Taal Volcano explosion, bushfire in Australia, the worsening traffic of Metro Manila due to the construction of MRT7 and Skyway Stage 3, and the Coronavirus outbreak are three of the most stressful events in January.

People wanted to start the month of February by refocusing, reconnecting to nature, and moving forward. As a solution, adidas Runners Manila organized an event to reconnect with nature and experience the benefits of mindful outdoor running.

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“There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps.”
— Peter A. Cohen (American investment banker)

Many of us here are struggling to get back in shape after the holidays, including yours truly. Some of us are still enjoying our respective off-season break after participating in grueling races such as the Singapore Marathon last November 30, the Cebu Marathon on January 12, and the Milo Marathon National Finals on January 19. As a result, we become guilty of procrastinating and overeating until we become out of shape.

Shredding the excess baggage until we become in great shape again is impossible in a short period. It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and consistency before we achieve our desired goals.

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The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM), usually held every first Sunday morning of December, had its first ever night run this year. So was it better? Read to find out.

Considered as one of the most prestigious races in Asia, it has a Gold Race certification by the World Athletics (formerly IAAF) and is also bidding to become part of the World Marathon Majors by 2021.

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It’s monsoon season again here in Manila! Yet many of us here are training hard for our respective races by the end of the year.

Despite the inclement weather, we are still more than happy to run on wet roads than to get bored running on treadmills. As a result, our running shoes get drenched in rainwater and become stinky the next morning.

Our running shoes need TLC such as regular cleaning especially if we are short in budget and have only one pair.

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THE CHICAGO MARATHON, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary, is one of the six prestigious World Major Marathons. Many recreational runners, including yours truly, had the impression that only elite international athletes can join because of the qualification time, unless if we have huge money to donate to their charity partners for us to join the race.

I understand that many Filipino runners are quite hesitant to join because it’s too expensive. My advice to all my fellow recreational runners who also have the zest of traveling: WHY DON’T YOU GUYS GIVE IT A SHOT? Join the lottery a year before the marathon and let’s see how it goes if we get picked or not.

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The last time joined a 10k race was at the Adidas King of the Road on July 7, 2013. I achieved a personal record of 57 minutes. I thought that my PR will never be broken because of age and the fear of injuring my left knee again. After finishing two marathons from 2015 to 2016, I decided to join a race where I test my speed for the first time after four long years.

Last February, I signed up at Pinoy Fitness Sub1 10K Run which was held on March 26 as a birthday gift for myself. Just to give you a fair warning, Sub1 10K Run is NOT A FUN RUN!

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Today, I am looking back to one of the finest days of my life. Who would have thought that I can finish my first marathon after having a pretty serious knee injury eight months prior?

I was originally part of the TBR Dream Marathon 2014 participants. I was in pretty good shape and training for both marathon and another corporate seven-a-side football league at the same time. However, I had to withdraw just 11 days before the race day because my father was seriously ill. I took a three-week leave of absence from work and training to take care of him. A few of my colleagues who also runs kept on insisting me to let one of them run the marathon on my behalf. I rejected their request simply because I am against bib switching.

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OSAKA MARATHON is one of the hottest marathons in Japan today. Its theme called “Making a Rainbow Together” featured seven charity themes based on the rainbow colors, including green for a clean environment and navy blue for children’s future. The 2016 edition happened last October 30th.

Back in May, my friend and fellow 2015 TBR Dream Marathon finisher Arlene Cao kept on encouraging me to join. She knew that I wanted to join marathons overseas at all costs. Heavy workload has been an obstacle for me to join races even just outside Metro Manila. So, I signed up and got accepted. There’s no looking back.

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