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. 

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And there goes March !! 

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!!! 🎉👌🏃🏽

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…

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

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?

A little bit of everything

I recently told Blanca that I would try to write a blog once a week. I figured Sunday’s would be the day I review how our week was. I would love to share our greatest moments as well as our difficult times. We would see how we were able to overcome it. This blog first started with the intention of sharing my running experiences. I will continue to do so. I would also like to share our lives and show you how our mighty savior Jesus has been a blessing to us. 

I would like to take a quick moment here to congratulate our top three men and women representing the USA in Brazil. I believe we have a strong enough team to bring home a medal or two in the Olympic marathon. Congrats to first time marathoner Galen Rupp and Amy Cragg for the first place finish. 

The following Monday my father and I drove to Shiner, TX to do a sample job. While there we had the opportunity to see a little bit of the factory. Now I do not drink alcohol but that doesn’t mean I not amazed by mans creativity. This is for all you Shiner beer lovers. 

  

 
Before labeling

  
Boxes assembled

  
Bottles packaged and preparing to ship

  
It was a great morning.

Since Blanca started school it has been very difficult for us to spend much time during the week. We make the most of the times we do have together. Friday’s have become our date nights because we usually both have the evening off. I am always seeking something new or unique to do as this Friday was no different. This Friday we were short for time so we decided to grab some food on our way downtown. 

We actually arrived early enough to go grab some gelato. After many months of trying to try the new place we finally had our chance. A La Mode Company is located in the Blue Star district near King Williams. Blue Star is a nice place to spend the evening for dinner,coffee or just to take a stroll. This evening included some gelato. 

  
  
  
They have great gelato. They also serve paninis and have some board games to enjoy. Not sure if I’ll declare it the best gelato I have ever tried, but it is definitely   a place worth visiting. Fantastic time with a fantastic wife. After finishing we were off to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. I’ll let the picture explain.  

 
We had tickets to attend opening night. We were going to watch Mi Familia. (1995) I was eight years old when the film first came out. After the film there would be a Q&A with some of the films stars. 

  
   

 
Almost forgot here is a picture of Blanca and I. 

 
Take a closer look!

  
This event was something new for both Blanca and I. 

The following morning Blanca had to work. I also woke up early to do my weekly Saturday morning run at the Pearl Brewery. This morning everyone was running a shorter distance. I went ahead a good 7 miles. After returning and chatting for a bit some of the running friends went out for a good breakfast. Not far from the Pearl Brewery are several good restaurants. This time we decided that Tycoon Flatts was this morning choice. Here we are awaiting our hearty breakfast.  

   
When I say DRG family I truly mean family. We do much more than just run together. 

If you feel like this is you’re year of running come give us out a try. We would love to have you. 

Click here to learn more about this fantastic group. 

As always remember to

… Run Inspired…

Running club?!?

In the last published blog I mentioned something about big news. I cannot deny it, we were definitely excited. Downtown run group has been named San Antonio’s best running club. In case you do not believe click the link.

San Antonio’s Best
  
  
We as a whole are very proud of this. We exist to encourage the newbies just the same as the vets. We had a bit of a laugh at the word club. We survive and continue with the support of our very runners. We do not charge a dime. All we ask for is bananas, ice, cups etc.. We are very honored to be considered at the top of this city. 

In other news. I was able to find some deals on shoes. For both Blanca and I our shoes is like our food. Allow me to explain. When I ran my first half marathon in 2011 I came across these really nice Red Adidas Adizero Adios. I have been running in this model shoe since that day. When it comes to food I’m a pretty picky eater. Once I find my favorite menu item I usually just stick to that. Blanca on the other hand is very different. She is willing to always try new things at least once. Blanca began running longer distances and more competitively in 2013. Since that time she has tried on almost every shoe brand at least once. This month we add a new brand to the list. 

Today we are adding the Hoka One One Vanquish.  

   
So she actually got two pairs of shoes. She bought another pair of ON shoes.

  Both pairs were $60. These shoes were originally valued at $170 for the Hoka and $150 for the ON. Wouldn’t you say this was a steal! I would say she is definitely set for our next race. 

Speaking of races I ran my very first trail race. This was the chase my shadow 10k/5k. My wife kept encouraging me to run it so I did. We woke up early to go get Blanca a coffee and make it on time. Race took place at Eisenhower Park.  This time I registered on site. I put my bib on and began warming up. 

 
We lined up and were on our way.

 
The 10k which I registered for was two three mile loops. The first two miles were very technical and had a lot of elevation. The 3rd mile was downhill and straight. That mile allowed me to do some catching up. Here is some action Blanca got at mile three.  

  

  
My first loop was about 30 minutes. My goal for the second loop would be to match it or do it faster.  

 
At this point I’m just kicking as best I could. 

 
I don’t know if you can see it but the timer shows 1:00:0 exactly one hour. When the awards were handed out I found out I finished just under an hour. I came in at a time of 59:59. I achieved my goal.  

  This time was just enough to give me 3rd place in the age category of 20-29. I would consider this a success. 

Thanks to my beautiful wife for being there and supporting. 

Remember if you want to join the “best running club” in San Antonio and need more info click here.

God bless you and your family

Remember to 

…run inspired…

25K? sure why not..

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. 

  
Here is Chochi modeling my new run hat. 

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.  

 
As you can tell I was still feeling pretty comfortable.  

  
Here is a glimpse of what we went through.  There was a point in the race that was uphill for about three miles. 

Nearing the end I kept pushing even though my quad decided to make an appearance as usual.  

 
At this point it was heart and more heart. I was hoping to finish with a time of 2:10 or less. Well I just missed my mark. This is what a 2:11 (25K) got me this year in my age category. 

 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. 

  
  
Another beautifully coordinated race. Now I know why it’s called the hill country. January down, February is coming. 

Our run group just got some big news. I will tell in my next post be ready. 

If you are looking for a run group. Check out our Facebook page by clicking here.

Remember to always

…run inspired…

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…

 

 
 

Marathon weekend and more Part 3

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.

  
This race takes place at the JW Marriot resort in San Antonio. After walking around for a bit we gathered the group before race time.

  

The race offers not only a half-marathon/relay but also a 10k and 5k. 

And they’re off..

  
They go out about a mile and half out then they come back around. 

Here come some of our own

  

    

Here you will find our sign for the night.
  

Near the very end..

   
   
 
Even when I am not running, it is such a joy to see others do it. Once again DRG represented well with three winners that night. 

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.  

 
Here is Alamo 180.

  

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.  

 
A couple days later we were celebrating New Year’s Eve. We had to take some pictures.

   
 
These dogs are seriously scared of fireworks. You can see that in the first 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.

As always 

…run inspired…