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!!!

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) 

Sunday-Rest

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. 

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

Continue March-Ing on!

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.



I was able to take 1st in my age category this time. 

Male age 25-29

The following day our good friend Walter was running the Prickly Pear 50k. We decided to go support him and a few others from our running community. Blanca decided to pace him for the first 10 miles. 


Walter did a great 4:45!

After the race Blanca and I decided to try out the new breakfast spot. Snooze just opened a couple weeks ago and boy was it delicious. 

We will be back. 

Running week consisted of.

Sunday-10 miles

Monday- 1 mile warmup 6-2 minute fartleks 

Tuesday- 7 miles

Wednesday- 1 mile warmup  6×600

Thursday – stretch 

Friday- rest

Saturday – 4 miles 
All of our credit goes to…

IAAP training

Downtown Run Group 

Remember to always run inspired

Already March?!?! 

Where does the time go? The new year brought new goals of which once again I hope to achieve. My wife and I have been going through some ups and downs in this new year. The obvious was starting our business. 

http://www.3rddaystonerestoration.com

We hope and pray for the Lord’s provision for the success in this. 

Both Blanca and myself have begun the year on a good foot, literally. We have been active in putting in our miles. We have decided to venture out and learn from a former professional. We have begun speed workout. Even though we do not exactly have a set schedule most weeks look pretty similar. 

Monday- speed workout

Tuesday-short to mid run

Wednesday- stretch,roll

Thursday- short to mid

Friday- stretch and relax

Saturday- Long run

Sunday – REST!!

Tonight is our speed day. It is just one of those training days that gets the best out of you. It is tonight but very rewarding. I have the Chaskis 8K this Saturday in Old Town Helotes and hope to put on a great performance. Blanca recently found out that she has a free race entry to the Helotes Beer Garden Run due to the dermatologist sponsorship. 

This past weekend I was able to take Banca to a nice restaurant I once visited in Kerrville, Tx. Here is the short recap…






She loved it. 

If you need some run friends, guidance or encouragement please join one of two groups. You can join both. 

http://www.iaapweb.com

http://www.downtownrungroup.com

… 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 😑

2.     I ran 1:45 half marathon😑

3.     Ran 4:04 Colfax Denver Marathon🎉

(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. 😔 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 AÑO Nuevo!!

… Run inspired…

Labor Day Whine Run

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. 

I heard this race was hilly. I very much agree. I had a quick start. At about 2 miles in my wife passed right by me and never looked back. 


I know we both left it out there. 

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. 


This picture is a copy of an art piece in Austin, Tx. Enjoyed our time there awaiting for race results. 

Male 25-29     38:31

Female 20-24     37:56


I came in a close 2nd place


Blanca took home the 1st 

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.  

Are you interested in running? Do you need help or simply need the help of others? 

Join us at Downtown Run Group. All info is located on the link right above. 

You can also ask me. 

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?

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. 

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Colfax Denver City Marathon Weekend Part 2

Once we settled into our hotel Saturday night Blanca went straight to sleep. I didn’t see her prepare her clothes or even set an alarm. I began to prepare for the following morning because I sure didn’t want any bumps the following morning. 

Race List

  • Complete uniform
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Bib
  • Hats
  • Backpack

I once read that it would be a great idea to make you’re running man. This would help you wake up and be ready in minutes. Here is Denver City marathon running man. 

As you can see I also had our bibs ready to go. After taking this photo shoot it was my turn to hit the sack. 

The following morning we awoke tired but excited. Having been about 2.5 miles from start line, I was surprised not to see another runner in our hotel. We immediately called for an Uber.


This was our view from inside the hotel waiting for our Uber. We immediately jumped in and off we were to pick up another runner from a hotel a few blocks down. By the time we arrived to Denver City Park we literally had 15 minutes before start time. We had to use the facilities and rushed to bag drop. After having a 2-3 minute stretch (not recommended) we were forced to enter our corral number four. 


After about 4 minutes we were off. This course is an out and back. 

Here is a small preview. 


Once we started we had to be smart and not get to excited. I know we started pretty fast and I had to force my self to slow down. I placed myself behind a couple which forced me to slowdown my pace. After about 2 miles I thought we can pick up the pace. The first half had us running down their river walk that runs all the way to this place.


This part of the course was definitely unforgettable.


 After the stadium we continued into other neighborhoods heading towards Sloan Lake. 


Once we ran around the whole lake we ended up at a university which was the halfway point. Right there is where I left Blanca behind to per sure my best time. By this time all the inclines had been finished and now the rest was flatter. 

This race was was definitely a great experience. The weather was perfect. There was plenty of crowd support and volunteers. I was very happy with the fact that they had plent of water and Gatorade every 2 miles from beginning to end. 

I was able to cross the finish libe after much cramping. With noticeable soreness I went to retrieve our bag. I retuned back to finish line to wait for my wife to cross as well. She had a difficult time in this race. With limited training die to work and school I am very proud of her effort. To my surprise when I least expected it she came running down to cross the finish! With each other’s support we were able to grab an Uber back to our hotel. 

Our weekend was beginning to wrap up. Before heading back to the airport we had to grab some food. 

Later that evening I was able to find out what our official time were. Even though Blanca didn’t have a great race she was still able to run better than all my other full marathon times. I was able to pull of a new personal best. 


I would very much recommend this race. There were many positives that I mentioned earlier. A little under a month later I have yet to think of a negative to this race. My weekend with my beautiful wife was excellent. I cannot wait to see that is in store later this year. God willing we can have another experience similar to this one soon. 

If want to meet some new friends, and become more active join me and many others at The Pearl Brewery. We meet every Saturday at 7 or 8 am. 

For more info click on the link below.

Downtown Run Group
Thank you for you’re time and 

God Bless