I was Brian's captain for 3 years at USD on the cross country team. I ran to a second place finish twice at the West Coast Conference Championships and ran the 1500 meter metric mile in 3:52. I then became Brian's assistant cross-country coach. That was fun.
Running is in Brian's blood. And so to in mine.
My name is Carlos Antonio Lopez III, I go by Antonio, and I'm part Mexican, Native American, Spanish, Portuguese, and from the colleges I went to (Irish, Lobo (UNM Summer School), Wildcat (UofA Summer School), and Bull Fighter. I would say that my favorite mascot is probably the Lobo. I'm New Mexican. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico - The Duke City - or Burque'
Lobo is really my last name - LOPEZ - Lopez derives from Lupine or Lupus - Latin for Wolf - As the story goes the Moors whom conquered Espana (Spain) for 400 years said that the clan that fought to the death like the wolves shall be named Lupus - then it derived to Lopes - then as it hit the land of my ancestors it became Lopez.
Enough about me. What about my friend Brian whom asked me to compile my thoughs, half marathon I've created http://www.santafethunder.com/, and photos of running in NM - and include it in his blog . . . Well he's a chatter box when least expected and that will sometimes get all of us in trouble. Other than that, he knows a lot about Life. Just ask him. Life as one wants to be free. I'm 30 so that must make Brian around 28 or 29. Yet he has found the perfect solution to life. Live it how you want to!
Back to that first day I met Brian. He was cautios of the New Mexican he just met. I convinced him to have his firt beer that first weekend in San Diego. He was a So-Cal boy . . . Didn't they all drink?
One thing was for sure that first weekend . . . We both could not find the beach in his Nissan Truck that he still drives . . . Bri-Guy come on now.
Nonetheless we got new running shoes and probably put about 3840 miles in as friends over the next 4 years. As his captain and assistant coach, Brian had more talent in his small toe than I had in my body. I tried to have him run 100 miles a week with me, but he hovered around 60 to 70. I believe Brain is finally realizing the optimal state of a runner's mind at his current 100 mile per week regiment. I just got off the phone with him and he is happy to be moving from Colorado back to the Mother F_____ woops . . . shut your mouth . . . I meant to say Mother Land. CALIFORNIA.
Brian my advice is to find a new trail once a month in Cali - instead of everyday. That will keep your batteries going. As for advice, that's what I do for a living. But I first took a quick 4 year trip to NYC.
As the story goes I went to NYC to become a playwright after San Diego. I went to the Actors Studio Drama School Graduate Program. Some of you may have seen "Inside the Actors Studio" on Bravo in the past where James Lipton interviews cool people (Coolest person while I was there was Morgan Freeman). Well that was my class on Tuesday night at 6pm. Our artistic directors were Al Pacino, Robert DeNiero, and Ellen Brystyn. Quite the experience. Then I landed a job on Wall Street; my grandfater was dying in Santa Fe, New Mexico (If you ran the Chicago Marathon in 2010 my story is in the program and illustrates how my grandfather is my inspiration for running) so I came back to my roots in NM in 2006 bought a condo, became a financial advisor, and today I'm a vice president at Merrill Lynch and manage approximately 62 million for approximately 100 clients.
As for running I've run 8 marathons with a PR of 2:32 in the 2007 San Diego marathon.
Nonetheless this is a running blog. So I married the love of my life whom ran the 10,000 meters in college and has run 5 marathons with me . . . and almost beat me in one. We have a cat "Kishka" and she does not like to run. She just sleeps and eats. She is our Demon! HA!
Last weekend my sister had her 40th Birthday at a Hyatt Resort in Bernallilo called "Tamaya" and we ran by the Rio Grande River:
Here are a few pictures of the Caja del Rio Trails in Santa Fe sitting at about 6,000 feet above Sea level that we ran yesterday:
Then today we ran at 10,000 feet above sea level on the Windsor Trail: