Soap opera kinda run

20 Aug

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I’ve been stepping and hitting my 10K goal but I’ve been bailing from my runs.  So my revised strategy last Wednesday was to run home. Yep! I went to faraway land (well… about 7K away) and did not bring ready cab fare home.

I had no choice but walk/run home.

After doing my 30min run program around the park, I started my 7Km walk/run journey. Easy, right?

Well, the monsoon made it interesting. 1Km in, it started to rain. I had to ditch my walk/run plan. I had to keep on running.

Running under the rain is hard core. If I did my walk/run, I would simply look silly. And so I ran. I could have stopped, yes, but where’s the fun in that. Plus, It.Felt.Great!

About 1Km from home, while waiting for the lights to change at an intersection, I suddenly felt tried, my legs were complaining and I began questioning the wisdom of running without cab fare. Then this lady approached me and out of the blue asked, “Miss, may singkwenta ka?” (Miss do you have 50 pesos?) I’ve heard about this lady and her scam at this intersection.

So I looked at her, looked down to show her how soaked I am, laughed and said, “Miss, sorry, wala po. Tumatakbo na nga lang po ako pauwi.” (Miss sorry, I don’t have, as you can see, I’m just running home.)

It’s Saturday now and I still have to log another run. I need a game plan for tomorrow.

Under Armour to open its newest branch at Trinoma

11 Aug

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Regarded as the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, Under Armour is extending its reach in the Philippines as it launches a new brand house in Metro Manila.

Under Armour will formally open a branch at Level 3 of the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City on Friday, August 12.

The grand opening event will be held on Saturday, August 13, with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstars Asi Taulava and Jervy Cruz serving as special guests

Taulava, a Filipino-Tongan cager who has been strutting his wares on the PBA court for 16 years in five different teams, copped the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy in 2003 and led the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters to the All-Filipino Conference title in the same year.

Known by his moniker “The Rock” due to his prowess in the shaded lane, Taulava likewise represented flag and country in international competitions as he suited up for the Philippine national team on several occasions. And now, he is currently the starting center of the NLEX Road Warriors.

Meanwhile, Cruz rose to prominence in the collegiate ranks when he steered the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to the UAAP Promised Land in 2006.

Proving that skill could topple height, Cruz managed to elevate his on-court stature as a legitimate inside threat in his first few years in the PBA , now part of the most prominent PBA team in the country- Ginebra.

Taulava and Cruz will be offering a special treat to Under Armour aficionados as both men are slated to conduct a basketball clinic on August 13, 4:00pm, at the TriNoma activity center. 

Aside from Taulava and Cruz’s free basketball workshop, Under Armour fans will also be given a chance to unleash their inner Stephen Curry with the UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, where qualified contestants will go head-to-head by showcasing their three-point shooting skills.

In order to join the basketball clinic and UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, a single receipt purchase of at least P2,000 from August 12 to August 13 at the Under Armour TriNoma brand house will earn an exclusive pass to the festivities and a chance to take home awesome prizes.

Under Armour’s TriNoma brand house, the sporting apparel’s fifth branch in the Philippines and fourth in Metro Manila, is expected to have the top-of-the-line Curry 2.5 and the highly-acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2 on its shelves.

Designed for NBA’s most prolific point guard, Curry 2.5 is molded in synthetic upper that is wrapped closely around the foot for a lightweight and precise fit.

In addition, Curry 2.5 has an external PU shell that provides durable support and structure as well as an external shank and heel counter that delivers locked-in stability through heel, arch and forefoot to maintain balance.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook atwww.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

11 Aug

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Regarded as the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line in the world today, Under Armour is extending its reach in the Philippines as it launches a new brand house in Metro Manila.

Under Armour will formally open a branch at Level 3 of the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City on Friday, August 12.

The grand opening event will be held on Saturday, August 13, with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstars Asi Taulava and Jervy Cruz serving as special guests

Taulava, a Filipino-Tongan cager who has been strutting his wares on the PBA court for 16 years in five different teams, copped the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy in 2003 and led the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters to the All-Filipino Conference title in the same year.

