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)
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.
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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)
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.
Our team started at 9:30 am which allowed us to see our first leg coming in strong.
Later that evening
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.
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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.
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The following day was speed work but due to many races and racers we went on a 5 mile run.
Wednesday-1 mile warmup 6×600 speed 1 mile cool down
Thursday- stretch and roll
Saturday- Blanca race Helotes Beer Run 5K
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
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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.
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
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…
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Here we are once again. My wife and I both coming from different running struggles yet ready for a new season.
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.
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.
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
will be covered in the upcoming blogs.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to my beautiful wife for being there and supporting.
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