The Year is nearing its end.

So much has happened to both Blanca and myself this year. If I’m being honest this has been the toughest year in many aspects of our lives.

Coming off a tough marathon race this year it was time to cheer on my wife Blanca. Blanca herself had a tough marathon training season yet she was ready to tackle the half marathon. Blanca raced the BCS Half (Bryan-College Station) while we had other friends running the full.

I was tracking her progress and saw that she was on personal record or PR pace. Her previous PR was a 1:44 and now she crosses the finish at…..1:42 beating her previous best by a whole 2 minutes.

She is celebrating her time with a fist pump. I am very proud of her especially after a rough training season. Not to long after the race we began our journey back to San Antonio.

After what seemed to be a long drive back we finally made it. Time to focus on the upcoming week.

Monday came around and it was time for me to go on my second run. This Monday I ran with IAAP training and completed 5 miles with Belle. She did fantastic! I felt pretty good on this particular day. The rest of the week I was kept busy working on some stuff preparing myself for the upcoming year. I was able to squeeze in a run on Wednesday and let me tell you it was not that easy.

I went out and got it done.

Friday night we went to go visit my wife’s mother. We had dinner and were catching up. It turned into one of those nights when before you know it 11 o’clock rolls around and we had to go.

The following morning or shall I say the following day Blanca and I had two birthday parties to attend. The first was less than half a mile from our apartments which was great. Our friend Kim was celebrating her birthday with friends and a friendly game of bubble soccer. I have to say that was one of the best times I’ve had in quite some time.

This definitely has to be an exciting way to celebrate the day of your birth. Once the fun was over ๐Ÿ˜“ we went to The Pearl Brewery to have some lunch. We decided on the food hall located right in the heart of The Pearl. I’ve always enjoyed Christmas but as I’ve grown older I have come really love this time of year. The decorations just look so nice and truly makes it feel like Christmas in San Antonio. We finished our lunch and had to rush back because the rain was not going to stop. We arrived home and started working on some pending chores before we were to head right back out that door. Later that evening we were enjoying the company of my wife’s co-workers and family celebrating the 40th birthday of one of her colleagues. The fun and laughter continued through the night but eventuality our time had arrived. We had to go home to our pup Belle. Not too long after we were all closing our eyes and calling it a night.

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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. ๐Ÿ˜…

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!!!

And there goes March !!ย 

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!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝ

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…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‘

2.     I ran 1:45 half marathon๐Ÿ˜‘

3.     Ran 4:04 Colfax Denver Marathon๐ŸŽ‰

(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. ๐Ÿ˜” 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 Aร‘O Nuevo!!

… Run inspired…

The beginning of a new season and adventures

Here we are once again. My wife and I both coming from different running struggles yet ready for a new season. 

Where’s Daniel and Blanca?

After our group pictures we begin the season with the Alamo Run. It is a simple four mile run to the Alamo and back. 

Many new faces and some that have sadly moved on to other places. Every new year brings new adventures. 

I began to feel great once again. In such a short period of time Blanca began to gain momentum. She is finally able to go on Tuesday and Saturday runs. 

Both Blanca a I began running new routes near our neighborhood. She would also wake up really early and take the pups on a 3 mile run before work. 

I know Blanca has great potential. With a new work schedule she is finally able to train “full time”. 

On a Saturday evening we were ready to spend the evening at my brothers house. A couple hours before a friend of mine sent me a message seeking a runner to complete his relay race team. I accepted and immediately got ready because time was running out. 

Each leg was 1.75 miles but they were tough. As you can see the route is completely sand. After completing my leg I had to head out because my brother was waiting for me. 

We finished in 2nd place. Not a bad result. 

The following weekend Blanca and I spent some time at the children’s museum. No, we did not go volunteer or work but instead to go play. 

A couple times a year San Antonio Children’s museum opens in the evening for an adults only night. 

This was a fantastic Friday evening. Adults do get tired having fun too. Once we were done we went straight home because the following morning we had our training run. 

Both Blanca and I decided to compete in races more often. We have been watching more and more running videos. Since that time we have begun a more strict running schedule with including speed work and even trail running. I will write more on that soon.

Recaps on the…

Labor Day Whine Run 

San Antonio Zoo Relay Race

Loteria Run 

will be covered in the upcoming blogs.

If you have any questions about my beautiful city all you have to do is ask. Though not an expert I am sure to provide info for you from food to theatre and local events. 

If you are interested in joining or just visiting our group runs visit 

Completely free!! 

Our goals are to run a marathon in every state. 

Make sure to visit our state checklist and records tab. 

Where do you live?

 Is there a marathon offered? 

What is a must do in your town?

Have you complete any recent races?

Recap of our Summer tripย 

One of our weekend friend gatherings we began to play around with the idea of a small trip. My brother, Jonathan and I began to reminisce about our New Orleans trip. As a group we narrowed our choices to New Orleans, South Padre Island and a trip down to West Texas. The following week we came together and decided to redo New Orleans. We decided to opt for Air BNB which turned out to be a fantastic choice. 

The Fourth of July would be the weekend. We were all guaranteed to be free. Friday evening we all met up at my brothers apartment. Within 5 minutes of getting together we were off.  Having left Friday evening we arrived early Saturday morning. 

Our adventure begins…

Day 1

Day 2

We revisited some locations from our first trip. We also got to visit new ones. 

Til next time New Orleans!!

Upon returning we were ready to begin the new training season with team pictures. 

 Downtown Run Group

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. 

Marathon weekend and more Part 3

After that great buffalo hump 10 miler I had plans to attend another race that evening. The third annual Illuminations half marathon. I was definitely not running the race. I was there to support some of my fellow runners. Both Blanca and I did the same last year and it was a blast. She was suppose to get off at four o’clock and the race started at 5:30 pm. I decided to meet up with her at work and head out. Good thing this year we made it on time and had no problem with parking. 

