Monday, December 20, 2010

My Gym Should Fine Me

OMG! I just recently said that I need to start with my fitness regimen but I slacked again. My gym should definitely fine me for not attending any class more so for not visiting at all. I am in a slump. I don't know. I don't have any motivation at all.

I guess I need a little more motivation to get this exercise and diet regimen back and in full swing. In the meantime, I will just have to see how I can motivate myself.

I'm a mess...I feel like a big ball of fat now. Arrrrgh! What do you all do when you feel like this? Tell me. Motivate me. Share. Please? 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let's Get Things Started Once More

Ah, I am such a slacker sometimes. Well not really. It's just that I have prioritized the other blogs that I have been maintaining especially the ones that earns me the big bucks. Anyway, I will try to keep this blog more updated moving forward. After all, I am back to running again and I have some new running buddies.

I will make this short and sweet for now. I will be back tomorrow for updates on the races that I will be joining next year.

For now, let me get some sleep y'all...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Running In The Rain

I joined the Rock and Run last Saturday and all the runners were soaked in rainwater upon crossing the finish line. It was an unforgettable experience for me as it was the first run I joined where the rain poured. That incident prompted me to check on rain gears and the like as the rainy season has finally checked in. I didn't want to be caught up again running under the rain with just my regular running clothes on. That incident also brought back memories when I used to run with just my knickers on when I was little. LOL! All for the sake of fun...

When I started running outdoors, I started hating the bore that is to run indoors. I now loathe the thought of running on a treadmill. I would like to feel the wind against my face and not feel the blasting AC. As I read up on essential gears and I am sharing them all to you now:

1. Dress in Layers if It's Cold
If it's very cold and rainy, you may need to wear a couple of layers. The most important layer is the one closest to your body. Make sure it's a technical fabric such as polypropylene or CoolMax, which wick water and sweat away from your skin. Your outer layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest. Don't wear a waterproof rain slicker because it will trap moisture and heat.

2. Wear a Hat
A hat with a brim can be your best friend during a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face.

3. Don't Overdress
This is one the biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Unless you're running with an umbrella over your head, you will definitely get wet. If you have tons of layers on, you will just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes. Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.

4. Be Visible
Select an outer layer that's light-colored or has reflective strips, since running in the rain often means poor visibility.

5. Prevent Chafing
If you're running long, spread Body Glide or Vaseline on parts of your body where you would normally chafe or get blisters -- such as your feet, inner thighs, underarms, sports bra lines (women), and nipples (men).

6. Just Run!
The hardest part of running in the rain is often just getting started. Once you begin running and warm up, you may find that you actually enjoy it! And it's good preparation in case you ever have to run a race in the rain.

7. Dry Out Your Shoes
When you get back from a wet run, take off your running shoes and stuff them with crumpled balls of newspaper. This helps the shoes keep their shape, and the paper draws moisture away from the shoes.

Although I enjoyed my first real run in the rain, I did not come prepared. I endured chafing on my underarm and now it is healing. I was able to put cocoa moisturizer in between my thighs so it was safe. I sure know better what to do next time. Thank you to Christine Luff for the aforementioned tips.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Back From Hibernation

Guess who's back?

Wow! It's been long since I last updated this blog. I am sorry for not writing anything here for more than a month. I will promise to start fresh and keep y'all posted again. I had a bout with a medical condition and even without doctor's affirmation I can say that I am all well now. I need to visit a pulmonologist for another spirometry just to really make sure and put my worried mom at ease.

To those who kept on checking this little writing spot, thank you so much. I will be posting another entry later today.

For now, I am back...

Got soaked during the Rock and Run 2010.
Hydration from the heavens!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Neutrogena Run 2010: Chase the Sun is bringing us another big event this May 15, 2010, The Neutrogena “Chase the Sun” Run 2010.

The Neutrogena Run 2010: Chase the Sun
May 15, 2010
Fort Bonifacio Global City
3K / 5K / 10K / 15k

Race Category Slots Registration Fee Assembly Time Gun Start
3K 1,000 Php400 5:35am 6:05am
5K 1,250 Php550 5:25am 5:55am
10K 1,000 Php600 5:15am 5:45am
15K 750 Php650 5:00am 5:30am

Singlets will only be available to the first 4,000 participants, sizes are first come first serve.


Regular Registration: April 19 to May 2, 2010
- Planet Sports – Trinoma
- New Balance – Glorietta, Shangri-la Mall
- Athlete’s Foot – Alabang Town Center
- Secondwind Store – 88 Maginhawa St. Teachers Vilage Diliman QC
- R.O.X. – Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Late Registration: May 3-9, 2010
- R.O.X. – Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Monday, March 29, 2010

Don't Forget Your Sunscreen

I bet all of you have officially started summer already and some have already gone to a beach or two. Well, summer kicked all our asses to the curb by coming too early, well, at least the heat did. The summer heat started scorching Manila sometime February and it hasn't waned yet except for the occasional rainshowers that barely even wet the ground (just enough to make the city a lot more humid). And yes, beach season is already here and there is no turning back.

