December 1, 2015

Nike Air Zoom Structure 19: Stability At Unshakeably High Speed

Before the Nike Air Zoom Structure 19, my first interaction with Nike Running was when I was invited in the launch of the Nike LunarGlide+ sometime in June 2009. During that time, running races are on the rise in the Philippine soil. Together with blogger friends, we were given a pair of the LunarGlide+ for review. This lightweight trainer became my companion for months during my training. Being hooked with the Nike technology, I bought another pair of the LunarGlide+, which helped me to successfully cross the finish line of the BDM 102 Ultramarathon race. Then came the Nike Air Pegasus 29, a dynamic trainer and a race-able speedster too. Certainly not the last, the Nike FlyknitLunar+1, for fast-paced performance in every stitch and every stride, followed.  

See my reviews here and here.

Last weekend I was invited again by Nike Running and their promotional marketing to test run their new Nike Air Zoom Structure. We were treated to an interval training together with the Dela Salle Track Team at the University of Makati Track Oval. Now on it's 19th version, they involved a similar seamless construction to the uppers of their performance shoes like those of Nike’s FlyKnits that helped to be more adaptive on the foot. The shoe was well supported, responsive, stable and fast. Ideal for everyday and weekend long run training, to races from 10km to marathon distances. I would like to have them on my shoe cabinet, but I am more on the neutral variants. But given the feel of the Air Zoom Structure, they can be a big help for my track intervals and speed sessions.

Read on from the Nike presser below. 

Nike Air Zoom Structure 19: Stability At Unshakeably High Speed
  
At Nike, innovation is the name of the game. Since its early days, Bill Bowerman, a veteran track and field coach himself, worked towards creating the world’s best shoe, apparel, services, and experience for every athlete. 
 
Nike accelerates innovation in running footwear through the new Air Zoom Structure 19—a stability shoe loaded with dynamic support and Nike’s Zoom Air technology to help athletes speed through the lined-up races this season. 


The Nike Air Zoom Structure has long been known for its reliable support and responsiveness that keep runners going long and fast. This iteration builds on that tradition with updated, thicker Flywire cables in the midfoot for enhanced lockdown, as well as additional yarn in the Flymesh upper for greater structural support without limiting breathability. 


Comfortable support meets increased stability with the triple-density Dynamic Support system that supports the foot as it transitions through footstrike, providing stability when it is needed. The Zoom Structure 19 delivers increased stability with highly responsive cushioning with the Nike Zoom Air forefoot unit for a quick, crisp toe-off.

The difference between the greatest runners and those in their wake is measured in fractions of a second. When dreams are realized in milliseconds, the Zoom Air—Nike’s fastest, most responsive cushioning platform—can change how fast an athlete feels in an instant.


Elite athletes like Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, and locally, Coach Rio Dela Cruz have more in common than their unbelievable speed and unwavering work ethic—when it comes to lacing up, they reach for Nike Zoom Air. The Nike team works closely with the world’s fastest athletes to meet the needs of runners, whether under the global spotlight or everyday runners chasing their personal bests.

Locally, more and more Filipinos are getting into fitness, particularly running. “As race season kicks in, Nike motivates and enables runners to run faster, farther, and further through the new Air Zoom Structure 19. It delivers a fast, snappy, responsive ride that runners don’t fail to notice,” says Country Marketing Manager Patrick Reyes.

Filipinos can run with Nike’s global community of runners through the Nike+ Running App, which acts as a personal running coach, running buddy, and cheering section all in one. It delivers training programs, real-time audio feedback and tools to track and celebrate progress.

Since its inception in 2006, Nike+ Running has helped millions of athletes track, measure and share their runs, encouraging them to run smarter and run more. The Nike+ Running App is free and downloadable via the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

March 10, 2015

World Of DC Comics All Star Fun Run

Imagine running together with your favorite DC Comics Superheroes. Will they sweat? While we, mortals, are pounding those pavements and sweating it out as we run for our fitness or during races, these superheroes, well, for me, may be just grinning from ear to ear. Imagine The Flash passing on your side (that is if you will beat him at the start), you will come tumbling down or you would rather be spinning like a top on your toes. Can you beat Superman, who flies faster than the speeding bullet? Well, you better bring your kryptonite. The Green Lantern sliding all over your race route. And there's Batman and Wonder Woman gliding with their batarang and lasso.

