If one could sum up Reylynne in a single word, that word might be “passion”. This passion shows in her career as a runner – which has resulted in very fast times across many distances that have given her podium finishes – as well as in her professional career. As the moniker on the back of her TPB singlet infers, she is part-time runner and full-time advocate for positive and meaningful change in Philippines politics.
Reylynne took up running as a form of release from the stresses that comes with her career. And considering how stressful and frustrating the fight against corruption can be, she learned to run often and run far…and run fast. Despite her diminutive appearance and friendly, unassuming smile, Reylynne is quite a serious running threat when it comes down to it. Her PR’s across the board are quite impressive, up to ultramarathon distances.
Most times she trains on her own but can also sometimes be seen with her running mate, teammate and friend Michelle Estuar and their friends in either a TPB singlet or the red & white uniform of A Runner’s Circle. Possessing so much drive and passion not just in running but in making the world a better place is a cherished asset which is why she is a valuable member of the team!
When did you start running? Why did you start running?
August 2009. Nothing dramatic. After a friend invited to jog, I fell in love with it. Love at first run ;)
What is your favorite distance? Why?
21K. It's not too short nor too long. It's the best way I learned to manage my energy; and maintain and improve my pace. But I am beginning to like marathons maybe because of the challenge it poses.
What is your most memorable running moment? Event?
TBR Dream Marathon 1. I liked the way runners were supporting each other rather than competing. I liked the spirit or camaraderie before, during and after the race. I was inspired, challenged and humbled by the passion and commitment of each participant to fulfill their dream of finishing a marathon despite injuries, etc.
Who are your running idols?
Michelle Estuar and every runner in any race who tries to cross the finish line in the face of challenges and countless reasons to just stop or those who take the discipline of squeezing in a run despite their busy schedule. Everytime I hear those stories, I can't help but admire them.
What was your weight before you started running? What is your weight now?
I don't know. 120 maybe. Now, I swing from 98-110.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
What was your "slowest" race?
My first marathon. Condura Marathon 2010. 5:30 and my first half marathon QCIM 2009: 2:30
What are your usual pre-race activities?
Wake up 3 hrs before gunstart. Eat wheat bread with peanut butter and banana. Drink coffee and lots of water. Eat kamote 1 hr before.
What is your favorite non-TPB singlet?
The one with the ARC logo.
What is your target race? What is your target finish time?
BDM 102. Target time: Secret! haha!
Forefoot, midfoot, or heel?
Mostly heel recently but learning to do midfoot more often
What was your worst injury? How long were you sidelined?
Triggered scoliosis. 2 weeks.
How many races have you raced already? What is your total mileage since you started running?
I'm not counting. But I already did 8 marathons. Three ultra runs.
How did you get into TPB? When did you join TPB?
Michelle Estuar and I were invited by Ronnel Go and Mark Mulder in late 2010.
What is your message to TPB fans and supporters?
Thank you for the support and for believing in us ;)
In your own words, what is running to you?
Running is one of the best ways to celebrate life. Love it and it will love you back.
If you are to create a running event what will you name it?
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)?
My Daddy, my Mama, my 2 brothers ;)