One Foot In Front of The Other – Rose O’Neill Runner, Survivor, Amputee

When you face a major challenge, be grateful for it. Many people will see something difficult as a bad thing. If something goes wrong, it’s a reason to complain, it’s a time of self-pity. That won’t get you anywhere. Instead, learn to be grateful for the challenge — it’s an opportunity to grow, to learn, to get better at something. When asked why I am not envious of the other runners here. Well…envy prompts one to feel inadequate, incomplete, impotent and missing out and I am none of that! While some things might be out of our control, much of what happens is based on our thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and are largely a conditional response to our focus. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. I lack nothing! I am whole.

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How to Dress for Winter Outdoor Running in Utah with Coach Lora Erickson “Blonde Runner”

Hello. friends. Coach Lora with here. It’s finally snowy in Utah. I am so excited to run in the snow today! I wanted to share some snow running tips with you
Here are some highlights:
⛄️ Be sure to check the weather channel for current temperature and expected conditions before heading out
⛄️ Dress in layers
⛄️ Apply lip balm with sunscreen before you go
⛄️ Have fun!
Winter Running Essentials (top to bottom):

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Be Grateful in Your Circumstances – Start a Gratitude Journal with Coach Lora Erickson,

Being grateful in our circumstances isn’t always easy but it’s possible. We all go through tough times but there is always good if we look for it. Each day before I go to bed I like to take a moment and review my day and record a few good things that happened in my gratitude journal. It has made all the difference for me. Even the smallest kindness from others can really lift my spirit on a particularly changing day. We truly don’t know others struggles so when in doubt be kind. This includes being kind to yourself. Thank you to those that show me mercy, empathy, kindness and love. You are so appreciated #gratitude #thankyou I strive to do the same and to view my world in a way that helps me look for ways I can contribute despite my short comings, mistakes and faults.
Do you think a gratitude journal would help you? Do you keep one already? How has it helped?
#thankyou #faith #overcome #youcan #bekind #kindnessbeginswithme #behappy #smile #lookfortherainbows #silverlining #explorepage @raceforgriefutah #gratitudejournal #coachingtip @coachloraerickson #running #runtherapy #triathlete #ironman #endurance

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Registration is Open for the 2022 Race For Grief Event on Memorial Day

It has been 23 years since I held you in my arms and had to said goodbye to you all too early. I am thankful for the motivation you give me to do better. Although you only lived five hours, you inspire me. You are an angel. I know you are rooting for me and love me despite my mistakes and imperfections and that makes all the difference. I miss and love you! I will continue to keep the promise I whispered to you. You will never be forgotten and your life matters @raceforgriefutah 💕


Lora Erickson

Race Director 

Instagram: @theblonderunner

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Triathlon Training Gets Real Results for Justin with Coach Lora Erickson,

Going from being an Opioid addict to cleaning up his life, getting an education and having a family, now Justin is working towards qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships working with Coach Lora. He began as a novice athlete just 9 months ago when he first contacted the Blonde Runner. Listen to him share his story in his own words. To learn more about Coach Lora Erickson and her programs, visit

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