Runnr Unveils their 2015 Product Lines

Nothing motivates you better than getting something new to add to your training and running arsenal.  Runnr brings in the latest models for Newton, Berghaus and Brooks Shoes, new fitletic headlights, more performance focused Spenco insoles, more comfortable Ironman socks and fuelbelt, advanced support and protection with CW-X,  and the latest Polar GPS Watch.  The new product lines are coming in the next few months so here’s a sneak peak for Runnr upcoming products in 2015.

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New Year, New Gears

When it comes to running and sports, gears really help a lot. Every year we see newer technology come in and new products are introduced.  Runnr is the one stop shop for runners and multisport athletes. There are the leading retailer of innovative running and multisport footwear and apparel in the country.  They would be adding more product, newer technologies and the latest colorways in shoes and other accessories.   With these new additions to its lineup, RUNNR continues to lead the way in making the sport of running ever more exciting and fulfilling to scores of athletes nationwide.  Here’s a sneak peak of the upcoming products.

Newton

I’m a big fan of the Newton forefoot technology.  The 5 Lugs really adds power to your stride that helps propel you forward for faster runs.  I also like their flashy colorways that make Newton standout on the race course while giving you an added speed, efficiency and the natural midfoot landing form in your runs.  All 2015 Newton Running models also feature highly breathable mesh uppers with seamless construction for a more glove-like fit, reducing the risk of chafing for those who like to run sock-less. Suggested Retail Prices for the Newton Distance IV / IV S is P7,995 while the Fate and Kismet are both priced at P6,995. More information can be found at www.newtonrunning.com.

Newton Distance IV White M (Top), Newton Distance IV S M (Middle), Newton Distance IV W (Bottom)

Newton has emerged into a more efficient and faster shoes with the introduction of the P.O.P. (Point Of Power) system to its patented Action/ReactionTM technology. Adding a fifth lug to its forefoot lug system, the P.O.P. system provides a custom action/reaction to each specific shoe model, tailoring its responsiveness to the wearer’s needs.  Having introduced the revolutionary 5-lug POP1+ platform in 2014 for the Distance, Stability, and MV3 models, Newton will begin offering the 2015 Distance IV and Distance IV S with a new forefoot design and new and exciting color ways to really make the wearer stand out in a crowd.

The Distance IV speed trainer features the 5-lug P.O.P. 1+ platform open chamber Action/ReactionTM technology with isolated and more rigid lugs for greater responsiveness, making it ideal for long distance training and high intensity workouts and races.  The forefoot Flex Zone has been redesigned to offer a custom fit and greater forefoot splay. Runners who have evolved their gait to a more midfoot and forefoot focus will likely feel they have hit the sweet spot in the new Distance IV and Distance IV S. The latter includes an Extended Medial Bridge to the midsole to provide more functional support for runners who need a greater surface area on the medial side due to pronation or a flatter archs.

Newton Fate for Men (Top); Newton Fate for Women (Bottom)

Fate is a “core trainer” with a 5-lug P.O.P. 2 platform, featuring beveled and articulated lugs for a more relaxed ride, and surrounded by static lugs for a broader base. This creates a versatile and balanced ride, offering the dynamic Newton “pop” in a more relaxed package ideal for everyday training and racing in an all-around, go-to shoe.  It features a mesh upper with 36-degree reflectivity, heel lace lock, and a durable outsole composite in the forefoot.  The Newton Fate has a 4.5mm drop and a 4mm wider base than the Kismet.

Newton Kismet for Men (Top); Newton Kismet for Women (Bottom)

Kismet offers similar features as the Fate but adds an Extended Medial Bridge for additional stability.  The Kismet is perfect for people who delight in the pure joy of running and want a shoe that elevates their experience.  It’s an every day training and racing and all around go-to-shoes.  It offers a versatile, balanced and relaxing run.

Berghaus

Berghaus is your perfect outdoor trekking shoes that gives you excellent traction for different surfaces.  They also offer a variety of outdoor lifestyle and trekking accessories for those who like to live for adventure.

A favorite among trail runners and ultra runners due its comfortable fit, surefooted grip, and extreme durability, the 2015 Berghaus Vapour Claw is now available in new colour ways for both Male and Female sizes.  The Berghaus Vapour Claw trail running shoe has been designed to deliver outstanding grip and performance. Built on a new semi-curved high performance sports last, the Vapour Claw has been tested in the most demanding multi-day races like the Attacama Crossing and Dragon’s Back Race, and provides great underfoot security in an extremely lightweight, breathable package.

The upper incorporates Berghaus Limpet™ compression stretch panels with highly breathable dual layer mesh to keep the foot secure, promote cool running and keep debris out. Cushioning comes from a five density EVA, medially posted midsole with an asymmetrical heel crash pad, while a Low Profile Protection® shank and Plantar plate™ prevent stone bruising.  Underfoot, the OPTI-STUD® Trail sole with grippy omni-directional 5mm lugs and a modified ergonomic holding system delivers a customized, secure fit. The Vapour Claw loves mud and is ready to eat up the miles. It weighs only 594g/527g per pair (Men’s 8, UK / Women’s 5, UK).  The Berghaus Vapour Claw retails for P4,496.75. and is available at all RUNNR stores and select Toby’s Sports outlets.

Brooks

When it comes to running shoes, Brooks carries both the float and the feel line.  They have shoes that are properly cushioned (Float) that absorbs stride impact for comfortable and longer runs.  They also have a lightweight shoes which gives you more feel of the ground for a faster cadence and run splits.  They are also the number 1 running shoes in the US and its shoe line has won various awards from various media and fitness outfit.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15

The all-new Adrenaline GTS 15 takes equal parts support, cushion and balance, and wraps them in a stylish, high-performance package. It features adaptive cushioning in the BioMoGo DNA midsole, responding to the athlete’s gait, with a full-length segmented crash pad for an ultra smooth heel-to-toe transition. It is the DNA technology that gives all Brooks shoes the famous “bounce”, creating a sensation akin to running on clouds so you can go on and on and on. The Progressive Diagonal Rollbar provides stability while moisture-managing materials in the upper keep the feet cool and dry. The Adrenaline GTS will retail at P6,295.

Brooks Ravena 6

The Brooks Ravenna 6 takes the runner into a whole new world of cushion and stability. Riding the line between Neutral and Support, the Ravenna 6 features adaptive BioMoGo DNA cushioning in the midsole for custom comfort. It features an extended Segmented Crash Pad for full ground contact and seamless heel-to-toe transition. Adjustable saddle wrapping from heel to midfoot provides a snug fit. The Brooks Ravena 6 will retail at P5,495.

Brooks Pure Cadence 4

Brooks Pure Connect 4

Brooks Pure Flow

Brooks Pure Project which includes the Pure Cadence, Pure Connect and Pure Flow are lightweight shoes designed to give you a better feel of the surface and enables you to run faster.  PureCadence 4 boasts a light and supported ride. PureConnect 4 mimics the shape of your foot so you can forget your shoes. PureFlow 4 is a triple threat of lightweight, soft, and cushioned.  The Pure Project shoes uses a Nav Band that provides arch support that naturally moves with your foot for a dynamic fit.  It has a rounded heel that aligns your stride naturally and easily.  It also has a toe flex for better feel and better speed. Brooks is known for its BioMoGo DNA, which has Lightweight and adaptive cushioning completely tuned to you.

