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Tony Carranza

Trail runner, cyclist, hobby photographer from the 805 & Santa Monica Mountains. Man of the mountains, lover of nature! Add me on Strava! 👇🏽

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: LA Marathon 2019 is coming up sooner than you realize? Have you started training long road miles yet? If you haven’t and you’d like to start hitting the roads and easy trails for some long miles with friends, feel free to join Anytime Runners every Sunday from this upcoming Sunday until race day for friendly, relaxed long runs. We will be slowly building up in mileage starting with an option of up to 12 miles this weekend, to up to 22 in the weeks to follow. Distance will always be suggested by us, but chosen by you. That means if you want to run more or less than we plan to run, you are free to do so! - We will not be posting a structured training plan, but rather helping you create the best plan for you and your current goals, abilities and available time. You can feel free to reach out to us anytime and we will give your our non-professional advice and opinion on everything from training, gear selection, nutrition, hydration or whatever other questions you might have. - Our runs, as always, are open to all levels and abilities, from Boston bound or ultra to first time runners and walkers. Please join us with no intimidation! - This Sunday’s meet up: 9 AM (This Sunday only; 7 AM all other Sundays) Encino Municipal Golf Course at Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area 16821 Burbank Blvd Encino, CA 91346 Route: 3 mile loop around the basin and golf course, we will be running 3-4 loops with a small aid station setup at the start of every loop. Feel free to run as many loops as you want! - See you there!

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: Here’s a review of my end of the year race season (Part II). November 17: Dead Horse Ultra - 50 Mile After a year of being relentlessly focused and determined to become the healthiest and fittest version of myself, I toe’d the line at Dead Horse Ultra in Moab, UT. It was a very cold and dark morning, 21 degrees and almost pitch black save for the runner’s headlamps. I spent the first 15 miles warming up, and getting mentally prepared for the long day of running ahead. When I saw my crew for the first time at mile 15, I must have looked very indifferent and had an ambiguous look on my face, because I was asked by both my brother and our crew if I wanted to continue or drop? I felt great, and was actually feeling very ready for the miles to come. I spent the next 20 miles running at a comfortable, and sustainable pace until I would see my crew again. I saw my crew once more at mile 35. I took some time to get myself ready for the last few miles by making sure I ate some wholesome calories, hydrated well and geared up for the return of the cold in the hours to come. I ran the next 15 miles harder and faster than I expected I would be able to and finished stronger than I could have ever imagined. I could give you all much more detail, but the short version is that I ran conservatively, never letting myself run harder than I could sustain until the last few miles; I ate very easy to digest and nutritious foods leading up to and during the race; I hydrated better and more efficiently than I have ever done before; I took the time to appreciate and become comfortable with the extremity of the challenge I took on. I never once let my mind go to a low spot and I reminded myself constantly of how lucky and privileged I am to have been able to even get to the start line. - Life is great when you set goals, and focus on the process rather than the end result. The moment your goals start to stress you out and start feeling more like a second job than a way to fundamentally improve yourself, then you need to stop and reassess and reestablish, but never lose sight of why you started in the first place.

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: Here’s a review of my end of the year race season (Part I). October 20: Rocky Peak 50K After a rough, but manageable race last year, I wanted to come back stronger and faster. I was having a great race until about mile 16, when I suddenly found myself having difficulty breathing and experiencing some cramping in my core. I managed to run about 5 more miles before I then started having some stomach issues and proceeded to suffer vomiting and nausea. I eventually decided to not finish the race, but still got 22 miles in. I was initially bummed out, but quickly regrouped my mind and body and was thankful to not have caused myself any major damage or injury. Many lessons learned... - October 21: Ventura Half Marathon I was initially signed up to double up with the Marathon after Rocky Peak 50K, but having had a rough day before and not fully convinced I should even be running, I decided to start the Half Marathon. I did my best to run comfortably and efficiently, while taking the opportunity to clear my mind and re-focus on my biggest goal of the year, my 50 mile race a month later. I had a great race, and lots of fun and was able to push to a Half Marathon PR! - November 2-3: RAGNAR Napa Valley There’s a lot I can say about RAGNAR, a lot of good and some not so good, but overall I had a great time with some great running. My goal for this event was to try to run hard, but smoothly and without more effort than necessary. It was a perfect opportunity to train to run on both tired body and with a tired mind. My team was fun, and a joy to be around. I’m thankful for this opportunity and getaway.

