A Runners Christmas List

Runnr has a wide range of products that would suit your budget for gifts for your Runner friends.

It’s the time of year when Christmas gift exchanges are popular once again.  If you have friend or family member that happens to be a runner, there are a lot of gift ideas you can find at Runnr.  You could find something wet and soft like a GU Gel or go for something techie like the Polar Loop and yurbuds.  Or you could go for something long (as in long distance run) like a Brooks Ravena or a Newton Gravity.  And the list goes on, Runnr is your one stop shop for running items and runner’s gifts.

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12 Gifts of Christmas

The nights is starting to get a little bit chilly.  The streets are now filled with beautiful Christmas Lights and Decors.  The restaurants and parking spaces are almost always full.  That could only mean one thing, It’s beginning to look like Christmas! With the season of giving upon us, what do you get for all your runner friends? Here are some suggestions that will definitely bring some good cheer to all your fast and fit friends.

1. Spenco Ironman Race/Train Insoles (P1,995)

Featuring Spenco Total SupportTM Technology and the patent pending 3-PODTM Modulation System, these replacement insoles provide superior cushioning, stability and arch support over the regular running shoe’s sockliner. Ironman Race uses an ultra-light, semi-flexible profile more suited for racing flats, while the Ironman Train uses a FacetTM cradle ideal for longer and more frequent workouts. Metatarsal support for both insoles relieves pressure on the forefoot. These will help your running shoes have the best possible ride and stability, especially for injury-prone runners.

2. RUNNR Run Fast T-Shirt (P455)

Look as fast as you run with this fun, thematic cotton T-shirt!

3. CW-X Women’s Stabilyx Squares Compression Wear (P6,195)

Compression never looked so good! CW-X’s patented Support WebTM provides targeted support to the knees, core, and lower back. Kinesiology taping technology supports the joints, while moisture-wicking fabric keeps the athlete cool and dry. And that neon, digital, multi-square print? ‘Cos it just looks awesome!

4. yurbuds Inspire Earphones (P3,000)

#neverstop moving with the earbuds that never fall out. Featuring TwistLock technology and a FlexSoft comfort fit, yurbuds are guaranteed never to hurt or fall out. The ergonomic design is sweat- and water-resistant while allowing a bit of ambient noise in for safety.

5. RUNNR Elite Backpack (P995)

This sleek and stylish backpack is big enough to hold all your training essentials, but light enough to tote around the race expo without feeling like a ton.

6. RUNNR Zero Blister Socks (P195)

All runners love the feel of fresh socks. These Zero Blister socks wick away sweat, allow your feet to breathe, and have just the right amount of thickness to protect your skin maintaining a connected feel with your shoes.

7. GU Energy Gel (P75)

Give your runner a shot of race day fuel with GU Energy Gel! Packing 100 calories of high quality, easily digested and long lasting energy, GU is engineered to provide essential nutrition for miles and miles. Each packet of GU contains 70-80% maltodextrin and 20-30% fructose for complex carbohydrates, along with amino acids, Vitamins C and E, and electrolytes. Several flavors also contain a shot of caffeine for an added pick-me-up.

8. Moving Comfort Rebound Racer Sports Bra (P1,595)

Featuring seamless, subtle-contoured cups, front and back mesh zones and encapsulation/compression properties, the Racer Sports Bra gives women unrestricted movement and support. It also has front-adjustable straps with concealed hook

9. Fitletic Quenchbelt (P2,250)

-and-loop closure with an adjustable keyhole back closure.

Need to carry a little or a lot? The Fitletic Quenchbelt is a versatile hydration belt that can be configured to your needs. Patented, zippered holsters fit most bottles from 12 to 24 ounces, with pull-tension bottle secure cords to keep them from falling out. A water resistant neoprene pocket holds a mobile phone and essentials, and an interior pocket secures your ID or cash. It’s also equipped with two exterior energy gel loops, toggles for race bibs, and uses silicone gripers to minimize bouncing.

10. Newton Gravity III (P8,995)

Featuring the highly responsive POP1 platform with five lug forefoot design, this neutral trainer is built for runners who need a daily training shoe that also works brilliantly as a faster tempo pace run or race shoe for longer distances. Suitable for race distances ranging from one block to a hundred miles.

11. Brooks Ravenna 5 (P5,395)

Riding the line between Neutral and Support, the Ravenna 5 gives you that just-right blend of cushion and stability. With BioMoGo DNA gracing the entire midsole, the extended Segmented Crash Pad delivering full ground contact, and the adjustable saddle wrapping from the heel and midfoot, this shoe is an excellent choice for piling on the miles.

12. Polar Loop Watch (P6,995)

Track your daily activities with the Polar Loop Watch! The sleek design tracks your daily activities and can be paired with an optional HR sensor for more accuracy in caloric burn and exercise intensity. Smart Coaching features give you activity goals based on user personal data, typical daily activity, and health recommendations on daily exercise.

Visit a Runnr Store Near You

All items are available at RUNNR and select Toby’s Sports stores. For the latest on running gear log on to www.runnr.com.ph, www.tobys.com or contact their head office at 651-7777.  You may also check out the RUNNR social networking sites on Face Book through www.facebook.com/RUNNRstore

Visit RUNNR stores at Bldg. B3, Bonifacio High Street, 2/F Trinoma Mall, 2/F Alabang Town Center and 2/F Level Ayala Center Cebu.

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All I Want for Christmas is… yubuds

A lot of people have embraced the healthy and fit lifestyle. Come Christmas time, their wish list would include the lightweight, high sound quality and the never-fall-of-your-ear experience that the different variants of yurbuds brings into a fitness enthusiasts’ life.  This is an excellent gift for those who have an active lifestyle.

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It’s the Season for Gifts

The streets are getting busy now as people starts to shop for gifts for Christmas.  Yes, it’s the time of year that we start counting down the days before Christmas wherein gatherings would be common and Christmas Party would be a regular occasion.  Of course, everybody’s looking for the regular exchange gifts among friends, family and office mates.  Gifts would really be nice if the gift can match the person’s lifestyle.  One gift that’s high on the lists of runner, athletes and fitness advocate like would be yurbuds. 

Top female triathlete Ani De Leon wearing yurburds Inspire Limited Edition wireless earphones

Something indispensable for any sporty or fitness-oriented individual these days are earphones. Paired with portable music devices and smartphones, it helps enhance energy and motivation during long runs, steep hikes or intense workouts. Some latest models even allow users to keep connected by being able to conveniently answer phone calls.  Earphones are also useful during downtime—a perfect companion for watching videos on gadgets, or for communicating on popular messaging apps.   However, not just any pair of earphones would do. The best ones may come at a premium price, but these are more practical in the long run compared to buying cheaper brands that need to be replaced after only a couple of uses, due to inferior quality and performance.  The number one sport earphones in the US today is yurbuds—an innovatively designed product that integrates ergonomics and emotive design, all seeking to transform the sports and workout experience into a more comfortable, convenient as well as a pleasurable one.    I’ve been a yurbuds user for years and I can say, yurbuds can keep you in the zone as you get your rhythm while running or working out.  It has a remarkable sound quality that you’ll enjoy whether you are outdoors or just watching a movie indoors.  It’s comfortable, lightweight and it’s never-fall-of-the-ear guarantee can give you hours of uninterrupted and comfortable workouts.  It also allows ambient sound keeping you still aware of your surroundings on the road.

