The Great Phiten Sale

Tuesday, 6 November 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

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The Great PHITEN Sale is on with guaranteed minimum of 50% OFF on ALL items in ALL PHITEN SHOPS.
This promo is valid until November 30, 2012. For more information, like or visit

· Shangri-La Plaza Mall
· SM Mall of Asia
· SM Center Pasig
· Robinsons Manila
· The Podium
· SM Masinag
· Robinsons Magnolia
· Phiten Shop Kalayaan Ave.
· Robinsons Galleria
· Ayala Center Cebu
· SM Megamall
· SM The Block
· TriNoma Mall
· SM Taytay

Phiten is a Japanese brand that aims to help maintain the body’s natural state on balance. Its benefits are:
1. Improves blood circulation
2. Prevents fatigue and injury by relaxing the muscles
3. Enhance physical abilities like muscle strength and flexibility

I’m a huge fan of the Phiten discs!  I hope they’re on sale too!

Product Review: Sensacare Thermo-Shoes

Friday, 26 October 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

For months now, I’ve been using the Sensacare Universal Pack regularly for icing my ice or knees when I feel the need. Turns out, they have another product especially for the foot: Sensacare Thermo-Shoes.

Sensacare Thermo-Shoes provide hot or cold therapy to temporarily ease discomfort or pain on the foot.  The Thermo-Shoes look like real shoes (hence the name!) and are completely reusable.


– Sensacare Thermo-Shoes P3,499-

The Thermo shoes have removable inserts made of 100% natural ingredients such as chamomile, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, white willow which give out a wonderful aroma while using.  (I can’t get enough of it!) All you have to do is remove the inserts from the shoe by unzipping the bottom, heat or freeze the herbal packs and flexible soles, slip them back into their compartments in the shoe and, voila, you’ve got yourself convenient and mess-free hot or cold therapy packs or, in this case, shoes.

– Unzip the bottom compartment to pull out the herbal packs and flexible soles –

– Heat these in the microwave for 40 seconds or seal in a plastic bag and throw in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours before using –

– Zip them back into the shoe –

– Tada! The coolest (or hottest) therapy packs ever –

The Thermo-Shoes are oh-so comfortable to wear. I use them while watching TV or even working after a long run, half or full marathon, or anytime I feel some discomfort in my feet. The aroma from the herbal packs add a sense of calmness in the air. My feet and I are happy campers when we’re wearing them!

As I’ve noted in my past review of Sensacare products, my only concern is that the herbal packs don’t get as cold as ice. The product is a bit pricey too at P3,499. Still, for those with bottomless pockets, this would be a nifty product to have. Take it from me…and Li’l Miss Bull Runner who found another use for it…


For inquiries, call Salie Guarin

  • Mobile: 09228770218/09278379440
  • Landline: 636-2847


TBR New Invention: The Bunion Butas

Tuesday, 11 September 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

I can almost visualize Hector Yuzon of Secondwind shedding a tear.  I can hear my good friend Alvin yelling: “Why the hell did you do that?!”  Worse, I can imagine a hundred other running shoe addicts slamming their laptops shut after reading this post.

After running 35km last Sunday, our last long run before Berlin Marathon, I knew I had to find a solution before I injured myself.  My left bunion caused a lot of discomfort during the latter part of the run.  With each step, I felt as if my foot was being squeezed tight and I worried that this tightness would only awaken my currently dormant injury, Morton’s Neuroma, on the same foot.

So, here’s what I did to my favorite marathon shoe, the KSwiss Kwicky Blade Light…

– Peekaboo! –

Yup, I sliced it up!

Sure, it looks awful. And, Planet Sports may never ever sponsor another one of my marathon shoes again. And, um, seeing my bunion protruding like that may be minus points to the boys out there (as if I care! hah!) But, man oh man, this “Bunion Butas” (should I copyright that name already?) offers great relief and I’m just happy that I can actually use my favorite shoe without pain anymore!

Here are 3 easy steps to creating your own “Bunion Butas”:

  1. Wear the shoe.
  2. With a pencil, mark the portion where your bunion protrudes out of the shoe.
  3. Using a cutter, create an X along the area you marked.  (The X will keep the thread from running vs just a slit.)
  4. Sew up the edges.

Good luck!  And, to all of us who have Bunion Butas, let’s all say a prayer that whenever we use the shoe, it doesn’t rain! Haha

Note: The Bunion Butas was inspired by Ani de Leon’s slit on her adidas seen on Facebook a few months back.

Press Release: Nike LunarGlide+ 4 Takes the Everyday Run to an Elite Level

Monday, 23 July 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

The new Nike LunarGlide+ 4, which is lighter than its predecessor, is out! Check them out!

Below is the press release from Nike.

Nike LunarGlide+ 4 Black-Volt
– Nike LunarGlide+ 4 in black –

Nike LunarGlide+ 4 White-Volt
– Nike LunarGlide+ 4 in white –


Nike LunarGlide+ 4 Takes the Everyday Run to an Elite Level
Lunarlon Dynamic Support system and reinvented Nike Flywire technology offer cutting-edge performance on a glove-like fit.

