Coaching services

Featured

Custom online coaching available – Have a race date in mind and need assistance preparing? If not, I will pick a race and we’ll work backwards in designing a program specifically for you. Training log provided and reviewed on a weekly basis.

Personalized training programs – Individualized running programs specific to your goals. Training log provided and reviewed on a weekly basis. Redesigned, if necessary, to adjust to lifestyle or fitness changes at no additional charge.

One on One running sessions – One on one running sessions. Video analysis and form critique. Individual assessments and/or weekly accompanied training runs available.

Guided trail runs – New to the trails? Guided one on one or group trail runs. Fun for groups that want to spend an afternoon on the trails, but don’t know where to begin. No expiration date. Transferable. No equipment required. Water provided.

Kid specific trail runs – Have an adventurous kid? Let’s hit the trails. I will guide your child and friends, because it’s always more fun with friends…on a fun, educational trail run/walk. Designed specifically for your child.

Need help finding a race in your area? Looking for a local running store? Want to go faster, further, or run injury free? Ask me how I can help.

Network of health and fitness professionals. Recommendations available upon request.

Email me directly at ericagratton@gmail.com  or call (805) 807-8022 

to discuss your future in running.

Trail Running Escapes in Southern California

Rising high above the 90265 is a lesser-known number… 3,114. That is the highest elevation in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the posh neighborhood in Los Angeles county more commonly known as Malibu, California. However, this article has nothing to do with divas and everything to do with dirt.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area is home to over 500 miles of trails. It is also one of only five destinations in the world considered to have a Mediterranean climate. Average Spring/Fall temperatures are in the mid 60’s; Summer temperatures are in the mid 70’s and Winter temperatures are in the high 50’s. So why would you explore any other place when the white stuff is falling from the sky? Southern California’s year round pleasant weather means the mountains are open twelve months a year.

Mountains so rich in history and systems of trails bringing them all together, you’d have to run at least 17 miles a day, everyday for 30 days to see all that the Santa Monica Mountains have to offer. Canyons once home to the hit TV series M*A*S*H and caves rumored to be Jim Morrison’s “hang”. You’ll want to fill up your bottle and throw on your sneaks, because there is only one way to get there…by hitting the trails.

A local favorite is the Santa Monica Mountains ridge line trail, also known as the Backbone trail, stretching from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Point Mugu State Park. Consisting of over 65 miles of nearly all single-track, the Backbone trail follows the ridge while traversing Chaparral covered hillsides, Oak woodlands and crosses creeks on the Valley floors.

Situated only one hour from the Los Angeles International airport, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area consists of over 153,000 acres making it the largest urban National Park. Southern California weather and accessibility to hundreds of miles of trails is why Trail Running Escapes makes it’s home in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. Every Spring, Fall & Winter they offer 5 day trail running camps that explore 40-60 miles and cover over 9,500’ of elevation gain. Trail Running Escapes’ camps showcase the best trails the Santa Monica Mountains have to offer…as only locals can do.

For more information on the Santa Monica Mountains trail running camps, please visit www.trailrunningescapes.com A calendar of camp dates is available on line as well.

Singletrack Stampede ~ Trail of the Ancients

 

JOIN US ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH FOR THE FIRST EVER SINGLETRACK STAMPEDE BROUGHT TO YOU BY SOCALULTRARUNNING.
95% SINGLETRACK TRAILS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.
13.7 and 26.4 MILE DISTANCES AVAILABLE.
COME RUN ALONG THE ANCIENT TRAILS THAT WERE GUIDED BY CHUMASH INDIANS IN THE 18TH CENTURY. SEE WHY THE LAS VIRGENES CANYON VALLEY ~
“A VALLEY WITH LITTLE WATER AND PLENTIFUL LIVE OAKS”  IS NOT TO BE MISSED! RUN THROUGH SEVERAL DIFFERENT ECO-SYSTEMS, UP 2 PYRAMID TRAILS AND EXPERIENCE EXPANSIVE VIEWS!
BRING YOUR BEST LEGS AND EAT YOUR WHEATIES, BECAUSE THIS RACE IS ONLY FOR THE STRONG OF MIND AND BODY!!!