I haven't started mine yet. In fact, mine will start when summer is over. I don't think I am going to brave the beaches with this kind of heat/temperature. I am not going to put the money I spent on my skin for treatments down the drain. The most summery act I did was to get a bikini wax just in case a sudden night swimming season will spur. Oh yeah, night swimming it is (or maybe super early in the morning).

To those who are not scared to brave the blaring heat of the sun, make sure you have ample sun protection. Do not scrimp, lather it all on generously. Anyway, here are some of the best sunscreen lotions and moisturizers and lip product that I have already tried in the past.

1. Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid Protect SPF30 - you can use this as makeup base to help control overactive oil glands. Double whammy!

2. Hawaiian Tropic Ozone Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF60 - this is developed especially for sports enthusiasts, this does not run as well so it's safe to use even on your face because it won't migrate to your eyes.
Nivea,Hawaiian Tropics,Coppertone
3. Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF30 - this does not clog the pores and very much recommended for prolonged exposure under the sun (don't forget to touch up though). Another plus is that this is oil-free.

4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF55 - since this is water-based expect that this is the most convenient and easiest product to apply, even the hard to reach areas can be targeted with ease.
Neutrogena Sunblock, Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55 3 fl oz (88 ml) Pictures, Images and Photos
5. Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil - your lips need protection too
Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

Writing this made me so excited to just take the plunge and enjoy the summer heat but reason tells me to wait and exercise a pinch of caution. But of course, an ounce of prevention is still better than a pound of cure. So, indulge in the summer madness with extreme caution and yes, don't forget the sunscreen.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Greenfield City Sunset Run 2010

I am seriously thinking of attending this event as this will be my first sunset run (except for the training runs of course).


Regular In-Store Registration: March 22 to April 11, 2010
  • Planet Sports – Trinoma
  • New Balance – Glorietta and Shangri-la Mall
  • Athlete’s Foot – Alabang Town Center
  • R.O.X. – Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Greenfield City Sunset Run Booth – Paseo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Late In-Store Registration: April 12 to April 17, 2010
  • R.O.X. – Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Greenfield City Sunset Run Booth – Paseo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

I am not yet sure if I will join but I will try to think over it this weekend. It would be fun I guess! Is anyone joining this race?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Adidas miCoach Product Launch: Run Yourself Better

Last Saturday I attended the official product launch of Adidas miCoach (My Individual Coach) at the Bonifacio High Street (in front of Runnr). The event went great and was hosted by Rico Robles. It was fun watching the "runners" outrun each other during the treadmill challenge. I wanted to join but when I saw who else joined, I chickened out. Anyway, read further so you will get acquainted about the product too.

The Adidas miCoach is an interactive training system that guides a runner to either speed up or slow down by tracking heart rate, pace, distance, and stride rate. Every runner is different, every heart is unique. Your heart rate indicates your level of effort during exercise. miCoach helps you stay within four heart rate zones so that you get the most out of each run.

And yes, you can choose your coach. If you're a female, you can choose a male coach or if you're a male, you can choose a female coach. This option is completely within your control. How cool is that?

Adidas miCoach provides real-time feedback. As you workout, miCoach will let you know which training zone you’re in—audibly if you’re using miCoach Pacer or visually if you’re using miCoach Zone. You can sync miCoach Pacer to to analyze your stats and get coaching feedback online.

The miCoach Pacer - a small, lightweight device that delivers real-time audible coaching as you exercise via headphones or combined with your own MP3 player. During your run, the miCoach Pacer verbally coaches you (i.e. speed up to green zone, slow down to blue zone, etc.) to ensure that you are staying within your targeted heart rate zone and keep you running at the right personal level.

The miCoach Heart Rate Monitor - provides accurate feedback about your workout performance. It relays your workout information to the miCoach Pacer or miCoach Zone which then ensures you're not pushing yourself too hard or little on your run.

According to Adidas: "The new miCoach interactive training platform completes the adidas sports performance promise of engaging and enabling all athletes to achieve their Impossible. Not only do we provide you with the most innovative footwear and apparel to perform in, we now offer personal coaching services so that you can get fitter, run faster and simply be better in 2010."

Run Yourself Better. Choose from plans created by the pro trainers and coaches:

Learn to Run
Be Fit
Run A Race
Lose Weight
Finish Faster

The miCoach Zone – an easy to read color-code LED display on a wristband device provides accurate, real-time coaching making it easy for you to train at the right intensity with the help of a heart rate monitor.

The complete miCoach Pacer system is sold atP6,995 while the miCoach Zone is available at P3,695. Both products are exclusively available at adidas Sports Performance Concept stores Greenbelt, Trinoma, Rockwell, Glorietta, as well as RUNNR Fort Bonifacio. It is also good to note that each part is sold separately.

