There’s a sure way you can get Lauren Lim to do something: tell her that it’s hard and that it can’t be done.
“Kapag sinasabihan ako na ‘hindi mo kaya, mahirap ‘yan’, nach-challenge ako,” she smiles.
Someone told her it was hard to do a 21K; she signed up for the Nat Geo Run in 2015 and finished 8 minutes short of her 2:30 target time. She was told yet again that she couldn’t finish a full marathon; she’s now training to do her first 42K race, at The Bull Runner Dream Marathon, this coming February 21.
Lauren turns can’ts into cans. She goes out and just does it.
The Accidental Runner
While she grew up sporty, running wasn’t her first love. The BS Management Major in Communications Technology graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University was into power lifting while she was in college.
Weighing 170 pounds, she eventually felt she was too bulky and heavy for her 5’3 frame and had to stop.
In 2014 she would discover her passion by accident.
“One of my friends called my mom and told her she wouldn’t be allowed to join the Color Manila Run if I wouldn’t be able to run with her,” Lauren recalls.
She was hesitant to do the 5K race but she eventually finished it, with a time of 1:30.
It was after her second 5K race (which she finished in 40 minutes) that she realized that running was actually fun. She wasn’t tired. Kaya pala.
When she “accidentally” made it to the podium at the World Vision Run, she decided to take running seriously and decided that she actually needed a coach. Lauren now trains twice a week with Coach Titus Salazar at Ultra, Pasig or at the University of Makati Oval, waking up at 4am to make it to the 5:30am call time. She trains until around 7am then goes to work for their family business.
There was no stopping Lauren after that. She registered 10K for all the legs of the Run United Series, and bagged 1st overall in the 10K leg of Run United Philippine Marathon. Other runs she signed up for include Pinoy Fitness Sub 1 Challenge (10K, 56:50 minutes), Subaru Run (10K, 2nd place), and Milo Lipa (10K, 2nd place).
“Right now I’m working on my speed and form,” says Lauren.
In between training days you could catch Lauren in Fitness First, where she does a mix of weight lifting and circuit training to strengthen her leg and core muscles, which would improve her balance – a must among runners.
Everything in Moderation
While she’s now lighter at 130 pounds, Lauren still wants to cut her body fat percentage from 26% to somewhere within the range of 17% – 20%.
Does she follow a strict diet? “I just don’t eat fried food,” she replies. She also stays away from junk food.
Everything else she eats in moderation, and that includes rice, and the occasional cake and cookies.
In fact, she always rewards herself with ice cream from Family Mart after a race!
Speaking of running rituals, Lauren doesn’t look at or try on her singlet until race day. She just leaves it in her closet or has her sister keep it for her because it makes her nervous.
She also doesn’t run with music. This has made her comfortable being alone with her thoughts, which has made her mentally tough.
Lauren gets running advice not only from her coach but also from veteran runners; one of the tips that she took to heart was how to breathe properly.
“If you’re running with a regular pace, breathe in twice, exhale twice. If you’re going fast, breathe in twice, exhale once,” she explains. This has helped her regulate her breathing and run comfortably.
Now that she has a number of races under her belt, Lauren says that “the best advice that I could give aspiring runners is that even before they start running, they should get the right shoes.”
“It’s so hard to get injured,” she stresses.
She learned this the hard way: Lauren suffered from plantar fasciitis after her first 21k in 2015 because she was wearing the wrong running shoes.
Lauren says it would also help aspiring runners to join a running group.
“The running community is nice in general,” she smiles.
Aside from being a part of Team Titus and being invited to different running groups, Lauren also has the solid support of her best friend, Ralph Du, who paces her during her runs.
Asked to describe how he helps her, Lauren says, “he’s just there.” Her parents feel safe knowing she has a friend accompanying her during training runs and races, especially if those are in far places like Nuvali in Laguna.
Ralph acts as her lookout.
“During a race I asked him, ‘May mga girls ba sa likod ko?’ He answered, ‘Yung isang girl sobrang lapit sa likod mo, kailangan mo bilisan!’”
Aside from Ralph, runners like Coach Mherlz Lumagbas and marathoner Cellirose Jaro inspire her and push her to be the best runner she can be.
