May 21, 2013

PAF Run Update

Here's an updated registration sites for the PAF Run 2013.
  • Asics Greenbelt 3
  • Asics Bonifacio High Street
  • Asics Slolenad 2
  • Olympic Village Trinoma
Registration starts May 22, 2013 to June 7, 2013.

May 15, 2013

Skechers Launches Skechers GOrun2

One of my trusted running shoe brand had recently launched the sequel to its GoRun series in GoRun2. This lightweight shoe helps each runner run faster and develop a more efficient stride because of its midfoot strike feature.

I had a very good relationship with my GoRun during my trainings and races. Being an avid marathoner, my GoRun was my favorite training shoe because of its feather-like weight. I also registered a remarkable 42km race time wearing this shoe.

But its not only during road runs that my GoRun served me well, I also use this during my trail runs. My pair climbed the arduous roads of Sapang Uwak and witnessed the marvels of the Miyamit waterfalls. She too had been a regular visitor of the Shotgun and Timberland routes of San Mateo. That just in time, Skechers seemed to hear my call by adding a performance product line-up in GObionic, and GOtrail (more on this soon). 

Run Faster with a Mid-Foot Strike 

Do you want to run faster, stronger, longer? If you’re a runner looking for ways to enhance your efficiency, speed and overall performance, try looking into your running technique and re-think your shoe choice. 

Global footwear leader Skechers launched GOrun2, the sequel of the successful GOrun performance shoe. This updated shoe helps runners run faster with a mid-foot strike, allowing them to achieve their personal best time. 

Skechers GOrun2: Designed for Speed 

Skechers has gone the extra mile by helping runners transition to more efficient mid-foot strike running rather than heel striking through its GOrun series. Skechers GOrun running shoes features the M-Strike Technology. Inspired by barefoot running, the principles of minimalism encourages runners to run more naturally by positioning the body for an efficient mid-foot strike in order to run faster, stronger, and longer. 

Deemed to be the next generation of serious minimal running shoes, GOrun2 boasts of its GOimpulse sensors which are found underneath the soles. These make the wearer more responsive in running in any surface type. The shoe is made of breathable four-way stretch mesh toe panels and custom fit insole for comfort. The added Resalyte midsole absorbs the impact to prevent injuries. 

Skechers GOrun2 features a minimal heel lift at 4mm to keep the foot in a nearly neutral position. The best part is its weight. GOrun2 is as lightweight as can be, allowing the wearer to run faster and more efficiently. Moreover, it comes in striking color combinations. 

Accolades from the Elites 

Skechers GOrun ambassador, Olympian marathoner and America’s fastest marathon runner Meb Keflezighi attributes his success to his trusty performance shoes of choice. 
“Skechers’ new performance shoes change the way I run for the better,” said the number one marathon runner in the United States. “I’ve been a heel runner my entire life, but I am now wearing Skechers to maximize the efficiency of my foot strike. My shoes are my most essential piece of equipment and right now, Skechers has the footwear I need to succeed,” added Keflezighi. 
Filipino top age grouper tri-athlete Martin Lorenzo believes that it is crucial to look for the right lightweight shoe that promotes a mid-foot strike to avoid or lessen injuries and improve on speed and efficiency. He recounted his search for the perfect pair of running shoes to accompany him in his races. The tedious task ended when he found Skechers GOrun 2. 
“I bought myself different pairs of shoes and tested each one. What came on top is the Skechers GOrun 2. It is well-designed, lightweight, very comfortable, and well-ventilated for our tropical climate. It exceeded my expectations on every count,” shared Lorenzo, a consistent podium finisher in his age category and a passionate athlete who races in local and international triathlons and marathons. 
Lorenzo added that “Skechers GOrun2 makes a great transitional shoe for runners who are still heel striking. Adopting the mid-foot strike is important for runners who want to improve on their running technique and speed. With Skechers GOrun2, no matter how you force yourself to run heel strike, it forces you to land mid-foot for easier transition.” 
Available in the following Skechers’ stores: Glorietta 2, TriNoma, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, SM North Edsa-The Annex, Robinsons Place Manila, Lucky Chinatown, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, SM Fairview, SM Dasmarinas, Marquee Mall, SM Pampanga, Ayala Center Cebu – Active Zone, Abreeza Mall Davao, Gaisano Mall of Davao, SM City Davao, and Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro. 

For more information, log onto, visit Facebook page SkechersPhilippines or follow SkechersPH on Twitter. 

Skechers GOrun 2 is designed to help you run faster with a mid-foot strike. 
Filipino top age grouper tri-athlete and Skechers ambassador Martin Lorenzo in his winning form with Skechers GOrun2.

Photo credits: Photovendo, Jose Ramizares, Pinoy Fitness

May 14, 2013

Alaska Brings FCBEscola Barcelona Football Camp To The Philippines

Alaska Ties Up With FCBEscola Football Camp, Sponsors Futkalero Children from Tondo

Alaska Milk Corporation brings FCBEscola, the world’s No. 1 ranked football club here in the Philippines to help develop children through sports programs such as the FCBEscola Barcelona Camp. The FCBEscola Barcelona Camp has already begun training kids last April 17 and will continue until April 21 at the Ayala Alabang Country Club.

