Find Your Strong

I was out jogging around the neighborhood when a thought struck me.  “What is that sport that I can do at my own time, at my own pace, and not so expensive?” Running was the answer.  Well, I thought it wasn’t expensive, but it turned out I was wrong. It was sometime in 2007.

From finishing a three-kilometer benefit run to marathons to ultramarathons—be they road or trail races—it made me move forward to continuously challenge myself.  To be honest, I did not know I could run more than 42 kilometers or even more than a hundred kilometers at the same time, exposed to the elements, or running under the scorching heat of the sun, or running in the rain.   But my first love was swimming.  I first learned to swim late in life. In fact, I was already in my 20s when I first learned the basics of swimming, but it was never too late to try something new.

Combined with my ability to run, I experienced my first aquathlon race, a 400m swim-7K run-400m swim, in Corregidor Island in 2009.  The following year, I had the chance meeting in person at an event, one of the living legends in the arena of ultramarathon running, Scott Jurek.  At some point that day, he signed autographs for the attendees.  What I received from Scott was, “Running Diva, dig deep!” he told me.  I was impressed, and began to think what it meant. In the end, it took me five years to fully understand the implications of the value of what he wrote.  For in mid-February of 2015, I got my first road bike from two great friends.  Yeah, it was a second-hand bike from owners who like me were also runners.  Let us anonymously named these two as Maui and Coach Ige.  Owning a bike now, I signed up for the first time a 40-kilometer bike race having no formal fitness training in cycling.  More about this crazy cycling story here.  Later that same year, I signed up for 2016 Cobra IRONMAN 70.3.   It’s IRONMAN 70.3, Running Diva! It was my way of testing my limits to bring me closer to what Scott wrote.  Dig deep.  You’re in.   Daunting!

A triathlon (tri) is a multiple-stage competition involving three disciplines of swimming, cycling, and running.  The format is always like that.  Swim, bike, and run.  A triathlete trains and devotes time for each discipline.  Another important aspect of triathlon includes two transitions. Transition one or T1 swings from swimming to cycling.  Transition two or T2 changes from cycling to running.  And the time accumulated to change in these two transitions are included in overall time of a triathlon.  The usual progression of a beginner triathlete is to usually transition from Sprint distance to Olympic distance to Half Ironman to long course triathlon, and finally, to Ironman. Or, to some athletes they progress by joining multisport events such as aquathlon (swim-run) and duathlon (bike-run) before attempting triathlon.

In 2016, I trained and completed my first Half Ironman distance triathlon in Cebu City.  Prior to this, I only had completed (and won third place in my Age Group) a Sprint and two-kilometer open water swimming. I believe my background in running really helped me complete the competition. It was not perfect, not really fast, but I finished strong.  That was my goal.  And, I achieved it.

The races that followed after finishing the Half Ironman distance were Sprint and Standard courses. Earlier this year, I have run a marathon in Cebu City, and raced in a cycling event in Indonesia, a UCI Gran Fondo World Series Tour de Bintan that included stand-alone events like the 17K Individual Time Trial and the 144K Gran Fondo Classic.  Both of these cycling events were geared to finishing an Ironman in the near future.  Crossing my fingers.

Now talking of tri, this brings me to the exciting part of this post about this upcoming event happening this month, the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series.  The action will take place  on May 25 to 27 at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex. It features various tri distances to test the mettle of the veteran triathletes, beginners, and enthusiasts. This is such a huge boost for this growing sport across the Asian region since most countries such as ours, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China have the best beaches ideal for a tri race. In our country alone, with so many to choose from, the islands have hidden coves and beautiful sandy beaches for such a demanding sport that requires courses for swimming, biking, and running.  I have known some friends who will be doing this tri race.  And, I wish them all the best of luck!

With tri getting so much attention, is it the new strong?  Maybe.  Possibly. So what your strong? Swimming? Biking? Or, doing other fitness sports? To “find your strong” means whatever sport you are in and as long you put time, and is passionately pursuing it, not one sport is stronger than the other.  In my IMHO, what makes the sport strong is because of you.  Yes, you, the athlete.

Having the strong mindset, the willingness to appreciate mental preparation training (at the expense of losing your social life, well, temporarily, of course), striking the right work life balance, learning techniques to improve performance, and dealing with stressors, setbacks including losses are what makes you strong. Almost all sports have these elements. It will be like this: 90% mental and the other percentage is for physical.

