The Year is nearing its end.

So much has happened to both Blanca and myself this year. If I’m being honest this has been the toughest year in many aspects of our lives.

Coming off a tough marathon race this year it was time to cheer on my wife Blanca. Blanca herself had a tough marathon training season yet she was ready to tackle the half marathon. Blanca raced the BCS Half (Bryan-College Station) while we had other friends running the full.

I was tracking her progress and saw that she was on personal record or PR pace. Her previous PR was a 1:44 and now she crosses the finish at…..1:42 beating her previous best by a whole 2 minutes.

She is celebrating her time with a fist pump. I am very proud of her especially after a rough training season. Not to long after the race we began our journey back to San Antonio.

After what seemed to be a long drive back we finally made it. Time to focus on the upcoming week.

Monday came around and it was time for me to go on my second run. This Monday I ran with IAAP training and completed 5 miles with Belle. She did fantastic! I felt pretty good on this particular day. The rest of the week I was kept busy working on some stuff preparing myself for the upcoming year. I was able to squeeze in a run on Wednesday and let me tell you it was not that easy.

I went out and got it done.

Friday night we went to go visit my wife’s mother. We had dinner and were catching up. It turned into one of those nights when before you know it 11 o’clock rolls around and we had to go.

The following morning or shall I say the following day Blanca and I had two birthday parties to attend. The first was less than half a mile from our apartments which was great. Our friend Kim was celebrating her birthday with friends and a friendly game of bubble soccer. I have to say that was one of the best times I’ve had in quite some time.

This definitely has to be an exciting way to celebrate the day of your birth. Once the fun was over 😓 we went to The Pearl Brewery to have some lunch. We decided on the food hall located right in the heart of The Pearl. I’ve always enjoyed Christmas but as I’ve grown older I have come really love this time of year. The decorations just look so nice and truly makes it feel like Christmas in San Antonio. We finished our lunch and had to rush back because the rain was not going to stop. We arrived home and started working on some pending chores before we were to head right back out that door. Later that evening we were enjoying the company of my wife’s co-workers and family celebrating the 40th birthday of one of her colleagues. The fun and laughter continued through the night but eventuality our time had arrived. We had to go home to our pup Belle. Not too long after we were all closing our eyes and calling it a night.

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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

Where does the time go?

To my few readers I apologize it has been a while since my last post. Since that time lots has changed. For example our family grew once again. It has grown by number and by size. 

 
The unofficial official family photo. It is very interesting to see each ones personalities. They are definitely something else. 

A couple of weeks ago I planned to go see some of our church kids play soccer. Sadly it got cancelled because it rained the night before. The grounds were still wet and they didn’t want to risk damage to the fields. Instead they came over to play and visit. 

  

In other news, a long time friend of mine has finally tied the knot. I am very happy for him. I am very honored to have had the chance to experience this among his frinds and family.

A couple of weeks ago Blanca and I went to first Friday. We went out for a stroll. Her siblings and some friends joined us for some food truck eats. The gang then followed us to see the new improved downtown park. Here is what went down….

   
    
 
After being children again we went back to Blue Star district for some coffee at Halcyon. 

Working with my father has been great. This is including all our discussions. We talk about everything from politics to bible and most of all sports. Traveling for work with him has also been great. A week ago we traveled to Spring Branch, Texas and on our way out of the property we did a little exploring. It amazes me sometimes how God can create such beautiful work.

   
    
 
At this point we were already looking forward to Thanksgiving. 

I want to remind everyone we are still running with the best run group in town.

Visit the DRG Facebook page to see what we are all about. You can also see the section on my blog dedicated to Downtown Run Group.

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and got plenty of rest to start the holiday season.

God bless you