Joemar Paras

Joms

Date of birth: 3/15/1981
Member since: 10/17/2010

A self-proclaimed marathon distance addict who gets really serious training for a goal and gets depressed when faced with a setback, Joms registered the second fastest time in the team when he first ran as a TPB member in Octoberun 2010 and has proved his mettle in several race distances ever since he started running competitively.

With his indomitable attitude towards the sport, Joms may well very soon achieve his dream of qualifying for the Boston marathon. That is if he doesn’t get tempted by the prospect of a podium finish in one of those company fun runs on the same day, where he has gained notoriety as of late.

His engaging personality, excellent conversational skills and superb work and training ethics make him a model Powerpuff boy both on and off the race route.

When did you start running? Why did you start running? Early 2007. I was into collegiate wrestling back then and as with most sports, part of our warm up routine was jogging or sprinting. Eventually, I realized that I liked the running warm-up more than wrestling itself. That’s when I signed up for my first race, which was a 10k, because I thought that the 5k category was only open for girls. I got hooked since then.
What is your favorite distance? Why? The full marathon. Because it’s neither half-empty nor half-full.
What is your most memorable running moment? Event? The Nike Ipod Run. My first 5k run. Choked after 500m, I never underestimated the 5k distance since then.
Who are your running idols? Haruki Murakami, ultra-marathoner and best-selling fiction writer AND Kara Goucher, elite marathoner and super hot momma
What was your weight before you started running? What is your weight now? I got into running for the endorphins. I’ve never really bothered to check my weight.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Around 7, but most of them aren’t in racing condition anymore. I only alternate a couple of pairs at the moment.
What was your "slowest" race? The Champion 10k run in 2007, I finished 2nd to the last so yeah, I was super slow.
What are your usual pre-race activities? Massaging my toes before slipping on my running shoes.
What is your favorite non-TPB singlet? The blue Adidas KOTR singlet from i-don’t-know-what-year,
What is your target race? What is your target finish time? The Boston Marathon is on the top of my list. My dream is to finish a sub 3-hours marathon.
Forefoot, midfoot, or heel? Forefoot, midfoot AND heel. Whatever it takes.
What was your worst injury? How long were you sidelined? Weirdly, it’s not a running related injury. It’s a nasty skin rash that, according to my doctor, will only go away if I don’t do any cardio exercises for 3 months. I told you it was weird.
How many races have you raced already? What is your total mileage since you started running? I lost count of those in the shorter distances but so far I’ve already completed 11 marathons. Total mileage according to my GPS watch and running diary is 5,000++ kms.
How did you get into TPB? When did you join TPB? I was invited to join the group for the Octoberun Festival in 2010. It’s been a great romp since then.
What is your message to TPB fans and supporters? Fuschia is Fast! Fuschia Forever!
In your own words, what is running to you? Running is an opiate. Highly addictive but totally unnecessary in leading a good life. When’s the next race?
If you are to create a running event what will you name it? Run to Get Joms a New Car!!!
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, Superman, Son Gokou, Speedy Gonzalez and Neo.

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