Here we are again in our monthly feature, Runner of the Month. I’m always excited to be sharing with you another runner that inspires me a lot. She is a batchmate during The Bull Runner Dream Marathon 2011.
Without further ado, let me present our
September 2011 Runner of the Month:
Reylynne F. Dela Paz
Training Ground: UP Diliman, Amoranto track and field oval, Dasmarinas Village
(Short note: I once visited Rey in their house and I saw how disciplined she is, with diet and sleeping early. Indeed, an athlete and a remarkable one.)
Years of Running: 2 years
Favorite Runner: Michelle Estuar
Favorite Races: The Bull Runner Dream Marathon 2010 and TNF Camsur
Half-marathon PR: 1:48
Marathon PR: 4:02
How many marathons have you finished: 7 marathons and 2 ultramarathons
Best 5K Time: 20 minutes
(Wow! Grabe ka talaga Rey. I haven’t ran that fast yet. Hats-off)
Fave running shoes: Mizuno
Unforgettable Moments in Running:
TBR Dream Marathon 2010. When I felt like all runners were a family helping each other to fulfill our dream of finishing a marathon. No competition, just plain fun and a sweet journey of trying to reach a common goal. The determination to finish in the eyes of my batchmates was humbling. We all inspired each other to finish. The sight of families and friends cheering and waiting at the finish line was also very touching. It was a feel-good, excellently- organized run
TNF Camsur. It was one of the most organized races. The route was breath- taking and challenging. While road runs are captivating, for me, there are more stories behind trail runs. It was my first ultra run. I did 50K. What made it more memorable was completing it with my team mates/ friends.
Reason(s) for running: I love running and have high respect for it. It helps me maintain my sanity and release stress from the kind of work that we do (anti corruption, good governance etc.) and life in general. Running allows me to be alone with my Creator and be more in touch with myself away from the noise of the world. It’s my escape from reality. When I run, especially during ordinary days, I feel like morphing into another dimension. It’s also a celebration of life for me; a reminder that life is a wonderful gift despite the many challenges and that the ability to run is a privilege especially after that stage when I was suspected of a thyroid cancer and became so weak. Now, I love running more because I gained new and sincere friends from the vibrant and happy community of runners
Fave Running Quote: Train enough, eat well, pray hard, run strong and have fun.
Worst injury: Triggered scoliosis during the 37th Milo Marathon when I had to walk the last 5K because of unbearable pain and then reduce mileage for almost a month.
Knee injury and plantar fasciitis when I had to stop running in a track oval to do speedwork.
Post-race food: One or two FAMILY SIZE (LARGEST) FROZEN PLAIN YOGURT with cashew nuts and mango; or banana and peanut butter in wheat pandesal and brewed coffee.
(High-five sa Family Size Frozen Plain Yogurt! I love the wheat pandesal and brewed coffee too)
Additional info: I am an advocate of running without frills. I’ve always believed that running is for everybody. Compared to other sports, I think running is one of those that do not discriminate. I am a refuter of the common notion that running only belongs to the middle or upper classes because of the gears it requires, etc. I’ve been running for two years now and have been blessed with a few achievements and relatively good finish time without spending so much on gears. My message is: “it’s possible and the simpler the better.” I think one has to know which ones are necessary and non- negotiable especially in terms of avoiding an injury. I don’t judge those who can and chooses to splurge on expensive gears, I respect their choices besides this advocacy is not really directed at them but at those who are being discouraged or intimidated because of the lack of capacity to spend to whom I say, “we can do it!”
James: If there is one tip that you want to share to newbie runners what will it be?
Pwede 2? These are for two extremes: to those who need motivation and those who should slow down.
To those who need motivation: Always go back to the reason why you’re running to stay motivated because almost always it helps you reach that goal whether to lose weight, to forget a pain, to have fun or to enjoy a new challenge. Love running and it will love you back.
To the addicts: Balance. Life is not just about running. It’s so easy to get addicted to running but if it begins to steal us from spending quality time with family and friends or disorient our sense of priority, then running has definitely failed in what it should do to us.
James: I like that phrase ha, “Love running and it will love you back.” So, what do you do when you are not running?
Rey: I work in an anti-corruption non-government organization, Transparency and Accountability Network which requires a lot of writing. We also handle different kinds of training and travel a lot. I also love photography and mountain climbing.
James: Nice to know that! Do you do any crosstraining?
Rey: Yes. Hiking,boxing, learning to swim, sometimes cycling at the gym.
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Thank you so much for allowing me to feature you and sharing your Running Profile here. I just want to take my hats-off (wala pala akong hat, pwedeng running shoes nalang?) and say KUDOS! I’m sure you will receive more awards and podium finish!