Kikay Reviews: Life Yoga Center

I credit taking yoga and Pilates classes for my flexibility and core strength, so I pounced on the opportunity to try out an Ashtanga yoga class at Life Yoga Center a few weeks ago.

Life Yoga Center

The brainchild of my namesake Noelle Rodriguez, Life Yoga Center (stylized as “L!FE”) offers a different way to experience wellness by integrating good food, music, art, and community into the practice of yoga.Β  Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Life Yoga Center”

Dispatch #12: Balancing Act

Back when I was just training for one sport, all that mattered was how fast and how far I could run. Now that I swim and ride a bike as well as run, I don’t want to give up any of the gains I’ve made in those two sports just to focus on running… And that’s the puzzle of triathlon. No one is equally good at all the three disciplines (well, unless you’re Jan Frodeno, but he got a running injury so he’s still human). With a finite amount of energy and time, you can only do so much in one discipline before another begins to suffer.

My swim has held steady and my run is getting better, so cycling took the hit. Last Saturday’s bike ride was only 50 kilometers long, but I was walking funny at the end of it with aching quads.

Dispatch 12: Lose Something to Gain Something

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Nike Run Club: Long Run + Gear Up Sessions

There are now only eight weeks left until the Nike Run Club Women’s Half Marathon happening on May 15, and if you’ve already signed up with your best girl friend you should be receiving the weekly training program. Last week was all about building endurance, and on Saturday afternoon the Nike Run Club held a group long run in Bonifacio Global City exclusively for the NRC Women’s Half Marathon participants, complete with coaches, pacers, and hydration and nutrition support.

Nike Run Club 16K
The 6:xx pace group!

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Dispatch #11: Better Done Together

Last week was fun! What really set it apart from the previous weeks was how much of it was done with other people — not just training, but also attending as well as hosting some events. It’s true: “no man is an island” and though I’m primarily a solitary creature, there are just some things that are better done together.

Track Work and the 10-Mile Double

Dispatch 11: Better Together
Shut up, legs.

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NatGeo Earth Day Run on April 17

In the run-up to Phuket Marathon in June, I need to do two half-marathons. The NatGeo Earth Day Run on April 17 is perfectly timed. With the massive multi-city nature of the race as well as the worthy beneficiaries (yes, plural with an S!), I couldn’t miss out on another major race in the city.

NatGeo Earth Day Run on April 17, 2016
NatGeo Earth Day Run on April 17, 2016

Simultaneous NatGeo Earth Day Run events will be held in Manila, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taichung, making it one of the biggest races in Asia. With 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K distances, there’s something for all kinds of runners, from those new to the sport or building fitness to those who want to challenge themselves with longer distances. Continue reading “NatGeo Earth Day Run on April 17”

JBL-Harman Headphones Launch

JBL-Harman launched their new headphones lines last week at Glorietta. With headphone options for audiophiles, extreme sports enthusiasts, and endurance athletes, there was something for every music lover — and as Filipinos we do love our music! Read on to get a look at the different kinds of headphones and my absolute favorite of the bunch, the Under Armour by JBL sports headphones.

JBL-Harman headphones launch
JBL-Harman headphones launch

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Stretches for Runners [VIDEO]

I’ve written about post-run stretches for runners in the past, but when L!FE Yoga Center sent me their infographic 10 Yoga Poses to Make You a Better Runner, I decided to create a video version of the stretches I’ve been using lately to help me recover from all the training I’ve been doing.

Stretches for Runners

Stretches for Runners

I’ve incorporated the poses from the L!FE Yoga infographic as well as the eight great post-race stretches I wrote about back in 2012.

Runners tend to get tight in our hips, quadriceps, and hamstrings and so it’s usually these areas I pay attention to when I stretch. But we also need to take care of the build-up of tension in our spines.

These stretches are to be used after workouts to help maintain flexibility and mobility. There are standing as well as supine (lying down) versions of some stretches, so even if you don’t have a mat there’s no reason you can’t do a twist or hip stretch.

The stretches are:

  1. Chest and Back Stretch
  2. Quadricep Stretch
  3. Sugarcane in Half Moon (for hip flexors and hamstrings)
  4. Figure 4 (standing version, for glutes and hips)
  5. Lunge
  6. Pyramid
  7. Triangle
  8. Chair Twist (for spinal mobility)
  9. Downward and Upward Facing Dog
  10. Cowfaced Fold
  11. Seated Twist
  12. Seated Head-to-Knee
  13. Figure 4 (supine version)
  14. Fish (backbend, to open chest and shoulders)
  15. Supine Wide Angle (for adductors and hamstrings)

I usually incorporate these stretches into my cooldown for time efficiency, and they really feel good after a tough workout!

I also try to get myself to a yoga class or two every week for a good full-body conditioning workout. L!FE Yoga recommends their Ash-Asana or Feel Good yoga classes for runners. You can check out their schedule and book into a class here:

Looking for warm-up moves? Check out my warm-up moves for running.