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!!!

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. 

Pounding that pavement, tasting the world 

 Currently sitting at the place I consider my second home. The Pearl brewery offers many great restaurants, ice cream and an ideal location to start your training run.    

 
In the last post Blanca signed up for a monthly subscription. I always heard stories about my wife loving her treats.  We signed up for the monthly Treats subscription.  I guess we made the cut because we received our box the following week.  

 
Almost feels like Christmas! Now what is so special about this Treats box? Each box will contain treats from a foreign country.  

 
Can you guess?   

Treats from Netherlands!  

Now we await next months surprise. 

Blanca and I recently participated in the city managers 5k. This race is for all city employees, family and friends. I will never decline a race that cost me $7.00. I guess it was meant to be because Blanca also had that Saturday off!  

 
This race began at the Seaworld parking lot. We then made our way into the park. I was right in thinking there would be some inclines. I remember being young and having to walk up those ramps to get to the show.  I started pretty fast and slowed down a bit as the race went on. 

Here are my results! 

 
I got a PR of 00:24 seconds! I also finished 8th in my age category. 

Now on to the best! 

Blanca passed me up a little after the first mile. I just remember letting her know that she was doing great and to give it her all.  

  
  
Yup that’s right she is women’s first overall. I couldn’t believe it! 

   
 
This was definitely a fantastic race. Especially when doing it with great family and friends. 

 

My dad and myself recently went to Shiner, Texas for a job. We were staying 18 miles away in Gonzales,Texas.  

I didn’t realize how much history this little town of Gonzales lies there. Aside from working hard we took the little time off to explor the little town. The town of Shiner has Shiner beer. The town of Gonzales has the …

  
Come and take it canon. Yes, the real canon.  

 
I also visited my third jail. First was Eastern State Pen in Philly. I later visited Alcatraz in San Francisco. I can now say Gonzales County Jail.  

 
  
You can easily make a weekend out of it. 

After along week I was able to come back and enjoy the weekend with my wife. 

That Friday we visited the Southtown and Bluestar. We had a great evening at first Friday walking around the art galleries. After a while we decided to finally try one of the restaurants we’ve had on our list for sometime. Feast was a fantastic experience.  

  

It was perfect. We had great food, great weather, and perfect seats to people watch. 

The following morning was our DRG morning. Blanca ran 10 miles while I joined my fellow runner Rick to run a full 13.1 miles. 

For more info about our run group visit our Facebook page.

Do you have any monthly subscriptions worth exploring?

What are your favorite restaurants?