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Tony Carranza

Trail runner, cyclist, hobby photographer, from the 805 & Santa Monica Mountains. I love myself and love my life. 🙂 Follow me on Strava! 👇🏽

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: Is it impossible, or just intimidating? . Think of whatever challenge is currently in your way, no matter what it is. It’s probably something that’s taken either a huge mental or physical toll on you, or maybe even both. It’s probably stressed you out a lot just to think about it, yet you probably can’t stop thinking about it. If it’s something you’re doing for the first time, like running your first long distance race, it might seem impossible and almost incomprehensible. But, is it truly impossible, or just intimidating? Odds are it’s just intimidating, and it is fully possible to achieve and overcome the challenge at hand. You just have to believe in yourself and your ability to make it happen. It may get tough, and it may even be the hardest thing you’ve done so far, but then again nothing worth achieving should be easy. Just do the work it requires, keep moving forward and don’t stop believin’! - 📹: @goooossse - High Sierra Trail, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA - January 2018


: At some point, I think everyone realizes that they’re worth so much more than they’ve always thought of themselves, and that they can do so much more than they’ve ever imagined. And I’m not talking about career-or-job-wise or financially, but rather filling your primal urge to explore and adventure. Some day your body may no longer allow you to move freely through the world, and you may regret everything you didn’t do and everything you didn’t see. Take the time now to work on your health and fitness, not so you can look a certain way or fill a mold, but so you can really experience what it’s like to feel alive, wild and free. Do it now! I promise you it’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made. - 📹: @goooossse - High Sierra Trail, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA - January 2018


: Slow and steady makes you faster and stronger. Ten miles, 2K feet of gain, 86 degrees (in February) - Average heart rate 146 BPM - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Day dreaming of being up in the hills today.


: And now, a few pics from the High Sierra Trail. I’m so thrilled I got to experience a long, tough run on the HST, especially in the middle of January. The trail features some of the most epic and breathtaking cliffside single track in CA with 360 degree views of of the Sierra, valleys, rivers and surrounding forests. - I could tell you a long story about the challenge, adversity and triumph of our adventure, but the truth is you just have to experience it for yourself. It was just us, our trusty gear and the mountains, far away enough from reality to be able to create our own. - “Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality”. - John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra


: The simple joy being in a thickly covered forest can bring is unmatched except by the simple joy being high up in the mountains can bring. Sequoia National Park is a special and beautiful place because it can give you both, and all you have to give it is your respect and appreciation.


: Last weekend my brother and I took an overnight trip to Sequoia National Park with the sole objective of getting in an adventure of a long run. The drive was manageable and it didn’t cost us very much to make the trip happen. It was, however, very rewarding! We ran through the Giant Forest among the Giant Sequoias feeling tiny and insignificant amongst the massive and powerful trees. - It’s hard not to gaze up at these trees and not feel numbed by their grandeur.


: “The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter.” - NPS - This tree is marvelous and its sheer size is stunning as you stand at its base and look up to realize just how massive and amazing this tree is!


: Sequoia National Park, CA - A mountainous wonder and treasure of the Sierra Nevada forested by the largest trees on the planet.


: Things will work out and get better, they always do. You just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and believe that the satisfaction of your achievement will be greater than the pain you experienced and the sacrifices you made to succeed. 🙂 - Yesterday I ran ten miles out and back on the BBT. It was a perfect, joyful day; and although the climb to the peak was crowded, I had complete peace and privacy on the rest of my trail. I hadn’t run double digits since my last race in mid November. Although this run was tough in some sections, the feeling of gratitude for being able to even get up and out onto the trail was enough to keep me pushing and happy. - I feel very fit and healthy right now, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. It’s an amazing feeling when you feel ready to challenge yourself to become a better, stronger, even happier person. I have the mountains, valleys, trails and my love of running to thank for that! - A cloud covered Ventura County as seen from Sandstone Peak, the highest point on the Backbone Trail, as well as the Santa Monica Mountains.


: Happy to have kept a smile on, a good attitude and a positive outlook even through the roughest times for yet another year. This past year was full of change and improvement and 2018 will be no different. - Thank you to all who have supported me and had an impact on me in one way or another. You’ve all made me stronger and I hope to have done the same for you! Time to fly! 🦅 - 📷: @goooossse


: My last run of 2017, descending into my 1000th mile for the year with my brother and best friend. What a happy way to spend my free time! . . . #timetofly #trailrunning #niketrail #irunfar #hokaoneone #trailandultra #runsteepgethigh #dji


: Traverse of the short but fun Lang Ridge overlooking the Lang Ranch Open Space. In the distance you can see lots of smoke creeping in from the #thomasfire. Within an hour, all of Simi Valley and surrounding communities were covered in it, so I’m glad I got my run in when I did! . . . #timetofly #trailrunning #runsteepgethigh #dji #vscox


: Just a short run on one of my favorite local trails with my brother. 🙂 📹: @goooossse . . . #timetofly #ilovetrailrunning


: The North Face Endurance Challenge I love thee. - I made a last second decision (moments before the start of the race) to drop down in distance from the 50 mile to the 50K. I’m happy that I did because it allowed me to run the race on some of the most beautiful and scenic trails California has to offer without any stress or risk other than enjoying my day and getting from start to finish. My mind was honestly blown away by the remarkable beauty of Marin and it’s trail system. - I’m absolutely thrilled I was able to thrive to the best of my ability during this race, and most importantly that I was able to share this special day and weekend with my brothers and best friends who I love so much. I’m ready to take it easy for the rest of the year as I look forward to my next season of training and running. Thank you once again to everyone who’s supported me all year long and kept me motivated and accountable, you all mean the world to me!