What is better than playing against one of the best football clubs in the world? Being trained by them. 

Never in a million years did they thought that they will be able to see the world’s #1 ranked football club, FCBarcelona, in action, much less interact with them. But these promising young football talents from Tondo did just that and more. Thanks to the sponsorship of Alaska Milk Corporation, the five Futkaleros— Champ Cyrus Wico, Jonas Lorens Lavarias, John David Espiritu, Maria Rochel Mendaňo, and Roger Batiugas— were able to train under the FCBarcelona coaches Jordi Blanco and Jose Moratalla during the FCBEscola Philippines Barcelona Soccer Camp for the youth, a sports workshop that did not only aim to teach Filipino kids the rudiments and techniques in the game but also share with them the FCBarcelona values of teamwork and hard work. 

“Alaska has been there from the very start, even at that time when football was not very popular. It has been supporting the grassroots development of the sport and in training players. The annual Alaska Cup, is in fact, the biggest cup in the country, with thousands of players in a single day. So we were not surprised that Alaska lent their support to this project,” says Michael Reyes, organizer of the camp and Team Socceroo’s captain. 

Training Under World’s Best 

Excitement lit up the eyes of the five Futkaleros as they showed their moves to the coaches. They believe that the camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve their game, learn some new skills and incorporate a new strategy into their play. According to Reyes, the style of the Futkaleros is more freestyle. “I have seen them play and their commitment to the game is impressive. I know that they practice every day. They’re fast. They’re agile. Participating in the camp will help them develop their play more.” 

What kids will take away from the five-day camp is not just technique but the values: that football is not about winning but in playing your best and playing with your team. Steven Chua, Operations Director for FCBEscola Asia Pacific, relates, “I remembered a FCBarcelona camp in Singapore that we organized. After the camp, I asked one of the kids what he learned. He told me he learned the reasons why he has to move here, why he has to make a pass. Before, he just does it because he has to without even knowing why. He also learned that football is not about winning but playing the game.” 

More than a hundred kids, 6 to 14 years old, signed up for the camp held recently at the Alabang Country Club. They did not even mind the extra-ordinarily hot day, showing off their skills on the field, all of them eager to train under the very best in the world. World famous players Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi were all products of FCBEscola 

Built Not As Important As Technique 

According to the organizers, the Futkaleros have the typical Filipino built, which unlike basketball, is suited to football. Filipinos are not as tall as other kids but they compensate with their incredible speed and agility. FCBarcerlona has members who have similar built but are still able to excel. In football, built is not as important as technique. 

“The style of football of FCBarcelona is the ‘most fit’ and ‘most matched’ [style] with Filipinos. They do not rely on size. In other sports, if you are big, you’d be a better player. In football, we rely more on technique, the passing, how the team plays. FCBarcelona’s style of football is not very individualistic. It emphasizes team play,” says Nicholas Reyes, FCBEscola camp organizer. 

Wanted: Healthy Body, Good Attitude And Passion 

There is also no age requirement, just a healthy body, good attitude and passion for the sport. Reyes emphasized good nutrition at an early age “as this will give children an edge in the sport.” Both exercise and proper diet are essential, especially to the significant number of Filipino kids, who have been found to suffer from undernutrition and overweight problems (National Nutrition Survey of FNRI-DOST, 2008). It is recommended that they eat a balanced set of meals and do more physical activity, which Alaska Milk Corporation has been advocating through their sports programs. 

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Kids Rule At RU2 2013

May 9, 2013

PAF 66th Anniversary Run

Together with my running friends and bloggers we were invited by the Philippine Air Force to a Bloggers Night for the launch of the PAF Takbo Para Sa Karunungan Kinabukasan Ng Kabataan 2013. This event coincides with the celebration of their 66th Anniversary. 

Upon arrival at the venue, we found ourselves at the the Aircraft Park, an aicraft-themed park that displays historic PAF aircrafts and a good venue for photography activities. A group hug followed after everyone of us toured each of the aircraft on display.

We were then guided inside the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum for the tour of the Heritage Section and the Science and Technology Section. The first presents galleries reminiscent of memorabilia from the past while the latter exhibits aircraft mock-ups from various eras including experimental projects of PAF.

Upon registration, runners will receive a singlet and the race kit. All finishers will receive finisher's medal. Proceeds of the event will go to the families of deceased and incapacitated soldiers for the education of their children.

The organizers prepared activities to watch out for like confetti drops and static displays of their equipment from the 505th SRG, PIO, 7th SPOW and AFRDC. So join us, and let's all run for  cause.

Below are the details of the event.

The Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum is a military museum of the AFP that was earlier founded as Marcos Museum on May 02, 1974. This world-class facility of the PAF is a heritage and a science and technology museum built to honor heroes and airmen of the PAF. The museum displays Philippine military aviation history and related aerospace science exhibits.