Jeff Soto @jeffsoto

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💻 Founder, CEO @ Tendigi. 🗽 Native New Yorker. 📷 Amateur photographer. 🎸 Ok guitar player. (@solo.soto)

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Running has never been an easy thing for me. In fact, for a VERY long time, I despised everything about it. The heavy breathing, the sweat, the sudden awareness of my physical and mental weakness was too difficult face. Why bother? Well, it all comes down to one thing for me — perseverance.

This weekend I traveled to California for a very beautiful wedding in Boedga Bay and since marathon training never stops, I ended up running on two days. One day included a 5 mile run on the treacherous and very hilly pacific coast highway (pro tip: be very careful running on the highway). The very next day was even tougher. A 10 mile trail run in Bodega Bay. This run featured absolutely zero shade, wild critters scurrying beneath my feet, and vultures circling above my head. I'm not used to solo trail running and after 1 mile of running, I realized this was going to be totally different. Around the 3rd mile, the incredibly steep hills were getting to me. My legs were burning and for a few minutes, I thought to myself, eh maybe we can skip this run today. Turn it in early. 
I'm not sure what happened, but I kept going and around mile 6, I figured - It's only 4 more? So I guzzled a power gel and pushed through. I was reminded that 1) this marathon ain't gonna run itself and 2) preservering against the odds is why I do this. To prove to myself that I can do this.

This was by far, one of the most difficult training runs I've done and I'm glad I finished it. Big thanks to @bevthe3rd for the photo and for cheering me on as I completed the 6 loop / 10 mile / ~1000ft+ elevation change course.
#NYRR #nycmarathon2017 #running #training
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Running has never been an easy thing for me. In fact, for a VERY long time, I despised everything about it. The heavy breathing, the sweat, the sudden awareness of my physical and mental weakness was too difficult face. Why bother? Well, it all comes down to one thing for me — perseverance. This weekend I traveled to California for a very beautiful wedding in Boedga Bay and since marathon training never stops, I ended up running on two days. One day included a 5 mile run on the treacherous and very hilly pacific coast highway (pro tip: be very careful running on the highway). The very next day was even tougher. A 10 mile trail run in Bodega Bay. This run featured absolutely zero shade, wild critters scurrying beneath my feet, and vultures circling above my head. I'm not used to solo trail running and after 1 mile of running, I realized this was going to be totally different. Around the 3rd mile, the incredibly steep hills were getting to me. My legs were burning and for a few minutes, I thought to myself, eh maybe we can skip this run today. Turn it in early. I'm not sure what happened, but I kept going and around mile 6, I figured - It's only 4 more? So I guzzled a power gel and pushed through. I was reminded that 1) this marathon ain't gonna run itself and 2) preservering against the odds is why I do this. To prove to myself that I can do this. This was by far, one of the most difficult training runs I've done and I'm glad I finished it. Big thanks to @bevthe3rd for the photo and for cheering me on as I completed the 6 loop / 10 mile / ~1000ft+ elevation change course. #NYRR #nycmarathon2017 #running #training

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Whale peeping.
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Whale peeping.

Preparing for a burial at sea.
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Preparing for a burial at sea.

So milky.
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So milky.

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📸by @bevthe3rd
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📸by @bevthe3rd

Taking in the sights. 👀
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Taking in the sights. 👀

Long walks on the beach.
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Long walks on the beach.

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Happy birthday to @bevthe3rd!! Here's to successfully completing a year on this planet with perpetually full SD cards!! May this year be even saucier than the last! 😝🎂🎉🍷😘
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Happy birthday to @bevthe3rd!! Here's to successfully completing a year on this planet with perpetually full SD cards!! May this year be even saucier than the last! 😝🎂🎉🍷😘

Moment of silence outside my local 84th precinct at 8:46am. #911 #neverforget
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Moment of silence outside my local 84th precinct at 8:46am. #911 #neverforget

Mood.
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Mood.

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Remember when @ivyxsoto was a tiny dog? #neverforget #germanshepherdmix
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Remember when @ivyxsoto was a tiny dog? #neverforget #germanshepherdmix

So proud of @bevthe3rd and her running. We slayed 12 miles of #summerstreets this morning and we're continuing to quickly ramp up our marathon training mileage. Wish us luck! #marathontraining #running #nyrr #tcsmarathon2017 #rnrlasvegas2017
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So proud of @bevthe3rd and her running. We slayed 12 miles of #summerstreets this morning and we're continuing to quickly ramp up our marathon training mileage. Wish us luck! #marathontraining #running #nyrr #tcsmarathon2017 #rnrlasvegas2017

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