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: No better way to spend a Sunday morning than in your local mountains with great company while working on your goals. I’m so lucky to be able to do this. 🙂

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: Cori descending Hummingbird Trail...faster than I could keep up with. 😅

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: A great run up and down the trails and hills right out my front door. This is something I do very often, but today marked a new milestone... 6 years as a runner! - 6 years ago, I (willingly) went on a run for the very first time. I’ll never forget that run, though difficult and heartbreaking (I couldn’t even run a quarter mile without blowing up), it set me on a path to improved health and fitness. 6 years later, I am the fittest and most important healthiest I’ve ever been and always seeking improvement in all areas of my life. - I am centered, I am focused and I am happy, always looking forward to a brighter future. If you’re part of my life as a runner, I thank you and hope we will continue to share many more miles together! Here’s to another incredible year of relentless forward progress! 📷: @goooossse

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: What a fantastic Summer it’s been! I’m happy to say that I spent it in the mountains doing what I love most and surrounded by great people who aspire to be healthier, fitter and stronger. - Autumn, I’m ready for you! ⛰🏃🏽‍♂️

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: “Once in your life, if you are very lucky, you will meet the person who divides it to the time before you met her and the time after.” -Charlie Bellow, My Sassy Girl

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: “This moment will just be a story someday...Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.” -Stephen Chobosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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: If you’ve ever wanted to run (or hike) with me, here’s your chance: Join Anytime Runners, New Basin Blues, and MT Runners as we conquer 5-10 beautiful miles on the upcoming Ray Miller 50/50 Trail Race course! - Meet up time: 6:30 AM Location: Ray Miller Trail - La Jolla Canyon at Pt. Mugu State Park Distance: 5-10 miles; hiker/walker friendly! All paces and experience levels welcome! - This is a self-supported run, so bring plenty of water, snacks and dress appropriately for warm weather. We will provide water and light snacks at the end; feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share with your fellow runners. Stick around after the run for a raffle! - We will climb up from the Ray Miller trailhead to the top of the trail, at which point 5 milers may turn around and go back down. 10 milers will continue for another 2.5 miles on the Overlook trail before turning back around. - Click the link in my bio to see the Strava event page with more details and the route. See you all there! 😊

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: There are times when you just have to JUMP for joy and celebrate life and your accomplishments! - Today I hiked with Anytime Hikers as the group celebrated its 1 year anniversary. I’m so proud of my best friends for reaching this milestone, and for staying dedicated and active in order to help others discover a love for the outdoors, health and fitness. Cheers to an awesome first year, and I look forward to celebrating year two! 😊 - While writing this, I realized I am celebrating the fact that after many months of trying to make it out to hike with ATH, my schedule and lifestyle are now stable enough for me to be able to do so. 1 year ago, 6 months ago, and even up until around 5 months ago my schedule was very hectic, and my lifestyle was often very stressful and restraining. Today, I am the happiest, healthiest and fittest I’ve ever been, with the objective of continuing to work hard in all aspects of my life to not only maintain that but reach new levels. 😊 - If you’ve read this far, what’s something you’re celebrating?

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: Forever free. - #saytwowords

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: Maybe there’s nothing, only this moment...

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: 2016’s 3rd male, 2017’s 4th male and ultra running’s 100 mile master, Jeff “Bronco Billy” Browning running into Foresthill, mile 62 of the Western States Endurance Run. - I’m so excited to be back in the Endurance Capital of the World this weekend to spectate, support and witness the glory of the world’s oldest and most competitive 100 mile foot race! - See you in Squaw! See you in Auburn!

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: Exuberant and overjoyed, I watched as these two women achieved a unified goal. One came flying down the mountain, looking freed and renewed, and handed the simple yellow pipe to the other, who took off determined and unafraid. This moment was more than just the passing of a baton, it was the moment they’d been waiting for and working so hard for over the past few months. In this moment they caught lightning in a bottle from the storm that had been building up inside of them. That lightning energized these women to spend countless days and nights selflessly and tirelessly laboring away to bring together 30 people, some of which were complete strangers to each other, to collectively run nearly 160 miles and climb nearly 23,000 feet on this day. The idea came simply and innocently among friends, but their execution was nothing short of detailed and miraculous. In this moment they turned that lightning in a bottle into a priceless and unforgettable moment that I had the pleasure of witnessing. - Thank you Sheny and Corina for allowing me, as well as the rest of the Anytime Runners to be part of this experience; and thank you Jeff for inspiring them to exponentially create something bigger than us all! @sheny_espino @corinaheartsyou @jefferson_720

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: Hakuna Matata - #saytwowords #fbf #2013

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