Running all over the world with SEA Games gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 22, 2017 03:17 PM
Mary Joy Tabal's running has taken her all over the world! (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo on Twitter)
One of the biggest perks of being an athlete is that you get to go places.
Work hard enough to become a national athlete, and the world becomes your training ground.
Such is the case for Rio Olympian and recent Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Mary Joy Tabal.
The Cebuana marathon runner's passion for running and drive to get better has taken her all over the globe.
She's competed in Paris...
...she's trained in Japan...
It's an awesome wholeday lecture and running by Coach Akio Usami, former olympic marathon runner medalist at Yumeno-shima 'Dream Island' Stadium in the morning and running around the Imperial Palace in the afternoon... Because of some "secret techniques" he shared, i had a new PR in my 1km time trial run... yeeeey!!! @jpdcoaching
...and she finished first in South Korea.
This it! :) A big big thanks to all of YOU WHO BELIEVED IN ME!!! Thanks Lord for this another victory!!! But would like to THANK my Coach for motivating me and encouraging me, sa patience mo for training me coz i know i made u 'high blood' all the time...but all of those has paid off... pambawi ni sa labad sa ulo nmu Coach @jpdcoaching hahaha... hope i made you proud!!! :) Thanks also 7-eleven for this opportunity and to asics and queenslandMactan for the support... Yeheey!!! :) happy!
She amazed people with her podium finish in Hong Kong...
Those guys were so amazed seing a young little girl from Philippines being in the podium! □□□Proud and happy of my 2nd Place Overall Women in the Half Marathon and a second place in the Seniors Women Category!!! 1:20:37 Thank you Lord for this wonderful race and achievement! Thanks also Coach JPD @jpdcoaching for this!!! Thank you #queenslandHotelMactan, #MotorAce and #flameIt @flameitburgers □□□ To God be the Glory!!!
...she's gotten to run alongside her idols in Los Angeles...
...and in 2015, she bagged SEA Games silver in Singapore.
God never fails to guide us! He plotted everything for the right time to come... Despite the consequences of getting through here, everything happens with a good reason!!! I can't thank everyone of you but I know you were very proud and always been proud of my achievements, I am stronger because of your support, love and prayers!!! But I wanna thank this people who helped us through, Coach and I wont make it this far without their support,.. Firstly, thank you Sir Philip Juico of PATAFA for giving me this chance to represent the Country, though it wasnt easy for u to decide, but super thank you for this opportunity!!! Thanks to my #JPDCOACHING family for your unending love & support, to Sir Edward Hayco and Cebu City Sports Commission, to Sir Jonel Borromeo and Motorace, to Maam Grace and Smart, to Sir Trunkx and Queensland Mactan, to @kylecooksing and Banilad Town Center, to Asics and to Citigym for my 24hrs unlimited gym usage... Special mention to Sir Jeffrey and Pearl Le, to Paolo and Michele Garcia, Tyrone Tan, Louie and Ella Villacin @louiethewing @wavebrat , Nemesio and Tessie Escasinas, Cholo, Bryan Borja and the rest of Cebu City & our country... THIS medal is for us ALL!!! Thank you!!! ♥♥♥
She qualified for the Rio Olympics by running the Ottawa Marathon in Canada....
Can't spell HAPPINESS now!😊☺️A lot of people to thank for making this dream a reality... I would never achieved this without those great people who openly supported and believed in me... You know who you are... I will forever be thankful for helping me achieve this dream! God is just too Great!!! Just let me smile this way, and don't mind the background 😛😄 I just wanna fly... #RIO2016
...she's conquered the cold in Boston...
...and of course, she represented the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
Recently, Mary Joy trained in Italy...
...and in Switzerland.
Her most recent stop however, is quite the glorious one, as she bagged her first SEA Games gold medal after dominating the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With all the destinations that Mary Joy Tabal has been fortunate enough to see, it can be said that she's been running all over the world!