waiting for adam

6 Oct

A minor surgery to remove my ganglion cyst has stopped me from running for a couple of weeks.

The doc actually said I could run 2 days after the surgery but I wasn’t very comfortable with it. Klutz that I am, I was worried that I would trip, land on my injured hand and rip open the stitches. Haha! Hyperactive imagination much?

So anyways, after 2 weeks rest, I finally laced up again. Doc assured me that after 2 weeks everything has fused back and my wound will not open like a guppy’s mouth if I put pressure on it.

PROGRAM : 5min run and 2min x 8

I did pretty well until the 7th repeat then I had a little pain on my right knee. Maybe too long, too soon? So I slowed down a bit. On the last one, I decided to just do strides. Wee, speed!


What about Adam?

Since I’m simply training for endurance now, I don’t run with a watch to monitor pace, distance etc. I use an app called Seconds Pro. I create a timer to match my running program and pair each interval with a playlist. Mindless workout for me. No more checking time. How does it work?

Fast music = Run
Slow music = Walk

But what about Adam?

Well, the Adam playlist is reserved for my cooldown segment. When Adam starts singing he is out there waiting or that he is at the pay phone trying to call home or sunday morning rain is falling , I know that I’ve finished another workout and its time to walk.

I so look forward to hearing him.


Do you use an app when you train?

I’m doing the Half++ at Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 on Nov 16

15 Sep

A half with obstacles! Ohyes…haha…so I figured I should just tell the universe in advance that I’m doing this so that my guardian angels can prepare.
WHAT : Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014. This signature event of Men’s Health worldwide is a unique race that combines an endurance run with strategically placed obstacles against an urban backdrop.

WHEN : November 16

WHERE : a NEW venue for us to explore at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

- A new challenge people! Sure you can run 5, 10 or 21Km but can you handle the obstacles? Plus where else can you get a chance to climb over a bus, run through a tire field and duckwalk your way. If you want to know and prepare for all the obstacles grab a copy of next month’s Men’s Health issue.

- for me, it’s a chance to do ala-american ninja warrior challenges

- the finisher’s medal is really cool…and so is the shirt…especially the 21K shirt. And yes, I signed up for 21K for the shirt and I will finish! Although I’ve told people that if I’m not at the finish line by a certain time to please come look for me haha.

CATEGORIES : 5k, 10K and 21K

– For a more specific training plan, grab a copy of the September 2014 issue of Men’s Health where 60-day routine that will help you get race ready is outlined.

- For me, starting this week, I’m allocating one combo day of run and some crossfit-ish stuff. The plan is to run example 400m and then do squats or crunches. So if you see a girl runnng and then drop to the ground, it’s probably just me training or nadapa na naman ako. Will have to limit myself to legs and abs for now. Going in for irritating ganglion cyst surgery on Thursday.

Sold ka na? Sali ka na? Here’s how you can register.
– ONLINE : Visit http://www.takbo.ph/urbanathlon/ Open until 31 Oct2014

- Registration Centers located at Planet Sports BGC, Planet Sports Trinoma, Golds Gym Glorietta, Golds Gym Galleria and Golds Gym Katipunan until 9 Nov 2014.

5K – Php 850
10K – Php 900
21K – Php 950

For further updates about the event, log on to Facebook.com/menshealthphilippines.


Rexona #runtoyourbeat on Oct 26

14 Sep

WHO : You, yes you, runner
WHAT : Rexona Run 2014
WHEN : October 26
WHERE : Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia
WHY : coz you just gotta run to your beat

HOW : Interested runners can register :
1. Online at www.runrio.com/rexonarun until October 12, 2014 or
2. In-store at Toby’s MOA, RUNNR Store or Move in Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM North EDSA, The Block and Toby’s Robinsons Galleria starting Friday, September 12 until October 19.

– 5k : 3:45 AM
– 10k : 3:30 AM
– 21k : 3:00 AM.

Immerse yourself in a trail of pulsating beats and scintillating visuals that will push you to go further into running euphoria at one of the most sought-after runs in the calendar, the Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014.
Taking Rexona’s Do More philosophy to the next level, Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014 will once again challenge you to stretch your limits at a music powered run that pushes you further while you stay fresh. Mar Corazo, Rexona Brand Manager, says, “We are always finding ways to make the Rexona Run more exciting than the last. This year, we wanted to take the Do More philosophy into higher gear with stimulating visuals to match music from different genres, as interpreted by some of Manila’s top DJs.”

This year, Rexona has chosen to collaborate with the Republiq group and the top DJs in the Philippines to fuel your run with live music. Pushing runners to the finish line will be DJs Ace Ramos, Mars Miranda, Deuce Manila, Martin Pulgar, Euric, Motherbasss, and MC Pao.

