piolo_inside.jpgActor Piolo Pascual began his love affair with running more than a year ago when he joined the Timex Run in November 2009 alongside his running coach, Rio Dela Cruz. Despite being a newbie runner, Piolo finished the race successfully and made good time: he ranked 23rd out of 1,024 runners in the10k category. After this, he continued training and joining races, including the Ironman 70.3 relay event in Camarines Sur last year.

Piolo juggles his busy work schedule with training, making it a point to reserve at least an hour for it if he has had enough sleep. He considers running a form of discipline, which is why he incorporates it into daily living. “It shouldn’t be an effort; it has to be a part of your lifestyle…I don’t find excuses, and I never go off season unless it’s really needed.”

But Piolo isn't in it just for himself; he also loves being able to encourage other people to get active. “I’m happy that I got a lot of people to take care of their health. Even my family and friends are now into running. It’s good because as you get older, you really need to keep moving," he shares.

Like Piolo, are you an aspiring runner? Read on for 8 running tips from Piolo Pascual.


1.    GET ENOUGH SLEEP.

“As long as I can get my six hours, I’m good to go.”


2.    TRAIN IN THE MORNING.

“After that, you can get on with your schedule for the whole day.”


3.    AVOID LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS BEFORE A RACE.

“I try as much as possible not to lift heavy weights, so as to feel light.”


4.    EAT RIGHT.

“I stay away from beef, pork, and rice, but all the rest I eat. I try to bank on healthy carbs and a lot of chicken and eggs.”


5.    HAVE A RUNNING BUDDY.

“It’s nice because when you’re running, you get to chat and talk to the person beside you.”


6.    GET A MASSAGE AFTER A HARD RUN.

“I remember there was a free massage during the Ironman. After running for two hours, it felt like heaven.”


7.    SET A GOAL.


“You always have to have a motivation and a goal. Always be inspired!”


8.    NEVER PROCRASTINATE.


“If you want something, just go for it.”


rw_cover.jpgRead the rest of Piolo Pascual’s running adventures in the April-June 2011 issue of Runner’s World, out on stands now!

Also available in this issue:
Fight Fat for Good: 14 Diet Myths Busted!  
Fuel Up: 6 Refreshing Snacks to Recharge Your Body
The Newbie’s Essential Guide to Running

(Photos by Dix Perez)
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