GoRun.PH is a real game changer!
Embracing the distance runner’s lifestyle since 2015 is like hugging a soft and very comfy pillow with some random durian skin! You enjoy the benefits of fitness and health, and yet, you surprisingly endure the pain once in a while.
It’s a complete package that you have to gladly accept with a huge grin. After all, “No pain, no gain” is a maxim that’s always been akin to any kind of pursuit.
Foretaste of ultramarathon: an awesome motivation
On the first week of April, I finally received my finisher’s shirt and medal! It’s ineffable! Instead of my nickname, I requested to have my longevity lifestyle: vegan runner to put at the back of my finisher’s shirt. I’m grateful for the consideration. It’s to help raise awareness that vegans aren’t weaklings. Plant-based diet actually invigorates and empowers. You acquire quality protein the guilt-free and cruelty-free way.
A few years ago, I never have imagined I could run long distances. I ain’t an official marathoner and ultrarunner yet. But GoRun.PH made it possible for me to have a foretaste of it through the “30DayFitnessChallenge” in March.
The most interesting with the challenge: I was able to train and run at my own time and my choice of places. I finished the virtual race and ran 101 km accumulatively within 9 days. All glory to the Forerunner, the Great Enabler!
I tracked my runs via Strava app and my Garmin GPS watch (sent screenshots or records to the organizer for the validation).
- Run 1 (1) – 7 km
- Run 2 (8) – 7.1 km
- Run 3 (10) – 11.3 km
- Run 4 (13) – 15.1 km
- Run 5 (15) – 5.3 km
- Run 6 (19) – 6.1 km
- Run 7 (21) – 21 km
- Run 8 (27) – 6.3 km
- Run 9 (30) – 22.1 km
Those nine days were the most memorable ones. I’ve enjoyed the serenity of lone running and had ample time to ponder upon spiritual stuff while running.
I’ve run two half-marathons last month as part of my training for my journey to full mary. It’s fascinating how inspired I was to keep running although there were mornings when the gravitational pull of the earth beneath my bed lured me to linger longer there.
I’m giving GoRun.PH’s 30-Day Fitness Challenge a rate of 5/5 for the affordable registration fee, unique finisher shirt and medal’s design, and team support. Kudos organisers!
Redefining fun run in fitness pursuit
GoRun.PH’s creative way in redefining fun run and virtual ultrarunning is awe-inspiring!
I did a succinct virtual interview with Mr. Andy Santos, one of the organisers of this awesome running event. He is the PLDT Enterprise’s Head – Business Development & Solutions Bundling, Core Business Research & Development/Core Business Group. I really appreciate the time given and his conviviality.
- Who conceptualized this virtual race event?
It started with two running addicts who frequent UP and the trails of Tanay and San Mateo, Andy and Patrick, whose challenge is to find time to train, with a very busy corporate schedule in the jungle city of Makati.
- How did GoRun.PH start?
During a run, we boasted and compared accumulated distance while training for a November 2016 trail run. We asked ourselves, how can we keep track and more importantly – GET INSPIRED & MOTIVATED? Setting dates and goals – that’s gorun.ph .
- What is the main goal, and what’s the cause of the #30dayfitnesschallenge?
Sharing our passion through a good friend and office mate, who is a geek – Albert. The three of us agreed that we can share our passion with others virtually around the country, simulating a regular fun run where you get shirts, medals etc. not only for seasoned runners but for anyone – from beginners to elite, even to non-runners who wants to get fit and adopt a healthy lifestyle – with the best possible runner experience “run anytime, anywhere”.
- What is your feedback on the outcome and progress of the recent event?
The 30-day fitness challenge got inspiring stories, not to mention “selfies”. From lawyers, law enforcers, students, couples and running buffs from around the country – Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon and GMM. Overwhelming feedback, sharing their experience and gratitude for the experience and inspiration.
- Why do fitness enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the PHILIPPINE TRAVERSE on May?
GoRun.ph Philippine Traverse is about promoting the best of each community, town or province – tourism, food, customs, and traditions. Besides individual categories, we’ve also introduced group runs – to inspire a team of five or 10 friends to push each other to get healthier and fit.
“Slow down I could; STOP, I never would!”
It’s the mantra that would automatically pop up whenever my mind would wander while I chase my reverie on the road. It’s been my personal motto in exceeding myself while running.
I’ve already run three official half marathons at the following premier race events:
- Condura Skyway Marathon 2015 (Feb.1) – 2:37
- Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge 2015 (Nov.15) – 2:46
- Condura Skyway Marathon 2016 (Feb.7) – 2:25 (PR)
The official race-cation in Bangkok during the Thailand International Half Marathon on Dec. 13, 2015, wasn’t an originally part of my itinerary. I just had a sort of painful PF 21K Challenge which I failed to achieve due to side stitches. I missed my finisher’s medal because of the 16-minute excess! But I’m still grateful for the strong finish. I was able to recover about 5 kilometers from the finish line — “Slow down I could; Stop, never would!”
My supposed-to-be first full mary was on April 23, 2017, at the NatGeo Earth Day Run but I had a minor vehicular accident on April 1st. Automatically, I stopped my training. I listened to my body to have a full recovery first. That also meant setting aside Ateneo Aquathlon on April 30th.
Albeit I didn’t have serious injuries, I had restoration therapy and my therapist advised me to be more careful not to over train. I decided to have a hiatus in running in April. Swimming three times a week after the accident hastened my recovery. I enjoyed swimming 500m – 1 km even my muscles were sore and my joints were painful.
This time, my feet have been screaming: “We wanna be back on track!” Well, I am restored! Project gain weight has been a constant pursuit, so, I’ll gain a few kilograms while running at GoRun.PH’s next challenge: Philippine Traverse!
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
— Jesse Owens
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it.” — Oprah Winfrey
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