2014: This is my year, This is FOR ME. Let’s Tri it!


I kept on telling myself to conquer my fears and try something I haven’t done before.  When I ballooned from 105 lbs to 160 lbs, I kept myself away from the world and found myself fuddling around the destructive path. I was depressed, oppressed, and hopeless. I felt ugly, useless and weak. It was a feeling I have never thought I’d ever become BUT one fortunate day, I just conquered my fears and told myself “Screw it!”

On 2010, I tried Surfing. I met new friends whom I have never felt nor ever seen who I was then. It was rejuvenating plus add the stoked feeling you get every each time you get that wave and end up with a long ride. That same year, I went back to running and trained for a mile, pikermi until I was able to finish my very first Marathon – The Bull Runner Dream Marathon.

I have always wanted to swim, bike and run. It felt daunting. Well, it really is.  Imagine having to accomplish three disciplines in one event?

From having to meet runners who has graduated and hopped into the triathlon discipline, I was left behind and got stuck. Worse, I was asked to stop from whatever that I was doing as I was diagnosed with Polycistic Ovaries Syndrom (PCOS); I had to get to know my body and not feed it with activities that may cause stress.

I thought I was cool not having my menstrual cycle for year, but turned out, It caused more aches. I had the constant migraines, I was gaining more fat despite running. I tried swimming but after a few swimming lessons, I was told that as much as swimming does good to my body, it actually stops my ovulation — you know when the red sea is about to happen yet you’re under the pool, it stops? That one.

I resorted to Yoga and fell in love with it. I got myself certified for Kids Yoga to test the waters. It felt surreal and fun, I practice at least 7 minutes at home.

Last year was transformational for me. I never thought that I would be lead back to the wanting to Tri. I was gifted with the opportunity to get to know the triathlon world by organizing the Subic Fitness Festival – Subic Invitational Triathlon 2013 which was a preview of the Challenge Philippines course. It was daunting yet extremely inspiring.

This 2014, I had to face the fear and hop in. I needed a challenge that I could overcome so that I’d be able to regain the strength that I could do anything I put my mind into. I needed that high I used to have the very first time I stood on that surf board, cross the finish line after a gruesome 42k and finally say, I have conquered and managed with my courage and faith.

Fighting Polyscistic Ovaries Syndrome, with proper and gradual training — I’ll make it. I figured, it’s not about the activities but it’s more about nutrition, and habits I do to and for my body.

As I begin to heal myself before I get into the cycle of self-destruction; rustling through self-help books and renewing my faith; together with my inspirational acquaintances and friends, I know I can make it.  In search for that feeling, I signed up for my very first Sprint.

This is my year. This is FOR ME.

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10 Ingredients to determine a successful runner


Called the world’s best running coach by Runner’s World magazine, the legendary Jack Daniels believes that four ingredients determine how successful a person will be as a runner. In addition to these ingredients—inherent ability, intrinsic motivation, opportunity, and direction—he has created a set of 10 basic laws of running that help runners at all levels optimize the benefits of training. He details these laws in the updated third edition of his best-selling book, Daniels’ Running Formula (Human Kinetics, January 2014):

1. Every runner has specific individual abilities.

Because each runner has unique strengths and weaknesses, Daniels thinks runners should spend a large part of their training time trying to improve any known weaknesses, such as speed. When approaching important races, however, the main emphasis should be on taking advantage of known strengths, like endurance.

2. A runner’s focus must stay positive.

“Do not dwell on the negative,” Daniels advises. “Try to find positives in all training sessions.” For example, if a runner thinks a run didn’t feel very good, it’s better for him or her (or a coach, teammate, or training partner) to find something good to refer to, such as improved arm carriage.

3. Expect ups and downs; some days are better than others.

As Daniels points out, even world-record holders and Olympic champions have off racing days now and then. He recommends dropping out of a race when not feeling well, as opposed to struggling through a race knowing it will be some time before being able to run well again.

