Jaymie Pizarro's Running Route in Taguig

Blogger and fitness icon, The Bull Runner shares her best spots for runners

January 17, 2016 by Rome Jorge

She is the most recognizable woman in Philippine running today—a sport that owes its ever-growing popularity in part to her. Jaymie Pizarro, known as The Bull Runner after her zodiac sign Taurus, charged headlong into running at the age of 30 and publishing in 2006 the first Filipino blog on running as well as her own print magazine, written and designed by herself.

From a stay-at-home mother of two who paced solely on a treadmill, she transformed herself into a fitness icon and has annually been organizing a run since 2010 specifically for those running their first 42-kilometer race—The Bull Runner Dream Marathon.

After finishing the Berlin, New York, Tokyo, London, and Chicago Marathons, she found herself sponsored by Gatorade, which allowed her immediate entry into this year's Boston Marathon—a race so avidly vied for globally that it would have otherwise required her to qualify for the limited slots by finishing a sanctioned international marathon within three hours, 40 minutes for her age bracket. With all six races done, she completed her life's goal of finishing the World Marathon Majors at the age of 39. And now just eight months into being single again, she looks a decade younger.

Today, besides being a graphic designer, Pizarro is a community editor of Endurance Magazine Philippines, a baby sign language instructor, a certified life coach, a print and television endorser of various races.

Pizarro appeals to thousands online. She explains, “I think mainly it’s because people can relate to me. Prior to running, which I started at the age of 30, I had no sport at all, no athletic bone in my body. And so when I started running, I was just a typical young mom who just wanted to lose weight. And then I fell in love with it and it became a lifestyle. People could see themselves in me when they saw that I've been finishing 21-K's and marathons. If they were doubting themselves, they would think, 'If she could do it, why can’t I?'”

Running turned my life upside down in a good way really. I lost the last five to ten pounds. I became stronger. I became faster. It allowed me to become more independent, more confident about my own abilities, and it gave me chance to set my own goals, have my own ambitions, have my own dreams while balancing my life as a mom,” Pizarro attests, adding, “When I started a blog, it gave me an opportunity to effect change by inspiring other people just by telling my story. It also gave me chance to earn for myself while doing something that I love. The blog has let me travel to a lot of places.

First steps

For beginners, Pizarro has these sage advice:

“My number one tip would be to go at your own pace. It’s a social sport because you can run with other people, have fun, and chat the entire time. But at the end of the day, you really just have to listen to your body and add the mileage gradually. There’s a 10 percent rule where you should only increase your mileage by 10 percent every week so that you prevent injury.”

“Another tip would be to buy the right shoes. It’s a major factor in your comfort, in your health in terms of prevention of injury. It affects your entire run.”

“Number three: take care of your whole body. To be a good runner you have to eat well, you have to sleep well, hydrate properly. It’s basically a entire lifestyle change.”

Running in place

She shares her running route in Taguig, her favorite place.

Pizarro declares, “This area of BGC [Bonifacio Global City] is the perfect spot for runners. It’s accessible to everyone coming from the North or from the South. ”

“We can hit 21-Ks here comfortably and it’s not like you’re running in loops. It’s a perfect area to run because of wide roads. We can hit up to 300 people in a run clinic and we can all fit. It’s not like we’re struggling to run together. Early in the morning, there’s not much traffic or none at all actually,” she notes.

“This area has a lot of sports stores. There’s Runnr, Mizuno, Adidas, Asics, Move, New Balance, Planet Sports, ROX, etc. And you’re surely gonna bump into one or two runners while you’re walking around. There’s Slice or Jamba Juice for healthy food,” Jaymie Pizarro enthuses. “Everything is just here, so why would you look for any other place?”

For more about The Bull Runner, her races, and running clinics, visit http://thebullrunner.com.

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