About Running Free Manila (RFM)

Hi, I am Allan. Welcome to my personal journal, RunningFreeManila.com. I am RFM in the running community. When I do not run, I am the following: (1) a loyal and loving son to my parents, (2) a business analyst in an international investment bank, (3) a collaborator in running events, (4) I teach and conduct small talks about basics in running and circuit training, (5) a motivator and adviser to my team and runner friends, (6) a wanderlust whenever I can afford it (haha!), (7) a dancer (but I DO NOT FANCY Zumba, sorry I only do Les Mills Body Jam or HipHop), (8) a lover of books, and (9) a newbie in Crossfit and swimming (bike, hmm, maybe if I could afford it).

Running happened when I was doing night shift from my previous work in contact center operations. While I was preparing my reports and analyzing it, when I tried resting my arms on the table I was surprised I was actually resting on my tummy! So I started to be active.

After enduring 2 Body Combat marathons (a 4-hour intense workout of tae-bo and capoiera combos last 2009-2010) in Fitness First, I dared myself of joining the run.

I only had football as something that I can be proud of as my sport in Grade 3 where I played as a quarterback then tried volleyball and swimming as PE in my high school and college years. The 2005 carjack incident made me realize how amazing it is to be alive to keep it to myself that I decided to go out there and celebrate life as much as I can. Fortunately, thanks to Century Tuna Superbods Fun Run 2010 (first leg of the 2010 RunRio Trilogy) I started running in the 3k category!

Let me tell you about my team, six:30 running groupWe are based in University of the Philippines Diliman with about 30-50 active members of the group who enjoy both short and long distances: specialists, marathoner, ultramarathoners, triathletes and multisport athletes.

six:30 running group aka Barneys

Last February 2011, I finished my first marathon in The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM). Last December 2011, I had my international marathon in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon with my fellow six:30 teammates!

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Last March 2013, I finished the Bataan Death Marathon for 102 kilometers! This is the longest distance that I have covered so far.

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My blog aims to support and push the runner in everyone, because anyone can run. No matter how fast or how slow you are, as long as you believe in yourself because the only competition you have is you. If you have enough time to backtrack my entries, you will soon find out how I worked hard in achieving my goals. Like any determined warrior, we can always realize our dreams (like my dream of running in New York, Paris or even the Great Wall of China!).

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Photos courtesy of runner friends.