Willett : The golf ball under my desk

11 Apr


I wake up late … which means I get the news version with world sports, which means I’ve been seeing a lot of golf news. Oh well, might as well do a golf related post.

I did a looong walk last Thursday and another longish one last Sunday, as a result, my old friends – pain and stiffness – are back. My feet and legs are probably cursing my new shoes and praying for its speedy demise. Tough luck, me likee them very much.

Thanks to the extensive coverage of everything Masters this past few days, I remembered another old friend. He’s tucked away at the back of my office drawer. While reading through a report, I took it out and massaged my feet. Bliss. I was surpised to find so many knots. I need to do this regularly now.

Wanna try self massage with a golf ball? Here’s how you can do it.

1. Establish control. Put the golf ball under one foot. Move it around and get used to the motion and  see how best to control the ball.

Tip : The pink box cover is not just for the photo op. It actually prevents the golf ball from rolling all over the place.

2. Warm-up and explore. As much as I love to zero in on the super tight and knot filled arches, I always roll the ball up and down, right and left. Just to warm up and find the tight areas and knots.


Roll the ball up, down, right, left or in circles and exert pressure to loosen up tight areas.

Find a knot, press and hold. If a little bit confused, just imagine how massage therapists work on your shoulder knots, works the same way.

Tip:  Don’t concentrate in one area only. Make sure you  target your heels, toes, the fleshy bit under the toes, arches and the fleshy bit beside it.

Not a runner? Give this a try as well if you spend a long time on your feet, they will need some TLCs, too.

And in honor of new daddy danny, I’m calling my golf ball and self-massage buddy … Willett. 😊

15 May 2016 : NikeWomen 21K MNL

26 Feb


NikeWomen empowers the modern Filipina athlete to take on her biggest challenge yet : the NRC Women’s Half Marathon MNL 2016.

Race Details:
What : NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila
When: 15 May 2016 (Sunday), 4am
Where : Cavitex
Online Registration : http://go.nike.com/0po61h
Registration fee : PHP2,700 per pair payable via credit card or PayPal.

NikeWomen Victory Tour comes to Philippines as the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila on May 15, 2016.

Nike invites Filipina runners to join the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila, Nike’s first all-women half marathon in the country. Continuing the tradition and spirit of last year’s race, Filipina participants are invited to register with their best female buddy who is up for taking on bigger challenges and emerging #BetterForIt.

The NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila is part of the largest global women’s event series, the NikeWomen Victory Tour, which will see female athletes around the world challenge themselves and experience the power of the global fitness community through a series of one-of-a-kind running and training events.

Nike has prepared a series of training services for registered runners that include Nike+ Run Club sessions and Nike+ Training Club sessions. As a start point, runners can design their training using the Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps that are available on both iOS and Android platforms.

“Nike challenges Filipina athletes in this year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon Manila to run hand-in-hand with their best friend in a race that not only inspires but makes them better for it together. This year, we are raising the bar for runners for them to experience a bigger, more challenging, and far more fulfilling race,” says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Women can register online for the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila 2016 at http://go.nike.com/0po61h . Registration fee is PHP2,700 per pair payable via credit card or PayPal.


Finding time, Allocating Time

23 Feb


I find sitting down at the start of the week and filling up a weekly calendar very calming. Planning before I get swamped helps me focus. So I started the day with coffee and a blank page.

A tweak
My planners used to be a series of work “to dos”. After almost 2 months of non-stop project delivery, I’ve decided to tweak my weekly calendar. My little tweak is to expand the “to do” column. I now have 3 columns – Fitness, a generic “To acomplish” one for chores, gimik etc and gave Work it’s own column.

This will hopefully give better balance to this week. Instead of finding time for things beyond work, I will make time for them.

Ready, set, go!

SMDC Run in-store registration opens today

8 Jan

Leading real estate property developer SM Development Corporation will host the very first SMDC Run on Feb 28 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex. 

This much anticipated race aims to bring the SMDC community together – partners, employees, the general public and most especially the homeowners — to run as one in promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle.

 Runners will be acquainted with SMDC developments within the MOA Complex and the continuous development happening in the area. To date, SMDC showcases 4 condominium developments within the Mall of Asia Complex namely Sea Residences, Shell Residences, Shore Residences and the recently launched Shore 2 Residences.

 Online registration : December 4, 2015 via the official takbo.ph website 

In-store registration : January 8 – February 21 at Chris Sports outlets : SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM BF, Glorietta, Market Market

 Event Categories and race fees are

5K Php 600

10K Php 700

21K Php 950

Yes, reg for Nutrilite Health Run 2016 is only Php350

6 Jan

AMWAY Philippines will hold the NUTRILITE HEALTH RUN 2016 series this January and February 2016.

  RACE DATESJanuary 24, 2016 -SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City

February 14, 2016 – ADC CDO Perla Compania De Seguros Bldg., Don Apolinar Velez St., Cagayan De Oro City

February 21, 2016 – ADC Davao Unit A Lim Bldg., cor. Quimpo Blvd. and Tulip Drive Ecoland, Matina, Davao City

: PHP 350 inclusive of a shirt, race bib and car sticker


Makati – G/F Ace Building, Rada St., Legaspi Vill. Makati City / Tel No.: (02) 893-0571 / 840-2209 

Mandaluyong – Unit 3 Mayflower Building, 88 United St., Greenfield District Mandaluyong City / Tel. No.: (02)475-8255


Cagayan de Oro 

Runnr Store – BGC and Trinoma 

Toby’s Sports – SM MOA

Fitness First – SM MOA


5+1 RUNNERS PROMO. Get ONE (1) Nutrilite Health Run Race Kit for FREE when you register together with your FIVE (5) friends (ABO or Non-ABO)

DOUBLE X DOUBLE UP PROMO. Get ONE (1) Nutrilite Double X 6-Day Foil Pack for FREE when you sponsor a new ABO and activate with P1,500 worth of Nutrilite products. Promo Period is until February 28, 2016 only. Promo is on while supplies last basis only

RACE FINISHERS WILL GET: Nutrilite Drawstring Bag, Nutrilite Pen, FREE sign-up for non-Amway Business Owners and PHP500 Gift Voucher for ABO Finishers

RAFFLE PRIZES: PHP 10,000 product coupon, iPad Mini, iPod Touch and Consolation prizes.




