My Blogging Experience: Barefoot Runner turned Sports Influencer

Why do I love blogging now? Who inspired me to focus on blogging? Let me share some inspiring details with you. I started blogging 10 years ago when running events here in the Philippines is booming. What I usually do after every running event – share my experience online. This is like my personal diary but when I noticed that some of my readers started commenting about what running gear I used, what is my personal record (PR), or if I beat my previous running time? Seeing these comments makes me run more.

Few months after being active in some sports events; I started also to post like what are the upcoming events from this place and sometimes in the provinces. Imagine that from the 3 kilometers fun run, I was able to do some marathons (42.195 kilometers) in full barefoot! Interesting right? Well, at first, I was afraid to run that far but as they said; if you want one thing and you loved it most – you can get it.

I started running the 3 kilometers fun run for few months and some of my running friends said that why not aiming for higher distances since I have the endurance. First, I’m hesitant to do that but because I’m determined for that goal. I aim for everything! Attended some running competition from the metro and nearby town. I don’t want to compete by the way. It is just because it is my passion, so I follow it. Imagine that while running, sometimes I’m running with my mobile phone and started making some videos.

The year 2012, that’s the time I started running barefoot. Yes, you read it right! I’m running without shoes. We have a running community here in the Philippines called Barefoot Running Philippines (BRP) headed by Coach and Colonel Mike Logico. People sometimes just looked at you and asked if my feet even hurt. I just smile at them and said “No”.

According to a study “barefoot runners appear to report fewer knee injuries and less heel pain compared to runners who use shoes. However, barefoot runners do report more calf and achilles tendon injuries. This suggests that people who transition too quickly to barefoot activities may overload their muscles and tendons.” (You may also check the book called Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch by Jessica Lee and Michael Sandler). It described the proper way and the science of running barefoot. In my case, I didn’t encounter any injuries and I’m thankful for it. What I feel is like I’m running lighter than with shoes and now I’m used to it.

Since then, I received a lot of invites from respective PR agencies to join in their events and campaigns. It’s also the gateway wherein I was even invited to talk for some blogging events and in some TV stations interviews. One of the awards I received was being awarded as the “Best Running Blogger” by the Filipino Running Community.

I’m always grateful for the opportunity that I’m able to work with some PR agencies, brands, and some local TV networks. Continue being humble and listen to your mentors – that’s what I’m still doing now. For sure you will be successful one day. Wait for your time to shine.

curlydianne

A barefoot marathoner who loves to cook, loves to travel and chocolate maker. Web content writer and blogger as her hobby. Customer Service Representative by profession and licensed insurance advisor.

13 thoughts on “My Blogging Experience: Barefoot Runner turned Sports Influencer

  • 21 March, 2021 at 11:38 am
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    Barefoot is always better. We were never meant to wear shoes 🙂

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  • 21 March, 2021 at 1:01 pm
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    3 km to marathon its just amazing! I started barefoot a while ago and I noticed time to time pain on my calfs and my achillis tendon. And my gf told me that it happens due to how I’m landing. Very good article

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    • 15 April, 2021 at 3:11 am
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      Ten years is a long time…Keep on inspiring people through your blogging journey.

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  • 21 March, 2021 at 1:11 pm
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    When I was a kid I used to play ( American ) football barefooted. We used to play in the street, but before we start a game we had to make sure the surface was clear. Running barefooted you felt faster, but feet did get hot.

    This was a great read, and I can’t wait to read more blogs from you.

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  • 10 April, 2021 at 5:54 pm
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    Still amazed pano mo nagagawang tumakbo ng barefoot. ako nga sa fun-runs lakad-takbo with shoes pero sakit na agad katawan ko 😛 iba ka besh! pawer!

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    • 10 April, 2021 at 6:12 pm
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      There is proper training sis for running, yes for fun run it’s okay to walk or even brisk walking. It is my passion so I’m used to it. Thank you for cheering me up.

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  • 10 April, 2021 at 6:05 pm
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    Wow, ang dami mo medal. I’m not sporty, iisipin ko pa lang napapagod na ko. lol. Pero grabe ha, barefoot pa, nakakabilib talaga. 🙂

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  • 10 April, 2021 at 11:32 pm
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    Nakaka-miss din naman ang mga ganitong event, no? Lalo na sa mga panahon ngayon. I’m sure you miss running na! 🙂

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  • 11 April, 2021 at 11:46 am
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    i enjoyed reading your story! i never knew there is such barefoot runner, let alone that there is a community for that! what do you do know na limited ang sports? do you post virtual runs?

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    • 14 April, 2021 at 9:59 am
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      Love the transition and the enthusiasm all throughout the blog posts. Surely, there are followers na tlaagang na inspire mo in your writings.

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  • 12 April, 2021 at 3:56 pm
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    I never tried running in barefoot during running events like Unilab, Robinsons etc. Pero sa probinsya noong bata ako, nakapaa ako makipag takbuhan sa mga pinsan ko sa palayan. Masisira kasia ng tsinelas at ayaw ko mapagalitan.

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  • 14 April, 2021 at 8:16 am
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    I actually read something like that – that running on bare feet actually results in less knee injuries and it has more benefits than running with shoes. But that was years ago.
    Now that I’m older, I can now feel the difference when I do my workouts with shoes or without. I’m not sure if that’s the same.

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  • 14 April, 2021 at 2:20 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your story and experiences, I have never tried running without shoes. But I was inspired about your success and blogging this new type of sports. Continue to inspire people and keep up the good work.

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