Goals in 2015?!?!

I began this blog telling my story and how I literally stumbled upon running. I still have a couple more posts to catch up to date but I figured I would take a break and talk about my goals for 2015 with a 2014 recap of successes and failures!

I started 2014 with two “resolutions” or goals in mind
1. Have a new PR under 1:46:00
2. Run a total of 1,000 miles

So it was the first of January and I started with a ten mile run. After that I continued to go pretty much every other day. I felt like I was in the best shape of my life on track to beat my old PR of two years back.

First try came in March with the Bearathon that takes place in Waco, Texas at the famous Baylor University.

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I was sick all weekend and was just able to come in under two hours.

Couple of weeks later we had an OCR or obstacle course race. We did really well as I came in fourth for the males and my now wife Blanca came in first for females!!!

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Fast forward a couple of months later and yes I am now married to my best friend and running partner ever!!

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Yes that’s us at Willis Tower in Chicago!!

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Now we are back and I have a race here in San Antonio downtown and I honestly can’t say I was in full mode training but I went in with the mindset to give it my all!!

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It was awesome!! I got to run with a very very great friend of mine Rudy!! He dove into running one day and just didn’t stop!! And congrats to him he is now engaged as well!!!! Oh I forgot to say I PRd!!! I finished with a time of 1:45:52!!! First resolution check!!

2 weeks later my wife Blanca and I find ourselves at one of our favorite events the 13.1 series in Dallas!!
Well what can I say but what an event!! We both PR’d!! She cut her best time by if I’m correct by like 12 minutes coming in at around 1:45:20 and I beat my PR at 1:44:52!!!

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I also finished my third Spartan Beast this year and cut my time by 1:30 which was amazing!!

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I got to meet the one and only MEB!!

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2014 was full of surprises, great times and frustrating times. Running a half with a bad stomach to cutting my training down in the summer due to leg fatigue. I even injured my leg playing soccer two weeks prior to Dallas but overall it was a year like no other!! I got married, traveled, and beat my record time twice!!! So the question now stands. What for 2015??
1. Do run 1000 miles
2. Beat my time of 1:44:52
Next race New Orleans Rock n Roll on January 25th
Happy New Year!!!

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Now what?

Ok so that was great. I was just introduced to the wonderful world of running but is that it? Christmas and New Years came and went and I still didn’t know what my new adventure would be. Well it’s not like my New Years resolution in the beginning of 2010 was to run period especially not 13.1 miles.

Sometime around February 2011 I was searching online now by this time I did decide that I wanted to train again for another race but what would be my motivation? I always run in remembrance of my aunt and especially for my health but I figured that I could do something special with this new hobby of mine. I was searching and searching and suddenly I came across group of people who run for the purpose of providing clean water to villages in Africa. It was Team World Vision. Now I’m not a big fan of asking others for donations but I’ve always had a heart for mission whether that was to go myself or support from home. I took a leap of faith!!!

I set up my web page and ordered my shirt.

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My ultimate goal was to
1. Fundraise $100 per mile
2. Give it my all

The race I signed up for was the 13.1 series. This particular race was taking place in Dallas, Texas in the month of October.

I continued my training running 4-5 times a day straight out of work. Summer was on the way out and fall was coming and and before I knew it we were at Luke’s Locker across Southern Methodist University ready to pick up my bib!!

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After meeting one of my coaches we left to eat and rest. As we arrived at the downtown Arts District I see my teammates.

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And we’re off!!! I believe I was the only San Antonio World Vision runner amongst all the Dallas runners. I ran and felt so good that yes ….

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I had a personal best of 1:45:31 a drop of 17 min from my first half in San Antonio last year.

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At the end I was able to reach my goal and I did fundraise $1,310.00 and as a team we got $440,000 and now 4,000 people have access to clean water.

This particular run has been one of my most memorable moments ever. The race was so well organized and the route was fantastic!! This race would become an annual tradition for me and my family.