Fitletic

Fitletic has made a name for itself as a provider of innovative and ergonomic running belts, and now it introduces a line of water-resistant headlamps that should please runners of every budget.

Vivid Plus Runners Headlamp (Top Left); Swift Plus Running Headlamp (Bottom Left): Swift Running Headlamp (Right)

The Fitletic Swift (30 Lumens) and Swift Plus (115 Lumens) are lightweight headlamps that weigh next to nothing but offers enough power and comfort for most needs. Three high performance LED bulbs offer four modes of illumination in the Swift and another three modes in the Swift Plus. There’s foam padding and adjustable banding that enhances wearer comfort making them handy tools for setting up your spot in a darkened transition, or just lighting your path while you run.  The Swift retails for P1,245 while the Swift Plus retails for P1,825.

For athletes who need even more versatility, Fitletic offers the Vivid and Vivid Plus. The Fitletic Vivid features 120 Lumens of output and 190 hours of burn time powered by three AAA batteries. The Vivid light detaches from the head strap to easily attach to several of the Fitletic running belts. The super light headlamp only weighs 3.5oz with batteries, but has a 120mm shooting beam and a safety strobe floodlight.  The Fitletic Vivid Plus offers the same versatility as the Vivid, yet adds even more power with 135 Lumens of output and 120 hours of burn time powered by a USB rechargeable Li-Polymer battery. The Fitletic Vivid and Vivid Plus retail for P1,695 and P4,025, respectively at all RUNNR outlets.  Fitletic is exclusively distributed by Sports Resources, Inc.

Spenco

Spenco provides insoles for additional cushioning and support to your shoes for a smoother and pain-free run.  It also helps prevent injuries by providing additional support to the arch and the heel.

Ironman Race Insole (Left); Ironman Train Insole (Right)

The Ironman Race Insoles incorporates Spenco® TOTAL SUPPORT® Technology and the patent-pending 3-POD™ Modulation System. This unique combination of cushioning and stability is ideally suited to the demands of training. The Ironman Race Insoles use better materials and technologies that cushion, stabilize and support right out of the box. The also promote a more efficient, healthier stride.  They provide ultra-lightweight and semi-flexible arch support and stability on race day. The Ironman Race Insoles retails at P1,995.

The Ironman Train Insoles incorporates Spenco® TOTAL SUPPORT® Technology and the patent-pending 3-POD™ Modulation System. This unique combination of cushioning and stability is ideally suited to the demands of training. The Ironman Train Insoles use better materials and technologies that cushion, stabilize and support right out of the box. The also promote a more efficient, healthier stride. They provide a rigid arch support designed for demanding training. The Ironman Race Insoles retails at P1,995.

 Ironman Socks

 

Compression wear has long been appreciated by athletes for its ability to boost blood flow to working muscles and hasten recovery, and Ironman Socks proudly introduces its line of line of Recovery and Compression socks.

Ironman Recovery Socks are the first of its kind in the market with celliant material, a synthetic polymer bi-component fiber made from polyethylene terephthalate with optically active particles embedded in the core. Celliant has been show to increase oxygenation in body tissue and has been demonstrated to reduce minor aches and pains.  As applied in the Ironman Recovery Socks, this helps to shorten time to recovery, reduce foot and leg swelling, and relieve pain.  Ironman Recovery Socks are also made in Italy, ensuring high quality and attention to detail in this premium apparel.  Ironman Recovery Socks are exclusively distributed by Sports Resources, Inc.  Ironman Recovery Socks retail for P1,995/pair and are available at select Toby’s Sports and RUNNR stores.

Fuel Belt

A fixture in long endurance events, FuelBelt has long made a name for itself as an innovator in providing ergonomic solutions for an athlete’s hydration requirements. The all-new FuelBelt Ironman Revenge R20 features subtle improvements that make the system even more intuitive to use and comfortable to wear even when you’re racing well past sunset.  All FuelBelt bottles now have new P2 Silicon Caps, which provide an incredible touch point that has to be experienced first hand. These caps were field tested at the Hawaii Ironman and feature a no-leak, soft-touch design that’s easy to push/pull to get a quick swig of fluids while on the go.

The Ironman Revenge R20 strap now uses all new S2 Velcro. Shorthand for “super soft”, S2 will also be used on all FuelBelt gear moving forward as it is soft to the touch but incredibly strong and reliable. Finally, the new Inside Out zipper design makes FuelBelt pockets and other accessory items water repellent, lightweight, seamless, and reliable, reducing the risk of stuck zippers especially during the heat of a race.  The FuelBelt Ironman Revenge R20 comes with two 7oz. BPA-free bottles that fit into plastic-molded holsters. Breathable Thermafoam padding enables and an adjustable waistband with S2 Velcro closure provide a comfortable, all-day fit, while removable storage pocket with Inside Out zipper and silicone push-pull P2 bottle camps make the Ironman Revenge R20 a most convenient partner for long training sessions and critical races.  The FuelBelt Ironman Revenge R20 retails for P1,795 at all RUNNR stores and select Toby’s Sports outlets.

CW-X

CW-X Conditioning Wear introduces two new technologies to its line: the Targeted Support System for its Sports Bra, and the EXO-Lite Seamless Support Web technology for the Revolution Tight.

The CW-X Sports Bra’s Targeted Support SystemTM balances optimum comfort and support for activities ranging from low to high impact. The Sports Bra uses 4-way stretch COOLMAX Tricot fabric (80% COOLMAX / 20% Lycra) to keep skin dry through quick-dry moisture movement while providing excellent comfort, fit, and compression support. Five interconnected, floating inner-cup straps provide a soft and comfortable built-in support structure which works in concert with the shoulder straps and base strap to provide exceptional support.  Under the bust, a 4-way stretch mesh panel (79% polyurethane / 21% nylon) provides maximum breathability and moisture movement to minimize uncomfortable sweat build-up. A mesh back panel (80% polyester / 20% polyurethane) provides extra compressions and fabric reinforcement to enhance supportive fit, while the racer-back cut allows for freedom of arm movement and minimal chafing. The offset flat seams at the top and side prevent chafing and improve comfort.  The CW-X Sports Bra retails for P550.

Now available in in the CW-X Revolution Tight, the EXO-Lite Seamless Support WebTM Technology is the latest and most advanced evolution of the patented CW-X Support WebTM. The EXO-Lite Seamless Support WebTM helps the muscles and ligaments band together to stabilize the knee joint. It also provides extra support to the lower abdominals, hips, and back for extra stability and power to the core area of the body. Around the knee area, the system provides support similar to taping applied to injured muscles, offering gentle and continuous support to both the medial and lateral head of the gastrocnemius in the calf.  The Revolution Tight retails for P8,450.