A life changing Experience
Lauren sees herself running for as long as she can, saying that it has changed her for the better.
“I feel I’m more disciplined now. I learned the value of patience and hard work,” she explains.
“It may sound corny, but running made me feel complete.”
Running also taught her the importance of camaraderie and healthy competition.
“Before, it was all about me, me, me. I’d compare myself with other people, even with guys. I’d be competitive, but not friendly competitive.”
“Running isn’t just about yourself. Running is about being with other people and having fun.”
She’s happy seeing other runners excel and succeed, and wants to inspire more people to get into an active and healthy lifestyle.
“I’ve found my passion. Everything else (losing weight, winning) is just a bonus.” – END
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Thank you pinoyfitness.com! :)
nice lau!! ;) #motivation
Yes at age 68 and 56yrs in running… I am having fun
Good read U0001f44d
astig. . ^_^
kelan takbo na pwede tyo kaya?
ngayong sunday? jan 31
5k lang ako uli! Hahahaha
praktisado ka naman sa bundok, kaya mo na 10k, sabay kana kay tham :p
Sige sama ko pag tutuloy kayo. Haha
https://www.pinoyfitness.com/2015/11/pagmamaharun-february-14-2016/ ok sayo yan? lol
Ang lakas namanU0001f4aa
idol kita eh :p
Luh? U0001f61cU0001f61c ikaw idol ko eh.U0001f60a
Hahahaha! Valentines! Amp! May bundok ako nyan ):
sa bundok kayo mag valentines? Ha ha ha , ayos yan, lol , malapit na din naman mag run united, dun nalang ulit tayo nila paul
Oo sa bundok! Lolll
Yes, run united! Makakasama na nun si Joyce! Promise nya un eh. Hahaha
Oo..may 3k ba ahaaha
pa picture! Lauren Lim
train tayo thursday kap! wala ako bukas
I hate to say it, but I told you so U0001f602 Lauren Lim U DA BEST U0001f60fU0001f601
:p thanks for believing in me. you were one of the first :p
Nakaka-proud ka, promise! Keep being an inspiration for others! U0001f60a
IDOL” can I run with you one at a timE? wished i could someday
Let’s be proud of our self at the tender age of 56, I jogged yoga/ Strength Training/ Yoga six days a week, because it this am very healthy, RX free and look much younger than my age.
Hi Priscilla Delagrange,love to hear from you,great feeling keep yourself healthy,enjoy life God bless you
Likewise, taking care of our health at our age is a must, at least we are doing something good to keep us healthy.
Keep it up my friend hope to be running with you someday… Run while you can
Hahahaha. Pambata un Joyce!
pa-pace minsan ah :)
Meron 3k , paatras ang takbo
Hahaha..antayin ko kayo sa dulo
Shes awesome haha
June 12 Kalayaran tumakbo ako ng 10K aabutan ko na sana yung babaeng sinusundan ko kaya lang pinahinto ako ng isang marshal para i go ang mga sasakyan ahaha.
Annalyn Jamero Glecello Marzo Dominise Policianos Noel Francis Butron Ladera keep up coz u run like.girls.ahw
Idol Lauren Lim U0001f600U0001f44dU0001f3fb
para daw alam mo Mark Anthony Dinglasa U0001f602
She’s a dynamo! I wanna be like her when I grow up U0001f60a
Keep inspiring older folks like me U0001f60a
Nung nabasa ko yan, finollow ko na siya! Iba tlga. Isang inspirasyon!
Kwento ka naman Lauren. :)
The accidental runner, now an accidental triathlete. She recently won first place in her age group last sunday at triman triathlon. Congrats!U0001f4aa
Congrats idol lauren lim
Angelica Pineda Jay-r
Yung kakwentuhan mo nung sunday.. Tapos sabi pa niya sobrang kabado siya… Tapos yun pala.. Isa siyang podyumer… Next time pa autograph nko… :)
Ayan oh Tina Codilan haha.
Thanks guys! Thanks Pinoy Fitness ❣😘😘
Super layo na ng narating ng idol ko Lauren Lim Hahaha! U0001f44aU0001f3fbU0001f44aU0001f3fbU0001f44aU0001f3fb
Thanks for sharing this! You are an inspiration!