Return to Endurance, Week 1

Well, folks, last week was an interesting experiment in reintegrating swim, bike, and run into my workout routine and I wasn’t any worse at the end of it. In fact, I noticed a reduction in the bloat around my midsection as well as an uptick in my general mood. There’s nothing like the endorphin hit an endurance-based workout gives me and I’m glad to have it back in my life.

So, am I back? I suppose so; being a triathlete and runner means swimming, biking, and running is part of the lifestyle regardless of whether I’ve got a target race. I might have two in mind, but that depends on whether I can string together more than a week of training sessions without breaking down. Continue reading “Return to Endurance, Week 1”

A Week in the Life #13

I’ve started to get a little stir-crazy within this Nike Training Club program, especially now that an old love is calling to me…

Of course I’m talking triathlon. A few things happened last week that make me want to start training again, even if just for short distances. For one thing, registration for the Ironman Philippines opened last Tuesday and it really, really sucked not to be within striking distance of fitness to be able to sign up for it. Continue reading “A Week in the Life #13”

New Playlist Alert: “Push It”

Can I just say, I love Spotify? It is my constant companion during my workout and training sessions these days. Songs playing in my ears (thanks to my Under Armour JBL Bluetooth earphones) help me either tune out the boredom or focus on pushing harder.

While I have my own go-to custom playlists depending on what kind of training session I’m doing, it’s always refreshing to come up with a new mix. This latest one I’ve created on Spotify is called “Push It” and is one of my most eclectic playlists to date. Continue reading “New Playlist Alert: “Push It””

Decathlon Now Open at Festival Mall Alabang

Around this time last year I wrote a post about affordable activewear and devoted a section to French sports megastore Decathlon, whose products I had discovered during a trip to Singapore. I said, “If we ever get a Decathlon in the Philippines you know where I’ll be getting my gear.”

Well, that day has come! Decathlon opened last month in Festival Mall, Alabang and I got to visit it two weeks ago.

The Decathlon store was even bigger than I imagined.Β 
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A Week in the Life #12

Hey there, I hope your week went as well as or even better than mine! Life chugs along regardless, but my refrain for most of last week was to celebrate even small progressions towards goals, like friends getting themselves to work out, or cut down on cigarette consumption.

For me I guess what I’d like to celebrate is taking on the challenge of Nike Training Club’s Gym Strong training plan. Continue reading “A Week in the Life #12”

A Week in the Life #11

I can’t believe I’m done with another Nike Training Club four-week workout plan. Time sure does fly fast, huh? Although I wasn’t able to stick with the second week of the Bodyweight Only training plan due to travel, I still got the rest of the weeks’ assigned workouts done. Last Thursday I hit pretty good times in the final benchmark session, which featured what felt like an unlimited number of squat jumps and burpees. I was able to do a lot more full pushups this time! Continue reading “A Week in the Life #11”

A Week in the Life #10

The Fear of Missing Out is real, especially for someone like me who used to be competitive and thrived on excelling. Week after week I am given access to the launches of running events and I allow myself to get caught up in the hype and excitement. Goodness knows I got very excited at the news that Cebu City would host the Milo Marathon finals this eyar.

And then the organizers ask me what distance I want to run. Continue reading “A Week in the Life #10”