4. Be flexible in training to allow for the unexpected.

According to Daniels, switching days to accommodate weather or other surprises is perfectly fine. So if Monday’s weather is cold rain and high winds while Tuesday’s weather is predicted to be much nicer, simply put Monday’s scheduled workout off until Tuesday.

5. Set intermediate goals. Intermediate goals pave the way to long-term goals. Because long-term goals are important to have—but may take years to achieve—it is crucial to have some smaller, more readily achievable goals along the way.

6. Training should be rewarding. “It’s not always fun,” Daniels admits about training, “but it should always be rewarding.” Sometimes a particular workout may not feel so great, but if a runner understands the purpose of each workout, it is more likely that he or she will understand that progress is being made—and that is certainly rewarding.

7. Eat and sleep well. Rest and good nutrition are parts of training and not, as Daniels explains, things that are done outside of training.

8. Don’t train when sick or injured. Daniels warns that not following this law often leads to a more prolonged setback than if a runner takes a few days off to recover from an illness or an injury.

9. Have a professional check chronic health issues. It’s not a big deal to feel below par now and then, but feeling consistently out of sorts is usually related to something that needs medical attention.

10. A good run or race is never a fluke. Finally, Daniels contends that while a bad run is sometimes a fluke, runners have great races simply because they were capable of doing so.

The way for runners to take advantage of these basic laws of running is to make them part of their everyday life. “From a runner’s standpoint, consistency in training is the most important thing that leads to success,” Daniels concludes. “That consistency comes from concentrating on the task at hand, neither dwelling on the past nor looking too far forward. The only thing you can control is the present. When you focus on that and remain consistent in your training, you’ll find your greatest success.”

Packed with new information, the third edition of Daniels’ Running Formula offers proven training plans for events from 800 meters to the marathon. The book has been completely updated so that the training plans are more intuitive and easier to follow. For more information on Daniels’ Running Formula, Third Edition, or other running books and resources, visit HumanKinetics.com.

Top 2013 Songs Recap


The end of the year is a great time to survey workout music for two reasons. First, it provides a chance to look back at the year that’s winding down and reminisce. Second, the new year is when folks make resolutions–often to get into better shape–and the recap includes a few songs that might help with that.

The list below reflects more than 70,000 votes placed last year on Run Hundred—the web’s most heavily-trafficked workout music blog. According to the folks polled there, the most popular artists in the gym this year were David Guetta and Pitbull. They’re the only two artists who appear in the list twice—though they managed this feat with the help of collaborators like Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Akon, and Ne-Yo.

As is the case each year, there are some workout music staples present in the list. There are chart hits—like those from Flo Rida and Jason Derulo. There are hits that got beat out by their own remixes—like those from Lady GaGa and Avicii. There are monster hits that didn’t make the cut—like Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Lastly, there are songs that got more love in the gym than on the radio—like Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock’s contribution to The Great Gatsby.

On the whole, there should be a few songs here you loved, a few you missed, and a few that have been given a makeover since you last heard them. If you’re looking for a few tunes to jump start the new year—and possibly a new you—the list below provides 10 great places to start.

Pitbull & Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment – 137 BPM
Selena Gomez – Come & Get It (Dave Aude Club Remix) – 130 BPM
Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – 130 BPM
Flo Rida – How I Feel – 128 BPM
Lady GaGa – Applause (DJ White Shadow Trap Remix) – 141 BPM
Jason Derulo – The Other Side – 128 BPM
Avicii – Wake Me Up (Avicii Speed Remix) – 126 BPM
David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon – Play Hard – 130 BPM
Rihanna & David Guetta – Right Now (Justin Prime Radio Edit) – 131 BPM
Pitbull & Kesha – Timber – 130 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music

My Aqua Tally: Eco friendly, Be Healthy and Merry


ImageWe all do know that water occupies and plays 80% of your body. We read and get to hear the same advice to gulp up more water than any beverages but do we really get to gulp up as much as we thought we’ve been having?

