Author Q&A | Love at First Run, Angel C. Aquino

Nuvali Trail Run

Author Angel C. Aquino with her husband Roland at Nuvali, Laguna. Angel says, “A trail run in Nuvali, Laguna—the location for the zombie run that Diana and her friends joined in the book.”

In Love at First RunDiana joins a running club to get closer to her office crush Paul, and there she meets running hottie and overall sweet guy Josh. In this blog post, author Angel C. Aquino talks about her inspiration and process.

  1. What inspired you to write a romance about running?

My husband Roland and I are both avid runners. We’ve been joining races for many years now and there are always a lot of couples running together. I’ve also heard of instances when the guy proposed to the girl at the finish line! The running world is crazy and colourful and I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for a romance novel.

I also ran my first full marathon with Roland in 2015. A few months later, I wrote the first draft of my book when I joined a #RomanceClass workshop. While the story was inspired by different running experiences over the years, looking back at this blog entry I wrote made me realize that my experience in that marathon actually inspired some of Diana’s experiences too!

  1. Diana does a lot of different types of runs in this book (zombie run, mountain trail, urban races). As a runner yourself, which type of race do you like best and why? 0108

I love trail runs the most. I used to go camping and mountaineering when I was younger. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s exhausting to hike for days while carrying a heavy backpack. Trail running allows me to enjoy nature, breathe in the fresh air, and explore the mountains without worrying about carrying a heavy load or thinking about where to pee. Haha!

  1. There are some wonderfully vivid descriptions of the joys of running in the book. For example, Diana talks about the feeling of stretching her muscles after working at a computer all week, and about the breathtaking view at the top of the mountain. What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had as a runner?

Oh, there are so many! Each race is definitely unique and special. But I think the most memorable would be when we joined the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon in California. We ran amidst a backdrop of beautiful vineyards—and we could have unlimited wine at the finish line!

  1. There are some really yummy meals described in this book, and it seems like running really works up an appetite! What’s your favourite post-run meal?

I love a good Filipino breakfast after a run: beef tapa or tocino, eggs, and garlic rice!

  1. What surprised you the most, if anything, while writing this book?

I realized that writing a book is a lot like joining a race—you need lots of discipline and endurance during the whole writing and editing process. There are a lot of stumbling blocks along the way, but once you reach the finish line, it’s all worth it!

The Romance of Running Photo Album

Check out some of Angel and her husband Roland’s running memories below!


Healdsburg Half

At the Healdsburg Half Marathon—the best race ever with lots of wine along the racecourse and at the finish line!

Singapore Half

We did our first half marathon in Singapore in 2008. We’ve obviously gained weight since then but it just goes to show that with the proper training, anyone of any age, weight, or gender can run! Haha!

Skyway Run

We’ve joined several races that pass through Manila’s Skyway—the location for Diana’s first half marathon!

TBR Dream Marathon in Nuvali

With my hubby at the finish line of our first marathon in Nuvali, Laguna

Love at First Run is available in print in the Philippines and on Amazon Kindle internationally.

To learn more about the author, visit


Thank you to the author for an electronic advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Full disclosure: The author is a friend, and I’m super proud of her for writing a novel, but all views expressed on this blog are my honest opinions.

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