I joined an obstacle course race last year. I wanted to work out and at the same time, do something that was fun. I decided to join OCR because I wanted determination and focus in my life. Knowing that I had to wake up early, work out, run, and be aware that I had to beat this time if I wanted to win was really what pushed me.
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I already have this career and I work a lot, but I’m not sure if I truly work hard. There’s a big difference between the two. For me, working hard is about giving a hundred percent of your effort with your heart included. Sometimes in the industry, you get to a certain point, that you’re just working and working but sometimes you’re not giving heart anymore, where you’re just doing things for the sake of itself.
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With this sport, I find it pretty amazing because of all the blood, sweat, and tears involved. I would train sometimes six days a week. It came to a point where each of my workouts were those types where I just felt like I was going to die. I kept asking myself: why am I training, why am I doing this if I’m not even doing a good job and I can’t win? I became so addicted to working out, that if I couldn’t beat the time I previously had, I would cry from being so disappointed at myself because I knew if I couldn’t beat myself, how would I be able to beat anybody in the race? It was exactly what I needed. It was exactly what I wanted.
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In Cebu, I won gold. That was when I realized, "This is what hard work really does." I haven’t worked out for an entire year because I was taping La Luna Sangre. I only had less than two months to train. And I won gold. In my age category. It really clicked in my head that you can really do anything when you put your mind into it. It was one of the best experiences in my whole life. It taught me about determination. It taught me about working for what you love. More importantly, it taught me about what you can accomplish when you love what you are doing.
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