One of the youngest and friendliest guys in the team, Jay likes trying different activities as long as they are fun. That explains why you will see him doing boxing, swimming, skateboarding, playing basketball or billiards, or working out at the gym when not running. He is also thinking of taking flying lessons after graduation.
After getting hooked in the sport late 2010, Jay has already gained success and tucked several podium finishes under his belt. His ultimate goal though is to run alongside the elites. Quite a daunting task given his heavy school load but with Jay’s positive attitude and raw talent, he hopes to run faster and smash his PR’s by joining advanced trainings and seminars. He also takes notes and heeds his teammates’ advices and ideas.
Doing the stuff he loves, joining the team and finishing school not only reveal Jay’s unique level of maturity but prove that you can do anything as long as you put your heart in it. And not forgetting to have fun!
When did you start running? Why did you start running?
October 17, training for my first 5km (BlueWater Spa), The reason of my running before was to lessen my bodyfats so that I could have a lean body like Ryan Hughes(one of my idol in bodybuilding).
What is your favorite distance? Why?
What is your most memorable running moment? Event?
NatGeo Run 2011. I was 11th out 1143 runners in 21km Category. That event is where I got my PR for my 21km.
Who are your running idols?
Members of Tarahumara Tribe, Haile, Vertek, Usain Bolt & Tyson Gay
What was your weight before you started running? What is your weight now?
145lbs that was my gym moments weight, Now..120lbs because of my addiction in running and my goal to be fast haha but currently i'm planning to have a weight of 130lbs in a way that i can have a lean muscle body and speed :)
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Two ( Nike Lunarglide 2 & Adidas Adizero Mana)
What was your "slowest" race?
Red Cross: Run for Humanity 10k (1:06:34)
What are your usual pre-race activities?
Eat Beef or Chicken with Rice for breakfast, Shower, packing up things before going to the event and fixing my self for the race, Honestly, my last activity before the race is praying :)
What is your favorite non-TPB singlet?
What is your target race? What is your target finish time?
5km road race with a time of 00:15:00! :D
Forefoot, midfoot, or heel?
Heel Striker but currently practicing Midfoot and Forefoot
What was your worst injury? How long were you sidelined?
How many races have you raced already? What is your total mileage since you started running?
Sixteen race events, 200kms.
How did you get into TPB? When did you join TPB?
Through Sir BeepBeep. Summer Vacation!
What is your message to TPB fans and supporters?
Just keep believing in yourself and always remember that nothing is impossible.
In your own words, what is running to you?
Running for me is like an Alcohol Drink because you can get addicted to it specially when you're aiming to have a specific time for a specific race category.
If you are to create a running event what will you name it?
Believe O'Run - Participating in this event can help special children and other charity centers.
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)?
The Flash, Vertek, Haile, Muttai, Usain & Tirunesh Dibaba