JBL-Harman Launches Active Lifestyle Audio

Music plays a big part in my active lifestyle. Many of you know how I love making Spotify playlists to accompany my training, and I usually have a song that becomes the theme of each of my races.

So when it comes to sound quality, I don’t settle for any old speaker or earphone. I’m an avid yurbuds fan, and when yurbuds was acquired by JBL-Harman I knew big things were going to happen for my favorite sports earphone. First it was yurbuds powered by JBL so you could enjoy the earphone that never hurts and never falls out with signature JBL sound. Just last month, JBL-Harman announced its latest product lines for the active lifestyle, and the earphone lines now incorporate yurbuds technology. Not only does JBL cater to endurance sports enthusiasts (in the case of yurbuds), but also to extreme sports aficionados, outdoor warriors, and people generally on the go. (more…)

7 Tips for Your First Marathon

Signing up for your first marathon? Awesome! Now its time to get you from here to the starting line. A marathon is very different from a short fun run and is a distance youve never tested your body at. You need to be smart about what you do from here on out.

34th Milo Marathon Finals: Stretch!

Here are seven tips to help you conquer your first marathon. (more…)

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis

For all that’s been said about Anne Curtis as a multimedia celebrity (she acts, she dances, she sings a little), she is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met and is in earnest about everything she sets her hands to. Her latest project as a UNICEF celebrity advocate for children is a fundraising run for the benefit of UNICEF Philippines.

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis for Heroes for Children Run

The Heroes for Children Run will be held on October 25, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Featuring 5K, 10K, and 21K categories as well as a 500-meter children’s category, this fun run aims to raise funds for UNICEF’s 1000 Days of Life campaign.

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life from conception to their second birthday are important in their development. UNICEF calls it a “window of opportunity”, and providing adequate nutrition, vitamins and minerals can prevent irreversible physical and cognitive developmental damage.

Stunted growth is associated with reduced school attendance and poor academic performance and stunted children are more vulnerable to infectious disease having an increased risk of dying from pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria.

Stunted children become adults who are more overweight and suffer from chronic disease including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease and often have lower incomes. Women affected by stunting deliver babies who are likely to be afflicted by this preventable condition, perpetuating the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.

UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander said, “I accompanied Anne on her first field visit with us. She is committed not only to learn, but also to contribute in changing the lives of the Filipino children for the better. Her popularity and large fan base is an asset in drawing due attention to the needs of Filipino children.”

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis
Anne Curtis and UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis
Anne addresses the media

Worldwide, running has had a charity component; I’ve personally gotten beyond the point where I run just for personal benefit. When you run for a purpose or an advocacy it makes every step more meaningful — Anne Curtis has signed up to do her first 21K at this race. While she is training for the distance, she knows what will drive her onward. “I think my passion for the children will help me finish my first half-marathon,” Anne said during the press conference.

Do your part by signing up for Heroes for Children Run! We running bloggers will be there.

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis

Heroes for Children Run with Anne Curtis

Race: Heroes for Children Run
Date: October 25, 2015
Venue: SM Mall of Asia
Reg Fee: P650 (5K); P750 (10K); P950 (21K); P100 (500-meter dash for children 12 years old and below)
Registration Sites: Chris Sports (SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!)
Online Registration: takbo.ph/heroesforchildren (additional fees will apply)

10 Reasons You Need to Run NOW

For self-confessed run addicts like myself, running is like a food that nourishes our bodies and souls. It is something we can’t live without. But if you’re just starting out, the thought of slogging through miles on the road, rail, or treadmill may not be too appetizing.

To whet your appetite for running, here are 10 reasons you need to run, NOW.

Lacing Up for a Run


Mirinda Carfrae to race Bataan International Triathlon!

I am currently in triathlon offseason.

…I mean, I was in offseason — until I heard Mirinda Carfrae is coming to town this November 28-29 to join the Bataan International Triathlon!


Mirinda Carfrae is a three-time Ironman World Champion and is simply one of the best runners over the Ironman distance ever! At last year’s Ironman World Championship she overcame a 14-minute deficit off the bike to end up finishing in first place two minutes ahead of Daniela Ryf.

Mirinda Carfrae 2013 Kona champion

I raced Challenge Roth in 2014 when she won it, but I never caught sight of her the whole day. The only time I saw her was the day after, during the awards lunch and the volunteer dinner and after-party.

Rinny and me at Challenge Roth

At the Bataan International Triathlon, Rinny will line up alongside everyone else because there’s no pro category, only a small prize purse for anyone who places in the top five. This will be an awesome opportunity to see how a champion races up close, outside the trappings of the major races. (And maybe, if I train hard and am very, very lucky, I’ll get to stand on a podium with her. A BIG maybe.)

Here is Rinny’s message to everyone, inviting you to join her at the race!

IT’S TRUE! MIRINDA “Rinny” CARFRAE, the 3-time Ironman World Champion is coming to the Philippines on November 28, 2015 to join the Bataan International Triathlon and help promote the Batang Tri Grassroots Program! It’s your chance to race with the Champ! Register now and be part of an Eco-Heritage Triathlon with a Cause. www.bataaninternationaltriathlon.com #seeyouatBi3Rinny #Bi3LevelUp #langoypadyaktakbo #bi3

Posted by Bataan International Triathlon on Sunday, 6 September 2015

We all know Rinny as a great triathlete. What most people don’t know is that she champions social causes and charities such as World Bicycle Relief, which aims to provide bicycles to residents of rural Africa to help connect them with education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

When Rinny comes to the Philippines, she won’t just be racing; she will help launch the Batang Tri Grassroots Program that aims to fight poverty in the Philippines and Asia through multisport.

The Batang Tri program for young athletes is two-pronged: an elite program headed by Coach Melvin Fausto of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines will identify young talent that can be trained and nurtured to represent the country as elites in ITU and eventually Olympic events. The age-group program headed by Coach Jojo Macalintal will take under its wing young age-group triathletes to grow their love for multisport. SWIMBIKERUN.ph’s Carlos De Guzman will be the Batang Tri program head administrator.

The Batang Tri Program will be funded by the proceeds of the Bataan International Triathlon, and then by a multisport team whose monthly membership will go to sustaining the program. Members (who may also be members of other local tri teams) will get race and bike kits, access to training programs, and access to monthly training clinics by resident and guest coaches.

Mirinda Carfrae for World Bicycle Relief

There are two categories at the Bataan International Triathlon: LARGO (1.5km Swim, 55km Bike, 11km Run) and RAPIDO ((750m Swim, 30km Bike, 5.5km Run) to be held on November 29. You can race these as an Individual, as part of a Relay team, or as an Amigo team where you and a partner must start and finish together.

A junior aquathlon will also be held on November 28. Individual and Parent-Child teams may join this race.

Come join Rinny and me on the starting line at Bataan International Triathlon. Register now!

For more information, please visit Bataan International Triathlon’s official website.

Bataan International Triathlon