This is Madness! This is Cycling!

Most runners, when making the transition into multisport, go either into aquathlons (swim-run) or duathlons (bike-run) first. If you’re a land creature daunted by swimming, adding cycling into your repertoire of activities might seem the easier way in. After all, cycling uses leg muscles just like running, right?

Fondo Manila Pose Cycling Clinic: Paying Attention

Not exactly. While running and cycling are both leg-intensive sports, they don’t use the muscles in quite the same way. This is why an excellent cyclist without any run training will still experience discomfort when running for the first time, and why a fast runner may not immediately be a fast cyclist.

I’ve been doing a lot of cycling the past few months because it’s great cross-training for running, is an integral part of triathlon, and because I’m the cyclist in our team’s relay for Cebu Ironman 70.3. They say knowledge is power. Well, in an athlete’s world, knowledge plus training equals power. Check out the following events I participated in the past month: the RUNNR-Newton Discover Duathlon Clinic, the 7-Eleven Tour 700, and Fondo Manila’s Pose Cycling Clinic. Continue reading “This is Madness! This is Cycling!”

ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon 2012

It was the night before my first standard distance triathlon (1.5km swim – 40km bike – 10km run). I had been training for this for a few months, dreaming about it since I did the sprint distance at the previous year’s edition. But in the wee hours before I needed to get up to get ready, I kept having nightmares about the swim leg of the race — deep dark salt water populated with jellyfish and thrashing arms and legs.

“How do you eat an elephant?”

I knew going into SuBIT I had bitten off more than I could properly chew. “How do you eat an elephant?” asks the old adage. “One bite at a time.” If I ever hoped to finish the race in one piece, I had to take everything a bit at a time to keep myself focused and un-panicked. Continue reading “ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon 2012”

Women’s Health: Are You Game?

If you missed dancing on the beach at the Women’s Health Beauty and the Beach event this year like I did, my favorite women’s magazine still has one last party to throw this summer. The Women’s Health Are You Game? event will be held on May 19, Saturday, 2pm at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater. (That’s next Saturday, girls.)

Are You Game?
Are You Game?

You’ll have six unique workouts to participate in: Cardio Mash-Up (hiphop and house fusion dance), TRX Body Blast & Rip Training (suspension training), FTX Urban Rebound (jumping up and down in Kangoo shoes), Techno Rave (dancing to techno music), Partner Yoga, and the Model’s Runway workout. You’ll also be able to experience 360 Fitness signature workouts such as circuit training and kettlebell training to boost your metabolism and strength.

If you don’t feel like working out on a Saturday you’ll still be in for some fun activities and sessions, such as a healthy food preparation demo, a surf machine, a bull ride, and a bungee trampoline. You’ll also have the opportunity to sit down and consult with Women’s Health pros. If you aren’t already living a healthy lifestyle, Are You Game? will make you want to make that change.

To register for the event, just bring the Women’s Health May 2012 issue on Saturday. If you want express registration, or want to bring a friend, you can also pre-register:

  1. Email your full name, email address, age, and name of friend to
  2. In the email subject line, indicate where you saw the event announcement. Example: “WH Are You Game? – Kikay Runner”
  3. An email reply from Women’s Health will confirm receipt of your details. You will receive the official pre-registration form (an Excel file) that will enable you to get express registration on the day of the event.

I’m already excited to get my groove on. See you on May 19!

Vibram Five Fingers Summer 2012 Collection

I know it’s midway through May already, but for those of you who haven’t been to a Vibram Five Fingers store in a while, they launched their Summer 2012 collection last month with new models and new colorways. I was invited to their press launch just before I went to Boracay for Skyathon.

VFF Summer 2012: Waiting to get fitted
getting fitted for a new pair of VFFs

The Summer 2012 collection has updates on classic styles as well as new styles for different needs. Continue reading “Vibram Five Fingers Summer 2012 Collection”

Plan Your June 2012 Races

I was talking with Jay Em of Proactive a few weeks ago, and he lamented that I wasn’t doing enough running. That’s true; I’ve been so laser-focused on surviving this Sunday’s standard distance triathlon in Subic that I haven’t popped up at a race in months except for Skyathon.

Well, I’m going to fix that. I’m plotting my races for June, and here are some that have caught my attention.

Brooks Run Happy on June 3

The race distances here are 6K, 12K, and 21K. Interesting! If you’re a regular at races but wonder what it feels like to go beyond your usual distance, the 6K and 12K may be appealing. The half-marathon distance is hard to come by these days so kudos to Brooks for including it in their categories.

Pricing for the distances is reasonable at P500 for 6K, P650 for 12K, and P750 for 21K. Proceeds from the Brooks Run Happy will benefit the Foundation for the Philippine Environment for their biodiversity conservation projects in the country.

Race: Brooks Run Happy
Date: June 3, 2012
Race Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Registration Ends: May 27
Reg Fee: P500 (6K), P650 (12K), P750 (21K)
Registration Sites: RUNNR (Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center); Toby’s Sports (Shangri-La Plaza, SM MOA, SM North The Block, Glorietta 4)
For Inquiries: 0927-8756671 (during office hours)

One Run. One Family. One La Salle Run on June 10

La Salle’s alumni love putting on the sports events (I’ll be joining the Animo Triathlon on the same weekend as this race), and the OROFOLS Run will be held for the benefit of the Green For Life: One Million Trees and Beyond project.

Registration fees for the distances are: P400 for 3K, P500 for 5K, P600 for 10K, and P700 for 16K. This race will be a chip-timed one, so this is a pretty good deal! (P100 discount on the reg fee will be given to La Salle alumni, La Salle students, La Salle admins and faculty, and senior citizens.)

Check out the OROFOLS website for more details.

Race: One Run One Family One La Salle Run
Date: June 10, 2012
Race Venue: SM Mall of Asia
Reg Fee: P400 (3K), P500 (5K), P600 (10K), P700 (16K)
Registration Sites: De La Salle University Alumni Association office, Toby’s Sports (SM MOA), RUNNR (Trinoma), ROX (Bonifacio High Street), A Runner’s Circle (Roxas Blvd.), Olympic World (Alabang Town Center), online registration
For Inquiries: OROFOLS website

Isa, Dalawa, TAKBO: Run for Children’s Rights on June 24

As the school year starts again, I am reminded of how many children fail to complete even a basic primary education, don’t get adequate nutrition or shelter, and are basically left to fend for themselves on the streets. The Isa, Dalawa, Takbo: Run for Children’s Rights aims to raise funds for Lingap Pangkabataan‘s programs to organize and empower communities to provide a better social environment for poor and marginalized children to grow up in, where their rights will be respected and protected.

Visit the official Facebook page of Isa, Dalawa, Takbo!, where online registration is ongoing. Registration fees are P300 for 3K, P400 for 5K, and P500 for 10K.

Race: Isa, Dalawa, Takbo: Run for Children’s Rights
Date: June 24, 2012
Race Venue: UP Diliman Academic OVal
Reg Fee: P300 (3K), P400 (5K), P500 (10K)
Registration Sites: online registration
For Inquiries: Ma-Anne (09178130632); Lia (09173473044); Cathy (09273477926)