"…i am not a religious man… but my body is my temple… the pavement is my church… every step, a grace from God… every breath, a silent prayer … every distance, a holy blessing… every run, a fervent worship…" ;-P

adidas announced the launch of the new Climachill™ apparel range, headlined by a black training t-shirt that features intuitive body heat management technology to cool athletes in hot conditions. Perfect for the warm and humid climate in the Philippines, the adidas ClimachillTM is designed to deliver maximum cooling benefit without compromising comfort or design.

 Jeremy LinJeremy Lin

“The body’s core temperature can increase by 3 degree Celsius when we are exercising. To maintain a stable temperature, your body needs to work a lot harder to lose excess heat. This may result in impaired physiological functions, which will ultimately affect performance,” explained Dr Maarten Hupperets, Director of Future Sport Science at adidas. “When it comes to performance, every degree matters. The Climachill™ apparel is the smartest and most advanced sporting product and can provide maximum cooling experience.”

 Simona HalepSimona Halep

For athletes who desire sophisticated solutions in order to regulate body temperature and remain cool in adverse conditions, the innovative Climachill™ apparel is their answer. In this cross-category collection, adidas has also launched training shirts in the most unconventional colour for athletic apparel – black – to showcase the process of the ClimachillTM technology.

 Gareth BaleGareth Bale

Employing industry-first 3D aluminium-cooling spheres, the Climachill™ apparel provides an instant cooling sensation upon contact. In addition to the aluminium dots, the ground-breaking SubZero flat yarn also contains titanium and is woven throughout the inside of each Climachill™ jersey to deliver more cooling capacity.

 Octavious FreemanOctavius Freeman

Filipino athletes don’t have to be afraid of wearing black for fear of heat and they can now train harder, run longer and compete better.

The Climachill™ product range will be available locally from 1st April 2015 at leading adidas Sports performance stores, adidas online store (http://shop.adidas.com.ph) and sports retailers nationwide.



Nike Free 2015 Athletes

In the 11th year of the popular Nike Free franchise, Nike introduces three evolved running styles: the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit, the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0. The new models take the next step toward harnessing the natural motion of a runner’s feet and body – not by adding, but by honing down to the design features that give runners a natural running experience.

 The collection features redesigned uppers engineered to work holistically with the shoe’s natural flexibility.  The ecosystem offers runners a progression of three natural ride options:

 Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit: Nike’s most natural ride with a snug Flyknit upper and 4-millimeter heel-to-toe offset

  • Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit: A cushioned, natural ride with a contoured Flyknit upper and 6-millimeter offset
  • Nike Free 5.0: Nike’s most cushioned, natural ride with an engineered upper and 8-millimeter offset

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I’m no fast runner or biker by any means and my penchance for packing a lot of stuff while doing so requires me to wear a belt bag. Either that or carry one of those backpacks that double as hydration bags too. There used to be a time I’m so overloaded with accessories I could hardly get any running done.


From headware to backpack to arm guards to compression pants to shoes, among other things.

I eventually did away with most of those and started packing light. Most days I make do with just a shirt, a pair of shorts and shoes among my music player and my GPS watch. I keep my money and keys in my shorts’ pocket and only I wear my shades if the sun’s out.


On days when my runs are longer I bring a belt bag so I can take my phone, money, keys and ID/card with me. Since I know I’m gonna be wearing shades when it gets bright I tie it to my belt bag because it won’t  fit inside. Problem is, it flops around when I run. Still, it served me for over two years. Soon as the zipper broke though, came the Flipbelt courtesy of Atleta Ako.

Flipbelt is a zipperless, clipless tubular waistband designed to carry your essentials like your phone, keys, money, what-have-you within one compartment within the belt through several openings or slits. With no zipper, velcro strap or buttons to keep it closed, how do you keep your stuff from falling out? Simply flip the belt inwards. With the openings smack flat to your body, whatever you’ve stored is safe and secure within the belt!


And since it’s flexible and stretchable because it’s made of spandex-lycra material, you can cram larger sized items. In case of sweat because of working out or rain, the Flipbelt may not keep your stuff dry but since it’s moisture-wicking, the belt  itself will dry quickly! To keep your items from getting wet, slip them into zip-loc bags. I always stock up on these handly plastics by buying a box of sandwich-sized ones big enough to store my phone, my IDs/cards and my money.


Money, keys and card in a zip-loc bag in front.


My android phone on one side.


Even my eyewear fit! No more tying it to a belt bag leaving it flopping about and it’s safe inside the belt!

I ran the 7-11 marathon on the Skyway last month and packed my black size 34′ Flipbelt with the following:


Not only was I able to squeeze in my phone, money, ID and shades, I was able to fit a couple of cholocate bars and two booster shots, too!

