Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Join the Running Revolution with Adidas Energy Boost

Nuffnang is holding a contest in line with the launch of the new Energy Boost and I am trying my luck on this contest. So the ask, "What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to boost your run?"

I was trying to think of a creative answer but the only thing I could think of that I did to "boost my run" (which I think means running faster or running further that you ever ran before) was training. Training is a crucial part of achieving something in any sport. You just don't decide on race day that you will achieve a personal best or run the longest distance you ever ran. You decide months before. You find a training plan and follow it to the best of your ability. On race day, you will achieve that goal.

I wrote a blog post on training before and I have found that running consistently at increasing speed and distance had proved great results. I was able to shave off minutes to my 21k Personal Record with training as consistently as I could 2 months before my first international race, the Rock and Roll Half Marathon Philadelphia.

Currently, I am training for my first Marathon, the Bull Runner Dream Marathon. I haven't ran farther than 21k before deciding to do this so I trained following a plan. I braved through 2 degree weather, got used to stinky gym smells and woke earlier that I should to go on my training runs. I even trained during my vacation trips. That's crazy enough right?

Press Release

Join the Running Revolution with the adidas ENERGY
Pre-order one of the 100 pairs available starting today

Philippines, 14 February 2013 Unmatched energy return, superior cushioning, optimal
fit and temperature independence:  introducing  the ENERGY BOOST™  by adidas,  the new
running  shoe  with  revolutionary  cushioning  technology  that  provides  the  highest  energy
return in the industry. And just like that, running will never be the same.   

With only 200 pairs of ENERGY BOOST™ available in the Philippines this season,  runners
will be able to reserve up to 100 pairs before the shoes hit the adidas Bonifacio Global City
store  on the  27th  of February.  This  can  be done  via a  pre-order  mechanism exclusive  for
South East Asia that opens from 15th until 24th of February. So, be the first to boost your run

Boost your cushioning

The foundation of  the  ENERGY  BOOST™  innovation is centred on proprietary cushioning
material,  BOOST™,  that  allows  the  runner  to  feel  a  continuous  energy  return.  The
revolutionary  technology  allows  small  energy  capsules  in  the  soles  to  store  and  unleash
energy more efficiently with every stride

Boost your conditions

Holding its performance in almost any condition the exclusive BOOST™ material has been
proven  to  be  three  times  more  temperature-resistant  than  standard  EVA  material,  thus
providing a more consistent and comfortable run. 

“As  a  revolutionary  material,  BOOST™  combines  the  usually  conflicting  performance
benefits of  soft  and comfortable with  firm  and  responsive  cushioning. It  almost  makes  the
shoe  come  to  life,  and  you  will  feel  it  from  the  first  moment  you  put  it  on.  It  sets  a  new standard,  not  only  for  running  shoes,  but  for  the  entire  industry,  and  all  products  going
forward,” said Bernd Wahler, Head of Innovation for adidas.

Boost your comfort

The  adidas  ENERGY  BOOST™  innovation  goes  beyond  the  revolutionary  midsole
technology. The upper on the ENERGY BOOST™ features adidas Techfit technology, which
provides optimal comfort and support to the entire foot while in motion.  

Additional features include a special mid-foot support frame, an extended TORSION® system
to minimise roll for more stability, adiwear outsole to reduce wear in key soles areas and an
external heel counter to maximise the heel fit and comfort. The adidas ENERGY BOOST™ is
miCoach compatible.

adidas  ENERGY  BOOST™  retails  at  PHP7995  and  will  be  available  for  pre-order  at  from  15th  until 24th of February. Pre-ordered pairs  will  then  be ready for
pick up on the 27th of February at adidas Bonifacio Global City.

About adidas

The adidas brand is one of the leading sports brands in the world. The adidas brand attitude
“Impossible is Nothing” drives all brand communication initiatives and helps strengthen the
brand’s bond with consumers. With a well-defined and segmented distribution approach and
a premium-price strategy, adidas clearly positions itself as a top-notch brand in all markets.

About the adidas Group
The adidas Group is one of the global leaders within the sporting goods industry, offering a
broad range of products around the core brands: adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and
Reebok-CCM Hockey. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the Group has more than
46,000 employees and generated sales of 13.3 billion in 2011.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Merrell Adventure Run 2013

Date: April 27, 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: Mt. Sinai, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal
Race Distances: 5km (Men's & Women's), 10km (Men's & Women's), 21km (Men's & Women's)

Race kits and singlets can be claimed starting April 1, 2013 to April 21, 2013 ONLY in respective registration areas. Singlet sizes will be subject to availability and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Distance: Gunstart:
21km 6:00am
10km 6:10am
5km 6:20am
*cut-off time of 5 hours for the whole race will be implemented

Friday, February 08, 2013


Leg 2, February 17, 2013
Makati Central Biness District
Go to for more details

P650 per race
Plus a one-time purchase of a reausable timing tag for P150:
Timing tag can be used for all other races during the season
Replacement timing tags will cost P250

1. Become a Ripper:
a. Log on to Rip the Road website
c. Input the required data 
d. Accept the terms & conditions and SUBMIT
e. You will be issued a Ripper’s ID Number and Ripper’s ID card
- Your Ripper ID contains your personal information (no need to input data everytime you join a race)
– You will use your Ripper’s ID card each time you register for a race
– You will need your Ripper’s ID number to access your account, check race results, photos, change your profile
2. Register for the Race:
a. Go to a Registration Center
- Planet Sports Glorietta Mall
– Planet Sports Trinoma
– Planet Sports Alabang Town Center
b. Present your Ripper’s ID Card
c. Sign the waiver
d. Pay the registration fee
e. Get your race kit
- Deadline for registration is February 10 or until 1,000 slots get filled up.

Rip the Road is an annual series of five competitive 10K races with a championship race at the end of each season.
In each leg, the top 3 over-all male and female winners will be awarded, as well as the champion and runner-up in five age groups:
  • 30 years old & below
  • 31-35 years old & below
  • 36-40 years old
  • 41-45 years old
  • 46 years old & above
- Only the top 1,000 runners will qualify for the championship race (free entry)
– Runners must finish at least 2 legs to qualify for the championship race. Qualifying time is the average of a runner’s 2 fastest finish times.
– Winners and the top 250 finishers of the championship race will be invited to the Night of Champions awards dinner (free entry)

  • Rip the Road 1: Unleashed November 25, 2012
  • Rip the Road 2: Vendetta February 17, 2013
  • Rip the Road 3 March 17, 2013
  • Rip the Road 4 April 14, 2013
  • Rip the Road Championship May 12, 2013
  • Pre-Championship Race Packet Pick-up & Pasta Party: May 10, 2013 (venue to be announced)
  • Night of Champions Awards Dinner: May 24, 2013 (venue to be announced)
Glorietta 3 Park, Ayala Center, Makati

Makati Central Business District (see map)
The same race route will be used for each race

  • Assembly Time: 5:00 AM
  • Starting Time: 5:45 AM
  • Cut-Off Time: 
    • Runners must reach Ayala Avenue from Buendia Avenue by 7:15 AM
    • Runners who fail to meeet the cut-off time will not be allowed to continue the race (DNF)
    • Sweeper vehicles will transport DNF runners to the activity area
    • Hydration wil be available at the cut-off area
  • All Race Finishers: Limited special-edition finisher’s technical shirt
  • Leg Winners: Over-all males and females
    • 1st place – Trophy, P5,000 cash & other perks
    • 2nd place – Trophy, P3,000 cash & other perks
    • 3rd place – Trophy, P2,000 cash & other perks
  • Age-group males and females
    • Champion – Trophy, P1,000 cash & other perks
    • Runner-up – Trophy, P500 & other perks
  • Special prizes will be given to runners who finish 3 or more races
  • Championship: Over-all males and females
    • 1st place- Trophy, P50,000 cash & other perks
    • 2nd place – Trophy, P30,000 cash & other perks
    • 3rd place – Trophy, P20,000 cash & other perks
  • Age group males and females
    • 1st place Trophy, P3,000 cash & other perks
    • 2nd place Trophy, P2,000 cash & other perks
    • 3rd place Trophy, P1,000 cash & other perks
  • Top male and female Filipinos will be sent compete in an international 10k race (race to be announced)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Conquer your limits with 2013 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series