Once we arrived we searched for the restroom. Then for some coffee because it was going to be chilly.

This race takes place at the JW Marriot resort in San Antonio. After walking around for a bit we gathered the group before race time.


The race offers not only a half-marathon/relay but also a 10k and 5k. 

And they’re off..

They go out about a mile and half out then they come back around. 

Here come some of our own



Here you will find our sign for the night.

Near the very end..

Even when I am not running, it is such a joy to see others do it. Once again DRG represented well with three winners that night. 

Come Christmas Eve I went out for a small non timed five mile run. Located at one of San Antonio’s few triathlon specific gym. If you need help with training Alamo 180 can help you out.

On my way this really caught my attention.  

Here is Alamo 180.


Once we left I started pretty fast. As I was slowly passing some runners I realized there were only two runners left. One of them finished with the 5k. At that point there was only one last runner left which I struggled to catch. After pushing a bit harder and seeing him slow down a bit I passed him. I opened up a comfortable gap. Near the end there was about a quarter mile elevation gain. This is were I began my kick and eventually widened the gap. I made it back to the finish line first among the five mile runners. 

Later that evening we spent it at Blanca’s parents house. We had a great dinner and enjoyed some Chevy Chase and Christmas vacation. The following day Blanca had to work while I waited at home. Later that day we finally had the pup Christmas picture.  

A couple days later we were celebrating New Year’s Eve. We had to take some pictures.

These dogs are seriously scared of fireworks. You can see that in the first picture.  

Happy New Years y’all !

Keep running! Just keep moving. Another great year in the books. Now looking forward to new adventures. If you would like to try the new adventure of running why not start with Downtown Run Group.

As always 

…run inspired…

Marathon weekend and more Part 2

After the rock n roll weekend passed I thought that was the end. I ran my races and I was honestly very much disappointed. I had goals and not one was accomplished. I have absolutely nobody to blame but myself. I began to prepare my mind for next year. I had the same goals in mind but definitely more motivated. 

Days later some of my group buddies were talking about the Buffalo Hump Run. I did come across this race weeks prior but for some reason it didn’t catch my attention. I talked to Blanca about it and asked what she thought. She approved. That Friday the day before the race I went to solers sports and signed up. I decided to try the ten miler. After registering I went to see the Star Wars movies. By the way it was pretty good. 

Later that evening I went home and began to put my running gear together. When you see my pictures you’ll see absolutely nothing matched. 

Race day morning I wake up to a beautiful 32 degree day. This is freezing for us Texas people. I kissed my wonderful wife good bye and hoped for the best. She had to work that morning so I didn’t have her there physically but she was definitely in my heart. Once I arrived I got my chip for timing and tried staying warm.  


 Out of the eight DRG runners only two were doing the ten miler the others opted for five. At the start line a fellow runner John asked how much time I thought I would do. I answered honestly and said about an 1:30-1:35.

 Go! Race started!

There is something about cold weather. It is very hard for me to get up and go but I definitely have better race times when it’s cold. I ran the first mile at about 7:25. Stupid, stupid I thought! Or maybe it wasn’t. That was the beginning to one of the best races I had ever run in my life.  


This is at about mile three. If you look closely to my left. There is a guy wearing a trinity sweater. That is Mark, winner of the 2015 San Antonio rock n roll marathon. 

I was feeling good up until mile 7 when my left quad, as usual begins to act up. After being about two thirds done with the race I couldn’t give up. My pace slowed a tad bit but I kept grinding. 

This is right at the finish line. Always finishing as strong as possible. Here are my results…

Yes I did it! I paced under eight minutes and got first place in my division. 

This really came out of nowhere. I had given up on 2015 looking forward to 2016. I did great in a race I registered the before before. 

As always one last picture before heading out.  

Even though I did not reach any of my 2015 goals i did however accomplished others. One goal of mine was to place first in my age category. That came soon and unexpected. The other was to run 8 miles in under 1 hour. That one was another surprise. 

Always enter a race ready to give it you’re all! 

Looking for a run group in San Antonio? Maybe just in town for a couple of days. Come join us! All info can be found in the Downtown Run Group tab of my blog. 

Remember to always 

…run inspired…

God bless you!



Where does the time go?

To my few readers I apologize it has been a while since my last post. Since that time lots has changed. For example our family grew once again. It has grown by number and by size. 

The unofficial official family photo. It is very interesting to see each ones personalities. They are definitely something else. 

A couple of weeks ago I planned to go see some of our church kids play soccer. Sadly it got cancelled because it rained the night before. The grounds were still wet and they didn’t want to risk damage to the fields. Instead they came over to play and visit. 


In other news, a long time friend of mine has finally tied the knot. I am very happy for him. I am very honored to have had the chance to experience this among his frinds and family.

A couple of weeks ago Blanca and I went to first Friday. We went out for a stroll. Her siblings and some friends joined us for some food truck eats. The gang then followed us to see the new improved downtown park. Here is what went down….

After being children again we went back to Blue Star district for some coffee at Halcyon. 

Working with my father has been great. This is including all our discussions. We talk about everything from politics to bible and most of all sports. Traveling for work with him has also been great. A week ago we traveled to Spring Branch, Texas and on our way out of the property we did a little exploring. It amazes me sometimes how God can create such beautiful work.

At this point we were already looking forward to Thanksgiving. 

I want to remind everyone we are still running with the best run group in town.

Visit the DRG Facebook page to see what we are all about. You can also see the section on my blog dedicated to Downtown Run Group.

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and got plenty of rest to start the holiday season.

God bless you