Shoe Review: Adizero Adios Boost

Saturday, 29 March 2014  |  Gear + Gadgets

I received the Adizero Adios Boost from adidas’ Adrien Semblat a week before I was to bid Manila “adios” (ack, I’m so corny) for Tokyo Marathon.  I was itching to road test them, but I didn’t want to experiment with shoes before a marathon and, when I came home with discomfort in my knee, I thought it best to wait for full recovery.

Now that I’m completely healed (yeah baby!), I was able to test the shoes twice on short runs.  Here’s what I thought about the Adizero Adios Boost.

[PROS]

LIGHT.  Adidas Adios Boost weighs in at 7.8 ounces for a size 9.  It’s a long distance racing flat, so it’s not as light as other racing shoes, but definitely lighter than your usual training shoe. You feel fast and nimble in these shoes!

COMFORTABLE RIDE.  adidas’ Boost technology, the bubble look in the sole that looks like Styrofoam, is said to provide a runner with continuous energy return.  They say the material has been proven to be three times more temperature-resistant than standard EVA material, thus providing a more consistent and comfortable run.  I truly felt the cushioning from Boost with every step, especially at the heel, which made for a comfortably bouncy ride.  It was just the right amount of cushioning, soft but not too much.  It was also responsive without being too stiff.

GREAT FIT. Silly me, on the second time I tested these shoes, I came from a swim and, as I dressed for the run, I realized I didn’t have any socks.  I ran sockless in these shoes (like them crazy triathletes! LOL) and they were very comfortable.  The molded responsive EVA sockliner is said to provide for an anatomical fit and great step-in comfort and I agree.  The heel counter felt snug.

GOOD TRACTION.  Most noticeable for me was the midfoot traction on the ground due to use of Continental Rubber for optimal grip.  With our crazy weather, this comes in perfect for the rainy season.

BREATHABLE MATERIAL.  I enjoyed the breathable mesh on the upper of this shoe.

ATTRACTIVE.  The bright orange color?  Love it.

[CONS]

MARATHON SHOE?   The ads and press material call the Adios Boost a marathon shoe, but I believe they must make it clear that it’s a great marathon shoe for the elite or efficient neutral runner. If you’re like me, a mere mortal runner, you can use this shoe for shorter races.  I would use this for a 5k or 10k race or intervals at the track and always with my customized insoles at Intercare.

LACKS STABILITY.  I prefer more stability in my shoe. I found this to be a bit on the narrow side which leads to more pronation for me.

NARROW UPPER.  I’ve got bunions, suffer from lots of blisters, and I dealt with nightmarish Morton’s Neuroma in the past, so I need shoes that provide ample space for my toes.

PRICEY.  Price is on the high side at P7,995.

[THE VERDICT]

The adidas Adios Boost is a long distance racing flat for the neutral, efficient runner.  If you’re one of the lucky aforementioned ones, then it may be the perfect shoe for you that may just take you to break your new PR due to its lightness, responsiveness, and overall comfort.  If you’re like me who needs stability, then use it only for short races.

[PRODUCT DETAILS]

PRICE: P7,995

WHERE TO BUY: Available in various adidas and sports stores nationwide

Mark Your Calendars: Carbtrim-TBR All Woman Race

Wednesday, 26 March 2014  |  Race Announcements

Women’s Month comes at the perfect time as I announce what I’ve been busy with the past months.  After TBR ULAH Dream Marathon, this is my next baby project.  As always, it’s one that I feel strongly about as a female runner and I can only hope that it can help encourage more women to get fit, gain confidence, realize how powerful they are, and, hopefully, fall in love with running as I have.  So, here goes…(drumroll please)…

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Mark your calendars for the CARBTRIM-THE BULL RUNNER ALL WOMAN RACE on July 20, 2014 at Filinvest City, Alabang.  We’ll be having 5k, 10k, and 21k on a friendly and fast course!

It’s going to be a RUN FOR WOMANITY among our sisters, daughters, wives, grandmothers, and all other women in our lives!  Expect lots of bling (a charm bracelet for 21k finishers!), boas (to look utterly gorgeous after your run!), and tutus (for the honorary women aka men in our lives who’ll be allowed to register for very limited slots and run on that day if and only if they wear their tutus!)  Told ya it’s going to be fun!