Do you want to get your own miCoach for free? If yes, then join the Run Yourself Better promo! All you have to do is buy any Adidas Running product/gear that will entitle you to get a pledge card that declares your commitment to run better. Drop your pledge card in designated promo boxes and get the chance to win one of 100 adidas miCoach Pacers. Yes, 100 miCoach Pacers will be given away.

No minimum purchase required! Deadline of entries is on April 15, 2010 while the grand draw is on April 29, 2010. For more details, join the adidas fan page in Facebook (Search for Adidas Philippines). Promo period is from March 8 to April 15, 2010.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cheap Eat, Full Happy Tummy

I have found a new love in Century Corned Tuna and Skyflakes crackers. They are just an amazing combo to eat and it was a eureka moment for me when I discovered this what seemed to me as the perfect pair if you are too lazy to whip up a decent meal using the best kitchen ware and table ware that you own. Of course, when I say best, those are the kind you keep inside your cupboard (ahhh, typical Filipino household). Kidding aside, you may be wondering how I discovered this "cheap eat" to give a full happy tummy.

I was on my rest day and all the flat wares at home are on the sink waiting to be washed by the diligent soul in me, but I digress. The lazy has overpowered me and wanted to indulge so I would rather go online and scour through websites offering same day delivery for flat wares (which is remotely impossible). Fail! So, hungry as I am, I used the only pot available and the wooden spoon (the big one) to reheat the tuna and be my food. Ah and I feel I should tell you this, I actually do not like using the can opener when opening up canned products. I would much rather prefer to use the purple knife. It's just one of my skills to open a can with utmost precision and control with a knife (thanks to Girl Scout camping and cookouts). And so after reheating the tuna, I flopped myself in the couch, powered the TV on and munched on the crackers to my content. It was so flavorful (I couldn't possibly name the spices that were used, I am no spice connoisseur). Even then, I have a whole army of spice containers at home (sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano among others).

After eating the whole bowl of tuna and two packs of crackers, I suddenly had the conviction to clean my mess; kitchen ware and flatware and pots and pans. Maybe that's what a happy tummy can do to you. It could give you a sudden jolt to act like a grown-up and look after yourself. Maybe then I would try to whip this combo up when I am feeling lazy and see if it will make me do household chores yet again...

In the meantime, I have another wish...a free five year supply of spices! How does that sound to you?

Monday, March 8, 2010

NatGeo Earth Day Run

I caught the running bug...officially!

I have just recently joined my 4th 5K (Century Tuna Superbods Run) and I could not wait for the other races I have signed up for.

Pinay In Action - March 13
Globe Run For Home - March 21
Mizuno Infinity Run - April 11

And here comes, NatGeo Earth Day Run which is slated on April 18 at the SM Mall of Asia. I am still thinking if I should progress to 10K or to meet my goal at 5K first. I have plenty of time to decide about this. :-)The run will be presented by National Geographic. Themed "Inspiring the People to Care about the Planet", this fun run is open to all interested runners who are willing to participate in the 3k, 5k and 10k races.

Registration fees are Php 500 for 3K, Php 600 for 5k and Php 700 for 10k run. This includes a free limited edition NatGeo Earth Day Run technical shirt. Proceeds will support Design Against the Elements Competition in bringing innovative solutions to climate vulnerable communities in developing countries.

There are two ways to register:

1. Online Registration is from March 8 to April 4 at Courier charges for race kits apply to online registrants.
2. Cash Registration is from March 8 to April 11 at Nike Outlet in Bonifacio High Street and Timex Outlet in SM North Edsa and SM Mall of Asia

By the way, there will be two Earth Day Runs to celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary. The other one will be in Fort Bonifacio.

Friday, March 5, 2010

What Is My Fitness Goal?

Well, mine is simple: "to lose 30 pounds this year". If I would achieve that then I would be at my ideal weight.

My goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. SMART eh?

How about yours?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Weight Loss Wonders

Here are some simple, no-brainer things you can do to lose some excess baggage my comments after every entry:

By Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, Prevention

There's nothing like a weight loss strategy that takes almost no time or effort--but still works like a charm! Here are 10 successful strategies to cut calories and burn fat that literally take 60 seconds or less.

1. Mix a juice spritzer
Combine your favorite juice (half of your usual amount) with plain or sparkling water. You can cut up to 85 calories per glass--and lose 5 pounds or more a year. - I love doing this with lemon slices and water. It makes water less boring and juice less sweet.

2. Walk while you talk
Burn calories while you talk on the phone: Do the laundry (68 calories), set the table (85), or water plants (102). - Ahhhh the magic of walking...

3. Study the wrapper
At a quick glance, that candy bar appears to contain 220 calories. But a closer look may reveal that it (or a bottle of juice, bag of crackers, or bag of nuts) provides two or more servings--which more than doubles those calories. - Yes, you really should not lose that keen eye and investigate before popping that little candy inside your mouth.

