stitch or cerclage placed to keep the cervix closed (a painful surgery I might add – I had four of them – ouch!).With my next pregnancy I was 10 weeks flat on my back on bedrest; it was during this time that I learned that I am not a lay-there-and-do-nothing type of person and running helps me cope with anxiety. I am a high energy, outdoorsy do-it-yourself kind of girl. I learned that you can only watch T.V. and reading books so long –and 10 weeks is way too long! With another pregnancy I developed gestational diabetes and was on insulin. My education in diabetes management and nutrition proved to be helpful as I recall my doctor stating “You are the best diabetic patient a doctor could hope for.”The way that I looked at it is that I was the steward over that little unborn baby body and wanted to do all that I could to give that baby a chance despite my own body’s frailties.However, I found the frequent trips to the hospital several times a week for stress-tests difficult with aligning babysitters for two other small children, the time for travel and testing all on top of regular high-risk doctor visits. Not to mention the expense of it all.

It has been many years since her passing, and even with all the difficult moments, I’d do it all again to have the four beautiful children I have today.After losing our first baby, we didn’t know if we where going to be able to have children, so this is truly a wonderful miracle!  I believe in eternal families and believe I will see her again.

You may be asking why I am sharing such a personal story.The reason why is that I know others suffer grief and loss and often suffer in silence feeling they are alone.I want them to know they are not alone.There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my little girl and want her here with me.Science has come a long way since then, and I always ask “what if” she was born now, could something have been done that was not an option for us years ago?But, I have been fortunately enough not to suffer a miscarriage.I have a grave to go visit, and I know she was a girl and was able to give her a name.I have felt the wonderful kicks of a baby growing inside me which many women long to experience.No matter how difficult this was, there is something to learn from all experiences in life.

Until this day, I hadn’t dealt much with loss.Well, I had a special cat that I loved dearly that died when I was a little girl and another cat I had died in college.That was rough for me (I’m an animal lover).Three of my four grandparents died before I was born so I didn’t experience those losses personally.  While earning my Gerontology Certification at the Utah State University I took a Death and Dying class and I remember trying to put the concepts to use.I think they were very helpful for me, so I wanted to share a few of them.

How to cope with loss (specifically miscarriage and loss of a baby)

-Know that it is normal to feel a huge range of strong emotions from fear, anger, blame, love, and disappointment after experiencing a loss.

-Give yourself time to grieve and heal.

-Remember – there’s no “right” way to grieve – everyone is different.

-Talk about your feelings with others.

-Cry – it’s is okay to cry.I found myself crying in the middle of the grocery store when I heard a baby cry a few aisles over or when I saw a commercial with a baby in it.Cry all you want – it’s okay (men too!).

-For me time seems to heal.I can now visit the grave (which I couldn’t do for sometime after).I can talk about her with my children without bawling all over the place now.

-You may want to get involved or join a support group:


SHARE Parents of Utah

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support


They hold a Walk to Remember event every October

(National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month)


SHARE Parents of Utah on the Web

National SHARE Parent Resources

National Share Office on Facebook

The Sharing Place FB page – Salt Lake City


University of Utah – Caring Connections

What to say to someone that has lost a baby or had a miscarriage:

Question:How can you express your concern without saying the wrong thing?

-It’s okay to say “I don’t know what to say.”

When I went back to work after I lost my baby girl, I could see that many people felt awkward and didn’t know what to say to me.Many people even avoided me.That was difficult.I appreciated those that said “I didn’t know what to say, but I want you to know I thinking about you.”

-Give them a hug.This says “I’m here for you.I care.”

-Listening and allowing the person to talk about the experience can help them sort through their emotions.Ask about the experience.

-Tell them that you are thinking of them and you care.

-Make arrangements to take in a warm meal.It shows you are thinking of them and want to help.Sometimes simple daily tasks are difficult for a grieving person.

-Write a kind note or send flowers or a card.

-Other things you could say are:

“I’m sorry.”

“What can I do for you right now?”

“I’m here, I want to listen.”

“This must be hard for you.”

-Allow the parents to make the decisions for funeral arrangements for the loss of a baby; don’t assume they want you to “take over.”This helps them experience the reality of the death.

-Know that grief doesn’t end at the funeral.Remember special days with a card or call.

Stop!Don’t say these things.

-“Don’t worry you are young, you can have more children”

-“You have an angel in heaven.”(They don’t want an angel in heaven, they want the baby)

-“This happened for the best.”

– “Don’t be sad. Don’t cry.”

-Don’t share all the stories of the people you know that have had loss.It diminished or makes light of their experience. This is their time to share and your time to listen.

-“Get over it and move on.”Allow them time to heal and it may take longer than you think it should.

-“Better for this to happen now, before you knew the baby.”

Even though the parents had little, if any time to “know” the child, the parental attachment is still strong.

As you can imagine, Memorial Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me now and this unique experience has given our family opportunities to talk about death with our children.I have learned that it is important not to tell children that the baby is “sleeping,” “on a trip” or “lost” – these words can frighten children.When we visit her grave, we simply tell our children she is dead, she was born too early and died.We believe in life after death and that we will see her again someday but until then I will always remember her as I promised her in my arms before she passed away.  She has touched my life and helped me to appreciate the dear children that I can embrace and love today.  When you loss someone, you never forget them, you just learn to live without them.  Please join me and my family to honor your loved one on Memorial Day.


Coach Lora Erickson

aka Blonde Runner

Dedicated in loving memory of my little Samantha.

You touched my life – I will never forget you.

Love Lives On

Sung by Mallary Hope


Even though I cry like crazy

Even though it hurts so bad

I thankful for the time God gave me

Even though we couldn’t make it last

I’m learning how to live without you

Even though I don’t want to

And even with you gone

Love lives on.

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Annual Event on Memorial Day in May

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