Alyssa Valdez (right), 2013 UAAP Volleyball MVP Player of Ateneo de Manila and her teammate Den Den Lazaro are happy to have yurbuds as their companion during breaks or warm ups before the game

yurbuds is sure to meet the discerning requirements of athletes because it is developed by athletes themselves. The device is the brainchild of a company founded in 2008 by triathlete Seth Burgett and marathoner Richard Daniels, along with Craig Ceranna.  yurbuds boasts of a proprietary TwistLock technology that secures the earphones inside the ear even during extreme motion, coupled with a FlexSoft comfort fit that prevents any pain or irritation even in long hours of use. They are also water- and sweat-resistant.  And just as there is a variety of athletes, sports enthusiasts, outdoor adventurists and fitness buffs, so is there a wide choice of yurbuds models that provide additional features or technologies to make sure that there is a right fit for each and every active lifestyle need.

yurbuds inspire for Women

The yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women is a perfect gift for the (super) woman on the go! Specially designed for smaller ears, these earphones has a patented twist-lock technology and FlexSoft comfort fit to make it stay in place and pain-free all throughout the day

Women would usually have smaller earbuds and yurbuds inspire pro for women is just what the doctor ordered.  It is specially designed to fit smaller ears, which also makes it perfect for young adults.  Ladies can also pick their favorite color since it comes in really vibrant colors.

yurbuds Vivid

The yurbuds Inspire Vivid Line is available in six fun, vibrant colors that are guaranteed to stay in the ears through countless workout sessions

This is for people who loves to mix and match their outfits.   The yurbuds Vivid line comes in really flashy and fashionable colorways.  There  are six vibrant colors to choose from which one can pair with their favorite workout gear or outfit.

yurbuds Venture Line

The Venture Line comes with yurbuds’s Quik Clik™ magnet technology, making them hassle-free to carry around

The Venture Duro is the best option for a basic earphone that is just right on the budget, but not short on the reliable and dependable features that yurbuds is known for.  Meanwhile, for hikers, campers, nature explorers and the like who demand digital connectivity despite being on the go, the Venture Talk features a single-button Mfi microphone on a durable Kevlar-wrapped flat cord that enables the user to make important calls even while negotiating the toughest outdoor terrain. It also has a patented Quik Clik magnet technology that cleverly locks the earbuds together to keep them fastened and secured around one’s neck when not in use.

yurbuds Pete Jacobs Signature Series

The Pete Jacobs Signature Series is for the serious triathletes with increased visibility for night runs and has the capability to take calls for iOS, Android and BlackBerry Devices.

The serious triathlete will definitely love the Pete Jacobs Signature Series—the earphone of choice of the Ironman Triathlon World Champion. These yurbuds feature a tangle-resistant cloth cord equipped with a reflective covering to ensure maximum safety during night-time runs, and a fidget-free cord that won’t be a hassle to wear. Users can take also make and receive calls with its compatibility with all iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.

yurbuds Inspire limited edition wireless earphones 

For the person in your life who can’t afford to slow down, the yurbuds Inspire limited edition wireless earphones feature full track & call control with a wind-blocking mic designed for call clarity

For the ultimate in connectivity, the Inspire limited edition wireless earphones provide unparalleled convenience with its Bluetooth technology. The earbuds are connected with a tough Kevlar cord that can be worn behind the head or under the chin, with full track and call control as well as a special wind-blocking microphone designed for utmost call clarity.

Which yurbuds Fits you Best?

There is sure to be a yurbuds earphone that will make a smart and practical gift for athletic friend or family member—or even yourself. yurbuds earphones are available at PowerMac Center, Planet Sports, Runnr, Digital Walker, Chris Sports, and R.O.X. stores.

About yurbuds

yurbuds was founded in 2008 by Seth Burgett, President and CEO, an active triathlete and Richard Daniels, COO, a 24-time marathoner. Burgett and Daniels left their corporate roles and joined forces to improve personal performance. They have been joined by Craig Ceranna, CFO and Managing Director, to realize the company’s mission: transform the athlete’s experience through personalized service and exceptional audio products that integrate ergonomics and emotive design.Cascos Inc. distributes yurbuds in the Philippines.

Follow yurbuds

Website: www.yurbuds.com
Facebook page: Cascos Inc. and yurbudsph
Twitter / Instagram: yurbudsph and share your workouts with the hashtag #neverstop
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BGC Cycle Philippines Celebrates Philippine National Bike Day

Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you have to keep moving forward.  BGC Cycle Philippines is all about Bicycles and now on it’s second year has gathered 2,400 riders across the different family friendly and challenge categories.  It gets even bigger since it coincides with the celebration of the Philippine National Cycling Day on November 23, 2014.  So for one weekend and hopefully more, cyclists rule!!!

BGC Cycle Philippines

3-Time Tour De France Green Jersey Sprinters’ Classification Winner Robbie McEwen headlines BGC Cycle Philippines again this year.

Cycling has always been there as a sports or a recreational activity.  It is only as of late that we are starting to make it a more viable means of transportation with cycling lanes being made and cycling events like BGC Cycle Philippines being promoted.  Last year, we had BGC Cycle Philippines for the first time and about 2,000 riders enjoyed riding in the car free streets of Manila.  This year, BGC Cycle Philippines returns with 2,400 cyclist spread out among the Tricycle Ride, The Kid’s Ride, The Junior Challenge, The Community Ride (20 km), The Challenge (40 Km) and the Ride with Robbie McEwen (40Km).  At the same time, different cyclist all around the country will be riding their bicycle for the Philippine National Bicycle Day, which will be held for the first time on November 23, 2014.  This is a sign of good things to come for the world of cycling.

“Bicycling is not only good for the environment but it’s also the solution of our transportation woes.  It is an efficient and fun way to get around and avoid getting stuck in traffic while getting the exercise you need to stay healthy without having to make the extra time to workout.” This is the message of the Philippine National Bicycle Day.

The highlight of the weekend would be the cycling events with the afternoon of November 22 reserved for the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge Ride followed by the Kid’s Ride and the Tricycle Ride.  There’s gonna be a wide range of fun activities too at Cycling and Lifestyle Expo at the Mind Museum on November 21 and 22.   This would be a good family bonding time for kids and parents with mascots, mime artists and fun treats from various sponsors.


