Gerald Anderson on competing in the L.A marathon: ‘Ayaw ko magpatalo so lahat gagawin ko’
As an actor-athlete, Gerald Anderson said he tries to do his best whether he is on or off camera. “Nung pumasok ako sa show business at pagdating ko sa acting at sa sports, ang practice ko is to always be better, always do something everyday to improve myself so nadala ko yan sa career ko. I think that’s why andun pa rin ako because of that mentality. You always want to be number one and yan yung goal ko talaga. And being number one doesn’t mean beating everyone else or being better than someone else. It’s being the best you can be so ang dami kong natutunan pagdating sa ganun. If you’re trying to be the best person you can be, kung mas maganda ka than the person you were yesterday than that’s the goal,” he explained.
The 27-year-old actor said his new teleserye is like hitting two birds with one stone because he gets to combine his two passions in life. “Yung bagong teleserye na ginagawa ko is about triathletes. December pa lang nag-re-ready na ako. Sacrifice, lahat yan, discipline. I think sleeping is overrated eh. Kung puwede nga wala ng tulog I would do it but it’s very important. Kailangan mag-rest din. You have to train hard but train smart. Okay naman. Exciting lalo na nag-ti-team up ulit kami ni Kim (Chiu) and ganito pa gagawin namin. Hindi lang kami nagpapakilig or nagpapaiyak or nagapatawa sa mga tao kundi gusto namin mag-inspire din ng ibang tao,” he explained.
All registered for the upcoming 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles marathon on March 19, Gerald said he is both nervous and excited to be competing with 25,000 runners from all over the world. “At the end of the day, hindi ako pupunta dun para magpakita lang or para lang i-fulfill ko yung commitment ko with Skechers. I really want to go. Ayaw ko magpatalo so lahat gagawin ko. Baka mamaya mahimatay pa ako dun sa race di ba (laughs). And that’s how I am so ngayon pa lang, kumbaga because of my experience sa ibang race na sinalihan ko, I have to really prepare for this. Grabe I’m just so motivated and excited. Sabi ko #Blessed ako kasi these are the things na na-iimagine ko na sana pagtanda ko I could be very athletic, magkakaroon rin ako ng mga sponsorships, yung mga ganun. Actually big dreams and when you really want something and you really work hard for it nagkakatotoo talaga. So this campaign is something I really love and I’m very excited doing this,” he admitted.
The secret to Gerald’s discipline when it comes to sports and showbiz is his mental focus. “I think kaya ko nagagawa lahat ng mga yan ngayon is because of yung mga exercises and mas healthy lifestyle kasi nga nag-te-taping na kami for yung bagong teleserye. Mahirap eh, iba na talaga yung lifestyle kapag walang workout, pag hindi ka nakapag-exercise parang nag-sus-suffer na rin yung iba eh,” he said.