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”

adidas UltraBOOST X Launch

Adidas Ultraboost X

When the PureBOOST X was launched last year, it was adidas’ first major foray into designing a shoe primarily for women’s specific needs. Since then it’s had a few iterations always featuring the adaptive (floating) arch that uniquely supports the female foot.

With the launch of the UltraBOOST X for women, the adaptive arch once again makes its appearance, but this time in a shoe that’s part of the hugely popular UltraBOOST running shoe line. Continue reading “adidas UltraBOOST X Launch”

Adidas Fit Fest

What do you get when you bring together a brand with a strong sports and fitness legacy, and women who love fitness in all its varied aspects? You get Adidas Fit Fest, a whole-day extravaganza held last Sunday at the Globe Live Amphitheater in Bonifacio High Street.

Adidas Fit Fest

While Adidas holds monthly FitSquad pocket workouts, I believe this is the first time they’ve held a fitness event this massive. With fun activities scheduled from sun-up to sundown, it was a great day out for female Adidas fans and brand ambassadors alike.

I loved that the first two activities were a run with Adidas Boost Manila and Rocket Yoga with LIFE Yoga, so I signed up for those two to start my Sunday right. Continue reading “Adidas Fit Fest”

adidas BoostManila

After a few years of hibernation, adidas has re-entered the local running community scene by bringing together some of Metro Manila’s running communities. Their BoostManila event at Terra 28th Bonifacio Global City drew around a hundred people: bloggers such as myself from the old adiNation of Runners days as well as new runners on the scene in what adidas called “the first and biggest running community meet in the country.”

Adidas BoostManila

The running groups represented were: Run365ph from Quezon City, the Ayala Triads from Makati, Philippine Titans from Pasig, Urban Runners from BGC/Taguig, and the Snail Runners from Alabang.

On hand were a few members of Run365 to talk about their experience running in adidas Ultra BOOST shoes for the past few months. Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan were present along with their children. Anthony spoke about running both the New York and Tokyo Marathons in the same pair of Ultra BOOSTs. Maricel also gave an anecdote about running the Tokyo Marathon in the Pure BOOST X without having previously run long in those shoes at all. “For the first time after a marathon I had no blisters or dead toenails,” she said.

After the opening remarks and testimonials, the runners were let loose in waves to run three loops around Bonifacio High Street. The fastest in each wave received adidas gift certificates. All BoostManila participants were also given a discount valid for 24 hours at the new adidas store at Uptown BGC, where they would have taken home their shopping in paper bags due to adidas’ move to eliminate plastic shopping bags from their stores as part of their commitment to sustainable practices.

Aside from supporting the above running groups, adidas has also partnered with Team Pangilinan, Team Gotta, and national athlete Claire Adorna.

It’s great to see adidas supporting the growth of running in the Philippines once again. For the latest updates, follow @adidasph and the hashtag #BoostManila on Twitter and Instagram.

Kikay Reviews: adidas PureBOOST X

This week I put the adidas PureBOOST X through its paces. The latest among adidas’ BOOST line, it’s a neutral shoe targeted at women. In fact, adidas is releasing both a regular BOOST line and a Stella McCartney BOOST line, hoping that its funky colors and innovative floating arch will draw more women into the active lifestyle (and of course buy their shoes).

adidas PureBOOSTX launch
The adidas PureBOOST X (check out that floating arch!)

adidas PureBOOSTX launch
also available in floral motif and black and green Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: adidas PureBOOST X”

yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women & adidas miCoach Smart Run

I remember many years ago when I could barely find sport earphones, and there were only a few GPS watch brands to choose from. Now runners are spoilt for choice! This only means running is big in the country and brands see the market growing even more, hence these new offerings.

yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women

While female participation in running is still not on par with male participation, the number of women taking up the sport is growing, so it’s high time we get choices tailored to our needs. yurbuds came out with the Inspire for Women line because women generally have smaller ear canals than men, so the standard earbud was too large.

