It’s On – #RunWithFight at the UA Run Crew!

The running community is abuzz with a lot of activities and programs that are meant to help runner sustain and progress into their sport. There are even some which have programs meant to entice non-active people to get up and start running!

As somebody who is trying to get back my running groove, the fact that excites me most is not just the number of options I can look into and choose from but also the quality of options available! It is just amazing.


One of the latest to join the fray is Under Armour who just last Saturday, October 1 officially launched it’s running program – the UA Run Crew. Created in partnership with celebrity fitness couple Coach Toni and Jim Saret’s APEX High Performance Training Camp, the UA Run Crew is a running program that is tailor-made for active lifestyle enthusiasts and aspiring runners. It banks on the well-accepted and widely known scientific program by the APEX team of Coach Toni and Jim and it provides a step-by-step guide towards a person’s objective in running.


The UA-Apex Run Crew

The UA-APEX Run Crew kick-off last Sunday at the BHS Amphitheater attracted more than 200 runners – from beginners to elite, for a few hours of intensive training to enhance their strength and endurance in running. Leading the activity which was open for free to the public was program directors, Coaches Jim and Toni Saret. They were also joined by Under Armour Affiliate Trainer Kat Garcia and as a special guest, Brand Ambassador Piolo Pascual.


UA Celebrity athlete Piolo Pascual warming up with the Run Crew coaches and athletes

Piolo, a known fitness enthusiast who consistently trains and joins the Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu (in a relay team where he does the bike leg), shared how gearing up with a high performance apparel and shoes like Under Armour will help one perform better and perform more. He also stayed to join everyone for the initial session which was Coach Toni’s intense 4-minute workout.

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The UA-Apex Run Crew program will be made up of 24 sessions and will run until December 3, 2016 and will have as its culminating activity, the Under Armour Marathon race.

Sign-up now to be part of the UA-Apex Run Crew! Registration is available in-store at Under Armour Brand Houses in Trinoma and UP Town Center and online at

Here is the program schedule:

Mondays and Wednesdays – BHS Amphitheater, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays
– QC Memorial Circle, Planas Garden, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
– SM MOA by the Bay , 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
FREE Weekly Runs:
Saturdays – BHS Amphitheater, 6:00am – 8:00am
For more info, visit


Just released: The Mizuno Wave Creation 18

Now on its 100th year as a company, it seems like Mizuno is bent on making its presence felt in the running community through a series of valuable contributions. After releasing the latest versions of the Wave Rider (19) and Wave Inspire (12), they have recently released a new version in their Wave Creation line, the Wave Creation 18.


These new releases only validates the fact that Mizuno’s notable contribution to the running community has always been the development of high-quality products that function well with exactly what serious runner needs. 

From the recently-held short test run with Team Mizuno wherein we were given our own pair of the Wave Creation 18, here are my initial take aways:

  • Unboxing the shoes, I shall give credit to Mizuno for consistently coming up with exciting color combinations. Mine was in bold colors of diva pink, black and yellow. I am not much into pink and would have preferred the other color way of capri, diva pink and blue but the pair I got elicited glances everytime I wear it and will definitely be a favorite for women runners who are on a lookout for eye candy colors on a shoe.
  • At first fit, I felt outright comfortable with the pair. It has a mesh upper that is breathable. It was occasionally drizzling when we had a test run and my feet did not get wet. Hopefully this will still ring true for running in the rain.
  • The shoe, maybe because it is designed for large runners, is not as narrow as the other Mizuno shoe line. From the toe box, the midsection and up to the heel counter, the shoe is a bit wide for me who has narrow feet. But not to worry as all I had to do is make sure that I pull the shoe laces tight enough for a comfortable and snug feel. For those who have narrow feet like me, I suggest that you try one in your actual feet size as this might provide the perfect fit for you.
  • The cushioning is firm and can be felt especially on the heel area.


Overall we had a nice short test run, enough for us to get an initial feel of the shoe. It is a shoe that will work for me on short runs and I look forward to being able to try it on long runs and on different surfaces like on wet roads, on the track and on light trails as the Wave Creation 18 is said to be designed to be enjoyed while running anywhere. 


The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is now available in Mizuno Stores in the Philippines.

*Thank you to the people of Mizuno Philippines for inviting me to the Wave Creation 18 test run and for providing me with a complimentary pair.


Look: Nike’s new auto-lacing shoe Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 and the 20th version of the Nike Zoom Structure

What’s new with Nike Running? Well there’s a couple of exciting gears that you may want to check out and indulge on.

First, Nike came out with a new version of it’s famous Nike Zoom Structure line, the Nike Zoom Structure 20 which compiles insights from past styles to introduce the line’s most-advanced design to date.

Then there’s it’s newest innovation, the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0, an “auto-lacing” shoe using the “adaptive lacing” system, that is set to be available in retail this November 2016.

To know more about these two lines, check out the official pressers and photos below.



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“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
For Hatfield, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he says.