Polar

The new Polar M400, which also has 24/7 activity tracking, is for people who lead an active life and spend a lot of time training outdoors. It is the perfect companion for urban and trail runners alike who are inspired by challenges and want to push their limits.  Polar M400 combines the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology using Bluetooth Smart. Lightweight and compact in design, its clean and modern look adds to the style of any outfit, both during and outside of training sessions. Available in white and black, it suits men and women alike. M400 is fully water-resistant, and its high-contrast and high-resolution display is ideal for outdoor use in any weather condition.

Equipped with features that capture Polar’s cutting-edge know-how in Smart Coaching, M400 gives guidance throughout your training and shows the effect of your workout at the end of each session. It will also help you understand how all the active choices you make are good for your health. M400 also offers plenty of ways to monitor everyday activity: besides counting steps and burned calories, it gives alerts when it is time to get up and interrupt long periods of inactivity.  In addition to the advanced activity tracking capabilities, M400 packs a powerhouse of options for training and exploring in its sleek body. For example, M400 tracks pace, distance and altitude with the built-in GPS. The Back to Start feature directs you to your starting point in the shortest distance possible, allowing urban runners to try new routes or people who travel to run without fear of getting lost. M400 also keeps tabs on your personal bests and notifies you when you have broken your record. This helps you challenge yourself and stay motivated to keep training and racing. When heading out for a run or a ride, it also estimates your end time based on your speed or pace. Runners, in particular, will be happy with the Running Index feature, which calculates how their running performance is developing over time based on heart rate and speed.

All the training details can be easily synced between M400 and the Polar Flow web service and mobile app, where the completed and upcoming workouts can be viewed. With the Polar Flow service, planning and analyzing every detail of a training session is easy and helps users follow their progress and get a deeper insight into their performance. With this online training tool, they can have a closer look at what they have achieved and what lies ahead, set training targets and get guidance on how to reach them. They can also relive their routes and share them with their friends and contacts in the Flow community.

Polar M400 will be available in the Philippines by 3rd or 4th week of February 2015.  The Polar M400 will be available at all RUNNR outlets and select Toby’s Sports outlets by 4th week of February 2015. It is also now open for pre-order at www.tobys.com.

Visit Runnr and Toby’s Sports Store

For all the running gear you need, visit RUNNR outlets at: Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma Alabang Town Center and Ayala Center Cebu. You can also check out the RUNNR corners in Toby’s outlets in these branches: Shangri- La Mall and SM Mall of Asia. For more updates on RUNNR log onto www.runnr.com.ph or add them on Facebook and Twitter through www.facebook.com/RUNNRPh or https://twitter.com/RUNNRph For inquiries, please contact RUNNR at 403-1787.

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Alaska Partnership with Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is Now on its 8th Year

Alaska continues their partnership with Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA this year to nurture young boys and girls, become better individuals and encourage them to embrace a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle through sports. Last January 24, 2015 at the British School Manila, Bonifacio Global City, Philippine Basketball Association All-Star player and coach Jeff Cariaso has announced his return to Alaska to help the next generation of young and aspiring basketball players realize their dreams.

Basketball is the country’s number 1 sport by a mile.  Kids grow up emulating the moves and buzzer beating moments of their favorite NBA stars in the various courts around the country.  With Alaska and the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA tie up, kids gets even closer to that dream with a grassroots program that teaches them the skill and attitude needed to excel in the Basketball Court.

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Alaska Coaches and Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Alumni

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 presented by Alaska tipped off last January 24, 2015 at the British School Manila.  The program has been running for 8 consecutive years in the Philippines with more than 26,000 players and 2,000 coaches participating in the event since it was launched in 2007.  This year, they are expected to reach more than 700 schools and communities nationwide.  Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA is the NBA’s international youth development program that promotes basketball participation, sportsmanship and teamwork as well as promoting an active lifestyle among kids.

Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Alumni who were able to participate in international NBA events through the program.

There will be coaches clinics, open clinics and regional selection camps, in which players will showcase their skills and tryouts nationwide.  The following are the timeline of activities for the 2015 Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines Program.

  • Coaches Clinic and Open Clinic, January 24-25, 2015, British School Manila
  • Coaches Clinic, January 31, 2015, St. John Institute Bacolod
  • Open Clinic, February 1, 2015, St. John Institute Bacolod
  • Regional Selection Camp, February 21-22, 2015, Seminario De San Jose, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  • Regional Selection Camp, February28-March 1, 2015, Alonte Sports Arena, Binan, Laguna
  • Regional Selection Camp, March 7-8, 2015, Ateneo de Iloilo
  • Regional Selection Camp, March 14-15, 2015, St. Louis University
  • Regional Selection Camp, March 21-22, 2015, Ateneo de Davao
  • Regional Selection Camp, March 28-29, 2015, St. John Institute Bacolod
  • Regional Selection Camp, April 11-12, 2015, PICC, Manila
  • National Training Camp, April 24-26, 2015, PICC and SM Mall of Asia, Manila

“The Jr. NBA Program has positively impacted the lives of Filipino youth, parents and coaches alike for the past eight years and we are excited for this to continue.  Together with our longstanding partner Alaska, we will work to improve and expand on our program, bringing it to more cities and communities each year and making it a more inclusive and unique experience for Filipinos everywhere.”  - said Calo Singson, NBA Philippines Country Manager.

Wilfred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk and Carlo Singson, NBA Philippines country manager do the opening toast for the 2015 Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines.

“The thousands of Children who have trooped to the Jr. NBA camps all over the country including the impressive turnouts of the first ever Jr. WNBA program last year is an overwhelming affirmation that children are indeed meant to go out and play. In 2015, the NBA and Alaska Milk will reach more young aspiring basketball players by bringing in Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA to more cities nationwide.  More than just winning a game, Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska encourages children to participate in sports to nurture their talent, live a healthy and active lifestyle, and keep children in winning form.” - Said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation.

 

Alaska’s E.Cow also came to play some hoops.

The Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA National Training Camp will culminate the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and 5 Jr. WNBA All Stars who will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All Stars from Southeast Asia.  The program is free and open to boys and girls between 10-14 years old.  There would also be also be a search for 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Coach of the year, which will be overseen by Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Head Coach Chris Summer.  The Coach of the Year winners will be announced at the National Training Camp in Manila, which will be attended by an NBA and WNBA player or legend and feature NBA Cares community outreach activity.

Jeffrey Cariaso is Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Basketball Camp Director

Jeffrey Cariaso returns home to Alaska as Basketball Director for Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Camps

Philippine Basketball Association All-Star player and coach Jeff Cariaso has announced his return to Alaska to help the next generation of young and aspiring basketball players realize their dreams.  Cariaso will serve as Basketball Camp Director.  Cariaso started his 15-year career in PBA after he was drafted sixth overall by Alaska in 1995 where he also took the Rookie of the Year award that year. On his 2nd year in the league, he achieved a rare Grand Slam with the Aces. When Jeff rejoined Alaska Aces in 2004, he was team captain for six years before announcing his retirement in 2010 after playing 15 seasons in the league.  From being a 10-time PBA All-Star, 2003 PBA All-Filipino Finals MVP and 2002 PBA All Filipino Best Player of the Conference, Cariaso began his transition to becoming a coach in 2011.

Cariaso to help mold the future basketball stars of the country.

