How to Plan a Destination Race

There is certainly no shortage of races locally these days, but racing on the same roads I normally train on can get quite dull after a while. That’s why I’m doing a destination race or two this year — the Phuket Marathon on June 5, and Challenge Vietnam on September 11.

There’s an element of adventure when racing away from home. New athletes may choose a destination race as their first taste of the sport to help motivate themselves to train, while more experienced athletes may be looking for a different challenge or have dreamt of finishing a race that’s on their bucket list. (My ultimate bucket list marathon is the New York City Marathon, but I’ll save that for next year…)


Going to a destination race is different from racing locally. You can’t just drive from home to the venue on race morning, for one thing. A lot of thought should go into not only the logistics of how to get there and where to stay and eat, but also how to prepare yourself properly to race on unfamiliar soil.

Here’s how to plan your destination race. (more…)

Dispatch #5: When To Hold Back

Hey folks! Five weeks of regular dispatches in and I somehow never seem to run out of things to write about.

Right now I am four months away from the Phuket Marathon, and I should really start to ramp up my mileage. Currently my longest run in the week is at 12 kilometers, which is a nice improvement from zero back in December.

Dispatch 5: Wait and See

I take marathon preparation very seriously, and I’m not the kind of person who goes into these long endurance events on a whim. Again this weekend we were sadly reminded that marathons take a lot out of your body; at the Condura Skyway Marathon two men passed away — one running the marathon, and the other the half-marathon.


Nike Women’s Half Marathon Manila on May 15

This week is a pretty big one for Nike Women. Aside from launching the “Better for It” video series, they’ve also opened registration for the first Nike Run Club Women’s Half Marathon Manila happening on May 15, 2016 at Cavitex.

Nike Women\'s Half Marathon Manila on May 15

After missing out on the past Nike races, I’m signing up for this one as part of my build-up to the Phuket Marathon in June. Last year’s Nike Women’s 10K was the biggest all-female 10K race in Manila. Nike is hoping Filipina runners will turn out in force for their first all-women half marathon in the country.  (more…)

Color Manila Run Events 2016 Announced

Hi readers! Our friends from Color Manila have just announced their latest run events for the first quarter of 2016.

The Color Manila Run Carnival Tour happens on February 21 at the Clark Parade Grounds. The party heads south to Davao City for the CM Blacklight Edition Night Run on February 27 at the SM Lanang Premier. Finally, Color Manila heads back to Manila for the Watsons Color Manila Challenge on March 6 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Color Manila Run Carnival Tour Clark

CM Blacklight Edition Davao

Watsons Color Manila Challenge

Now, who wants to win some free kits? Color Manila has generously given me two free registration codes per race, so I’ve decided to run a giveaway! Just sign up below for your chance to win a race kit.

By the way, please like this photo below as well, although it’s not required to enter this giveaway. ;)

Like this photo to vote for Kikay Runner as BEST FITNESS BLOG at the Nuffnang Awards! Please repost on Facebook,…

Posted by Kikay Runner on Tuesday, 2 February 2016

I will be drawing the six winners randomly by Tuesday and will announce them over Facebook and Twitter. I’ll email the winners their registration codes as well, so don’t forget to check your inboxes!

I have to say each race is pretty swaggalicious, with awesome singlets and finisher medals plus the standard Color Manila sunnies. Read on for more information about each race. (more…)


Vote #NNFitspirationNoelle at the Nuffnang Awards!

I’ve been nominated as BEST FITNESS BLOG at the Nuffnang Awards!

I am just so amazed at how a little blog like mine that started as a marathon training log has grown into something greater that gets people moving. Whenever someone tells me they read my blog and have been inspired to get fit by it, I tell myself, “That’s one more person living more fully.”

As always with blog awards, there’s voting to help decide who wins. And to help you decide to vote for me, let me ask you a question:

Has Noelle and her blog helped you take a step towards getting fit?

If I’ve helped you make a difference in any way in your life, then please vote for me at the Nuffnang Awards! Here’s how:

Vote on Twitter

You can tweet and retweet using my hashtag #NNFitspirationNoelle and #Blogopolis4D. All tweets and retweets with my name and hashtags will be counted at the end of the voting period. (Please make sure your Twitter account is set to Public.)

Click on this button below to tweet and vote.

You can also go to my Twitter account and retweet any of my tweets with the hashtags #NNFitspirationNoelle and #Blogopolis4D.

Vote on Facebook

Voting on Facebook is a little more complicated. You need to post a status update with my hashtag #NNFitspirationNoelle and #Blogopolis4D. (Your status update also needs to be set to Public. Here’s how to do that.)

I want to make it easier for you, so just select and copy this message below:

Kikay Runner is my Fitspiration #NNFitspirationNoelle #Blogopolis4D

Then, click this Share button below and paste the above message into the status box.


Click “Post to Facebook”.

You can also like my post about the Nuffnang Blog Awards on my Facebook Page.

Vote on Instagram

Vote on Instagram by using my hashtag #NNFitspirationNoelle and #Blogopolis4D in any Instagram post.

Or, you can save this photo to your smartphone:

Noelle De Guzman Best Fitness Blog Nuffnang Awards

Select and copy this message below:

Kikay Runner is my Fitspiration #NNFitspirationNoelle #Blogopolis4D

Open your Instagram app and post the photo you saved with the above message as the caption.

You can also navigate to my Instagram account and like my post there with the above photo and regram/repost it from there.

That was fun. Let’s do it again! (And again, and again…) :P One post = one vote.

The Nuffnang Awards will be presented at Blogopolis on February 27. Blogopolis is the biggest blog and social media conference held annually by Nuffnang Philippines. To find out more about Blogopolis, visit the website