• Revolutionary fit with dynamic Nike Flywire technology
• Lunarlon Dynamic Support system offers stability and cushioning
• Lighter than the Nike LunarGlide+ 3

PHILIPPINES, JULY 2012 – This summer when the greatest athletes in the world compete for career defining victories, runners everywhere can hit the street and log miles in the technologies these athletes inspired. These innovations live in the all-new fourth generation of the Nike LunarGlide+, featuring reinvented Nike Flywire technology and the innovative Dynamic Support cushioning system – and weighing in lighter than the previous version.

Whether at record breaking speeds or on a relaxing morning run, fit is paramount. Sprinters and middle distance runners this summer will race in the Nike Zoom Superfly R4 and Nike Zoom Victory Elite, respectively, both with revolutionary Nike Flywire – a technology also utilized in the new Nike LunarGlide+. The dynamic cables move with the foot, offering support and comfort while minimizing weight and bulk. And since it wraps under the arch and loops into the laces, Flywire technology is customizable for an adaptive, glove-like fit that helps eliminate the gaps of a traditional upper.

The LunarGlide+ is really the best of both worlds. You’ve got amazing fit and support on an unbelievable ride with the super responsive Lunarlon cushioning.
-Rob Williams, Sr. Footwear Designer for Nike Running

In the midsole, Lunarlon foam stars in the Dynamic Support platform and provides super plush, responsive cushioning. Lunarlon – the result of collaboration between Nike designers and the Nike Sport Research Lab – was first introduced on the global stage four years ago as the midsole cushioning system in the Nike LunaRacer+ and Nike LunarTrainer+ running shoes.

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The Nike LunarGlide’s Dynamic Support system is a two-part midsole developed to provide superior stability and cushioning. Opposing wedges of foam (Lunarlon and firmer carrier foam) move the runner from soft to stable as the heel lands and the foot flexes down. The innovative system provides a gradual transition and a smooth ride for a variety of gaits.

Nike LunarGlide+ designers focused on fit, support and stability in the upper materials as well. The floating heel clip has become a staple of the Nike LunarGlide franchise. Attached to the firmer foam carrier, the clip moves with the foot to help with the heel rolling inward or outward.

Large expanses of single-layer engineered mesh provide ventilation and support where runners need it and give the shoe a purposefully smooth look. Designers also obsessed over style, and the Nike LunarGlide’s sleek look helps ensure a long run looks good, too.

Since the LunarGlide+ is Nike+ enabled, runners will also be able to track, compare and share their runs through, the world’s largest running community with 6 million members.

SRP: P5,795

Training Goes On with Playtex Plus a Chance to Win P3,500 Runnr GC & Playtex Products

Monday, 9 July 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

Now that I swim, bike, and run six times a week, with kids, work, and a household to manage as well, there’s almost no time for me to sit still (except when I get my weekly massage).

It used to be that when the dreaded time of the month came for women like me, I would quit working out for at least three of the heavy days. It drove me nuts. I couldn’t run because it was my 2nd day. I wouldn’t register for a race because I knew I’d be getting my period then. No way I’d even attempt to swim. It was just too uncomfortable and downright messy to run, bike, or swim with a napkin on. (Sorry for TMI, guys!)

That was until I discovered tampons. I use Playtex Glide now. Whoa boy, it changed everything for me. I kid you not. Nowadays, my monthly period just comes and goes without affecting my workout or lifestyle too much.


I used the Playtex Glide during my longest bike ride a few weeks ago, I’ve done speedwork wearing them, and I don’t even remember how many times I’ve gone swimming with them on. It’s really the perfect companion for women like me who live an active lifestyle.


So, to celebrate the huge difference Playtex Glide has made in my life (I told you I wasn’t exaggerating haha!), I’m throwing a contest for female readers.

> Grand Prize: P3,500 worth of Gift Certificates from RUNNR store + P500 worth of Playtex products
> 3 runners up: P500 worth of Playtex products

3 weeks – July 9 to July 30, 2012

1) LIKE Playtex Philippines Facebook page
2) LIKE The Bull Runner Facebook page
3) Post a comment below answering this question:

What seemingly impossible run, race, or event do you think you can achieve with Playtex during your monthly period?  Example: I can do a full marathon twice even with my period!  (1 sentence only)

4) Include the following in the comments box:
> Your full name
> Your username on Facebook

1) Deadline for submission of entries: MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
2) TBR will choose the top ten answers based on their wit, humor, and creativity.
3) Top 10 answers will be eligible for a raffle conducted by TBR via to determine the Grand Prize winner and three runners up.
4) All entries must comply strictly with the rules, must have complete information, and must be submitted before contest closes.
5) Only one entry per runner. Submission of more than one entry leads to disqualification.
6) Only females are eligible to join the contest.
7) Winner will be announced on this blogpost as an update and will be notified via email on how to claim the prize.

May the best female runner win!


Congratulations to the following winners!!!

> Grand Prize: P3,500 worth of Gift Certificates from RUNNR store + P500 worth of Playtex products goes to CELMA HITALIA
> 3 runners up: P500 worth of Playtex products: Kay Ann Parra, Reese Rogel, Goldy dela Cruz

[This is a sponsored post by Playtex.]