You are strong when you put your heart to it. You are strong when you stay committed and focus. You are strong that even when you fail or lost or knock down (or you crash, or you are in a cast because of a fracture), you get right back up.

A real winner doesn’t have to be a title holder or a gold medalist.  I have had my share of going up on the podium and collecting medals and trophies. To me, the real winner is when you do whatever it takes to achieve your goal, and be the best you can be, the Best Version of Yourself.   

Gear Review: Julbo Aero Zebra Light Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses protects the eyes against the risk of UV radiation from the sun.  Among athletes such as runners and cyclists, using specialty sunglasses during almost every run and ride is one way of preventing eye damage directly related to length and intensity exposure from all weather conditions.

A few weeks back, a simple invite came from fellow blogger Vimz aka Kulit Runner (KR) to test the Julbo sunglasses provided by Vision Express Philippines.  In all honesty, before the pair arrived for testing, I never heard of the Julbo brand. After browsing through the materials that were later sent to me by KR and some sleuthing done from the Internet, research showed company owner Jules Baud founded the brand in the Jura region (France) in 1888. Julbo sunglasses were designed originally for the mountaineering and other climbing sports, and then eventually branched out to other sports like cycling and running.  To me, that is innovation at its finest mastered by over a hundred years of experience.

A first for me to wear white sunglasses; (in my mind) can I get away with wearing one?  Lightweight and durable, these white sunglasses were a very look of 70s yet remained classic and somehow looked part of the 2018 sunglasses trends.

First impressions during a quick night ride were good. The pair fitted well, especially having those photochromic lenses, rubber nose pads, and comfortable grip of arms. Photochromic means the lens changes tint when exposed to light.  Since then, I used the pair with different light conditions—at night and on a bright day—during my weekend training rides.

Photochromic Julbo Aero Zebra Light sunglasses

For someone who wore contact lenses during rides, investing in a pair of reliable sunglasses would be suitable. Sunglasses that wrap around the sides of the face help keep contacts from drying out and protect the eyes from wind-blown debris when riding bike outdoors. Julbo aero sunglasses provided that protection thus contacts could be worn for six hours or longer.  The only drawback was the top bar or frame would always be directly in my line of vision while riding in the drops. But, if I equated it with clarity, performance, and comfort, Julbo sunglasses were totally fine.

Takeaways: Quality performance sunglasses from an established eyewear designer with lenses that work well while biking at night and under harsh sunlight.  The sunglasses can also be worn during running events or run workouts, be it at night or day time.  A multi-sport eyewear indeed.

Product: Julbo Aero Zebra Light Sunglasses (model: SKU J4833111; SRP: 7990)

Best features: photochromic lens + anti-fog coating, minimalist, light, and comfort

Recommended use: cycling, running, hiking, and camping

To know more other products, you may visit Vision Express Philippines or click here for more information about Julbo.  Please note that Julbo products are available at select stores only.

About Vision Express

Vision Express Philippines (VEP) is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the No. 1 leading optical retailer in Europe. VEP has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert optometrists and the global brands they carry.

You may drop a visit to any of the following VEP branches at UP Town Center,  Alabang Town Center*, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3*, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF,  SM City Cabanatuan,  SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall*, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, and Trinoma.

*Branches that carry Julbo, Revo, & Maui Jim products

TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series Now in the Philippines

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.

Put up to provide multisport beginners, enthusiasts, and veteran triathletes or even kids a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking, and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

It features kids triathlon (100m swim-5K bike-1K run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10K bike-2K run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20K bike-5K run), standard triathlon (1.5K swim-40K bike-10K run) and long triathlon (1.5K swim-60K bike-15K run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and Tri-Factor series founder.

The 2018 Asian Championship series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Philippines on May 25 to 27 at the CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years— 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like Cycle-Run-Cycle are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country in the last few years.

“Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano upon learning about Tri-Factor’s arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling, and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events. Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles at stake are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete, and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.

Under Armour Unveiled Latest Cushioning Technology

GRAVITY HOLDS YOU DOWN, HOVR LIFTS YOU UP

On 22 Feb. 2018, high performance sportswear label Under Armour (UA) introduced in Manila, Philippines the brand’s latest innovation in footwear cushioning technology called HOVR (UA HOVR TECHNOLOGY).  The new HOVR delivers one of the most cutting edge running platforms that combine comfort, underfoot cushioning, and energy return for runners.

