Friday, February 25, 2011

OC Chili Group Run for Saturday Feb 26

Some Good News - Corrinne has the cast off and can do some running. But lets keep an eye for her :) 
So due to the heavy rain that is expected we will meet at Bruegger's Bagel at 9:00am. (22361 Antonio Parkway, E110 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688) We are hoping for a break in the rain, so lets run on some of the horse trails thru Coto. Please expect to run for 60min. Please email us back should you have any questions.

Thank you

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Does Anyone want a FREE entry to Big Baz's 2011 Trail Races?

Well Big Baz needs a few volunteers this Saturday out at Bluejay campground please contact Bob Morris for more information.
Bob Morris
A Snail's Pace Running Shop
24741 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


Lets Get Dirty and Wild in Irvine

There is a new local race located in Irvine! OC Trail Tales has a special Discount Code "OCTRAIL" but hurry the deadline is Feb 22nd. This will be a great short distance for the Chili Group and Leona Group... lets

Choose your distance! The 10k single-loop course starts beneath the canopy of the oaks and onto the beautiful rugged trails around Irvine Regional Park. Otherwise, if you are out for a challenge, the 21k is the choice for you. Starting in Irvine Regional Park the course meanders along the Southwest edge of the park on Horseshoe Loop. Once into Santiago Oaks Regional Park prepare yourself for climbing. Consisting of mostly single-track this course is not a walk in the park.
What goes up must come down...
and then go back up again.


           Irvine Regional Park
           1 Irvine Park Road
           Orange, Ca. 92869

           Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Race Day Parking:
           Group Site #3

Race Distances:

           10k (6.2 miles)
           21k (13.1 miles)

Race Start:
           10k 7:30 am
           21k 7:00 am

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Eschsholtzia Californica-OC Trail Tales Golden Moments

Our State Flower (picture taken at El Moro)
California Indians cherished the poppy as both a source of food and for oil extracted from the plant. Its botanical name, Eschsholtzia californica, was given by Adelbert Von Chamisso, a naturalist and member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences, who dropped anchor in San Francisco in 1816 in a bay surrounded by hills of the golden flowers. Also sometimes known as the flame flower, la amapola, and copa de oro (cup of gold), the poppy grows wild throughout California. It became the state flower in 1903.

This past weekend was kicked off with the debut of our first short distance class program. The OC Chili Race took place at Oneil Regional Park this was the first of three. The race distance was 5 miles, its a perfect distance for runners to get a taste of the trail running experience. This first group started their training back on Jan 8th. They were not new to running, but have completed at least a 5k or 10k distance- so making the transition from the road to trail was pretty easy. Due to the recent closure of Oneil Park we found other local trails thru Coto De Caza to get their training. The group was very flexible and accommodating during this phase. Most of the runners had alot of concerns of getting lost on the trail- we made a point of keeping the group intact. Based on the feedback many of our runners really did not know what existed out on the trails in terms of the scenery. Leading up to the race and dealing with frantic txt msgs and emails everyone did fantastic on race day. Following the race there were fun things like a raffle and hot chili being served. Everyone had a positive race experience, and plan to continue to Race #2 March 12th. We will continue to run this weekend Feb 19th @ 9am. However due to the recent rain Oneil park will be closed- so we will meet at Bruegger's Bagel- (22361 Antonio Parkway, E110 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688)

Our Leona Group met on Sunday at 6am and were treated to new trails thru el moro. Our first loop of 8 miles consisted of the poles trail. The Second Loop the group went thru Lizard trail which is single track that took us to the Nix Center which gave us 12 miles for a combined total of 20 Miles... Everyone did fantastic- they all came prepared having all the proper nutrition. The group is gearing up for the Leona Field trip Feb 27th where they will run 50k training run...Now due to the closure of El Moro we will meet at the Dove Canyon Waterfall at 7am on Sunday for a 10 mile time trial fun run... more details Sunday AM :) Here is the Link to Dove Canyon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Life Partners... Training Partners... BFFs... Whatever. Special Incentives for signing up together.