Beers began pondering the mechanics shortly after meeting Hatfield, who dreamed of making adaptive lacing a reality. He asked if she wanted to figure it out — not a replication of a preexisting idea but as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place.” The project caught the attention of a third collaborator, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, who helped guide the design.

The process saw Beers brainstorming with a group of engineers intent on testing her theories. They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Hatfield’s original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing.

Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus.

“It’s a platform,” Beers says, “something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes.”
The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

In short, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. It’s currently manual (i.e., athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.

The first generation of the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience and purchase the product begin November 28. Details on how to make an appointment will be announced in the coming weeks.




As the United States running boom (initiated in the ’70s) advanced, athletes’ footwear needs evolved and diversified. These realities paired with a greater understanding of over-pronation (the foot rolling inward upon ground strike) led Nike to answer a call for a running shoe with greater stability. The Nike Air Structure, Nike’s most stable silhouette, debuted in 1991.

Since its introduction, the Nike Structure line has earned legions of fans ranging from elite athletes — like long-distance champion Galen Rupp, who has worn iterations of the shoe for the past 16 years — to everyday runners to off-duty athletes who are drawn to the silhouette’s distinctive style. With the dawn of its 20th iteration, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 compiles insights from past

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The Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 arrived for men and women last September 29 at and on retail stores at PHP 6,295 SRP.

#RunWithFight! Join Under Armour’s RUN CREW!

There’s something new from Under Armour and it is not just a new gear! It’s the UA RUN CREW!


Under Armour’s UA Run Crew is a tailor-made program for active lifestyle enthusiasts and aspiring runners as it provides a step-by-step guide towards a person’s objective in running.  

A collaboration between Under Armour and APEX Sports Training Systems, the program will be consist of community runs every Saturday that comes along with an in-depth seminar with fitness experts to flesh out every essential aspect of running, including dynamic warm-up exercises, injury prevention, race day nutrition and more.

Be part of the UA RUN CREW! Be there at the grand launch this Saturday, October 1 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater. Under Armour Brand Ambassadors led by Piolo Pascual and coaches Jim and Toni Saret will be there!

Interested parties can check more details or register through Registration is also available in UA Brand Houses in SM Megamall and UP Town Center.


It’s here – the Under Armour Run Crew and the new Charged Bandit 2 Shoes!

In their desire to help runners be a better version of themselves, Under Armour Philippines initially launched the UA Run Crew with its brand ambassadors, digital influencers and various members of the digital media at the posh Kerry SportsGym at Shangri-La BGC last night.


#RunWithFight with the UA Run Crew

The event started with a challenging crossfit session led by Under Armour Test of Will Southeast Asia Champion, Zoe Pond-McPherson and followed by a wicked but fun 4-minute workout session by UA Run Crew Coach Toni Saret.

training with Coach Zoe

training with Coach Zoe

it was a 4-min workout like no other with Coach Toni Saret!

we had a 4-min workout like no other with Coach Toni Saret!

It was a fitting preview to what is in store for runners who will choose to be members of the UA Run Crew – a tailor-made program for active lifestyle enthusiasts and aspiring runners which will provide a step-by-step guide towards a person’s objective in running.

The program will consist of community runs every Saturday that comes along with an in-depth seminar with fitness experts to flesh out every essential aspect about running, including dynamic warm-up exercises, injury prevention, race day nutrition, and many more.

Aside from the UA Run Crew, Under Armour will also be introducing the UA Record and MapMyRun digital applications that track and monitor the progress of runners.

The UA Run Crew will be headed by brand ambassador and program director Jim Saret, who is the sports and fitness-training consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee and currently serves as the president of Scientific Sports and Fitness Council of the Philippines.



#RunWithFight with the UA Charged Bandit 2, it comes from below

The UA Run Crew launch also coincided with the very first outing in the Philippines of the UA’s highly-acclaimed running shoe model, the UA Charged Bandit 2. UA Brand Ambassadors, actor and MMA enthusiast JC De Vera and swimmer Johan Aguilar, UA affiliate trainer Kat Geronimo-Garcia as well as the ladies from the Girls Run Breakfast squad, each shared their impressions and experience in using the Bandit 2.


UA ambassador and actor JC De Vera at the Kerry Sports trying out his new UA Chargd Bandit 2 shoe


the UA team, ambassadors, Girls Run for Breakfast and bloggers pose for a photo after the workouts

The UA Charged Bandit 2 is a good running partner as it sports the Molded Micro G® foot-bed that takes the shape of the foot for great cushioning as well as a rubber outsole that offers full ground contact with deep tense grooves for extra flexibility.

A grand launch is also being prepared for the Under Armour Run Crew which will be held on October 1 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater featuring not only international trainers Coaches Jim and Toni Saret but also Under Armour Philippines top brand ambassador, actor and sports enthusiast Piolo Pascual.


Interested applicants can now register in all Under Armour brand houses in BGC and UP Town Center. Registration can also be done online at

Registered applicants will be part of the very first Under Armour Run Crew in the country. They will receive exclusive discounts, be the first to try the latest innovation gears from Under Armour and get free coaching from international trainers Coach Jim and Coach Toni Saret along with the other Under Armour PH ambassadors.