Everything’s all set for BGC Cycle Philippines.

November 23 will have the adult ride categories which would also coincide with the Philippine National Bicycle Day.  The event will kick off with the Ride with Robbie with Australian Cyclist and 3-time Tour De France Green Jersey Sprinters Category Winner Robbie McEwen and to be followed by the 40 km Challenge Ride and the 20 km Community Ride and finally, the Foldies Community Ride.  Joining Robbie this year in the leadpack will be the Philippine National Cycling Team led Coach Chris Allison, KONA Ironman finishers and participants and finishers from the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon World Championship in Maui.

BGC CycleAsia Philippines is being held in partnership with Sunrise Events Inc and Bonifacio Global City and is part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events being held across Asia.   “The growth of BGC Cycle Asia Philippines has been tremendous to see and now with its partnership alongside the Philippine National Bicycle Day is testament to just how popular the sport has become in the Philippines, the event is a real highlight of the Cycle Asia Calendar and I wish all the cyclists a great weekend of riding”. said Chris Robb, CEO of Spectrum Worldwide who owns CycleAsia.

Cyclists Rule this Weekend for the Philippine National Bicycle Day!!!

Bonifacio Global City being the title sponsor also offers a huge range of activities for everybody.  The area is known as hub for the open-air lifestyle retail and dining concept and public art program as well as a world-class science museum and parks.  It’s also been a haven for fitness enthusiasts with its sports friendly roads and facilities. Other key sponsors of the event is Gatorade and Manila Water (Hydration), Mind Museum (Expo Venue), Philippine Start (Media) and other sponsors including 2Go, Devant, F2P, Garmin, Lexus, NxLed, Pioneer Insurance, Scott Bikes and Skippy’s. You can visit their website for more info http://www.cyclephilippines.com.ph.

It’s a good time to enjoy a nice ride around the Metro. This is a rare chance to enjoy a more bike friendly streets.  Have fun on the first Philippine National Bicycle Day and at the the BGC Cycle Philippines.

The Cycling Continues with Alaska Cycle Philippines in May 15-16, 2015

No Bike, No Problem

No Bike? No Problem?  Alaska Cycle Philippines is offering a registration rate of P5,500 which includes a bike (Yes, a BIKE), bike ride shirt, medal and a post ride snack until December 31, 2014.  That’s as good as it gets.  Alaska Cycle Philippines is happening on May 15-17. 2015 and you can visit http://www.cyclephilippines.com.ph/alaska/ for more details.

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Incoming: Run BGC 2014: The Urban Adventure

 Explore the various attractions of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in a City Wide Scavenger Hunt with different puzzles to solve and physical challenges to conquer.  Run BGC Urban Adventure is a chance to appreciate the attractions of BGC and the value of team play as you work as a unit in unlocking 10 puzzles to be the top team in the Urban Adventure.  

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Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) have progressed swiftly over the past few years.  About a decade ago, you’d just see tracts of land and a handful number of buildings but now, it’s rich in buildings and outdoor attractions.  BGC has wide streets that has drawn fitness enthusiasts to do their weekly runs or ride.  BGC has a lot of food establishments that cater to a growing number of employees being based in the area.  There are a lot of retail shops and malls for shoppers looking for major brands.  There’s a lot of outdoor attractions for families doing their weekend family time.  There’s the Mind Museum for kids and adults to be amazed by the wonders of science and the arts.

When it comes to Run BGC, it always came with a unique theme as part of the celebration for BGC Passionfest.  This year Run BGC meets the Amazing Race as there’s gonna be an Urban Adventure in Bonifacio Global City.  It would be a unique from other events as you work as a team and decide as a team.  RUN BGC URBAN ADVENTURE is a city wide scavenger hunt. It is a fun and challenging puzzle where BGC holds the pieces.  You’ll have 10 mind boggling puzzles to solve around BGC and it’s up to you to decide where to start the adventure. Each location will have a challenge that will test you mentally and/or physically.  Work as a team of up to 10 members and do the puzzles and challenges the best way you can as it would determine your score for the challenge. This event IS NOT about who solves the puzzles the fastest. The winners will be those who perform best and do most of the challenges within 3 hours.

It’s time to team up with friends, family or office mates with up to 10 members.  You’ll have a better chance with a complete team but you can opt to do the challenge with less than 10 members or you can meet new friends and combine with other groups in going through the adventure.    The whole BGC will be your adventure grounds but the starting point would be at 9th Avenue, corner Lane S, BGC, Taguig (map here) on November 29, 2014, 3 pm.    Be Part of the Adventure, Register Now!!!

Adventure Details:

Event Shirt and Loot Bag

  • Date and Venue:

    • November 29,2014, 3PM
    • 9th Avenue, corner Lane S, BGC, Taguig (map here)
  • Fees

    • P500 per person inclusive of:
      • RUN BGC Urban Adventure Souvenir Shirt
      • Water Proof Race Bib
      • Puzzle Envelope
      • Lootbag with goodies from sponsors
      • Top teams win special prizes
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Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge

Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge Complete – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

Distance: 21K (Actual 21.8)
Location: Bonifacio Global City
Date: November 16, 2014

#PF21KChallenge is not only a race against time but it is also chance to push ourselves further to make the finish line faster.  It’s definitely an adrenalin rush whether you are chasing a sub 2 or 2:30 finish or just want to have a decent finish in a challenging course. 

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Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge

After an exhausting run. – Photo by Day Spotted Photography

If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been running fast lately.  I just go for the distance within a reasonable amount of time.  The last time I was in the sub 2:30 level was during my half marathon in Hong Kong last year though there was a time that my finish time ranges within the 2:18-2:20 region.  That’s like ancient history for me. Right now, I need to log more distance as I build up for my marathon next year. That’s also one of the reason that I’m doing half marathons regularly.  There are three categories for the 21K Challenge, one is a sub 2 distance (not in my wildest dream), sub 2:30 (that’s possible on a good day) and the fun wave (that’s just right for me).  I ended up going for the sub 2:30 challenge category or what I call fun wave with a chance to earn a medal.  I haven’t really regained my speed yet but I’m steadily improving on my endurance.  I went on with the simple plan of just sustaining 7 minute per kilometer for the duration of the race.  I also took out my visor and shades so I can race lighter for this one.   It’s a long shot but it’s not impossible.  Let’s do this.

Race Route

Race Route Powered by Suunto Movescount

Race starts at the corner of 9th Avenue and Corner 34th Street and then proceeds downwards to 8th Avenue before heading to the 38th parkway.  The race goes to 11th Avenue until 26th street at the High Street Area.  The race then descends to the full length of 26th street and 3rd Avenue before the climb to Kalayaan Avenue for the u-turn slot before the intersection in EDSA around 5.5 kilometers into the race.  The race then goes back to Rizal Drive and passes through 26th Street for a long climb in 5th Avenue all the way to Essensa for the u-turn slot.  The race descends back to 5th Avenue and proceeds once again to 26th Street and 11th Avenue.  The Race goes back to 38th Parkway for the u-turn 11 kilometers into the race.  The runners then do another loop and returns back to 8th Avenue for one final climb to 34th Street and the finish line.

