Anytime Fitness Opens 50th Club in the Philippines

As Manila continues to grow more congested, it’s increasingly more difficult to get around. This is why despite holding a membership to a gym chain with numerous branches all over the metro, I only go to the four closest to home, or hit the one nearest the location of an appointment.

That’s one of the reasons Anytime Fitness has risen in recent years to become the largest chain of fitness gyms in the Philippines. In a time where other gyms have shuttered branches, Anytime Fitness has expanded beyond Metro Manila to Laguna, Pampanga, Baguio, Cavite, Cebu, and Davao. They opened their 50th club in the country last week at their Glorietta 5 location in the heart of Makati’s central shopping district. When I posted about attending the grand opening on my Instagram Stories, I got some really excited comments from followers who wanted a tour of the facilities. Continue reading “Anytime Fitness Opens 50th Club in the Philippines”

Road to Angkor Wat, Week 3

The third week of my progression towards the Angkor Wat Half Marathon went quite well physically. After DNSing an intended race the previous week due to a cold developing, to bounce right back into training without symptoms going full-blown was a sign I’d done the right thing.

One of the things I enjoy about training for endurance sports is that there’s always something new to learn about my body’s capabilities. While I know with consistency I will improve my fitness and my speed, how much I improve is still a mystery until I test myself. Even then, my body is not a machine and there are so many variables that can affect performance on the day. I enjoy this bit of unpredictability and take great pleasure in surprising myself. Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat, Week 3”

Meet the Filipino Finishers of the World’s Toughest Ultra Trail Festival

This is a late post, but it’s taken me a while to think of how best to write about these exceptional people. The world of trail running is something I am content to get peeks at through the stories of friends who participate in these sorts of races, but it takes a special kind of crazy to go into ultra distance trail racing. Many thanks to Race Yaya for introducing me and fellow members of the media to the Filipinos who finished their respective events at the UTMB Festival in Chamonix, France this year.

The UTMB or Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is a world-reknowned single-stage mountain ultramarathon. The UTMB proper is 166 kilometers long with a 9,600-meter total elevation gain held in the Alps traversing the countries of Switzerland, Italy, and France. There are also sister races linked to the week-long UTMB Festival: TDS or Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (119 km +7,250 m), the CCC or Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m), the OCC or Orsières-Champex-Chamonix (53 km +3,300 m), as well as the non-competitive team event known as La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +28,000 m).

While this isn’t the first year the local trail community has fielded participants to the UTMB Festival, it was a particularly bumper-crop year with entrants to all the individual categories. Continue reading “Meet the Filipino Finishers of the World’s Toughest Ultra Trail Festival”

Last Chance to Register for Color Manila Glitter Run on October 22

When it comes to fun, pressure-free runs, I always turn to Color Manila’s roster of events. Their upcoming CM Glitter Run this Sunday, October 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds is bound to be another good one featuring their latest spin on the fun run: a glitter station!

Color Manila Glitter Run on October 22

With 3K, 5K, and 10K untimed distances, runners will go through a glitter shower spree as well as a foam station on top of the usual color stations that are the signature for Color Manila runs. Post-run, don’t go home just yet because the party is just getting started with the Color Festival, an extravaganza of color powder and music.

Color Manila VP Justine Cordero says, “Just when you think you’ve seen and experienced it all, CM Glitter Run comes in and combines everything that you’ll ever love to have in a fun run. Glitter, foam, color powders, retro music, and more!”  Continue reading “Last Chance to Register for Color Manila Glitter Run on October 22”

Road to Angkor Wat, Week 2

It’s a little frustrating and embarrassing to report that I DNS’ed another run race last weekend. After being mega-determined to get that under my belt, suddenly on Saturday afternoon I felt the telltale signs of a cold descend on me: a congested nose and slightly sore throat. (There were a few people at home already sick, so I probably got it from them.) That, plus the sudden declaration of an ASEAN security dry-run in the area I would be driving through on my way home was enough to make me pull the plug. Live to fight another day, as they say.

So I’ve decided to use my kit for the Color Manila Glitter Run for this weekend, and hopefully I’m in a better physical space to take on my first 10K since April’s Star Wars Run SG.

Meanwhile, the rest of last week’s training was uneventful, although it was nice to do two back-to-back run sessions and really get some time on my feet. Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat, Week 2”

Takbo Contra AbuZo on November 19

It was the International Day of the Girl yesterday, and this reminded me of the importance of raising young women in a nurturing, supportive environment so they can reach their full potential. One of the avenues to do so is to ensure girls grow up safe, free from violence. We have come a long way in the fight for women’s equality, but there is yet more work to be done.

Zonta Club of Pampanga, an NGO which advocates Anti-Violence Against Women and Children will hold the first Takbo Kontra AbuZo on November 19 at CDC Clark Parade Grounds, Pampanga. This fun run aims to raise funds for the advocacy, raise awareness to end violence against women, and of course promote health and wellness. Continue reading “Takbo Contra AbuZo on November 19”

Hope 2017: Run for Children with Special Needs

Races that benefit the welfare of children are close to my heart. So when one of my blog readers messaged me about the Hope 2017: Run for Children with Special Needs, I knew for certain I wanted to post about it here in the hopes that some of you would like to run for a great cause.

The Hope Run this year will be held in two cities: Manila on December 2 (SM Mall of Asia), and Cebu on December 10 (Ayala Business Park) with distances of 1.5K, 5K, 10K, and 21K. You can run in the standard race kit, or wear your best hero costume and cosplay through the run. The “standard race kit” actually includes a singlet, cape, and hero’s mask already! All finishers will also receive a finisher’s medal upon completion. (Race timing is only available for 10K and 21K as this is a non-competitive event.)  Continue reading “Hope 2017: Run for Children with Special Needs”