Decathlon Now Open at Festival Mall Alabang

Around this time last year I wrote a post about affordable activewear and devoted a section to French sports megastore Decathlon, whose products I had discovered during a trip to Singapore. I said, “If we ever get a Decathlon in the Philippines you know where I’ll be getting my gear.”

Well, that day has come! Decathlon opened last month in Festival Mall, Alabang and I got to visit it two weeks ago.

The Decathlon store was even bigger than I imagined.Β 
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Kikay Reviews: Zonal Strength Tights

Nike Zonal Strength Tights

Nike launched their new Zonal Strength Tights two weeks ago, and a few of us from the media were given the opportunity to test them out during the weekly Nike+ Run Club Home Run event held at Bonifacio High Street.

Last year around this time Nike launched their Power Speed running tights, so I couldn’t wait to experience the difference between that innovation and this new one.Β  Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Zonal Strength Tights”

Kikay Reviews: Under Armour Speedform Gemini

Tomorrow is my last training day here in Phuket, and a long run is on the schedule. It’s during these run sessions that I can practice my marathon nutrition and test the gear I’ll be running in on race day. One item has held constant over the past month though: my Under Armour Speedform Gemini running shoes.

Under Armour Speedform Gemini
Under Armour Speedform Gemini

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Kikay Reviews: Nike Power Speed Running Tights

When it comes to racing marathons, running tights are my go-to apparel, and because I’m racing a marathon again this year I’ve been looking at what’s available on the market.

That’s right, I’m running a marathon again for the first time since 2010. Sure, there’s a marathon at the end of an ironman but I found that running it felt completely different from running my last open marathon at the 34th Milo Marathon finals. The difference was between just surviving (in the ironman) versus actually getting the best run out of myself (in an open marathon).

Anyone who’s done long-distance running knows that there’s chafing involved. I can’t seem to run longer than 21K wearing shorts without ending up with some nasty friction burns on my inner thigh, so I’ve always worn tights to avoid that issue.

Nike Tights Night
on the road to 42K

I seem to be gravitating towards those brands that helped me get through my previous marathons. Back in December I picked up a pair of New Balance 860 running shoes (review coming soon), and I had been looking at Nike’s running tights offerings. So it was a happy coincidence to be invited to the Nike Tight Night last Thursday where they debuted the Power Speed Tights for running and the Zoned Sculpt Tights for training. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Nike Power Speed Running Tights”