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
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.
After having lunch and finishing with the video it was time to play some disc golf. Have you ever played?
A little bit of Saturday.
Here are some helpful links
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 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.
You can watch the first video and subscribe by clicking on the link DRG YouTube.
Downtown Run Group and IAAP Training who have both played a major roles in our running successes.
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.
Team Downtown Run Group (DRG)
The following day was speed work but due to many races and racers we went on a 5 mile run.
Wednesday-1 mile warmup 6×600 speed 1 mile cool down
Thursday- stretch and roll
Saturday- Blanca race Helotes Beer Run 5K
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
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
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.
Male age 25-29
We will be back.
Running week consisted of.
Monday- 1 mile warmup 6-2 minute fartleks
Tuesday- 7 miles
Wednesday- 1 mile warmup 6×600
Thursday – stretch
Saturday – 4 miles
All of our credit goes to…
Downtown Run Group
Remember to always run inspired
So what are we to do on Labor Day? Blanca and I thought it would be great to do the Labor Day 5 miler. The race would take place at the Dry Comal Creek Vinyards and Winery. We had a little under an hour drive from our home to the winery.
As soon as we arrived we rushed to the same day registration table. Once we got our numbers we began our small walk to the start line. The second we arrived the national anthem began and off we were.
The race runs through a neighborhood near the winery. The after party was held at the actual winery. As you can see in the pictures above Blanca was smiling and I was… Let’s just say I was concentrating.
It is pretty difficult to settle on a pace especially when it is a 5 mile race. I’m used to 5k, 10k half and fulls. You don’t want to come out to fast but at the same time you do not want to to fall too far behind. I would put this race under the hilly category and possibly under the yearly must do.
I definitely to recommend the race especially if you enjoy running on a holiday weekend. It is a great way to enjoy Monday with fiends and family.
Male 25-29 38:31
Female 20-24 37:56
Some trophies and grapes.
We had my brother,sister in law and one of closest friends Jonathan join us the afternoon. We drove to Lockhart, Tx (bbq capital of Tx) to refuel. We visited a couple of antique stores and then made our way to the outlets stores. While my wife and Jessica stayed there the three guys left a bit early. We left to help Jonathan do some car shopping. It was definitely a day to remember.
This race is definitely a must do and possibly a yearly repeat. The race was organized by SARR San Antonio Road Runners.
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Join us at Downtown Run Group. All info is located on the link right above.
You can also ask me.
Here we are once again. My wife and I both coming from different running struggles yet ready for a new season.
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.
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.
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
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.
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As we begin the new year I starting thinking about the races I would like to do. Now we know you can’t run a race every weekend. It is just so darn expensive. Good thing not all races are expensive. This fact allows me to possibly run one race per month. A fellow runner and friend John Tracy was wondering if I was running the endurathon in Bulverde, Tx. Once again it was only about three or four days prior to the race before signing up.
Ok so here are the facts..
-I have not been running hills. I didn’t realize 😐 Bulverde was hilly
-I didn’t take the distance into consideration (25K)
-My last official half or full race was the San Francisco marathon back in July ’15
-My training runs since July never went past twelve miles
My training after San Francisco was just not good. I could possibly have the wrong mentality but I don’t want to run half or full marathon without legitimately training. Then in December I had that great showing at the 10 mile buffalo hump run. After that run my drive reappeared. Now I’m running a race I’m hardly even prepared for. The Friday before the race I got out of work a bit early and rushed to the We Run San Antonio store for packet pick up. After getting home I had another surprise. My first ever running hat had arrived.
Come Saturday morning it is pretty cold. I had to wake up a bit early because it was a bout a forty minute drive to race start. After arriving, stretching and warming up it was go time.
Knowing that I was not marathon fit my mind was on finishing more than anything. Guess what. Daniel decided to start fast. Well, my type of fast. At about mile eight I was still averaging a 7:45 pace but little by little began slowing down. I know that it was not necessarily my pace that slowed me down but the hills. They hills were tough especially when I wasn’t hill ready.
Nearing the end I kept pushing even though my quad decided to make an appearance as usual.
I finished 2015 with an age category 1st place. Now I begin 2016 with a 25K first place age category win. I know I can do better once I’m marathon fit but I am more than happy with this result.
Always thank you to the competitive spirit of my friend John Tracy. I will eventually get to you’re level. Be ready I’m calming you’re way.
Our run group just got some big news. I will tell in my next post be ready.
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Remember to always
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.
That morning was pretty cold. Here are this years representatives.
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.
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!
… Run Inspired…
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.
The race offers not only a half-marathon/relay but also a 10k and 5k.
And they’re off..
Here come some of our own
Near the very end..
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.
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.
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.