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Athlete Profile: Rolando Bonilla


Name: Rolando Bonilla, however we are ridiculous

enough to use two names (or more!) and two last

names. My full name is Luis Rolando Bonilla Durán

Age: 48

Occupation: I am an IT Project Manager for a home improvement store chain

Where do you live? Just outside Guatemala City, in Guatemala, Central America. Let me add a commercial here: Guatemala is a beautiful country and we are spoiled with almost perfect weather.

How many years have you been running? I have been running for some 6 years, after an uncle, who wouldn’t take no for an answer talked me into walking/running half of a half marathon with him. 6 years and 80 pounds later, it has been one of the best decisions in my life, and I will forever will be grateful with my uncle who wouldn’t take no for an answer.

What are you training for? What are your goals? My main goal in running, as in life, is to enjoy it and be happy. Other than that, to run one or two races a year: my local half marathon and an international marathon. Regarding races, I am preparing for Boston 2018 where I want to improve my PB..

Why do you run? I love running because of the wellness sensation I get from it, and the improved quality of life that comes from being active. I just hope to be able to continue until a late age. I also enjoy very much being part of a running group where we become friends that enjoy spending time together.

What do you like best about working with Run Your Personal Best? The personal plan and Cory’s patience in getting me healthy again.

What advice would you give to other runners? Since most of us don’t do this as our job, but as something we are supposed to enjoy, then enjoy it! We may have other things in our life that are not nice, but running should be something we enjoy and gives us balance.

What’s your favorite (or type) workout? Tempo runs at marathon pace.

What’s your favorite race you‘ve ever run? Why? 2016 Berlin Marathon because of the participants and spectator’s energy and because I got a 10 min PB from the hardest training I have ever done.

What gets you through tough runs or days you don’t want to run? My uncle always said: you don’t wake up every day and decide if you want to go to work, you just go. Running should be the same. You just wake up and go to run.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Just that I hope that Run Your Personal Best continues being a good match for me, now and in the following years. And that I would love to eventually meet some of my Run Your Personal Best team mates.

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