Kikay Reviews: A Week with the Moto 360

I love gadgets that help track fitness and training, so when I got a chance to try the new Moto 360 smartwatch for a few weeks, I pounced at it. I mean, just look:

Moto 360
the new Moto 360

The Moto 360 comes in Black Leather, Rose Gold, and Sport styles. The Moto 360 Sport is available in Black, White, and Flame colors, so I chose white.

The Moto 360 is powered by Android Wear™, is Wi-Fi enabled and runs with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It also features Moto Body, is water resistant with IP67* rating and features scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. It is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, but because I’m already an Android phone user getting the Moto 360 to work with my phone was a breeze. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: A Week with the Moto 360”


Road to Vietnam, Week #11: Everything I Missed

In the scramble of my trips to and from Cebu and then to and from Germany, I missed mentioning a few significant events that happened for the Philippine sports community.

As a side note, I couldn’t watch the men’s triathlon on Thursday night because I was up in the air on the final leg of my flight back to Manila. It was streamed live on one of TV5’s nine Youtube streams. So, I thought that they would do the same for the women’s triathlon. Boy, was I wrong! I had to scramble to find an online stream and only managed to watch from the final lap of the bike leg. TV5 meanwhile on the other eight streams was showing taekwondo (on two streams!), indoor diving, some canned Olympic show, javelin, and other things I had no interest in. Nine streams, and no triathlon — the sport where we got two gold medals at the most recent SEA Games. How could they think we had no interest in triathlon even if we didn’t have any medal contenders in it?!

Anyway, Hidilyn Diaz won our country’s only medal this year, a silver in weightlifting. This makes her the first Filipino to medal since 1996, the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal, the first to earn it in weightlifting, the first non-boxer to medal for the country since 1936, and the first to come from Mindanao.

Also of note is our very own marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, who qualified on her own initiative with the backing of her sponsors and finally received PATAFA’s blessing in the last few months leading into Rio. She didn’t have a stellar race, but she fought to finish.

I think my favorite bit of news, and the one closest to home, is Omar Paredes’s finish at the Norseman Triathlon. Continue reading “Road to Vietnam, Week #11: Everything I Missed”


Road to Vietnam, Week #10: Health vs. Fitness

Hello, folks! Sorry for the long blog post absence (two weeks!). I’ve just gotten back from Germany which was a much-needed break from routine. I know I was supposed to be in the heat of training for Challenge Vietnam at that point. However, in my life while things don’t always work out as intended, they do always work out for the best.

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

I have a confession to make: my body hasn’t felt the same since I completed Challenge Roth 2014. Continue reading “Road to Vietnam, Week #10: Health vs. Fitness”


Road to Vietnam, Week #8: Go With the Flow

Last week was pretty good just easing myself back into physical activity again. I had a run and core training session on Monday, a swim on Tuesday, and an indoor bike session on Thursday before flying off to Cebu — but not to compete. Instead, I went to cover the pro women’s race for, participate in IronGirl, ride with Ceepo, and support my Endure teammates and countless other athletes in the biggest event of the Philippine triathlon calendar.

Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia Pacific Championship
with a few of my Endure teammates post-race

While I did feel a twinge of envy seeing the participants pick up their awesome loot bags (that yellow dry bag stands out!), this was also the first year I was in Cebu with no pressure to perform. It was nice not to be a bundle of nerves for a change — to be the calming influence on my teammate who was doing her first half-Ironman and to think about how others were doing instead of focused on myself. Let me tell you, the challenges of being a supporter are different, but there is a lot of satisfaction seeing athletes’ faces light up when you offer them aid or encouragement.

Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia Pacific Championship
nice to keep the shades drawn and sleep in for a change!

Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia Pacific Championship
“carbo-loading” (not mine!

Being out there for the lead-up to the race and watching the race itself, I’m reminded how much I love this sport whether I’m competing or on the sidelines. I’m reminded how it brings out the best and worst in me and how it pushes me to do better and be better not just as an athlete, but as a person.

But I think being on the sidelines lets you get in on the fun without all the suffering. ;)

IRONGIRL 2016 from HeXaCam Media Manila on Vimeo.

