Nike Training Club

My weeks running with Nike Run Club and the NRC app set me up for a great holiday season of fitness as I start to ramp up training for my Ho Chi Minh 21K run. What I haven’t talked about as much are the sessions I have been doing with the sister app, Nike Training Club.

Nike Training Club is all about full-body functional fitness, and it’s great crosstraining for endurance athletes like me who tend to train only the forward motion using mostly legs.

While I have been using the NTC app since the start of the year, NTC live sessions with an actual coach are something different. Last Friday, I joined a Nike Training Club live session at Kerry Sports in Shangri-La The Fort.

Nike Training Club

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Holiday Fitness, Week 5: Continue the Work

Can you believe it! It’s a week beyond a month since I started on this holiday fitness challenge. That’s time enough to create some habits, like finding the time to exercise most days of the week, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and pretty much take care of myself. On Friday night I had a headache and some nasal congestion, but after taking a Decolgen and going to bed early, the next morning I was fine. I have not felt this robust in years!

You know what bums me out though? Due to years of heavy training I have gotten used to having a certain body weight and shape; now that I’m about 7 pounds over that, my clothes don’t fit the way they used to and I don’t quite feel like myself. Visually though I’m not much different. In fact, people have told me I look well-rested and not haggard.Β  Continue reading “Holiday Fitness, Week 5: Continue the Work”

Nike Run Club Open House

Last Saturday, Nike Run Club held an Open House event where runners could discover what NRC is about and what it can do for their running. Sessions were held in the morning and afternoon led by the Nike Run Club pacers as well as coaches Ian Banzon, Ico Ejercito, and Rio de la Cruz.

NRC Open House

I dropped by in the afternoon because I’d missed the Thursday session due to my Singapore trip. I didn’t realize Bonifacio Global City, and Bonifacio High Street in particular, was a hive of activity on Saturdays! Thankfully the NRC tent was where it usually is, in front of the Nike Park store. Continue reading “Nike Run Club Open House”

Holiday Fitness, Week 3: Singapore Interlude

Last week I took my parents over to Singapore for a little travel break. The last time they were in Singapore, it was 2013 and I couldn’t make it because the Laguna Phuket Triathlon was on that same weekend. So I decided to make some memories with them and revisit one of my favorite running grounds over there as well.

The thing is, traveling in Singapore requires a lot of walking and I usually rack up a gazillion steps on my Fitbit every time I visit. I was worried my parents would be wiped out by our commute. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to drag them all over the place on foot. Continue reading “Holiday Fitness, Week 3: Singapore Interlude”

Holiday Fitness, Week 2: Work in Progress

One of the things I’ve been keeping tabs on is how often I’ve gotten sick this year. Having my nephew running around my place most days means I get exposed to all sorts of virulent strains; every time he had a runny nose, I’d get struck down for a whole week.

Well, last week I realized it had been more than a month since I’d last had a full-blown cold or flu. I came close a few times, but a day’s rest and a good night’s sleep were able to ward the sniffles off. It’s amazing how well the human body can recover, but to get to this point I’ve had to drop any sort of hard training and gain some weight — five pounds, to be exact. It’s a good trade-off though, because being sick sucks. Continue reading “Holiday Fitness, Week 2: Work in Progress”