More details to be released on registration soon!

Watsons Sun Up to Sun Down

Tuesday, 25 March 2014  |  News + Promos

Women’s Health Philippines in partnership with Watsons is inviting women to join a full day of activities on April 9.

The schedule of the classes are as follows:

1. 11:30 – 12:30 Sunrise Flow (yoga)
2. 1:30 – 2:30 Zumba
3. 3:00 – 4:00 African Jam (upbeat dance class)
4. 4:00 – 5:00 Hot Hula (hula upbeat dance class)

Here’s the mechanics:

I’ve signed up for the Sunrise Flow. Woohoo! Hope to see you there!

Style Weekend’s Women Who Wow

Tuesday, 25 March 2014  |  Press

In celebration of Women’s Month, Manila Bulletin’s Style Weekend featured 7 Women Who Wow on its anniversary issue last March 14, 2014.  The Women Who Wow were Sarah Geronimo, Marina Benipayo, Bianca Gonzalez, Amina Aranaz, Kate Torralba, Gaita Fores, and yours truly!  It was definitely an honor to be recognized along with these accomplished women.


– The Cover –


– Photo shoot with Eddie Boy Escudero whose son, coincidentally, ran TBR ULAH Dream Marathon just a few days before our shoot –

Last March 19, I slipped out of my running shoes and stepped into heels (Yeoouch! This is tough when you’ve got sore feet) for the Women Who Wow party at 71 Gramercy.  It was great to meet and chat with all the other Women Who Wow.


– Invite to Style Weekend’s Women Who Wow –


– with Marina Benipayo, Liza Ilarde, Gaita Fores, and Bianca Gonzales –

The best part of the evening was when Liza Ilarde, editor of Style Weekend, presented each one of us with checks to be donated to our chosen beneficiaries!  How cool is that?  I chose Hero Foundation, our beneficiary for all our TBR events, as our beneficiary.

Thank you to Liza Ilarde, Style Weekend, and Manila Bulletin for the recognition and the support for Hero!

New Gear: Garmin Vivofit

Monday, 24 March 2014  |  Gear + Gadgets

Garmin recently announced the launch of Vívofit (veevo-fit) — a stylish, lightweight fitness band designed to turn good intentions into lifelong habits.  I haven’t seen one yet, but it seems to me that it’s very similar to Nike’s Fuel Band.  These products are geared more for the fitness enthusiast rather than the endurance athlete.  Methinks my sister will like this!

FEATURES

  • only fitness band that automatically greets users with a personalized daily goal, tracks their progress and reminds them when it’s time to move
  • shows steps, goal countdown, calories, distance, and time of day
  • has a unique, curved display
  • batteries last over one year and are replaceable
  • water-resistant (50m)
  • compatible with ANT+™ heart rate monitors1 for fitness activities

HOW IT WORKS

Vívofit learns users’ current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As milestones are met, vívofit will adjust the goal for the next day. Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk, decreases the body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. Taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout the day can reverse this. And while it is easy to lose track of time and forget to move, vívofit knows. A red move bar appears on the display after one hour of inactivity and builds when users have been sitting too long. Walking for a couple of minutes will reset the move bar, and get users out of the red.

Vívofit follows progress 24/7, and it can stay on for more than a year without a battery change. Setting the sleep mode when going to bed allows vívofit to monitor the quality of rest. With the touch of one button, users can wirelessly sync vívofit with Garmin Connect™, a free online fitness community with currently over four billion miles uploaded by users. At Garmin Connect, users can see a complete picture of their progress through easy to read reports and graphical representations, including their total sleep hours, as well as periods of movement and restful sleep. Also at Garmin Connect, users can join online challenges with other vívofit users or start their own competitions with friends to compete for virtual badges and bragging rights. Users can access this free online community from their computer or on their compatible mobile device2 with the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.

Using a heart rate monitor with vívofit to record heart rate and zone data will achieve more accurate calorie burn information for any fitness activity, such as a run or a cardio class at the gym. The vívofit band is water-resistant, so it can be worn in the shower or get caught in the rain, worry-free.

WHERE TO BUY

Vívofit is available in black, purple, teal, blue and slate and both small and large sizes come in the box.

Vívofit retail price: Php8,450.00

For now, Vivofit is available at R.O.X. and selected bike shops.