Southeast Asia UA Merchandising Director introducing the newest UA HOVR technology.

Engineered to provide the ideal combination of cushioning and energy return, the UA HOVR midsole is made of a compound providing a super soft durometer with incredible cushioning and shock absorption with every single foot strike.  UA partnered with leading innovators Dow Chemical for this proprietary foam.  UA HOVR is UA’s third cushioning platform which evolved from Micro G and Charged.  This new cushioning system delivers on runners’ needs to have a shoe that provides not only support, but also energy return and shock absorption.

Southeast Asia UA Merchandising Director informing the audience of UA’s latest cushioning technology called HOVR.

Another key component of UA HOVR cushioning system is its Energy Web, a mesh fabric that wraps the cushioning core to deliver strong responsiveness. This ideal combination of advantages makes runners feel and perform better with less fatigue. The shoe absorbs some of the impact an athlete’s body would normally feel, hence, aiding in comfort and keeping legs fresh for the road ahead.

HOVR Phantom vs. HOVR Sonic

Phantom Features

Sonic Features

Threadborne upper with Dyneema® (world’s strongest fiber) Threadborne flat knit upper
Speedform 2.0 construction Speedfit 2.0 construction
Inbuilt insoles Removable insoles
Full-length HOVR foam Mid-length HOVR foam
A great all-around cushioned daily trainer that can be worn for most runs while being stylish enough for the street as well A fast, springy and responsive runner that will serve well for medium to longer distances and sprint work

“The development of UA HOVR was inspired by the insight that every step a runner takes has the impact of two to four times their body weight holding them down.  When designing UA HOVR, we set out to create the perfect combination of cushioning plus responsiveness and energy return to essentially lift you up,” said Dave Dombrow, UA’s chief design officer. “The HOVR underfoot returns that energy and makes every stride feel light and effortless. I could not be more proud of this product and for HOVR to usher in a new chapter in the UA design and innovation story.” 

UA is focused on delivering runners around the world—from world champion Natasha Hastings to runners completing their first 5K—innovative solutions that provide an unparalleled running experience,” said Topher Gaylord, UA Run general manager.  “We obsess over every detail in our running footwear to ensure supreme comfort, unrivaled performance, and the ultimate underfoot ride. With beautiful design, HOVR technology empowers athletes everywhere, at all levels of the sport, with performance advantages previously available only to the world’s most elite athletes. Put simply, UA and UA HOVR make you better.”

UA HOVR Phantom

The UA HOVR Phantom weighs 10.6oz (or 300.5g) and has a plush and responsive ride made for runners who want all-around cushioning.  With the UA HOVR Phantom, UA leveraged its apparel DNA to create a knitted collar for superior comfort and adaptation around the ankle with a 5/8” collar and knitted sock-like feel. Weighing in at 9.6oz (or 272g), with an 8mm offset, the UA HOVR Sonic has a light and responsive ride designed for runners who put distance first. The UA HOVR platform will be introduced through two styles; the HOVR Phantom and HOVR Sand both are available for purchase (P6,395) now.

UA HOVR Sonic

Fitbit Charge 2, One Year On:  Some Amazing Features Discovered

It was in 2016 when I had the chance to wear for the first time a smart watch called Fitbit Charge 2.  At the time, I had no idea to what extent this watch can monitor activities besides report metrics.  Below are some of its amazing features.

Basically, Fitbit tracks a range of stats:  (1) steps taken, which you can set to 10,000 steps as its default setting or by using the Fitbit app settings, change the step goal; (2) distance covered; (3) calories burned; (4) floors climbed; (5) all day heart rate and heart zones such as peak, cardio, fat burn, and out of zone; and, (6) active minutes with activities ranging from walking to elliptical workouts.

One of the best features of Fitbit Charge 2 is that it tracks sleep time in light, deep and REM modes plus it shows whether you have achieved your sleep goal for the week or not. We live in a world that is so fast-paced and most of the time we are so caught up to take shortcuts but time to sleep is the one commodity in life that we need to get more of nowadays.  Setting bedtime reminder is one great way to also maintain a consistent sleep schedule.