The world’s premier off-road triathlon event, Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series, is back this year for more exhilarating action. It will kick off with the Vaseline Men XTERRA Championship Weekend which will involve a 1.5-kilometer swim, 35-kilometer bike, and a 10-kilometer run.

Press Release

After staging successful series of off-road action events last year, Vaseline Men, the fastest growing men’s skin care brand in the Philippines again challenges you to conquer your limits in the 2013 Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series.

Friday, February 01, 2013

When runners train... (Training for TBRDM)

When we want to be better at something, we study and practice for it. Running is no different. When we want to finish a certain distance or achieve a certain feat, we should train for it. Training should be smart too. You shouldn't just run random distances at random pace for training or else you wouldn't be able to qualify what all you are training is for. You should have a calendar of activities or a training plan and follow it. In this way, you are on step closer to actually achieving your goal distance or finish time.

What training does...

There comes a time at a runner's life when he is tired of winging it or just finishing a distance. He may want to go a longer distance or He may want to run faster. In this case, the runners must determine his goal. My first running goal was to finish a 5k race. I ran every other day 2 weeks before the race. I didn't track my distance. I just ran. I wanted to prepare my body to run 5k but I didn't have a plan. Despite finishing it, I wasn't sure of achieving my first 5k finish until I actually do it. An example of a first 5k training plan is this Couch to 5k Plan that turns a sedentary fellow into a 5k running. Training takes 3 month but this program assures you that you will have a strong 5k finish and gives you the confidence of being able to achieve the feat before doing it.

at the 2011 Adidas KOTR

I have proven that training prepares the body to achieving when I was able to achieve my 5k PR at the Adidas KOTR 2011. I finished at under 30 minutes. Before the event, I ran every other day following a 5k in 20 minutes plan. At first, I tried to keep with the pace from the training plan but it was too fast for me so I stuck with the distances and the speed work but not with the pace. I was able to break my PR despite not being able to reach my goal.

Achieved my 21k PR in Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon

Just a few months ago, I trained to break my 21k PR at the Rock and Roll Half Marathon Philadelphia 2012. I followed a training plan for 2 hour finish. I didn't follow the training plan on the dot since it was too fast for me and I didn't have the schedule for long runs. Since I didn't follow the plan, I was doubtful to finish to break my PR. This was also my first 21k without my pacer and ka-tsismisan CJ so I had no idea how I would perform. Surprisingly, I ran the whole 21k and finished within my goal a sub-2:30 finish.

The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (and its training plan)

Last year, I was able to attend the Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM) where some of my team mates finished their first full marathon. This marathon is an event especially done for newbie marathoners. They have training plans, training runs and running seminars to support you on your first marathon. On that day, I felt that a marathon seems not for me. Then came September 2012 and I was one of the runners signing up for a slot in the 2013 batch. I figured after 2 years of running it was time for me to achieve this feat. Also, almost all of my blogger friends had finished one except for me. My running buddies had helped me get a spot. I actually got 2 thanks to them and I paid them as soon as I could. CJ helped me in claiming my kit and when I got the training plan from him the night before my return to the US, I was surprised to see that the training plan wasn't that demanding. So those who have been running for a time now, you better consider doing the TBRDM.

Posing in my bedroom after my training run

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