Kikay Reviews: adidas UltraBOOST X ATR

Anyone who’s been inside my shoe closet will know that I have many running shoes on rotation. I like to use one pair for treadmills, another for track, another for speed runs on the road, and another for long runs. And there’s always room for one more pair…

“But Noelle, you only have one pair of feet,” you might say. Well, when you get to test shoes from all the different manufacturers and discover many things to love about each pair, you’ll understand why my closet doors are always open.

adidas recently launched their UltraBOOST All Terrain shoes and sent me the women’s version, the UltraBOOST X ATR.

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Podcast #10: Daniela Ryf, Ironman World Champion

While I was in Phuket two weeks ago I got a remarkable opportunity to interview the current Ironman European Champion, Ironman 70.3 World Champion, and Ironman World Champion: the one and only Daniela Ryf.

Also on iTunes.

She was staying at a sports resort in the build-up to her last race of the year, which is happening this weekend. The Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain is not only a regional championship, but it also serves as the last of the three races comprising the Nasser Bin Hamad Triple Crown. The person who wins all the races in the series would be awarded a special bonus of $1 MILLION, and only Daniela has been able to win the two previous races at Challenge Dubai and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

With Daniela Ryf, Ironman World Champion
Fangirl mode, ON!

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Podcast #9: Running Pastor Ferdie Cabiling

It’s been a long time between podcasts! I’ve given up on trying to host a solo show because as a podcast listener I get very bored with only one person talking.

Interviews, however, always have me interested because they just feel more natural and are easier to listen to. So whenever I have the chance to interview someone interesting and doing great things in the world of endurance sport, I pounce on that chance.

Run50

This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Pastor Ferdie Cabiling, also known as the Running Pastor in local ultrarunning circles. He is turning 50 years old and will soon be making his dream come to reality when he runs across the Philippines from south to north. Dubbed “Run50”, his target is to run 50 kilometers every day (except Sundays) for 50 days starting September 5 for a grand total of 2,180 kilometers.

Also on iTunes.

With a fundraising goal of P1,000 per kilometer, he is running for the benefit of Real Life Foundation, a Christian non-profit organization that helps give marginalized Filipino youth access to education and transform their communities through community service. You can read more about Real Life Foundation here: igivetolife.org

The Running Pastor
Pastor Ferdie (in red) and his pacer during the 2013 Bataan Death March Ultramarathon 160

I’ve never covered ultramarathon and ultra-distance adventure racing at great length in this blog, but that’s just because I feel out of my depth when talking about the people who undertake these feats. They are a different breed; they wholeheartedly seek out the distances that would have someone like me running away.

In this podcast we discuss how Pastor Ferdie got started running, why he started doing ultramarathons, and ultimately why he runs. Continue reading “Podcast #9: Running Pastor Ferdie Cabiling”

Podcast #8: Phuket Trip & James Cunnama Interview

This is my special Phuket episode featuring an interview with James Cunnama as well as a bit of a wrap of my last few days touring the island.

Also on iTunes.

James Cunnama at T***
James Cunnama training at T***

About James Cunnama

Born in one of the major centers for endurance sport in South Africa and the child of two parents who had completed multiple Comrades Marathons, James Cunnama very early on discovered the joys of long-distance running. He excelled in the junior categories at local races and was completing half-marathons at the tender age of 16. But it wasn’t until he moved away to Port Elizabeth for university that James discovered triathlon. Volunteering at the Spec-Savers Half-Ironman in 2004 and the full distance the year after gave him a taste for one of the toughest single-day endurance events in the world. Continue reading “Podcast #8: Phuket Trip & James Cunnama Interview”

Podcast #7: Bahrain Endurance 13 Team

Sorry for the lack of podcast episodes! It’s midway through 2015 and this is our first one — hopefully not the last. I’ve been sitting on this interview for almost a month now. I sat down with Chris “Macca” McCormack while I was in Phuket in April to talk about their launch of the Bahrain Endurance Team.

Also on iTunes.

Granted it was right before dinner so we were interrupted and I didn’t get to ask him more questions. What he says in this interview reveals a lot of the inner workings of starting and managing a team, working with royalty, and the obstacles they had to hurdle to bring this to fruition. I hope you enjoy it!

