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Lora Erickson: Nutrition

By Coach Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Over the nineteen years that I have been coaching runners and triathletes I have been asked many nutrition questions particularly relating to what and when to eat.  Athletes want to know what to eat when they race and train, how to eat in the off-season as opposed to the race-season, and how to properly fuel their body without gaining weight when training for a marathon or Ironman triathlon event. To each athlete the answer will be different; the fact is we all respond to foods uniquely.  Some don’t tolerate dairy, while others breakout in a rash with grain products.  Others feel better on a plant-based or raw diet.  Some athletes perform well eating a high-protein or a high-fat diet.  So what is right for you?  I have found some simple truths that I believe work for most every athlete trying to fuel a healthy and active lifestyle. Read More….

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By:  Arianna Bradley Roth, LCSW


At the end of September 2015 I had one of those great running experiences where I was having such a good time I didn’t want to stop.  As I continued on the full moon appeared and it was a beautiful night with a great temperature for distance running.  I set out for a long run of at least 12 miles but felt strong and ended up running 18.5 miles!  I had not run that far since January 2011–before my two pregnancies and subsequent sciatica and other back trouble.
I felt very grateful to accomplish this run and began to wonder if I might have another chance at running a competitive and fast marathon.  Before this run I didn’t think my back could handle it, but thankfully it felt fine.
This run was another reminder to me that we never know what we’re capable of (whether in running or something else) until we get up and TRY hard but good things, and be willing to take a risk and maybe fail. 

I’ve experienced many setbacks in my running over the last few years, and I have tried to learn the lessons that are presented.  I’m not advocating running when too injured, but when you feel it’s safe.  I have focused on carefully pushing a little more when I’m able and gradually….often slowly, working towards my running goals.  Finally this year I am experiencing some steady progress.  Following are three important principles that have helped me succeed in improving my running performance and reaching my personal goals.   Read More….

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by on Jun.27, 2017, under Utah Running

Feeling Overly Fatigued When Running? Low Iron or Vitamin D May Be The Culprit.

by Jason Blackham


Do you have excessive fatigue with your running? If you do, you should consider seeing a physician to have blood work done.  The most common causes of fatigue in athletes is poor nutrition, sleep problems, underlying medical problems, iron deficiency, and Vitamin D deficiency.  When seeing patients experiencing fatigue, I usually check a panel of labs to look for underlying causes as well. In this article, I will address iron deficiency and Vitamin D deficiency.  

Low Iron Levels

One of the most common underlying reasons for fatigue in athletes is low iron levels.  When iron levels are low for long enough, anemia or low red blood cell counts result.  However, one can be iron deficient without having anemia.  Anemia is most common in women athletes during the ages of menstruation due to loss of blood with menstrual cycles combined with not having enough iron in the diet.  Other major causes include bleeding usually in the GI tract, stomach or bowel, and not enough iron in the diet as well as other medical problems.  

Read More….

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Join The UtahRunning.com Racing Team

Unless you’re still in high school or college, the opportunity to be a part of a running team is hard to find.  For us, some of our favorite running experiences have more to do with the teammates or the people we experienced them with than with the actual running we did.  Our time spent on teams has shown that being a part of a group can help bring out the best in an individual as each member strives to help contribute to the goals of the whole team.  There is something about being a part of something bigger than ourselves that gives us a sense of purpose, direction, and belonging.  And, let’s face it; running with others makes it a heck of a lot more fun to pound that pavement (or trail)!

For the last couple of years UtahRunning.com has put together an Elite Racing Team.  We’ve been blow away with how much fun being on a team has been and how much having others to race and train with has helped take team members’ race performance to the next level.

That is why in 2016, in addition to our Elite Racing Team, we are creating a racing team for individuals that are looking to be a part of something A-M-A-Z-I-N-G…The UtahRunning.com Racing Team!!

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Can Runners Benefit from The Paleo Diet?


By Rodney Hansen

In my first article of Return of a Has Been Runner, my fifth tip addressed adequate nutrition and avoiding fad diets, detox, and restrictive diets.  A popular restrictive diet that many runners are trying is Paleolithic Nutrition, the Paleo Diet, or the “Caveman Diet.”  The basis of this diet is that the present day human needs to eat like our ancestors did 10,000 years ago.

The basic claim of Paleolithic Nutrition is that we humans are not designed or have not evolved to eat the present day foods, especially foods produced through conventional farming.  Read More….

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