The Yoma Yangon International Marathon. The race, in its second edition, is expected to draw even more runners to the beautiful street of Yangon city on Sunday, 19 January 2014.
With the support of local authorities in Yangon, as well as two of Myanmar’s largest companies – First Myanmar Investment and Yoma Strategic Holdings, the race aim to inspire athletes and connect communities, both local and international, through a mutual love for running.
Weaving through the unique blend of modern and rustic Yangon, the runners will be treated to a visual feast for the senses and this will definitely be a race to remember!
BE A PART OF HISTORY!
Hundreds of participants are expected to take part in this historic event. You will have the option of running one of three race distances:
- 42km Marathon
- 10km Challenge
- 5km Fun Run/Walk
The races will begin and end at People’s Park (Google Maps), situated one block from one of Yangon’s most iconic and picturesque landmarks, the Shwedagon Pagoda.
RACE KIT COLLECTION (TBC)
All participants must attend the Race Kit Collection to pick up their race kit & goodie bag. What to Bring: Please bring a photo ID and copy of the race confirmation. Dates & Collection Hours:
Friday, 25th January 2013: 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, 26th January 2013: 1:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Poolside Terrace, Grand Mee Ya Hta Executive Residences, 372 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Yangon (next to FMI Centre). Each competitor goodie bag will contain: Race Bib Timing Chip Event T-Shirt Other items from sponsors
Do Visit their website at YOMA YANGON MARATHON
Dri-FIT Touch is engineered specifically for runners, designed to go out and run and move with your body. A nice featherweight material, Dri-FIT Touch doesn’t absorb much water at all, instead it wicks the moisture away from your body, plates it on the top surface so that it can evaporate quickly. Dri FIT Touch is the best ultra lightweight, ultra breathable, ultra comfortable material for hot weather conditions.
Nike Dri-FIT Touch Tailwind
The Nike Dri-FIT Touch Tailwind collection offers ultra-soft, highly comfortable, and extremely lightweight running tops that are both sweat wicking and stylish. Available in a short sleeve or singlet top for men, the garments employ Nike Dri-FIT mesh fabric to pull sweat away from the body to the surface of the garment, where it can evaporate quickly. Underarm ventilation holes with grommets add breathability, and bonded taping on the shoulder highlights the no-sew seams and gives a pop of color as well as lightweight durability.
Athletes will feel like they are running in air wearing Nike’s Breeze tops for women available in short sleeve and racer back tank versions. The remarkably lightweight and breathable Nike Dri-‐FIT jersey, made from 100% recycled polyester, is ready for performance with its exceptional sweat-‐wicking properties, and boasts youthful style.
The semi-‐translucent, broken-‐in appearance results from knitting irregular twisted yarns with a combination of thick and thin yarns. The v-‐neck design, raglan cap sleeves on the short sleeve top and the racer back cut on the tank allow for free range of motion and add to the versatile, feminine look.
Update: 4 December 2013: Registration is open, check website below
Swiss premium sportwear brand X-Bionic sign on as title sponsor of Venus Run 2014
Sponsorship deal in cash and kind valued at SGD$2 million will see the introduction of the most expensive and high-tech race shirt in local running event history
In celebration of International Women’s Day, X-Bionic will also throw in a pair of running tights to encourage all participants to pledge donations to the Breast Cancer Foundation and Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation
29 November 2013 – The Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) today announced a landmark sponsorship deal worth SGD$2 million with X-Bionic, which will see the Swiss premium sports apparel manufacturer become the official title sponsor of the Venus Run 2014. The X-Bionic Venus Run 2014 is an all-women 5km run to promote healthy living through active participation in sports so as to enable women to achieve healthy balanced lifestyles amidst their demanding responsibilities at work and at home. Following the success of last year’s event, the next race will once again take place at the Marina Barrage on 8th March 2014, in celebration of the International Women’s Day.
As part of the cash and kind sponsorship deal, X-Bionic will introduce the most high-tech first race shirt in local running event history, with features that aim to specifically help women achieve better race performance. The specially designed, one-of-its-kind pink coloured X-BIONIC® Venus Run Effektor shirt (Please refer to the attached factsheet on the X-Bionic Effektor technology) is also undoubtedly the most expensive race shirt ever, with a retail price of SGD$180.
Only 5,000 pieces will be manufactured exclusively for this event and will feature the X-Bionic Venus Run 2014 logo as well as the official tagline “Diamonds aren’t my best friends, running is…”, both of which will be woven into the fabric rather than printed on so as not to reduce the breathability of the shirt.
Webpage: Venus Run 2014 (X-Bionic)
Do you have a habit where you will specifically target factory/warehouse sale? or a sale that you have to go. I use to target the computer peripheral on every quarter of the year, attending them without fail, but as the year goes by I lost interest, Let me list down all the four in no correct order for each quarter.
- PC Show
- IT Show
And for sporting equipment I will target only three major brands that I always use.
- Saucony Warehouse Sale (taken over by RSH)
- New Balance Factory Sale
- TYR Factory Sale (usually at Kilang Barat)
- lastly the one that I WILL NEVER MISS after getting my super deals on Salomon / Mizuno and Columbia shoes is the MEGA EXPO SALE by World of Sports
Seriously this is one sale worth going for and many friends have agreed, even my friends from Malaysia will time their holiday just to come for this Sale, I KID you not.
I have to say when World Of Sport is on SALE, they really go on SALE, running shoes are my guilty pleasure and I have to admit I kinda buy shoes every month (sort of my addiction)
Yes, thats me at the World of Sports Sale back in 2012, yup I got 3 Salomon shoes while my lil sis got the other 3 pair, and mind you thats only shoes, I have not counted the apparels and accessories such as bags and caps etc..
So when is this sale you ask me? its gonna be this Friday 29th November to 1st December 2013 from 10am to 10pm at EXPO Hall 4
Do check out their FB @ World of Sports MEGA EXPO
Last year I made a mistake by going on the second day and late in the night thinking of wanting to beat the crowd, BAD MISTAKE most shoes were snapped up and only odd size were available. NOT THIS YEAR .. I am bringing my shield and sword to fight out the crowd. If you guys are heading down on the first day at the opening time you will definitely see me there.
Do drop me a tweet or comment if you are going
PS: a little insider info just for my readers, Salomon S-Lab XT 5 going for $109 instead of $259 and the XT Hornet going for $69 instead of $159 (HOW CRAZY IS THAT)
CRISTIANO RONALDO’S EXPLOSIVE SPEED CELEBRATED THROUGH NIKE’S NEW CR7 BOOT AND COLLECTION
Nike’s latest version of the Mercurial boot celebrates the super-charged speed and on-pitch dominance of one of the world’s greatest players, Cristiano Ronaldo. Featuring a ‘supernova’ print, the Nike Mercurial IX CR7 Boot and 2013 CR7 Collection take inspiration from the Portuguese star’s unique style of play.
SINGAPORE – 27 November 2013 – “We were watching a game, and after Cristiano scored yet another amazing free-kick the commentator posed the question ‘Is Ronaldo from this planet?!’” remembers Denis Dekovic, Nike Footwear Design Director. “When we got back to the design studio we got to thinking about CR7’s style and how similar it was to the definition of a supernova – a celestial body that radiates energy – and that was it, we had our inspiration.”
“The concept of a star that burns brighter than others reflects Cristiano’s style, speed and the idea that as a player he plays without limits, much like the outer reaches of the galaxy. What Cristiano is able to achieve on the field is something that we felt was limitless. So we took that direction and focused on creating a highly luxurious finish fused with modern print and color choices,” added Dekovic.
The Mercurial IX boot features an all-over digital print of the Star Vela Supernova and includes a seven star path print, paying homage to Cristiano’s shirt number. The supernova print is juxtaposed with a chrome swoosh flecked with silver fleck and a Blue Glow outline.
“It’s great to collaborate with Nike. It gives me added confidence to know that they take my thoughts to create the best boot for me,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. “In addition to the way the boots perform, it’s also cool when we create something that represents my personality and style of play. It’s a very special relationship.”
