Southeast Asian Games’ marathon champion Christine Hallasgo is adjusting to a number of difficulties after she got back to training in her hometown in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
Hallasgo said there is no track oval in their town, but she is still able to to do daily running activities.
“Iyun po ang mahirap. Wala pong oval na magagamit sa pagtakbo,” said the 27-year-old Hallasgo in an online interview on Zoom.
Hallasgo said her brother is joining her whenever she goes out to run along an isolated roadway in Malaybalay.
Since they are not going into crowded areas, Hallasgo said she is able to run without a face mask.
Last June, Hallasgo returned home after spending two weeks in quarantine in Metro Manila.
Since then, she is being guided online by her coach Eduardo Buenavista on how to restart her efforts on endurance activities.
Hallasgo went through an ordeal in going back home to Bukidnon.
She was supposed to return home on March 16, a day after an enhanced Luzon-wide lockdown was imposed by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
But she got stranded after being unable to get a flight from the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
Luckily, the Philippine Sports Commission found out about her situation and provided her a place to stay at Philsports facilities in Pasig.