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!!!

April is here…

April 1st began in the small town of New Braunfels. It was a little past midnight when I had to prank my good friend Rick. He was waiting for Nancy and Blanca to come in from their 7 mile leg during the Ragnar. Shortly after they arrived Blanca and I decided it was time to head home. 

We took it easy that Saturday. We were definitely exhausted. Our Saturday long run was replaced by the runs we did with our Ragnar Partners. We planned to go support more of our run friends the following morning at the HEB Alamo City Run Fest Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Two things happened that morning. We didn’t wake up on time and the event got cancelled due to runners safety. 

After this cancelation I began to see many of our run colleagues “earn” their medal. Many went out that evening to run 13.1 miles. Other runners made it up the following Monday and Tuesday. 

Monday made a return and it was time to get back on the road. 

Monday- Speed work (fartleks) 1 mile warm up (2:00 min 5k pace- 2:00 min rest) 1 mile cool down. 

Tuesday- 4 miles (comfortable pace)

Wednesday- we had bible study

Thursday- made up for Wednesday (5miles)

Friday- core work- stretch-roll

Saturday- long run (7 miles) 

Sunday-Rest

Blanca had chosen a 5k to compete in. We wanted to see if she would be able to PR. It looks like that will not be the case. I on the other hand have been given the opportunity to be a part of Texas a largest 10K. I will be running the 40th Captial 10K on Sunday the 23rd. 

Before that event we will be covering one of Downtown Run Groups very own Jonathan Gillis as he competes in The Woodlands full Iron Man. We are very excited to experience this great event. He had trained and even has had to give up 13 hr days for this. He is sure to make us all proud. 


Recently Blanca had the idea of recording some of our routes run with Downtown Run Group. After we got the “approval” we began filming. 

You can watch the first video and subscribe by clicking on the link DRG YouTube


Blanca and I have to always give thanks to  

Downtown Run Group and IAAP Training who have both played a major roles in our running successes. 

And there goes March !! 

I apologize I fell a little behind this week. Another month has come and gone. It is always good to see where we stand. Have we improved? Well we shall see. I looks like there was not much activity for us personally. Here was our schedule for that week.

Monday-speed work (1 mile warm up)(8×400) 5k pace (1 mile cool down)

Tuesday-  5 miles (comfortable pace)

Wednesday-(1 mile warm up)(1 or 2 miles time trials) (1 mile cool down)

Thursday- easy (stretch,roll,core work)

Friday- Daniel(6.2 miles) Blanca(total of 12 miles- 4 legs)

Saturday- (Rest)

Sunday- (Rest)

March-77 miles (need to start increasing mileage soon)

I would say that one of our biggest events this week was our time trials. As for Blanca, well let’s just say she was on pace to possibly demolish her best 5 k by a minute. I personally ran my best 1 mile ever. Here the recap. 

As you can see above I ran a personal best of 6:13 for the 1 mile. Blanca ran a 13:27 2 mile. Well under her or pace for the 5k. This was definitely a fun evening. 

We hope to see many more improvements. It’s hard work but definitely well worth it. 

After this both Blanca and I had to prepare because it was time for us to Volunteer for Ragnar Relay race. The race began in Bastrop, Tx ———————————> Luckenbach, Tx. I hear it was a total of 200 miles covered by 12 teammates. Our volunteer shift began at 5:30 am – 9am.  Where we would then meet up with our team and enjoy the ride. 

About 45 from our shift the first legs began to arrive. 

Our team started at 9:30 am which allowed us to see our first leg coming in strong. 

After the first van finished their first leg it was time for some food and much needed rest. 

Later that evening


Not long after Blanca and I had to head home. The group of twelve marched on. 



Congrats!!! 🎉👌🏃🏽

We made it home around midnight. 

Blanca and I always thank 

Downtown Run Group for the friends and motivation to keep striving for goals. 

Thanks also goes out to IAAP training for your warm welcome in the your family. Your speed work is tough but results in improvements.

If you want to ever visit one of these two excellent teams click on links below. 

Downtown Run Group
IAAP Training
remember to always

… Run inspired…

Back to racing. 

Lately Blanca and I have been attending many races to support our team. Recently  both Blanca and myself have had the chance to run ourselves. My race came at a surprise because I was not planning on running it. The Alamo 13.1 held a small Facebook contest of which I decided to comment on. 


I was chosen as a winner. I could not say that I was half marathon “ready.” I have definitely been running many miles. I began to mentally prepare myself for that upcoming Sunday. 

That following Saturday Blanca went on a 4 mile run while I put in 2 miles. We visited the Farmers market after our run with Downtown Run Group. 

After making a couple of purchases we headed home. Blanca was attending a baby shower as I went to packet pick up. The following day was race day. 

Team Downtown Run Group (DRG)



Though I didn’t get my personal best I sure did well. 1:45:57. Alamo 13.1 half marathon is definitely a great race that begins and ends in front of the Alamo. 

The following day was speed work but due to many races and racers we went on a 5 mile run.