Since its original launch over 10 years ago, the Mercurial has always stood out. Bold and exciting, the boot’s innovative lightweight design and striking color designs ensure players are always noticed while performing at their best. In today’s highly technical and fast game, straight line speed and the ability to simply pass a player is only part of an athlete’s skill set. Combining performance this legacy to the next level for players who rely on tight cuts and turns combined with bursts of explosive speed to beat the opposition.
“That commentator was right, Cristiano is ‘out of this world’ and this boot pays homage to that,” said Dekovic. CR7 Collection From on-pitch dominance to off-pitch cool, Nike Sportswear releases a collection of sport classics inspired by the legendary style of one of the world’s greatest athletes. Created for the player who knows no limits and demands the ultimate in craft and performance both on and off the pitch, the CR7 Collection serves the complete lifestyle of the athlete. Using a performance approach to lifestyle design, the CR7 Collection offers functional utility, comfort, and protection from the elements without sacrificing style.
Inspired by Cristiano’s superstar status, a range of jackets including the butter soft CR7 Leather Track Jacket, precipitation ready CR7 Saturday Jacket, CR7 Reversible Jacket, and two CR7 Tee’s allow athletes to move effortlessly between the worlds of sport and style regardless of the weather.
Created for the player who knows no limits and demands the very best in craft and performance both on and off the pitch, the CR7 Collection serves the complete lifestyle of the athlete. Using a performance approach to lifestyle design, the CR7 Collection offers functional utility, comfort, and protection from the elements without sacrificing style.
Besides the lifestyle range, the collection also includes the latest version of the Mercurial boot. The Nike Mercurial IX CR7 Boot take inspiration from the Portuguese star’s unique style of play and features a ‘supernova’ print.
With such a wide ranging collection, this will be the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones for the upcoming festive season!
The products are sold at Weston @ Queensway Shopping Centre, Queensway, Singapore 149053. The price of the mercurials are $329, Prices on the rest of the collection are on asking.
What is Born Survivor
Born Survivor is not a race – it is a test of character, teamwork and valour.
Your mission is to push yourself to the limit tackling the ultimate military obstacle course designed by British Royal Marines Commandos.
You will be put through your paces as you stampede over, under and through a series of military style obstacles set in 10k of brutal & unforgiving Lake District terrain.
Dare to take on this adventure and you need to be prepared to display courage, determination and a stiff upper lip to beat the challenge.We encourage teamwork and even if you don’t enter as a team we hope you will assist your fellow Survivors in completing the course. Never leave a Soldier behind – that’s the British Army way – also the Born Survivor way.
Born Survivor is not your average trail run. This will be tough. This will be a test. This may break you. You will need to be physically fit and mentally prepared to cope with the challenges and endure the suffering. Expect mud, expect hills, expect water, don’t expect gimmicks – this course is the sort of challenge the British Army face in their training every day.
To Register your interest do click on : REGISTER ME FOR BORN SURVIVOR
Or visit the Webpage at : Born Survivor Webpage
Follow them on Twitter : @BornSurvivorUK
[Singapore – 25 November 2013] – Nike today unveiled the new Brasil National Team home kit at an event in Rio de Janeiro. The kit, which will be worn by the hosts next summer, combines performance innovation, cultural design cues and environmentally sustainable materials.
“It is a great honor and it fills me with pride to present the new shirt of the Selecao to the fans in Rio,” said Luiz Gustavo of the Brasilian National Team.
The kit aids performance by regulating player body temperature over the course of match. By using a combination of Nike Dri-FIT Technology, “burnout” mesh and laser-cut ventilation holes, designers are able to localize cooling where players need it most.
Nike Dri-FIT technology pulls moisture away from the skin to the outside of the garment where it evaporates more quickly. Laser-cut venitilation holes and engineered mesh in key areas where heat is generated allow for increased breathability and airflow across the skin.
“By managing sweat and keeping the body cooler longer, players feel more comfortable, sweat less, and perform better,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Football. In addition to keeping players cool, the kit is made with a new dual-knit fabrication that incorporates cotton and recycled polyester for the best in moisture wicking properties, while adding a softer feel and more flattering shape.
In line with Nike’s commitment to superior performance with lower environmental impact, the shirt, short – and for the first time in a national team kit, the socks – all feature fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. (100% recycled polyester in the shorts, 96% recycled polyester in the shirt and 78% in the socks). Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted almost 2 billion bottles from landfills, enough to cover over 2800 fullsized football pitches. “Incorporating environmental sustainability is a key part of the design and development process for us,” said Lotti. “Our aim is to create a kit that performs for players and is good to the planet.”
Designers utilized three dimensional body scans of the entire Brasilian National Team to collect data on the form of today’s players and identify an updated fit, improving comfort and allowing the body to move more naturally within the kit. While looking at every element of the modern football kit, Nike designers even paid special attention to the kits’ socks. Combining athlete insight and research with new materials and fabrications, the Nike Elite Match Fit sock for 2014 features a sleeker fit specific to football. Strategically cushioned zones provide comfort and protection at the big toe and anklebones where the majority of impact occurs, while arch support locks down the foot to prevent slipping. Material was also eliminated to enhance touch and decrease bulk, and flex grooves were added to the ankle and the top of the foot to prevent any bunching.
The new Nike Pro baselayer is the lightest ever from Nike and features increased venting and breathability. Players have a variety of Nike Pro baselayer styles for players to choose from. These are designed for the varying temperatures and conditions athletes will encounter in Brasil, which are expected to vary from high heat during mid-day matches, to much colder temperatures in the southern match locations during evening games.
Nike has redesigned its baselayer short for 2014 taking insights directly from some of the best players in the world. “When we asked players to talk about the kind of protection they need during a match, they showed us scars and abrasions on their upper-back hip area from sliding,” recalled Lotti. “Several players showed us these same injuries so we set-out to add more protection, while balancing the need for lightweight and breathability.” The result is the Nike Pro Combat Ultralight Slider Short.
Featuring increased and adjusted protection to match the athlete’s sliding pattern, the short is also 20% lighter than previous versions and made with 87% recycled polyester. Weight was eliminated through the addition of mesh for increased breathability and cooling where the athlete generates heat. Captivated by the unique creativity of Brasil, Nike’s design team sought to reflect some of its unique and distinct cultures in the new National Team Kit design, while staying true to the culture and tradition of the yellow jersey.
“The Brasilian home kit is like a national flag; it symbolizes the country and its people,” said Lotti. “We wanted to create a fusion of the high speed brilliance of football and the culture of Brasil while staying true to what the home kit represents.” The jersey features a new Y-neck design that provides both a relaxed fit and comfortable look. After body scanning each member of the Brasilian National team, Nike designers utilized player body scans and their own insights to develop a neckline that maximizes comfort and great fit. The Brasilian crest has also been updated. A gold colored metallic weave was added to the crest for a shimmering effect, and the 2014 crest is slightly larger. Behind the crest, on the inside of the jersey, is a printed slogan “Nascido para jogar futebol”- Brasilian Portuguese for “Born to Play Football”. Nike has also worked with Brasilian Designer Bruno Big to deliver a unique and nationally relevant mark of pride at the inner back neck of each jersey. The home kit features a small yellow canary motif representing “Canarinho”, the nickname given to the team when they wear the yellow home jersey. “To wear the ‘amarelinha’ is an honor for me and my teammates,” says Brazil star Neymar. “Brasil is a very special place to play football, and we want to play hard and win for our country. This kit helps us to do that with both the technology and the inspiration it provides.” The shorts are a classic Brasilian Varsity Royal with a white stripe. Simple and iconic, the fit is slimmer and more tailored to the body, with a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort. The center back of the shorts feature
Nike’s signature laser vents to aid in cooling and allow for moisture management. Even the name and number on each kit have been carefully designed, with micro fine pinholes for moisture management and cooling, and a fluorescent outline to aid visibility. The style of the name and number is inspired by the classic fonts widely used on Brasilian hand printed street posters. All jerseys worn by players
and sold in Brasil are made in Brasil.