Training with a partner is good for your performance, and it’s also good for your relationship. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about two buddies who go for rides or runs together or a couple (however you define it, that’s a topic for another time and place…). It doesn’t matter if you’re training for the same event, or even the same sport. What’s important is that you and your partner have set goals, are committed to training for those goals, and are committed to helping each other stay motivated and encouraged.

Couples that train together, or at least couples in which both people are regular exercisers, stay together.  Balancing training with your busy lifestyle is a challenge, and the health of your relationships is one your OC TRAIL Tales top priorities.

For the sake of your performance – and this promotion – we’re extending the definition of “couple” to include the man or woman you meet at the coffee shop to go out for a training ride/run/swim, etc. A training partnership can provide a big boost to you performance by helping you with the motivation to get out there on a day when the weather’s not perfect or when you’re tired. Your training partner can push you to complete one more interval when you’re ready to give up, or challenge you to dig a little deeper on the next climb.

I can tell you that I wouldn’t be anywhere near my current fitness and performance level without training partners. I want you to experience the training scenario I’ve benefited from for years, which is why we’ve created this Couples Coaching Promo. Plus, it’s February… Valentine’s Day… couples… you get the idea.

With our first race complete come out Feb 19th @9am  for a 30-45min trail run.  Please email us if you plan to be there. Directions: From Santa Margarita Pkwy turn on Avenida De Las Flores Make Left at First Light- Via Con Dios- Via Con Dios turns into Via Sosiego then turns into El Camino Montana. Park Along the side of street. You will see the entrance to the park.

View New OC Chili Meeting Spot in a larger map

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Whoo's In El Moro May 14th 2011

Hi Guys!

I wanted to take a minute and remind people about a great race that is coming up in May. Not only is it a fabulous race in our own backyards, but the race director happens to be a great friend to Pete and myself.

Her race is called Whoo's In El Moro, its May 14th, and it is a 50k. Its basically 1 loop one way, with a couple little cut thrus, and then back. What our friend Molly is offering the Trail Tales, is also a 25k option. YAY!

So, if you have signed up with us for a different training plan, but want to do the race awesome! Let's get you signed up! If you want to join Trail Tales and you want this to be your training, you have lot's of time, (but we need to get started), and for this race only, $125 pays not only for your goody bag, buff and shirt, but your race too! What a deal! What are you waiting for?


Here is the Deal

I have awesome news to share with everyone! Not only is O'neill Park open but also parts of El Moro are open!

The plan is to run most, if not all of the OC Chili Race course Feb 5th- we will meet at our original meeting spot. (This is the meeting spot of the OC Chili Run (Link) . Getting There- Take Santa Margarita Pkwy make a LEFT at Avenida De Las Flores. Make a Left at El Camino Montana parking will be along the right hand side just a few blocks.)

For the Leona Group- I know Donna, Tom, Vikki, Cindy, and Alayne will be running Surf City Marathon- good luck! Donna will leading the 4:50 marathon pace group.

So count on being at El Moro Feb 13th for a long trail run... and keep Feb 27th open get your Hall Pass now for the Leona Training run. The 50 Mile group will run a mock 50k route, and the 50k group will run some portion of the 50k I believe like 18 miles... it will be fun... lets hope for great weather. As the date gets closer we'll coordinate a group carpool.

From this weekend we had a few adventures to share. First, almost all of our new runners from the OC Chili group purchased new trail shoes. Everyone had a positive experience, its amazing to feel the grip going up and down the hill. Apryll had a fantastic run charging up the hills in Coto De Caza.

I met with the Leona Group for our field trip to Chantry Flats- I wish I had a picture of Tom's face when I showed him the mountain we were going to climb. Both Donna and I had an ongoing competition of trying to keep our feet from getting wet from the water crossings... I believe I won :) I saw that Donna slipped on a wet rock and got her shoe soaked... then I also slipped and got my toe wet... it was a fun little game and more importantly nobody got hurt.

Thumb update- Corrinne is going to the doctors this week for another x-ray, lets hope that it is healing correctly, and she wont need surgery.

We are looking forward to getting back on track at our training locations both at O'neill and El Moro. Thank you for being very accommodating.