From what seemed to be just a requirement for her family and herself to track down their hydration; Julie Bischoff, the founder of Aqually Tally, Inc., a Registered nurse, took inspiration of what seemed to be a simple necessity into a brilliant prototype.

Turn the white indicator on the cup to keep track of how much water you get to drink for the day. It may seem a little lame but once you’ve had it; you’ll know how helpful this cup is.

It’s not rocket science nor do we have to reiterate to anyone that hydrating your body can dramatically improve what you feel inside and out. AquaTally makes tracking hydration easy. It’s spot on, honest and simple.

Over the holidays, I have been using my own cup and realized that in an average, all the while I thought I have consistently been a heavy drinker. I used to gulp 2 Liters of water (or at least I thought I’ve built on the habit) but turned out, in an average, I was only drinking about 4 cups in a day which means, I haven’t been consistent on my hydration goals.

For only $11.95, this BPA Free, Dishwasher safe and Double wall AquaTally cup can transform your health drastically. How can you say no to a tool which can help you reduce fatigue, headaches, help you maintain your healthy weight, improve your concentration, keep your kidneys and organs working properly, regularize your bowel movement and have that glowing skin? doubt you will. You just have to have this.

Make sure you have one of these nearby while you’re at work, in school or probably when you’re at home. It’ll also help you reduce the amount of drinking cups on your dishwasher since you’ll be left with just one throughout the day.

I’ve got two (2) of these and it’s been playing a huge role on achieving my daily hydration goal. For more information, you may download this link and get to know the answers to frequently asked questions.

 

Investing Money in Good Running Shoes


When I was younger I never thought about my shoes. I mean, I wanted them to look cool or feel comfortable, but I never really thought about what they did for my body. Your feet are the foundation that your whole body is built upon. I mean, think about it. All the weight and height and movement is placed right there on your thin, narrow feet. That is a lot of pressure!

I remember being in a track and field competition at my school when I was about ten years old. I couldn’t do the high jump or the hurdles, marathon running was beyond me, and my arm strength was pitiful. However we all had to participate so I joined the 100 meter dash. In the practice runs at school I had done okay, but at the actual completion I came in second to last. Looking back, I know what tripped me up. It wasn’t lack of speed or practice. It was that I had chosen fashion over function! I had on a pair of ‘cool’ black tennis shoes with extra thick soles. I mean huge, clunky things. It was a wonder I could walk in them, let alone race in them!

It wasn’t until years later that I understood the need for good shoes. I almost broke my leg playing sports in the wrong shoes and started to invest in the right shoe for the right sport. However it is more than just picking a shoe that has ‘running’ on the box.
When I started running regularly I noticed that no matter how focused I was on my style and gait I was still having pain; pain in my side, my back, my knee, or my ankle. I would change my speed, what I ran on, everything. But nothing seemed to really help. That is when a friend talked to me about getting fitted for a pair of running shoes. I had no idea you could get help with your shoes!

She had hurt her knee running and her doctor had told her about the need for being fitted for the proper shoe for your foot. He told her which stores were trained to help you find out how you walked and ran and what you needed in a shoe. It turns out that she came down on her heels too much and needed more support and training to avoid heal strikes.

Anyway, she told me where to go to find a fitter. “It is expensive,” she warned, “But there is more to getting a good running shoe than just finding a good brand.”

I ended up visiting one of those locations and they helped me to discover what I needed. Since I have flat feet, or over-pronation, I needed a shoe with a lot of support. By finding out first what I needed and then looking for the right shoe to meet that need they saved me a lot of trouble and pain. I did not have to try on a bunch if shoes and guess which one wouldn’t hurt when I ran in it.

They pulled out a few pairs that could help me with my problem and then taught me how to tie them properly so they would function at their best. Then I gave each pair a short try out around the store to see if it was the proper size and feel.