The Brasil National Team Kit will be sold at Weston @ Queensway from mid December at $109, or either you can browser the many Nike items from ZALORA Singapore as an they are also the online purveyor of Nike.
I sadly could not split myself into two, last weekend as there was the Salomon X-trail run and the Run for Hope event going on the same day. I even contemplated to do both in which I run the Salomon X-trail and quickly drive over to Run for Hope, but that is not a wise choice.
A buddy of mine Smith recently shared on his blogsite ( Smithankyou.com ) something which he seldom do which is running and caught my eye (Smith if you are reading this run more ok, run like the Kenyan’s) and me as a running advocate, I would mostly be honored to share his post on my blog in collaboration with the Run for Hope run.
You see, Smith recently lost his brother Will in the fight for cancer and for the Run for Hope event, he made a hashtag #RunWithWill and he is requesting for “donation” not in money sense but in running “Mileage” so please check out his post and donate your mileage to the #RunWithWill , you don’t need much but you can share your runs and hard work in his blog .. To Donate you Distance and Mileage check out #RunWithWill posting here on Smithankyou.com
( Will and her eldest daughter, Natacia running their 1st and only race in 2011. At that point of time, Will was celebrating his 5th year of beating Cancer until bad news strikes again in late 2011.)
Who do you run for ? I Run for those in need, those who have lost their will and determination. I run cause I can, I run cause I know god has given me another chance in life everyday when I wake up. I am blessed and so are you if you are reading this.
Run For Hope 2013: 11,000 participants raise over $465,000 through the run in support for cancer research at NCCS
Partnering National Cancer Centre Singapore since 2008, the hotel organisers Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore record highest number of run participants on their 21st year of running for cancer research
20 November 2013– This year marks the 21st run that long-time supporters of cancer research, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore (A Four Seasons Hotel) have organised to show their support and dedication to finding a cancer cure. Run For Hope 2013, a non-competitive charity run, saw more than 11,000 participants take part in the 3.5km and 10km routes at The Promontory @ Marina Bay this morning, making for the largest turnout in the event’s history. All were encouraged to personalise their running bibs to share their reasons for supporting the run. Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, Mayor, South West District and Deputy Government Whip, showed her support for Run For Hope 2013 by flagging off proceedings as the run’s Guest-Of-Honour. Dr Khor then joined the hundreds of families and supporters at the event to complete the 3.5km route.
Through the Run For Hope 2013, over $465,000 was raised in support for cancer research at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. This accounts for the largest pool of funds raised from a run event organised by the hotels. The total amount includes close to $25,000 that was raised by the two hotels, through separate fundraising activities in the lead-up to the event.
National Cancer Centre Singapore Director Professor Soo Khee Chee said, “NCCS is expanding its depth and expertise on cancer through an array of research projects. The outcomes of many of these research projects have been recognised internationally in contributing to improved diagnosis, treatment and care for our cancer patients. We are pleased to see the NCCS moving closer towards its vision to be a global leading cancer centre with the support of our community”.
On hand to present the amount to Dr Charles Toh, Chairman of NCC Research Fund, at the event was Mr Antoine Chahwan (Regional Vice President &General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore), Mr Martin Sinclair (General Manager, Regent Hotel), Mr Chris Hart, (President of Hotel Operations Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific) and Mr Allen Smith (President & CEO Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts).The proceeds from the run will go toward the NCC Research Fund, which helps to finance a number of crucial research projects conducted at NCCS in the on-going quest to find a cure for cancer.
Mr John Wu, Co-Chair of Run For Hope and Regional Director of Engineering, Four Seasons Hotel, said, “Run For Hope just gets better every year and it’s fantastic to see so many people participating in this morning’s run. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore are extremely proud of our partnership with NCCS and the success of today’s Run For Hope is a true testament to that strong relationship. We look forward to further growing the event in years to come. The outstanding response we received for this year’s Run For Hope allows us to keep contributing our small part in one day finding a cure for cancer.”
Amongst the thousands of participants who enjoyed the fantastic Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay route courtesy of Official Venue Partner Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), was a group of close to 500 men and women from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) led by Commissioner Eric Yap.
Following on from the success of last year’s Executive Challenge, senior management executives were once again invited to show their support in the fight against cancer by signing up run in the corporate challenge and encourage a corporate team to join them on event day. 2013 saw 19 corporate leaders take on this challenge and the 3.5km Marina Bay circuit.
Almost 600 student volunteers from Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, University of Nevada Las Vegas Singapore, ITE College West, Anglican High School and St Margaret’s Secondary School, contributed to the success of the event, from helping out with packing and distributing run pack collections to marshalling and handing out bananas and water, all while encouraging the participants during the run.
At the close of the event, three lucky Run For Hope 2013 participants walked away with close to $6,000 worth of hotel stays, sponsored by Four Seasons Resort Maldives Kura Huraa, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Four Seasons Hotel Macau.
The public are still encouraged to donate to the Run For Hope cause via www.runforhope.sg.
Salomon X-trail Singapore flagged off at Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail this morning with a 1800 strong participants, the 10k runners were flagged off at 7:35am and the 5k at 7:50am,as there was a delay and people was just anxiously waiting at the start line for the flag off, What seems like any regular race day but in-fact its not.. read on
This year medal given to the participant felt like a
itty bitty compact one for easy portability, this can’t be compared to the Malaysia Salomon X-trails medal but to me medal is just a memory and nothing more than that, what more important to me now when I race is the “JOURNEY” to the finish line. All race event will need time, our dedication, our patience and our sweat and sometimes even blood whilst training our every muscle to head to the start line and to finish strong.
This morning weapon of choice was my Salomon Speed Cross3 due to the muddy condition, Skin A400 compression (due to my shin split acting up) and not forgetting my Thorlo socks, you truly are one amazing product.
As my race seems like any regular race day but in-fact its not.. and here is where the problem starts. I have been down with a throat infection since last Thursday, but that does not stop me from training for my events.
I’ve change my training regime to adapt my body to my throat infection by doing LSD run and drills so that I don aggravate my infection. A day before race day I went out to test out race pace on a 5k route (I can’t hardly breath with the infection and I have cold sweat going on) I only managed 2k, this got me worried wondering how will I finish my 10k in good time, been coughing the whole time and I can’t even sleep
Woke up at 2am and even tweeted the below, as I can’t hardly breathe while sleeping and with every cough my throat close up like two fist pounding on each other. Race starts in another 6 hours.
I bought the strongest lozenges I could find and Difflam needs prescription by the pharmacies to soothe my infection and after looking at the package carefully, I’ve found out that I have been eating POISON all this while
I was unsure if I wanted to run or just stay at home and sulk on my infection then I man it up and went for the run, as I mention it was not my best run. into KM4 I could feel that cold sweat was dripping and my heart pound as if its jumping out of my body, KM6 to KM7 I was suffering from dead weight legs I feel that my legs was just ran a marathon. I even stopped to walk and to take time to breathe cause coughing and running all the while was just not comfortable. I dig deep and just finished the race, So would I do Salomon X-trail again? FOR SURE I WILL. the race is a no frill , get muddy and have fun with friends kinda race, so why not.
Isaac’s tips on running this event:
- Head over early on race day and try to stand in the front (so you wont get stuck in the mud)
- Watch your step and do not over stride cause Bike Trails has plenty of sharp broken rocks
- Hydrate yourself, better yet, bring your own hydration cause the water station could have been better equipped (I recommend Fuel Belt Revenge R20) One filled with water and the other with some electrolyte
- Kudos to the organizers for taking away the dreaded waist deep route but the deep ditch was still there, stick to running in the center as I twisted my leg again cause trying to overtake some people (Mistake)
- After the race, do enjoy the Bananas and plenty of hydration after. Take Peekcha and post it up.
