Lodkeo tries running and studying
Lao professional female runner Lodkeo Inthakoumman is currently in training for the international half marathon in Khon Kae n, Thailand on January 29.
At the same time, Lodkeo, 22, is also busy with her studies towards a graduate diploma at the Faculty of Forestry this year.
Professional female runner Lodkeo Inthakoumman poses at Chao Anouvong Stadium on Wednesday.
After her lessons each day, Lodkeo is currently running distances of about 17-18 kilometres in times of around one hour and twenty minutes, as part of her training regime.
At the international half marathon in Khon Kaen province, Thailand on January 29, Lodkeo will compete in the women's 11.5 kilometre race.
In 2016, she finished in third place in the same race and is looking to go one or two places better this time around.
Then in February, Lodkeo will also race in the women's 21km section of the Bangkok half marathon before competing at another international half marathon in Buriram province of Thailand after that.
Lodkeo said some of the best and most professional runners around the world will be attending the half marathon in Thailand, so she will have to run at her very best just to keep pace with them.
She will be joining with the other Lao runners of the ‘We Run' team travelling to compete in the international half marathon in Khon Kaen province ahead of the Bangkok half marathon.
After finishing the half marathons in Bangkok and Buriram, her target will be to continue her training ahead of the SEA Games in Malaysia from August 19-31.
Lodkeo said she trains from Monday to Sunday and tries never to miss a day of running because it upsets her rhythm. She is hungry to train every day.
Commenting on her personal life, Lodkeo said some young men in Laos don't like professional female runners to train each day but that foreign men are attracted to the fact that she is a professional runner for Laos and admire her dedication.
In terms of sponsorship, Lao Asean Leasing Co., Ltd has offered financial support to enable Lodkeo to compete in half marathons in Thailand.
In December last year, she finished ahead of the pack to take out the women's 12 km Vientiane Classic Run, cementing herself as the top female distance runner in Laos.
Lodkeo will continue studying at the Faculty of Forestry under the National University of Laos (NUOL) and at the end of February she plans to undertake forestry related research in Vangvieng district of Vientiane province.
She will use the information gathered to write her graduate thesis which is required to receive her diploma certificate.
After graduating from the NUOL, she will take up a position with the government. Despite commencing full time employment, she plans to continue training every day after work to compete at upcoming international half marathons.
In 2018, Lodkeo will also compete at the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang province.
She said she will try to train and to do her very best at all international marathon events she attends, with an eye on competing at the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020.
She recently won a trophy in the women's 21km running event charity Half Marathon in Luang Prabang province in October last year.
The half marathon aimed to raise funds for the Lao Children's Hospital in Luang Prabang.
In other achievements, Lodkeo won a gold medal in the women's 800 metres event, along with a silver medal in the women's 5000metres event at the 18th Asean University Games in Singapore last July.
At the 17th Asean University Games in Indonesia in 2014, Lodkeo won a gold medal in the women's 10,000 metres event, a silver medal in the women's 5000 metres event and a bronze medal in the women's 1500 metres event.
By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update January 7, 2017 )