TBR Magazine Out Tomorrow

Saturday, 31 July 2010  |  News + Promos

TBR Magazine – July/August 2010 issue will be released tomorrow.  Aaaah, finally!


Cover runners are power triathlete couple MARK AND DORAY ELLIS.  Our theme for this issue is CROSS TRAINING so we’ve got a lot of articles in store for you!

Get your FREE copy at these stores within the week.

If you’re joining Rexona Run tomorrow, be one of the lucky runners to receive your free copy!

New Balance Power Run on Nov. 7

Friday, 30 July 2010  |  Race Announcements

Just got final confirmation from Bing Buenaventura that New Balance Power Run will be in Clark, Pampanga.

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Venue: Clark, Pampanga
Distances: 5k/ 10k/ 15k/ 25k
Race organizer: Extribe

Allow me to shed a few tears on this one.  On November 7, I’ll be in New York for my ultimate dream race, but I’ll still feel awful about missing New Balance Power Run.

– New Balance Power Run 25km in Clark November 2008 with friends Mark and Renz of Happy Feet –

The NB Power Run two years ago, held in Clark as well, will be one of my most memorable race experiences.  It was a well-organized race colored by wonderful friends along the route.  Read all about it HERE.

For now, that’s the only info provided.  I’ll release more info as they come.  Highly recommend you join this race.

Mommy Milkshake Marathon Year 4 on 8 August 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010  |  Race Announcements

I’m a runner.  I’m a hands on mommy who breastfed both kids.  Here’s an event that I can completely relate to and fully support: Mommy Milkshake Marathon, a fun run celebrating the joys of motherhood and breastfeeding.


My sister, Janice, an advocate of breastfeeding and co-owner of Mommy Matters Nursingwear, organizes this annual event.  It’s not your typical competitive race.  In fact, it’s the opposite. It starts later than usual.  A quarter of the participants have bulging bellies, not due to obesity, but due to pregnancy.  And, there are games, chatting, and a whole lot of laughter going on before, during, and after the race.

Our entire family is signing up.  I hope you can too!

DATE:  August 8, 2010
ASSEMBLY AREA: Behind NBC TENT (26th Street)
RACE START: 7:00 am
WEBSITE: mommymundo.com/events/milkshake
FOR INQUIRIES: Call 408.8070/ 0908.8657246
  • REG FEE: Adults – Php200, Php 100 – kids 3-15 years old, FREE – kids below 3
  • RACE KIT PICK UP:  Pick up starting JULY 30, 2010
    • OPTION 1 (July 30- August 7): Pick up at the Creative Juice office located at 2/L Fun Ranch Frontera Verde, Ortigas, Pasig  City. Office hours is 9am-5pm.
    • OPTION 2  (July 30 to August 6 only): Pick up at Big & Small Co Bonifacio HIgh Street.  From 4pm- 10pm.
  • For more information, you may call 408.8070
  • ATTIRE: Come in your Mommy Milkshake race shirt.  Apply sunblock. Bring your  shades/visors, caps. If you are running with your baby or very young children, you may opt to bring an umbrella in case of rain and extreme heat.
  • AWARDS: Mommy Milkshake is not a race.  Time-based winners are not recognized but special awards will be given for the following:  Most pregnant runner, Breastfeeding runner, Pink family, Youngest runner, Eldest runner, Most energetic child, among others.
  • PARKING: You may park you cars at the parking area near 28th Street, (Bonifacio High Street). Flat Rates on weekends.


The Bestie is Back

Wednesday, 28 July 2010  |  Bullish Insights

Whenever Annie is visiting Manila from Singapore where she’s based, we make the most out of the little time we have together.  For some women, that would mean countless hours of spa dates, shopping sprees, and long chats over coffee.  Not for Annie and I.

We spend our time running as much as we can.


Last Monday, we ran under the intense heat of the 9 a.m. sun at our favorite playground running our usual course.


Just like the good ol’ days, we warmed up with a short walk that extended to 1km without our knowing because of our endless chatting and laughing.  We ran the course paying no attention to pace since there were more stories to catch up on.  How’s life in Singapore? How much are local races nowadays?  Remember when we were both 5 to 10lbs lighter?  In between talking and laughing, as I ran with my bestest running buddy, I was glad to know that it was as if she never left.

After our run, we didn’t make plans for breakfast or meet ups.  We only set the date for our next run: Ultra on Wednesday.  That’s the way we are with Annie.  We don’t chat on the phone nor do we text each other often, but we always show up for our running dates.  And when we see each other, we have the best time sweating it out together.