- Remember to wash up, walk to the exit point and look to your right, there is 3 taps that you can use to wash yourself up and …
- Train hard so you can finish the race like the winner did in a blazing 35MIN (that’s INSANE)
Warning: Do not try to do what I did this morning, I really think that I should not have ran that event, cause I really felt like fainting at one point, that when I felt my head was spinning and my mouth opening up sucking in air (think vacuum cleaner) So I think I was stupid to have done so but I did listen to my body and I since it was only a short 10k run, I thought I could sweat it out (it didn’t work and I am still coughing and swallowing seems like a chore.
SALOMON X-TRAIL RUN 2013 FULFILLED THE NEED FOR TRAIL
Singapore, 17 November 2013 – More than 1,800 trail enthusiasts satisfied their primal need for movement through nature at the annual Salomon X-Trail Run 2013. The sixth edition of race injected shots after shots of adrenaline; away from smoke, fumes and concrete pavement at the Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail.
The highly anticipated trail racing event of the year took seasoned trail seekers on a mud thumping 10km course; while trail novices sped through a less challenging 5km course, designed to immerse them into the world of trail running. Five runners from each category; the men’s open, women’s open, men’s veteran and women’s veteran were honored for their outstanding stamina and grit at the end of the race.
Men’s Open Name Time
Winner Tilak Migar 35:59:00
Winner Vanja Cnops 39:51:26
Winner Tony Seakins 39:34:19
Winner Sem Hui Leng 49:48:23
It was just a typical day where I set off from work heading back home on my bike, cycling from work to office takes a good 30mins then I thought why not I run back from work, so this time I decided to push my run training earlier to warm my legs up for all the upcoming runs, so I figured out a 15k run back home should not be too bad. I paced myself at about 6min/km which is very comfortable slow run.
four three choice to get to work, Cycle , Run or Bus (Driving is not an option as parking here will cost $14 a day, with the money saved I could easily buy another bike soon enough. So anyway I weighed the pro’s and con’s of cycling to work. I help reduce carbon emission, ease congestion and I get to stay healthy. So I made a plan to bike to work, then run back, next day I take the bus then I bike back, and cycle repeats, So in that way I get to maximize my training.
Anyway last Thursday was a freak storm, I never meant to run in the rain, What I did not anticipate was the crazy weather Singapore is having at the current moment and I don’t blame Super Typhoon Haiyan. Rain is not an excuse for not training, but thunder storm? I think better stay clear.
So here are some tips I think if you were to get caught in the rain or planning to run back from work.
What I usually packed for my run back and what you can pack if you want to do the same
- Back Pack (ensure this is waterproof, if not have a rain cover) I will explain later
- Bring a Cap / Visor ( to block the rain/sun away from your eyes)
- Pack a shade with Bright lens hue, I use my Oakley Radar with Yellow Lens (if your shades have interchangeable lens it would be better) I bring two lens with me all times, One Clear and One Polarized.
- Do Pack a fitting rain coat for more aerodynamics (in-case it rains, this will help keep your body warm)
- Do Pack dri-fit clothes for maximum comfort.
- and lastly and most importantly pack a comfortable shoes
- I made a mistake by not packing my blinkers, a RED clip on would be good
- Remember to nibble on some carbs before you set off home
I was into 2km of my run and the sky turned dark pretty fast and with thunder blasting every couple of minutes apart, I think I just ran into a CAT 1 (Do not do this, if a storm is brewing) I suggest find a shelter and wait till the rain dies down
So what happened on my rainy run back home… I got splashed by cars, I ran through puddle of water, wind was blowing against me, ran past all the cars that was caught in traffic and people giving me loony looks thinking I must be mental to run in this storm,
I should have wore a jacket to keep myself warm but I reached home in the end. The cold can make one hungry pretty fast.
Remember the backpack which I mentioned that I will explain, well this was a clear mistake on my side, the Mizuno backpack that held my work shoe and my work clothes weigh no more than 3kg when I first started (Packing Minimal will help ease the load on your shoulder). The bag felt extremely comfortable till the rain soaked it. when it is soaked, I can assure you that it felt like I was training with weights on my shoulders. Stupid Me for not getting a rain cover..
And presenting super soaked me at my door step.
So my summary, if you plan to run back from home would be
- Check weather forecast (I use accuweather.com)
- Remember to pack minimal (if you need to bring any items back home)
- Remember to bring your ID
- Remember to Hydrate and eat some carbs 2hours before your run.
- Bring some cash in case of emergency.
- Turn on EndoMondo to track your movement (for safety purpose so your friends will know where you are in real time)
But do remember that whenever you go and whenever you run, Safety always comes first, because motorists often have limited visibility during wet, rainy weather, it is important to make sure you are easily seen. Wear reflective tape and/or something bright, to increase the chances of motorists seeing you while you’re running. Run on the proper side of the road and pay close attention to your surroundings ( I nearly twisted my ankle by stepping into a deep puddle) Try to avoid stepping on puddle of water as you will not know how deep it goes.
Stay safe and keep running guys
Imagine if I tell you that one sock can do all this
- Prevent foot pain, that this socks can protect you from Plantar Fasciitis
- Protect you from a Sore foot
- Protect you from Callus
- Protect you from Blister
- Protect against Athlete foot
- and one of the main problem that most runner’s face “BLACK TOE”
And yes, such a sock exist, and I had the chance to try it out, I usually do not run in socks for my training and even runs up to 10km, anything above 10km and trails, I will definitely look for comfort, I think I will be running more in socks after I was given a pair of Thorlos to test out,
Thanks to World Of Sports, They handed me this socks and told me that, you will never wear another brand of socks again once you have tried these, and maybe they were right!! I received a pair of Thorlos Experia picture below in gray for a trial recently.
Opening this socks from its cover and touching it seems like nothing special I tell you, I kept touching the material and I wonder, what would have made them say that this socks would be the only brand on my mind if I were to think of socks. If you look at the pictures I have inserted it seems just like any ordinary socks,oh how wrong I was, look closer at the mid foot, it has a separate from the heel and the ball of your feet and Thorlos specially place padding in all the right place to maximize comfort.
I paired the Thorlos Experia with one of the thinnest shoes I have, the New Balance Minimus Road and I tell you this socks sure made my minimal shoe feels padded. I used it not only for running but I walked the whole day at the office and it felt really comfortable but the Coolmax feature was not working for me cause I felt my legs were pretty warm all the time. (maybe it was drying my feet)
Having tried them out in a few of my runs over 10km, I personally like how it cushions my feet and gives the support to the right place especially the forefoot which helps reduce friction thus preventing blister and the back of the heel as are places that tends to get chaffed from rubbing against the back of the shoe, my running gaits usually falls on mid-foot and this socks makes my mid-foot landing on pavement and tarmac feels so comfortable. its like wearing a padded shoe (This was on m NB Minimus)
Compared to other sports socks in the market the Thorlos Experia is easily one of the most expensive non compression socks I have but it does serve its purpose, and remember you get what you pay for. Thorlos Experia is something everyone should invest on if they are looking to add some extra comfort and support to their run.
I totally recommend this socks for running distance of 5k to Full Marathon.. If you have spare change heck even buy it even for everyday use, I am thinking of buying it as my work socks now. Thorlos Experia is available at all World Of Sports Outlet.
Some tech specs for the geek in me.
The Thorlos Experia consist material of
More about Thorlo
Statesville, North Carolina based THORLO, Inc., the originator of activity specific socks, is committed to providing the ultimate in foot protection and comfort for all consumers. Over 25 years of scientific research stands behind the Thorlosâ ultimate consumer promise of “Your Feet Will Feel Better or Your Money Back.”
All Thorlos sock products are designed to protect the foot from activity-specific demands such as shear, impact, and blistering. Thorlos provides its consumers with superior comfort products, which allows them to enjoy their active lifestyles. Whether running, walking, hiking, or everyday wear, there is a pair of Thorlos for everyone, every shoe, and every activity.
Part of the beauty of running a race is taking in the scenery around you.
With the ING New York City Marathon this weekend -- a major event that people travel the world for -- we decided to take a look at some of the most beautiful races in the world.
