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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Colfax Denver City Marathon Weekend Part 2

Once we settled into our hotel Saturday night Blanca went straight to sleep. I didn’t see her prepare her clothes or even set an alarm. I began to prepare for the following morning because I sure didn’t want any bumps the following morning. 

Race List

  • Complete uniform
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Bib
  • Hats
  • Backpack

I once read that it would be a great idea to make you’re running man. This would help you wake up and be ready in minutes. Here is Denver City marathon running man. 

As you can see I also had our bibs ready to go. After taking this photo shoot it was my turn to hit the sack. 

The following morning we awoke tired but excited. Having been about 2.5 miles from start line, I was surprised not to see another runner in our hotel. We immediately called for an Uber.


This was our view from inside the hotel waiting for our Uber. We immediately jumped in and off we were to pick up another runner from a hotel a few blocks down. By the time we arrived to Denver City Park we literally had 15 minutes before start time. We had to use the facilities and rushed to bag drop. After having a 2-3 minute stretch (not recommended) we were forced to enter our corral number four. 


After about 4 minutes we were off. This course is an out and back. 

Here is a small preview. 


Once we started we had to be smart and not get to excited. I know we started pretty fast and I had to force my self to slow down. I placed myself behind a couple which forced me to slowdown my pace. After about 2 miles I thought we can pick up the pace. The first half had us running down their river walk that runs all the way to this place.


This part of the course was definitely unforgettable.


 After the stadium we continued into other neighborhoods heading towards Sloan Lake. 


Once we ran around the whole lake we ended up at a university which was the halfway point. Right there is where I left Blanca behind to per sure my best time. By this time all the inclines had been finished and now the rest was flatter. 

This race was was definitely a great experience. The weather was perfect. There was plenty of crowd support and volunteers. I was very happy with the fact that they had plent of water and Gatorade every 2 miles from beginning to end. 

I was able to cross the finish libe after much cramping. With noticeable soreness I went to retrieve our bag. I retuned back to finish line to wait for my wife to cross as well. She had a difficult time in this race. With limited training die to work and school I am very proud of her effort. To my surprise when I least expected it she came running down to cross the finish! With each other’s support we were able to grab an Uber back to our hotel. 

Our weekend was beginning to wrap up. Before heading back to the airport we had to grab some food. 

Later that evening I was able to find out what our official time were. Even though Blanca didn’t have a great race she was still able to run better than all my other full marathon times. I was able to pull of a new personal best. 


I would very much recommend this race. There were many positives that I mentioned earlier. A little under a month later I have yet to think of a negative to this race. My weekend with my beautiful wife was excellent. I cannot wait to see that is in store later this year. God willing we can have another experience similar to this one soon. 

If want to meet some new friends, and become more active join me and many others at The Pearl Brewery. We meet every Saturday at 7 or 8 am. 

For more info click on the link below.

Downtown Run Group
Thank you for you’re time and 

God Bless

Colfax Denver City Marathon weekend Part 1.

I apologize. It has been a while since I last reported on any life events or races. One of the biggest races this year has come and gone. This was a fantastic weekend for my wife and I. Our flight was set to go out Saturday morning at 6am CST. This was truly suppose to be a one night trip. 

We saw that there were a couple of Friday night flights to Denver which were not sold out. We took a risk. We both met at the airport right after work. After clearing security we attempted to switch flights and that was a total fail. We decided to go have dinner at the airport with the belief we were stuck there over night. We decided to go sit at our terminal and wait. To our surprise we were granted flight switch with only five passengers left to board. 

We were overwhelmed with joy. 


When we arrived we scrambled to find hospitality nearby. Within ten minutes we were on a small charter on our way. 

The following morning our goal was to find a delicious breakfast. It is tradition of ours to find a good local breakfast spot on all of our trips. This was also the first time we tried Uber. 

This time we came across…. 


I believe this was the kitchen sink.


Following our delicious breakfast we were off to the expo. 

That’s were the expo is.

 

After enjoying the expo it was time find our hotel. 

If the good Lord allows us to return one day we will definitely stay at the Art hotel again. The Friendly staff told us about the art run. We decided to see what this mile high altitude is all about. 


This was a fantastic 2.5 mile run that took us around downtown Denver. Here is a bit of what we saw.


After the cow we were around the corner from the Art hotel. After a small break and freshening up it was time for some Denver city dinner. The staff gave us many options and so we decided to go with Avanti. Avanti is very similar to food trucks but inside a two story building. Instead food trucks it seems as though they are inside box car. 

I have never seen anything like it in San Antonio. After a fantastic dinner it was time to head back to the Art and relax. 

The following day was going to be the test.