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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Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Now that I’ve finished recovering from the race, edited my vlog, and uploaded my photos, I can finally come here to write this one sentence:

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is an epic destination race you should do.

Destination races, for me, serve two purposes. The first purpose is as an obvious excuse to go travel. The second purpose is to discover a place on foot. I’m so happy I was able to bookend my year with two half marathons, and end the year with one as special as the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon. Here’s my travel vlog about the race and the trip. Continue reading “Angkor Wat International Half Marathon”

Stretches for Runners [VIDEO]

I’ve written about post-run stretches for runners in the past, but when L!FE Yoga Center sent me their infographic 10 Yoga Poses to Make You a Better Runner, I decided to create a video version of the stretches I’ve been using lately to help me recover from all the training I’ve been doing.

Stretches for Runners

Stretches for Runners

I’ve incorporated the poses from the L!FE Yoga infographic as well as the eight great post-race stretches I wrote about back in 2012.

Runners tend to get tight in our hips, quadriceps, and hamstrings and so it’s usually these areas I pay attention to when I stretch. But we also need to take care of the build-up of tension in our spines.

These stretches are to be used after workouts to help maintain flexibility and mobility. There are standing as well as supine (lying down) versions of some stretches, so even if you don’t have a mat there’s no reason you can’t do a twist or hip stretch.

The stretches are:

  1. Chest and Back Stretch
  2. Quadricep Stretch
  3. Sugarcane in Half Moon (for hip flexors and hamstrings)
  4. Figure 4 (standing version, for glutes and hips)
  5. Lunge
  6. Pyramid
  7. Triangle
  8. Chair Twist (for spinal mobility)
  9. Downward and Upward Facing Dog
  10. Cowfaced Fold
  11. Seated Twist
  12. Seated Head-to-Knee
  13. Figure 4 (supine version)
  14. Fish (backbend, to open chest and shoulders)
  15. Supine Wide Angle (for adductors and hamstrings)

I usually incorporate these stretches into my cooldown for time efficiency, and they really feel good after a tough workout!

I also try to get myself to a yoga class or two every week for a good full-body conditioning workout. L!FE Yoga recommends their Ash-Asana or Feel Good yoga classes for runners. You can check out their schedule and book into a class here: LifeYogaCenter.com

Looking for warm-up moves? Check out my warm-up moves for running.

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”

Health or Wealth: #Fit2LiveFree on Rappler

Social news network Rappler.com invited me to be a guest yesterday on a Google Hangout to take up the topic of physical and financial fitness.

Kikay Runner on Rappler's Google Hangout

The show was hosted by Sam Oh and the guests were:

  • Charleston Chua, co-owner of Bikram Yoga Manila;
  • Kit Guerra, a Crossfit coach and player for the Philippine Volcanoes;
  • Rocio Pantaleon, a triathlete and Sun Life Financial advisor;
  • Joaquin Valdes, a filmmaker and fitness enthusiast; and
  • yours truly, Noelle De Guzman, founder of KikayRunner.com.

It was an hour of discussing the topic “Health or Wealth: What should come first?” While our fitness interests were diverse, we all had a passion for being fit and healthy. Did we bring our savvy for physical fitness into the financial realm as well? We found there were many things physical fitness and financial fitness had in common.

My contribution to the table was that we have to plan to be fit: we take the time to exercise so that we can live longer and better. The same goes for a healthy attitude towards wealth: being financially fit means having enough for what you want to do now and planning and investing so that you have enough for the life you want to live in the future.

I had so much fun meeting my fellow panelists and hearing about their personal approaches to health and wealth! Watch the whole Google Hangout session on Youtube below. You can also follow the Twitter conversation on the Rappler Storify page.