Having a problem waking up? The gentle vibration and silent alarm features can be managed using the Fitbit app to alert any time of the day.  Feeling stressed?  Take a deep breath.  The two-minute or five-minute guided breathing session of Fitbit Charge 2 can help you feel connected to your body and quiet the mind any time. I have done this when so stressed, freaking out, or can’t think straight.

The “Reminders to Move” feature of Fitbit Charge 2 helps you get moving every hour.  Researchers say a long period of sitting is as bad for your health as smoking.  Fitbit Charge 2 can also receive phone call, text message, and calendar alert notifications when near your phone.  You can personalize the Fitbit app settings to include this feature in your Charge 2.

Fitbit Charged 2 is a good companion when running or biking outdoors as it detects movement using the SmartTrack feature which recognizes at least a 15-minute movement for each exercise type. Been using Charge 2 in most of my run or bike workouts to monitor my heart rate as well.

The holiday rush last year congested roads and worsened traffic in Metro Manila as Christmas drew near.  It was too difficult to even get a ride.  My Charge 2 was a huge motivator to walk home and walking was way faster than by taking public transportation.  Since there was a bit effort put into walking, it allowed the Fitbit tracker to unlock badges.  In addition, a fellow blogger invited me to join two Fitbit challenges such as the Weekend Warrior (who can get the most steps on a weekend) and Workweek Hustle (who can get the most steps beginning Monday through Friday). Unlocking achievements in a form of badges add a fun element to my walks!  Below were some of the awards received or unlocked:

                Top Badges

                                Cowboy Boot (50,000 steps in a day)

                                Japan (3,007 lifetime kilometers)

                                Castle (200 floors in a day; earned 2 times)

                                747 (4,000) lifetime floors

                Daily Steps

                                Boat Shoe (5,000 steps in a day; earned 92 times)

                                Sneakers (10,000 steps in a day; earned 48 times)

                                Urban Boot (15,000 steps in a day-earned 11 times)

                                High Tops (20,000 steps in a day; earned 6 times)

                                Classics (25,000 steps in a day; earned 5 times)

                                Trail Shoe (30,000 steps in a day; earned 3 times)

                                Hiking Boot (35,000 steps in a day)

                                Cleats (40,000 steps in a day)

                                Snow Boot (45,000 steps in a  day)

                Daily Climb

                                Happy Hill (10 floors in a day; earned 54 times)

                                Redwood Forest (25 floors in a day; earned 13 times)

                                Ferris Wheel (75 floors in a day; earned 3 times)

                                Lighthouse (50 floors in a day; earned 4 times)

                                Skyscraper (100 floors in a day; earned 2 times)

                                Rollercoaster (125 floors in a day)

                                Stadium (150 floors in a day)

                                Bridge (175 floors in a day)

         

                Lifetime Climb

                                Helicopter (500 lifetime floors)

                                Skydiver (1,000 lifetime floors)

                                Hot Air Balloon (2,000 lifetime floors)

                Lifetime Distance

                                Marathon (26 lifetime miles)

                                Penguin March (70 lifetime miles)

                                Serengeti (500 lifetime miles)

                                Marathon (42 lifetime kilometers)

                                Penguin March (112 lifetime kilometers)

                                London Underground (402 lifetime kilometers)

                                Hawaii (563 lifetime kilometers)

                                Serengeti (804 lifetime kilometers)

                                Italy (1,184 lifetime kilometers)

                                New Zealand (1,593 lifetime kilometers)

                                Great Barrier Reef (2,574 lifetime kilometers)

                Weight Goal

                                London Underground (250 lifetime miles)

                Trophies

                                Workweek Hustle Challenge – 1st Place earned 2x                                              Goal Streak earned 1 time

                               Weekend Warrior Challenge – 1st Place earned 3x                                             Personal Best 46,049 steps                                                                                               Goal Streak earned 4x

In a nutshell, the use of fitness tracker has skyrocketed and with the many choices out there it’s easy to get lost in the hype.  Fitness tracker wants you to keep moving.  So wearing one everyday will only let you track a variety of stats, but it does not necessarily help you lose weight or get fit.  You still need to get out there and make time for fitness!

RELATED

The best fitness tracker : it doesn’t matter how many sensors you have—it’s how you use them.  (2017, December 1).  Retrieved from https://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/

http://www.runningdiva.ph/fitbit-holiday-gift-guide/

7-Eleven Run 2018, 4 Feb. 2018

Once again, 7-Eleven country licensee Philippine Seven Corporation is hosting one of the most anticipated running events in the country on 4 Feb. 2018!

