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.

National Running Day – Wednesday, June 5

To help celebrate National Running Day, on Wednesday June 5th, Conejo Valley Trail Runners will have FOUR runs.  Come to one, or come to all!
5:30 a.m. – Sunset Hills – Bard Reservoir
Meet us at the end of Sunset Hills Blvd to enjoy a run on the Woodridge Trail.   The run is mostly single track to include some climbing with rewarding views of the Bard Reservoir.  The run is approximately 4 miles but it is easy to add additional mileage. There are no restrooms or water sources available.
Directions:
From the 23 freeway, head east on Sunset Hills Blvd for approximately one mile to the dirt parking lot on the right side of the street.  The trail head is on the other side of the street from the parking lot.
6:30 a.m. – Sunset Hills – Woodbridge Trail
After regrouping and picking up the next group of runners, we will head back out on the trails, but this time we will head out towards Woodranch via the Woodbridge Trail.  Depending upon time, we will climb Long Canyon Trail into Lang Ranch.
Directions:
From the 23 freeway, head east on Sunset Hills Blvd for approximately one mile to the dirt parking lot on the right side of the street.  The trail head is on the other side of the street from the parking lot.
8:30 a.m. – Lang Ranch – Albertson Motorway
Round three of our four part National Running Day celebration will be meeting at the end of Lang Ranch Parkway. We will follow the Albertson Motorway to the top near China Flats, Simi Peak and Palo Comado. The out portion is all up, but gradual yet consistent. The one way distance is approximately 4 miles, so choose your distance. Once on top you can choose to continue or turn around for a nice downhill to round out ~8 miles. No restrooms or water sources. Exposed trail.
Directions:
From the 101 Freeway, take Westlake Blvd. north to Lang Ranch Parkway.  Make a right – follow Lang Ranch Parkway to end. Trail head is on right and street parking available.
6:30 p.m. – Lang Ranch – Oakbrook Vista Trail
Meet us at Lang Ranch Parkway at the Oakbrook Vista trail head which is about 1/4  mile from Westlake Blvd. on the right side of the street.  This is a moderate run with around 1,100 feet of elevation gain to include some technical parts.  Beautiful sunset views of Lang Ranch will be your reward! There are no restrooms or water sources available.
Directions:
From the 101 Freeway, take Westlake Blvd. north to Lang Ranch Parkway.  Make a right – the trail head is about 1/4 mile on the right side of the street.