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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Anticipation Sunday and USA Soccer

Good evening to all. I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. I know I have had a pretty good week. I was able to cross off an event from my bucket list. I’ll tell you more about that a bit later. 

Blanca was able to go to one of her good friends bridal shower. She definitely had a good time. In fact the day before the party I accompanied Blanca to look for a gift. Seems to me like Blanca is the one who ended up receiving a gift. 

  

She saw these shoes back in August while on our honeymoon. She didn’t buy them because they were $120. As we were strolling through the mall I told her to go take a peek inside Clark’s. She hesitated but went ahead. Ten minutes later she comes out with a receipt showing a purchase price of $40.

Blanca officially begun her new job which she is excited about. After today she only has one week left at her other job. I’m very excited because we will now be able to enjoy our weekend evenings together.

In other news I requested two days off last week. I really wanted to have the full fan experience. I was finally able to see my beloved USA soccer team live. Here’s how it went…..

 Tuesday afternoon Blanca dropped me off downtown so that I can enjoy the champions league match. The game was streamed on a big screen and coverage was live on television.

  

The champions league trophy is one of most coveted trophies in European soccer. 

  

Here I am with Alexi Lalas. He was one of USA best soccer players in the mid 90s.

I also got to see the Gold Cup trophy make an appearance.

  

Later that evening Blanca joined me downtown after she was let out of class. A fellow soccer fan from Alabama called us over and offered us a free jersey for Blanca. All we had to do was answer a trivia question. After a little thinking we answered and earned a new jersey.

  

Oh what a night! The following day I left around noon to the supporters tailgate. About an hour and a half before game time we started our march chanting USA USA USA!

  

Even though we were outnumbered to the Mexican crowd, we were louder and more passionate. 

  

Game time!!!

Halftime score 0-0

After the first goal this is what happened. 

  

Yep second row behind the goal. Here is a different angle.

  

USA-2 Mexico-0

Also known as 

DOS a CERO!!

Scratch off the bucket list.

Saturday morning I went to my second home. I arrived around 6:50 am at the Pearl Brewery and began my run around 7:10. Just over an hour later I made it back having completed 7.5 miles.  If you ever visit San Antonio look for this little baby…

  

Here is sit on Sunday reading and preparing for Patriots Day. Even though it’s not a holiday in San Antonio it sure is for the running community. Boston Marathon is tomorrow!!!!!!!!! 

For now is say good evening. Be ready for tomorrow is a day to celebrate. May The Lord bless you and don’t forget to 

… Run Inspired…