Saturday, January 01, 2011

Pinay in Pink January 2011: Julie Reyes

Feeling guilty with all the sweets, greasy and unhealthy food you consumed during the holidays? Thinking of exercise or following a strict diet plan to drop those extra few pounds, but needs some inspiration to start? Scroll down the page to read about her and learn why she's chosen as Pinay in Pink for the first month of 2011!

Name: Julie Reyes
Nick-name: Hotlegs Runner
Birthday: 08/28/73
Status: Engaged
Profession: Dancer/Choreographer
Hometown: Manila, Philippines

PML: When did you start running?

Hotlegs Runner: I started running last year, Nov. 1, 2009

PML: Where do you get your inspiration to continue to run?
Hotlegs Runner: I draw inspiration from people who are equally as motivated and as passionate as I am. Those that get off the couch and make a decision to be active and live a healthy life. Seeing other athletes excel or reading about all their experiences on their blogs are enough to keep me inspired.

PML: How is it like being both athletic and feminine?
Hotlegs Runner: I've never had a problem with regards to being both feminine and filling the role of an athlete. Thank God I didn't live in that era when athletics were commonly considered masculine activities. In the present day, however, you really can't avoid being prejudiced or being discriminated at times. But, I really don't care if others think that I'm not a "serious athlete" just coz I'm wearing a running skirt. Just coz I'm an athlete doesn't mean I have to look like a man in order to be taken seriously. I am a female athlete and I'm proud to be one and maybe that's why I love to wear pink during my race events.

PML: Tell us about your diet.
Hotlegs Runner: Well first of all, it has drastically changed ever since I started running. Before I started to run, I ate anything I wanted to, any time I wanted to. I stuffed my face with some of the most unhealthiest food you can think of. But all that has changed when I set goals for myself like running a marathon or finishing a triathlon. I wanted to run better and turn my body into one lean, mean, healthy machine. I can say now that I have a better relationship with food.

Here are some of the changes I made with regards to my food intake:

-- I never miss breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day. And you actually gain weight if you don't eat in the morning. Breakfast for me is usually a bowl old fashioned oatmeal. I mix in a teaspoon of flaxseed, strawberries or whatever fruit I have here, and a little almond milk. Sometimes, I'd make one of my protein smoothies. Oh and I always have coffee. Just one cup.
-- Lunch will be my heaviest meal for the day. I have a cup of brown rice, chicken or fish and some veggies.
-- My lightest meal of the day is dinner. I just have a salad and chicken or fish.
-- I only eat red meat during the weekends.
-- Dessert would be Greek yogurt with frozen blueberries or raspberries with a little granola.
-- Snacks would be either almonds, edamame, or dried fruit and nuts.
Yes, I do have a cheat day. That would be every Sunday. That's the day I can eat red velvet cake or some greasy Filipino dish. =p

PML: Running here vs. running abroad. Which one do you like better? Why?
Hotlegs Runner: Oh wow this is a tough one. So here goes...

The Philippines is more often than not, hot and humid. Here in the U.S. it's almost always cold and never as humid as it is back home. The heat has always been my greatest adversary. That said, I prefer to run here mainly because I know I run better in the cold than in the heat. However, heat training in Manila has helped me a lot. Especially during the hot summer days here in the U.S.

I belong to a running group here but I have to say, I miss my running family in Manila, But I have a huge support team online. I have wonderful blog friends who are all athletes who support and empower me through their words.

With regards to race events, I have to admit that the races here in the U.S. are more well-organized. But if we compare the race fees, naturally, the fees in the Philippines are far less expensive. One race fee here in the U.S. is enough to fund my whole year of race events in the Philippines! Haha! You get your money's worth though.

PML: What is your number one priority?
Hotlegs Runner: My number one priority is God. My family comes in second and my sport, third.

PML: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
Hotlegs Runner: I have lots! "Suck it up, Buttercup", "You've got this", "I run because there is always a chance to be extra ordinary", "Just do it", "I Am. I Can. I Will (engraved on my RoadID)", but my favorite is a verse in the bible..."I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13

If you think you know someone who deserves to be featured as Pink MagaLine's Pinay in Pink of the month, email me at MRSKOLCA@GMAIL.COM together with the name, contact details and basic profile of the person you are referring. I'm sure a lot of Pink MagaLine readers would want to know more Pinays like her. Cheers!


  1. Love it! I wish I can run outside of the Philippines too!

  2. Nice. I also run, pero usually 3K lang. Hehe.

  3. Sis, this is so cool - yung "PInay In Pink" segment ng blog mo :) And you get to interview them too.

  4. Love your Pinay-in-Pink posts! I never thought a lot of Pinoys are into running now, I would love to join at least a 1K run? sana sa pag-uwi ko :)

  5. Awww thanks so much for featuring me, girl! Love it! =)

  6. never tried running yet s amga ganyan...sana makasali ako :D

  7. anu bang qualities dapat para ma featured? may kilala kasi ako online e


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