Known by his moniker “The Rock” due to his prowess in the shaded lane, Taulava likewise represented flag and country in international competitions as he suited up for the Philippine national team on several occasions. And now, he is currently the starting center of the NLEX Road Warriors.

Meanwhile, Cruz rose to prominence in the collegiate ranks when he steered the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to the UAAP Promised Land in 2006.

Proving that skill could topple height, Cruz managed to elevate his on-court stature as a legitimate inside threat in his first few years in the PBA , now part of the most prominent PBA team in the country- Ginebra.

Taulava and Cruz will be offering a special treat to Under Armour aficionados as both men are slated to conduct a basketball clinic on August 13, 4:00pm, at the TriNoma activity center. 

Aside from Taulava and Cruz’s free basketball workshop, Under Armour fans will also be given a chance to unleash their inner Stephen Curry with the UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, where qualified contestants will go head-to-head by showcasing their three-point shooting skills.

In order to join the basketball clinic and UA Basketball Shootout Challenge, a single receipt purchase of at least P2,000 from August 12 to August 13 at the Under Armour TriNoma brand house will earn an exclusive pass to the festivities and a chance to take home awesome prizes.

Under Armour’s TriNoma brand house, the sporting apparel’s fifth branch in the Philippines and fourth in Metro Manila, is expected to have the top-of-the-line Curry 2.5 and the highly-acclaimed UA Charged Bandit 2 on its shelves.

Designed for NBA’s most prolific point guard, Curry 2.5 is molded in synthetic upper that is wrapped closely around the foot for a lightweight and precise fit.

In addition, Curry 2.5 has an external PU shell that provides durable support and structure as well as an external shank and heel counter that delivers locked-in stability through heel, arch and forefoot to maintain balance.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook atwww.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

Hydrate with jazzed up water

13 Jul

  
I love drinking coca cola. Fact. But I also know that this whole journey will be better and healthier without my favorite drink. It’s not easy to give it up but as much as possible I say no to my favorite soda.

Instead of turning to other sugarfilled drinks, I’ve started drinking infused water. The one on the pic is one of the more colorful and fun ones. I’ve also tried:

  • orange, lemon, apples
  • lime, cucumber, orange
  • grapes, cucumber, lemon
  • watermelon, cucumber, lime

Add a dash of cayenne pepper to give it a zing.

Add chia seeds to boost it further.

Walking goal : 12 July 2016 :  12,115 steps 

3 tweaks to improve walking form

11 Jul

I’ve completed 1 week of 10,000 steps daily. Yipee! For this week, I will try and focus more on improving my walking form.

Yeah, yeah those of us who can, do spend a good deal of time walking. But have you really paid much attention on how you walk? Do you slouch? Does one leg step farther than the other? Do you swing your arms? Are your abs tight and engaged?

Proper walking form is a contributing factor to how fast you walk, how you can avoid injury and how much you will enjoy your walk. Here are a couple of links that I read to improve my walking form:

– Fitness walking technique and form

– 8 Keys to proper fitness walking

This week I will :
1. Make sure not to overstride. Made that mistake last Saturday and my shins complained. A bit of self-massage helped me make  peace with them.

2. Engage my core.  I find that activating my core helps to align my whole body. My chest opens up, my shoulders drop and I stand taller. The “how do I know I’m doing it right” section of the article linked here has a pretty good description to help you engage your core.

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3. Practice Mountain Pose. It really is a simple pose but when done right will help with mindfulness and awareness of proper alignment. Yoga Journal step by step guide here.

Did 15,781 steps today!

How about you, what’s your goal this week?

It’s okay to slack off

10 Jul

Yesterday, I celebrated completing all my errands, finding a dining table on sale and hitting 10K before midday by curling up with a book and enjoying the bed weather the rest of the day. Yes, it was an absolute vegfest.

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I could have gone on and on, set new records, etc. But I decided to take it slow. Sometimes, our success push us to do more and that is good. However, sometimes it can also make us to crash and burn. I’m in this for the long haul so I’m quite content to take it slow.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I’m still savoring my coffee and listening to the washing machine do its work.

