Holiday Fitness, Week 2: Work in Progress

One of the things I’ve been keeping tabs on is how often I’ve gotten sick this year. Having my nephew running around my place most days means I get exposed to all sorts of virulent strains; every time he had a runny nose, I’d get struck down for a whole week.

Well, last week I realized it had been more than a month since I’d last had a full-blown cold or flu. I came close a few times, but a day’s rest and a good night’s sleep were able to ward the sniffles off. It’s amazing how well the human body can recover, but to get to this point I’ve had to drop any sort of hard training and gain some weight — five pounds, to be exact. It’s a good trade-off though, because being sick sucks. Continue reading “Holiday Fitness, Week 2: Work in Progress”


Kikay Reviews: Under Armour Charged Bandit 2

With the start of the UA Run Crew last week, Under Armour is poised for a bigger presence in the Philippine running community. The brand seeks a bigger share of the running shoe market with their latest offering, the Charged Bandit 2.

Under Armour Charged Bandit 2

I’ve mainly been running in the Speedform Apollo for races and short distance sessions, and the “Speedform Gemini for marathon training. This was my first experience with the Bandit line, which is on Under Armour’s second tier of neutral running shoes, at a slightly lower price point. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Under Armour Charged Bandit 2”


Holiday Fitness, Week 1: Nike Run Club

With no racing in my immediate future, I can turn my attention toward rebuilding my fitness properly. This year more than ever I’ve seen the importance of taking things slow to be able to go fast later on, so a return to basics is in order.

The problem with race-based training is that when you go into the offseason, suddenly it’s like you’ve got nothing to aim for. Couple the offseason with the start of the Christmas holiday season, and it’s a recipe for letting yourself go.

I took on a challenge from my friends at Nike to use the Nike+ Run Club app to help keep me on track. Continue reading “Holiday Fitness, Week 1: Nike Run Club”

Under Armour Run Crew

Saturday’s launch of the Under Armour Run Crew drew running enthusiasts from all over the metro to experience the first of three months’ worth of workouts under the tutelage of coaches Jim and Toni Saret. As a kickoff bonus, the launch went bigtime with a huge set-up at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater and featured Under Armour celebrity endorser Piolo Pascual.

Under Armour Run Crew Launch

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Fresh Spotify Playlists for Running

Music has been an important part of my training this year, especially as I tried to push through the last few weeks leading into the races. I just realized that I haven’t put any new playlists up for you to try out and enjoyΒ in your workouts!

Now that I have a lot more time on my hands, I decided to tidy up the one playlist I’ve been using and separate the tracks for two different kinds of training session: Speed Work, and Long Run.

One of the funniest comments I got on the first playlist I put upΒ on this blog is that it inadvertently caused listeners to go faster on what were supposed to be easy runs. Talk about motivational! In practice, though, I switch to slower-tempo songs for my long runs to help me hold back, and move into the uptempo, heavier-sounding tracks for when I need to pound the pavement hard. Check these out! Continue reading “Fresh Spotify Playlists for Running”

Short Circuit to Total Body Fitness

Working out doesn’t have to take your entire day, unless you’re a professional athlete or bodybuilder. If you’re just like the rest of us, you want to be fit and look good in the least amount of time needed, which probably explains the popularity of late-night infomercials about the latest machine that will give you several workouts in one.

But no major purchase is required for a decades-old workout methodology that gives you a cardio and strength workout combined. I’m talking about circuit training, and how a simple series of exercise combinations can burn fat, tone muscle, and give you the health and strength you need.

Circuit Fitness Routine

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