4. Sip green tea before a walk
The caffeine frees fatty acids so that you burn fat more easily. And the polyphenols (antioxidant compounds) in green tea appear to work with caffeine to increase calorie burn. (If you have high blood pressure, skip this tip.) This I should and will do.

5. Pack a lunch
Dining out more than 5 times a week may make you eat more--nearly 300 calories a day--than if you dine out less frequently. - I need to pack lunch as well but my schedule all screws up the plans. I should try to get over any excuses I have and do this plus I'm sure I'll save a few hundred pesos at the end of the day.

6. Dip your bread
Use olive oil in place of butter. It's healthier and may also help you eat less. In a recent study, dippers ate a total of 52 fewer calories, on average, than those who used butter. - That's why Italian restaurants do this. You can add a few sliced basil to make your dip more interesting.

7. Sprinkle flax on cereal
High-fiber ground flaxseed can help curb your appetite and eliminate calories. Add it to yogurt or muffin and bread mixes--it's available in health food stores. - My oatmeal has this so I think I am on the safe zone.

8. Schedule a blood test
About 1 in every 12 women (most of whom don't know it) has an underactive thyroid, which can slow down her metabolism. - I have this penciled in.

9. Supersize your H2O
Buy the big bottle when it comes to good-for-you stuff such as water: You'll drink more. - I make it a point that I drink at least a liter of water at work and then 2 glasses as soon as I wake and before I go to bed.

10. Eat a chunky salad
Chop carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, zucchini, or other veggies instead of shredding or slicing. It takes more effort to munch bigger pieces; you'll do more chewing and eat less during the main course. - Yeah, chew, chew and chew.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Les Mills Body Vive

I got a free Les Mills Body Vive VCD in a box of Nestle Fitnesse Whole Wheat Cereal and this will be used for my challenge for the week. My challenge is to spare at least 20 minutes of my time as soon as I get up to follow the cardio moves in the home exercise video. It seems easy and effortless but a great calorie-burning workout indeed.

Wish me luck in this new challenge I am giving to myself. I hope I won't be too lazy.

I am off to run now and before I head out, I had oats and grapes and a little piece of chocolate for breakfast.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How To Treat Blisters

If the tips I posted about preventing blisters did not work for you at all, here are some steps you can try to properly and safely treat them pesky watery blisters to avoid any infection.

1. If the blister has not torn and is full of liquid, pierce it from the side with a sterile needle at its base. Let all the fluid run out. - Make sure the needle is sterile. You may opt to wash it with isopropyl antibacterial alcohol.

2. If the blister has torn already, carefully cut away the loose skin of the blister and treat the area with antiseptic. - Make sure your scissors is also sterile. You don't want any bacteria to get in your open wound.

3. Allow the blister to dry and harden in the open air for as long as you can. - Let it breathe and let your body's healing power do its magic.

4. When you need to resume hiking, put a bandaid or gauze over a torn blister. - Make sure the bandaid or gauze is in place but not too tight.

5. Put a layer of moleskin over the blister area. You may cut a doughnut shaped piece of moleskin that fits around the blister rather than directly on it. - Yeah donut has a hole in the middle so you can probably picture out how the moleskin will look.

6. Keep it clean and sterilized to prevent infection. - I put hydrogen peroxide as such acts as antiseptic and disinfectant to the wound to clean it at the end of the day.

7. If blister does not heal in two-three days, consult your doctor.

Let me know if these work for you. If you have other ways to treat a blister, please feel free to share.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pinay In Action 2010

I did not register for the Unilab Run for Wellness and since I plan to train again in preparation for Globe Run For Home 2010 I will be joining this run organized by Senator Pia Cayetano. Pink Power yeah!!!

DATE: March 13, 2010
TIME: 6 a.m.
VENUE: SM Mall Of Asia

09185414269 or

Maxiworks Bonifacio High Street, and Maxiworks Rockwell
RACE DAY REGISTRATION FEE: (5a.m.) - Php 450.00

1) Race Number
2) Race Shirt
3) Map of Race Routes
4) PIA Fact Sheet

Here are some of the frequently asked questions as published in the Pinay In Action website:

1. When will registration start and until when? Registration will start on February 13 until March 7. After that, only on site registration will be accommodated.

2. Where are the registration areas located? Maxiworks Boni High Street and Maxiworks Rockwell.

3. When will we claim our race packets? Race packets can be picked upon registration starting February 24, 2010.

4. Can a male runner join/win? Yes, he may join the 5km and 10km distances individually as long as he registers with a female participant, and may also join the team event with a female member. He will also get the race packet but it is understood that he will not be eligible to win in any category and that he is encouraged to start behind the female runners.

5. Will male registrants get a race no.? Yes they will be given race nos. but they are not qualified to win any category in the race.

6. Can I register on Race Day? Yes, but it is highly discouraged and it will cost an additional Php 100.00. In the case of Race Day Reg please arrive 45minutes before race start.