The Race

Can you find the hidden Franckee? – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

Woke up 2:30 am for a 4:35 am gunstart and 3:30 am assembly. It’s been an exhausting stretch having to do the board meeting last Friday and Berghaus Urban Adventure Games on Saturday.  I just made a mental note as soon as I finish my race, I could finally take some rest.  It was faster preparing since I would be racing with less accessories today.  After a long queue for parking, I was in the race area less than 30 minutes before gun start.  I did some stretching already as I can’t afford to be stiff at the start of the race.  It feels more tense racing in this environment but I’m sure I would love the adrenalin rush during the race.  The plan was to maintain a seven minute pace and limit walking breaks to just a few seconds.

Post Gunstart – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

After the sub 2 wave were released, it was our turn after 5 few minutes.  I went on to run at below 6 minute pace taking advantage of the descent in 8th Avenue before going for a more stable 6:30 pace as we went to 38th parkway.  I made a mistake of spending too much time at the first water station, which took away the fast 1st kilometer.  I tried to catch up lost time after the water break to manage to close in again on the target 7 minute pace on the second and 3rd kilometer.  The 4th kilometer was a descent in 26th Street and 3rd Avenue so I made the most of it by running non stop and just resting on the water station.  I tried to maintain the pace on the climb at Kalayaan Flyover and I was able to sustain the pace for Kilometer number 5 but ended up too exhausted after the climb.

Exhausted after the climb. – Photo by EMSoquena

Speeding up on the climb was a wrong move as I ended up spending more time in the next 3 kilometers which also was a tough climb in 5th Ave until Essensa and the false flat in 26th street.  By the 9th kilometer, I took advantage of the descent on 11th Avenue to speed up once again to have a faster split on the 9th to 11th kilometer for the first loop.  I was still off my target time by several minutes already.

It doesn’t feel like me without the Visor – Photo by EM Soquena

By the second loop, I already changed my strategy.  I’m gonna do more elevation management.  So the goal was to slow down or run steady on the climbs and speed up on the descents.  I’ll have to time my walking breaks as much as possible on the climbs.  I am now consuming my energy better and have better and more stable splits in the second half.  I slowed down on the climb at 11th Avenue, Sped up on the descent at 26th street and 3rd Avenue. That’s 16 kilometers into the race.

It’s a different race at the last 5 kilometers.

It’s down to the last 5 kilometers and definitely out of the 2:30 cutoff so the plan was to still give the best effort.  It was also starting to heat up but I didn’t want to even think of the weather as a factor at this point.  I segmented the remaining race further with kilometer 17 and 18 being long climbs and the rest were descents with a final climb in 8th Avenue.  So once I reach the u-turn in 5th Avenue, it was the easy part of the race.  I did a 1 minute run, 30 seconds walk on the climb and felt much better compared to the first loop.  As I made my u-turn in Essensa, this was a done race since it’s mostly descents.

To the finish. – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

It was down to the last 3 kilometers or so I thought.  I sped up going down 5th Avenue and went on moderate effort the short climb in 26th Street.  I went faster with gravity on my side on 11th Avenue all the way to 38th Parkway and by the time I’ve reached kilometer 20, it was already 2:30.  I’ve miss the cutoff by a full kilometer.  Even if it’s way past the time, I just went at it and realized that this was a long course as I was still somewhere in 38th Parkway when my watch hit 21 kilometers.  There was one final climb in 8th Avenue where I alternated short runs and walks and went on to finish fast as I entered 34th Street.  Total distance on my watch was 21.8 kilometers and ended up running at 7:30 minute/km pace instead of 7:00 minute/km pace .  It felt great even if I didn’t make the cutoff as running at this level was something I missed.  Too bad though that I was too exhausted to claim my finisher shirt.  I ended up having breakfast with Team Suunto Philippines at Ihop.   Great job Pinoyfitness!!!

Outfit of The Race

This was my outfit of the race: Top: adidas (Designed by Breakout Design), Bottom: Under Armour, Shoes: Newton Distance, Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S, Calf Sleeves: Under Armour, Socks: Under Armour

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Berghaus Urban Adventure Games 2014 #BerghausUAG2014


My Team with Roch of Rochkirstin.com and Jham of JhamJhamRunner.wordpress.com

Date: November 15, 2014

Venue: Circuit Events Grounds

#BerghausUAG2014 is a first of it’s kind with a mobile based urban adventure games. Participants get to earn points by joining physically demanding sports, cross fit and parkour challenges, solving mind bending puzzles, trivia, games and riddles or finding QR coded items around Circuit Events Ground in a scavenger hunt.  It’s get to test you on all aspects including team play as you work with your team in accumulating as much points before time expires.

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Berghaus Urban Adventure Games

Taking a selfie was one of the more fun ways of earning points.

Berghaus Urban Adventure Games 2014 is a first of its kind in the country with an app developed by Cyburban containing a series of task you have to do to earn points.  The task ranges from physical activities, mental games, scavenger hunt and social challenges.  It also tests team play to its core as you’re ranged against different teams to earn all the points you can in a given time.  I was given one group slot so I had to pick my team members so I got Elite Runner Jham (JhamJhamRunner.Wordpress.Com) who’ll be strong enough for the physical challenges and I got Roch (Rochkirstin.com) who should do well in the mental challenges and scavenger hunt.  At first, I joined the fun wave as I am not really competitive and would also be holding back since I have a race the next day but after going over the rules, I decided to shift to the competitive level since it has a cutoff time of 4 hours.  That means, I can rest in the afternoon after the event for my race the next day.  I was really excited to try this out since I really enjoyed the time we did the demo version weeks ago.  This has a really great potential and I’m sure there will be more of this type of games in the future.

Let the Games Begin

It’s a rainy Saturday Morning and that just means, we don’t have to deal with the sun.

Circuit Events Grounds is just a few minutes away from my house in Zapote so I wasn’t rushing for the 5 am assembly time.  Roch came really early so had to rush to the venue and I picked up Jham along the way to Circuit Events Grounds.  Since this is an app based games, the first thing to be done was registering in the Cyburban applications and syncing among team members.  The Cyburban software is available in Google Play so we had to make do with one mobile device for the event since my phones are under iOS.  Towards the start of the games, it started to drizzle and that would be the weather for the whole event.  For competitive wave, teams get to score as much as they can in four hours while the fun wave can take all day until 5 pm.

The scavenger hunt had us looking for QR codes with items needed by the app.