: Last weekend I ran the inaugural Rocky Peak 50K and I believe it was both my best, and worst race to date. I’ll start with the best because it greatly overshadows the worst: My nutrition, hydration, mental and physical endurance were all completely in sync from start to finish. I ran the race with two soft flask with approximately 200 calories worth of Tailwind Nutrition in each (which I refilled 4 times with 200 more calories each time), 4 satchels of 33 Shake mixed with coconut water and approximately 3 Honey Stinger waffles for some solid intake between aid stations, where I enjoyed bananas and watermelon and just a bit of coke going into the last ten miles. I did not have any low spots or fatigue during the entire length of the race. I went out conservatively and achieved my goal of running a controlled, yet honest effort. 🙂 - Now for the worst... Although my hydration and nutrition were seemingly on point the entire race, I lost a large amount of salt on a very hot day. By the time I got to mile 16, I started feeling my quads and calves cramping and spent the entire second half of my race all the way until mile 31 cramping badly on and off. I took 4 Hot Shots, upped my electrolytes, took 4 full salt packets and drank 2 coconut waters plus 4 salt pills and nothing seemed to help for more than about 20-30 minutes at a time. The 2 days following the race I held a fever, was extremely sore and felt as if I was catching the flu, so it’s also likely I might have suffered from heat stroke and battled through it without even realizing it. - Next up is The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship in San Francisco in just about a month’s time. I don’t know if I’ll succeed in this upcoming race, but it’s been my biggest goal for the year, and I sure as heck am going to try my very best. Accomplishments are transient. - Lastly, I can’t end this post without saying thanking the amazing directors and volunteers of this race, as well as everyone who made this race possible for me and continue to support me and my wild ambitions. THANK YOU! 🤗


: A new season just started and we’re creeping closer and closer to the end of 2017. It’s been a wild year for me so far, during which the only constant has been change. Some good, some not so good, but always with a lesson to teach. - The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far this year is acceptance. I’ve learned to accept what I can’t and can change, and to focus sharply on the latter. There have been many times this year during which I’ve wasted time focusing and becoming frustrated over things that I simply don’t have control, over instead of focusing a strong effort on improving and changing the things I do have control over. Luckily those times have not lasted very long, and I’ve always been able to shift my perspective back to what really matters, and that’s living my best and most adventurous life, all while making sure those who matter to me know how much I love and care about them. - It’s okay to work hard, it’s okay to have to spend a lot of time away from home, it’s okay to have to make long commutes, it’s okay to have to choose sleep over going out with friends on a Saturday night, it’s okay to hustle and make sacrifices. In fact, if you’re anything like me, this is just simply part of life and we have to accept. - However, just because all those things I mentioned are part of your life, doesn’t mean they ARE your life. We have the ability to make a change and become who we want to be, even if only on a part time basis. So if you want to be an athlete, lace up and get out and train; if you want to be a painter, grab a brush, some paint and a canvas and paint; if you want to be a poet, put your pen to paper and express yourself! Whatever your passion, fuel it! - I urge you all to set a goal which you believe you can accomplish before this year ends and set yourself out to do it. Choose a goal which will help you better yourself and feel fulfilled and help you distract yourself from the pressure of every day life. I promise you once you achieve that goal, you’ll start to realize that life is about being happy at every possible chance you get and sharing that joy with those around you. Life is too short to not be happy and smiling all the time!


: August was a very hectic month for me. To summarize it all: I dealt with a minor injury which kept me from training for over ten days; had some freaky health issues pop up; changed my schedule and stress levels at work drastically; had my mom go through a major surgery which she is recovering from and overall was extremely busy, and fatigued from it all. August was a great month with even greater challengers but I got through it and am going into September with a renewed mindset and positive mental attitude. - My next race is a little over a month away, followed by my next major challenge about a month after that. Unfortunately, I've had to make the decision to decrease my weekly training load to accommodate my new work schedule but I'm going to do everything possible to increase the quality of my training to compensate. My motivation is knowing that I'll be back running among these fantastically beautiful trees soon enough, and that in order for me to do so, I have to earn it! Thanks for all your support and for always believing in me!


: Sure, I'll take a colorful sunset on the trail during a mild monsoon in exchange for getting a little wet and muddy. - Photo: Sunset looking northwest toward Santa Paula Peak and the Sespe Wilderness from Sunrise Trail in Lang Ranch Open Space, Thousand Oaks, CA. A number of days ago...