Well, on April 18, 2015, prepare yourself for the World of DC Comics All Star Fun Run. The race will be held at the SM by the Bay, SM MOA, Pasay City. With race distances of 3Km, 5Km, and 10Km. This year's  race coincides with the 80th anniversary of DC Comics. And since this is from DC Comics, all merchandise are DC Comics-licensed. From their singlet to finishers medal.

Registrants can choose from five singlet designs inspired by the costumes of the five superheroes; Batman, The Flash, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman. Each singlet comes with a second piece accessory to complement the costume: Superman will have a cape, Wonder Woman will have a tiara while Batman, the Flash and Green Lantern will have their masks.
Race Singlet and Finisher's Medal

To make this event more fun, the organizers are inviting participants to wear a three-piece costume. For example, Wonder Woman can add a lasso or a bracelet. Batman, his utility belt or his cape (no batmobile please). The Flash, his speedy-flashy shoes. Or how about a red brief for Superman? Because we, Filipinos are known for our creativity, I'm sure runners will come in their own unique DC Comics aparrels

Because this is the World of DC Comics All Star Fun Run, expect to run with cosplayers from around the country. So, what are you waiting for, register now and be part of this star-studded event. I can't wait to run with Alodia G.

Registration Fees:
  • 3Km   -   Php700
  • 5Km   -   Php800
  • 10Km -   Php900
Race Details:

Online registration via worldofdcph.com. Payment thru the following:
  • 7 Eleven branches
  • Credit Card/ Online Payment
Walk-In Registration at Chris Sports Outlets:
  • SM North Edsa
  • SM Megamall
  • SM Mall Of Asia
  • Festival Mall
  • Glorietta 3
For inquiries email dccomicsfunrun@gpi.ph or call 0917-5995819/ 241-5676 loc. 428
For more information about this event, visit worldofdcph.com.

March 2, 2015

Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2015

Earth Day Run 2015, powered by National Geographic Channel (NGC), will be introducing new and exciting changes to mark its sixth year as one of the biggest running events in the Philippines. With RunRio at the helm, Earth Day Run 2015 is expecting 20,000 runners to participate on April 26, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Open Grounds, with the addition of 5,000 runners for its Baguio leg. Support from the registration of all participants will help raise money for portable solar powered lighting kits that will be sent to communities in Mindoro, a project of NGC’s environmental partner, World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

These portable solar powered lighting kits will provide light and electricity to the Tawbuid Mangyan tribesfolk and Forest Rangers’ camps that are not directly connected to power grids. The lighting kits eliminate the use of highly-flammable kerosene to light up their homes and gives them access to a safe, stable and sustainable energy source that gives more opportunities for community development and advancement. 

NGC’s Earth Day Run has consistently helped in promoting sustainable living and supporting environmental advocacy utilizing the popular platform of running in its six years of operation. As a result, participation in Earth Day Run has increased year on year, allowing NGC to contribute significantly to various environmental causes. 

Earth Day Run 2015 expects to register 20,000 runners this year, and slots for 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K (Manila leg only) will be open beginning February 23,2015, via online registration at www.runrio.com. On-site registration starts March 16 to April 19 at the Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier BGC.

NGC, together with its partners, aims to raise awareness on the benefits of sustainable energy while ensuring that the events at Earth Day Run 2015 will involve fun celebrations that include races, awards and shows of skill. Besides providing recreation and fitness benefits through Earth Day Run 2015, NGC will also be partnering with its participants to make substantial contributions to the sustainable development of the Tawbuid Mangyan tribesfolk and to provide support to the Mindoro Forest Rangers advocating the preservation of our Tamaraws.