Just another week in April.

After a good weekend it was time to do it all over again. Monday’s are unpredictable. What am I trying to say. I never enjoy speed work itself but I can’t wait to get started. It’s temporary pain. It seems to be paying off. This Monday our coach was sick so he decided to warm up and take some pictures. 

As you can see Speed coach is still working on his selfie skills. Definitely getting better. 😅

As you can see Blanca is keeping up with the quick men. If you squint you can see me coming around the corner. 

Never easy, always satisfying. 

Speaking of speed work. Here is what our week looked like. 

Monday- 1 mile warm up (fartleks) (2 min 5k pace)( 2 min slow )x 6 (1 mile cool down)

Tuesday- 4 mile (ended up being half marathon pace)

Wednesday- 1 mile warm up (6×600) 1 mile cool down 

Thursday- stretch, core, roll

Friday- stretch

Saturday- 7 mile (negative splits) will be adding more mileage

Thursday we were able to get together with our bible study and have some great fellowship time. We got to catch up with each other and shared many laughs together. 

Blanca and I have been recording some routes to add to our Downtown Run Group YouTube page which you can check out by clicking on here. 

Here is Blanca editing the video. 

Having been at the Pearl I finally took Blanca to have a bite at Green. 

After having lunch and finishing with the video it was time to play some disc golf. Have you ever played? 

Santino was able to join us on this round. He’s a quick learner. He came out ahead. 

A little bit of Saturday. 

It was a great week overall. 

Here are some helpful links

IAAP Training
Downtown Run Group
Downtown Run Group YouTube
…and introducing our new YouTube page South Texas Runners. Blanca and I will be recording some of our very own adventures. We will also be doing some race recaps as we cheer on our city’s runners. 

See you next week!!!


Continue March-Ing on!

Last time time around I mentioned our training has been on the up and up. Well since then…. it is still going. It has officially been three weeks we began our speed work with iaap training. In such a short period of time I can personally say we will see some improvements if we can keep it up. 

Why wouldn’t I take advantage of having a former professional as a coach. Monday’s are painful but so satisfying. 
Last week was full of events. Saturday I was able to take part in the Chaskis 8k. The race takes place in the small town of Helotes and put on by a business organization at UTSA. The race supports renovation projects in Peru.

I was able to take 1st in my age category this time. 

Male age 25-29

The following day our good friend Walter was running the Prickly Pear 50k. We decided to go support him and a few others from our running community. Blanca decided to pace him for the first 10 miles. 

Walter did a great 4:45!

After the race Blanca and I decided to try out the new breakfast spot. Snooze just opened a couple weeks ago and boy was it delicious. 

We will be back. 

Running week consisted of.

Sunday-10 miles

Monday- 1 mile warmup 6-2 minute fartleks 

Tuesday- 7 miles

Wednesday- 1 mile warmup  6×600

Thursday – stretch 

Friday- rest

Saturday – 4 miles 
All of our credit goes to…

IAAP training

Downtown Run Group 

Remember to always run inspired

April already?!?!?! 

Yes everyone it is officially April. Last year around April I started getting injuries and wearing my legs out. This year in April my training has kicked into full gear. I can honestly say I slacked off in January and February. In March I got on the horse and today I am feeling really good. I sure am excited to see what this years running season holds. I totally forgot Blanca and I were given free entry to run the UTSA Diploma dash. It is a 5K and also San Antonio’s city championship.

I have completed a couple of 5K in the past but never really tried my hardest. Come Saturday I will put my “first PR” on this race. From there I will have a goal to beat. 

Blanca is very busy with school and work. Praise be to God she might have found a better job that would allow her to set her own schedule. I hope and pray this helps her in the long run once Nursing school begins. (PUN not intended) or was it? 

Here’s an update on my week…


Blanca and I have begun a tradition. I sure hope we can stick to it because our schedules might not allow it eventually. (PPLT) Pizza party lunch time. (Homemade pizza)  Inside those large cups you would find a strawberry-blueberry smoothie.

So we recently found out that one of the more well known chicago deep dish pizza restaurants is officially in San Antonio. Gino’s East has landed in the Alamo city. I’m pretty excited, I hope to visit soon.  

The other day Blanca was running around the apartment looking and searching. I was kind of nervous because she would say what was wrong. I didn’t get to capture the search but I sure did get the winning moment.  

She found her flossing gear. What a joyous day.

Last Saturday we had our winter season group picture. 


Our Downtown Run Group sign basically gives you all the info needed.

Blanca and I decided to wake up really early and run  before picture time.  As soon as that was done with we took a stroll around our second home. 

The Pearl brewery offers so many things. Aside from being able to lease there, you can also find ten restaurants, weekly events and the  farmers market.



It has definitely been a good week. I thank The Lord for my wife and the sport of running. Those two blessings really keep me going day in and day out. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. If you have a race I pray that it goes great for you. As always

…run inspired…