I ended up taking home a couple of pairs so I could trade them out so that they would not wear out as fast. My friend was right. It did cost more than I had spent on shoes previously but I thought it was worth the extra charge to be able to run without pain.
Now that I know what I need I do not have to keep going back. I can simply look for the shoes that meet my needs and buy them when I need them, usually every year.

Keep in mind that not only do you need a good shoe you also need to replace them regularly to keep the support intact for your feet. Find someone who can help you to determine what you shoe type needs are and you will feel better almost instantly.

Investing money in a good running shoe is worth it, especially if you plan on running for a long time. If you are in pain or just feel like you do not have the shoe support that you need, try getting some professional help. You won’t regret it.

Author Bio:
Paul Taylor started http://www.babysittingjobs.com which offers an aggregated look at those sites to help families find sitters and to help sitters find families easier than ever. He loves writing, with the help of his wife. He has contributed quality articles for different blogs & websites.

Peekawoo: Tips for your first Speed dating Mixer


When you’re feeling alone, single and hopeless; men and women couldn’t help but wonder if they’re destined to be solo forever or they’ll just probably go for whoever presents in front of them the moment opportunity rises. During the Christmas season, relatives whom you haven’t seen for quite a while may have asked the typical horrendous questions on who you’re dating, if you’re engaged, married or probably settling down to have kids. Unsolicited advise comes next and the rest of the discussion about your personal life goes on.

The best way to look for Mister or Miss right is to get out and socialize. If you feel it’s tedious to dress up, get out, and go through hours of getting to know one person; Why don’t you go ahead and try multiple methods of meeting people. Peekawoo, a Speed dating social networking site is a great option, especially if the event is themed to match singles with a common interest. The process is simple: register for a mixer, come in as your best self, get to know as much people and you get on with your life.

Everything is a win-win on speed dating: you spend less on your first date, you meet new acquaintances and you get to network. Attending any mixer align you and everyone else on a reasonable expectation.

Here are few tips you can apply on your very first speed dating mixer event:

1. Look presentable. Dress smart. This is your night!

2.  Take care of your hygiene: Make sure you’ve brushed your teeth and smell good.

3. First impressions count. Practice your firm handshake upon meeting your first date.

4.  Don’t share about your experience or the short discussion you had with the previous person you sat with.

5.  Be polite and smile.  Keep your conversation very light and enjoy the night.

You may probably like one or two amongst those whom you’ve met but keep in mind that asking for their numbers or Facebook account address is something you’d have to skip on opening or ending a conversation.  Reserve it for later.

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Join us on the 4th of January as we celebrate the start of the New Year with a Sunset Roofdeck Mixer,  4:00pm. Register and be one with us and get to meet new people and get to eat some goodies and beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance online, by email or over the phone. Must be over 18 to participate. ID may be required.

See ya!

 

 

 

Importance of Insurance for Triathletes


If you are a triathlete, you are well aware of the fact that triathlons can be hazardous, and that the risk of accidents or injury is always present. If you already have insurance or think you don’t need it, think again. As a triathlete, there are various insurance issues that you need to think about. Here are some types of insurance you need to consider as a triathlete.

Medical and accident insurance

Like it or not, participating in a triathlon means you’ll be partaking in some rather risky activities that could lead to accidents or injuries. It is crucial that you have medical insurance that covers your medical costs in the event that you need treatment. Medical insurance can take on many forms, and some companies even offer sports accident insurance that is tailored to those at risk of suffering from sports injuries. Be sure to read the terms of your insurance policy carefully to ensure that any situations in which you may be injured are not excluded. Some medical insurance policies exclude injuries sustained as a result of risky sports and activities, so be sure you are covered if you get injured during a triathlon. If you’ll be travelling overseas in order to participate in a triathlon, it is crucial to ensure that your medical insurance covers you overseas as well. If you’d like to be particularly thorough, you can also obtain coverage for injuries, permanent disability and death.