The New York City marathon takes runners through all five boroughs and finishes in Central Park, among changing leaves and cheering fans.
12 November 2013, Singapore - World of Sports just launched their new and improved membership card! For just $49 per year, members are immediately rewarded with a Head duffle bag (RP: $69.90), a Columbia toiletries pouch (RP: $25.90) and a HEAD water bottle (RP: $15.90). Oh, and members can also look forward to huge savings from exclusive in-store promotion and discounts all year round.
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To launch their New Membership card, we were invited to join in a session of the inline-X, Trainers were hired to educate the attendee on safety, as well as proper technique and skills on how to rollerblade. It was a Blast
DANISH INVESTMENT BANK GROUP RAISED $15,000
FOR CHILDREN’S CANCER FOUNDATION THROUGH CYCLING EVENT
Visiting Japanese professional rider Takashi Miyazawa of Team Saxo-Tinkoff was on hand to present the cheque to CCF and interact with kids recovering from cancer
(11 November 2013, Singapore) – Saxo Capital Markets Pte Ltd (“Saxo Capital Markets”), the Singapore-based wholly owned subsidiary of Saxo Bank, raised a total of $15,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) through its “Beat The Pro” Challenge held on 7 November and sale of limited-edition Team Saxo water bottles.
Leveraging its sponsorship of Danish professional cycling outfit Team Saxo, which is one of the top teams in the UCI ProTour, Saxo Capital Markets invited visiting pro rider Takashi Miyazawa to Singapore en-route to the Tour de Bintan (9-10 November).
Besides taking part in the “Beat The Pro” Challenge last Thursday, the Japanese rider also made an appearance this morning at the CCF facility located at the Novena Specialist Centre along with staff volunteers from Saxo Capital Markets to interact with a group of children recovering from cancer
Besides taking part in the “Beat The Pro” Challenge last Thursday, the Japanese rider also made an appearance this morning at the CCF facility located at the Novena Specialist Centre along with staff volunteers from Saxo Capital Markets to interact with a group of children recovering from cancer.
Along with Saxo Capital Markets’ Asia Pacific CEO Mr Kazuaki Takabatake, Miyazawa also presented the cheque for the amount raised by the investment bank to representatives of the local charity.
The 35-year-old Team Saxo rider, who is a team mate of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, took on 10 local cycling enthusiasts in a simulated road race of the Alpe d’Huez, which is one of the famed stages of the Tour de France, at indoor cycling gym Athlete Lab situated along Amoy Street during the event last Thursday.
“It is my second trip to the Tour de Bintan but this is the first time I am stopping over in Singapore for such charity events,” said Miyazawa. “I thoroughly enjoyed it last Thursday cycling against the local amateurs and they really gave me a tough race, but it was all in good fun and for a good cause.
“I am also very happy to be able to visit the children today and see the smiles on their innocent faces despite the fact that they are suffering from cancer. I am glad to be able to do my part to help the charity.”
Added Mr Takabatake, who is also a cycling enthusiast himself: “Saxo Bank has been a keen supporter of cycling for a long time and recently just announced that we have renewed our sponsorship of Team Saxo. That is because we believe that in the financial industry, cycling is the new golf.
“Therefore in line with this global directive, Saxo Capital Markets will also continue to support cycling in the region, like our involvement in the Tour de Bintan. And we are glad that we are able to leverage our presence in the sport to help out a local charity like the CCF.”
Last weekend was wonderful as I get to hangout with my friends from school, seeing how we all have grown up, most married, but still a handful remain single. So if you have any cute friends to introduce do let me know, anyway I was on a back to back Run and Bike training getting my legs prep for upcoming Salomon X trail run. My itinerary kinda went like Saturday Broga, Sunday Genting Sempah (no Dragon Back due to rain)
My weapon of choice for Broga trail was my trusty Salomon Speedcross 3 and my Oakley 30ml hand bottle for hydration.
I was up 5AM got ready and waited for the whole gang to come over to my place , The drive to Broga was a distance from where we live, it was about an hour with no traffic, the sun was just about to come up. In Broga if you were up at the peak you would be able to catch a glimpse of the Sunrise and I think it would definitely be a breath-taking view. (Think Titanic Pose)
And away we go, when we reached the place which is just about 200 meters away from it, I did not manage to capture the parking lot, in fact there is no parking lot, there were just cars and cars parking on the side of the road all the way filling up the oil palm plantation (Think of shopping mall car park on a weekend)
I thought Broga was just a small little peak with no one on the weekend, but how wrong I was, This place is so commercialized that even BROGA t-shirts are on sale for RM13. You can find hiking pole, bags dragon fruit, I think if you look hard enough you might even find a Mountain Bike for sale.
Introducing the Gang, Henry I am sorry you were cut out from the pic, Stephen bending down which I dont know why, maybe he was stretching out his er.. quads? Jason in the back, Lawrence looking ready for this run and Kah Wane ready as ever.
Broga seems steep as you can see in the picture below, you can see the lady holding the tree trunk.
Weekend as mentioned by the guys is that it will always be packed and guess what .. it is really filled with people. You will see people of all sorts wearing minimal shoes which not what you think it is, they are actually flip-flops, futsal shoes and regular walking shoes
See what I mean when I said this place was being crowded like a shopping mall, what I would recommend is that you pack a backpack with a couple of finger food and drinks to Broga and walk up. when you have ascent the first peak, just chill there as you can see the pictures I have attached, Broga has three peaks where the climb seems decent, the second peak a little harder but once you have reached to the second peak.. I suggest you just take in the scenery and enjoy.
I did not run up to the third peak as its just about 200m away from the 2nd one and it was filled with people trying to climb up.
a breathtaking view of the horizon, this was about 9am
Henry, congrats that you made it up this far, no worries if anyone made fun of you, but what matter is that you made it and after 4 years you should feel the difference of fitness level. That picture of all us on that was priceless, cause getting Henry to walk 3km is like getting a Dog to Meow
Ok, here I am looking all shocked out of my wits and guess what I saw ??!!
Yup, kids no more than 8 yo climbing Broga, so if you think you can’t then think again ! If this little girl can do it why not you , in fact it was not only her, I see people of all age , size and fitness level, couples holding each other
Me and Kah Wane went up again Broga, people on the trails must really hate us cause we are running up and kinda bumping into them. Sorry guys if you saw us training on that day. We certainly did not mean to cut you guys or make you guys stop for us.
The guys taking a break waiting for my return, they did single lap, but I am totally happy that they manage to peak with all those people slowing them down.
After a good run, we wanted to refuel ourself before our journey back, We drove and drove till we ended up in Kajang looking for what they are famous for… SATAY (skewered meat).. OK I know it’s pretty crazy eating satay in the morning which I dont think people will do so.. but I was so Wrong.. we ended up at Stay Malaysia and people in this small town seems to take their time in doing their stuff, must be the laid back mentality which was good.
One last thing before I finish off this blog post would be to all Please save the trail, couple of stuff I saw along were Pringle cans, rubbish all littered all over, cigarette buds all over. The least you can do is keep your trash in your pockets or bags till you see a bin or something. Keeping trails clean will help make your trail experience a better one. Hope everyone can do their part in this.
My 2 cents worth on Broga Hill
Well, in short about my thought on Broga hill, it would have to be that the Trail seems pretty decent if there was less people , the elevation could be pretty steep for some but if you are a season runner or hiker, I believe Broga would be a good place for you. The descending from the peak was totally fun cause I was just speeding down the trail zig zagging my path out , Remembering my watch I ran up the 2nd peak in about 15mins, please be careful if you are a fast descender cause there will be tons of people. I definitely recommend this place for a family hike take your time and enjoy the fresh air of what Broga has to offer.
- This place rocks for a good workout, really short and intense
- Beautiful scenery
- Surprisingly cooling weather up till 10am
- Toilet amenities that comes with shower facilities
- Stalls that have food and drinks on the ground
- The descent could be steep for some. (Stephen fell from a 3 ft drop)
- Beautiful scenery but was blocked with many people trying to catch a breath
- The sun will start burning you at about 11am.
