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.