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.

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.

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.

BOGO~Jamba Juice smoothies

Treat yourself to any one of the delicious Jamba Juice smoothies through this weekend!!! After a workout, kids apres school snack….whatever your reason, you deserve it. Buy one of your choice and get a second one free! Be sure to print the coupon or take your phone to be scanned. Offer ends Sunday, June 2. http://cmp.ly/2/eWfLn2

Enjoy and cheers to Summer 🙂

Coupon below:

Http://www.jambajuice.com/campaigns/may-strawberry-coupon

Jamba Juice Ambassador!!!

A little brightness in these dark days of the Springs Fire…I am thrilled to announce I have been selected as an Ambassador for Jamba Juice!!! If you know me, you know I hit Jamba Juice after every endurance run. It is my preferred recovery drink. Keep an eye out for my next sponsored event. Come by to say hi and sample some products. See a list of new Fruit & Veggie smoothies at www.jambajuice.com My favorite is Orange Carrot Karma!!!
If you have an upcoming event and would like Jamba Juice to join in the fun, send me a message. Cheers to living healthy! http://cmp.ly/2/eWfLn2See More
Photo: A little brightness in these dark days of the Springs Fire...I am thrilled to announce I have been selected as an Ambassador for Jamba Juice!!! If you know me, you know I hit Jamba Juice after every endurance run. It is my preferred recovery drink. Keep an eye out for my next sponsored event. Come by to say hi and sample some products. See a list of new Fruit & Veggie smoothies at www.jambajuice.com My favorite is Orange Carrot Karma!!!
If you have an upcoming event and would like Jamba Juice to join in the fun, send me a message. Cheers to living healthy! http://cmp.ly/2/eWfLn2

New Year~New Trails~New Inspirations

Happy New Year!!! 2013!!!

A cliche day to say the least, but if today is that day you decide to start a new then I am your biggest fan. Wherever you find inspiration; a date on the calendar, an undiscovered trail, your children…I do not judge. I embrace.

Lots to talk about.

Together with a few friends, I am starting a member only trail running club in the Conejo Valley. Our season kick off run will be Sunday, January 13 at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks, Ca. Come check us out and see what all the buzz is about. Visit our Facebook page CV Trail Runnners to join and get more details.

My photography passion is slowly turning into a small business…keep an eye out for new pictures posted on this site and my Facebook page~Erica Gratton Photography.

I recently had my race report from North Face Endurance Challenge published at Runners Illustrated. Runners Illustrated is on line publication for all things running; great articles, product reviews and happenings. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read my report, follow the link below. Grab a drink, settle in, read and then stay a while. It’s a great site. http://www.runnersillustrated.com/2012/12/slog-dark-north-face-endurance-challenge-2012/

As one year closes and a new begins, I leave you with this quote from Mary Pipher ~

“Maturity involves being honest and true to oneself, making decisions based on a conscious internal process, assuming responsibility for one’s decisions, having healthy relationships with others and developing one’s own true gifts. It involves thinking about one’s environment and deciding what one will and won’t accept.”

Always be true to yourself…now get out there, hit the trails and discover what it is that makes you you!