Jacob Rothstein @jbr

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Runner, Climber, Explorer. Not a beach in Dubai

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Around 15mi in, feeling great. So happy to be running without pain that all of the pre-race anxiety washed away and I was left with the joy of moving along familiar trail in perfect weather
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Thanks to @runner.teri for the shot!
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Around 15mi in, feeling great. So happy to be running without pain that all of the pre-race anxiety washed away and I was left with the joy of moving along familiar trail in perfect weather . Thanks to @runner.teri for the shot!

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2017 #MH50/#mthood50: Finished without further injury! This was probably my most stressful taper in five years of running races. Even a few miles left me limping in pain only two weeks out from race day, so I had no idea if I'd be able to run at all. My Achilles definitely slowed me down a bit in the second half, but I'm not at all upset about my overall performance.
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This was the first race where I really appreciated aid stations for more than just water and drop bags, especially in the second half. Otter pops and sponge baths made the ~90° heat way more tolerable, and I really appreciated seeing so many friendly faces on the course and afterwards. I spent the last several miles thinking "this is a crazy sport, but I love it so much," and the sense of community is a huge part of that. Thanks for being there!
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Someone's kiddo photo bombed my finish, but I'm including it anyway because I'm proud I managed to get both feet off the ground.
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Many thanks to @runner.teri for the photos!
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2017 #MH50/#mthood50: Finished without further injury! This was probably my most stressful taper in five years of running races. Even a few miles left me limping in pain only two weeks out from race day, so I had no idea if I'd be able to run at all. My Achilles definitely slowed me down a bit in the second half, but I'm not at all upset about my overall performance. . This was the first race where I really appreciated aid stations for more than just water and drop bags, especially in the second half. Otter pops and sponge baths made the ~90° heat way more tolerable, and I really appreciated seeing so many friendly faces on the course and afterwards. I spent the last several miles thinking "this is a crazy sport, but I love it so much," and the sense of community is a huge part of that. Thanks for being there! . Someone's kiddo photo bombed my finish, but I'm including it anyway because I'm proud I managed to get both feet off the ground. . Many thanks to @runner.teri for the photos!

2D me, all ready for #mh50/#mthood50 tomorrow! 3D me is not quite so ready. Mostly nervous. Here's hoping that my Achilles is as recovered as it feels
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2D me, all ready for #mh50/#mthood50 tomorrow! 3D me is not quite so ready. Mostly nervous. Here's hoping that my Achilles is as recovered as it feels

Street photography is not my usual, but I really liked this door/jeep/boat situation and a random human walked into the shot while I was composing it
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#streetphotography
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Street photography is not my usual, but I really liked this door/jeep/boat situation and a random human walked into the shot while I was composing it . #streetphotography

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Other than running the wnbr course (which I highly recommend), I've been trying to rest an injured Achilles tendon. No new trail photos means I might actually have time to review and post some old ones this week.
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Instead of running I've been doing the Alfredson protocol religiously and hoping for a full recovery by race day. I've never taken this long of a taper and have no idea what to expect from my fitness even if the heel heals in time
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Other than running the wnbr course (which I highly recommend), I've been trying to rest an injured Achilles tendon. No new trail photos means I might actually have time to review and post some old ones this week. . Instead of running I've been doing the Alfredson protocol religiously and hoping for a full recovery by race day. I've never taken this long of a taper and have no idea what to expect from my fitness even if the heel heals in time

Lupine back around
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Lupine back around

Looking back down the trail on the last big climb of the MH50 course. If this race goes anything like my past ultras, by this point I'll have put my blinders on and be fully inwards-focused. One of the reasons I like to run courses beforehand is so I can appreciate the beauty of the course. It seems like it would be a nice distraction to take in the scenery during a race, but at some point every time I'm forced to turn my attention inwards to keep going. Some people call this the "pain cave" but it's something else for me, and I'm not sure I have words for it yet. It doesn't feel especially civilized, that's for certain
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Looking back down the trail on the last big climb of the MH50 course. If this race goes anything like my past ultras, by this point I'll have put my blinders on and be fully inwards-focused. One of the reasons I like to run courses beforehand is so I can appreciate the beauty of the course. It seems like it would be a nice distraction to take in the scenery during a race, but at some point every time I'm forced to turn my attention inwards to keep going. Some people call this the "pain cave" but it's something else for me, and I'm not sure I have words for it yet. It doesn't feel especially civilized, that's for certain

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Cinnabar moth, dressed for a formal party (last weekend)
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Cinnabar moth, dressed for a formal party (last weekend)

I found some really excellent signage
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I found some really excellent signage

Here seems as good a place as any for a little story, although it is only related to the photo in that they were the same run: Around two thirds into my run I heard a branch snap uphill from me, so I stopped and said hello. No answer, but then another branch snapped, so it was definitely at least a medium sized animal of some sort. The first thing that came to mind to say was (in my loudest and most authoritative voice) "HELLO LARGE ANIMAL! I ALSO AM A LARGE ANIMAL, AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO HURT YOU." A moment later, I heard movement and a black bear appeared a few hundred feet uphill from me, running in a direction that didn't concern me. My takeaway lessons: Black bears _do_ understand English, but they are very gullible and vulnerable to bluffing. As it turns out, I am not a particularly large animal, and the only defense I had was to squirt some water at it from my bottle (not recommended). Also: One upside of cougars existing is that they make the sight of a black bear a relief
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Here seems as good a place as any for a little story, although it is only related to the photo in that they were the same run: Around two thirds into my run I heard a branch snap uphill from me, so I stopped and said hello. No answer, but then another branch snapped, so it was definitely at least a medium sized animal of some sort. The first thing that came to mind to say was (in my loudest and most authoritative voice) "HELLO LARGE ANIMAL! I ALSO AM A LARGE ANIMAL, AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO HURT YOU." A moment later, I heard movement and a black bear appeared a few hundred feet uphill from me, running in a direction that didn't concern me. My takeaway lessons: Black bears _do_ understand English, but they are very gullible and vulnerable to bluffing. As it turns out, I am not a particularly large animal, and the only defense I had was to squirt some water at it from my bottle (not recommended). Also: One upside of cougars existing is that they make the sight of a black bear a relief

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Eagle creek in the evening 😍
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Eagle creek in the evening 😍

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