To make things even more exciting, Rexona introduces three new tunnels with varying themes that will make the music come to life. At key points during the race, runners will be able to experience the Retro, HipHop and EDM themed tunnels that will have different features, from roller bladders to disco balls, street art to laser light. But of course, only those who can do more can enjoy all three tunnels. 5K and 10k runners will go through two tunnels, while 21k runners will be able to experience all three!


For more details, visit www.runrio.com/rexonarun or Rexona’s Facebook page.

But wait there’s more! To prepare individuals for this much-awaited run, Rexona will be holding running clinics from September 18 – October 23. Led by Coach Rio, in collaboration with 360 Club Fitness, the clinics will be twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-9PM at the Fort. The clinic is open to all interested individuals, but priority will be given to those who have registered for the Rexona Run 2014. Sign up for the Rexona Run running clinics now at the Training Camp tab on the Rexona Facebook page.

Stay fresh as the live music pushes you further at Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014!

the early bird…

14 Sep

…does not look like a basang sisiw at breakfast.

Remember the alarm? It worked! But fellow lazybones will understand that there is world of difference between WAKING UP and GETTING UP.

I woke up at six. It was raining so I slept again. Heard the next alarm and automatically reached out for the snooze button. By seven I was ready to get up. And at 7:15, I finally did. Gotta love cloudy mornings and running shorter distances as there is no need to rush to beat the sun.

By the time I taped my arches, Kit was done with his 24+2. Before I stared my run, I saw a beaming Rod who just completed his 21K.

And off I go!

Ran my usual route this time. I didn’t want to risk get splashed again. It was another great walk/run for me. Not fast but hey, I got out and logged a few kms. That’s good enough for me. Speed can come later.

IMG_2539.JPGIt was cool but I was still sweating like crazy after my run. Tumutulo talaga ang pawis ko. So when I met up again with Kit and Rod for breakfast, ako na ang basang sisiw while they looked fresh having had a chance to shower before breakfast.

Fingers crossed I can successfully complete my program for next week as well. And now, it’s time for a nap.


13 Sep

My alarm for tomorrow's run

Wish me luck. But it’s raining again… #bedweatheralert


13 Sep

Woke up at 6am but didn’t go out for my run until 7:30. It was raining and I didn’t relish the thought of getting wet and splashing in the rain so I waited for the rain to stop.

I even avoided my usual route coz I know that there will be puddles all over. So, off I went along a different street. Not even a kilometer in, along comes this jeepney… *humaharurot*

Before, I knew it…



I looked at my shirt, my tights and my shoes. Wet!

I was in a happy place so I was able to resist waving off the rude driver with a birdie. I even swallowed a very unladylike goodbye that would have sent him somewhere really hot.

So much for avoiding getting wet, eh. Oh well, I had a run to finish so off I went, a bit wet and grateful that by some luck, MeanDriver missed my face. I tried not to think of that ewww puddle,

It was good day for a run. Cloudy with a gentle breeze. I liked my new route as well coz it has less stoplights.

Have a great weekend folks!

Did you get a run in or are you resting up for a race tomorrow?

5K with Inflatables and much more

8 Sep

I had a great time yesterday at the Ensure Acti M2 Mind and Body Challenge 2014. I joined my usual 5K distance. All fun, no pressure distance.

Before the race started, I also had time to catch up with some Folks I used to run around BHS before. Been a long time since serious training days.

I knew there will be some challenges along the route so I was knew what to expect. But my oh my, those inflatable things were so much fun! Thank you Ensure Acti M2 Mind and Body Challenge 2014. I was halway through the first one when I realised I’ve never played in one these before. We had the usual playground stuff, but no inflatables when were kids. oppps revealing my age…

Oh way a joy!

Continued on with the race and got most of the answers, wee!

Then when we reached the final maze, I realised that the road less travelled….was the wrong path. So I made like a sheep and followed the crowd to the finish line.

If you are looking for photos, found some at Red Knight’s FB account. Click here to check it out. Thanks Red Knight!

Women’s Health : Pop-up Studio 2014

22 Aug

Had a great time last week with these girls at Women’s Health Pop-up Studio. Take away the warm-up and cool down, we only worked out for 8 minutes. But it was an action packed 8minutes of non-stop action.

Here’s our routine, try it and know that I what I mean by non-stop almost pass out sweaty workout.

