Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Look for Don Juan at San Juan Ridge 5K/10K Trail Run

Race Date Saturday Oct 1st

10K Ridge Run
The 10K run course consists of ever changing, challenging, hilly terrain. The overall elevations change is about 850 feet. The course consists of 5K out from Las Ramblas to a turn around above San Juan Hills High School and back to the starting point.

5K Ridge Run
This is a challenging out and back course that takes the runner out on the Patriot Trail to some wonderful views.

OC Trail Tales will have our Running Team at this Event. To Register for this event please use our Discount Form.
5k Entry Form
10k Entry Form

New OC Trail Tales Session

Great job OC Trail Tales, on all your latest and greatest accomplishments, races, and prs! Everyone has really done great this season. I am so proud of you guys. :)

If you already didn't know, we just started our new fall session! We have a group that is doing 3 to 4 miles right now, and a group that's doing a nice loop around El Moro! Pretty soon, both groups will be able to go together!

The goal race for these groups is Xterra in December. It is a fun and awesome race, right here in our own backyard, and you all get the privilege of training there! What more could you ask for? We meet at 8 am Saturday mornings for trails at Ridgepark. You are more than welcome to come out and run streets with us as well on Monday nights at Laguna Hills Community Center, and Wednesday nights at El Toro High School Track for track night.

Once these groups have merged and want to go further, please feel free to come out on Sundays when we do our long runs. Right now we are gearing up for a few races! I need some help deciding on a 50 miler people...We have Avalon, Twin Peaks, Northface...Let us know which ones are your favorites! There are SO many to choose from! Of course we will be training again for my ultimate favorite, Leona Divide, but we still have time. :)

Happy Birthday to our own Connie Visconte! Connie, we love you, and we are so glad to have you as part of our Trail Tales Family. I don't know what we did before you came. Not only was Connie new on the trails, but she has becoming to be an expert, and she is gotten faster too! Great job!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Race Weekend Recap

Do we have some superstars in our group or what?! Pete and I are SO proud of all of you guys! Mt. Disappointment was a tough tough race! Guess what? Every single one of us FINISHED!

Let me just say that not everyone that started that race did finish, and 3 of our friends got airlifted, and or taken out by ambulance. I believe they are all recovered now and doing better, but it just goes to show that even experienced trail runners get the snot beat out of them, and it is very important to take the time to hydrate, eat, and take care of your needs. That is what all the training runs are for. Congratulations on a job very well done!

We started in the early morning meeting up at REI for carpool, and the nice drive up to Mt. Wilson. We made great time, and got to the race in enough time to get our race packages, get our stuff organized, eat and chit chat with friends. Before we knew it, we were off and running! It wasn't long before i didn't see Tom or Andrea anymore and we were headed down the first single track trail of ash all pluffing in our face and lungs. :) We all notice too all the purple poodle bush that was waiting to attack us and give us nice long lasting rashes/boils. I think so far we all avoided those purple poodle bush crack jobs pretty well, we will find out in a couple more weeks. (Ask me on a training run about those plants if you don't know what they are so we can make sure you avoid them.)

We got to the first aid station greeted by friends (Thanks Keira for putting on a great first aid for us!) and it wasn't long before Donna left Elizabeth and I. Well, we knew that was going to happen. :) Elizebeth and i spent the next 15 or so miles together, and saw Tom on our way. Everything was great. Talked and made some jokes, yelled at bugs that were trying to eat us, and take our water that we needed so desperately because it was scorching hot. Before we knew it we were climbing and climbing and climbing. We climbed a lot! Forever and ever we climbed in the hot hot sun and tried to stop in little bits of shade for breaks. Finally at mile 24 we knew we would see Pete and John (Elizabeths hubby), and we knew they would take care of us, and we needed it. We had soup and sandwich, redbull, re-slided, re-filled, and that is when Elizabeth and i parted. I probably should have waited for her because I was very lonely the rest of the race, and struggled through the hottest and most horrible part of the course. There was step sliding sand trails of ash, and so many river crossings i lost count, weaving back and forth from one side of the mountain and back, and then oh then the fun began of switchbacks from hell! Oh did I mention the waterfall we had to cross with just a loose chain to hold on too? Oh ya that was fun all by myself. :) The last 5 miles were the most difficult, but the best thing was even though i felt like crap and thought i was going to heave, everyone cheering for me at the end and as i looked up, I could see Donna, Andrea, Pete, John, and Marissa's face clapping and routing for me to finish. Thanks guys! Your the best!

When I tell you guys you did awesome, you really did, that race seemed harder than a 50 mile race, seriously. I do not think I will ever do that one again, but glad to get it done and off the bucket list. :) I will crew next time. Congrats you guys! Thanks for being the best students ever, and doing all the little nagging things we ask of you to do.

For this weekend, on Sunday, anyone who ran Mt. D is off and needs a vacation! Ma's orders! Please rest, take the time to catch up on something else restful or fun. Remember we have Noble Canyon coming up, and Andrea, you have Bulldog, rest! I don't want any injuries!

Saturday for the new group that is starting, you guys are meeting at El Moro at 8am, and there will be a 3 to 4 mile option and a 7 mile run. Coach Donna will be leading the way, as we have Snails Pace. We will however meet you back after your run, and I will give a little hydration pack clinic and what to keep in your pack for safety and your use.