This morning, we met Coach Rio and friends Jay and Jun at Ultra track oval.

Annie and I reminisced about the summer of 2008 when we trained together under Coach Jo-Ar.  How he made us do intervals  with Coach Lydia de Vega and her highschool track team.  There we were, two women twice the age of these long-legged sprinters attempting to match their pace.  Or how Coach would make us run up the stairs with Annie reaching the top so quickly as I always struggled to run the last 3 steps.  Aaah we were much fitter then.

Coach Rio asked us to run a 1-miler, 800, 400, and 200 earlier today.  As usual, I chased Annie from behind; she’s always been the stronger runner.  With both of us not being at our fittest, we huffed and puffed all throughout the run.  Just like before, we would complain about what we had to do, but deep inside, we both knew we loved the speed.

– with Coach Rio, Chino Trinidad, Noy Jopson, Jun Bisnar, Jun Cruz, Mart Miranda, and Annie-

– Annie in serious conversation with our good friend, Jun. I bet they’re talking about injuries or insoles –

– sandwiched between two super celeb athletes, top triathlete Noy Jopson and Coach Rio de la Cruz. Starstruck ako, guys! –


Annie will be here until next week.  Needless to say, there will be more runs to come.  Hill training, maybe another track workout, and definitely Rexona Run where we’re registered for 21k.  Aaah, runs are going to be fun in the days to come!  Isn’t this what running buddies are for?!

Road Test: Newton Universal Racers

Monday, 26 July 2010  |  Gear + Gadgets

I got my first pair of Newtons a little over a year ago.  It was the Newton Stability Trainers which I actually liked for its comfort and lightness.  But, after using it for a handful of short runs, I was forced to lock it in a box when I started feeling minor knee pain, which I couldn’t risk aggravating with my training for Singapore Marathon at that time.

– Newton Stability Trainers and Newton Universal Racers –

Last month, Newton learned about my experience with the shoe and they urged me to give Newton Shoes a second chance. They handed me the twin sister of my shoe, Newton Universal Racers in a bright, bold pink (how cool!) for road testing before the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon last June 27.  (Note: Renze gave me the Universal Racers because Runnr does not sell the Stability Racers.  According Newton website, these shoes “will complement the Neutral Performance Trainer or Stability Performance Trainer.”

I was quite apprehensive about using a racing shoe as I had the impression this could be used only for short and fast runs, not a half marathon in KL. But, Renze of Newton was quick to point out that the shoe could actually be used for long runs, even marathons.

I road tested it over a handful of times: once at a 10k hill training at McKinley Hill, two 7k easy runs, and three races, Rock and Run (where it got soaked!), Robinsons Supermarket Fit & Fun Buddy Run, and the farthest I ran on them, Kuala Lumpur Marathon where I ran 21k.


– What a beauty! –


Weighing 7.0 oz., the Newton Universal Racers felt incredibly light and fast.  Much like my experience with the Newton Stability Trainers, I felt that the lugs underneath the midsoles were propelling me to run faster with much less effort.  I’m a midfoot runner so I felt very much at home in these shoes.

Running 5ks and 10ks in these Newtons, particularly in a race, made me feel like I could PR at any race. No wonder they call it “PR in a box.”



The shoes were also comfortable and breathable. (I replaced the insoles with my Spenco insoles, which I really can’t live without.) The mesh on the vamp area allowed for breathability. I found it cool, figuratively and literally, that I could even see my socks from the outside.


Best of all, I love the bright and bold colors of my Newtons. After a while, one gets tired of the usual colors that everyone wears at races. Newtons allow me to stand out and be different.


As a flat-footed overpronating runner, stability is always a key concern for me.  I felt the shoe could have been a little bit more stable. I worried that, because of the lugs, my feet were prone to more movement from side to side.  For runs below 10k, my feet were fine. But, when I ran in KL in these shoes, I felt slight pain on the right side of my foot after the race, which thankfully disappeared by the following day.

Another issue for me is the durability of the shoe. Only after a handful of races, the wear of the shoe underneath was surprising. I had been forewarned by Renze about this: that the racing shoe was meant for races, and not for daily training runs. But, what am I to do if my feet love the racers more than the trainers?!


I like the Newton Stability Racers its lightness, comfort, breathability and design. While I’m concerned about stability and durability, I feel like I can get away with these issues for short runs.  I am definitely going to use it for 5k and 10k runs, especially in races I hope to PR in!

Newton Universal Racers P6,995.  Newton Stability Trainers P8,250.  Newton shoes are available in Runnr, Bonifacio High Street.  Click HERE to visit website.