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Last June to August, I was given the opportunity to share my experiences in running to Trans-Asia Philippines. I would like to thank my friends in running, Maridol Yabut and Roxanne Catolos for recommending me.

Trans-Asia, in line with their wellness campaign, launched the Run-A-Mile Run Clinic with the aim to promote running and encourage their employees to live a healthy lifestyle through running.

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The run clinic was held every Wednesday night at Rockwell Makati City. We had orientation, lectures, speed works, different methods in running, hydration, nutrition and circuits.

The feeling of being elated seeing your students enjoy and appreciate running is a big deal to me. Seeing their faces trying to push themselves, wanting to beat the time when doing speedworks, wanting more of hill repeats is already considered my validation. And last August 10, all of them (about 30 students) ran 4k, 8k and 12k in R3Run, Run for Sustainability in Blue Bay Walk. They even joined Ensure Acti M2 Mind and Body Challenge in BGC!

To everyone, I am truly grateful for the opportunity given and I really impart the fervor and love for running.

If your company would like to learn about the basics of running, we are here to help and assist you. Let us spread the passion for the sport. Email: runningfreemanila@yahoo.com, IG: allan_ray, Twitter: @runfreeMNL.

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124 Filipinos are set to participate at the IronMan (IM) race to be held on Septmeber 27 at Langkawi, Malaysia.

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Triathletes with varying profiles and athletic abilities, these group of Pinoys have bonded together to from what is now the largest and second Philippine contingent ever to race in a full IM distance race outside the country, the first one being the 90-member team who went to compete at the IM Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia last March.

This year marks the return of the IM race in Langkawi, Malaysia. Langkawi Island is located within a cluster of tropical islands that attract visitors from all over the world. Our Pinoy triathletes along with other participants, are set to embark on a truly Malaysian cultural journey through a 3.8k swim, 180km bike ride and a full marathon (42.2k) on tropical, hilly and demanding terrain passing traditional kampungs(villages), mangrove clusters and rainforest vistas.

The team, organized by triathlete and RP Paratriathlon Team Coach, Vince Garcia, is composed of mostly first-time IM Langkawi participants and a number of second and third time participants. The press conference held at Skippy’s Bar and Grill BGC was a move to express the growth of passion in triathlon among Filipinos in only half a decade.

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Sunrise Events, Inc. (SEI), the franchise holder of IM races in the Philippines has expressed full backing to the contingent. With Princess Galura, Project Director of SEI, she shared, “SEI will continue supporting Filipinos competing in IM races all over the world.”

Apart from Coach Vince, some of the notable members joining IM Langkawi are celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano, Ultra Runner Willy Yao, the youngest Charles Lazaro who is 21 years old and Cobra IM 70.3 2014 Filipina Elite Champion Joyette Jopson.

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The IM Langkawi is a qualifying race to the 2015 IM World Championship in Kona, Hawaii with 40 available slots.

Notes: It is already specified that most of the Filipino contingent are first timers and they shared the experience and to finish IM Langkawi is already a major achievement personally so they are not really after who leads the contingent. But they also note that they are looking forward for the female triathletes to compete hard in this race. 

They also shared that as this period already started their tapering week. Other than the three (3) disciplines: swim, bike and run, a very important discipline that they treat as equivalently important is proper nutrition. They quipped that all throughout your race, being out there for 14-16 hours, a Filipino food is one of the rewards they really enjoy in any event knowing they really worked hard for this event.

Good luck to all Filipino triathletes participating this race!

Pinoy Contingent to Race in Ironman Langkawi on September 27! Press Release 124 Filipinos are set to participate at the IronMan (IM) race to be held on Septmeber 27 at Langkawi, Malaysia.
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From the very beginning, I wanted to be different. My first ever phone, Nokia 3210 and with this housing. Came out 1999, I had it 2000, sophomore in UP Diliman.

Remember when you can actually memorize the numbers in your directory? How about how you use 2 and 6 to move the snake faster?

What was your first phone? It’s just the start. #tbt #Project1Phone

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Press Release

After the Wave Rider and Inspire, Mizuno Philippines is happy to announce the latest versions of Wave Prophecy, Wave Creation, Wave Hitogami and Wave Ascend.

The new Wave Prophecy and Wave Creation are our top of the line footwear. It has optimal cushioning and a luxurious ride. The new Wave Hitogami is a racer which combines a lightweight feel with the right amount of cushioning. Finally the Wave Ascend 8 is a trail running shoe which gets the best elements from our technology to create a great feel on the trails.

I will be talking more of Mizuno shoes soon in my book review of Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. In the meantime, in a quick recommendation, Wave Prophecy and Wave Creation are best for those after less impact on the ground, meaning if you are into heel or midfoot strike, I suggest you get either or both. For Wave Hitogami, well I love the design but it’s race flats so for those who like speed work, get this. Wave Ascend I am intrigued because this is for trail and I hope to get one soon for my next climb on October.