Now with the Inspire Pro for Women, female runners can enjoy music as well as answer calls with the sweat-resistant 3-button mic that’s been the main feature on the yurbuds Inspire Pro line.

yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women
yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women

These earphones come in a selection of colors to make any style-conscious runner happy. Of course, they come with the patented TwistLock technology and Flexsoft silicone for the earbuds so that they are extremely comfortable and never fall out.

The yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women retails at P3,000 and comes with 2 sizes of enhancers, a wire clip, and a sport carry pouch. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, and is fully integrated with Siri and other voice control features for a hassle-free experience.

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Inspire Pro for Women in aqua, pink, and purple

You can also match your yurbuds with the new yurbuds Armband line in the same colors. Compatible with most smartphones and the iPod Touch, the armband is made of soft neoprene that wicks away sweat while providing a secure and comfortable fit. The armband will help keep your phone secure while you’re running, and gives you easy access to the touchscreen with its heat-sensing touchscreen cover. It also has reflector panels for extra visibility in low-light conditions, and a provision for a customized safety ID with your emergency contact info.

The yurbuds Armband retails for P1,200.

yurbuds Armband
yurbuds Armband with yurbuds Inspire Pro for Women

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Check out these latest yurbuds merchandise at the following stores: MOVE, Urban Athletics, Power Mac Center, Digital Walker, Digital Hub, Beyond The Box, Buzz, Planet Sports, The Athlete’s Foot, RUNNR, Chris Sports, R.O.X, Riovana, Rudy Project, Mobile One, The AShop, Specialized Cncept Store, Islands and More, IGig Center, Gadgets In Style, The Electronics Boutique, Gold’s Gym, Nothing But H2O, The Brick, Primo Cycles, Second Wind, and Fitness First.

adidas miCoach Smart Run

This is what I wrote about the adidas miCoach Pacer when it was introduced in 2010:

The miCoach Pacer is a heart rate monitor, stride sensor, and training partner that you can link up to your music player so you can get personal coaching right in your ear as you run. With several different training programs to choose from, whether you want to get fit or run faster, the Pacer helps you run yourself better. I hate making comparisons between brands here, but the miCoach is adidas’ take on the Nike + system β€” except the miCoach can be used on all shoe brands and all mp3 player types.

A few years down the line, and adidas is now launching the miCoach Smart Run: a running watch that has GPS mapping, heart rate monitoring right from the wrist pulse, mp3 music player with Bluetooth wireless audio, and audible coaching guidance.

adidas miCoach Smart Run
adidas miCoach Smart Run

Right now I have several devices that do different things when I run. I have a Suunto Ambit2 S to log running and heart rate data and show real-time pace and distance. I listen to music on my phone and use the MaccaX iPhone app to guide some of my training sessions. To have all these functions in one device, as the Smart Run aims to be, is a fantastic development for run training.

The miCoach system is founded on heart rate zone training with four colored zones – blue, green, yellow and red. Smart Run uses these zones to coach you throughout your workout visually through the 1.45-inch color touch screen, vibration, and if you are using a Bluetooth headset, the coach will tell you to speed up or slow down. The Smart Run can then sync your training plans, completed workouts, and settings over WiFi.

It’s not just for running, either. The Smart Run has animated strength and flexibility workouts that can be displayed on the screen to guide you through each repetition and circuit. These kinds of workouts increase range of motion, strength, and help prevent injury, so to have them on the watch can help runners round out their overall fitness.

The miCoach Smart Run is available exclusively from the adidas eShop (shop.adidas.com.ph) at a retail price of P19,995.

Adidas King of the Road 2013

adidas King of the Road 2013 PH
at the adidas King of the Road yesterday

I’ve been thinking back on all the King of the Road races I’ve done in the last few years, and I haven’t done one where I’d done everything right. I was injured last year, unable to register in 2011, undertrained in 2010, and late to the race in 2009! This year’s edition was also under threat due to a phone update gone awry and a leak right over my bed, which robbed me of a good night’s sleep.

I was going to give up and not run the race anymore, but Continue reading “Adidas King of the Road 2013”