Cariaso returned home to Alaska this year to as Basketball Director for Alaska Basketball Powercamp and Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA under Alaska’s NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. Program to help aspiring young players achieve their full potential. He will travel around the country together with the other coaches to conduct school clinics for coaches and players during the regional selection camps. They will also teach not just the basics of the sport but also STAR values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, (positive) Attitude, and Respect. These activities will culminate in the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia where the 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA all-star teams and national coaches are named.   The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program for 2015 will definitely be exciting with Coach Jeff on board in helping our future athletes realize their dreams. Encourage your children to go out and play!

Follow the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines.

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines; Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com; Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #JrNBA #JrWNBA

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Under Armour Unleashes Speedform Gemini

Under Armour Speed Form Gemin is a performance shoes that packs in the speed and adds a layer of cushioning. The SpeedForm Gemini brings in the precision fit, feel and comfort with its molded upper and zero distraction seamless heel cup.  It gets you faster with its lightweight feel and gets you go longer with the charged foam cushioning technology.

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SpeedForm

Me Wearing the Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo at the UA Magamall Store Launch,

I have the Under Armour Speedform Apollo, which I’ve been using for shorter distance runs.  I can say that it gives you a great feel of the surface, which allows you to run faster.  It’s efficiently constructed so it uses lightweight materials, which helps you generate faster leg cadence and reduce muscle wear and tear.  It also creates a natural feel contoured to the anatomical bone structure of the feet giving a better and more comfortable fit.   It’s the perfect running shoes for speed sets and short runs.

Speedform Gemini is the next level in the speed formtechnology and gives you the same lightweight feel with a weight of 8.5 oz.  It’s slightly heavier than the Apollo but what it adds in weight, it makes up in terms of cushioning.  SpeedForm Gemini is built for athletes who need extra cushion when taking on longer distances, whether they’re training for races or logging extra miles to reach new fitness goals.  One of the key technologies used in this latest innovation is the Charged Foam, which is a new midsole foam that has a unique combination of bouncy feel and impact. Essentially, it adapts to the needs of any runner, offering superior cushioning and responsiveness.  So when you want to go fast on a longer distance with a more comfortable level of cushioning Under Armour Speedform Gemini is right for you.

It reduces unnecessary heel movements with a seamless heel cup with foam collar that provides a locked-in, anatomical fit to the heel which reduces drag and distractions from running.  It has molded 4D Foam® footbed conforms to your foot’s exact shape, eliminating slippage and gives you a better feel of the ground for a more efficient foot strike.  The Charged Foam midsole which is the main advantage of the Gemini gives it sufficient cushioning for a longer run yet still retain the responsiveness for faster cadence.  It’s uses a blown rubber for an outsole and has a carbon rubber heel that keeps the Gemini lightweight.  It easily conforms to a runners feet, which allow an optimal heel-to-toe transition for a smoother ride.  So if you are looking for that perfect, comfortable, and highly dependable running shoes, visit Under Armour branches located at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City, and the soon to eopn branch in UP Town Center, Quezon City.

Visit Under Armour in the Philippines    

  • Bonifacio High Street
1F 12-13 Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City, 1634
Daily: 11am-10pm
+63 2 823 7289                                                           
  • SM Megamall
Bldg A, UG Level Dona Julia Vargas Ave. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong
Daily: 10am -10pm
 
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Incoming: Lezgo Run

You want to be an AWESOME Runner???  Lezgo Run gives you a feel-good atmosphere at the CCP Complex with colorful singlets and finisher shirts and medals for ALL FINISHERS that says you’re AWESOME.   That also comes with the fun and entertaining atmosphere that Runtarantantan is known for.  Lezgo Run is happening on March 15, 2015 with 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K distances for runners to choose from.  It doesn’t stop there as you’ll also contribute to the cause of Batang Gala Foundation by joining this run. So run, have fun and help at Lezgo Run!

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Choose you own Singlet Colors.

Lezgo Run in treating runners to an AWESOME Run with a non-competitive environment that makes each runners a winner by just joining this own.  The course is the usual fast and flat course along Roxas Boulevard that would let you enjoy the morning view of Manila Bay. Runners also get a free hand in choosing the colors of their singlets from 4 colorful and really flashy designs.  They also have finisher shirts and medals for ALL FINISHERS that just tells you how awesome you are as a finisher.  There’s also a beneficiary in Batang Gala Foundation that would surely warm the heart in supporting this run.  Then there’s the typical fun and entertaining environment that Runtarantantan delivers in each of their race.

  

You’ll definitely be AWESOME after the run and you have a finisher shirt to back it up.  This is a value for money run as not all runs gives finisher shirts and medals to all finishers.  Lezgo Run would be perfect for all types of runners from newbies to more experienced ones with 4 distances to choose from (3K, 5K, 10K and 21K) happening at the CCP Complex in Pasay City on March 15, 2015.  Registration begins on February 12, 2015!

Race Details

Medals for all finishers.

  • Date and Venue

    • March 15, 2015, CCP Complex, Pasay City
  • Race Categories

    • 3K- P450
    • 5K -P550
    • 10K – P650
    • 21K – P750
      • Inclusive of Bib and Singlet
      • Finisher Shirts and Medals for All Finishers
  • Registration

      • Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia
      • Runnr at Trinoma
      • VibramFiveFingers at SM Megamall
      • New Balance at Glorietta and Alabang Town Center
        • Thursday to Sundays, 1Pm to 8PM
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Get your MOVE on in 2015

1. Sole F80 Motorized Treadmill 2. Go Fit Gym Ball 3. Sole B94 Magnetic Bike 4. Core Selectorized Dumbbell 5. Proteus TG-520 Home Gym 6. Go Fit Contoured Kettlebell 7. Go Fit Extreme Pro Gym Resistance Tubes Select items are also on offer at 20% OFF or 0% Interest on Installment until January 22, 2015.

Time is probably the most overused reason why people can’t workout yet there are a lot of people who get to mix a regular 9-5 job, family life and yet stay fit and healthy to do runs and multisports event on weekends.  The secret is making the most out of the few hours you can squeeze in a day.  Move Fitness Lifestyle Store have a lot of equipments to help you make the most out of your minute and keeping a healthy lifestyle.

Get on the MOVE

With a new year comes your health and fitness goals.  Most get to start the year on a fitter note but eventually time catches up and people eventually revert to their sedentary old selves after only a few weeks of trying out the latest exercise fad.  The problem may be that with only 24 hours in a day, a busy body’s ever growing list of priorities can push daily exercise further and further down the list of To Do’s.  Balancing our priorities and time for our fitness can be difficult but the key is not quit altogether.  Multi awarded Coach and Triathlete Andy Leuterio has some time crunching tips to be more efficient with your workouts.  Coach Andy having worked with time-strapped Age Group Triathletes and Runners knows how difficult it is for him and his athletes to work on their training programs given the multitude of things they have to manage.

Multi-awarded Coach and Triathlete Andy Leuterio shares some time-crunching workout tips.

