Hello, I’m Vince Borja. I am from the little island of Guam. I am somewhat an avid runner, but have fallen off the wagon a few times because of this thing we call a “J.O.B,” but I run at least a half marathon once a year.
Before this running journey, I was in the Army for nine years, where running wasn’t a choice. I hated it with a passion because it was organized. You ran at the pace of everyone else in your group, and it was only 3-4 miles a day. To be honest, and most of my Army buddies can attest, if I could get out of running in the mornings, I did. I was the guy who didn’t show up on running days. I did pass the physical fitness test, but I never did the running training.
I have run 10 full marathons, over 30 half marathons, completed 1 Half Ironman, 3 Olympic Distance triathlons, a handful of mini-triathlons, and a few half century cycling events. I have participated in races on Guam, over ten states in the US, Germany, and even Kuwait & Iraq. I am in no way shape or form a pro athlete but enjoy staying active and “working out” to “eat out” or am I very FAST…
he best part of this journey is the friends and wonderful people I have met along the way. It has taken me to places I have never been both physically and mentally. I started long-distance running when I got out of the Army and moved back to Guam and connected with old friends, who introduced me to the running friends who got me into running. It’s funny because they thought I would love running. After all, I was in the Army. At that time, I hated running, but I was excited to meet new friends, so I went anyway and began to grow my love for the sport.
Most of the knowledge, training advice and training partners were gained through just engaging and connecting with the running/cycling/triathlon community no matter where I have lived over the last six years. As runner/triathlete/cyclist/”EATER,” I have different shoes, accessories, bikes, swimming goggles, shorts, shoes, socks, and anything to make the sport smooth and comfortable.
My ultimate goal is to qualify for the Boston marathon in the next 4-5 years. I understand the time, sacrifice, and commitment to reach that goal and very determined to accomplish it soon. I have been blessed to have the support of very close running friends who push me, call me out, and cheer me on along the way.
I wanted to start this blog to share my experience, offer insight to shoes, gear, accessories, “cool” races, and anything or everything any aspiring runner/cyclist/triathlete/walker may want to know. I want to give back and hopefully add value to anyone looking for pointers or tips.