7. Is there an on-line registration? Yes, you may visit the event website and click on “Register Now”. Kindly fill up all the required details and click “submit”. You will get an confirmation email of registration and instructions will be given after two (2) days from online registration date.

8. Are we required to wear PIA Race Shirt? The only item you are required to wear on Race Day is the Race Number. But wearing the Race Shirt is a great way to show your support to our causes and will be greatly appreciated.

9. Will there be prizes for the top finishers? There will be cash prizes for the top 5 winners of the 5km and 10km category and Adidas shoes for the top 10 winners of both 5km and 10km.

10. How can I donate and contribute in the advocacy against Breast and Cervical Cancer and Violence Against Women and Children? You may donate Php1,000.00 cash by ticking the box in your registration forms and payment of your donation to the foundation. Whatever the total amount of the funds raised from donations, Pinay In Action will match that same amount and donate it also.


FOR 10KM Individual RUN:
1. Start time 6am
2. 2 loops of 5k
3. Awards for Top 10 finishers
4. Male Participants welcome as long as they register with a Female participant.
5. Male Participants not eligible for awards.

FOR 5KM Individual RUN:
1. Start time 6:05am
2. 1 loop of 5k
3. Awards for Top 10 finishers
4. Male Participants welcome as long as they register with a Female participant.
5. Male Participants not eligible for awards.

FOR 1.6KM Team RUN:
1. Start time 6:10am.
2. 1 loop.
3. Rules: One adult and one child (12years and below). At least one team member must be female. Team will run the whole distance together and will start and finish as a team. (Ex: mother-son / father-daughter / aunt-nephew / uncle-niece, etc.)
4. Awards for Top 10 Teams.

Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 Race Results

Race results have been published already.

Click this link for details.

Race Results from Runpix and race pictures from Photovendo will be released soon.

I may not have a better time than my previous races today (thanks to the hot male models at the water stations) but I undoubtedly enjoyed this race. The first race I attended without any friend in tow.

Project: Summer(H-O-T) Bod

DISCLAIMER: I am not an authority in fitness nor in any form of dieting. This blog came into being to chronicle my journey to achieving my personal fitness goals and to share results if any. I do not claim to be a fitness guru or anything. Always remember that what may work for me, may not work for you so if ever what I have done excites you and you want to do it, do so at your own risk.

It is summer once again and no one can deny that. The sun's rays pierces through one's skin and it has a different sting lately. I haven't planned any summer getaway yet but I have planned some activities that would make me summer getaway ready. And oh, I have stocked up on SPF-laden products already.

The night before the Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010, I renewed my love affair with cereals. I admit I have stopped dieting and gave in to any form and shape of craving after the breakup (well you can call it that even if there was no real breakup conversation that happened) although I still run despite keeping myself busy but not as often as I did a couple of months back. I had Kellogg's Mueslix and banana with low-fat milk for dinner. I was so full after finishing the bowl so I watched TV before heading to bed.

A bowl full of goodness (fruit, grains, wheat, bran)

When I woke up on race day, I immediately consumed about 500ml of water and then drank Gatorade on my way to the race. I also ate a banana before I headed out of the house. I felt that was enough to fuel me to finish my run. I was all along thinking that I need to hydrate this time (big mistake for the Condura Run because I felt so dehydrated). I packed a chocolate bar with almond nuts, a banana and another bottle of Gatorade and took it with me in case I'll feel hungry after the run. It was a good decision on my part. I however did not eat the chocolate bar as the race organizers distributed some snack packs. Awesome! I, however, only ate the banana and tuna salad as I was not feeling so hungry at all.

I went home feeling fine and with no injury. I ate half of the tuna bun and tuna pocket. It was enough to refuel my body after the 5K run and the 3K walk I had to do after. Unlike my last run, I feel so fine today and my legs are A-OK. I guess the Bangkok foot massage I had the night before the race helped tons. Thank heavens!

Since Century Corned Tuna was on sale at the race venue, I bought a few cans and ate one for dinner. I liked how it tasted. I'm a fan. I forgot to take a picture though. I will probably just show y'all a picture on my future posts.

Keep being healthy and wish me luck and success for my summer project!

How to Prevent Blisters?

Have you ever tried running in pain because of blisters? I have never tried thank goodness and I pray I would have blister-free running all my life (I do get blisters in stilettos though). Everyone knows what a blister looks like I suppose and everyone at some point in their lives have tried and felt the uncomfortable feeling this wee little bump brings. Blisters are small swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid. They are caused by friction. The body responds to the friction by producing fluid. The fluid builds up beneath the part of the skin being rubbed, causing pressure and pain.

Blisters occur when feet get hot, sweaty and socks stick to the feet. Fluid fills up a space between layers of skin to protect the area, like a small balloon. That's how a blister forms. Blisters are a common problem with athletes wearing in new shoes. They are also a common problem for athletes, runners and walkers who participate in exceptionally long events such as marathons or long hill walks.