Yes, it felt unwieldly at first and I was afraid it might get heavy and move around but it fit so snugly on my waist that I never had to worry about it slipping, it’s so lightweight. No more fumbling with clasps and zippers, no more flopping eyewear tied to the bag, no more slipping!

No more fanny packs for this runner, the Flipbelt is it!

Get yout own at Flipbelt – Atleta Ako!


Many thanks to ceshufana/pinoyironmn/atletaako for my flipbelt!

A pair of Spyder Nomad O in metallic black came just in time courtesy of my support for the Sierra 51050 race last month. I was in the market for a new pair to complement the other two I use in rotation during running and biking. All of them Spyder, of course.

Ever since I got into this crazy habit of running and biking, I’ve always used Spyder eyewear. It fit my criteria of performance and value for money quite nicely. The Nomad O will be my eighth pair. I’ve tried other brands but I’ve always gone back to Spyder.


The Nomad O comes with three interchangeable lenses, a case and a pouch to store your shades and a sleeve to keep the other two lenses in.


I’ve gone out for long runs, spending hours under the sun and the Nomad O has proven to be quite effective in reducing  glare with it’s colored mirror lenses and Polartech technology.


I’m big on long rides too and the orange lenses provide maximum clarity as I weave through traffic and reduce glare enough to prevent any mishap caused by the blinding rays of the sun.

Spending 2 to 15 hours on the road, be it on foot or on my bike requires a pair of shades that fit comfortably, won’t irritate my skin and provide enough protection from the sun as well as from other elements like dust and smoke. With the Nomad O, I got all of it covered.

It’s a perfect addition to my collection of Spyder eyewear. The rest of which you’ll see here:







Thank you, Spyder Philippines, Rundevous, Inc., Running Atom & Running Free Manila.


Tips on running with pacers in Run United


Unilab Active Health introduces “pacers” in Run United 1 to motivate runners to finish faster and stronger

Maintaining an active lifestyle has always been the advocacy of Unilab Active Health. To elevate Run United’s training component, pacers were introduced in Run United 1 held on March 8 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Unilab Active head Alex Panlilio says pacers provide in-race training to help runners reach their goal time known as “PR” or personal record. Pacers are seasoned runners who provide that extra push, especially when one’s energy dips. They are identified through their shirts, bibs and the colorful balloons they carry as markers.

One of the Run United 1 pacers is race organizer Jaymie Pizarro who finished 21K with a time of 2:11. She says pacers act as team leaders, and she had fun leading her pack.

 “I’m used to focusing on my own time goals, but for Run United 1, I’ve paced runners and it was a fulfilling experience. It felt great reaching the finish line together, and it was heart-warming to know that they have reached their PRs.”

Pizarro gives several tips to runners who want to join a pacer:

 Train for pace. Make sure you’ve trained for your target pace and that you can sustain it. If unsure, sign up with a slower pace group and work your way up.

  • Practice variety. Run a mix of interval and tempo runs to build your speed, and long runs to build endurance. Practice running at your goal pace without checking your performance in a watch or an app.
  • Run with a group. It is easier to sustain the pace running with group; you can draw energy from each other.

 5K pacer CJ Lampad of Runadoboking blog has some tips, too:

 Just join. Some runners are too shy. They secretly follow pacers—which is just okay. Always remember that you can stray from the group if you find the pace too fast, or go ahead if you can run faster.

  • Expect a steady pace. There won’t be bursts of fast or slow runs; the target is to maintain a pace of say, seven minutes per kilometer, and finish on time.
  • Talk to your pacer for guidance.

Coach Mherlz Lumagbas, Run United 21K first-place winner in the women’s division, has these final reminders: “Start slowly and gradually. Focus on training, not mileage, to avoid injuries. Make time for training and take a supplement such as Unilab Active Health Gel during the race for a boost of energy. Join pacers in races, but train regularly.”

 Another pacer was Run United organizer coach Rio de la Cruz who paced 5k runners at 25-30 minutes. For 10K, pacers were triathletes: Peter Gonzalez for 50 minutes, Ed Inocentes for 55 minutes, coach Raul Cuevas and Gino Abano for 60 minutes, Odj Reyes and Joseph de Lara for 65 minutes, Vincent Co Say and Ting Joson for 70 minutes.

Marathon finishers paced for 21K. These are TV host Kim Atienza and FrontRunner magazine editor in chief Jonel Mendoza who paced runners for a 1:55 time. Pinoy Fitness website founder Jeff Lo paced for a 2:37 target, while triathletes Vince Corpus and Bobby Go paced runners to finish at 2:27. ###

Press Release courtesy of Unilab External Affairs

ULAH broke the mold of marathons when it introduced pacers during Run United 1, held on March 8, 2015 at the Mall of Asia grounds. For easy identification, they were clad in blue Run United shirts with red sleeves, with a set of balloons tied on them which indicated the distance and specific time they were pacing.

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