After a long hiatus on featuring runners, we are re-launching it again this year on the sarrt of my 2nd year in the blogosphere.
This I am very much excited as I am a fan of our runner for this month of March. Before anything else let me just refresh your memories of the past features I did: Wayne Plymale, Team Logan, Chang Hitalia & Kenley Jones.
This hot month of March, I am featuring the sexy Runner’s World PH Cover Model, Queen of the Rock: MICHELLE ESTUAR.
When I ask of her age (I know I should not ask a lady of her age, sorry Michelle), she mused, "Hahaha…can we just let them guess???. Just put my status na lang..Looking for a date…hahaha (joke!). I believe a lot of guys out there will take this joke seriously, hahaha!
Training Ground: ULTRA for speed training,and FORT AREA/ DASMA for long runs
Years into Running: 2 YEARS, 2 MONTHS
Favorite Runner: No one in particular. But whenever I see the pinay elites ahead of everyone else, and doing their best to beat the foreign counterparts, I get goose-bumps all over. It’s their fighting spirit that I admire in them the most. Also, there’s this of group physically challenged athletes who train in ULTRA. They run with a cord attached to another runner who guides them along the oval. Their dedication and passion makes me even more motivated to train.
Favorite Race: I enjoy mostly the out of town races such as Corregidor (see photo below), Pagudpod, Cebu, Tanay, etc. I’d rather join the races in the provinces, rather than go outside the country. I never knew we have so many good places to run in the Philippines. There’s practically no reason to visit and do a marathon in other countries.
(I support you in this Mitch, on joining race in the provinces, rather doing it abroad.)
Half-marathon PR: 1:44
Marathon PR: 3:56
How many marathons have you finished: Oh, Im not counting…but let’s see…2009 = 6, 2010 = 5, 2011 = 1
Ultramarathons? Hehehe for the record, I did 4 last year…including BDM. Hehe
Fave running shoes: ASICS. Any shoe from Asics. Asics Cumulus is my favorite cushioned shoe for long distances. Asics DS Trainer is my favorite racing shoe for short distances. Asics Landreth is the best training shoe.
Running gears: Typical running shorts, shirt, fuelbelt and polar watch, red muscle tape for the knees.
Unforgettable Moment in Running: The Cebu Ultramarathon last year was so far the most unforgettable running moment. The course was unbelievably difficult. It was a 50KM route in Mt. Manunggal, composed of uphills and downhills, and minimal flatroad. I worked my way to overtaking all the female runners, and was able to for a comfortable lead. But at around 35Km, I looked behind my back, and saw the Cebuana runner (who won Mt. Kota Kinabalu for 2 consecutive years) just 100m away. That tested my mental strength. I was thinking whether to give up and give her the lead, or run faster and pull away from her. But my legs already surpassed its peak performance, and a to add more effort would trigger cramps on my calves and quads. And so, I decided to just maintain my pace, and if she is stronger, let her overtake. But after 3kms, I couldn’t find her anymore. I managed to sustain the lead until the end. When your muscles and power gels won’t help anymore, your patience and strong will power would take you to the finish line. You just have to hold on and believe.
Why do you run?
1) It’s challenging. Running calls for strategies that challenge the mind and the body, though most people thought it’s just a test of endurance and speed. NOT.
2) Running is the most accessible, used to be affordable, sport. You can simply open your door, and start running.
3) It’s the best way to lose weight.
4) It releases the tension and stress.
5) No other sport can top the natural “high” you can get out of running.
Fave Running Quote:
Im not sure if I should quote anyone, but I usually end my statements/ conversations with: “Train Hard. Finish strong.”
Worst injury: The most recent injury I had was the worst. I thought my experience with major ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis were already bad. But NO! It’s this midfoot hair-line fracture, which I suddenly felt November of last year. It stopped me from running for at least 3 weeks. Good thing, it was Christmas season. There weren’t many races. And it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Since I can’t run, I forced myself to learn how to ride a bike. =) And thanks to the injury, I can now finally join triathlons! =)
Post-race food: Fruits. Bread and pastries…particularly chocolate cake, cookies, and panaderya bread…hehe. I know im supposed to eat protein, but im not really into it. =) I’d rather reward myself with sweets. =)
(Mitch, I also like panaderya bread, its cheapy but delicioso! )
You wish to thank anyone, sponsors? Hmm…A Runner’s Cirle-ph, Shiseido for my sunblock, Team Go Tian for my roadbike,
Optimum Nutrition for my Recovery drink, FrontRunner Magazine.
You should watch out for her upcoming website: michelleestuar.com. It’s an informative site for Filipinos who run and do cross-training. This is simply a by product of her passion and love for sports, especially running.
Can’t get enough? Here are some stuff you sure wanna know…
James: If there is one tip that you want to share to newbie runners what will it be?
Michelle: Train.Train.Train. Whatever your goal is, you can always achieve it if you spend enough time to train, do the proper training, and allow yourself to be trained by people who are experts of their own craft. With training, you could avoid injuries, even cramps. You cannot just run a 10km event and expect to get a P.R. You have to work hard for it. Train Hard. It is only through training that one
can run strong and finish even stronger.
James: What do you do when you are not running?
Michelle: I swim, do roadbike, and teach indoor spinning classes. Most of the time, i’m under the sun. =)
James: Do you do any crosstraining?
Michelle: Yep, aside from the activities I mentioned above, I also do strength training and core exercises in the gym.
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*Thanks again Michelle for taking time to answer my interview questions. See you on the upcoming races here in Manila or in the provinces. I am your big fan. I will have my picture taken with you ha! Crush!
**First photo by Jay Tablante from Runner’s World PH, last photo by Junrox of tigerboy10.wordpress.com.
***Next month, I will be featuring another ultramarathoner. Watch out for that!