The plan was to start the physical challenges in the skate park early so we don’t have to do it when it gets warmer in the morning.  We did some scavenger hunt along the way.  The scavenger hunt had us looking for QR codes of items in the list in the Cyburban app.  If you take a photo of the right QR code, the point would be registered for the team.  The first thing we did was to shoot some hoops.  We had to accumulate 5 shots in the basketball court.  We were able to do the challenge though we didn’t earn the bonus since you have to make 5 straight.

Surprisingly, I was good at the soccer challenge making my shots several times.

We then tried the soccer challenge and surprisingly, I was good here making my shots several times.  We didn’t get the points at first since the each member had to shoot one goal each and needed 3 consecutive goals from the team.  We did earn the points in the soccer challenge later in the day.  We did the selfie challenge to earn one of the easier challenge for the day.

Jham doing the Parkour Challenges

We did some Parkour challenges and were able to earn some of the points here.  There were several parkour challenges which includes following a path of yellow lines where you had to make some big jumps, racing from one end to another and jumping through the stairs to reach a certain height.  We also missed some activities like the going across the skateboard park blindfolded and hanging at the end of a steep wall.

Roch doing the hula hoops

Roch was able to do the Hula Hoop task and even earned a bonus.  We also did the rope curling part and did some puzzles including sodoku and word hunt, trivias and  riddles to rest up a bit.  We also had some easier task like having Roch in a skateboard while pulling her from one distance to another.  We also checked on some puzzles along the area though we skipped most of it.  Next up, we went to the crossfit area for the physically challenging part.

One of the task was to do six cycles carrying a sled across the distance.

This was a test of team work as the effort of the one pulling should be the same as the one pushing to distribute the load of the sled.  This was really the exhausting part and even more exhausting since we were running this part.  That’s the drawback when you have runners pushing and pulling the sled.  After this we had to do some crossfit challenges which included doing 51 burpees over a box divided among the three of us.  We passed on the challenge to doing push ups in an inverted position and lifting a big wheel across a distance. The crossfit part were all really exhausting.

We also did the dart task wherein 10 out of 15 darts should in the odd numbers in the dart board.  At first, we failed at this task and had to go back later to do it again as another group was already there to try it out.  Finally, on our next visit, we were able to score the needed points in the dart challenge.

Jham doing the tent folding task while Roch and I did riddles.

After that we went back to solving riddles.  To save time Roch and I did the riddles in one of the tent while Jham was doing the tent folding task.  We were able to earn the point for the tent challenge while slowly covering the riddles.  The riddles were really challenging.

Crawling Challenge

We also did a crawling challenge where I had to crawl forward, Roch had crawl sidewards and Jham had to crawl backward.  We also did a soccer challenge where you have to accumulate 20 kicks among the group in six tries with each group member having to try it twice.   We also did a task carrying a load of 40 kilos in a Berghaus bag for several loops within the event grounds.  It’s impressive how Berghaus bags can be sturdy with the weight inside the bag.   We were able to successfully all these task to earn points.

We also did the rolling hills challenge where you had to roll in a hill and reach a certain distance.  You actually should be still here as if you are in the wrong position, you can get injured.  This really had me dizzy at the end of the turn.  It was fun though as it reminded me of the times we did play around in the mountains at home.   We then went on to finish with the scavenger hunt and the riddles.  We had a final look at the challenges we made and missed. We earned more than 1,200 points though some were really game for all challenges earning up to 1,700 points.  We were really wet from the rain but was a really fun experience with the a lot of variety in the challenges.  Circuit Events Grounds was a nice venue as it had some natural obstacles in the skate park and soft grassy terrain, which made rolling, crawling and falling in the grass much safer.  There were also several activities in the Circuit Events Grounds since there were other brands and activities in the area as part of the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.  It turned up that the sun never came and it was raining the whole morning but I guess that added a different flavor for the Berghaus Urban Adventure Games.   I would love to do this again. Great job Berghaus and CybUrban!!!

Outfit Of The Race

Top: Berghaus Shirt with #TaleOfTheTrail Design by Breakout Desigh, Bottom: Under Armour Shorts with Compression, Shoes: Under Armour Speed Form, Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S, Shades: Oakley Racing Jacket, Visor: Under Armour, Socks: Under Armour, Sling Bag: Under Armour

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Globe Offers Unlimted Data Roaming at P599 per Day

Tired of hunting for wi-fi spots just to upload a photo on Instagram?  Need an urgent information  Lost your luggage at the airport the 2nd time around? Need immediate access to Maps to make your way through the ancient temples in the city? Looking for hotel and restaurant reviews to make your vacation more worth it?  Make your trip abroad a worry-free experience with Globe Telecom’s P599/day unlimited data roaming available in over 70 countries worldwide with FREE TravelCare insurance of up to P200,000! Check out this infographic and get educated. Visit bit.ly/globedataroaming for more details! #GlobeDataRoaming

Unlimited Data Roaming

At the top of the Dragon’s Back Trail in Hong Kong. Uploaded in Instagram using P599 Flat Rate for Data Roaming.

I’ve been traveling in and out of the country for several years now for work and for travel around 4 to 10 times a year.  When it comes to roaming charges, I’ve had a lot of experience.  I’ve had my line cut because of exceeding my credit limit.  I was also charged astronomical numbers since I had to grab some important work emails.  I also had to desperately look for Wifi hotspots just to be able to access the net to search for the place I have to visit.  It’s much difficult being on foreign shores because you have limited access of your mobile data.  Mobile data has changed a lot of our lifestyle from being up to date to our social networks, being able to access maps and emails and even using chat software like Viber, Whatsapp and WeChat to communicate with family and friends.   It’s definitely easier going around and sharing moments once you have data roaming.

Globe Unlimited Data Roaming at P599 per day is a game changer.  It makes traveling easier.  I can check my office mail at ease.  I can use the maps to find the place I have to visit.  I can access my social media accounts to keep myself updated.  I can chat with friends and family and give them key updates on my trip.  I can share the moments on Instagram or Facebook as they happen.  I am such an adventure seeker. A few months ago, I went to trek the Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong using only an application description and my mobile phone.  It was a new place for me and since I was using Globe Unlimited Data Plan at P599, I was comfortable getting lost since I know with the maps, I can find my way back.  The other part of it was that I get to upload the photo from my trek on my Instagram and Facebook accounts as they happen.

How about sharing some 3D Street Art at Discovery Bay in Hong Kong?

When it comes to savings, the Globe Unlimited Data Plan at P599 can also save you a lot.  You don’t only save on the roaming data charges but with applications like Skype and Viber, you can save on actual call and SMS charges.  Even transportation cost can be more efficient as getting lost could mean grabbing an expensive cab to drive you back to your hotel.  That’s really a lot of convenience and savings at the palm of your hands.   It’s also easy to use as you’ll receive an SMS notification on the partner site as you arrive another country and you will also receive a notification once the service is effective and 3 hours before it expires.

