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!

 

 

The Truth Be Told

” Coach Erica – Thank you for helping me realize my goal of running 50 miles. I’m so glad that I chose to have you be my coach in what has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. You told me to trust the plan and I did and come race day I’ve never felt so ready for a race.  Your knowledge, energy and the solid advice was priceless Thank you for pushing me to the level that I needed, to be able to cover the distance and to be able to cover the distance feeling really great.  The Sean O’ Brien 50 didn’t stand a chance!!   Thank you. ” Pete C ~ Camarillo, Ca

” With the guidance of my running coach Erica Gratton, not only was I able to achieve my goals, but I did so with flying colors. Erica’s plan, specifically designed for me and my needs, guided me across the finish line of my first ultramarathon. Her professionalism and dedication to my success gave me the confidence I needed to succeed. I look forward to working with Erica on many more races to come.” Terry Britten ~ Thousand Oaks, Ca

” Even though we live across the country from one another, Erica’s customized training plan for me, notes of constant encouragement and checking in on me-have without a doubt made me a better runner. And of course her review of my running logs have made me realize the opportunity I have to continue improving! My interest in trail running is now spiked as well. I look forward to many years of working with Erica and to hitting personal goals that seemed beyond my reach prior to her encoragement and coaching!”  Tracy Manning ~ Cumming, Georgia

” I just started running and training with Erica and I saw improvement right away with my form, my speed and distance. I have never been able to run anymore than 3 miles and now I’m running up to 7 miles a couple times a week. She is so encouraging and up beat and gives motivation to run more and keep getting faster. Can’t thank her enough for what she has done for me. Love you girl!!”  Deanna Harkess ~ Oak Park, California

” Erica coached me for my first Tough Mudder mud-run. On our excellent and brutal trail runs she taught me breathing techniques, diet and gear prep, as well as how to prepare mentally for the race, among many other things. As a newcomer to long distance running and experiences like mud-runs, it was Erica’s coaching that made my experience with the race a total blast. Now I’m totally addicted and signed up for more. Thanks, Erica. Thanks a lot!” Matt Eason ~ Thousand Oaks, California

“The best thing about working with Erica is that even though she is a hard core athlete, she makes me feel like I am just like her! I am a working mom and wife who is simply trying to be my best. With Erica guiding my steps, she encourages and cheers me on to a greatness I never knew I had in me.” Kelly Pacillas ~ Malibu, California

TEAM LAS&F

Last month Erica concluded a 5 month project for Los Angeles Sports and Fitness Magazine (LAS&F). She was hired as a journalist and photographer to chronicle twenty athlete’s progressions, set backs and ultimate triumphs under the regimen of an elite training program. As an athlete and writer, this project was a marriage of her two greatest passions. Please visit the links below to read her stories following TEAM LAS&F.

Enjoy!

May/June 2012 issue – Invitation to join TEAM LAS&F – page10 http://digital.publicationprinters.com/publication/?i=110719

July/August 2012 issue – Faces of LA (spotlighting 4 members of the TEAM) – page 9 and the Introduction to TEAM LAS&F – pages 22-23 http://digital.publicationprinters.com/publication/?i=116632

September 2012 issue – TEAM LAS&F – Cover and pages 10-12 http://digital.publicationprinters.com/publication/?i=127828

 

 

Coaching services

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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.

Prices vary depending on services rendered.

Video analysis – $60/session

One on one personalized training sessions – $60/session

Personalized training programs start at $350/8 weeks