The Mizuno Wave running shoes are now available in your Mizuno stores in BGC, Eastwood, Alabang and Trinoma. Watch out for details here as Mizuno Run Club will happen REAL SOON.

Mizuno Philippines Releases New Batches of Waves! Press Release After the Wave Rider and Inspire, Mizuno Philippines is happy to announce the latest versions of Wave Prophecy, Wave Creation, Wave Hitogami and Wave Ascend.
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Recently the latest program of CrossfitMNLCrossfit Striking was featured in Sports Unlimited inviting everyone to join “the latest thing to burn your fat and with fast results.” I would not make you a skeptic here but hopefully by the end of this entry I can give you more reasons why you should join Crossfit Striking.

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First, let me give you the current promos:

Other than you could avail of the 3-day free trial of Crossfit Striking, you can also join in the Krav Maga sessions (M-Th 7pm) with certified Krav Maga instructors. And you can even win a P500 worth of Jamba Juice gift card and a 7-day session pass when you post your workout selfie using the hashtag #sipflexselfie. Go to @jambajuiceph Instagram account to know more of the details.

Now, how else should I do to convince you?

1. Positive group. You might be shy and even intimidated when you visit the box. But you have to listen to the stories of these individuals before they became who they are right now. Most of them are just like you: has a day job or works mid shift, has/has no medical background, no idea what Crossfit was. And when you train with them, pushing is not an intent to intimidate or doubt your performance, it’s just that they can see potential in you and that’s great isn’t it? And that is a genuine act without having to pay for a personal trainer.

And the crowd mentality (I’ll go if you go. I’ll jump if you jump.) you will get the positive influence you needed.

2. Different workouts. That is why it is called Workout Of the Day (WOD). Every workout is unique every day and even if you will meet the same WOD after, say 3 months, there will be a variation. Why? Because for sure, your weight is heavier or you may even aiming for your RX (recommended weight).

3. Not faster results but results that last. I understand that the enlistment of fitness clubs shoots up on January or September in preparation of summer or out of town/country trips. It is true that the transformation is radical for those who are dedicated in the program BUT know this: Results vary according to YOU and not in the fitness program.

Most of fitness enthusiasts have this notion that they needed validation from their coach or instructor and it is human nature to get approval from someone you look up to, but it is pure dedication to the program: Stick with the program so the program will stick with you.

4. Crossfit is for all ages. This is not just for Crossfit Striking, there is also Crossfit Kids for well, kids. I even had my Mom (who just turned 60 this year!) and has been a member for a month now! If you could not go through the WOD, the coaches can give alternatives to a particular movement (say instead of a strict pull up you can do ring rows or instead of burpees you may do jumping jacks or tuck jumps). In the first place, the purpose is not perfection but doing the movements correctly and efficiently.

5. Better You! You will discover that it has always been YOU who made this limits. I can’t do that because, I won’t do that because, I might not be able to finish because. You can have unending list but like what I read as motivation, Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t, give yourself reason why you CAN.

So yeah, I may not be able to convince you to try Crossfit or Crossfit Striking but years from now, you may look and have these nostalgia when you were young and can actually do a lot of things. It is never too late to change, come, try and join us!

More Than The Sweat, Push Yourself in Positivity with Crossfit Striking! Recently the latest program of CrossfitMNL, Crossfit Striking was featured in Sports Unlimited inviting everyone to join “the latest thing to burn your fat and with fast results.” I would not make you a skeptic here but hopefully by the end of this entry I can give you more reasons why you should join Crossfit Striking.
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Last September 2, I, together with my friends from Crossfit Kapitolyo of CFMNL visited Intercare in Makati City for a chiropractic therapy. This is quite timely for us who are used to carrying heavy weights and our last WOD consisted of power cleans.

In essence, chiropractic therapy is defined as

Chiropractic treatment consists of adjustment and manipulation of the vertebral column and extremities, which somechiropractors supplement with physical therapy, nutritional support, and radiography—for diagnostic purposes only
Conditions possibly benefited by chiropractic Arthritis, pain in neck, shoulder, back, arms, legs, pain described as ‘pinsand needles’ and numbness, sports injuries, whiplash, migraine, sprains, strains, insomnia, nerve entrapment, musclecramps, stiffness, occupational injuries, and lumbar disk degeneration.

Segen’s Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. 

Now, my experience with Intercare and RMIT students were not that new. In fact, it is the 2nd time that I met these friendly and informative students from RMIT. Back in 2013, Annika was helpful to realign my hips as she saw how my right shoulder is lower than my left due to my usual carrying of things on my right side. And I had myotherapy back in 2012 for my muscles.

