A little bit of everything

I recently told Blanca that I would try to write a blog once a week. I figured Sunday’s would be the day I review how our week was. I would love to share our greatest moments as well as our difficult times. We would see how we were able to overcome it. This blog first started with the intention of sharing my running experiences. I will continue to do so. I would also like to share our lives and show you how our mighty savior Jesus has been a blessing to us. 

I would like to take a quick moment here to congratulate our top three men and women representing the USA in Brazil. I believe we have a strong enough team to bring home a medal or two in the Olympic marathon. Congrats to first time marathoner Galen Rupp and Amy Cragg for the first place finish. 

The following Monday my father and I drove to Shiner, TX to do a sample job. While there we had the opportunity to see a little bit of the factory. Now I do not drink alcohol but that doesn’t mean I not amazed by mans creativity. This is for all you Shiner beer lovers. 

  

 
Before labeling

  
Boxes assembled

  
Bottles packaged and preparing to ship

  
It was a great morning.

Since Blanca started school it has been very difficult for us to spend much time during the week. We make the most of the times we do have together. Friday’s have become our date nights because we usually both have the evening off. I am always seeking something new or unique to do as this Friday was no different. This Friday we were short for time so we decided to grab some food on our way downtown. 

We actually arrived early enough to go grab some gelato. After many months of trying to try the new place we finally had our chance. A La Mode Company is located in the Blue Star district near King Williams. Blue Star is a nice place to spend the evening for dinner,coffee or just to take a stroll. This evening included some gelato. 

  
  
  
They have great gelato. They also serve paninis and have some board games to enjoy. Not sure if I’ll declare it the best gelato I have ever tried, but it is definitely   a place worth visiting. Fantastic time with a fantastic wife. After finishing we were off to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. I’ll let the picture explain.  

 
We had tickets to attend opening night. We were going to watch Mi Familia. (1995) I was eight years old when the film first came out. After the film there would be a Q&A with some of the films stars. 

  
   

 
Almost forgot here is a picture of Blanca and I. 

 
Take a closer look!

  
This event was something new for both Blanca and I. 

The following morning Blanca had to work. I also woke up early to do my weekly Saturday morning run at the Pearl Brewery. This morning everyone was running a shorter distance. I went ahead a good 7 miles. After returning and chatting for a bit some of the running friends went out for a good breakfast. Not far from the Pearl Brewery are several good restaurants. This time we decided that Tycoon Flatts was this morning choice. Here we are awaiting our hearty breakfast.  

   
When I say DRG family I truly mean family. We do much more than just run together. 

If you feel like this is you’re year of running come give us out a try. We would love to have you. 

Click here to learn more about this fantastic group. 

As always remember to

… Run Inspired…

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Running club?!?

In the last published blog I mentioned something about big news. I cannot deny it, we were definitely excited. Downtown run group has been named San Antonio’s best running club. In case you do not believe click the link.

San Antonio’s Best
  
  
We as a whole are very proud of this. We exist to encourage the newbies just the same as the vets. We had a bit of a laugh at the word club. We survive and continue with the support of our very runners. We do not charge a dime. All we ask for is bananas, ice, cups etc.. We are very honored to be considered at the top of this city. 

In other news. I was able to find some deals on shoes. For both Blanca and I our shoes is like our food. Allow me to explain. When I ran my first half marathon in 2011 I came across these really nice Red Adidas Adizero Adios. I have been running in this model shoe since that day. When it comes to food I’m a pretty picky eater. Once I find my favorite menu item I usually just stick to that. Blanca on the other hand is very different. She is willing to always try new things at least once. Blanca began running longer distances and more competitively in 2013. Since that time she has tried on almost every shoe brand at least once. This month we add a new brand to the list. 

Today we are adding the Hoka One One Vanquish.  

   
So she actually got two pairs of shoes. She bought another pair of ON shoes.

  Both pairs were $60. These shoes were originally valued at $170 for the Hoka and $150 for the ON. Wouldn’t you say this was a steal! I would say she is definitely set for our next race. 

Speaking of races I ran my very first trail race. This was the chase my shadow 10k/5k. My wife kept encouraging me to run it so I did. We woke up early to go get Blanca a coffee and make it on time. Race took place at Eisenhower Park.  This time I registered on site. I put my bib on and began warming up. 

 
We lined up and were on our way.

 
The 10k which I registered for was two three mile loops. The first two miles were very technical and had a lot of elevation. The 3rd mile was downhill and straight. That mile allowed me to do some catching up. Here is some action Blanca got at mile three.  

  

  
My first loop was about 30 minutes. My goal for the second loop would be to match it or do it faster.  

 
At this point I’m just kicking as best I could. 

 
I don’t know if you can see it but the timer shows 1:00:0 exactly one hour. When the awards were handed out I found out I finished just under an hour. I came in at a time of 59:59. I achieved my goal.  

