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Can Running Make Your Life Shorter?

Yesterday someone gave me a heads-up on a News 5 story that aired on Saturday. In this clip, reporter (and head of TV5′s news and public affairs) Luchi Cruz-Valdes reveals the shocker that couch potatoes and high-mileage runners had shorter life expectancies than those who ran moderately. OK guys, time to throw away my running shoes!

…Of course I’m kidding. The problem with television is that airtime is expensive, and so unless the show is really meant to delve into all sides of a story, coverage will be shallow just like in the clip. read more »

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A Scar is a Badge of Honor

I learned to ride a bicycle when I was about six years old, much to my mom’s concern. She was always scared I might crash, wound my legs, and end any potential career as a model. (I’m kidding about the modeling thing, of course.) So I would always ride beach cruiser-type bikes, which were low and I could quite easily put my foot on the ground if I started to fall over. I was only allowed to ride to the end of our street until I was 9 years old, when I was finally allowed to go explore the rest of the neighborhood on two wheels.

Well, my modeling career never really took off. ;) I’m also one of the more clumsy people I know and I’ve racked up my fair share of scars even without riding a bike. I once tripped during a race (the first Takbo.PH Runfest), got it bandaged up, and strutted on the stage during a post-race contest.

Takbo.ph Runfest 2010
May I direct your attention to the bandage on my knee?

But riding bikes is really more risky than just running because you do go at faster speeds, and my mom’s fears were confirmed when I started doing triathlon and began racking up “souvenirs”. read more »

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What If Everybody Ran? The Potential Impact of Running

I’m very blessed to have discovered running when I did, and I’m surrounded by communities that love running — whether marathon, ultramarathon, fun run, or triathlon.

But every training run or weekend race also reminds me that I don’t live in a city of runners. When I take my runs out of the relatively safe confines of Bonifacio Global City and onto the highways, I get cars swerving into my path, construction workers leering at me and making catcalls, street kids mimicking my running, and the occasional demoralizing comment — “malayo ka pa” or “nahuhuli ka na!” (you’ve still got so far to go, you’re way behind).

Only runners understand the impetus to run, how it not only makes us look good, but more importantly feel good. My initial goal when I took up running was to lose weight (those last five pounds are tough to drop!), but I got hooked on the feeling of powering my own body along the road. It also became a way to switch off from the worries of the week and lock onto the present moment.

What if everybody ran? That’s the question Mizuno asked MBA students at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School to answer. Here’s the white paper and statistical analysis they did investigating the potential impact of a national running movement in the US.

What If Everybody Ran? infographic
INFOGRAPHIC: What if everybody ran?

Running (and other forms of aerobic activity) has many benefits. Among other things, it aids weight loss, boosts productivity, is linked to formation of healthier habits, and makes you live longer and healthier. It’s pretty awesome what lacing up and moving your legs can do.

For me in particular, running has become a way of life and it’s part of who I am. I love seeing how running has grown in the country and how it’s also fed interest in a healthy lifestyle and other sports and forms of exercise.

I’ve also seen how running has made a positive impact on myself and the people I know. I trained with a friend just this weekend, and he said that training helped him release stress from the workplace. Finishing tough races also made him more patient and enduring elsewhere in life. He said he would think back and remember that he got through them no matter how dark and difficult finishing seemed at the time, so at work he also took that attitude: it will get better, and he would get through it.

I hope people continue picking up the sport and find for themselves what keeps them running.

Now, if you’re concerned about getting the right gear for running, get a chance to buy the Mizuno Wave Rider at the extremely discounted price of P999! For the month of April, Mizuno Philippines is picking 15 lucky winners every week (5 for Rider 17, 5 for Rider 16, and 5 for Rider 15). Check out the Mizuno Run Club Facebook page for the contest mechanics.

The Wave Rider 17 is a seriously good shoe. I will be using them on long training runs when my body appreciates a cushy ride.

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Sports and Good Governance (speech — FULLTEXT)

This speech was delivered on March 31, 2014 at the flag ceremony of the Governance Commission on Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) under the Office of the President.

Speech at the Governance Commission on GOCC's

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak in front of all of you this morning. I may not be a beauty queen like your last speaker [Miss International Bea Rose Santiago], but I did dress up extra nicely for today. I’m usually in running shoes, shorts, a dri-fit shirt, with my hair in a ponytail, so thanks for giving me an excuse to put on some make-up.

