Budol is Not Always Bad: Emily Francisco’s Transformative Fitness and Marathon Journey

Emily Francisco's inspiring journey in South Korea, from battling obesity and low endurance to completing her first marathon, exemplifies the transformative power of determination, community support, and the Pinoy Fitness Virtual Challenges.


In South Korea, far from her native Philippines, Emily Francisco, a 26-year-old factory worker, faced two daunting foes: obesity and a lack of endurance. Her participation in hikes with fellow Filipinos always ended with her trailing at the back, a constant reminder of her physical limitations.

The Turning Point: A New Fitness Regimen

Emily’s journey of transformation began with a diet change in May 2022. The visible results from her low-carb intake fueled her determination. She soon found a new passion: running. This led her to complete her first 10km event, followed by a half marathon in February 2023, and her first full marathon in November 2023.

Overcoming Challenges: Injuries and Mental Barriers

Emily’s path was not without obstacles. Injuries from improper training, the struggle with seasonal changes in a foreign country, and her battle against mental lethargy (‘katamarun’) presented significant challenges. Through engaging with running communities and learning from fellow runners, Emily found ways to overcome these hurdles.


Role of Pinoy Fitness: A Source of Motivation

The Pinoy Fitness Virtual Challenges played a crucial role in Emily’s journey. These challenges gave her a sense of camaraderie and accountability, even when running alone. They helped her overcome her ‘katamarun’ by instilling a sense of obligation towards her health and the virtual community.

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The Transformation: Beyond Physical Changes

Emily’s fitness journey led to more than just physical changes. She didn’t lose much weight but gained immense strength, confidence, and a positive outlook on life. Her newfound ability to motivate her friends into running (‘budol’) and improved social interactions are testaments to her holistic transformation.

Emily’s Advice: Self-Reliance and Community Support

Emily advises aspiring fitness enthusiasts, emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and celebrating the achievements of others. “No one can run those distances for you,” she says, encouraging personal commitment to fitness goals while appreciating the journey of others.

A Beacon of Inspiration

Emily Francisco’s story is not just about running a marathon; it’s a narrative of overcoming personal limitations, the power of a supportive community, and the transformative impact of fitness. Her journey from a struggling hiker to a marathon finisher is a source of inspiration for anyone looking to embark on their fitness journey.

Emily Francisco’s experience highlights that true transformation comes from within, supported by a community that believes in each other’s potential. Her story is more than an achievement; it’s a beacon of hope for every individual facing their own battles, showing that with determination and support, anything is possible.

Share Your Story with People of PF

We invite you to share your story with the People of PF community. Whether it’s a tale of overcoming physical challenges, personal growth, or a journey towards a healthier lifestyle, your story could inspire others to take that first step. Share your story here – https://pinoy.fit/story

Join us in celebrating the human spirit. Together, we can create a community of unstoppable warriors.


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