4 tips to nail the 2016 savings challenge

23 Dec

2015 Savings Challenge was a success! And I am ready for 2016. I’m going to be a little bit conservative this year and opt for 10pesos increment. Also as I learned from last year, rather than putting aside money weekly, I will treat my 2016 #savingschallenge as an expense and put it aside every payday.

Read on for my 2015 experience and tips on how you too can take on the challenge.

2016 Savings Challenge

TIP NUMBER 1 : Do it with friends. It is more fun plus they can keep you motivated and accountable.  Last year, I saw the #savingschallenge posts on Facebook. It was intriguing and I wanted to try it. But since it was much more fun with friends, I invited Mara and Lalaine to do it with me. They were game and as an incentive, I got coin banks for us and even jazzed it up.

And we are doing the #savingchallenge #minniemouse

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Jan 5, 2015 at 5:11pm PST


TIP NUMBER 2 : Find your number. It is important to first determine how much can you realistically and sustainably put aside regularly. Do the math. For me this was a matter of trimming excess (yes … coffee) and finding little ways to save (walking to work, bringing in home-cooked lunch). And the ending total, is great Christmas 2016 play money. If you have a big ticket item goal, you might want to go higher than 10peso increments but still … do your math! Will you still have enough money for transport or lunch with that savings challenge increment?

TIP NUMBER 3 : Make it an expense. After you know your number, COMMIT and make it an expense. Last year, I learned that I am able to do this better if I put it aside every pay day.  I found it easier to control. It is sometimes hard to find a bit of extra for the coin bank. But if you have put is aside already, no problem.

TIP NUMBER 4 : Use a coin bank or not. I personally like coin banks and mine is really cute! haha. And if you are new to saving, this is a good way to form a habit. I read in JamesClear.com that there are 3Rs in habit change. Keep this in in mind: REMINDER (Every pay day), ROUTINE (put money in the coin bank) and REWARD (and feel a sense of accomplishment). And the pay off when you count at the end of the year… Priceless! You can even buddy up and ask a friend (a friend you can trust, okay) to be responsible for your coin bank. We put ours in the boss’ cabinet. Safe, secure…even from us. And I think, he even put in coins in there for us.

Or open another account and deposit it every pay day. Opt for online banking though because over the counter will be counterproductive.

Yey we completed the #savingschallenge now time to check for old bills that we need to get changed

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Dec 13, 2015 at 5:19pm PST


Good luck and merry Christmas!
Oh and I think I will take on another challenge as well this 2016. I completed it a few years back and I want to do it again. So are you up for a 1000KM Challenge? I start running for on 1 January 2016. Tara?

Bedweather = 1; Bards = 1

17 Dec

Today, I am victorious. Yesterday was a bust. The rain, my blanket and pillows won. But today, when the alarm went off I was determined. I broke free and laced up.

I’m thinking of that finish line I want to cross with my target tme. I’m thinking of all the calories I will consume and will need to burn. I am thinking of days of future past when once again things will be back to what it once was. 

I am enjoying this glorious sunrise,

It’s Monday already in my part of the world

14 Dec

Can’t deny it. Can’t stop it. Can’t ignore it. 


Time to RECOMMIT to our GOALS.
Mine? Run x3. 

What’s yours?

i didn’t get the memo

13 Dec

About half a kilometer from the house is a new AyalaLand development. Like BGC circa 2007, Circuit is a nice place to run. Plenty of construction going on but no cars yet. 

It is a nice new playground.

The walk to and from the it was also good for warm-up and cooldown. I just need to find sidestreets instead of walking along Chino Roces. Walking there this morning was a bit interesting. I walked beside a man chugging Tanduay rum straight from the bottle, not that walking and pouring his drink to a shotglass would have made me more comfortable. I crossed to the other side of the street. On the other side, a man at a corner cheerfully greeted me good morning and raised his bottle of Red Horse beer.

I think I didn’t get the memo. This must be start the day right with a bit of a tipple day.

The run was great though. Tipplers aside will be going back to the Circuit.

Under Armour : I am a woman of will

30 Nov

A photo posted by Bards (@bananarunning) on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:54am PST


This November, thanks to Under Armour, my love for a yoga got a kickstart. A couple of weeks ago, I had an chance to join Under Armour’s “Women of Will” Wednesday at BGC Urban Ashram.

Happy to report that I have put in a practice at least once a week this November. We all long for a healthy lifestyle and yes…a fit body.

However, sometimes we are our worst enemies. I could fill a whole notebook with the numerous excuses I’ve used to talk myself away from a workout. Heck, I talk myself off a workout even when I am half asleep.

Under Armour’s Women of Will campaign reminds us that it doesn’t matter what others believe, it’s what you believe that truly matters. I believe I have the time to be fit, I can fit in a workout. I am a woman of will!


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