Elevation profile is for one loop ~ 13.7 miles and 3, 809′ elevation gain. Marathoners will run two loops for 26.4 miles and 7,618′ elevation gain.

SELF magazine

As a coach, I take pride in guiding my clients to better form and energy efficiency. I also encourage trying new things. So if you come to me as a road runner, I am going to advise you to hit the trails. Highlighted in the November 2014 issue of SELF magazine are a few of the reasons why I say getting outside and getting dirty are good for you.

socalultrarunning

socalultrarunning is excited to bring you another event in Cheeseboro National Park. Saturday, March 7, 2015 ~ Palo Comado 2-4-6 Trail races.

Chose from 2, 4 or 6 Hour races. Solo or Relay for 6 Hour race.

For more information visit: www.socalultrarunning.com

Stay connected to race updates and announcements on Facebook. 

socalultrarunning will be bringing the Southern California trail running community trail running events to include races and camps. This Fall, socalultrarunning will be producing the first ever ultra distance trail race in Cheeseboro National Park located in Agoura Hills, California ~ No Name 5030. Offering 50K, 30K and 15K distances, runners will be hitting the trails on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Please visit www.socalultrarunning.com for more race details and stay connected to upcoming trail events on Facebook.

Race Calendar

Haunted Trails of the Night is Saturday, October 17th, 2015

5K and 10K Runs + “Family 5K Run/Walk”

Register now at: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=33103

 

 

 

 

 

No Name 5030 ~ Sunday, October 25th

15K ~ 30K ~ 50K Distances

Register today at: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=31120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**********************************************************2014******************************************************************

 

It’s official!!! No Name 5030 will be Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Register now at www.imATHLETE.com/events/socalultrarunning

I will be producing the first ever ultra distance trail race through the canyons of Cheeseboro National Park in Agoura Hills, California ~ No Name 5030 offers distances of 50K, 30K and 15K. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on race details.

Coming in 2015 ~ socalultrarunning will be launching Trail Running Escapes!!! We will be offering 5 day trail running camps in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains from January through April. In the summer of 2015, we’ll be taking our love on the road to Oregon where we will set up base camp in Bend for 6 days of trail running in the Deschutes and Willamette Forest areas.

Please visit our website at: www.trailrunningescapes.com for more details.

My passion is running and unless you stumbled onto my site by accident, you would know this about me already. Last year I took the step of marrying my older love of event production and joined it with my running passion to produce a series of trail races with my business partner Janna Williams. Sunset Trail Series ~ Malibu Nights is an 8 week 5K trail race series set in the beautiful mountains of Malibu, California. We hope to bring another season of STS~Malibu Nights in 2015.

Visit www.sunsettrailseries.com for more information. 

Coming in May 10, 2014, E & J Productions will be bringing you Run For The Kids. A 10K, 5K and 1K Kids Run through lovely Woodley Park around Lake Balboa in Encino, California. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and St. Jude’s Research Hospital. An awesome reason to run…besides your love of it!                                                        Registration is open now at imATHLETE  

 

Run For The Kids

Please join me for a morning of feel good running! The third annual Run For The Kids will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Woodley Park around beautiful Balboa Lake in Encino. 10K, 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run distances available. Finisher medals to all children and Age Group winners. T-shirts and gift bags to all participants and fabulous raffle prizes.

Funds raised benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Register now at www.imathlete.com/events/runforthekids 

Sean O’ Brien 5050

Today’s the day!!! Online registration opens for the Sean O’Brien 50M/50K/26.2 trail races in the Santa Monica Mountains.

February 1, 2014.

New course.

Same rockin’ Race Director Keira Henninger.

This will be one of my trail running club, CV Trail Runner’s featured races, so look for training runs in the months to come. If you would like a personalized training program, send me an email at ericagratton@gmail.com.

Go to www.sob5050.com and register, because it will definitely sell out.