Speech at the Governance Commission on GOCC's I should explain a bit about who I am and how I got here. I am known as Kikay Runner in the running community and on the internet, where my blog has been in existence for the last four years. I started running not as a track star in school, but as an overweight adult trying to lose the extra pounds on the treadmill. When I got a little fitter, I started working as an instructor for dance and yoga classes. That’s my day job. I love being able to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. There’s just something about seeing someone’s face light up when they’re able to master a move they never thought they could do, or achieve a pose they couldn’t do when they first started attending class months ago.

I joined my first 10-kilometer race in 2009 because I was bored with teaching inside the four walls of a gym and it felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere on a treadmill. I ran hard and fast and absolutely enjoyed the sensation of “flying” over the asphalt. I was so excited about it that I shared my thoughts and experiences on my blog. I never considered myself anything special; I was a recreational runner just like anyone else. It was a matter of being in the right place and time: running was starting to pick up steam in the country, new runners were hungry for information about the sport, and they gobbled up every bit of it they could find on my blog and the blogs of other local runners. I had a unique voice and personal perspective that people found inspiring and motivating; I was the unlikely athlete, someone just like them, who had discovered a talent and had begun to develop it by virtue of commitment, consistent training, and passion.

It’s now been five years since I started on that journey. I’m currently into doing triathlons, a sport that also still involves running, but only after tiring yourself out swimming and biking. I’m training for an ironman in July. It involves 4 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of biking, and 42 kilometers of running and could take someone of my ability about 13 or 14 hours to finish. The best in the sport usually finish in 8 hours. Obviously this is not about getting skinny; I think Ms. International was very fit, and she probably doesn’t need more than an hour of exercise most days of the week.

Why do we do it even if we’re not on the pointy end, even if we’re not in the running to win the race? I do it because I love challenging myself; it makes me feel alive and like I’m doing something of significance. I do it because I’m passionate about being the best I can be. I believe God puts us in places and situations for a reason. There’s a reason I love running, there’s a reason I can absorb heavy mileage and not get bored with hours of doing the same thing over and over, there’s a reason I’m nuts about a sport that is brutal both on the body and the mind. I do it because if I can inspire just one person to get off the couch and take control of their wellbeing, if I can make a difference in that person’s life, then I would consider myself successful.

I’ve seen people come and go in this sport. Some people start running as a form of exercise. Others sign up for races for the freebies — which isn’t a bad way to start running. But once you start running we’d love if you found some personal motivation to do it. Running is an easy sport to pick up: just buy a pair of running shoes and head out the door for a jog. Those who stay in the sport, however, stay because they’ve found a place for the sport in their lives. read more »

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Globe Samsung Galaxy S5: Smartphone for Fitness Geeks?

Ask anyone who’s hung around me long enough and they will tell you I constantly have a smartphone in my hand. Whether it was the BlackBerry I had for years, or the second-hand iPhone I’ve been toting around lately, I’m the kind of person who has everything on my phone, and I usually do everything on my phone as well, from taking photos to writing emails and blog entries and everything else that comes with a digital lifestyle.

At some point I will want to carry my phone with me during a run or a ride, but there’s always a fear that my excessive sweating can damage the delicate electronics inside.

Well, I just got a heads up on a smartphone that can probably keep up with my rough ‘n’ tumble active lifestyle.

Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5. In white. *drool*

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was recently launched in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, and will be offered in the Philippines beginning April 11. (If you’re interested in getting all the updates leading up to the Philippine launch, log onto www.globe.com.ph/galaxys5.)

Some of the key features of this phone can come in handy for me as an active lifestyle blogger:

  • 16-megapixel phone camera with auto-focus and selective focus features: for better selfies! I’m kidding.
  • S Health and heart rate sensor: S Health is a personal wellness app that allows its user to track and analyze health data both from the phone’s built in pedometer, heart rate sensor, ambient temperature and humidity sensor, as well as from third-party sensors for blood pressure, blood glucose, and body composition (synced to the app via Bluetooth).
  • IP67-certified Dust and Water Resistant. That’s a hardy little phone!
  • ANT+ connectivity: previously, phones could only collect data from sensors that sent signals via Bluetooth. With ANT+ connectivity, the S5 can now pick up data from all my equipment (Garmin, Suunto, etc.).

A girl can dream of a new phone, can’t she? :)

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