This year, 7-Eleven is not only happening in Manila but also in Cebu and Davao all at the same time!  In Manila, 7-Eleven Run 2018 features nine categories. From 500m Kids’ Run to full marathon or 42K. Meanwhile, the Cebu and Davao running events have eight and seven categories respectively.  Please note that the 500m Kids’ Run is only available in Manila.  Also, the 5K-Buddy Run is not available in Davao.

Run 2018 is also made possible with 7-Eleven’s unique system of self-selected wave starts which allows participants to choose their wave start and run either with friends or with challengers of the same pace!

Three winners in each category will be announced on race day, and will receive cash prizes and medals.  In addition, the top three (3) overall Filipino male and female placers of the 21K and 42K from all three locations will get a chance to participate in an international marathon in Asia all expenses paid.

To join, simply register online at Run711 and pay the corresponding fees at any 7-Eleven stores within 48 hours. Race kits can be claimed on the date indicated in the receipt and at the 7-Eleven store where payment was made.  Registration is only until January 23.

Having 20,000 registrants last year, Run 2018 event aims to be the biggest and most exciting of the series yet.

7-Eleven Run 2018 is held in partnership with Asics.  It is also brought to you by Selecta, Nature’s Spring, Summit, Gatorade, Del Monte, Fit ‘N Right Isotonic Drink, Cheetos, Aquafina, Pocari Sweat, Evian, Kopiko 78, Le Minerale, San Miguel Beer, B’lue, Sip Purified Water, Sorso Fruit Tea, Milo, Safeguard, Grab, and Caltex including media partners Cignal, Hyper, Smart, ABS-CBN Publishing, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Summit Media, ESPN, and Solar Sports.

With the continuous success of the 7-Eleven Run series since 2013, this favorite “kapitbahay” (neighbor) will once again bring families, runners, and people from all ages together for another day of freebies, fitness, and fun!  Follow 7-Eleven Run series on Facebook to get the latest updates.  Use the hash tag #711run2018 and join in on the conversation.

2017 Year Ender

Last ender was written and published in 2014 saying, “world renowned ultra distance runner Scott Jurek gave me the inspiration to try harder or “to dig deep” in 2015. So I signed up in an Ironman event, the 2016  Cobra IM 70.3.

It’s time to not only see how I did since then but also this past year.  Somehow it brought me back to the time when I finally owned my first bike in 2015, which eventually led me to embrace triathlon (tri) races and do other challenges other than running. Finishing the inaugural Sunrise sprint tri on the podium in my age group and the Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Cebu highlighted my tri experience in 2016. Yes, this didn’t stop me to dream because “when you make a good wish, no dream is too big, no dreamer is too small.” So in 2017, it was indeed a reverse for me especially in tri races where I finally experienced how it was to race in standard or olympic tri and duathlon or run-bike-run races only after having to experience a 70.3 first the year before.

In summary, I have finished (may have forgotten to include some in the list) 57 races. This number covered races from where I left off in 2014 and up to the month of November in 2017 with seven podium finishes, six triathlons including a half Ironman tri distance, a 68.9-km ultramarathon, a 50-km mountain/trail run, two marathons, two 32Ks, 15 half marathons, ten 10-km distances, a two-km open water challenge, three 16Ks, five 5Ks, and the rest are other distances, eg 4 x 100m relay, 1500m relay, endurance trail running, etc., or multisports such as the 40-km “challenge” cycling event, aquathlon, duathlon among others. To top it off, 2017 was the tenth year blog anniversary of Running Diva. This is not much but I’m grateful to have reached this far. I know I should have written more this past year, but sometimes good things are better imprinted in the recesses of our memories. That said, I thank all of you who were part of this three-year journey.

Year’s end is not the end nor the beginning, but a going on … it’s something to look forward to!

Bye 2017, hello 2018!

Takbo PMMA

The family that runs together, stays fit together. Run for health and wellness! For a fit and healthy lifestyle.

RACE DETAILS

Takbo PMMA fun run is happening on February 25 at the Quirino Grandstand.  Race categories include a 3K (P650), 5K (P750), and 10K (P 850).   To register, deposit at BPI Family SA 5533 3240 71 (Account Name  PMMA Alumni Association, Inc.).

