Gerald Anderson is excited about running his first 42k race.
As the Philippine delegate to the L.A marathon for Skechers, Gerald Anderson said he feels honored to join the prestigious 42k running event where he will also be joined by other Skechers representatives from all over the world. "I’m very blessed to be part of this campaign for Skechers. Super-motivated ako. I found out about this campaign December of last year and I was doing all this, yung mga exercises and triathlon and duathlons, and marathons before Skechers even asked for me to do this campaign. So when they came in sobrang blessed talaga,” he shared during his Skechers Performance presscon held last January 17 in Makati city.
The 27-year-old Skechers endorser admitted he has been seriously preparing for his biggest race so far for the past three months already. "Before pumasok yung campaign nag-te-training na ako eh. I was already doing triathlons and of course nag-be-basketball ako. I work out everyday. So nung pumasok na ito, there was extra motivation so it became twice a day workouts, pag nasa taping ako tapos may oras ako nag-we-workout, I just want to show people na hindi dahilan yung busy schedule para pabayaan yung sarili mo. Ako ang hirap pag hindi ako nakaka-workout sa isang araw. Yan yung parang kape ko eh. It wakes me up and it keeps me going. Tumatakbo ako kahit nasaan ako, kahit nasa taping ako, kahit nung nagbakasyon ako abroad. I always find time para tumakbo talaga. I always push myself hindi lang sa takbo pero in every aspect of my life,” he shared.
Even though he is considered to be one of the most athletic celebrities in the country, Gerald said he didn’t fall in love with the sport right away. "Honestly before hindi ko talaga gusto tumakbo. Pagdating sa running parang ang boring nito sobra. Oh my gosh ang haba, parang ganun. But now it’s like therapy kasi lalo na pag mag-isa ka lang, ang dami mong puwedeng isipin di ba? Things that you want to do, things that you haven’t done in your life, kung ano yung status mo sa buhay ngayon. So it’s therapy. Iba na ngayon,” he said.
When asked what changed his mindset now that he is joining the longest marathon of his career, he replied, "Hindi ko pag nagagawa tumakbo ng 42k and that’s why I’m so excited kasi it’s a challenge for me in 2017. It’s just being competitive kasi natatalo ako sa triathlon dahil sa run ko eh. That used to be my weakest sport ko dun sa three sports. So I just started being competitive and after a while na-e-enjoy ko na. Ngayon mas gusto ko pa tumakbo kesa mag-bike or mag-swim. Minsan kesa basketball. Ngayon ko lang sinabi yun (laughs). It’s a tie sila so pag medyo walang court or walang bola, takbo na lang,” he admitted.
After the LA marathon, Gerald said he says he will continue to set higher goals for himself when it comes to running. "Tuloy tuloy pa rin ang training. I have a show it’s about triathletes. It’s better to stay ready than to get ready kasi ang hirap kapag nagpabaya ka tapos kailangan mo na ulit. Trust me, I’ve seen it. After the 42k, I’ll just [try] another one. I’ll join more triathlons and more marathons. Yung ultimate goal ko is this coming March and birthday month ko pa so sana huwag ako pulikatin please God yun na lang gift mo sa akin (laughs),” he said.
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