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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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) 


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 !!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…

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

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!



Marathon weekend and more! Part 1

It is now nearing the rock n roll marathon. A couple of our run group did the turkey trot. Marathon weekend began with the rock n roll 10K and the Downtown Run Group annual brunch. The brunch is honestly one of my favorite DRG events of the year. 

Can you guess why?

The food is great, the cheering was even better!


And of course MEB!!

Here I am with a few of my training buds.

One last picture before the BIG race.

After the race ended it was time for Blanca’s packet pick up. Off we go to the expo. 

I think Blanca was ready to … 

We were able to see MEB speak once again. Here you see Rick asking MEB a question. Rick is new to our run group and has been a special training partner to me. He has really pushed me to be a better runner.

Now it is time to relax and get ready because the next 24 hours were to be intense. 

Early Sunday morning Blanca dropped me off at one of our founders home. Here the cheering crowd would gather before heading out.  

About two hours later..

Here comes Blanca at mile eleven feeling good! 

Still smiling at mile 16!

The next time I saw Blanca was at mile 22. I would here there.Not too far from there Blanca began to struggle. She finished in under four and a half hours. I’m very proud of this young woman I get to call my wife. 

 This girl always impresses.

Overall this years marathon weekend was one to remember. If you want to be a part of this amazing group of guys and girls please click here.

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Run inspired…

God bless you!