Last September I attended a fitness event and met some fitness-enthusiast bloggers. One of the famous bloggers in the Philippines is Kikay Runner. When you look up “top fitness blogs” on Google, you would see her website right away. Meeting her in person was a life-changing experience. I can see her passion for fitness; her eyes exude strength, vigor, and energy. No wonder why she has a lot of followers on social media. 🙂
Quick interview with Kikay Runner:
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Noelle De Guzman, a thirtysomething recreational runner and triathlete. I’m an online content writer working on projects related to triathlon. I’ve just completed a stint working on press and website content for Super League Triathlon – www.superleaguetriathlon.com
Tell us about your blog.
Kikay Runner is about all the things I’ve experienced and learned as a runner and endurance athlete. It contains race info and reviews, training logs and musings, and tips that have helped me get faster and healthier.
Why were you inspired to start KiKay Runner?
I have been running a general blog about my life since 2000, so when I got into running it was only natural for me to write about running. I spun that off into a separate blog which I called Kikay Runner because running was a fun bit of frivolity and indulgence of vanity for me at the time. Little did I know it would end up being a major part of my life.
I know you have a lot on your plate these days. How do you fit blogging into your life?
I try to write a minimum of once a week, and maximum of three. My life involves a lot of writing for work so I actually consider blogging a brain break. Having to blog also motivates me to continue exercising, working out, and trying new things so I can write about something. It also keeps me accountable.
How did you first get into fitness?
My mom would exercise at home so I always viewed exercise as a good thing to do. I got into fitness primarily because I gained a lot of weight in my second and third years of university. Since then it’s become a lifestyle not just to lose weight, but to stay healthy and fit.
What’s your typical workout schedule like?
I watch my nephew in the mornings, so I usually get around to working out after lunch. I just make sure I exercise five out of seven days in a week. How long I exercise per session and what kind of session I do depends on what race I’m preparing for.
How about balancing healthy eating? Any tips for maintaining a healthy diet while keeping up with a busy lifestyle?
Different kinds of diets work for people so it’s an experiment of one to find the way of eating that suits you. My general rule of thumb is fresh and least processed is best, regardless of diet type.
Lots of people want to tone up their abs at the moment – what’s your number one move for this?
Abs are just one part of the core, which is a vital part of all functional movement. If you’ve got a weak core, you won’t move as efficiently. My favorite core workout is the plank, which works both the abs and back. Whether or not your strong core is visible depends more on diet rather than exercise.
What do you keep in your gym bag?
My gym bag toiletries kit is pretty well-stocked with my own shampoo, conditioner, and body wash as well as skincare products so I can moisturize after all the heavy sweating.
What’s your favorite quick healthy recipe?
Scrambled eggs are pretty easy to make. I use two eggs, add a dash of salt and pepper, and pop it all in the microwave stirring every few seconds to make sure it cooks through evenly. They’re great at satisfying hunger and provide a lot of protein, healthy fat, and nutrients.
Who is your biggest fitness inspiration on Instagram?
I follow a lot of professional triathletes on Instagram because they inspire me to train for my chosen sports. Check out Daniela Ryf, the reigning Ironman World Champion. @danielaryf
How do you motivate yourself when you really don’t feel like exercising?
Feeling like not exercising depends on whether I’m just feeling lazy, or have health issues that need addressing. If it’s health issues I give myself a day to rest and recover and am more forgiving of missing a session. If it’s laziness, I tell myself I can do the warm-up and if I still don’t feel great I can stop. More often than not, after the warmup, I start feeling better and will continue with the session. 🙂
KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad