Mon Domingo

Mon Sunday

Date of birth: 11/23/1959
Member since: 10/17/2010

Never let the old school glasses and grey hair fool you, for this soft-spoken and mild mannered man was already running races before the so-called “fitness” revolution swept the country. Mon Domingo, or more famously known as “Mon Sunday”, was already hitting sub 40 (minutes) 10k’s when many are still on their diapers, and even after 3 decades of running he still hits sub 2 hour HM’s with ease. He has witnessed how the running scene here in our country transformed over the years, from the Lydia De Vega days up to today’s Rio dela Cruz’s. You’d certainly be amused and amazed if you get the opportunity to listen to his running stories, try asking him what is their “hydration” during the 80’s and he’ll smile and tell you the details (some will surely cringe). The embodiment of the phrase “once a runner, always a runner” , he diligently wakes up every morning during weekends to train for his next race. If you bump into him just wave your hand and greet him “HI SIR MON!” and he will certainly wave and greet you back with a smile.

When did you start running? Why did you start running? I started running in 1979 to cure my acidity due to stress. Running not only relieves stress, it also keeps you stronger and healthy to fight other sickness.
What is your favorite distance? Why? When i was young, my favorite distance before were 5k and 10k because i have the speed. Now, it is 16k because that is the complete time that i am exhausted and completely satisfied with my exercise. Not short and not too much.
What is your most memorable running moment? Event? Now , my favorite running event is the Octoberun Festival team competition. That is because it brings back old memories when i was with Direct Link Running club. That was when we accomplished back to back champion for 2 years in all team competition held in metro manila.
Who are your running idols? My running idol was my coach and co-runner Ver Aquino. We call him Mang Ver. Ironically now, i am called Mang Mon or Master Mon. How time flies.
What was your weight before you started running? What is your weight now? I had no problem with weights before because i was thin during my younger years. Now i am fatter because i don't run as much as before.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? I own 6 pairs of shoes-2 nike for race and walking (comfort and elegance), 1 adidas for training (durability) ,1 new balance for race and training (durability) and 1 asic for race (comfort and durability).
What was your "slowest" race? Now is my slowest race because my knee injury is getting worse. Before the pain was in front, now it is at the back knee. So it seems the injury is now 360 degrees. I usually give advice to those injured because i have a lot of experience in running. However, at my age, i am a newbie in my category. The change in my body bewilders me.
What are your usual pre-race activities? I drink 2 regular beer the night before my 42k because it give me carbo and it relax me. For short runs, i do weight lifting so my knee and feet will feel strong during the start of the race.
What is your target race? What is your target finish time? My target time for this year fort festival is sub 2 only.
Forefoot, midfoot, or heel? I start mid foot when i ran fast and when i am tired, i do heel stride.
How many races have you raced already? What is your total mileage since you started running? I joined 21 times for 42k but I lose count of my short races because i started during my college years.
How did you get into TPB? When did you join TPB? I joined the team last 2010 during the Octoberun festival run.
What is your message to TPB fans and supporters? My message to others-never stop running until you die. Life is incomplete without running.
In your own words, what is running to you? Running is my happiness.
If you are to create a running event what will you name it? If i am the organizer, i will call my running event -Happy Running.

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