Why look for a Wifi hotspot when you can upload that magnificent view of the Gardens in the Bays in Singapore as you see it?

Having Unlimited Data Plan at P599 gets you more comfortable on foreign soil because you don’t have to think about expensive or exorbitant roaming charges.  You have all the useful applications like maps and travel sites to guide you on your trip.  You have easy access to your contacts and social accounts, which makes the world such a smaller,  friendlier and a wonderful place.

How about sharing that cool temperature while you shiver in the cold streets of Taipei.

Globe Data Roaming flat rate of P599/day is now available in over 70 countries worldwide. To use the service, simply switch on your data roaming and you’ll be locked on to Globe’s partner carrier in your destination.  As an added value, subscribers on the unlimited data roaming service also receive free TravelCare insurance which provides up to P200,000 worth of protection from travel inconveniences.  Globe Data Roaming flat rate of P599/day is available for ALL postpaid subscribers.  To see all destinations covered and to learn more, visit http://bit.ly/globedataroaming

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#SportsKoAyosDito Brings the World of Triathlon to Beginners with Affordable Pre-loved Bikes

Coach Miguel Lopez and Drew Arellano supports #SportsKoAyosDito campaign.

“When it comes to the world of triathlon, the entry barrier has always been the cost of the bike.  #SportsKoAyosDito creates a marketplace for pre-loved bikesto ease your entry into triathlon.  To start up #SportsKoAyosDito, Coach Miguel Lopez and Drew Arellano will serve as mentors to promising athletes who would be doing their first triathlon event starting with getting their affordable road bikes via this campaign.” 

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Drew Arellano talks about his own Triathlon Journey

Triathlon has been so popular lately with more events happening monthly.  There are those eager to enter the world of triathlon but remain outside looking inside instead.  The reason, the cost of road bikes also comes with a premium.  SportsKoAyosDito tries to lower that entry barrier by having pre-loved road bikes available for sale at the AyosDito platform.  According to Coach Miguel Lopez and Celebrity Triathlete Drew Arellano, there’s a really a lot of quality pre-loved bikes out there and SportsKoAyosDito gives you more alternatives when it comes to road bikes.  Most triathletes starts with a simple bike and then upgrade as their earn their stripes in triathlon.  AyosDito can also be an excellent site for those who want to sell their bikes to upgrade or those who are looking for the bike that will take them to the next level.  AyosDito has just made your triathlon bucket list an easier goal to tick off by having a platform for bike sales and exchanges.

AyosDito has launched a campaign called “#SportsKoAyosDito” to help beginners pursue and level-up their passion for sports, and at the same time, promote hassle-free, safe online selling and buying.

Partnering with celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano and triathlon coach Miguel Lopez, AyosDito helped selected triathlon beginners—Jeff Calayag and Maridol Yabut—to gear up and train for their first triathlon competition. With “#SportsKoAyosDito”, the biking community was able to sell their pre-loved road bikes for the triathlon beginners.  Drew and Miguel were largely involved in the campaign. They both searched for the bikes on AyosDito, and met the sellers to transact with them – just like what happens with sellers and buyers in real life – to demonstrate that online selling and buying, especially with AyosDito, is hassle-free and safe.

Coach Miguel Lopez would mentor Maridol Yabut while Drew Arellano would mentor Jeff Calayag as they start their triathlon careers.

Brand influencer and triathlete Drew Arellano shared, “I realized that with platforms like AyosDito, various items especially for sports, are available so it is now easier and more cost-efficient to start a passion like triathlon. Meeting sellers is an exciting experience as it puts the human element in online selling and buying. My own user experience in meeting the sellers and buying the bike was safe and fun as AyosDito has a dedicated reviewer who ensures ads and sellers quality.”

Triathlon coach and athlete Miguel Lopez said, “Sports enthusiasts will be surprised that they can rely on platforms like AyosDito because they can find what they need for a particular sport. For instance, I found a fit bike for my trainee Maridol Yabut who needs a 48 – 50 cm road bike and this bike, despite being a pre-loved one, is competition-ready. Knowing the strict ads approval of AyosDito, my expectation was met when I saw that the bike was original and the seller was reliable.”

Drew Arellano and Coach Miguel Lopez have been in the triathlon world ever since the early 2000s and they are excellent mentors having been through so many races and training mileage.  They are passionate in the sports and dedicated to their trainings.  Jeff Calayag and Maridol Yabut both came from an excellent running background and would make great triathletes like Coach Miguel and Drew.   They have a wealth of information to share but for now I’d want to share a quote from Coach Miguel on training.

Ang training parang panliligaw. Pag di ka consistent, baka maunahan ka. (Training is like courting a lady, if you’re not consistent, someone might go ahead of you.)

Drew Arellano and Coach Miguel Lopez with the AyosDito Team

Believing in the potential of customer-to-customer e-commerce sites to promote and grow passions like sports, AyosDito Philippines Marketing Manager Rebecca Ricalde said, “At AyosDito, we are committed to helping Filipinos pursue their passions like sports by creating a hassle-free, safe, and trustworthy environment where experts and beginners can connect and transact with peace of mind. With AyosDito, we believe we can grow and sustain communities like sports. For this campaign, we are highlighting triathlon but the message applies for all sports and hobbies such as surfing, mountaineering, boxing and many more.”

To make sure every buyer or seller can enjoy the most Ayos experience, the company strictly implements the following rules:

  1. Duplicate ads are not allowed. Nobody likes spam. On AyosDito.ph, buyers find items they’d like easily.
  2. “General Patronage” items only. AyosDito.ph stays up-to-date on the prohibited items for sale based on Philippine laws. Likewise, there are no ads promoting tobacco, alcohol products, and more. For a full list: http://www.ayosdito.ph/about/index.htm?ca=5_s&page=prohibited
  3. Honesty is our policy. One major concern when buying online is scam. To prevent this, ads are scrutinized based on their photos, description, and item price compared to current mall prices. Usually, if an ad is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t!
  4. Clear photos are required. Part of ad quality control is focused on reviewing ad photos. Ads published need to be clear. Photos that are blurry, dark, with too much text, and even those with watermarks are rejected as a way to prevent scam ads.
  5. Actual photos (of cars) are required. Everyday, over 72,000 buyers are looking to buy cars on AyosDito.ph! To make sure these interested buyers get the best experience, specifically prohibited are stock, internet, and magazine or catalogue photos for car ads. Actual car photos are required to inform every buyer on their decision.

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Introducing the GoPro Hero 4 #GoProPH

There will always be moments that will always stand out in our life that we’ll treasure.  It may be a bucket list travel destination.  It may be conquering your first marathon or triathlon. It may be conquering a tough climb. It may be celebrating a family milestone.  It may be anything.   That’s where the value of #GoPro comes into play.  It captures life moments as they happen and comes with even more power and high definition quality with the GoPro Hero 4. #GoProPH

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Life is an Adventure

Travel, Running and Adventure has been a part of my life over the years.