Cycle insurance

Your bicycle is going to be one of the most valuable things you have with you at the triathlon, so you might want to get it insured. Various property insurance plans can enable you to receive a payout should your bicycle be damaged or stolen. Some policies allow you to extend this coverage to include cycling accessories and other items. Even if you’re not concerned about losing your bicycle, it is important to remember that you will be cycling on the road in traffic and could potentially cause injury to another party. It is thus important to ensure that you have third party insurance as well. This can be particularly important if, for instance, you damage a car or its driver gets injured in an accident.

Travel insurance

If you are travelling in order to participate in a triathlon, travel insurance can save you a lot of pain. So many things can go wrong when you travel, and travel insurance can compensate you if for instance you lose your luggage, any of your property gets damaged in transit or your flight is delayed. If your medical insurance doesn’t already cover you overseas, travel insurance can ensure you are covered in the event that you need medical treatment overseas or need to be transported elsewhere for treatment.

It is extremely important that all triathletes are aware of the various kinds of insurance coverage they need, and how this may differ from their day to day insurance needs. Some companies offer insurance tailored to the specific needs of triathletes, and consulting with an expert from such a company can be a good way to stay informed.

Romayne Warner is a full time self-employed blogging fanatic. Obsessed with finding small ways to save money every day, she enjoys sharing her frugal lifestyle tips and tricks with the world, she regularly writes about healthy living and health cover related topics.

Almost Twirty.


Twirtyage denial the tail end of being twenty, almost thirty. 

I still can’t believe I’m already on the tail-end of being 20.

The lessons I’ve learned are quite a handful. Knowing that the year is about to end and a few months from now, I should already be making a fuss out of the new leaf I’ll be celebrating; I still can’t help but think about how I wanted to live in the new decade that I’m about to breathe in.

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Quite plausibly daunting if you ask me.  Here are few tranche of lessons:

  1. There is a huge difference between a Friend and Acquaintances. True friends will just be there regardless if you get to speak with them everyday or just every now and then; they’ll be there to protect you and support you through and through however the acquaintances may fall either under the toxic friendship category (believes in hearsay or shoots you quite blankly) or those whom you can relate and share business ventures with.
  2. When people hurt or caused you pain, it’s okay to eject yourself away. You can still love them even though you don’t associate with them. No need to speak ill about them either.
  3. Explore to as much opportunities knocking. Get to know what you really want to do and what specific skill sets you enjoy most improving on.  I learned I’m far much better on grounds which includes helping. I’m more of a follower to those who knows better.
  4. Associate yourself with doers, optimists and the goal-getter.  Their influence is infectious.
  5. Anxiety can kill and can ruin your peace of mind. Pay your bills on time. Get rid of debt (or if possible, don’t have any) ASAP.
  6. Invest on the right things: Term insurance, Variable Life Insurance and Health Care. You’ll thank yourself later.
  7. You may also mailme and I’d be glad to discuss with you these goals.

  8. It’ll be nice to drive a cool car but it’s far much better to be practical. You’ll still get to the destination anyway.
  9. Stop complaining but rather do something about it.  Although it’s okay to ask for the opinion of others, at the end of the day you are ultimately the master of your own happiness, ventures and success.
  10. ASK. It will never ever hurt to ask especially those who holds expertise in a certain craft you wish to learn from. Not everything can be explained by searching answers on google.
  11. You’ll commit mistakes. It’s undeniable that you won’t. When that happen, admit and see how you can make up for it.
  12. Fail Forward. Get up and try again. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  13. Set personal guidelines for a reasonable work-life balance before committing to such huge commitments. You know your capabilities and abilities better. Sure, jump into opportunities but never fall for everything. This is imperative.
  14. Have the courage to fight for your rights (and this my friend, is not nor ever easy) especially when it comes to human rights and the labor code.
  15. Have a dog. It’ll teach you so many realizations you can’t seem to fathom.
  16. The best revenge is being happy with your life. Once you’ve found happiness, visit it often.
  17. Vices are temporary, getting cancer or health concerns is forever. Why start anyway? Live life less complicated.
  18. Focus on the goal, look into the straight path, keep an eye on the prize and you’ll get there. Regardless. Most of the time, the journey is more rewarding than the destination. Life is a journey.
  19. Stop talking, start listening and be open to correction. Once you’ve found your mentors, strive and be fueled by their trust in you.
  20. This must be a cliche but it’s true: Make Plans.  If you don’t have a plan, then you are planning to fail. Stick to it. Work it out.
  21.  Make time to reflect and celebrate yourself every now and then. Either you go out for a bike ride, swim, or run every now and then.  Have a vacation elsewhere or whatever that makes you at peace away from work obligations and other things. This is your time to rejuvenate