If at all this helps, what keeps me blister-free is this unfashionable practice but it is such a live-saver. I cut a strip of Moleskin (nope the notebook) adhesive strip and then put it in blister-prone areas of my foot and then seal it with a strip of electrical tape. I usually use Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus Padding. It is soft and smooth cotton flannel padding and yes, it cuts to size (very convenient). It can be bought in regular as well as specialty drugstores. It has always worked for me and I am sure it will work for you too.

Of course, there are some other ways to prevent blisters:

Wear shoes that fit properly.
Keep feet as dry as possible.
Wearing wet shoes, boots and socks will increase your chance of developing blisters.
Change socks regularly.
Use foot powder to help keep your feet dry.

Do you have a blister story? Have you tried running with blisters on your foot?

Always remember to keep your feet happy and cared for. You will get more mileage with a happy pair of feet.

NOTE: This post does not aim to endorse any product and is not a paid post. I am just sharing what worked for me and that may work for you too.

Friday, February 19, 2010

My New Crush...

EVAN LYSACEK...and he just won GOLD (Men's Figure Skating)at the Vancouver Winter Olympics!

June 04, 1985

170 lbs (77 kg)

6’2” (1.88 m)

Lysacek started the sport in 1994 and made his debut for the United States in 2003. He originally wanted to play ice hockey but chose figure skating after enjoying early success in the sport.

He missed the 2008 world championships due to a shoulder injury and suffered a stress fracture in his hip in 2004.

The 24-year-old takes method acting classes in Beverly Hills in the United States and has appeared in an independent skating film.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Globe Run For Home and Facebook Update

Have you ever felt so excited to go home after a race so that you can update your Facebook Status? Well, at least after taking pictures of course... If yes, then fret not because Globe has partnered with ChampionChip to send updates straight to your Facebook accounts.

Here are some read-worthy info I got from the Globe Run For Home website:


Get your accurate race time with the ChampionChip, the Philippines' first ever running race chip that was first used last July 19, 2009.

ChampionChips are disposable versions of radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponders. Made of waterproof glass capsules, they contain a silicon chip and an energizing coil. The coil is inactive until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna found on the race mat strategically located at the starting line, selected checkpoints and the finish line along the race route.

The ChampionChip transmits a unique identification number to a receive antenna that enables accurate tracking of every runner's race time.


Be among the first in the world to auto-share race status updates to Facebook contacts!

Simply indicate your Facebook ID and email address on your registration form and come back soon to install the Facebook Run for Home Live Update application. Come race day, the ChampionChip will send newsfeed updates and race results to your profile as you run past milestones during the marathon.

Get ready to hit the ground running on March 21 at GLOBE RUN FOR HOME 2010 - Converge at Makati City's Ayala Triangle Garden to join one of the biggest urban runs of the year.

Register personally at these Globe Stores: (as of this writing the online registration is undergoing server maintenance and will be up hopefully tomorrow at 10AM)

• Trinoma M1 Unit 1034 Trinoma Mall, EDSA, Quezon City

• Greenhills Hub G/F Greenhills Connecticut Carpark 1 Bldg., Ortigas Avenue, San Juan

• Glorietta Globe Store GF Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City (near Music One)

• SM Megamall Globe Store 4F Cyberzone Area, SM Megamall Bldg. B Ortigas Center, Pasig City

• Alabang Town Center 3/F New Wing ATC Alabang, Muntinlupa City

• SM Mall of Asia Unit 202 2nd floor North Parking Bldg. SM Mall of Asia Pasay City

• Market Market Unit 444 & 445 4/F Market Market, Lot C, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila

Rojo's Shoes

"You have never really lived until you've done something for somebody who can never repay you."

I organized a running club in our office due to the incessant prodding of one of my coworkers late last year. The group started growing and by January we have already decided to join a race scheduled for the month of February. Everyone was excited. Some even bought new shoes, some just planned to use the shoes they used to train on race day. I got several commitments to join until one day I received an email from one of my office mates, Rogelio Jose whom we fondly call Rojo, and he told me that he will not be joining anymore because he has given away his one and only pair of running shoes to someone who needs it more than he do. He gave it to an Ondoy victim who had just been using a mangled pair of flip flops since their house and all their properties were submerged in floodwater.

I was sad that he would not be able to join us but I was overwhelmed because of what he had to do. I knew he really wanted to join us but he made the sacrifice so that someones feet can rest comfortably in the cushion of a blue Diadora shoes. To rest comfortably might be an understatement even as it could have felt like utter heaven to the homeless Ondoy victim when he finally slid his feet inside and tied the shoelaces up.