Here are a few snaps from a memorable weekend: Continue reading “Road to Vietnam, Week #8: Go With the Flow”

Affordable Active Wear

Because I’m no longer under contract to a shoe or apparel company, I’ve been busy mixing and matching my old pieces with new finds I’ve picked up the past few months. I still am Kikay Runner, after all. Considerations of comfort aside, if I know I am put together well I can stop worrying about what I look like and focus on my session whether I’m training or racing.

If you think you can find good gear only with the famous brands, I’m here to tell you to expand your horizons! There are many great places to find deals — you just have to know where and how to look.

Guide to Active Wear

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Road to Vietnam, Week #7: Bit by Bit

I’m finally returning to some proper training this week. Two weeks is a LONG time to miss training, but I’m trying to resist the temptation to cram as much as possible into this last month before Challenge Vietnam.

Road to Vietnam Week 7

I’m heading off to Cebu by Friday this week for the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. No, I’m not racing, but I have friends who are. I’m also covering the race again for and doing the IronGirl event as well as a Ceepo ride out. The entire triathlon community in the country converges in Cebu every year and I just didn’t want to miss it.

I do miss the local racing scene. That’s why I’ve signed up for the Aboitiz Tri which is a week before Challenge Vietnam. Perfect lead-in and will help me sharpen up my racing. If I can’t race fast in Nha Trang, at least I can minimize mistakes by treating the Aboitiz Tri as a rehearsal. Also Aboitiz Tri will have some of the coolest people around. Will write about that later this week!

I had a 10K race kit for Milo Marathon yesterday, but made the wise decision not to start. I’ve been tracking resting heart rate through my Fitbit Charge HR. My usual RHR hovers around 58 beats per minute, but starting from when I got sick it’s risen and peaked at 76 bpm. It’s been on a downward trend starting midway last week, but was still above 70 bpm by Saturday — not a great sign since it meant I would be straining my heart if I raced. In my state, it’s still better to DNS than to DNF. 

Did you know endurance athletes like marathoners and triathletes tend to develop cardiomyopathy — a disease of the heart muscle where it becomes enlarged, thick, or rigid, reducing its capacity to work. This happens when you put yourself through grueling workouts even when sick! That’s what I am trying to avoid.
So what’s on the training schedule this week? I did a few crosstraining sessions last week and my legs are still sore, haha! But I’m starting to feel like myself again and will ease back today with a short jog.

I’ll try not to worry about the races on the horizon and just focus on putting one foot in front of the other. For now.

The 40th National Milo Marathon

Can you imagine, it’s the 40th year of the National Milo Marathon already! Milo has been part of the national running psyche for so long, and I still count qualifying for the finals during its 34th edition one of my best sporting achievements.

Milo Marathon

This year, Milo has chosen to focus on key races around the country to find the top runners to compete at the finals set for Iloilo City on December 4.

40th National Milo Marathon race schedule:
July 17 – Dagupan
July 24 – Tarlac
July 31 – Metro Manila (this weekend!)
August 7 – Batangas
August 14 – Lucena
August 28 – Naga
September 18 – Tagbilaran
September 25- Cebu
October 2 – Dumaguete
October 9 – Davao
October 16 – General Santos
October 23 – Cagayan de Oro
October 30 – Butuan

Now working in conjunction with PATAFA, the Philippine Olympic Committee, and the Philippine Sports Commission, the Milo Marathon offers automatic qualification for the finals to national athletes, ensuring they do not over-race themselves en route to Iloilo.

Milo Marathon has established a legacy of excellence and grassroots development unmatched as yet by any other race in the country. The Milo Marathon has been the proving ground for many of the country’s top runners: defending queen Mary Joy Tabal is set to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio after a hard-fought qualifying campaign supported by Milo. This is also the 7th straight year the Milo Marathon will benefit the Help Give Shoes advocacy that donates shoes to underprivileged school children through the Department of Education.

This weekend promises to be another wet one in the usual Milo Marathon Manila tradition, with a tropical depression on its way. See you on the road!