There are quite few more that I would like to share but these falls right for now.  You know what the teens say nowadays, YOLO!

Nike We Run 2013


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With the aim to inspire, motivate and unite Filipinos to move more, move better, Nike We Run MNL (Manila) returns for a third edition on December 1, 2013, as 15,000 runners are expected to take the streets of the historical Marikina City and run the 10km in celebration of the spirit of unity that is significantly Filipino.

“For this year’s race, we have incorporated the personality of the people of the Philippines to motivate and inspire them to lead a more active lifestyle. Filipinos are kindred spirits who, without hesitation, unite for a good cause and help each other. Taking this, we hope that every Filipino runner can inspire and motivate another and run the race together” says Courtney Cole-Faso, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Philippines.

 

In the spirit of unity, runners must sign up for the race with a “buddy”. This is to encourage runners to constantly motivate each other to achieve their goals in preparation for the 10km race. Nike will organize training sessions in November to help runners prepare for the race. The training sessions will be conducted in various locations around the city, and runners will participate in Nike Training Club, get tips from athletes and get an experience only Nike can bring.

Runners can also prepare for race day through the more than 18 million strong Nike+ community. The new Nike+ Challenges is a feature that allows runners to set a distance goal, invite Nike+ friends to join, and race to the virtual finish line. Users can determine the name of the Challenge, mileage goal, time period and participants. Additionally, a new chat feature allows friends to encourage each other and share tips throughout the Challenge. Runners can stay motivated by checking the live leader board to track progress and see where they rank amongst their friends.

Nike We Run MNL is part of Nike’s global We Run series which is aimed at celebrating, motivating and inspiring athletes from around the world. Manila will be one of 26 cities, with 350,000 runners taking over 3 billion strides during the course of the We Run race series motivated by Nike+ and Nike Running design innovations. Nike’s We Run races range in distance from 5K to a full marathon and reflect the unique enthusiasm of each city. From Sao Paulo, to Seoul, to Singapore, runners will be moved to action through a series of unique experiences. You can also follow the Nike We Run journey through an interactive map online as it passes through each city.

Online and in-store registrations will begin on October 25. Visit www.nike.com/events/register/werunmanila for registration details.

The Top 10 Workout Songs For November 2013


Thanks, Chris!

This month’s top 10 list pulls evenly from the worlds of rock and pop. On the former front, you’ve got bands like Bastille, Imagine Dragons, and NONONO. On the latter, you’ve got dancefloor divas like Lady GaGa, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. Somewhere in the middle there are cross-genre collaborations that pair DJs like Zedd and Steve Aoki with rockers like Linkin Park and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Lady GaGa & R. Kelly – Do What U Want – 99 BPM

Rihanna – What Now (Firebeatz Remix) – 128 BPM

Bastille – Pompeii – 127 BPM

Pitbull & Kesha – Timber – 130 BPM

Katy Perry – Walking on Air – 128 BPM

NONONO – Pumpin Blood – 121 BPM

Zedd & Hayley Williams – Stay the Night – 128 BPM

Linkin Park & Steve Aoki – A Light That Never Comes – 116 BPM

John Newman – Love Me Again – 126 BPM

Imagine Dragons – Demons – 90 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.