Hello, my name is Noelle De Guzman, and I am the Kikay Runner.
OK, wait. What does that mean, exactly? Well, it means I’m a female recreational runner who, aside from being interested in getting faster, also likes looking good while doing so. *wink*
The story behind this website: I got into running in July 2009, and pretty soon my friends and I were joining races and I was buying new gear. I’ve been blogging since 2001 and I’ve always been in the habit of writing about things I’ve done or discovered, so my personal blog In My Pocket was soon overrun by running-related posts.
In 2010, my friend Joel proposed that we work towards doing a marathon by the end of the year. I decided to take the plunge and thought keeping a blog would help me stay motivated. I ran my first marathon on 4 July 2010, the 34th Milo National Eliminations — and also my birthday. I then qualified for the Milo finals and logged a personal best there.
I competed in my first triathlon on 17 October 2010 and absolutely loved it. I eventually moved up to the half-ironman at Ironman 70.3 Philippines and then the full ironman at Challenge Roth, becoming the third Filipino to complete the race in the individual category.
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photos by Charisma Lico of Black Tank Creative Studio.