Upcoming Blonde Runner Classes:

Open Water Swim Clinic – Tuesday June 20, 2017, $35

Individual Running Form Analysis – scheduled individually – contact Coach

Small Group Swimming – contact Coach

Women’s Triathlon Clinic in Riverton – August 10, 2017 – get registered http://blonderunner.com/2017/05/womens-triathlon-clinic-in-riverton/

Ladies Beginner Cycling Clinic (learn how to change a tire, bicycle maintenance and cycling skills) – July 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m. $25. Davis County. Limited Spots. Learn More

 

Learn more or get registered:

Contact Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com, BlondeRunner.com

Who is Blonde Runner?

 

Blonde Runner Triathlon Yard Sale 2017

May 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Races

I am trying to earn money to pay for my trip to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Tennessee in September 2017. I am so excited for this unbelievable opportunity! Over the many years I have done triathlon I have accumulated stuff; it’s time to find new homes for these items, many are brand new. Please contact me with a private message if you are interested in anything so I don’t miss any comments. Don’t see what you need? Message me and I might just have it and have not put it up yet. Pick-up only – in Bountiful. I will be adding things, so check back often. Thank you for your support! Happy shopping! Triathlons rock! Thanks!! ~ Coach Lora

You could always take one of my classes or hire me for full custom coaching (that helps too):

Running Form Analysis

Running and/or Triathlon Training

Endurance Sports Nutrition

Adult Swimming Class – Triathlon Specific (pool & openwater) Visit BlondeRunner.com to learn more

See what I have for sale: https://www.facebook.com/lora.heylerickson/media_set?set=a.10212367307767802.1073741833.1533356182&type=3

Check back often, new things added weekly.

Donations can also be made directly to paypal (theblonderunner@gmail.com). Thank you for your support.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Race Report: Ironman St. George 70.3

May 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Races

Wow! That was a tough day. The training leading up to the event was pretty solid but I couldn’t  seem to avoid consuming water on the swim leaving me nauseated for the ride and limiting my ability to consume nutrition in the bike. I only seem to consume water in very specific conditions (in a race, when it’s hard to see and/or gets crowded), otherwise I have no problem in training.

The trouble is that I was only able to tolerate about 1/3 of my planned nutrition on the bike but ended up throwing that up at the beginning of the run. I felt better and tried to consume some fluids and as much solids as I could tolerate. I did start feeling better around mile 4 or 5 on the run so was able to pick up the pace for a while, then had to walk when a wave of nausea would hit so I could keep down my nutrition. Then I started experiencing some cramping towards the end of the run despite my attempts to get some nutrients & electrolytes back in me. I was so grateful to have company to run with and help me. I still had some major chafing on my neck and could really feel it burn on the run when the sweat hit it.  Ouch! 

The volunteers were also amazing. It was a bit windy and warm so I was so happy to have so many aide stations along the way, about a mile apart.  This race is challenging when you are feeling good so it’s even more difficult when you are sick and your body is shutting down but I pushed through. No way was I going to pull out. Despite my results I am so happy to be able to finish and participate in these events. This was an event I have had on my bucket list for a while. Sometimes you have to take the bad with the good.  Overall I was pleased to finish and will continue to search for ways to get through my challenges. Triathlon training is my favorite. Thank you to all my friends, family and sponsors support! You are so appreciated. 

Coach Lora Erickson 

BlondeRunner.com

 

 

 

 

 

Wahoo! I am so excited to be participating in the Ironman St. George 70.3 event this weekend. I have wanted to do this race for quite sometime now and it finally worked out so I can. Hoping my shoulder holds up. It’s a hilly route and looks like we might have some heat and wind. Reminds me of Kona #hawaii #raceweek #swimbikerun #utahathlete 

Coach Lora Erickson: Lettuce Explain Podcast Guest

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Nutrition, Product Reviews

As you might remember, last month I participated in the Oceanside 70.3 Ironman event.  It is always so enjoyable to get away from the cold of Northern Utah and enjoy warmer temperatures.  While I was there I was able to visit one of my long time friend and she invited me to be interviewed on her new podcast.  I was so excited to participate and talk about my triathlon experience.  My friend and her friend, both dietitians, started the Lettuce Explain podcast and cover great nutrition and fitness topics.  It can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.  I was interviewed for Episode 008 which was released today.  Here’s a link if you’d like to listen.  It was so much fun!

http://lettuceexplain.libsyn.com/podcast

Let me know what you think? If you’d like to have help with your triathlon or run training I would love to help.  Please get in touch with me at theblonderunner@gmail.com.  I work with people locally or online across the country.  Fitness rocks!

Train Happy,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

Blonde Runner Race & Product Discount Code List 2017

April 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Product Reviews, Races

(new code added 5.17.2017 – 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

 

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

Splashnsprint.comUse the code BLONDESPLASH for $5 off

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 

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

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

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.

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

RaceTri.com events – BlondeRaceTri2017 – 15% off

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

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

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

TriSports.com

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/

 

Spring Running Form Class

April 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, Health Classes, News, Nutrition

A lot of requests have been made for a Running Form Class so an additional class has been set up for next Tuesday night, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Davis County area. $25. Contact Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com if you’d like to reserve a spot.

A Spring Triathlon Training Class will be offered that same evening.  Learn more

Win a Spot in the Splash N Sprint Triathlon in Bountiful Utah

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Races

I love local triathlons because they are were I got my start in triathlons.  They have such great energy! Check out this great local event to take place on May 13, 2017 at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful.  You could win a spot!  Don’t want to wait to get registered?  Use the code BLONDESPLASH to save $5.  Invite a friend to join you.  See you there! Get registered

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

 

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

Get the recipe

Yay! Women of Steel has moved back to American Fork!

