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

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: 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.

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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

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: The North Face Endurance Challenge ...how 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!

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: 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! 🤗

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: 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!

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: 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!

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: 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...

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: I'd like to give a warm congratulations to my two friends Vivian and Michael on completing the 30th annual Angeles Crest 100-mile Endurance Run this past weekend. I had the opportunity to catch both runners at Chantry Flats as they came through just past midnight. - Vivian was warmly greeted by her crew and was taken care of one last time before heading out for the last 25 miles. She ran an incredibly smart and patient race, consistently gaining positions throughout the race. Vivian arrived at the finish line in 27:51 and rightly earned her title as 4th female. - Michael ran the entire race as part of the solo division, meaning no crew or pacers for the entirety of the race. After coming of a great race at the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run back in June, Michael was able to make the journey from Wrightwood to Altadena in 29:08 and was 18th in the solo division. It was very inspiring to me to be able to see him chuckle and smile despite carrying 75 miles of exhaustion on his body with 25 miles still ahead of him. - Whether you run or not, I believe we can all appreciate the grit and determination that endurance runners have not just for completing these events, but most importantly for having the courage to dedicate themselves to training to even attempt to complete a race. It shows that with a lot of hard work and sacrifice, you can achieve even the seemingly most impossible task. But then again, this sport isn't for everyone. In fact, most people in Los Angeles will never even know that these runners were looking down at them from high above the mountains that surround LA as they ran day and night for 100 miles. There's something very beautiful in that.

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: Although I'm not a fan of dark skies, this monsoon weather sure does make for a gorgeous sunset as the last bit of sunlight tries to fight its way past the clouds. - Photo: Last night's sunset looking southwest toward the Santa Monica Mountains from Sunrise Trail in Lang Ranch Open Space, Thousand Oaks, CA.

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: I hope you all got the opportunity to get out and enjoy the trails on this awesome Tuesday! If you didn't, I hope you at least got the opportunity to breathe some fresh air and clear your mind for a bit. Let's keep chipping away at the wall of accomplishments! ⛏ #trailtuesday

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: And remember, after all the hard work you put in to reach your peak, don't forget to let yourself feel the extravagant bliss that comes with getting to the top of your mountain; because what goes up, must come back down, and sometimes climbing down off the mountain and back down to the valley is a lot more painful than climbing up it. - Photo: La Jolla Valley and Sycamore Canyon from the top of Boney Mountain at Tri-Peaks (Backbone Trail) in Malibu, CA.

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Life, just like the mountains around us, has its peaks and valleys; however, I think the best thing you can do for yourself is to work hard so that your valleys are still higher than most people's peaks. Happy Monday! - Photo: Boney Mountain and Sycamore Canyon from the top of Ray Miller Trail (Backbone Trail) in Pt. Mugu State Park, Malibu, CA.

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#ultramindset Last night I had one of my greatest friends tell me she's being discouraged from taking on one of the biggest, and possibly most rewarding challenges of her life, based on the possibility of failure. Wrap your head around that for a second, and think about huge endeavor which you've accomplished but we're discouraged from taking on based on the fact that the task was difficult and there was a possibility that you might not have achieved it. - Then think about the seemingly endless hard work and phenomenal sacrifice you put in to achieving that goal; all of the late nights and early mornings; all of the time you didn't get to spend with your friends and family; all of the blood, sweat and tears; all of the schedule shuffling; all of the pain and agony; all of the anxiety and sorrow; all of the crooked smiles you wore when you had to fake that you weren't stressed; all of everything you went through while you strove to make your dream a reality... - Lastly, think to yourself, was it all worth it? The answer is YES; because the possibility of failure and your inability to accept failure is what drove you to achieve your goal. A goal which you could only achieve for yourself, by yourself. So did it really even matter if others thought you couldn't do it? Absolutely not! - Always remember, we prove others wrong by proving ourselves right. You can do it, and you will do it; no one else has to believe in you as long as you believe in yourself! Happy Monday everyone!

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: Yesterday I had to dig deep within myself to gather up the will and discipline to get on the trails and get my run done. - Today I have to dig deep within myself to gather up the will and discipline to stay away from the trails, the roads and the gym and take a rest day. - I had a hard week of training, and even though I didn't run as many miles as I did the previous week, my intensity this week was much higher and productive. I also haven't ridden my bike even half as many miles as last week, or hit the gym as often as I wished; yet somehow I have probably had one of the most successful weeks of training I can ever recall. I'll take quality over quantity, and relish in the fact that I earned a day off; and that I'm one step closer to someday being able to make my way down the trail pictured above not as a photographer, volunteer, spectator, crew member, or pacer, but as a runner on a journey. - Thank you to all of you who consistently join me on this adventure, and support and encourage me. I hope that I can be a positive influence to all of you as well, and encourage you to go out and do more of what makes you happy! 🙂

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