Today’s guest works to make a difference in the world every day and running is a big part of that.
He started a run streak on January 1, 2023, and he’s still going strong a year later.
I look forward to going a few easy miles with Marko Kasic today!
Marko Kasic has been an athlete for as long as he can remember.
From a young age, he played soccer and always found running monotonous and hard.
He remained active in sports while growing up, but always avoided running.
As an adult, Marko had a job that allowed him frequent travel.
His home base is in the Phillipines, which according to Marko is not a runner-friendly area.
Once a year he would travel to Bali on vacation and while there he would enjoy running.
The beautiful scenery was enough to get him out doing what he used to dread.
A Doable Challenge
In January of 2023, Marko challenged himself to run every day for the entire month.
Once the month was over, he realized that the challenge he set for himself was actually doable.
The run streak, which started over a year ago, wasn’t planned.
He found that the more he ran, the more he enjoyed it.
Marko runs an online non-profit, that can be extremely stressful at times.
Running allowed him to make a commitment to himself while giving himself a mental outlet.
Over the course of a year, Marko learned that running provided benefits that he never would have imagined.
Marko first began his run streak with a 5k per day.
He quickly realized that if he ran 7k each day it would add up to 2,023 km for the year.
As the months went by, his progress began to snowball.
Towards the end of the year, Marko ran a minimum of 10k per day.
Each month, Marko would vary his miles depending on how he was feeling.
In December, Marko decided to try to run 500 km for the month as an added challenge.
He is still very much in the early stages of his running, but he is enjoying the process.
FundLife is a non-profit based out of the Philippines, but the work extends beyond the borders.
Young people are introduced to sports which are used as a tool to protect, educate, and empower.
Sports allow them to access life skills, safe spaces, and a pathway to a better life.
Movement is a powerful tool that has a wide social impact.
FundLife is partnering with other organizations once again for International Women’s Day on March 8th.
They will often join with related organizations to have a bigger impact.
“Beyond purposeful play, they design employment and training pathways to vulnerable young people.” (Fundlife.org)
You Can Always Go Further
Marko believes in the mission of Fundlife and gives his all to the cause.
When he isn’t working, he prefers to run in the afternoon or evening as his release from the day.
More than anything, Marko enjoys the process and realizes that running isn’t a one-size-fits-all all approach.
His job still requires a lot of travel, which Marko enjoys.
The travel allows him to explore other countries he may not have otherwise.
He especially loves running in urban areas that provide never-ending things to see and do.
Running has taught Marko that he can always go further.
It has also humbled him at many points along the way as well.
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