How to Survive Noche Buena Feasting

When November and December roll around, it’s almost a guarantee that people will gain weight thanks to all the holiday parties. Being part of a big Filipino family, much of our major get-togethers revolve around food, with Christmas and New Year being very big deals.

I find that to keep my sanity this time of year, a relaxed approach to food restrictions works. My main emphasis is on portion size so I can taste everything on the buffet with minimal impact to my waistline. (Exercising also is important, just to maintain the habit!) Continue reading “How to Survive Noche Buena Feasting”

December Running Challenge, Week 2

December always makes me want to stay at home in bed. The weather continues to cool and I’ve been able to use a few long coats that usually stay buried in my closets for 80% of the year. Hey, for a girl who lives in a country with temperature highs of 34 degrees Celsius this year, 24 degrees is sweater weather! Then again, we had a late-season typhoon that brought calamity across the Visayas — and another typhoon is forecast for Christmas. (Click here for a list of relief operations for Typhoon Urduja.) Climate change strikes again…

It’s Week 2 of my December Running Challenge and I’m getting into a very good groove with the running — although to be honest, the plan I started in the Nike+ Running Club app is on the easy side and I don’t quite know why? The longest session on the plan this week is 15 minutes! So, to compensate, I tack on a much longer warm-up and cool-down so I can hit at least 30 minutes per run.

I have been looking into other workout options to do in between running days, though. Continue reading “December Running Challenge, Week 2”

Runner Makes Statement at New York City Marathon

I believe in the ability of running to make a difference: whether personally in one’s own health and fitness or inspiring change in someone else’s life, in the ways that fun runs and marathons have been able to raise funds for charities and awareness for causes.

Running can be a platform to make a statement, and at the New York City Marathon last November, someone did exactly that. 

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Kikay Reviews: adidas UltraBOOST X ATR

Anyone who’s been inside my shoe closet will know that I have many running shoes on rotation. I like to use one pair for treadmills, another for track, another for speed runs on the road, and another for long runs. And there’s always room for one more pair…

“But Noelle, you only have one pair of feet,” you might say. Well, when you get to test shoes from all the different manufacturers and discover many things to love about each pair, you’ll understand why my closet doors are always open.

adidas recently launched their UltraBOOST All Terrain shoes and sent me the women’s version, the UltraBOOST X ATR.

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Color Manila Paradise Run on 7 January 2018

I’ve joined very few races this year, so each of them stands out quite strongly in my memory — especially the colorful and happy ones run by Color Manila! So I’m already thinking of how to start my 2018 off with a bang, and the Color Manila Paradise Run on January 7, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Grounds sounds like a good one to go with. Continue reading “Color Manila Paradise Run on 7 January 2018”

December Running Challenge, Week 1

December is usually a time for Christmas cheer, but it’s also when most runners let go of their running plans (and their waistlines). I don’t want to start the New Year desperately vowing to lose weight I gained over the holiday season, so I’m going to do my best to keep it off! So here’s my strategy in the Battle of the Holiday Bulge…

I really need to run more.

There, I said it. The reason I’m gaining weight, the reason I’ve slowed down, the reason I don’t have happy endorphins flowing through my veins is because I haven’t been running as much as I should.

Sure, I’ve been sick, been traveling, and a myriad other excuses. But let’s put all those aside. I really do need to exercise more and the best way to get me to do that is to put a pair of running shoes on my feet and kick my ass out the door to run. Continue reading “December Running Challenge, Week 1”