Marie Calica is a woman who wears many hats. She’s been a makeup artist and beauty writer for just over ten years, having worked on the covers of Good Housekeeping and Seventeen, as well as numerous features, billboards, and even commercials. She was the former Beauty and Fitness Editor for Marie Claire Philippines, where she conceptualized stylish and informative editorials for the discerning Filipino woman. She even teaches barre3, a new fusion exercise regime which combines the disciplines of yoga, Pilates, and ballet. Most recently, however, Marie has taken on the exciting new role of editor-in-chief for the country’s latest running magazine, Runner’s World—how’s that for multi-tasking?
As a fitness guru and active runner herself, Marie’s involvement with Runner’s World was practically a given. We had a short talk with her about the new mag and the prevailing “running trend” in general—and you can tell just by her answers that that this former triathlete is absolutely passionate about the sport. Read on!
Female Network (FN): What sets Runner’s World apart from other runners’ magazines? What can we look forward to in its pages?
Marie Calica (MC): Runner's World was born in the United States in the ‘60s and has established itself as the bible of runners all around the world. Its training programs, recipes, advice, inspiring stories, extensive shoe guide, and up-to-the-minute research are what make the magazine so credible. Philippine readers will get a taste of all these sections, laced with Filipino flavor.
FN: Why is running becoming more and more the go-to exercise regime for a lot of people? Is it just another trend?
MC: Running has become more and more popular because people see how easy it is to put one foot in front of the other. They see others shuffling along the streets, parks, and trails, and they realize, "Hey, if they can do it, I can too!" Of course, it helps that celebrities are doing it too, but if [people] stick to it long enough, they'll discover the many benefits of the sport. Our aim is to show Filipinos that running isn't just a trend, and that it's here to stay.
FN: Are you a runner yourself? When and why did you start?
MC: Yes, I'm a runner. I started running in the late 90s, when I was still heavily into triathlon. As the last leg of this tri-sport, I was always tired and didn't enjoy running. I used to drag my feet during this last leg of the race and ask myself, "What did I get myself into?" I eventually quit triathlon in the early part of 2000, got into rock climbing, and then four years ago started training for my first ultra marathon (a run longer than 50k).
FN: Aside from being Runner’s World editor-in-chief, you’re also a makeup and beauty expert and an instructor for barre3. How does running fit into such a diverse and busy lifestyle?
MC: Doing all these things keeps me sane and crazy at the same time. There's also a common thread that runs through all these activities, and that's the power to make people feel good about themselves. How do I fit it into a diverse lifestyle? It helps that I have a great group of people to run with. Whether it's a five-kilometer run or a five-hour run, my running buddies and I find things to talk and laugh about (but we also know when it's time to just shut up and run).
FN: Any advice for first-time runners?
MC: My advice for first-time runners is to create a goal. Whether it's to lose weight, get healthier, [or] run your first race, take baby steps in order for you not to get burned out or injured. It can get daunting for a newbie to train for his or her first race, choose footwear, or find a program that works, so get a copy of Runner's World, and we'll help you get started!
(For more information, grab a copy of the first Philippine issue of Runner’s World, out now.)