Team IAAP

Monday-5 miles

Tuesday-4 miles

Wednesday-1 mile warmup   6×600 speed 1 mile cool down 

Thursday- stretch and roll

Friday- rest

Saturday- Blanca race Helotes Beer Run 5K

This Saturday Blanca was able to run the Helotes Beer Run on behalf of her employer. This is her first race since taking 2nd overall in the Cocoa Women’s 5k back in January. 

Helotes is know for being very hilly. Blanca pushed hard and it seems as though her speed work has been paying off. She took womens first overall in 21:19. Blanca did fantastic. 

Thank you to our support team

Downtown Run Group

IAAP Training 

If you are ever in San Antonio and are looking for a run to join, here are two great and welcoming teams. 

Remember to always run inspired

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

Already March?!?! 

Where does the time go? The new year brought new goals of which once again I hope to achieve. My wife and I have been going through some ups and downs in this new year. The obvious was starting our business. 

http://www.3rddaystonerestoration.com

We hope and pray for the Lord’s provision for the success in this. 

Both Blanca and myself have begun the year on a good foot, literally. We have been active in putting in our miles. We have decided to venture out and learn from a former professional. We have begun speed workout. Even though we do not exactly have a set schedule most weeks look pretty similar. 

Monday- speed workout

Tuesday-short to mid run

Wednesday- stretch,roll

Thursday- short to mid

Friday- stretch and relax

Saturday- Long run

Sunday – REST!!

Tonight is our speed day. It is just one of those training days that gets the best out of you. It is tonight but very rewarding. I have the Chaskis 8K this Saturday in Old Town Helotes and hope to put on a great performance. Blanca recently found out that she has a free race entry to the Helotes Beer Garden Run due to the dermatologist sponsorship. 

This past weekend I was able to take Banca to a nice restaurant I once visited in Kerrville, Tx. Here is the short recap…






She loved it. 

If you need some run friends, guidance or encouragement please join one of two groups. You can join both. 

http://www.iaapweb.com

http://www.downtownrungroup.com

… Run inspired…

Year of ups and downs

The year of 2016 has come to an end. As I think and reflect about the last 365 days I give thanks to God. I give thanks because he is there with me through the ups and the downs. Some goals were reached and others we have to retry. 

I began 2016 with the hopes of 

1.     Running 1,000 miles 

2.     Break 1:40 half marathon

3.     PR for the marathon

These were the results 

1.     I ran 950.9 miles 😑

2.     I ran 1:45 half marathon😑

3.     Ran 4:04 Colfax Denver Marathon🎉

(Set a new 5K pr of 21:03 beating my old time by more than a minute)

I wouldn’t call it a great success even though I did come close. This year we had to say goodbye to some of our run group friends. 😔 When you say goodbye there are always some new hellos. My downtown run group is an amazing family to have. I will soon announce my new goals for 2017. They will be very similar to the goals I set for myself in 2016. My wife had a fantastic year finishing on the podium on the majority of our races. She was able to PR on the half marathon and overtake my personal best half. 

This year we traveled. We traveled with friends to New Orleans, ran the marathon in Denver and visited a goodbye in Orlando. What a year of traveling it was with my partner in crime. 

Besides run goals both Blanca and I have some big aspiration to start the year. We hope and pray that God grants us his blessing to do great. 

We thank each and every person who allowed us to spend time with them wither through travel, breakfast after run group, or simply your time. 

Now let’s celebrate God provision towards us. Let’s thank him for the year we leave behind and the new year we will be receiving. 

Be safe my friends!! 

And Feliz AÑO Nuevo!!

… Run inspired…

The Big return…

Where do I begin? In the last entry I reviewed the Colfax Denver Marathon. I had an amazing outing while my wife struggled a bit. The following week I had registered for a 25k and figured I would be fine. I was completely wrong! I did not let my body recover and dove right into another race. I will let some pictures explain my pain. 



From a previous 2:11- 25k in January to 2:29K in May . 

I have learned my lesson. I will make sure to recover from a marathon before racing immediately after. 

I am happy to have run this race in support to all of our American Heroes. 
In the following weeks I began to struggle. For several weeks I struggled running a short 5K. Frustration began to overtake me. At this point I was panicking because I had a half marathon relay race coming up mid June. I did not want disappoint my teammates. 

Come race day we were ready to go!! The previous year we came in 6th place. Our goal this year was to top that. I feel we were a little faster. I knew I was faster I just didn’t know if my body would show up. 

Once the results came in we were happy to have come in 3rd place! Definitely a better result than the previous year. I believe we can win 1st coed next year. 

My legs were present that day. Even though I performed well that day the following couple weeks I was still struggling. The Big return was coming! Not just for myself but also for my wife. 

We are currently in the middle of our free training season. If you would like to join just ask. Or visit our run page for more info. 

Come back to see the progress we have made. 

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Colfax Denver City Marathon Weekend Part 2

Once we settled into our hotel Saturday night Blanca went straight to sleep. I didn’t see her prepare her clothes or even set an alarm. I began to prepare for the following morning because I sure didn’t want any bumps the following morning. 