- Toilet charges RM1 (which is decent) but could have been free
- Parking will be a problem on the weekend after 7am
This weekend I have planned out a short trip up north to run Broga Hill and Cycle on what is called the Dragon Back (or maybe Sempah Again) I still can’t decide on which route to take for Sunday long ride, as there are many rides going on that Sunday, but for sure Broga on Saturday with the usual gang and the bike leg..not sure yet.
Let me just share with you a pic of the beautiful Broga hill (pic taken from http://www.danariff.com) obviously no pic from me cause I haven’t been there yet.
I dont think Broga hill is your competition Colorado Boulder kinda trail, it is more of a weekend hike and yes this place is a weekend haunt for many people just going up to the peak. here is a little information i found out on Broga hill by NatureMalaysia
Bukit Broga, also known as ‘Bukit Lalang’ – after the local species of grass that grows abundantly here, is a hill in Semenyih, at 400 meters high and 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur on the trunk road to Broga. It can be reached a short distance later after University of Nottingham, where the entrance starts at left from an oil palm estate opposite a rabbit park. Famed for its incredibly panoramic views (especially at dawn) along with easy accessibility on foot, the hill is a popular tourist attraction among locals; the estate owner cashes on the glut of visitors during weekends and public holidays by charging MYR2 per vehicle that parks on his grounds.
From the peak, visitors get a spacious view of the plains, coated by a mixture of rainforest, oil palm plantations, villages and towns, along with distant mountains. At dawn, mist rising from the ground from the warmth of the sun envelops the landscape in a carpet of white, evoking a surreal atmosphere. The hike while steep is relatively easy, taking anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes to reach the highest peak depending on one’s fitness level, or photo stops. There are three peaks in total, each one ascends above the other through a clear path fringed by tall grass at each side. From the summit, a proper jungle trail leads through primary rainforest to Gunung Tok Wan (675 meters), a roughly one and a half hour hike on meandering slopes.
Anyway if you guys feel like going to Bukit Broga for a short hike up and dont know how to go, I have attached a map for your reference. If its too small do click on it for a better view, I will most definitely do a short review on my hike (run) up this place. Anyway using this opportunity to train for my Salomon X-trail in the coming November. Catch ya later guys.
Let me know how your weekend has gone? I am sure mine is going to be HEAVEN !!!!!
Have you ever been in the situation where you friends eat their eggs without egg yolk saying that its unhealthy and such.. well this is a confusing one. Egg yolks are known primarily for their high cholesterol content. But the medical research community has learned that dietary cholesterol is a different measure than blood level of cholesterol, which is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. I am on who would eat all the egg yolk and my eggsumption is pretty high, one sitting on a regular day could go up to as much as 5 eggs?
One recent study echoes the growing research, showing that egg consumption had no effect on the overall blood cholesterol levels of 115 healthy adults. What’s more, another recent study found some evidence that eating whole eggs increases HDL — the heart-protective, “good” cholesterol. BOOYAH !! bet you didnt know that.
“There are much bigger problems in the American diet than cholesterol,” says Drew Ramsey, M.D. an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, who studies the connection between lifestyle behaviors like diet and psychological health. “There’s not data to suggest that it should be at the top of people’s worries about food choices. Everyone’s in agreement about that: The real problem with diabetes and obesity is eating too much processed food.”
And there are several nutrients specific to the egg yolk that help promote overall health. Egg yolks are one of the richest dietary sources of the B-complex vitamin choline, which is associated with better neurological function and reduce inflammation. There’s also evidence that dietary choline helps with fetal brain development when pregnant women eat it. Another side benefit of a diet rich in choline is, well, happiness.
Choline breaks down into bethane, which is used during the methylation cycle, which in turn helps produce ‘happiness’ hormones like serotonin, dopamine, norephinephrine, explains Ramsey.
Egg yolks also contain two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect against vision loss. and they have a big dose of sulfur:
” Eggs are also high in sulfur, an essential nutrient that helps with everything from vitamin B absorption to liver function. But sulfur is also necessary for the production of collagen and keratin, which help create and maintain shiny hair, strong nails and glowing skin ”
The yolk’s health benefits should not overshadow egg whites, however, which are a low-calorie, low-fat source of perfect protein. In fact, eggs are considered the “Gold Standard” for protein quality because their amino acids are the most digestible to humans.
But even though egg yolks are certainly a health food, they haven’t been cleared for unlimited consumption: Doctors recommends consuming no more than four eggs per week, which is the amount they found to be healthy in adults. What say you ?
These days every where I go, I keep hearing this new fitness regime called Crossfit being discussed in peoples conversation, its gaining popularity and spreading like wildfire a couple of years ago but when it started back in 2000, I think most people won’t know who Greg Glassman, he was the founder of Crossfit Inc, but I am sure most of you guys who does Crossfit will talk about DA MAN Rich… Rich Froning Jr (yes he looks awesome and I think most people would want to look like him I am sure)
(pic taken from theblaze.com)
But I am not talking about Rich , I am talking about Crossfit, I am quite sure if you are into fitness you would have heard of it, back in the days when I was training Crossfit already existed which was in 2004 and I have used it but not in a Crossfit way, but it is disguised as what I call High Intensity Interval Training (H I I T) . I would already line up dumbells and barbells side by side. A regular workout for some of my clients with different goals and usually HIIT would be incorporated into their regime if they want to build strength and power. I dont have cute names for each workout, it was just boom boom boom and out.
I would like to try Crossfit one day and wonder how its like, I am pretty sure its HIIT x 100 in short burst only using the Fast twitch muscle (that’s how I am seeing it) but I would like to share this article with you guys by Brooke Ross from Livestrong. Pretty interesting, do check it out and let me know your feedback and comments on the comment box below..
CrossFit is intense, effective, and hugely popular. But is it also too dangerous?
Ryan Palmer had a tough week. On Monday, the 26-year-old job battled squat presses and ring dips. Tuesday, a clean and jerk set where he squeezed out 30 reps with 135 pounds. The following day, even though his muscles were still aching, he performed a total of 150 pull-ups and 150 burpees.
Palmer took a break from exercise on Thursday, but the next morning he went for a long bike ride. The following day his arms were uncharacteristically sore and swollen, his urine the color of black tea that had been seeping for hours. Instead of suiting up in workout gear on Sunday, he found himself in a hospital gown hooked up to an IV drip that flushed his kidneys with more than nine liters of saline. As his creatine kinase levels—the amount of muscle protein broken down poisoning his blood stream— declined at the pace of a snail, he pulled out his phone to send a tweet to his fellow athletes. With one flash of the camera, Palmer revealed the frightening results of a kidney test, and offered a simple caption: “Uncle Rhabdo, is that you?”
“Normal people don’t get it. It’s like being in the mafia. You can’t understand what it’s like unless you’re on the inside.”
33-year-old Jennifer Wielgus, who’s been doing CrossFit in Philadelphia for about a year.
The Evolution of Exercise
A little more than a year ago, I pulled up to a garage one evening ready to get my ass kicked. I wanted to try a CrossFit workout. I’d heard the rumors. I knew what was coming was probably more than I could handle—and that not even my athletic background as a gymnast, weightlifter, running back or point guard would prepare me. So, I ate a light dinner that wouldn’t taste horrible if I ended up hurling it onto my sneakers after overworking myself. And I sucked up my fear.
When I arrived, nothing seemed too intimidating except for the big clock with red numbers. It was those numbers that would define my ability to survive. The workout started well, but right around my fifth set of squats, when the weight became a little too heavy and my form began to falter, I put the bar down. But the clock did not approve.
While the athletes around me kept moving, bewildered by my inaction, I knew my time was up. I could feel a twinge in my spine reminiscent of an old stress fracture. Everything—aside from the environment—told me to stop.