Join Under Armour’s campaign in social media by using the hashtag #RunWithFight and follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook at

Endurance Weekend 2016 – October 8 to 9

Filinvest City’s annual Endurance Weekend event is back for its fourth outing and will be held from October 8 to 9. The event which is expected to draw about 500 participants, is an endurance mountain biking race which will feature new trails and routes for its three categories – 24 hours, 12 hours and six hours.

The event is part of Filinvest City’s program to encourage people into the active lifestyle to make Filinvest City one of their go-to training hubs. The area is also known for their bike and run routes and the weekly car-less Sundays where portions of Filinvest City are closed to vehicles from 5AM to 10AM every Sunday to give people a venue to engage in various outdoor activities.

Read below for more details about the Endurance Weekend 2016 race.


OCTOBER 8 TO 9, 2016



24-Hour – All Male and Mixed (teams of 3)
12-Hour – All Male and Mixed (teams of 2)

REGISTRATION PERIOD: on-going until October 2, 2016


  • Epic Cycles
    Unit 114 Commercenter Bldg., Filinvest Ave., Filinvest City, Alabang,
  • The Brick Multisport Store
    Woodridge Apartments, Mckinley Hill, Taguig, 1634, Metro Manila
  • Cycling Zone
    Shell Gas Station, Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
  • Paulina’s Cycle Center
    Blue Bay Walk, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Ave., Pasay City
  • South Cycle
    Suite 104, Greenworld Plaza, President Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque
  • Storck Store Manila
    United St., Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
  • John Wilkie Bike Shop
    JP Rizal St., Barangay Concepcion I, Marikina City, Metro Manila
  • Velocipede Bike Shop
    Building B Royal Place Mall, Beirut Street, Don Antonio, Quezon City, 1100
  • Multisport Hub Nuvali
    Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna














The course is a loop course of up to 6.2KM consisting of single-track and asphalt roads. It will be marked by the use of a mixture of arrows, buntings, and traffic cones.

There will be sections throughout the course where there are no markings.

There will be no decision points either – just keep riding. At the end of each lap the course passes through Transition Zone.


Control Point. There will be at least one control point out on the course. It will be manned for the full 24 hours and race numbers will be checked. To assist, please call out your race number to the control point team. Additional spot checkpoints may be positioned at random locations. The control point will have radio contact with the Race HQ

Race Numbers. Each rider is given an individual race number. This must be attached to the seatpost of the bike. In order for your lap to be timed and counted you must ensure that your race number is visible. Do not deface, or trim the race number.

The Transition Zone (TZ) is the only area where you can exit the race course. This is also where teams swap riders and hand over the band. Spectators are not permitted in the TZ. As you come through the TZ, here are a few simple rules to make life easier for everyone –

  • WALK, WALK,WALK (there is no riding in the TZ)
  • Call out your number to the timing crew to assist in recording your lap
  • Help your teammate with the transition
  • After you have completed the transition, VERY promptly clear the area and move outside the TZ to catch your breath, have a chat or warm down

Finishers. All teams or individuals must complete the minimum number of laps to be counted as a finisher.

Minimum Number of Laps:

  • 24 Hour: 24 laps
  • 12 Hour: 12 laps
  • 6 Hour: 6 laps


  • 24 Hour Teams of 3: 8 laps per member
  • 12 Hour Teams of 2: 6 laps per member


For more information, visit Filinvest City website ( or Filinvest City’s Official Facebook Page ( You may also email for inquiries.

Free Crossfit Bootcamp in Capitol Commons

For those who are into crossfit or would like to try, here’s your chance – Ortigas & Co., in partnership with Crossfit Manila, is offering Free Crossfit Bootcamp in Capitol Commons every Fridays of September!

Check out the official press release below for the details.


Take #FitnessFriday to the next level
Bootcamp in the Park at Capitol Commons

If those night jogs, gym sessions, and dance classes aren’t enough to get fit, then head on to Capitol Commons and get on the Crossfit craze everyFriday of September, 7PM, with Bootcamp in the Park.

In partnership with Crossfit MNL, Capitol Commons brings this alternative, holistic fitness program that combines various physical movements, workout routines, and sports activities into a timed workout to help participants get leaner, stronger. By focusing on bodyweight movement, Crossfit is proves to be both a fun and challenging workout.

Tag your fitness buddies and sign up for free Bootcamp in the Park classes at Capitol Commons. Visit this link to sign up:

For kicks, Capitol Commons’ partner CFMNL is throwing in a cool prize for Bootcamp in the Park participants. One lucky fitness enthusiast who attends the most number of Bootcamp sessions can also get a chance to win a one month unlimited bootcamp package. For more details, click here:

Capitol Commons is Ortigas & Co.’s latest mixed-use urban hub which caters to the dynamic, fast-paced lifestyle of young city-dwellers who wish to have a more well-balanced lifestyle. Sign up in Bootcamp in the Park now and get pumped up for a healthier, stronger you.