We were group into 4. Task was to 100m run, push-ups, squats and ball slam. We were each assigned a task. So while Roselle was running her 100m outisde, Que was dong push-ups, Tonette was doings squats and I was ball slamming like crazy,

When Roselle finished her run, we switched and she took over the push-ups, Que shifted to squats, Tonette went crazy on the ball and I sprinted out.

We were not crazy about the push-up so we decided that we would go all out on the run so we didn’t have to spend too much time on te push-ups. In 8minutes, we were able to do 2 rounds. Scored 390sumthing. No, sadly we were not the top scorer but if they were judging on form, we would have taken the prize. Haha competitive much.. 20140819-225916-82756288.jpg
We survived!

All smiles while we rehydrated with Carbtrim.
Grab your August Women’s health issue now or like Women’s Health on Facebook for #WHpopupstudio updates.

Avon Philippines Walk And Run (W.A.R) against Breast Cancer on October 12

21 Aug

For this year, Avon Philippines invites men and women to Walk And Run (W.A.R) against Breast Cancer on October 12, 2014in SM Mall of Asia.
Registration opens on Wed, August 20, 2014 at the following Chris Sports outlets.

Chris Sports (SM North Edsa)
Chris Sports (SM Megamall)
Chris Sports (SM Mall of Asia)
Chris Sports (Festival Mall)
Chris Sports (Glorietta 3)

You can also register online or on their FB. (http://www.avon.com.ph/)

Avon has a special early bird discount of P50 until the end of August so it will be P500(5KM) and P650(10km).

I walked the Vitress Catwalk with #sexybeautiful hair

20 Aug

What do “It” girls have in common? They walk with confidence, intrigue with style, and captivate everyone with their gorgeous, flowing hair. Vitress, the country’s number one hair cuticle coat and hair polish, is proud to partner with three powerful Filipinas who are able to do just that: model and actress Solenn Heussaff, fashionista and TV host Kim Jones, and volleyball superstar Gretchen Ho.

And this month, select media partners were invited to experience what it feels like to walk the Vitress Catwalk and be #sexybeautiful.

The invitation was quite intriguing. They asked us to come in Catwalk Chic attire and to dress as if we’re ready to get blown away. Curious?

When I got to BGC, it all became clear. We were invited to walk down a catwalk…the twist…they had fans that blew our hair upwards, sidewards…all over the place. At the end of the runway, they had a stylist assist us in choosing the Vitress product suited for hair. She also taught us how to apply the product.

Goodness! I was doing it wrong pala. I was putting on way too much product. I only needed 1 pump to fix my hair. We did the half/half method. She fixed one side (which turned out really fabulous) and I did the other side (amazing results but I have to admit the stylist side looked better).

After we fixed our hair, we continued down the catwalk and posed for the photographers. Fabulous!

After the event, we got our stash of Vitress samples. Needing only one pump at a time, I decided to share them with friends complete with the tip that they only need a pump or two for fab hair. Pwera chos, one friend who used to always tie back her hair, now keeps it down more often coz with Vitress, her hair is no longer too unruly. Me, I’m loving the silky texture now and the scent.

Now, meet the #SEXYBEAUTIFUL endorsers of Vitress – Solenn, Gretchen and Kim and checkout their hair tips.
Solenn’s Hair Tips: “I use the Vitress Solenn Cuticle Coat, which I co-designed every day. After I shower and while my hair is damp, I put a small amount to make it easier to comb. Once my hair is dry, I add a few more drops to boost shine. I also apply it when my hair’s in a ponytail to hide the baby hair that sticks out.”

Kim’s Hair Tips: “Honestly, I prefer a low-key regime when it comes to my hair. After I wash my hair, I just warm a few drops of Vitress Hair Repair Cuticle Coat in between my hands. It’s easy enough for me to do and it’s effective. It’s my secret weapon to keeping my hair sleek and in place. The bottles are the perfect size to throw in your handbag, too.”

Gretchen’s Hair Tips: “With my active and on-the-go lifestyle, it’s very important to have a quick solution. On normal days, I apply the Vitress Sun Protect Hair Polish to protect my hair. When I have a game, I use the Vitress Heat Protect Cuticle Coat to keep my baby hair in place with my ponytail. For shoots, the Vitress Heat Protect Cuticle Coat keeps my hair shiny and healthy, too.”

Take your hair to “It” girl status—just like Solenn, Kim, and Gretchen—by applying a few drops of Vitress to your strands every day. The best part is, you can also retouch and go as often as you need without leaving your hair greasy or heavy. For sexy-beautiful hairs whenever, wherever, leave it to Vitress for gorgeous, shiny, and healthy-looking hair always.

Follow Vitress On Social Media For More Hair Tips & Exclusive Updates:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vitress
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