Reasons why I run…

Many injuries are associated with running because of its high impact nature: pain in the knee, shin splints, pulled muscles, twisted ankles and some other leg related injuries. Why did I still opt to run when running can cause injuries?

Here are the reasons why I run…

  • Running is an inexpensive activity. All I need is a pair of shoes, then I can go out and start running.
  • I run for ‘dates’. Friday is the only day when I can spend more quality time with my Mie-chan. I had to run with her since she started joining the Ungo Friday Night Run. It isn’t a typical run but a date-run.
  • I run to alter the pattern of my sedentary lifestyle. Include running in this work-home-work-home lifestyle, you will notice that you’re having a quality life.
  • I run to sweat out those work related stress. I run to refresh myself and bring out the mestizo side of me…you know those pinkish cheeks.
  • I run to find myself back. In this busy world, where worries and uncertainties cloud our lives, we need some escape button to press on. When I run, I forget all those things, and find the stronger version of my self. I know that I cannot really escape from problems, but I come back stronger and sturdier after running.
  • I run for a cause.
    I dedicate my run for longer life, my birthday runs.
    I dedicate my run for more months and years, monthsary and anniversary runs.
    I dedicate my run to people I meet on the road. Every time I see children and old people begging on the streets, I ask Him, the Creator of this world, to bless these people. And, I offer my pain in running as sacrifice. My running is my prayer.
  • I run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute to avoid those injuries I mentioned above. I finished my 65K ultramarathon and long distance runs with this pace. The 4-1 pace does not only allow me to run longer distances but also made me realize how fun and enjoyable running is. A minute of walking gives you time to recover, to sip water, to appreciate the scenery that surrounds you, and to keep in touch with those people cheering on you and those street kids smiling and chanting while running at your side for a few meters.

Running also taught me two values I used to neglect.

Patience. Living in the city, where everything is moving so fast, we are obliged to chase time, that at the end of the day, we feel exhausted and we forget those things that we did. Long distance running, with 4-1 pace,  taught me to take things one step at a time and do my best in every five minute…until reaching the finish line.

Determination. Running helps me become more determined in facing challenges. Life is full of these and everytime I meet them, I always remind myself of “crossing the finish line.”

Me on my first half-marathon

I am Joseph Rey Alquisola, the 4-1 runner, eager to hear your reasons why you are into running.

Stay tune as we, the Runnroo, will share our running experience as we tour around Cebu island on foot.

Put on your shoes now and start running, be with us in one of our Tour de Cebu stages.

See you on the road!!!
The 4-1 Runner


Joseph Rey Alquisola, the 4-1 Runner, an ultrarunner.

4 Responses to Reasons why I run…

  1. joreal quisola 17 August, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    anhaon nya tika sa inyo. managan ta sa golf course sa danao bai.

  2. Tijs 17 August, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Great blog Joseph!

    I also love to run. I started barefoot running a month ago. It’s not really barefoot but I use Vibram Fivefingers shoes. It feels like running on bare feet but without causing trauma because of little stones or glass on the street.

    You really have to be carefull and build up slowly, running only a couple of 100metres further every run. Your feet really have to get used to barefoot running.

    Starting 1 month ago that means I’m now running 3km. The result is I don’t have any injuries. If I continue this way I’ll be running 10 km in about 2 months. That’s still far away from running an ultramarathon 🙂 But my goal is to run a half marathon. Step by step I’ll reach this goal.

    Enjoy all the running and I’ll follow your stories, great!

    Greetings to you all,


  3. joseph 17 August, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    thanks, Tijs!

    i am also curious about barefoot running. i saw barefoot runners here in cebu. even in ultramarathon, there were barefoot runners. i was still wondering how they outrun me wearing nothing on their feet. i said to myself i should try barefoot running.

    During our Tour de Cebu Stage 2, last weekend, i decided to run with my new slippers. after 16km, i suffered blisters.

    Still, i finished the 25k run. Despite with that experience, i am still running this weekend with my slippers and try running the last kilometer on barefoot.

    enjoy running Tijs. I believe you can finish a marathon, before the year ends.
    Next time you visit Cebu, run with the Runnroos!!!

    The 4-1 Runner

    • Kateryn 14 June, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      This is just what i needed to read today! I , too, used to be fat , have lost 120 lbs. I ran the See Jane half ytaeerdsy in 2:03. My goal was anything under 2 hours and I have been beating myself up over that 3 minutes all day. I should be proud of the fact i was able to run it at all, especially in that heat! I know this was an older post, but I found it right when i needed it, thanks!

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