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! ⛰🏃🏽♂️
“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
“This moment will just be a story someday...Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.”
-Stephen Chobosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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! 😊
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?
I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life at this very moment.
A lot of things have happened over the past few years, and especially the past few months to get me to this point. Some things have been good, a lot of things have been bad but life has always been great! I’ve always accepted and learned from every experience.
I’m not only lucky, but I’m also very thankful and appreciative.
Last weekend I once again made my way to Auburn to watch the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, a race truly for the soul. I was fortunate enough to watch some of the world’s best runners, as well as some of the world’s most average runners make the journey from Squaw Valley to Auburn. This is no easy task, and for many it proves to be the hardest physical challenge they’ll ever face.
While it may be seemingly impossible to run 100 continuous miles through, mountains and canyons through 100+ degree weather, I’ve witnessed it being done and I’ve walked away more inspired, dedicated and determined than ever.
The photo above shows the face I had as I watched a runner nearing the finish line of the race, 100 miles later.
A face of pure bliss and astonishment.
This is me at my happiest.
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!
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!
December 25, 2012-
I gave myself the best Christmas gift I could have ever possibly given myself, and it was completely free.
On this day, I went running on a trail for the first time ever and took this photo. I remember waking up that day and being bored after a long evening of festivities with my family (keep in mind us Hispanics don’t really do much on Christmas Day since most of us celebrate on Christmas Eve).
I had been learning to run for about 3-4 months at that point and I decided on this day to go for a hike on a trail completely new to me.
It had just been raining and the trails were muddy and the trees and bushes were covered in raindrops and dew. I had never seen such beauty with my own two eyes until this day.
I started hiking on the trail and was loving it, but quickly became impatient and thought to myself “I wonder if I could run this?” and the fire in my heart was sparked.
On this day, I fell in love with the mountains, trails, flora, fauna and running on trails; but most importantly with nature.
I had no idea what I was doing, and I had no idea what trail running was, or how difficult it would be to run 8 miles on a trail versus a road, yet I was out there doing it.
It’s a beautiful thing when you accidentally find your passion.
PS - This was the year the great Timothy Olson set the current course record for the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. 6 years ago I had no idea that a human was even capable of doing such a thing, and now, I deeply desire to some day run that race. Some day I will.
📍- Los Robles Trail West, Thousand Oaks, CA
I want to humbly and respectfully, yet proudly let everyone know that for the first time in 6 years of running, that I finally beat my big brother in a race at the Phantom Trail Races in the 20 mile distance.
I’m not posting this to brag, but to simply highlight this breakthrough performance I was able to achieve after 6 months of very focused, purposeful lifestyle changes.
6 months ago after my last trail race, I told myself I wanted to be in this sport for the long haul and that I wanted to healthiest and happiest person I could possibly be.
I am proud to say, that at this very moment as I’m typing this, I am the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life and it’s all thanks to the dedication and perseverance to see my goals through, no matter how long they may take to achieve.
Nothing worth having comes easy, including your own health and happiness, but if you can believe it, you can achieve it!
PS- Thank you to RD Erica and her fantastic crew of volunteers for taking care of me on the course and helping me to have the best race of my life so far. Thank you also to my friends on and off course for supporting me and encouraging me from start to finish and beyond.
If you’d like to know more about the changes I’ve made in my life over the past 6 months, feel free to ask; they are not secrets, but I also don’t feel the need to tell you all about them unless you’re actually interested. 😉
Thank you for always being there for me when I need you. You are an infinite constant in my life and I’m so thankful to have you. You’ve never abandoned me, and I don’t plan to ever abandon you.
From the moment I first laid eyes on you, I’ve been mesmerized by your good looks. I’ve seen you early in the morning when you first wake up, as well as at the end of a long day when all you want is to unwind, I’ve seen you in the middle of the day when you’re most busy and stressed, and on many occasions I’ve seen you in the middle of the night when your cool silence draws me to you; regardless of the time of day, you’re always just as gorgeous.
I love you so much, my dear mountains. I hope I am half as good to you as you are to me. You’ve changed my life for the better from the moment we first met, and I guess it’s true what they say, you never forget your first time. If you’ll be so kind as to continue to unfold your beauty to me as you’ve always done, I promise you I’ll continue to cherish and appreciate every bit of it.
Once again, thank you for everything you’ve ever given to me, and may you live forever.
The most important lessons I’ve learned in my life have come as consolation prizes for some of the stupidest mistakes and hardest experiences I’ve survived.
Even more important than those lessons I’ve learned, is the way I’ve put those experiences to use, to make my life better one day at a time.
Those experiences have given me the tools and desire to live a life with purpose; a life where I look forward to waking up each day, working hard to live a healthy life and balancing the everyday stress of life, with the induced stress of pursuing my passions; a life of humble simplicity and determination; a life where all it takes is an alluring smile from one special person to motivate me to be the best person I can be; the type of life that would make this world a better place if everyone chose to live this way.
Because, no matter what you’ve ever been through or are going through, life is as good as you’re willing to make it and happiness is a choice.
You deserve all the happiness you’re willing to work hard for, but you’ll never achieve it if you don’t believe it.
Close your eyes and visualize the best possible life you could be living as soon as tomorrow, and get started on making it happen today.
PS - Long live the mountains!