 If you only have an hour for exercise, be as efficient as possible

Coaching many working, Age Group triathletes and runners, he recommends that aspiring athletes be as self-contained as possible to cut out travel time to the gym or training venue.  Owning fitness equipment has become more practical these days compared to gym membership which at times you can’t maximize because of your busy schedule.  Move Fitness Lifestyle offers a lot of equipments that can give you an instant workout at home.

If you have to be in the office early and leave late, do what you can at home before you leave for work. Run on a treadmill, bike on a stationary trainer, or do a lot of body and free weight exercises. An hour is enough to get a good workout in. Save the longer sessions for the weekends

 

What will you need to get started?

The simplest item is a yoga mat. Inexpensive and easy to stow when not in use, a yoga mat allows you to do stretches, core work, pushups, and other body weight exercises.

Next is a set of dumbbells. “Get a set you can lift 10 to 20 repetitions per set. Any heavier and you’ll struggle to hold form”, says Coach Andy. The Core Selectorized dumbbells (P19,995) can be configured for up to 90 pounds while saving on space compared to a set of multiple dumbbells.

Meanwhile, the Go Fit Contoured Kettlebell (P2,460) and the Go Fit Extreme Pro Gym Resistance Tubes (P3,995) can be used for a variety of challenging sessions, although you will need special instruction beforehand to use them safely. If you have a little more space to spare in your home, the Proteus Home Gym (P56,995) offers a range of exercises for the legs, back, arms, and chest.

If you don’t have the space for a treadmill or just aren’t inclined to run, jump rope is a great alternative for your cardio workout. Finally, a stability ball like the Go Fit Gym Ball (P1,795) is an ideal tool for core exercises if you have a sensitive back.

 

What are the specific exercises you could do indoors?

“Go for a little bit of everything”

A staple workout is the “Chuck Norris”, which is a circuit run that incorporates body weight and core exercises as the rest interval.  Intensity, duration, and number of repetitions and sets can be adjusted to the person’s level of fitness. If you’re a novice runner, you can start out with a 20 to 30 minute run. More experienced runners can aim for the full hour or 10/12km. Instead of running non-stop, it is broken down into 2-3km or 10-15” work intervals. During the “active rest interval”, you can perform exercises on the mat such as 10-30 pushups, abdominals, planks.

Fitter athletes can ratchet up the intensity throughout the intervals, add more repetitions, or add more exercises during the active rest interval. For non-runners, they can substitute the treadmill for 2 to 3 minute intervals with the jump rope, or they can cycle!

The Sole F80 Motorized Treadmill (P105,995) and the Sole B94 Magnetic Bike (P54,995) are compact and sturdy machines that offer a variety of intense cardio programs for a workout like the Chuck Norris.

Finally, the most important piece of kit you’ll need is a weighing scale. Weigh yourself before breakfast every day and track your daily morning weight. This keeps you honest and conscious about your exercise habits, says Coach Andy. If you don’t exercise, the scale will give you ever-higher readings. When you DO exercise and eat a healthy diet, the numbers on the scale will be a pleasure to see every morning. “There will be fluctuations in morning weight of around 1 to 2 pounds depending on water weight, so don’t stress out over that”, says Coach Andy. The important thing is to track the moving average over several weeks and months.

Keep moving, stay proactive, eat healthy and you’re bound to enjoy a fitter, faster 2015!

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Takbo.PH 20 Miler

20 Miles (32 Kilometers Complete) – Photo from Takbo.PH
Date: January 18, 2015
Distance: 32 Kilometers
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
 

#Takbo.PH20 Miler was an Afro-distance marathon and at the same time, a great way to build up for the upcoming Marathons and Ultra Marathons.  #Takbo.PH and #Leadpack was able to create a hilly course utilizing both the climbs at Kalayaan Flyover and the long climb at 5th Avenue, which you had to do twice, to add to the challenge of the race.  The cool January weather also gave the runner an extra boost to be able to run strong for a 20 miler course.

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Takbo.PH 20 Miler

Every Mile Counts

I’ve been running the Takbo.PH Runfest ever since I started running.  With so many marathons scheduled in February and March, Takbo.PH and Leadpack came up with the Takbo.PH 20 Miler (32 Kilometers) to give runners a venue to prepare for their big races.  It’s a big race in itself being an Afro-distance Marathon.  I was not originally part of the event since I was scheduled to join Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM).  As things would turn out, there would be a no-sail policy in the area with the Pope visiting the Philippines, which resulted to CIHM being rescheduled to March.  Call it divine intervention perhaps, I ended up inquiring on the availability of the 20 miler.  Thanks to Donna Fuentes, Leadpack and Takbo.PH, I was able to secure a complimentary slot in the 20 miler.  Then comes the thought, am I ready for a 20 miler??? I did finish with a good time doing 21K at last week’s Egg Power Run so let’s see if I can find a way to do another 11K to finish 20 Miles (32K).  This would be the final dry run for my 42K happening in 2 weeks time.  Game plan is just to be consistent and finish the race.

Race Course and Elevation

Race Course Powered by Suunto Ambit 3 Peak and Suunto Movescount

The Race starts at 9th Avenue corner 34th street and proceeds to 38th Parkway via 11th Avenue and 32nd Street.  The race proceeds to Triangle drive and enters 8th Avenue as the race heads back to 32nd street.  From 32nd Street, the race goes to the climb at Kalayaan Flyover and then proceeds to Buendia until Osmena Boulevard for the u-turn midway into the 9th kilometer.  The race goes back to Bonifacio Global City and climbs 5th Avenue via Rizal drive for the next u-turn midway into the 15th kilometer.  The race then goes downhill at 5th Avenue and 32nd Street where you do another loop of the course.  After the second loop, you can now cross the finish line at 9th Avenue.

Elevation Profile is powered by Suunto Movescount

The race starts with a short climb to 32nd Avenue before a descent into 38th Parkway and Triangle Drive.  The climb begins upon reaching 8th Avenue until the end of Kalayaan Flyover around the 5 kilometer mark.  The race then goes downhill at the other side of Kalayaan Flyover and then has a slow descent going to the u-turn in Buendia at kilometer 8.5.  The race then goes on a slight climb until kilometer 11 before the big climb in Kalayaan flyover until the 12th kilometer.  The race then descends the other half of Kalayaan Flyover before the climb resumes at Rizal Drive at the 13th kilometer until the high end of 5th Avenue for the uturn at kilometer 14.5.  The race then descends to 5th Avenue and 32nd street for the first loop and goes through the same course again for the second loop and the finish.

The Race

How to do 32K? – Photo by Hansen Buasen

More than a race this was a dry run for me.  So I had everything planned even before race day.  One was to tire myself for Friday night so I’ll wake up late on Saturday and also scheduling an afternoon nap to adjust my body clock a bit.  It’s always difficult sleeping before the race so I had to invest on sleep the day before the race.  Fortunately, I was able to have a few more hours of sleep the night before.  Next was hydration, I don’t usually bring hydration during races but since I was planning to bring hydration on my full marathon, I brought my simple hydration bottle as well.  For nutrition, I had 4 Unilab Active Health sports gel to be consumed 1 each per hour of running and I also had salt stick as needed.