My life is an adventure. I’ve lived a significant portion of my life in the finer side with a lot of travels and races over the years.  I’ve ticked off a lot of destination and things to do on my bucket list. Funny, how I look back and would want to revisit each of the places I’ve been through with the latest technology.  There was an era when we had to conserve rolls of film and wait for it to be developed to see how it turned out.  Then came the less powered digital cameras followed by the high powered and bulky DSLR cameras.  Then there’s GoPro whose sleek and powerful features make it a cut above the rest.  GoPro has redefined the business with not only powerful cameras but it also comes with accessories and mounts designed to help capture the moment as it happens.  GoPro Hero 4 is the highest performance line inthe GoPro Ecosystem.   HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP Php 25,990 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP Php 20,990. GoPro’s Emmy® Award- winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favorite experiences.


Always Selfie and Wefie Ready with GoPro with Lychelle Ang of Endurance Sports Magazine, Jeff Lo of Pinoyfitness, Edsel Ochoa of One Sports and Carlos De Guzman of SwimBikeRun.PH

The launch of the GoPro Hero 4 was held in Republ1c Wake Park in Nuvali last November 11, 2014 and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.  Some participants also had a chance to wakeboard as part of testing the newest GoPro.  The bigger part of launch was the presentation of the features of the Hero 4 and it was really impressive.  GoPro has also created variations in the Hero series to fit various users. The GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition would be suited for really power users like those who would needs the Emmy-Award Winning Performance Quality.  The GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition would be suited for about almost everybody and the GoPro Hero is the entry level GoPro that has all the basic functions.  Aside from understanding the awesome new features of the GoPro Hero 4, I’ve also learned a lot in using my current GoPro Hero 3+, which I won by topping a blogging contest.   I’ve been able to use the GoPro in documenting my previous races through a head mount and it was just amazing how beautiful the route of Angkor Wat and Corregidor was as captured by the GoPro.  The Hero 4 can even do better and the following are the shared features of the GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver Editions that takes it a step further over the previous versions of the GoPro.

  • ProtuneTM, now for photo + video.
    • For those who prefer to take manual control of their GoPro to maximize versatility and performance, we’ve expanded our professionally minded Protune mode to include Color, Sharpness, ISO Limit, and Exposure controls for both photo and video capture.
  • New settings for after dark.
    • Whether you’re shooting the Milky Way or a campfire hangout, Night Photo and Night Lapse allow you to capture stunning images of ultra low-light scenes with customizable exposure settings of up to 30 seconds.
  • Mark your best moments.
    • HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments with the push of an on-camera button while recording, making it easy to find, playback and share your favorite clips in GoPro Studio or with the GoPro App. You can also HiLight Tag using the mobile GoPro App or the new Smart Remote accessory.
  • QuikCapture speed and convenience.
    • QuikCapture makes it easy to power on and record with the press of a single button. When enabled, a single press starts video capture, while a press and hold engages Time Lapse photo capture.
  • High-performance audio.
    • A totally re-designed internal audio system combines with a state of the art microphone to capture clean, high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models.

Go Pro Hero 4 Black Edition

HERO4 Black at MSRP Php 25,990.

HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, virtually eliminating rolling shutter in most scenarios while allowing for time- bending slow motion effects. HERO4 Black also features an entirely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models. Additional enhancements include improved image quality, low light performance, highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface that allows for easier discoverability and access to key features and controls. The HERO4 Black is simply the highest performance GoPro yet.

The flagship HERO4 Black builds upon GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning technology to deliver the next level of GoPro image quality, versatility and performance:

  • Incredible ultra high definition 4K video at 30fps allows for life-like video capture as well the ability to extract 8.3 megapixel video stills to use as photos
  • Faster* high resolution frame rates of 2.7K at 50fps and 1080p at 120fps
  • 12MP magazine cover-quality photos at burst speeds of 30 photos per second
  • Updated user-interface with improved discoverability and access to key camera controls
  • 50% faster Wi-Fi* combined with Bluetooth® delivers enhanced GoPro App performance and improved power management
  • MSRP Php 25,990
  • For more information visit the HERO4 Black product page

Hero 4 Silver Edition

HERO4 Silver at MSRP Php 20,990

HERO4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as HERO4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120. HERO4 Silver includes a brilliant built-in touch display for those who value convenience and ease-of-use over the no-holds-barred performance of the HERO4 Black.  The HERO4 Silver sets a new precedent for convenience and ease-of-use with GoPro’s first built- in touch display:

  • Brilliant built-in touch display allows for easy camera control, shot framing and playback
  • Professional quality video capture at 2.7K30, 1080p60 and 720p120
  • 12MP magazine cover-quality photos at burst speeds of 30 photos per second
  • MSRP Php 20,990
  • For more information visit the HERO4 Silver product page


Go Pro Hero

Go Pro Hero at MSRP P7,990

GoPro is also proud to debut HERO, the perfect entry-level GoPro. Designed with simplicity in mind and built directly into a rugged, waterproof housing, HERO captures high-quality 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 60fps. HERO captures the same immersive, eye-popping footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world—all in a simplified package that’s accessible to everyone with an MSRP of Php 7,990. For more information visit the HERO product page on GoPro.com.

Mounts and Accessories

The good thing about Go Pro is they have an ecosystem when it comes to mounts and accessories.  In a way, even if you upgrade your Go Pro, you can still use your existing accessories.  They also have the different mounts and accessories designed for a specific use or need. Among the latest accessories are:

  • Smart Remote – Control your GoPro from up to 600’ (183m) away with the wearable and waterproof remote. Conveniently mark key moments as they happen with the Smart Remote’s HiLight Tag button when paired with a HERO4 Black or HERO4 Silver.
  • New BacPac accessories – A new and improved Battery BacPac provides almost twice the battery power over the camera’s internal battery alone. And a new LCD BacPac provides improved touch and swipe performance when used with HERO4 Black.
  • The Handler – A compact floating handgrip. Lightweight, ergonomic and durable, The Handler is perfect for handheld shooting during any activity.