Here is the picture of the shoes taken from the Diadora website (I was not able to ask a picture of the real shoes):

His story might seem so simple, forgettable, scant even but the simplicity of the story and my friends' noble reason to give up something for someones happiness is truly an inspiring story to tell. I was moved and shed a tear when I got home. It was such an altruistic proof of love, such a selfless act. His story made me realize that happiness can be spread and some little acts of goodwill could be a precursor to such. Life is after all giving and sharing.

Truly, the smallest good deed is worth a thousand grand intentions. Rojo made me so proud to know someone like him. Me and the rest of those who were able to join the race talked about what Rojo did and we all had smiles at the starting line and the finish line especially when we each got our own medals.

We knew Rojo was there running with us in thought and that put big smiles on our faces. On the other hand, the recipient of the shoe maybe jumping up and down, screaming out loud, unable to stop thanking the donor of his shoes.

Cheers to more running miles for that blue and white shoes!

Friday, February 12, 2010

In 9 Days...

In 9 days I will be...

running again! Oh yes, you read it right. I blogged about my training for the Century Tuna Superbods Run 2010 and entered it in a blog contest and I won. LOL! I am just on a winning streak lately. I was actually expecting to win because I got more than a hundred comments for that blog entry alone and I have inspired some to join too. It's a good feeling when you know that you are influencing other people to choose a healthier lifestyle. I will only be running the 5K route as I just recently joined the Condura Run 2010 and I had delayed onset of muscle soreness after the race. I will be writing an article about DOMS in the next few days. My calves were sore and I had a hard time walking. It was pure pain. I just hope I won't be experiencing that same situation after the race on the 21st.

I am going to run everyday starting tomorrow until Thursday to clinch my final preparations. I am just so excited.

Here's a map of the 5K race:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Menstrual Cycle and Training

This article I read from Run The Planet Website and I thought it would be cool to share this to my female readers...

With all the changes in hormone levels that occur during your menstrual cycle, you'd expect speed workouts to suffer during your period, right? Wrong. Surprisingly, near the end of your period, your body is actually geared to pegging track workouts and tempo runs. However, your long, slow runs will suffer. Read on to learn how your training and racing is affected by your menstrual cycle.

Energy Level Fluctuation

Your menstrual cycle is composed of three phases. The first phase, generally days one through thirteen (the first three to seven days being menstruation), is called the follicular phase and is marked by relatively low levels of estrogen, except for a spike near day fourteen. The next phase, called ovulation begins on day fourteen. The remainder of the cycle, days fifteen through 28 of the average 28-day cycle, is called the luteal phase and is characterized by moderately high and stable levels of estrogen. Estrogen levels are important because estrogen is the key hormone affecting not only your cycle, but also the type of fuel available for your working muscles. Studies have shown that low levels (in the follicular phase) favor the breakdown of quick energy stores (muscle glycogen) whereas high levels (in the luteal phase) favor fat-burning, lower lactic acid levels and glycogen sparing.

How does this relate to training?

Say you've planned your track workouts for every Wednesday. You go to the track during your follicular phase (low estrogen) and hit all your repeats right on. You leave the track with confidence and excitement. A few weeks later, you go to the track but you're now in the luteal phase (high estrogen). You feel sluggish, tired and lethargic. You feel like you have a totally different body. You leave the track doubting your abilities and your training program, despite the fact that your long runs have been successful. Don't feel discouraged, though. It's not for lack of training that you're performing this way, it's the way your body is fueling your workouts. In the follicular phase you benefit from a quick breakdown of carbohydrates for speed and efficiency. Your body is primed for providing quick energy for fast running In the luteal phase, however, your body is in the fat-breakdown mode – fueling your workout primarily through increased utilization of fat. Since fat is a source of slower, more sustained energy than carbohydrates, your intensity may suffer during the luteal phase. Basically you're trying to run high-octane workouts on low-octane fuel. In other words, during the luteal phase your long, slow runs will feel easier and require less recovery time because your body will take advantage of increased fat breakdown. In the follicular phase your tempo runs and interval training will feel easier because you'll be accessing quick energy through carbohydrates. Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't do long-distance workouts in the follicular phase or tempo workouts in the luteal phase. Just keep in mind that faster running may feel harder in the luteal phase, while slower running may feel more difficult in the follicular phase. With this new understanding of your menstrual cycle and the fueling mechanisms that change from phase to phase, don't view your cycle as a training disadvantage but rather a training secret. Use what nature gave you as your ergogenic aid and have confidence in your training. Sorry, men, but maybe estrogen is the wonder hormone after all!

Run The Planet thanks Peak Running Performance for the permission to reprint the article "The Menstrual Cycle and Your Performance" by Stacy Sims, M.S. Copyright © 1999 Peak Running Performance. All rights reserved. Illustration © 2005 by Run The Planet.

I run in our neighborhood around 6PM with Jonah today and we had a good workout. We were just forgetful enough to bring some hydration and money so we had to go back home earlier than expected. Oh yeah, talking about running and understanding one's cycle, I have my period now. I feel sluggish but as soon as I started running, it felt really good and I felt like I have so much energy to spare. I just need to bring my water bottle tomorrow so I won't abort the run too quickly.