#filters

8 Jul

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I try to see life through filters. Not to deceive myself or to dilute reality but to see things in a better light, put important aspects into focus and infuse positivity. Life can really be annoying amusing and creative in handing out all sorts of lemons. I find that a good way to cope is knowing many ways to use lemons. Too much lemonade can really be that good. 

Today, work was supposed to start at 1pm so I planned for a long walk, hit 10k steps and have a leisurely brunch. When I woke up, the world was grey. A storm!!! Luckily, by the time I got dressed and ready to go out, the rained calmed down a bit.

Through another filter it would have been a gray, wet and wild…a totally depressing day.

It was that and more…here’s my fb status:

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Finished my walk. Brunch was yum. Even did a spot of shopping. Walked through strong winds and rain showers and laughed through it all. Some folks walking with me heard me giggling as I tried to keep my umbrella and myself from being blown away and they too smiled. We did look very funny battling the winds with our brolly. Happy to report that my flimsy brolly survived too thanks to skillful manueverings.

Total steps today 10,030.

4 day winning streak!

7 Jul

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Part and parcel of forming a new habit is celebrating your triumph no matter how small.

*sillydance*

Happy to report that day is a success! I didn’t even have to jog in pace because I hit the target before I got home. This is thanks to a big long walk after work. Plus the weather cooperated. Yipee!

Excited for tomorrow. Gnyt y’all.

Mixed it up with yoga

6 Jul

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Hello PAIN!!!

After a day of intervals followed by silly dancing my titas-of-manila bod is creaking. My walk was more like lolas-of-manila. My quads are still rebelling against all the squats I did last Monday. Twas mid-day when I finally succumbed and took Alaxan FR.

But I intend to triumph over this challenge!

I was not too keen to silly dance again to hit the mark so I decided to take the long route home. As I stepped out of the building, I saw a friend and decided to walk her to her trike stop. It was a pleasant way to log steps and catch up on things. After I dropped her off, I decided to walk to the supermarket and finally get some cucumber to make infused  water. I saw another officemate walking in the same direction. He knew I was way off my usual route home and I explained that my 10K target.  He counts steps too and shared that there are days when he can log as much as 20K from just going around/up&down our office. (Will file that tidbit as an option. Although, won’t I look too dodgy if seen on CCTV to be going up and down the stairs often.)

I discovered a Vietnamese restaurant on my long route home. Oh what a find! Grabbed a banh mi for dinner.

When I got home I was at 9922. *sigh* What to do? Jog in place!!! Haha..Target…HIT!

To finish of the day, I unearthed an old copy of Yoga Journal and selected a gentle routine.

For my practice, I focused on my ujjayi breathing. It kept me centered and mindful.

My take away for today…being centered and mindful will help me triumph!

How was your day? Did you hit your targets?

Silly danced my way to 10K

5 Jul

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Well, well, well… today is only day 2 and the challenge is already getting tougher.

I normally bank 4000steps just walking to and from work but an early meeting offsite made me miss my morning walk. The meeting had me chairbound for 3 hours.

By the time I finished the day I was only at 6Ks. I have a looong way to go before I hit my target.

Option 1 : Walk around the park. But, but, but it was raining. *whine* I was not too keen to walk outside.

Option 2 : My friend Kit once said that when he was not hitting his 20K target, he would do jumping jacks to make the mark. Now, I have already established that I am not a fan of Jacks. Scratch this one.

Option 3 : Aha! I can march and jog in place. I put on music and shuffled around the room. Music was good … before I knew it I was dancing silly around the room. After 30minutes of sillydancing I was tired…and hungry. But I was only at 8300++ 1600sumthing  to go.

It stopped raining so I decided to buy dinner. I took the long way, saw a vulcanising shop, found a spa near the house, almost bought avocado and finally circled back to the house. 9500++ Almost there …

Where did I get the last 500? Sillydancing of course. I danced when I setting up dinner. And continued dancing as I washed the dishes. Good thing the housemates were still out.

Day 2 target, ACHIEVE!

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