Keep up all your hard work, it is paying off!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hey OC Trail Tales Members! Register now great half-iron tri in your back yard! OC Tri Tales/A Snail's Pace members save $50 on your registration: OM1150OFF
Visit the Orangeman Triathlon website ( for all the details.
Orangeman Half-Distance Triathlon features an amazing venue & course where you'll swim in the beautiful ocean off Salt Creek Beach Park, bike on a closed bike course through the cities of Dana Point & San Juan Capistrano into the Cleveland National Forest. Ortega Highway will be closed in both directions for your racing enjoyment. Finish on the coast with a challenging run on the scenic Salt Creek Regional Trail. You won't want to miss this event!
Spots are limited so Register Now! If you can't race please consider being a Volunteer!

This new local event on September 25 is going to be fantastic! I know most of you are just runners, but if you ever thought of a Tri before volunteering is great to do first before jumping the gun so you know what your in for! Some of you may have signed up already, but if not and you were thinking about it, just wait, i will have a coupon code for you for $50 off! For those of you not swimming, biking, or running, perhaps you would be interested and willing to help volunteer. We have so many great members full of energy, knowledge, and athletic experience, it would be an asset for this event.

Pete and I are the Race Director Volunteer Coordinators for the Orangeman Triathlon. We are so excited to be planning the first Half distance Triathlon in Orange County and would like this to be a premier event. We will be needing Volunteers everywhere. If they live near Hell's Kitchen and would like to work the aid station at the turnaround that would be great. I would greatly appreciate any and all volunteer help. Please pass on my e-mail info for interested parties to contact us and we can add them to our roster. We will be contacting all volunteers as the race date gets near with their assignments. Thanks again for your interest and help in rounding up volunteers.

Thanks Guys!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nice Smile

OC Trail Tales had a amazing showing last week at the final Peters Canyon Race Series. The results showed. Some notable results include Kelli- her first race time was 52:25 and last week she finished with a 50:01 Awesome job!
Another rockstar is our very own Keri...
Keri is the one with the tongue out... its been almost one year since her first 5k in Santa Monica... she has blossomed into a fantastic runner. She is in the middle of training for her first half marathon in Oct, she has rededicated herself by eating healthy and has joined Crossfit to enhance her training. We can see Keri completing her first Marathon/Ultra marathon by next year. Her results from the first race: 1:06 and 3rd race 1:02. A four min faster time... Congrats Keri! Keep up the great work.
Other peeps that had a great race include- Tom, Julie, Becky, Apryll, Patty, Connie and Ann and Yuki, who had her very first trail race! Don't forget there is another great race you can sign up for "into the wild" on Wednesday August 17th! You must sign up online, they do not do same day registration because the park does not allow money exchange. We are coaching that night, but maybe we can scooch over there to see you finish. :) You all have worked so hard and have done such a great job this summer! You should really be proud of yourselves! I know we are very very proud of all of you! Most of you did not have any experience on trails at all, and now look at you! You are all trail runners. :)

If you would like to continue your training, and continue running trails with us, we will continue having our shorter runs on Saturday at 8am at el moro email us back for details. Our next target race is the 9 mile or 3 mile Xterra Race in Crystal Cove Dec 11th. This is a fantastic race, the race organizers produce a quality race, you will not be disappointed. Our next scheduled run is Aug 20th at El Moro the meeting location is located at Coastal Peak Park. Our longer runs have been on Sundays, and will continue to stay that way. We have been training for Mt. Disappoinment 50k, Noble Canyon 50k, Chimera 65 miles/100miles, Northface 50kor 50 miles, Avalon 50 miles, Rock n River 50 miles! On and on, and as you can see there is no shortage of miles going on. If you are interested in running with us on Sundays, please let us know so we can see what fits in, so we can accommodate everyone. Whether we do 1 10 mile loop or 2, and have you try out one of them. :) If you are ready to do a longer trail run and have the miles built up, come on out and try us out. We love the company. Thanks for being such great students! We have really enjoyed this summers session. I cant wait til next summer again! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Race Week and Beyond

Its our last Peter's Canyon race this Thursday- everyone in the group has developed into stronger runners since April when we started. We will have our Booth at the race on Thursday along with some post run refreshments please wear your Group shirts :)

Going forward we will have a set schedule beginner/intermediate at Coastal Peak Park @ El Moro starting Saturday Aug 6th, @8:00am (4 miles) Directions (El Moro meeting place at Coastal Peak Park is at the corner of Ridge Park Road and East Coastal Peak.  Taking the 73 toll road exit Newport Coast Drive making a left until you hit Ridge Park Road.  Turn left on Ridge Park Road and follow it up the long hill until you reach East Coastal Peak.  If you don’t want to take the toll road you can access Newport Coast Drive from E. Coast Highway or Bonita Canyon Road.)

The Runs will vary in length from 4-8ish miles depending on the level of runners that sign up for the Fall Program. Donna Reed will be leading the group for OC Trail Tales. She is an experienced trail runner and has gone thru our program since last year. Coach Corrinne and Pete will meet everyone at the tail end of the run for Post Run goodies. Please Review the training Calendar for the latest updates and details- you can even sync the schedule to your smart phone :) reply back and ask us how.

Sunday's run will designated for the advance group that is putting long distance miles for 50k,50 mile, 100k and 100miles.  The meeting times and location will vary from week to week.

Reply to this email or post if you want to get started this Saturday we will send you all the details and directions.

Pete and Corrinne