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

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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. 

And life goes on..

Hi everyone! I hope you guys and gals have had a good couple of weeks. I sure have had some ups and downs. I had found myself in a slump. I was having trouble getting up from bed to put in my mileage. I was just not getting it done. Good news! The past two weeks I have fully recovered from my laziness and have begun training once again. I’ve put in five days of running out of seven in the past two weeks. This time it has been different. I have now incorporated stretching, rolling and speed drills. This is something that I have never done in my training. 

Here’s what I’ve been up too…



Blanca saw this book on runners magazine and she went on a search.





So here is the finished product. I totally forgot we finally got ourselves a blender. Now we have our fruit smoothies daily.

We have been able to replicate some of our Jamba Juice favorites.



Blanca was having some pain on her toe since running New Orleans full in February. We almost missed out on our church family. Good thing all is well and we made it on time.

Preparing for first trail half!

After finding out all was ok she returned to training immediately. 



Blanca and Santino pre race



Start of Backcountry Trail Half.

My wife Blanca  mentioned this race was fun and tough. She gave it her all. Unfortunately half a mile prior to securing a top three position she took a wrong turn. A total of about 15-20 people also got lost.  After it was all set and done a 1:45 half turned into a 3:45 full. 



This is  Blanca after her race. She doesn’t mean it I promise. 

I’m just excited that we are back on track. I apologize for couple of weeks of no activity. 

Have a wonderful week and God bless.