I was in the race 30 minutes before gun start and went on to get my bib from Donna and joined the warm up.  Running Host Boy Ramos did a great job entertaining the jittery crowd who’s about to start with their 32K run.  After the warm up and the opening ceremonies, it was then gunstart.  Everybody was starting fast, which also meant I started fast at a sub 6 minute pace and I noticed the crowd was not slowing down.  That got me thinking, Am I in a 32 kilometer run or a 5 kilometer run because everybody was really fast at the start?  I started to pull back and do some walk just so I can run at a more controlled pace.

It was a fast start for everyone. – Photo from Takbo.PH

I also noticed that I am starting to get the pre-warm up muscle pains with some pain on the shin, calves and hamstring in the first kilometers.  I went on with several walking breaks to warm up the muscle groups.  Despite the walking breaks, I was able to keep my pace within 7-7:30 minutes per kilometer into the first few kilometer.  Every time, I’d feel uncomfortable, I’d pull a positive memory or thought from my mind to power me up.  It really works.  Going to the 4th kilometer, it was the climb at the Kalayaan flyover and I really needed the hills so I went on running that climb part of Kalayaan Flyover.

Can you find the hidden Franckie? – Photo from Takbo.PH

Going to the downhill part of Kalayaan Flyover, I was about to speed up because of the descent but I felt my right calf muscle cramping a bit so I ended up walking most of the downhill part.  I paced myself further in the next two kilometers just to allow my calf muscles to recover and the salt stick also did help on that part..  At around the 7th kilometer, I felt it was better so I went faster once again until the u-turn slot at kilometer 8.5.  I also went on a mental note that this was four 8 kilometer runs instead of one 32 kilometer run.  I had to review my pace and strategy after every 8 kilometers.  First 8 kilometers was around 56 minutes.  I went on faster after the u-turn since I know I would slow down during the climb at Kalayaan Flyover at kilometer 11.

If you haven’t found the hidden Franckie yet, here’s a closer look. – Photo from Takbo.PH

The climb back at Kalayaan Flyover was a chance to rest a bit and let the load shift to the quad muscles.  I did 40 seconds of run and 20 seconds of rest until I reached the top.  Upon reaching the top, I took the downward part of the Kalayaan flyover to speed up to go on longer stretches of run until the climb resumed at Rizal Drive.  Rizal Drive is known for its moderate climb and I still went on with the same pace until 5th Avenue.  The 5th Ave til the top is a more challenging climb so I went on running 1 minute and resting for 20 seconds until I reached the top and it’s kilometer 14.5.  The rest of the first loop was downhill which was a great way to start the second loop.  Kilometer 16 at 1:55.

Halfway through earning this medal.

I felt more comfortable on the second loop and first target was to reach 21K and then I’ll go by feel by then.  I was playing around the 7-7:30 minute / kilometer pace.  The muscles felt better on the second loop with me managing the pace based on the elevation.  I was pushing myself on the descent and then slowing down on the climbs.  The challenging part would be the big climb at Kalayaan Flyover and I still went up with a decent pace.  Midway at the Kalayaan Flyover, I was able to hit kilometer 21 and I still felt I had a lot left in my tank.

It’s been a really challenging run – Photo from Takbo.PH

After completing the half marathon, I was able to speed up again on the way to the u-turn at about 24.5 kilometer in Osmena Avenue reaching the 24th kilometer around 2:53 and it was down to the last 8 kilometers.  Compared to the remaining part of the course, Buendia area would be a flatter one so I took this part as a chance to run faster until kilometer 27.  Last 5 kilometers of the race.  The climb at Kalayaan Flyover was a challenge so I did 30 seconds run walk interval until the top of the climb.  I then maintained a 1 minute run, 20 seconds walk even on the descent to conserve energy until kilometer 30 before the big climb at 5th Avenue.

It hurts a lot but it’s worth it. – Photo from Takbo.Ph

I went back to the 30 seconds run walk interval on the climb before coasting to the finish line on the descent and eventually finishing at about 3:58 for a sub 4 finish.  I remember last year when I was training for my first marathon, it took me 4 hours just to finish 30 kilometers so this is a big improvement and something I didn’t expect.  I guess if you  just be consistent with what you do and get powered by positive thoughts, you just get better,  Thanks a lot to Takbo.PH with the concept of the 20 miler.  I’m a step closer going into my second full marathon.  It was a well organized race and the chilly weather was perfect that also came with some drizzles and some cold winds.

A well deserved breakfast for a good 32 Kilometer Run.

Outfit of The Race

This was my outfit for the race: Top – Adidas (designed by Breakout Design); Shorts, Calf Sleeves and Visor – Under Armour; GPS Watch- Suunto Ambit 3 Peak, Shoes – Newton Distance 3; Eyewear – Salice; Tape – Rock Tape

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Incoming: Run United 1 2015

The Run United Trilogy is one of the most anticipated runs in the running community.  The first step begins January 19, 2015, 12 Noon with the opening of the online registration for Run United 1 at Runrio.com  #RunUnited would also be offering bundle packages that would take you into a journey of speed or distance in the complete trilogy.  Register Now!!! #RU12015

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Run United Calendar

It’s gonna be another exciting year for Run United Series with new Singlets and Finisher Items to Collect. Run United 1 is happening on March 8, 2015 at SM Mall of Asia.  The 2015 Run United and Finisher Shirts has new color schemes and uses a new Active Health Chaf-Redux technology to prevent chafing.  The Finisher Medals are also bound to be a keeper with the new interlocking design encouraging runners to keep up with the tradition of completing the trilogy.  Of course, each Run United Race comes with the precision and excellence of execution by Unilab Active Health and Runrio.  Set the alarm clocks on as Run United 1 registration officially opens at Runrio.com on January 19, 2015, 12 Noon while in store registration begins on January 26, 2015.

The trilogy gets extra exciting with runners getting the chance to register a bundle promo.  You can go for a half or full marathon journey in each of the trilogy or you can go on a test of speed by focusing on a 10K or a half marathon category.  It’s also gonna guarantee your slot for the rest of the trilogy.  It’s time to set your goals and register now!

Run United Finishers Medal – 21K C0mbination

21K- 32K – 42K Combo Medal

Race Details

Run United Singlets and Finisher Shirts

Date and Venue

  • March 8, 2015, SM Mall of Asia

Distances and Inclusions

  • 5Km – P 700
  • 10Km – P800
  • 21Km – P900
    • Inclusive of Active Health Singlet with Chaf-Redux Technology, Race Bib with D-tag & Active Health Gel Bib Holder
    • Active Health Ventilation Bag and Drinks for all Finishers
    • Finishers’ Medal and Finishers’ Shirt for all 21K Finishers

Registration

  • Online: Runrio.com (January 19- February 22, 2015)
    • Plus P150 delivery & processing & P50 web admin fee
    • Race kits will be delivered
  • In Store: (January 30-March 1, 2015 – 12:00NN to 8:00PM)
    • RUNNR Store BGC, B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
    • Toby’s Galleria, 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
    • Toby’s SM North, SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
    • Toby’s MOA, SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila
      • Race kits will be received upon registration

