Wish List: Challenge Taiwan

I want to do Challenge Taiwan half.

I think it’s become a tradition for me to set down in writing at least one thing I would like to do, whether it’s this year or in a few years’ time. I once wrote about the Osaka Marathon, and last year I wrote about training at Thanyapura. One is very near to becoming reality, while the other was fulfilled last year and may even become a recurring thing!

Challenge Taiwan
Challenge Taiwan 2015 is on April 25

(Disclaimer: I’ve promised myself I won’t do another ironman-distance race unless either Challenge or Ironman finally put one up in the Philippines. Organizers, what do you say?)

So yes, I’ve had my eye on Challenge Taiwan for a while. Up until last year it hosted both a half and a full distance triathlon on the same weekend, and was the first Challenge Family event in Asia. Reading about Challenge Taiwan on Coach Ani’s blog gave me a first glimpse into what a Challenge Family event would be like. Now that I’ve done a few, I can say I love the warm, welcoming experience Challenge offers, and I’d love to do more of their races!

So, what is Challenge Taiwan like? (more…)

BSI Medicated Spray for Muscle Aches

I’m starting to get into gear again for next year’s races, and nothing makes me ache more than the first long hard sessions back. In the past I’ve just sucked up the muscle pains and stiffness, knowing they’ll pass in the next few days. But why tolerate when you can make the pain go away?

Some people pack tablets of muscle relaxants or pain relievers, but I try to avoid taking too many medicines. Plus, I’m allergic to many of them… As I packed my day bag for the Challenge Philippines bike course recon last weekend, I made sure that aside from a change of clothes and a towel I also threw in a bottle of BSI Medicated Spray. As in, I literally threw the bottle into my duffel bag because I knew the plastic bottle wouldn’t break even among all my other stuff. (I’m not a neat packer.)

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and knew I would need the instant pain relief once I’d finished climbing those hills of Bataan. It also reduces muscle swelling, which hampers mobility and I knew I would need to be able to move around even after my workout. BSI Medicated Spray is prescribed by physicians and approved by our Philippine FDA as a home remedy for muscular pain, so I know it’s safe and effective. It also contains all-natural ingredients, a plus for those trying to avoid synthetic chemicals.

BSI Medicated Sports Spray
I chicked the boys… but made my thighs cry. (Note: not effective on broken hearts or bruised egos.)

What I like most about BSI Medicated Spray is that it’s easily sprayed on, so I don’t need to use my hands to apply it, and it’s so easily absorbed that I don’t even need to massage it into my muscles. There’s nothing more annoying than getting liniment in your eyes or on your face because there was some left over on your hands.

It’s not just for after a hard workout or race. I first encountered BSI Medicated Spray at the Milo Marathon; some runners were using it to help their muscles relax and warm up before the race. If you’re coming from a hard workout the previous day, using a bit of the spray before your next workout helps reduce the feeling of muscle stiffness.

The spray is also great to have with you during long training sessions and races. I’ve seen my ultramarathoner friends keep it in their support vehicles so that they can spray it on when they feel the cramps coming on. At volunteer aid stations for marathons and triathlons there’s usually a bottle of this to spray on for those who need it.

BSI Medicated Sports Spray
BSI Medicated Spray + Zensah compression tights = bye-bye muscle aches!

So forgive me whenever you encounter me smelling like menthol or a giant mint candy; chances are I’ve just come from another big training session. BSI Medicated Spray is my pain reliever of choice.

BSI Medicated Spray is available in spray form and as a medicated plaster at Mercury Drug Store, Rose Pharmacy, and South Star Drug. Find more information about BSI Medicated Spray at The Filipino Doctor.

This is a sponsored post for BSI Medicated Spray. View my disclosure policy.

A First Look at Runner’s Kitchen

I am an admitted foodie and love a good meal especially after a hard run. At the same time, I want to make sure what I’m fueling my body with will help me perform at my best.

Last December, I joined the Run365 group on one of their Sunday runs at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and afterwards we adjoined to the newly-opened Runners Kitchen at Creekside Square, Tomas Morato cor. Kamuning. Here’s your first look at it…

Runner’s Kitchen exterior


My Top Five Stories of 2014

As I wind down and wrap up 2014, I’d like to share with you my top five stories for the year.

Let’s start with the big ones that most of you know. And then later in this post I’ll talk about the ones you don’t know… (more…)

Run Safe 101 Seminar

In all the hustle surrounding Christmas week, I didn’t have a lot of time to sit down and post about all the great stuff I got to do and experience prior to Christmas Day. Stuff like the Run Safe 101 Seminar I was able to attend. This was organized mostly by members of The Starting Line triathlon team, namely Shy Sison-Vesagas who gave me the heads up on the seminar. Registration was free but it closed out in minutes, so thanks Shy for helping me secure a slot!

Run Safe 101
Run Safe 101 with Francis “Kiko” Diano

The back story here is that Shy’s husband Steve is an avid endurance athlete but was always running into injury problems. On recommendation from Iah Isip and Arland Macasieb, they visited a PT based out of New York when Steve went to run the New York City Marathon. Francis Diano, nicknamed Kiko, is a sports medicine physiotherapist, USA Triathlon-accredited coach, marathoner and triathlete — so he’s seen all kinds of endurance sport-related injuries and knows how to treat them and prevent them. When they found out Kiko was coming home to the Philippines over the holidays, they decided to harness his knowledge to enrich the local endurance community — runners and triathletes alike. (more…)