This time Elise made sure that my spine is realigned as I came from too much load on my shoulders. She pressed the sides of my lats and felt the hardness. After some cracking sounds (I’m used to the sounds, don’t worry they won’t break you. It’s the sound produced by the joints during realignment and adjustments.), I felt better and actually relieved after a day’s work. This is really helpful not just for Crossfitters or athletes but also professionals that have been at work for long hours.

My friends Art and Joy, whose jobs demand tedious physical movements and long hours at work were given the same treatment and actually enjoyed it. Thanks again Intercare and Elise for the treatment!

For chiropractic sessions, do drop by Intercare in Makati, Greenhills or Alabang. Visit their Facebook page for your queries.

Realigning the Spine in Intercare Last September 2, I, together with my friends from Crossfit Kapitolyo of CFMNL visited Intercare in Makati City for a 
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March 2015. Details soon.

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PH+SocialGood with Globe Telecom, Have a 917 Day!

 

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I have been with Globe Telecom for 15 years now and today is a special day (September 17) as Globe joins PH+SocialGood: Manila #2030NOW tackling on technology and how it affects global change.

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Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom, which is well known for its “0916” and “0917” prefixes, celebrates September 16 and 17 with the Social Good Summitwhich will examine…

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It was a sunny day and everyone was all smiles in the Ensure Acti M2 Mind and Body Challenge at BGC last September 7.

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My friends from Crossfit Striking and some of my students in TransAsia Run A Mile Run Clinic joined the 5k and 10k distances and they enjoyed it! So what were the challenges anyway?

We really enjoyed the inflatables! It was advised to go through one (1) inflatable and I did two! Haha. Talk about going back to being a kid. Then I remembered I am in a race so after the 2nd inflatable, I ran and went around the 5k route.

Yes, I am back in 5k just to see if I can still speed up in short distances. But after the inflatable, I threw my speed and just paced accordingly.

Next up was the choose your path and runners were tasked to cross the ropes and from there, a couple of elite runners from the 10k were already racing for podium. I gave way and ran uphill going to McKinley. That was actually surprising that I did not walk going uphill, the endurance that I am training from Crossfit Striking is actually working!

When I turned left, there were hurdles. Some went through and ran at the center but I went across all the hurdles just to continue the fun! Then going down near Serendra, it was surprising that maybe I got used to running long distances that I was actually looking for more and yet, here I am actually enjoying the race!

Next challenge was spot the difference and I am correct! Haha. Last was the maze before crossing the finish line and I love the feeling of feeling lost and blind inside a maze like I was back in my younger years!

There were some feedback about the 10k where the hydration station in Buendia was so far from the next station. With the participants mostly were enthusiasts and first timers, the organizers could have considered putting more hydration in this distance.

All in all, thanks to the weather, the race went well and most runners were really thankful of a safe and fun race. Thanks Ensure!

Post Race Review: So Much Fun in Ensure Acti M2! It was a sunny day and everyone was all smiles in the Ensure Acti M2 Mind and Body Challenge at BGC…
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Last Friday, September 12 was the Globe Digital Night and I was fortunate to meet other Globe influencers at the Globe Tower. It was not just a night of appreciation, fun and entertainment but also a night when Globe Telecom introduced new services that are available for their consumers.

First, you can now purchase your next app in Google Play via GCash! I have posted last August 27 about this and you can now purchase your next app without worrying of having a credit card!

Next was the introduction of GMovies available in IOS and Android! GMovies gives you the latest trailers, movie schedules and you can even reserve your seat in the cinema without the hassle of lining up!

Another innovation from Globe is the Globe Cloud! Unlike any other company that will supply you extra memory to be paid per annum, Globe Telecom offers affordable memory spaces as low as 1GB!

And because of these innovations you might want to be helped by other Globe users, Globe introduces the Globe Community where other influencers, users and representatives could help and write anything under the sun! Visit the Globe Community and create your account now!

Other than that, Globe Telecom joins Aklan in Bulig for Aklan as recovery is still on-going for those affected by Typhoon Glenda/Haiyan.

Globe also promotes Paperless Billing as a move to help Mother Earth and you can inquire your bill in the convenience of your phone or your computer!

Lastly, Globe Telecom promotes Project 1 PhoneEver since the eve of data in our mobile phones, numerous phones have been left unused or decaying without proper disposal. Let us help lessen our e-waste and join in recycling our old, unused and busted mobile phones.

And after that, we had a great time together with the rest of Globe influencers in enjoying the night!

Globe Telecom Introduces Innovations for the Consumers! Press Release Last Friday, September 12 was the Globe Digital Night and I was fortunate to meet other Globe influencers at the Globe Tower.