Assembly / Gun Time

  • 21K – 3:00 AM / 4:00 AM
  • 10K – 4:00 AM / 5:00 AM
  • 5K – 4:30 AM / 5:30 AM

THE RUN UNITED EXCEED YOURSELF BUNDLE PACKAGES

Run United will also be offering a bundle promo that would guarantee secure slots and one time registration, one time web admin fee, customized race bib with runner’s name, dedicated village lounge for the finishers kit claiming, special assembly area at the starting line and acknowledgment during the satellite stage program

  • EXCEED HALF MARATHON (RU1: 5km/RU2: 10km/RUPM: 21km) For progressive runners who level up a category higher every RU starting at 5km and eventually a 21km
    • Online P2,900 (INCLUSIVE of P450 delivery & processing & one-time P50 web admin fees.)
    • In Store: P2,400
  • 10K PERFECTIONIST (10km/10km/10km) For the progressive runners who continuously targets hitting their PR in the 10km category.
  • HALF-MARATHON PERFECTIONIST (21km/21km/21km) The authority in 21k distance who wants to exceed their previous half-marathon performance.
    • Online P2,900 (INCLUSIVE of P450 delivery & processing & one-time P50 web admin fees.)
    • In Store: P2,400
  • EXCEED FULL MARATHON (RU1: 21km/RU2: 32km/RUPM: 42km) For progressive runners who level up a category higher every RU starting at 21km and eventually a 42km
    • Online P3,700 (INCLUSIVE of P450 delivery & processing & one-time P50 web admin fees.)
    • In Store: P3,200
  • BUNDLE SLOTS MECHANICS
    • For online (credit card & prepaid) registrants: Complete race kit will be delivered 2-weeks before every race.
    • For in-store registrants: complete Run United 1 race kit will be given upon registration for actual runners. Run United 2 and RUPM race kits can be claimed at the registration store where the runner purchase his bundle slot starting on the 1st day of the in-store registration for Run United 2 & RUPM. *An additional P300 fee will be charged if race kits will be delivered (optional).
    • All bundled slot comes with a guaranteed singlet and finisher shirt sizes. Deadline of registration is on February 22 or until slots last. Limited bundle slots only.

Race Updates

Website: Runrio.com and Unilab Active Health

Facebook Page: Unilab Active Health and Runrio.com

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Incoming: HaRUNa

The Apo Hiking Society have championed the cause of Original Pilipino Music for Decades.  Their music is timeless and have captured the hearts and admiration of their listeners.  HaRUNa is a tribute run for the Apo Hiking Society and it comes in a time that will fill your hearts with warmth and love of the Valentine Season as the Run is happening on February 15, 2015 at the Bluebay Walk in Pasay City. Run with family, friends and loved ones in a feel good race that comes at a reasonable price.

HaRUNa

I grew up admiring the music of the Apo Hiking Society and by that time, they have already been legends for decades in the field of Original Pilipino Music.  Their music is timeless and has a feel good tone that’s very inspiring and very Filipino.  They also were able to bring a lot of great love song that’s perfect for the upcoming Valentine season.  Another thing to keep the heart beating faster and healthier is a feel good run in a very relaxed and fun environment that Runtarantantan brings in all their races. HaRUNa brings you to Blue Bay Walk on February 15, 2015 with 3K, 5K, 10K and 16K distances that both newbies and experienced runners would surely enjoy.

Medals for all finishers

There will be medals for all finishers in a non-competitive environment that would bring more fun into the run.  Everybody is bound to have fun and have a good time so bring the family, friends and love ones and enjoy the distance and the company.  Each stride you make would also contribute to the cause of Tahanang Walang Hagdan, which is the chosen charity of the Apo Hiking Society.  This would definitely a good way to celebrate heart’s month with a good run that comes with a good cause. Register Now!!!

Race Details

12 Reasons to Join HaRUNa

  • Date and Venue

    • February 15, 2015, Bluebay Walk, Pasay City
  • Race Categories

    • 3K- P450
    • 5K -P550
    • 10K – P650
    • 16K – P750
    • Inclusive of Bib and Singlet
    • Finisher Shirts for 16K Finishers

Finisher Shirt for 16K Finishers

  • Registration

      • Toby’s at SM Mall of Asia
      • Runnr at Trinoma
      • VibramFiveFingers at SM Megamall
      • New Balance at Glorietta and Alabang Town Center
        • Thursday to Sundays, 1Pm to 8PM

 

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Incoming: Nutrilite Health Run

Nutrilite has been the world’s top selling vitamins and dietary supplement brand and part of it’s 80th year celebration, they would be hosting the Philippine Leg of the Nutrilite Health Run.  Being known in the health and wellness field, Nutrilite brings that track record to the race course with the Manila Leg happening on February 22, 2015, the Davao Leg happening on March 1, 2015 and the CDO Leg happening on March 15, 2015.  There will be 3K, 5K and 8K categories for runners to choose from at a very affordable registration fee of P300.

Nutrilite

 

When it comes to Vitamins and Dietary Supplements, it’s Nutrilite that tops it all.  It’s been promoting health and wellness since 1934.  Nutrilite is exclusively distributed by Amway in the Philippines, which is an $11.8 billion direct selling business based in Ada, Michigan, USA.  Aside from Nutrilite Vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, Amway also distributes Artistry™ skincare and color cosmetics, and eSpring™ water treatment systems.  With the proven track record of Nutrilite and the distribution strength of Amway comes Nutrilite Health Run, which is happening on 3 legs in the Philippines with the Manila leg held on Ferbuary 22, 2015 at the Blue Bay Walk in Pasay City, the Davao Leg held on March 1, 2015 at the Amway Distribution Center in Davao and the final leg will be on March 15, 2015 at the Amway Distribution Center in Cagayan De Oro City.  Aside from being part of the race, runners also get a chance to be a part of the growing number of Amway Business Owner.

 

The Nutrilite Health Run is a regional initiative with previous stops in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and Singapore as part of their advocacy to wellness and health.  “Wellness has always been the Nutrilite advocacy since it was first introduce 80 years ago. Through this series of runs, we want to encourage more people to put a premium on their personal wellness. We want more people to eat right, take in the right supplements and exercise,” said Leni Olmedo, Country Manager, Amway Philippines.

Interested participants can register at all Amway Distribution Centers and via the Colorurlife Facebook fan page from January 5, 2015 onwards. The registration fee is PhP 300 for all categories. Assembly time will be 5:00 am for the 3k and 5k categories, and 4:30 am for the 8k. Gun time is 5:00 am for the 8k, 5:20 for the 5k, and 5:30 for the 3k.