GoPro App and GoPro Studio

Go Pro App (Left) and Go Pro Training App (Right)

  • GoPro announced several updates to its popular GoPro Studio desktop editing software and mobile GoPro App.
  • GoPro Studio makes it easy to import GoPro footage from your camera to your computer to create professional-quality videos. GoPro Studio features GoPro Edit Templates, template versions of some of GoPro’s most popular videos. All you have to do is replace the original GoPro video clips with your own favorite clips and the editing style that has made GoPro famous becomes your own. GoPro Studio now supports the HERO4’s HiLight Tag feature, making it easy for GoPro Studio to identify your videos’ best moments thereby allowing for faster and more convenient editing. Also new to GoPro Studio is FluxTM, a powerful ultra slow motion and speed ramping tool that enables the dramatic time-shifting effects GoPro has become so well known for. Want to highlight a particularly awesome moment in one of your edits? Flux that thing and share it with the world.
  • The GoPro App for mobile not only gives you instant access to the GoPro Channel and all of the incredible content that has made it the number one brand channel on YouTube, it also gives you full control of HERO4 Black and Silver and allows for quick and easy changes to any mode or setting. Expanded GoPro App support for HERO4 also includes support for HiLight Tagging while recording, as well as searching for tags during playback. As always, the GoPro App also allows for shot preview, playback and sharing of your favorite photos and videos via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and more.
  • The GoPro now also introduces a training application so you can maximize the functions of your GoPro.  There are a hundreds of features within a GoPro and the training app simplifies them so you’ll know when would be the right time to use them and what are the differences with each feature.
  • GoPro is committed to inventing innovative tools that make it easy for people to self-capture and share engaging and immersive experiences with others.

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Hashtag: #GoProPH

The GoPro HERO 4 and Hero  is now available at all major consumer electronics stores or you can check www.dans.ph or call 894-5110 for inquiries.

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Filinvest Endurance Weekend 2014

3 hours worth of running at Filinvest Endurance Weekend

Filinvest Endurance Weekend was different from the distance based run since it is time based.  It’s about finishing the most loops in the given time.  The Filinvest trails was a refreshing route with a variety of surfaces from single track paths,  forest trail, ascents and descents with both the nature and urban view across the trails.  It’s a unique experience from your usual road and trail races.

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Filinvest Endurance Weekend 2014

Trails and the City. Filinvest is the place to be.

I’ve missed the Endurance Weekend last year since the only option was a 12 hours run, which was too long for me at that time.  It was a good thing this year that they offered 6 hours and 3 hours run alternatives.  Given the part of my marathon preparation, I opted for the 3 hours run, which would be a good complement for my next races.  I’ve been  in Filinvest trails several times.  The trail would be familiar by now.  I always like how Filinvest can both give you a deep forest and also an urban city view in a single race.  It’s always fun being in this part of Metro Manila.

Race Route

Race Route Powered by Suunto Movescount

The race starts on the top end of South Corporate Avenue and proceeds to the first section of the trails that starts with a descent and a long climb in forest trails.  The race then shifts to the trails in beside Corporate Woods Avenue which starts with a climb and goes on a flatter forest trails.  The race briefly shifts to a short road portion before it shifts to the flat and long winding single track trails along Filinvest Avenue with a portion of the trail on the side of the riverside.  The last part of the trail is the Corporate Woods loop with a long single track trail and a big climb back to South Corporate Avenue for a loop of about 4 kilometers.

The Race

How can you not love the trails with views like this? – Photo by Run Lipa

An endurance challenge was a totally different experience for me.  Running for 3 hours is not new to me but running several loops in 3 hours would be the unique part of the race for me.  With an estimated 3.5 kilometers per loop, I was targeting to do 6 loops in 3 hours, which is one loop more the minimum of 5 loops to qualify as a finisher.  I was in Filinvest about 30 minutes before gunstart and it was a rainy Sunday morning which is great since I don’t have to deal with the hot weather. It also means the trail would be a lot more slippery though I’m happy with the traction of my Newton Boco AT that I’d be fine even on wet soil.  I used my simple hydration bottle since I can easily refill after each loop.  My only worry was missing a large stretch of my training during the week which means I would be rusty starting the race.

One leg over the other and repeat for three hours. – Photo by Run Lipa

The race director gave a short briefing of the course and the rules. One rule that stuck is that if you enter the start of the loop before 3 hours cutoff, the loop would still count on your total no matter how long you finish the loop.  The race started promptly at 6 am with the 3-hour runners and the 12-hour runners starting at the same time.  At the start of the race, I tried to start fast which was not a smart choice given that I was rusty and stiff starting the race.  A few kilometers into my first loop, I had stiffness in my calves.  I still tried to go fast until I realized that I should pace myself better.  So I’d run fast and allow a few seconds for my legs to rest with some walking breaks and go at it again.  I also made a mental note that it’s me against the time so I didn’t mind if the elite runners were overtaking me.

It’s not a sprint so it’s important to pace yourself. – Photo by Run Lipa

After 1 loop, I realized that each loop was about 4 kilometers in my Suunto Ambit 2S so I figured the 5 loops would suffice at my current pace since that would be about 20 kilometers already.  The route was almost full trail with only the crossing from one segment to another being on the road.  It’s much slower running on trail with the uneven terrain and the more challenging elevation.  I started planning my pace too with the first segment and second segment a bit hilly and the third and fourth segment with a flatter terrain.  So the plan was to slow down on the first two segment and speed up on the last two segments since it’s on flatter grounds.

The loops had its highs and lows and that’s the part where you strategize.

I was more relaxed doing the second loop since I am now more familiar with the course and now know the portions where I can rest.  It felt faster now with the second loop as you are no longer groping on the route.  I distributed my efforts along the course and was starting to enjoy the course.  I had my first gel after the second loop a little over an hour into the race.  I also took a water break at the hydration area before proceeding to the third loop.

I’m starting to enjoy the race as I got familiar with the course. – Photo by Run Lipa

By the third loop, I still maintained my pace and was already overtaking a few runners here. I’m still trying to keep the effort consistent.  I didn’t run fast in a single loop but I was just consistent and I’m in range in completing the required loops.  I ate my banana in the third loop and had my second gel in the fourth loop.  I also refilled my water bottle.  The good part about the run for most part of the 3 hours it was really cool and just had short period of sunny weather.

It’s time to wrap this up.

By the last loop, I had about 40 minutes to complete the last loop.  If I time it right I can do one more loop since I can finish a loop within 30-35 minutes so I can go for another loop. It would be tempting going for a 6th loop with the nice weather.  The 5th loop would be around 20 kilometer and if I go for a 6th loop that would be about 24 kilometer.  I decided to just enjoy my last loop and appreciate the trail since I have to catch my breakfast too at Palms Country Club.  I took my time in the last loop to appreciate the trail and eventually finishing the three hour course with about 20 kilometers worth of mileage.  That’s good enough for me.  I really enjoyed this one.  Great job Filinvest!!!

That Was Fun!!! – Photo by Mark Manalangsang

Outfit of the Race

This is my outfit for the race: Photo by Run Lipa Top: Adidas Singlet (designed by Breakout Design), Bottom: Under Armour, Shoes: Newton Boco A/T, Watch: Suunto Ambit 2S, Eyewear: Oakley Tour De France Radar Lock, Visor: 2xU, Calf Sleeves: 2xU, Socks: Under Armour, Tape: Rock Tape

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