Please send your deposit slip to pmmahostclass2018@yahoo.com by using the following format:

Subject: Takbo PMMA (Participant’s Name)

E-mail Body: Participant’s name, distance, shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL)

Attachment: Deposit slip

In-store registration will start on 1 Jan. 2018 with Second Wind and Chris Sports as registration centers/sports store partners.  Second Wind will offer a FREE gait analysis for every registration made at their store located at Ayala 30th Mall in Pasig.  A 10% discount on selected sport items will be given to those who will register at any of the following Chris Sports branches: SM North EDSA Annex, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM BF, UP Town Center, and Uptown Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.  Race kits will be available/to be claimed at the registration sites.  See posters below for other details.

For updates, exciting promotions, and freebies for this event, you may like and follow TakboPMMA2018.

Press Release: Autumnal Weather as a Chance to Run in your Element with the New Adidas UltraBOOST All Terrain Family

  • adidas updates the iconic UltraBOOST with design features to withstand the most unpredictable weather
  • Splash water-repellent adidas Primeknit and reflective elements helps the wearer run greater in all conditions
  • Continental Stretchweb outsole technology has been integrated to prevent slipping on wet or icy surfaces

adidas on September 14 unveiled two brand-new additions to the pioneering UltraBOOST family – the UltraBOOST All Terrain and UltraBOOST X All Terrain. Driven by innovation and style, each design is injected with adidas’ ground-breaking technologies including BOOSTTM, the Continental Stretchweb outsole, splash-repellent adidas Primeknit and reflective elements to support and protect each wearer whilst allowing them to experience an effortless run no matter what the weather conditions.

Shatter your excuses with the latest additions to the UltraBOOST family which are designed to empower runners and encourage them to embrace any condition whether rain, hail, darkness or cold. The UltraBOOST All Terrain includes an integrated cage for better support whilst the UltraBOOST X All Terrain, designed specifically for the female foot, includes the pioneering adaptive arch to ensure a better adidas Primeknit fit whilst continuing to add dynamic support, allowing each run to feel effortless.

Stephan Schneider, adidas Running said, “The autumnal weather can be unpredictable and as a result it took us longer than usual to develop these products. Extensive testing ensured that each design element offers protection and uncompromised comfort in any condition. We specifically focused on increasing the ankle height in order to protect and create a smoother movement from the leg into the foot with each stride.”

Key features across both silhouettes include:

  • Splash water-repellent adidas Primeknit upper – breathable fabrics combined with moisture-repellent yarns provide the ultimate fit and unbeatable protection against the ever-changing autumnal surroundings
  • Continental Stretchweb outsole – featuring world-class Continental rubber to increase foot to floor traction on slippery surfaces and enabling a smooth and more flexible ride
  • BOOSTTM midsole – ultra-responsive comfort and cushioning that stores and returns energy every time the foot hits the ground; even when dry, wet or icy
  • All Terrain LUX configuration – a coarse outsole ensuring stable foot to road traction when faced with adverse conditions such as rain or mud
  • Increased height ankle protection – as the weather grows colder the high-knit ankle design provides increased warmth during cold runs, differentiating the UltraBOOST All Terrain and UltraBOOST X All Terrain from other UltraBOOST silhouettes
  • Reflectivity – as the nights grow darker, reflective detailing on the sock offers ultimate visibility for street running

The new UltraBOOST All Terrain and UltraBOOST X All Terrain are now available in adidas.com.ph/UltraBOOST and leading adidas stores and retailers.

Follow the conversation at @adidasrunning / @adidasph on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using #UltraBOOST or #UltraBOOSTX #TakeCharge.

VelogicFit 3D Pro Bike Fitting Services Now Available at Maximus

While the Body Geometry FIT (static 2D) is still being offered by Maximus Athlete’s Shop Cafe, the new VelogicFit 3D Pro bike fitting service offers a wide array of information for a more precise and dynamic fit such as lateral knee travel, hip rock, ankle angles among others. Visit velogicfit.com or search demo videos on Youtube to know more about it.

For first time customers of Maximus, the 3D Pro bike fit is P8,000, but is currently being offered at an introductory price of P6,000 until end of November 2017.

For those who were fitted before, Maximus is offering a special 3D Pro refit upgrade for only P2,000 until end of December 2017. To avail of this offer, kindly call Maximus Concierge at mobile number +63 977.841.2894 and look for Claudine or Rommel to book a slot.