Race Details:

  • Date and Venue

    • Manila Leg: February 22, 2015, Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City
    • Davao Leg: March 1, 2015, Amway Distribution Center, Davao City
    • CDO Leg: March 15, 2015, Amway Distribution Center, Davao City
  • Race Categories

    • 3K, 5K, 8K
    • Registration Fee: 300 (Inclusive of Bib, Race Shirt, Product Giveaway, Finisher Gift Pack and Raffle Stub)
    • Raffle Prizes would include P10,000 product coupon , ipod touch and consolation prizes

  • Registration

    • Manila:
      • Amway Distribution Centers (Makati / Shaw) – Monday – Saturday Only
      •  Runnr BGC and Toby’s SM MOA (Thursday to Sunday only)
    • Davao / CDO – Amway Distribution Centers
  • Assembly and Gun Start

  • Hydration Details

  • Race Maps

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Egg Power Run Half Marathon #EggPowerRun

Egg Power Run Conquered

Date: January 11, 2014
Distance: 21K
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
 

#EggPowerRun was not only an eggciting race.  It also gave runners a lot of leg room to run, sufficient water stations to rehydrate, a challenging course to conquer and a great chilly weather to refresh the runners.  These factors contributed to a good run for the runners and I also was surprised to finish a half marathon below 2:30 again after a long while.  #EggPowerRun also gave runners the importance of having Egg as part of our diet.

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#EggPowerRun

Hearty Boy and Eggy Boy Welcomed Runners at #EggPowerRun – Photo from Randy Payumo

Egg Power Run had the unique concept with runners carrying an egg along their run.  It’s a challenge and at the same time, it can also help in your running form as some would say that the proper form would be as if your hands were cradling an egg.  It helps release tension in the body and regulate the flow of energy.  For most of us, it’s part of our build for our full marathon happening in a few weeks.  More than the interesting concept, this was a good chance to pile in the mileage and at the same time build up my confidence for the upcoming marathon. I’ve been using a modified run walk scheme with no specific run intervals but with a limited 20 seconds walking break when I get tired or something is aching.  No expectation but I was surprised by my time after the race.

Race Course and Elevation

Race Course Powered by Suunto Ambit 3 and Suunto Movescount

Race starts in 9th Ave and loops to the triangle drive area before heading to 8th Avenue going to 32nd Street.  The race the proceeds to Kalayaan Flyover heading towards Buendia until the u-turn at Osmena Highway at the 8th Kilometer mark.  The race heads back to Bonifacio Global City via Buendia and Kalayaan Flyover.  The race then goes through Rizal drive and 5th Avenue before going to Lawton and Bayani Road for the next u-turn at kilometer 16.5.  The race heads back to 5th Ave until 32nd Street for the finish at 9th Avenue.

Elevation Profile is powered by Suunto Ambit 3 and Suunto Movescount

The Race starts with a rolling terrain going to Triangle Drive before a descent to 8th Avenue.  From 8th Avenue, the race shifts to an ascending terrain going through the long climb in Kalayaan Avenue.  The race goes on a flat and descending course in Buendia until Osmana Highway at kilometer 8.  After the u-turn, the course goes on an ascent once again all the way to Kalayaan Avenue.  After Kalayaan Avenue and the entry to Bonifacio Global City, there’s a moderate climb in Rizal Drive and a big climb in 5th Avenue entering Lawton which has a rolling terrain.   The race then descends to Bayani Road with a short climb to the u-turn slot at kilometer 16.5.  The race then ascends to Lawton’s rolling terrain before going downhill in 5th Ave all the way to the finish line.

The Race

I was running with AGSB friends and former teammates Gryf and Mascy!

Since the race had an early gun start, I didn’t have much sleep before the race but I did have an easy tune up run on Saturday so I should be up and ready for this one.  I was at the venue 30 minutes before gunstart and waited for AGSB friends Mascy and Gryf since I have their bibs before the start of the race.  After a few stretching and some pre-race program, it was finally time to start a race.  As for the carrying the egg part, I didn’t carry one as I am more focused on the run part than the challenge part.

At gunstart, I went faster than my usual pace and check how my legs would react.  It was a good thing my legs I didn’t feel the usual sting while my legs warms up.  It also helped that the race had its fair share of flats and climbs as the load were distributed between the different muscle groups with the calves working on the flats and the quads working on the climbs.     I was able to maintain a good pace going through triangle drive and 8th Avenue.  We had our first water station at Justicia Drive around the 2.5 kilometer mark.  I took a short water break before proceeding with the race.

The flats in Buendia was the perfect place to speed up. – Photo by Aquiz Minlay

The first big climb was in Kalayaan Flyover, which was my chance to slowdown and try to rest a bit but I needed to try to be consistent on the hills to make my legs stronger so I went on with the pace.  I slowed down a bit towards the end of the climb at Kalayaan Flyover just so I have enough wind to speed up on the descent.  The Buendia was the flatter part of the course so I used this part to speed up and surprisingly I was within the 7 minute per kilometer mark for the race.  I maintained this pace until the u-turn in Osmena Highway with just the short 20 second breaks every time I felt tired.  I also used a different approach with my gels taking in just smaller but more frequent doses to spread out the energy and it’s working.  I learned this one in the TAlKabOutfitness talk I attended in December.

I was surprisingly running faster than my normal pace. – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

On my way back to Bonifacio Global City, I checked on my heart rate and it was really high so I added more walking breaks just to stabilize the heart rate. I was able to make up for the breaks with a faster cadence on the run part.  I went on with that interval until I reached the climb at Kalayaan flyover around kilometer 11.  At the climb, I went on a minute of running and 20 seconds of walking to conserve energy on the flatter part of the course.  Upon reaching the top, I took advantage of the descent to speed up again until I reached Bonifacio Global City.

First Race for Newton Distance III (Orange)

The long climb started at Rizal Drive so I went on with my normal run in Rizal Drive since the climb is just moderate and went on with a 30 seconds – run / walk interval on the big climb to 5th Avenue so I won’t be too exhausted with the climb.  This also helped in lowering my heart rate.  Upon reaching the Lawton part of the course, it was dark though it was tolerable.  I was able to speed up once again until Bayani Road.  I went on with shorter intervals with Bayani roads rolling terrain and reserved my energy for the finish.

It was nice to see the bright lights for once. – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

The course started to become brighter at Bayani Road and the road back to 5th Avenue as the sun started to rise.  I went on with a bit of terrain management on the 18th and 19th kilometer by speeding up on the descents and slowing down on the ascents.  By the 19th kilometer, it was now a time to go downhill so I went back to a fast rate and by the time I reached the 20th kilometer, it was around 2:22 already and I had a good shot at finishing a sub 2:30 half marathon.  I went on my last hydration stop and went on to speed up to finish the race at 2:29.

To The Finish Line – Photo by Tara Trip Tayo

It felt good to finish strong but it felt even better to finish sub 2:30 in a half marathon.  The last time I was able to finish a half marathon in 2:30 was about two years ago in Hong Kong with me settling for finish times above 2:40 – 2:50 lately.  I seriously thought I would never be able to run at this level but I am happy to say, I was able to and that says much at how much time I’ve been hitting the road for my marathon preparations.  It was a well organized run by Leadpack with just the right volume of runners, sufficient hydration, a challenging hilly course and a unique concept.

Our reward for a good run, a breakfast at Ihop

 Outfit of the Race

This was my outfit for the race. Top – Adidas (designed by Breakout Design; Shorts, Socks and Visor – Under Armour; GPS Watch – Suunto Ambit 3 Peak; Shoes – Newton Distance III; Eyewear – Oakley; Calf Sleeves: Zensah; Muscle Tape – Rock Tape – Photo by Aquiz Minlay

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