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!!!

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

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 www.downtownrungroup.org 

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?

New year, new start, new adventures, new GOALS!

My goals for the new year continue to be the same. I will attempt to reach 1,000 plus miles, and have another personal best. I am specifically trying to do a sub 1:40 for the half and sub 4 hours for a full. 

Starting the new I began running more. Out of nowhere I feel a thirst to push myself once again. This is officially the beginning of my fifth year of running. I have noticed a trend in my training throughout these years. After having a successful year I bomb the one after. Following this trend this should be a positive year. 

My wife Blanca who works forty hours a week has officially begun nursing school. We leave every morning together at around 6:00 am . We see each other once again at 9:00 pm that night. As much as I enjoy her running talents and seeing her succeed. Right now her focus is work and school. She will continue go to the gym and run. She has expressed to me that she will be taking a break from serious training to focus on her education. This is possibly what gives me the strength to run twice as hard. I know for sure this is very motivating for me. I want to make her proud and have a breakout year. 

We begin our running season with the 4th annual women’s cocoa marathon. This would be the race I got engaged. You know Blanca and I had to be there for support. Blanca was on call that weekend and about five minutes before gun time she was called. 😢 She had to leave. I stayed and cheered on all these ladies pushing themselves to the limit. 

Review time! 

That morning was pretty cold. Here are this years representatives.  

 
And they’re off..  

 
I was able to see my teammates at about four locations. Most inspiring was definitely when I was waiting at mile twelve. You can there see our women digging deep to round out that final mile. 

After seeing the majority of team DRG ladies cross mile twelve I began heading back.   

  
  

 Cocoa half marathon is a great race for any local or visitor to San Antonio. The race begins and ends in la villita. You run through beautiful King Williams district, Blue Star, and along the river walk. This race is also known for great finishers medal.  

 
New year another race in the books. 

If you are interested or for more info about the race click here.

Don’t forget Downtown Run Group runs Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. FREE!!! For more info visit my blog page dedicated to DRG or visit our Facebook page.

God bless each and everyone of you!

Remember to

… Run Inspired…

 

 
 

Winning thanksgiving..

Blanca and I began a thanksgiving tradition. I believe this was the fifth year we do the turkey trot together. This dates back to our days of dating. This time it was a bit different. We did a new turkey trot. This one takes place in the heart of downtown and the beautiful king Williams district. We went with the intentions of having a great time but as always pushing hard! It is always a great time when you have some of your training partners there too. 

  

I gave it all I could that day. My all was good enough to put me in 9th for my age category. Blanca was another story. Not only did she run faster than I did this thanksgiving, she also placed. She made it to the podium.  

  

    
   

Blanca still owns the 4 miler time but I still have the better 3 mile. We love competition. 

One evening when Blanca was working. I put the dogs to rest as you can see.

  

I slowly went to the pantry.

As soon as the pantry door opens..

  
Here let me zoom in..

  
😂!!!!

One day I asked Blanca for something. I asked her to bake cookies. So I got cookies and a show.

   
    
 
Cookies and a show was fantastic.              

This week was also officially the end to our Downtown Run Group summer training. 😕 This also means that the RNR Marathon is on the horizon. This is always one of the best weeks of the year. 

Even though our summer season has ended we continue to train. We have goals and we work hard to reach them. If you need any info about our free run team  click  here. You can also find more info on the run page of my blog.

Comeback to hear how marathon week went. 

God bless you!!

Romans 8:37-38

New Trade, New members, New Training

There has definitely been a lot of change at the Martinez home. It is a good thing that Blanca and I are used to change. Maybe we are okay with trying new things. As mentioned in the previous post we are now dog owners.

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Several nights ago we had some rain here. Blanca decided to wash her vehicle the following day and allow the pups to play outside. Blanca was telling me how the pups were playing in the mud slipping and sliding. You know the pups have showered in the tub more than myself. Just like adults after some exercise and a shower you end up taking a nap.

In such a short period of time they grew. When they went for their first check-up they were about 10lbs. Just recently they went to get their next set of shots and they now weigh 14lbs. I can easily see the difference. Now that they received their 4 month shots they can officially see more of this world.

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They look pretty happy to explore beyond our home. It has now been one and a half months since I switched over jobs. Working with my father has been such a great time. I have come to learn and understand what it took for him to put a roof over my head and food on the table. I can easily say he and I make a pretty good team. Here is a little sample of what we have done.

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Here is the before and after from a boys restroom at an elementary school.

A couple of days ago my father and I drove to Austin to do a job. Here is the view we had.

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After completing this blog I have to get my clothes packed. We are headed to do a big job in Laredo.

This is the first year that I have officially done speed work. I have been doing about six 400s only because I and hesitant to jump to 800s. This past Thursday while Blanca was walking the pups I tried my first set of 800s. My goal was to do these in under 3:30. I ended with four sets of 800s all under goal time. That was one very tough workout.

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This was taken a couple of weeks ago. I can say this is one heck of a run group. While Blanca’s next race is the Rock n Roll San Antonio I have yet to decide my next race. I am torn between the illuminations half or the BCS Half in December. My goal right now is to beat my current personal best of 1:44:23 in Dallas. You can see my times by clicking here.

Not only does Blanca love puppies she also like surprises and food. To all the husbands out there it is a good idea to keep dating or surprising you’re wife. Two weeks ago I brought home Blanca some fruit.

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The following week I brought home some flowers. The fact that they were here favorite color made things even better.

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I know little things like this make her happy. It makes my day when I am able to do something to put a smile on her face.

As the Lord God continues to bless Blanca and myself I hope he does the same for you too. Everyday that I wake up and I get to go to work and come back to a comfortable home I know that it is Gods provision towards me. Have a wonderful week and be safe.

Don’t forget to check out San Antonio’s very own Downtown Run Group. The best group of guys and gals one can meet and run with. For more info click below

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Have a wonderful week and

…Run Inspired…