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Races

logo-woman-of-steel-triThere is just something about women-only events that is great! Maybe is the “girl-power” or the great  boyfriends, brother’s, grandpa’s and Dad’s that get out and cheer for the women in their life.  The Women of Steel Triathlon was one of the first triathlons I did so it hold a special place in my heart.  I remember racking my bike on the metal racks and waiting in line for my turn to jump in the water.  I was nervous and excited all at the same time!  It was good competition and those ladies inspired me to do better and push harder.  Last year they moved it to a new venue but I am so glad it has been moved back to AF where I remember it being.  Join in the fun and save 10% using the code BLONDERUNNER10

Bonus!  Julie Moss is coming!

Get registered for the Women of Steel event

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Need training tips? Attend a Blonde Runner class: 

Swimming Classes

Running Form Class

Eat Better to Train Better – Nutrition Class

 To learn more message theblonderunner@gmail.com

Winter Running Challenges

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By Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Winter can pose many additional challenges for runners. Poor air quality and cold temperature can drive asthmatic runners indoors or to travel to higher elevations to get out of the inversion.  Obviously breathing bad air can pose health risks so it’s important to check and see if levels are safe to exercise in.  To check air quality in your area visit airnow.gov. Some people opt to run outdoor with masks however often complain of having a hard time getting enough air exchange and the condensation in the mask can be annoying.  I suggest taking the workout indoors if the air quality is bad.  Treadmills can have many benefits this time of year.  Not only do they provide a more giving surface and they obviously don’t have the concerns of slipping. It’s convenient and allows bathroom breaks if needed.  It is also easy to set a pace and just hold that pace on the treadmill.  While it can feel like a “hamster wheel” to some it offers safety from traffic and can be done any time of day or night.  I know many young mothers with small children that utilize a treadmill extensively; however, I often caution them when they start running outdoors more in the spring to do it gradually to allow the body time to adapt to harder surfaces.

If you really struggle with indoor or “dreadmill” running, I suggest cross-training on bad air quality days. Indoor cycling and swimming can have many benefits for runners and challenge the body in different ways.  I always like to suggest yoga for my runners and triathletes as well.  This is great for recovery and flexibility.  Don’t be afraid to utilize the snow for other fitness activities; like cross-country skiing or snow shoeing.  These are all great aerobic workouts to supplement the training.  It can also prevent burnout or keep you active if you tend to not to want to run in the snow.

While exercising outside on better air quality days I suggest dressing in layers. As your body warms-up you can remove layers to control temperature.  I often see runners wearing too many layers so usually in 20 degree temps I wear two layers on the top, earwarmers, gloves or mittens (sometimes with hand warmers) and tights.  If it’s snowing I also suggest a hat or visor so you don’t “blink” yourself to death.  Surprisingly, I often wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun’s bright reflection off the snow.  Glasses can also block the wind from making the eyes water and tears from dripping down the lacrimal ducts causing your nose to run. This can be annoying and lead you to wiping your nose excessively.

Often while running outdoors the feet can get wet and cold and there are concerns of slipping. For this I would suggest running in trail shoes that have more traction and are generally more water proof.  I also like to use a water-proof spray on my shoes and clothes.  If you can stay dry you won’t lose as much heat.  Short gators can also prevent snow from getting in your shoes and melting.  If you are concerned about black ice and slippery surfaces you might consider using yaktrax, IceTrekkers, or Kahtoola MicroSpikes.  They can all be found at Wasatch Running Center or a local running store in your area.

If you are like me and it takes you a while to warm-up in cold temperatures but you don’t like to be stuck indoors, I would suggest warming up on a treadmill or indoor exercise bike then take the run outside. Remember running on slick snowy surfaces isn’t going to be as fast as you can go on a treadmill but it’s still a great workout.  If you usually train by pace I would suggest using heart rate numbers to train with during the winter.  Contact me if you need more training tips.

Another outdoor concern is traffic safety. I often find myself winding back and forth from the sidewalk to the street to avoid really deep snow or icy patches.  As always be aware of your surroundings and assume cars don’t see you.  I also suggest running against traffic, wearing bright colors with reflexive strips, blinking lights or utilize the Tracer 360 visibility vest (noxgear.com 20% off with code BLONDERUN) which can be seen from all directions.  I don’t use music as much in the winter so I can hear my surroundings better and stay safe.  It is also helpful to train with others as a group since you are  much more visible to traffic.

Either way, whether you plan to workout indoors or outdoors don’t let anything get in your way. Yes, winter can make it more challenging to get the workouts in but if you want the rewards you have to do the work.  No excuses.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

About the Author:

Coach Lora Erickson is a nationally ranked and All-World Triathlete as well as certified running, triathlon, swimming, and cycling instructor. She has a true passion for nutrition education, fitness & health promotion and has been coaching for over 25 years. She works with all level of athletes and relishing the opportunity to help beginners harness their true potential.  She offers community classes, in-person and on-line custom coaching.  To learn more contact her directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com or visit BlondeRunner.com to read health articles. 

Local Race Discounts:

April Salt Lake Marathon- blonderunnerslc17 for 20% off any event. Get Registered:  http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com/

Utah Valley Marathon – br15 for 15% off any event.  Get Registered:  http://www.utahvalleymarathon.com/

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