Race List

  • Complete uniform
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Bib
  • Hats
  • Backpack

I once read that it would be a great idea to make you’re running man. This would help you wake up and be ready in minutes. Here is Denver City marathon running man. 

As you can see I also had our bibs ready to go. After taking this photo shoot it was my turn to hit the sack. 

The following morning we awoke tired but excited. Having been about 2.5 miles from start line, I was surprised not to see another runner in our hotel. We immediately called for an Uber.


This was our view from inside the hotel waiting for our Uber. We immediately jumped in and off we were to pick up another runner from a hotel a few blocks down. By the time we arrived to Denver City Park we literally had 15 minutes before start time. We had to use the facilities and rushed to bag drop. After having a 2-3 minute stretch (not recommended) we were forced to enter our corral number four. 


After about 4 minutes we were off. This course is an out and back. 

Here is a small preview. 


Once we started we had to be smart and not get to excited. I know we started pretty fast and I had to force my self to slow down. I placed myself behind a couple which forced me to slowdown my pace. After about 2 miles I thought we can pick up the pace. The first half had us running down their river walk that runs all the way to this place.


This part of the course was definitely unforgettable.


 After the stadium we continued into other neighborhoods heading towards Sloan Lake. 


Once we ran around the whole lake we ended up at a university which was the halfway point. Right there is where I left Blanca behind to per sure my best time. By this time all the inclines had been finished and now the rest was flatter. 

This race was was definitely a great experience. The weather was perfect. There was plenty of crowd support and volunteers. I was very happy with the fact that they had plent of water and Gatorade every 2 miles from beginning to end. 

I was able to cross the finish libe after much cramping. With noticeable soreness I went to retrieve our bag. I retuned back to finish line to wait for my wife to cross as well. She had a difficult time in this race. With limited training die to work and school I am very proud of her effort. To my surprise when I least expected it she came running down to cross the finish! With each other’s support we were able to grab an Uber back to our hotel. 

Our weekend was beginning to wrap up. Before heading back to the airport we had to grab some food. 

Later that evening I was able to find out what our official time were. Even though Blanca didn’t have a great race she was still able to run better than all my other full marathon times. I was able to pull of a new personal best. 


I would very much recommend this race. There were many positives that I mentioned earlier. A little under a month later I have yet to think of a negative to this race. My weekend with my beautiful wife was excellent. I cannot wait to see that is in store later this year. God willing we can have another experience similar to this one soon. 

If want to meet some new friends, and become more active join me and many others at The Pearl Brewery. We meet every Saturday at 7 or 8 am. 

For more info click on the link below.

Downtown Run Group
Thank you for you’re time and 

God Bless

Pounding that pavement, tasting the world 

 Currently sitting at the place I consider my second home. The Pearl brewery offers many great restaurants, ice cream and an ideal location to start your training run.    

 
In the last post Blanca signed up for a monthly subscription. I always heard stories about my wife loving her treats.  We signed up for the monthly Treats subscription.  I guess we made the cut because we received our box the following week.  

 
Almost feels like Christmas! Now what is so special about this Treats box? Each box will contain treats from a foreign country.  

 
Can you guess?   

Treats from Netherlands!  

Now we await next months surprise. 

Blanca and I recently participated in the city managers 5k. This race is for all city employees, family and friends. I will never decline a race that cost me $7.00. I guess it was meant to be because Blanca also had that Saturday off!  

 
This race began at the Seaworld parking lot. We then made our way into the park. I was right in thinking there would be some inclines. I remember being young and having to walk up those ramps to get to the show.  I started pretty fast and slowed down a bit as the race went on. 

Here are my results! 

 
I got a PR of 00:24 seconds! I also finished 8th in my age category. 

Now on to the best! 

Blanca passed me up a little after the first mile. I just remember letting her know that she was doing great and to give it her all.  

  
  
Yup that’s right she is women’s first overall. I couldn’t believe it! 

   
 
This was definitely a fantastic race. Especially when doing it with great family and friends. 

 

My dad and myself recently went to Shiner, Texas for a job. We were staying 18 miles away in Gonzales,Texas.  

I didn’t realize how much history this little town of Gonzales lies there. Aside from working hard we took the little time off to explor the little town. The town of Shiner has Shiner beer. The town of Gonzales has the …

  
Come and take it canon. Yes, the real canon.  

 
I also visited my third jail. First was Eastern State Pen in Philly. I later visited Alcatraz in San Francisco. I can now say Gonzales County Jail.  

 
  
You can easily make a weekend out of it. 

After along week I was able to come back and enjoy the weekend with my wife. 

That Friday we visited the Southtown and Bluestar. We had a great evening at first Friday walking around the art galleries. After a while we decided to finally try one of the restaurants we’ve had on our list for sometime. Feast was a fantastic experience.  

  

It was perfect. We had great food, great weather, and perfect seats to people watch. 

The following morning was our DRG morning. Blanca ran 10 miles while I joined my fellow runner Rick to run a full 13.1 miles. 

For more info about our run group visit our Facebook page.

Do you have any monthly subscriptions worth exploring?

What are your favorite restaurants?