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!!!

SFO, beautiful race.

So much has happened in the past couple of months. I do not even know where to begin. I have been offline for some time now due to the fact that I have had no internet access, and I still don’t. I am currently borrowing my parents and our apartments internet access. So in the past weeks Blanca and I have purchased a brand new home. Even though we are definitely going to miss our first and only apartment we are beyond excited that God had blessed us with a place we can call home. More on that on another blog post soon to come.

It is officially four days after finishing the San Francisco Marathon. It is definitely a race that I will never forget. I can forever talk about the amazing weather and views I was able to experience this past Sunday.


Here are some pros of the race.

  • Plenty of run distance options including two half marathons
  • Plenty of water and nuun every single mile
  • Medical people ready at every water station
  • Amazing weather
  • Course not confusing at all



I am joking, anyone signing up for this race should know what to expect.

From the beginning Blanca and myself decided to stick together throughout the race and support each other. We both knew we didn’t have a full and complete training before doing this. We were just going to go out there and dig deep. We decided to run at about a ten minute per mile pace and couldn’t hold that pace. In fact we were averaging a 9:20 pace for the first half. We eventually hit that mile yes that mile. Hitting the wall is not a problem of mine but getting cramps is. It usually begins inย my left leg right above the knee and later my right side decides to join in on the action. Unfortunately from there on it never went away and just slowed us down so much. We remembered though that this was our vacation and we were here to enjoy every minute of it. I want to say one of the best parts of this whole race was when Dean Karnazes was taking a bit of a break from his 65 miler and Blanca and I were chatting with him for about a quarter mile.

I would definitely recommend this race to anyone who loves great views plenty of hills and amazing weather.

One more day!!

One more day!!

1 hour left.

1 hour left.

We did it!

We did it!

Realizing success.

Realizing success.

San Francisco marathon took care of us very much. It was totally worth the trip and experience. We are always very encouraged by all of training friends back in San Antonio especially our coaches who are praying for us as well. Blanca and I always give thanks to our Lord and Savior for giving us the opportunity to have friends, supporters and experiences like this possible.

As always

…Run Inspired…

Saturday recap!! Countdown begins!!

I belong to a great running team known as Downtown Run Group or DRG. If you are in the San Antonio Area and are looking for help and support we are here for you and best of all it is free!! So on Saturday the 3rd, Blanca and I went to our usual spot where our DRG meets for our morning prayer and head out from the Pearl Brewery.

That’s Hotel Emma!! I believe this should be done this spring I believe!!
So from what I hear we had around forty two runners total some who ran two miles and others who ran fourteen miles. Blanca and I ran seven miles because she had to go to work at noon. So we went our separate way towards the zoo and up a high stadium into Trinity University and shot straight into downtown. We arrived at mile five and jumped right onto the river walk where it would take us two miles back to the Pearl.
Now, I have been running slower lately training with Blanca for her full marathon. I went out this Saturday hoping to do a fast paced seven miles. I was gunning for fifty six to fifty seven min but came just short at fifty nine minutes.


It’s ok though!! We did it dark and early now we can go home satisfied!!


Here are some of the races my group is running the beginning of this year.


Well it is officially twenty days out that Blanca myself and a few others from our run group will head out to New Orleans to run the full and half marathon!!! Blanca has never been there so I plan on showing her around on Saturday and be ready for Sunday!!
What do you think is a must visit in NOLA?
God bless have a great Monday!!!