The Book Run 2010

I am still thinking if I will join this... :-) It probably depends on the outcome of my Condura Run.

The Yes Pinoy Foundation and National Bookstore presents The Book Run 2010. This is in line with the projects of YesPinoy Foundation by Dingdong Dantes. YesPinoy is a foundation that provides educational scholarships to young people. You may also donate books to get a discounted registration fee.

What: The Book Run 2010 (presented by NBS and YesPinoy Foundation)
Where: The Fort
When: January 31, 2010
Race Categories: (3K / 5K / 10K) - Medals will be given to all 10K finishers

Registration fee is Php450 per person for all race categories.If you donate books for Grade School and High School level readers, the registration fee will only be Php400 per person. The fee includes the race bib, RFID tag, route map and singlet.

You may register at 3rd Level ROX at BHS from 12nn-8pm daily from Jan 15-29, 2010 or you may register online through YESPINOY.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nestle Fitnesse 14-Day Challenge Photoshoot

Finally, after more than a month of being declared as winners of the challenge, Team Earthlingorgeousness, posed and smiled and modeled the dresses we each won. Earth, Belle and Wena had their measurements taken and had another photo shoot last month going around the designer stores. I was not able to join them because I was away on vacation. I had my fitting just yesterday (good thing the measurements I sent to Kate Torralba were that accurate) and the Hermes belt hugs my upper hips just perfectly.
The shoot was done at the Parallax Studios in Makati and our make-up was done by Omar Ermita (Shu Uemura), hair was done by Ara Fernando and her assistant and the pictures were shot by Wes Villarica. Our stylist for the shoot, Isha Andaya, was uberfriendly and pretty too. The shoot lasted for a little more than 4 hours. It was tiring but we enjoyed it. And oh, I loved my make-up. I'm a Shu Uemura convert (I am crushing on the lipstick used on my lips BG945).
Here are some of the pics we took (these aren't the official ones yet). Watch out for the release of the chosen pics in the Nestle website and circulations and other publicity features.
While Wena and Earth were getting ready for their shoot, me and Belle were busy taking our pictures. Here's one in front of the mirror:
And here's another one of me...(the make-up artist calls me Baby Beyonce! LOL!)
It was fun. I would do it in a heart beat all over again. Only, I'd pose better.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

CONTEST: Do You Want A Belle de Jour Planner?

Happy New Year everyone! To kickoff the year, I am holding a giveaway in exchange for your comments (too blunt eh). :-) Hmmmmm, I decided to do this because I won for myself another Belle de Jour planner courtesy of Spot.Ph. I already have bought this very same planner and have started using it for a couple of days already. So far, I love the savings tracker, travel plans page and of course the coupons among others.

Here are the details for this contest:

1. This contest is open to all Philippine residents and readers of my blog. You do not have to necessarily be a follower to join. You get 2 extra entries if you are a follower.

2. Click this LINK and leave a COMMENT. Just comment about giving me more encouragement and push to continue with my training or anything you wanted to share with me about keeping fit and maintaining an active lifestyle. If you are joining the Century Tuna Superbods Run, you can leave a comment as well. Who knows we can be running buddies in the future?

3. On January 30, I will be randomly choosing the winner and will be sending the planner to your doorsteps through a courier. You might lag behind planning if you win this but hey better late than never...

4. You may leave as many comments as you like HERE and every comment will be considered as one entry to my little giveaway.

5. Please do not forget to leave your name and email address so I can contact you in case you will be the winner.

NOTE: Please feel free to repost this contest details. If you do, you get 2 additional entries.

It's as easy as that...what are you waiting for? Show me some love now! :-)

Monday, January 4, 2010

This Morning's Run: A PhotoBlog Entry

We started our morning run here. This is near the ever famous Santuario de San Antonio Parish in McKinley Road. The dawn is still breaking and we had cool morning weather.

After taking a picture of the marker, we were set to run the road and break up some sweat.

Until we had to stop because I felt a little cramping. For picture's sake I had to smile. LOL!

This picture was taken near the intersection of McKinley and Fort Bonifacio. See how the tall trees transitioned to tall buildings. It's almost like coming out of a jungle into a city.

Walking back to the road near the American Cemetery. We retraced the Timex Run route.

This was taken outside the cemetery. The cleanest and most organized one I have ever seen in the country.

The white crosses lined up. It felt eerie but it was a sight to behold. The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, a total of 17,202, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitor Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

I have not a single idea what I was doing here when Uncle Don snapped the shutter. I think I was admiring the view or I was just in plain sullen mood. Whatever! I think this is a pretty picture.

And yes, the favorite pose lately...

I may not be able to run anymore tomorrow, well at least outdoors. I will make it a point to squeeze some gym time though. Gotta make sure the lazy ass is moving before the fasting I'm about to join in a couple of days.