Hello there, I am Allan. Welcome to my personal journal, RunningFreeManila.com. I am fondly called as RFM in the running community.
I started running back in 2010. My first race was the Century Tuna Superbods (the first leg of the first Runrio trilogy that eventually became the Run United Series) with only 3k. It was memorable as it was painful. I remembered walking in the last kilometer, but I did not stop there. Soon, I tried running longer distances until I finished my half marathon in December 2010 (Quezon City International Marathon).
February 2011, I finished my first marathon in The Bull Runner Dream Marathon in Nuvali. Soon, I also joined international races and even tried the ultramarathon distances and finished the Bataan Death March 102 kilometers back in 2013.
The happiness and satisfaction that I get from running, I wanted to pass it on. And so I joined and found a running group (Team Six30), conducted running clinics and giving motivational talks in multinational companies, coordinated and helped in organizing races, paced other runners and represented brands as well.
I wanted to do more and so I did. I tried other sports such as swimming and CrossFit; and actually enjoyed doing it, other than running.
Soon, I found myself teaching running, the sport that I loved and eventually, taught CrossFit as well.
If you asked me why do I do it, my simple answer is this, I wanted to bring meaning to life.
Back in 2005 when my Dad and I was carjacked near our place, it was a horrifying event in my life. I thought, what have I done before that moment that made it special? Did I make my parents proud of me? Did I make every waking moment of my life memorable? When the carjackers finally dropped us, almost 15 kilometers away from our house (from Quezon City to Pasay City), we were fortunate to get out alive with minor bruises and an incident that will always be part of our lives.
From then on, I tried to find something special in every occasion, whether simple or profound. Even the littlest of things can be something we can be grateful of.
Believe me, I am just as ordinary as you. I am but a fan of these humble but incredible individuals who are also trying to make ordinary things extraordinary.
This is coming from someone who has been a bank employee most of his working experience. We may all came from different backgrounds and say, we cannot find time. But I say, find time, else time could leave you and you cannot bring it back. Like my quote, “Because every small step can make a huge difference,” let us try to get up and make the best of what we have and you will see, that you can actually do more.
I have so much people to thank for but I am forever grateful to my family who has been there EVERY step of the way.
Always find a reason to live, even if you cannot find one…well you are breathing, aren’t you? Be thankful with that! Keep on living and run free!
3rd ed 25 August 2016
2nd ed 7 Dec 2015
1st ed 21 Oct 2008