Alfred is a different breed of runner; as TPB’s tallest member, he stands quite literally head and shoulders above the rest. This is due to the fact he is in fact 1 1/2 persons: 1/2 Filipino, 1/2 Japanese* and 1/2 Kenyan*.
This explains not only his extensive knowledge of Japanese language and culture, and his Kenyan-like running prowess, but also the worldly character he possesses. Indeed El Kyoshi is quite the educated gentleman; speaking at least 4 languages and possessing a veritable fountain of knowledge, his brain trains as hard as his body does. And regarding the latter, Alfred is not only a streak of lightning at the shorter distances, but also is one of the 8 members of Team Powerpuff Boys to have completed the grueling BDM 102 kilometer ultramarathon.
Next time you see the Powerpuff Boys whizzing past you during a training run or a race, look out for the friendly El Kyoshi and wave hi. You can’t miss him!
* That’s actually not entirely true, the Japanese and Kenyan inside him are only in spirit, not in blood.
When did you start running? Why did you start running?
I first joined a 5k run in 2006 (Milo) but it wasn't after I read a magazine article in 2008 that I started training for my first 21k and joined races regularly.
What is your favorite distance? Why?
21k because I know I won't hit the wall and 42k because I'm not sure if I'll hit the wall or not. I also like doing the 60 and 65km ultra distances.
What is your most memorable running moment? Event?
Qualifying for the finals at my first Milo eliminations in 2009 and the 3rd BDM 102 (before the race, I really wasn't sure if I'd even finish let alone land in the top 10!)
Who are your running idols?
Scott Jurek, Haruki Murakami, Ryan Hall and Victor Ting
What was your weight before you started running? What is your weight now?
I hardly weigh myself and I didn't get into this sport to lose weight in the first place but I think my weight has not changed significantly.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Only two now. Will need to buy one more soon!
What was your "slowest" race?
Probably the 2010 Rizal Day 32k run because I was sick the day before and didn't want to force the issue. The only reason I ran was it would be my first long run for that busy month of December and I only had a little over 2 months to prepare for BDM 102.
What are your usual pre-race activities?
Take a shower and eat a light breakfast. Having a good night's sleep is desirable but very elusive!
What is your favorite non-TPB singlet?
Milo 2010 singlet because I used it for that year, hit the wall, used it again the following year, came back with a vengeance and qualified for my second trip to the finals.
What is your target race? What is your target finish time?
Finish the 2nd BDM 160 Ultra. No target finish time. Just finish. Period.
Forefoot, midfoot, or heel?
What was your worst injury? How long were you sidelined?
Ankle injury. I missed 2010 Condura and BDM 102.
How many races have you raced already? What is your total mileage since you started running?
About 50 races and 4,000 kms
How did you get into TPB? When did you join TPB?
I was invited to be part of the 2010 Octoberun team.
What is your message to TPB fans and supporters?
Keep on running. Rain or shine. With or without loot bags.
In your own words, what is running to you?
Whether a sport or a mode of transportation, running can take you from start to finish and help you meet your goal and make some friends along the way.
If you are to create a running event what will you name it?
KapatiRUN! Take your friends and loved ones for a run! :)
If you are to create a team of 5 runners for a 5 x 32 km race, who will your members be (can be anyone, runner or not, living or dead)?
Chris, Wilnar, Natz, Totoy and Junrox