Kikay Reviews: Goldtoe Powersox

Goldtoe Powersox

I haven’t written a review in quite a while, but that’s because I have been putting all the products I’ve received for review through their paces!

I lived out of a suitcase for most of the month of March, which meant that I had to use and reuse a lot of clothing (I did laundry while I was away). I packed two sets of running gear which I managed to use several times during my stay in Oz. Doing a lot of walking meant I preferred to use closed-toe shoes most of the time as well.

So for the entire trip, I brought five pairs of socks which meant most of them had to pull double-duty as running socks as well as casual socks. These socks were all from Goldtoe Powersox, which I had been sent by Lloyd Palconan of Manila Bay Hosiery Mills (the licensed manufacturer of Goldtoe socks in the Philippines). I’ve been using them for a few months now.

Powersox by Goldtoe
Powersox by Goldtoe

Goldtoe is the most preferred dress socks in the US, the most-ordered brand of socks on Amazon and eBay, and their athletic socks are rated #1 in the US. I’m pretty sure our dads all own a pair of Goldtoe black dress socks with the gold toe.

Powersox is their sports socks line, and like Goldtoe is available in almost every major department store in the country. The product is quality but the price point is very pocket-friendly. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Goldtoe Powersox”

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.

Dispatch 13: Traveling

Life sometimes brings you the unexpected, and after a few weeks of falling into a routine I was in for an abrupt change. But I like to go with the flow.

Well, what else would you do if you got an opportunity to go someplace and rev up your training? And so I found myself on a plane last Thursday heading for Phuket.

Dispatch 13: Flying

I do some freelance writing work for a sports resort in Phuket, and they decided to bring me in for the week to work on the website for their Wellness Centre.

Aside from some really great sports training facilities which I’ve already discussed in great detail numerous times, T*** also has a center devoted to complementary health: nutrition, yoga, physiotherapy, and mind training. So off I went to explore this side of T***. Continue reading “Dispatch 13: Traveling”

Dispatch #12: Balancing Act

Back when I was just training for one sport, all that mattered was how fast and how far I could run. Now that I swim and ride a bike as well as run, I don’t want to give up any of the gains I’ve made in those two sports just to focus on running… And that’s the puzzle of triathlon. No one is equally good at all the three disciplines (well, unless you’re Jan Frodeno, but he got a running injury so he’s still human). With a finite amount of energy and time, you can only do so much in one discipline before another begins to suffer.

My swim has held steady and my run is getting better, so cycling took the hit. Last Saturday’s bike ride was only 50 kilometers long, but I was walking funny at the end of it with aching quads.

Dispatch 12: Lose Something to Gain Something

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Dispatch #10: Who Run the World?

Last week kicked off a bunch of activities related to International Women’s Day, such as Tessa Prieto-Valdes’s gown exhibit, the Under Armour Women fitness event, and the Atleta Ako Aquathlon. This was also one of my most consistent weeks of training during which I felt a big improvement in my fitness.

Dispatch 10

Dispatch 10
equally at home on the track and in a dress!

I engage in sports and fitness activities because that’s who I am: I enjoy challenging myself physically and it also keeps me healthy. I never actually thought exercise was unfeminine, but I have seen far too many women shy away from trying a fitness routine because it involved breaking a sweat and losing their “poise”. Continue reading “Dispatch #10: Who Run the World?”

Dispatch #7: Keep on Keeping On

I found myself feeling a little lost this past week. For the last two years this particular week has been occupied by the lead-up to Challenge Philippines. I had decided last year I wouldn’t be racing this early to give myself a longer adjustment period into racing season, but when the race was cancelled the hole in my calendar felt that much bigger and emptier.

Most of my training is done solo. I prefer it that way; I’m more likely to over-extend myself when training with someone else. I can achieve a more gradual progression that sticks when I’m able to work at my own pace, whether fast or slow.

Dispatch 7
Long solo runs how I like them, just me and the open road.

Still, I appreciate when I do have company. I love catching up with my tri friends and chatting about what we’ve got lined up. Even if we’ve got different abilities and reasons for engaging in the sport and most of triathlon is a solo endeavor, it is the wonderful community at training and races that I enjoy being around again and again.

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Sometimes you’ve got to sit up and just enjoy.

Speaking of triathlons, I’m heading to Subic in two weeks’ time to cover the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay race for Witsup.com. Continue reading “Dispatch #7: Keep on Keeping On”