Show Notes:

  • Who are the athletes in the Bahrain Endurance Team? (note: information may be outdated)
  • How did it all begin? Macca meeting Shaikh Nasser at Challenge Philippines and sharing a vision
  • What were the obstacles to launching the team?
  • What is the main vision of Bahrain Endurance Team?
  • Who is Shaikh Nasser and why would he fund a triathlon team?
  • How were these 13 athletes chosen? What went into the decision to approach them?
  • What is Macca’s role on the team?

Bahrain Endurance Team: Shaikh Nasser and Macca handshake
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Podcast #6: Hot Primary at Beyond Yoga

Many of you know that yoga plays a big part in my athletic conditioning. So when Beyond Yoga partner and ambassador Bianca King invited me to try out their Hot Primary yoga class at the Rockwell branch, of course I said yes!

Beyond Yoga Hot Primary class
with Bianca King and Al Galang

2011 was the last time I took a Bikram hot yoga class (you can read about that experience here). Even further back in 2008, before I started running, I encountered yogi Al Galang when he had just set up a Bikram yoga studio in Greenhills.

Funny how some things come full circle. I dropped out of the hot yoga scene, Al sold his yoga studio, and we both went into different ventures for the next few years. Yet there I was last Friday at Beyond Yoga Rockwell taking a Hot Primary class under his direction.

Conducted in a heated studio, Hot Primary is a non-vinyasa (flow) yoga with a 40-posture set sequence. (Basically this means you get into the pose, then you get out of the pose and then get into another pose.) It comes from the 84-posture sequence taught by Bishnu Ghosh, who then passed them down to his students, namely Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga.

“Hot Primary is something we’ve introduced this year. It’s a culmination of my years of experience in Bikram yoga but also a culmination of years receiving feedback from myself and thousands of students in what they want, what could keep them going and challenge them and still work,” Al told me when I sat down with him in the studio after the class.

You can listen to my interview with him here or on iTunes:

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Podcast #5: Ben Allen & Jacqui Slack

This special edition of Kikay Runner on the Go features an exclusive interview with professional triathletes Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack, who are in town to compete at the inaugural Bataan Triathlon.

As Bi3 looms ever nearer, it’s really time to get your head in the game. If it’s your first time to participate in a triathlon, or your first time on those infamous hills of Bataan, Ben and Jacqui have some great tips for how to stay safe on the technical descents and enjoy this race.

Also available on iTunes.

Pardon the audio quality of the interview proper; I messed up the microphone settings. I tried my best to run it through some filters so you can still hear what Jacqui and Ben have to say.

Podcast interview
Thanks to Sabak for the interview space and the coffee!

Show Notes

  • What they’ve been up to the past few months
  • Why they love to come to the Philippines to race
  • Where they’ve gone and what they’ve done in Manila
  • Why they’ve come to race the Bataan Triathlon
  • Tips for handling the technical bike course in Bataan
  • Tips for first-time triathletes

About Ben Allen

Ben Allen is a world-class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He specialises in the non-drafting format from 70.3 Ironman, Long Distance and the Xterra World Off-Road Triathlon Tour. Ben is based in Wollongong, Australia and from April through to October he joins the World’s Elite Endurance Athletes in Europe, basing himself in France. His official website is benallentriathlete.com

Ben would like to thank: ON Running, Giant Bicycles, XTERRA Wetsuits, Flight Centre Active Travel, Sponser Sports Nutrition, Champion Systems, Lurbel Precision Garments, Ryders Eyewear, Alaska Milk, Greeper Laces, Ekoi, Schnell Carbon Wheels

About Jacqui Slack

Jacqui Slack is a full time professional elite athlete, training and competing against the best triathletes around the world. She has raced the British Triathlon Super Series, French Grand Prix, ITU European & World Cups, ITU World Series events, and is now focused on the Xterra World Tour. Her official website is jacquislack.uk

Jacqui would like to thank: ON Running, Giant Bicycles – Liv, XTERRA Wetsuits, Amanzi Swimwear, Flight Centre Active Travel, Powerbar, Champion Systems, Lurbel Precision Garments, Ryders Eyewear, Alaska Milk, Athlete Matters Sports Physiotherapists, Schwalbe, Scicon Technical Bags

Ben Allen & Jacqui Slack
Ben & Jacqui