Return to Endurance, Week 5

My job entails writing about professional triathletes — their wins, their losses, their day-to-day lives. The longer I’m in this sport and industry, the more I am thankful that I don’t need to win for a living. My ability to hit target numbers in training and climb atop a podium on race day has no effect whatsoever on my monthly paycheck. I’m pretty sure there are some of you working your 9-to-6 job annoyed at the lack of training time. I know of some people who quit their day jobs and go on a sabbatical living as semi-professionals. But I once told a pro, “The things I do for fun, you do for a living.” Continue reading “Return to Endurance, Week 5”

Maculot Day Hike and Traverse

What goes up must come down… but not always at the same rate. This is what I found out last Saturday during a hike up and down Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas.

Dirt is my Kryptonite during races. However, I have always been curious about climbing mountains properly after casually hiking Pinagbanderahan in Converse sneakers while taping a travel show nine years ago. The opportunity finally came when my long-time friend Julia (of Blessmybag) said they were short a few people for a privately-guided tour up Maculot. Continue reading “Maculot Day Hike and Traverse”

September is Salad Month at SaladStop!

On days I have a heavy training load, nothing satisfies me like a big meal. But I have found that to keep my weight under control I need to keep the big meals scheduled around the big training sessions; other meals must be lighter.

What comes to mind when I think of light meals is a nice big salad full of leafy greens, lightly tossed with a tasty dressing. When I had my first salad at SaladStop! way back when High Street Central Square first opened, I was impressed at the serving size as well as variety of flavor and topping options. My big appetite as well as taste for variety was satisfied!

September is Salad Month at SaladStop! and they’ve just launched their Eat Wide Awake Movement campaign.

SaladStop Salad Month

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Return to Endurance, Week 4

It’s been a month back in triathlon training and I’m still feeling good, which is a big thing for me considering I could hardly string together a month without getting sick earlier this year! Of course, what I’m doing is technically an off-season program, but it’s not bad for coming from zero. And I’m thankful I don’t need to do a lot of swimming, although the mileage prescribed is slowly creeping up.

Return to Endurance Week 4

Swimming is the only time I get actual sun during workouts LOL

Meanwhile, the overall body conditioning from my months of Nike Training Club is still coming in really useful… Continue reading “Return to Endurance, Week 4”

Watch Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge on RTL CBS Extreme

While I don’t watch much television because I hardly have time, I make sure what I do watch is compelling entertainment. Last Wednesday, I got to preview Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge season 2 and I really liked what I saw!

From the producers of American Ninja Warrior, the Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge takes talented Spartan Race obstacle course racers and adds a team element to the challenging course it presents to them. This means teams not only have to be strong individually, but also work harmoniously together to overcome the obstacles. Six teams compete in heats of three teams each per week, with the winning teams of each heat and the fastest runner-up team moving through to the next round. Teams are competing for a grand prize of $250,000 so you’ll definitely see them going all out.Β  Continue reading “Watch Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge on RTL CBS Extreme”

Adidas Runners Launched in Manila

Adidas Runners is a global running movement that aims to energize, support, and unite runners around the world. Rolled out in key cities, Adidas Runners has a “run hard, play hard” mentality with personalized milestone plans, expert coaching, and unique rewards. Members can feel at home in any city they visit by connecting with the Adidas Runners squads around the world.

While last year Adidas launched partnerships with various running groups throughout the metro, the launch of Adidas Runners in Manila two weeks ago has brought formal re-entry into our local running community space with branded running sessions and their own coaching approach. Continue reading “Adidas Runners Launched in Manila”

Return to Endurance, Week 3

Usually when you start a new workout routine, it takes two weeks for you to feel a difference, but longer than that for any change in appearance to manifest. So it was really a surprise when someone from the gym told me I already looked slimmer than when she last saw me a month ago.

(The scale tells me I am still hovering around the same weight regardless. *shakes fist at scale*) At this point I feel as if I’ve knocked the rust off and am regaining some of my old fitness.Β  Continue reading “Return to Endurance, Week 3”