“Pick it up! Finish it out! Two minutes! As many rounds, let’s go!” The coach’s hands clapped together, lips pursed tightly in frustration for the mental and physical break I gave myself. So, I picked up the bar. And, moving as slowly as possible with as best form one can do when they’re tired and hurting, I finished it out. That night I needed a double dose of ibuprofen and an ice bath.
That was my first experience with CrossFit, a workout methodology created by former gymnast Greg Glassman in 2001. CrossFit consists of a stew of exercise variety: Olympic-like lifts, cardio training and other seemingly basic, but multi-joint movements (like box jumps, pullups and jumping rope) are combined in each class. CrossFit aims to “forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness,” according to the brand’s guidebook. The workout phenomenon has been steadily growing for a decade, and according to CrossFit headquarters, there are more than 3,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide, with 332 in California alone.
Every day, thousands of CrossFit athletes faithfully arrive at their respective gyms: warehouses filled with boxes, ropes, Olympic rings, kettlebells and a never-never-quit atmosphere. The defining characteristic of CrossFit is the intensity. The programs are hard as hell. Its “prescription,” as the guide states, is for “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements that will optimize physical competence in ten physical domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.”
The key to the high-voltage workouts is a digital clock that holds prime real estate in most CrossFit facilities. Most of the workouts are time-based, meaning you don’t stop until the clock hits zero. Even as your muscles fail and your mind weakens, coaches and fellow gym goers push each member to completion.
Peter Villahoz, a 30-year-old New York Police Department Officer from East Meadow, NY, says a lot of his close friends are from CrossFit, and that they are there to push each other.
“If I finish first, I wait till these guys are done and I motivate them,” he says.
The camaraderie in the gym is nothing short of contagious. As such, the program has earned its skeptics and, of course, true believers.
“As an adult competitive athlete, there’s nothing else like this. You get that adrenaline rush that you got from being in sports in high school,” says 33-year-old Jennifer Wielgus, who’s been doing CrossFit in Philadelphia for about a year.
That rush and love of the gym is far from a bad thing, but the no-quit atmosphere has generated questions. And the mob mentality has taken the healthiest of behaviors and turned it into a growing danger.
The Dark Side
Uncle Rhabdo represents a character in the CrossFit community and is short for rhabdomyolysis, a kidney condition most commonly induced by excessive exercise, according to Heather Gillespie, a sports medicine physician from UCLA. The potentially life-threatening state, which can also (more…)
NIKE FOOTBALL CATCHES THE EYE WITH ‘HIGH VISIBILITY’ BOOT COLLECTION
As winter approaches, match-‐day conditions become darker and drearier than the earlier parts of the season. To combat the gloomy weather and stand out under floodlights, Nike has created the Hi-‐Vis Collection, featuring the Nike Hypervenom, Mercurial IX, CTR360 and Tiempo IV boots in bright and contrasting color combinations of Electro Purple, Volt, Green Glow and Electric Green.
For almost ten years, scientific color insights have been used in the creation of Nike footballs and football boots, and elements of this visual acuity research were taken and enhanced for the Hi-‐Vis Collection.
“When creating the Hi-‐Vis Collection we looked at our work in South Africa during the summer of 2010,” says Phil McCartney, Vice President, Nike Football Footwear. “The Metallic Purple and Total Orange color combination we used on-‐pitch really stood out both on the field for players and for the crowds in the stadium and at home.”
As winter approaches and condition on-‐pitch change, visibility can become a key element of any match.
“In a game that’s more congested and faster than ever the small percentages are becoming more import,” explains McCartney. “If a player can get that flash of color in the periphery, and see a teammate make a run, that could be the small difference between timing the pass perfectly or not taking advantage – that’s the sort of moment that can change the course of a game at the top level.”
For the Nike Football Hi-‐Vis Collection, the Nike Hypervenom and Mercurial Vapor IX come in a combination of Electro Purple and Volt with black detailing. The Tiempo IV and CTR360 come in a mix of Volt, Green Glow and Electric Green with black detailing.
“This collection of boots is not for the faint-‐hearted,” adds McCartney. “Our athletes don’t
play to be conventional – they play to be remembered.”
The Hi-‐Vis Collection will be available from authorized Nike outlets and Weston Corporation
stores. The Hi-‐Vis Collection will be available from 1st October and retail for:
Tiempo IV -‐ $239
CTR360 Maestri III -‐ $269
Mercurial Vapor IX -‐ $299
Hypervenom -‐ $309
What is your favourite colourway out of Nike’s new 4-silo boots? Are you looking to get a pair of boots from Nike’s new Hi-Vis collection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Seriously how cool this Nike on the 3rd of November is gonna be, Thousand of runners will be running their own chosen path for their 10k, too bad I can’t make it for that event but I will be riding up what in Malaysia cyclist calls it the Dragon back. Alright, I am pretty envious of all those running on this coming 3rd cause there are going to be plenty of pretty people but really the best part would be running your own route. (Click on the Map to see the bigger picture)
Isaac’s tips on running Nike: Run the path that catches your “EYE” ahem if you get what I mean. and more importantly as I always say “Finish Strong”
Participants of We Run SG 2013 will get to experience a run like never before
Singapore, 24 October 2013 – For the first time in Nike Singapore’s race history, runners will be empowered with the freedom to choose and define their own running experience. Inspired by runners, this year’s We Run Singapore race route will offer some of the most desired experiences that have been suggested by participants.
The race will flag off from the F1 Pit Building, and feature a unique 10km route with various split points enabling runners to choose from a myriad of experiences on 3 November 2013. Participants will get the freedom to exercise their choice at three points of the race – 3.2km, 6.5km and 8.5km. [Refer to Map attached.]
Runners will find along the routes, different terrains, conditions, environments and atmosphere. Runners may make an adventurous choice to Go Off The Beaten Path or choose to Follow The Pack. At the 6.5km mark of the route, runners will then get to opt for the environment they would like to run in, so they can Rule The City or Own The Park. To finish the race their way, runners will then have the freedom to select their preferred tunes for the final stretch. Regardless of the choices made, participants will get to run the race that is truly theirs.
Alvin Soo, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Singapore, said, “We are confronted with rules and regulations everyday but runners at Nike We Run SG will have the freedom to make their own choices on race day. They will have a choice not to follow the pack. Instead, they will be designing their race and be rewarded with a race experience they can call their own.”
Interested runners may register online at www.nike.com/events/register/werunsg.
SHINE THROUGH THE NIGHT AT ILLUMI RUN 2013
Start year-end festivities with a 5km party run that is bound to illuminate and more
Singapore, 22 October 2013 – Registration for the first edition of ILLUMI RUN 2013 will begin online today at 1100hrs. Be part of the first night party run in Singapore on 7 December 2013 (Saturday) held at the F1 Village.
ILLUMI RUN is a five-kilometre, non-competitive party race in which participants are splashed with neon illumi glow water as they run past various themed zones at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with an ultimate dance extravaganza hosted by club DJs and other surprises to ensure that the party extends through the night.
Making its debut in Singapore, ILLUMI RUN is conceptualised and organised by event company Infinitus Productions Private Limited. Jeffrey Foo, Director, said, “We are combining two of Singaporeans’ biggest loves – running and partying, to offer an unforgettable event that commemorates the year with a fun, cool and healthy twist. Bring along your friends and join us as we celebrate 2013 with a bang!”
A highlight of the run would certainly be the illumi glow water that participants will be coated with at various zones of the 5km. The water-based, non-toxic neon paint is specially imported from United States to ensure that participants enjoy safe, uninhibited fun with every step of the race. Completely washable from the skin, the neon glow water illuminates in the dark under ultra-violet lights along the route, creating a beautiful spectacle of the night.
Participants can also expect music of different genres en route, including latest Korean-Pop, Trance and Retro-Pop as they dance or run their way through four different themed zones.
Party Bag will include prior to the run, will be equipped with an
- ILLUMI RUN T-shirt,
- an LED Wrist Band and
- Goggles (not infrared)
- One of the Wildest party run ever.