  This time was just enough to give me 3rd place in the age category of 20-29. I would consider this a success. 

Thanks to my beautiful wife for being there and supporting. 

Remember if you want to join the “best running club” in San Antonio and need more info click here.

God bless you and your family

Remember to 

…run inspired…

25K? sure why not..

As we begin the new year I starting thinking about the races I would like to do. Now we know you can’t run a race every weekend. It is just so darn expensive. Good thing not all races are expensive. This fact allows me to possibly run one race per month. A fellow runner and friend John Tracy was wondering if I was running the endurathon in Bulverde, Tx.  Once again it was only about three or four days prior to the race before signing up. 
Ok so here are the facts..

-I have not been running hills. I didn’t realize 😐 Bulverde was hilly 

-I didn’t take the distance into consideration (25K)

-My last official half or full race was the San Francisco marathon back in July ’15

-My training runs since July never went past twelve miles

My training after San Francisco was just not good. I could possibly have the wrong mentality but I don’t want to run half or full marathon without legitimately training. Then in December I had that great showing at the 10 mile buffalo hump run.  After that run my drive reappeared. Now I’m running a race I’m hardly even prepared for. The Friday before the race I got out of work a bit early and rushed to the We Run San Antonio store for packet pick up. After getting home I had another surprise. My first ever running hat had arrived. 

  
Here is Chochi modeling my new run hat. 

Come Saturday morning it is pretty cold. I had to wake up a bit early because it was a bout a forty minute drive to race start. After arriving, stretching and warming up it was go time.  

 
Knowing that I was not marathon fit my mind was on finishing more than anything. Guess what. Daniel decided to start fast. Well, my type of fast. At about mile eight I was still averaging a 7:45 pace but little by little began slowing down. I know that it was not necessarily my pace that slowed me down but the hills. They hills were tough especially when I wasn’t hill ready.  

 
As you can tell I was still feeling pretty comfortable.  

  
Here is a glimpse of what we went through.  There was a point in the race that was uphill for about three miles. 

Nearing the end I kept pushing even though my quad decided to make an appearance as usual.  

 
At this point it was heart and more heart. I was hoping to finish with a time of 2:10 or less. Well I just missed my mark. This is what a 2:11 (25K) got me this year in my age category. 

 I finished 2015 with an age category 1st place. Now I begin 2016 with a 25K first place age category win. I know I can do better once I’m marathon fit but I am more than happy with this result. 
Always thank you to the competitive spirit of my friend John Tracy. I will eventually get to you’re level. Be ready I’m calming you’re way. 

  
  
Another beautifully coordinated race. Now I know why it’s called the hill country. January down, February is coming. 

Our run group just got some big news. I will tell in my next post be ready. 

If you are looking for a run group. Check out our Facebook page by clicking here.

Remember to always

…run inspired…

New year, new start, new adventures, new GOALS!

My goals for the new year continue to be the same. I will attempt to reach 1,000 plus miles, and have another personal best. I am specifically trying to do a sub 1:40 for the half and sub 4 hours for a full. 

Starting the new I began running more. Out of nowhere I feel a thirst to push myself once again. This is officially the beginning of my fifth year of running. I have noticed a trend in my training throughout these years. After having a successful year I bomb the one after. Following this trend this should be a positive year. 

My wife Blanca who works forty hours a week has officially begun nursing school. We leave every morning together at around 6:00 am . We see each other once again at 9:00 pm that night. As much as I enjoy her running talents and seeing her succeed. Right now her focus is work and school. She will continue go to the gym and run. She has expressed to me that she will be taking a break from serious training to focus on her education. This is possibly what gives me the strength to run twice as hard. I know for sure this is very motivating for me. I want to make her proud and have a breakout year. 

We begin our running season with the 4th annual women’s cocoa marathon. This would be the race I got engaged. You know Blanca and I had to be there for support. Blanca was on call that weekend and about five minutes before gun time she was called. 😢 She had to leave. I stayed and cheered on all these ladies pushing themselves to the limit. 

Review time! 

That morning was pretty cold. Here are this years representatives.  

 
And they’re off..  

 
I was able to see my teammates at about four locations. Most inspiring was definitely when I was waiting at mile twelve. You can there see our women digging deep to round out that final mile. 

After seeing the majority of team DRG ladies cross mile twelve I began heading back.   

  
  

 Cocoa half marathon is a great race for any local or visitor to San Antonio. The race begins and ends in la villita. You run through beautiful King Williams district, Blue Star, and along the river walk. This race is also known for great finishers medal.  

 
New year another race in the books. 

If you are interested or for more info about the race click here.

Don’t forget Downtown Run Group runs Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. FREE!!! For more info visit my blog page dedicated to DRG or visit our Facebook page.

God bless each and everyone of you!

Remember to

… Run Inspired…