Registration period: From 22 October 2013 till event sells out
Entry Fee: SGD68.00
ILLUMI RUN 2013 Details
Date: 7 December 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: F1 Village
Interested runners may register online at www.illumirun.com from 22 October 2013
A couple of weeks ago, Men’s Health SG tweeted this ” The Fitter you are the more you Sweat ” that kinda gotten my attention and I tweeted them back with a question and they mentioned they will check with their experts and get back to me, So what was my question?
it goes a little something like this “How am I not sweating after running a 10k and my friend running with me, sweating and panting like he is gonna die, does that imply I am not fit? “I think Men’s Health answered my question (or did they) when they posted a tweet regarding about the fitter you are the more you sweat
This evening, while checking my tweets, I saw this on their timeline
So I believe that the Answer to No# 8 is kinda directed to my questions after a couple of weeks of searching for the answer. What say you on BIG FAT LIE #8 ?
To me they kinda answered it to what seems a no answer to me. I was merely giving the example of – I am running a 10k, with a 5min pace which I can’t previously to running a 5min pace currently without even sweating buckets. So if I need to push myself harder means I need to get “EVEN” fitter? I was already unfit and I trained myself to run a 5min pace where I think I am fitter than before, so this means that it is never going to end and we are to be forever pushing our-self in the quest to be fitter ? like er…. ..
Anyway Good job guys for replying me with the answer, I have been following you guys since the American publication, and still do.. Stay awesome
by Men’s Health
BIG FAT LIE #1
Cardio exercise is better for weight loss than lifting weights.
THE TRUTH Cardiovascular exercise, such as running or swimming, does burn off the fat. However, with weight training, you are increasing your muscles mass, which means that your metabolism speeds up, making you burn more calories every day during your normal activities. Plus, if you do cardio without weight training, you will lose muscle mass as well as fat, as researchers from Ball State University in the US found out. If you’re looking to lose, make sure you use both in your weight-loss programme. And in the gym, aim to do compound exercises such as squats, push-ups, lunges and dead lifts to work all the major muscle groups.
BIG FAT LIE #2
If you exercise regularly, you can eat what you want.
THE TRUTH No matter what you do during the day, you still need to make sure you aren’t eating too much for the activity you are participating in. Dr John Jakicic, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh, says: “Without a change in eating behaviour, exercise alone has a minimal impact on weight loss.” You’ll need to combine exercise with a healthy, fat-burning diet to get maximum results. Aim to eat five or six small meals a day instead of three large ones and match your eating habits to the exercise you participate in.
BIG FAT LIE #3
You can reduce fat in a specific area of your body.
THE TRUTH People believe that if you do 500 sit-ups daily, you’ll get a six-pack. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. When you lose weight, it occurs all over your body. If you’re looking to lose the love handles, building up your midsection with just side crunches and jackknives will only push the fat out further and make your middle look even wider. If you concentrate on losing overall body fat, as the extra kilos melt away, so will your love handles. Rowing exercises also burn up to 50 per cent more fat as fuel (as compared to a stationary bike workout. Add some weight training and watch what you eat.
BIG FAT LIE #4
Doing more reps with lighter weights will make you more “toned”.
THE TRUTH The word “tone” is misleading – it sounds as though if you want your muscles to show, all you need to do is lose the layers of fat. Truth is, doing 50 easy reps is not going to do that! Only an increase in muscle mass and your metabolism, coupled with the right eating plan, will rid you of your extra blubber. High-rep phases (never more than 15) increase muscle mass, but the weights need to be heavy enough to cause muscle fatigue and failure. So aim to do between eight and 12 reps in the exercises that you do. Once you have built a solid strength foundation, you can start decreasing your reps, and increasing the loads. But be careful, and use a spotter if you’re going heavy.
BIG FAT LIE #5
Carbs are evil, you should steer clear of them.
THE TRUTH Carbohydrates are not the diet-killers they are made out to be. They actually help you to build muscle. Carbs are our number one source of energy, and you need energy during your training sessions. Carbs will help with protein synthesis, the process that builds your muscle. New research from Children’s Hospital and, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston, also suggests that good fats and high-fibre carbohydrates can keep your metabolism from slowing down. But stick to low-GI carbs and wholegrain products, and eat more fruit, legumes and vegetables. After your workout, consume a post-workout shake of three parts carbohydrates and one part protein. Eating a meal several hours later, and then reverse that ratio in your snack after another few hours will keep protein synthesis going by maintaining high amino acid concentrations in the blood.
BIG FAT LIE #6
Food eaten after 8pm turns into fat.
THE TRUTH “Eating late at night won’t make you fat unless you go over your calorie load for that day,” says dietitian Erica Blacksburg. Night-time is when your body carries out muscle repair and growth, so you need an adequate supply of protein. Late-night protein smoothies are perfect nutritional nightcaps, ensuring your body grows and repairs while you sleep. Just don’t overdo your late-night muscle meals. Start your day with a substantial breakfast, and eat small meals throughout the day to stop yourself from overindulging at night.
BIG FAT LIE #7
You need to devote a lot of time to training.
THE TRUTH A University of Pittsburgh study found that regular 30-minute workouts may just be as effective as hour-long ones. Yes, the more time you put into training, the quicker you will lose the flab and put on muscle. But, the more time you spend in the gym, the easier it is to become bored with the repetition, especially if you are just starting out. “If you’re hitting the gym only twice a week, it should give you extra motivation to make those days truly count,” says Mike Mejia, author of The Better Body Blueprint. Thankfully, you can still get results from shorter workouts, even if they are not as spectacular as the results gained from the “full-time” gym-goers. So aim for quality rather than quantity. Do two sessions a week, one on the weekend, and another near the middle of the week. Meija recommends doing a full-body routine on both days to make the most of your time. Couple it with some cardio work that you enjoy, whether it’s soccer or salsa. That way, you will stay more motivated.
BIG FAT LIE #8
The fitter you are, the less you sweat.
THE TRUTH Not only is this untrue, it’s the complete opposite of the truth. As you become fitter and your cardiovascular system becomes more efficient, you sweat more as your body tries to dissipate the heat and help you avoid heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, says Jay Dawes, instructor of kinesiology and health studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. So don’t kid yourself – you are sweat-free only because you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough.To make sure you’re working hard enough, do combined sets of exercises without resting in between to get your heart rate going. For cardio, try to keep yourself within the 70- to 90-per-cent range of exertion, based on your heart rate. Even better, integrate some interval training into your programme. Interval training works on the system of pushing your body to the highest intensity possible for s short period of time, and then coupling this with a period of lower intensity training.
BIG FAT LIE #9
All thin people are healthy.
THE TRUTH Professor John Bell, who heads the molecular imaging group of the UK’s Medical Research Council in London, says, “It’s not about looking thin, it’s about being healthy. You can look healthy, but have a lot fat internally, which can have a detrimental effect on your health. “His conclusion? Fat that’s skin-deep won’t kill you, it’s the hidden fat that will. The best way to blast away internal fat is to increase your workout intensity to rev your metabolism and burn off those layers.
BIG FAT LIE #10
If you stop working out, muscle turns into fat.
THE TRUTH Your muscle cannot be turned into fat. When you stop working out, you stop burning as many calories as you used to. It’s difficult to adjust eating habits, thus, you start putting on more fat from all the extra food you are eating. And the really bad news? Only 72 hours after your last workout, you start losing muscle. This means that your metabolism slows down as you lose muscle mass, and your body does not burn fat as efficiently as before. Therefore, you’re actually losing the war against fat on two fronts. Which means you shouldn’t quit your routine, even if you do just half-hour sessions two or three times a week.
Event : Newton Challenge Malaysia 2013
Date : 29 December 2013 (Sunday)
Start & End Point : Jalan BK5A/2, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, Selangor
Start Time : 5.30am (25km) 6.30am (15km)
Registration Open : 22 September 2013
Closing Date : 22 November 2013
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|15KM – MEN / WOMEN (OPEN / VETERAN)||RM 50.00|
|25KM – MEN / WOMEN (OPEN / VETERAN)||RM 60.00|
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