Run for your “LIFE”

AXTRO Fit 2 Review

If you are one of the participants of Season 4 National Steps Challenge, Season 5 has just kicked off with a bang, and one thing I like about HPB is that they gave out trackers for free too all their participants.

Come Season 5 challengers, they will be in for a treat, It is an upgraded version of the AXTRO Fit and the color on the screen is not it’s only best feature.

Read on if you are interested and also to find out how to use it and I pitted it’s accuracy with my Garmin FR25.

AXTRO Fit 2 Outlook

The watch is 1.7cm in width and only weighs 30gm, the size surely downsized from the first model and now you are able to change the watch face from digital to analogue. Your style your life.

Feature 1: Charger and Battery Life

I have to tell you this new and improved version is really amazing, I honestly, had issues with the past model with it’s charging dongle as pulling out the rubber was a mess. For a grown guy to be using full strength to pull and expose the dongle was shameful for me.

The Axtro Fit 2 stills pulls out just that there is no USB there to charge) so don’t bother with it. Luckily this time round they are smart enough to provide a magnetic usb charger that magnetically clips on to your watch.

Downside is, you better not lose it and you have to bring it along if you are going for a 7 day trip, stated on their website. I can’t really tell how long the AXTRO Fit 2 will last but think about it, the screen will only turn on with a flick of the wrist.

I will update you guys after 7 days of usage to see where my battery is at. Charging it up takes only about 1hr45mins, but that was straight from the box.

update: Battery lasted more than 7 days, I would give it about 8 to 9 days depending on usage.

Feature 2: Workout Mode

I love this new feature and it makes me feel that I have a very expensive tech on my wrist. Once you activate the “workout mode” you get to see data such as your

  1. Heart Rate (HR)
  2. Steps Taken
  3. Time

Pro Tip: I am a person that don’t like too much data. All I need is HR to monitor my HR Zone, and Time taken after start. So AXTRO Fit 2 could maybe follow me to my 5k and 10k event.

Using Workout Mode doesn’t end there, when your HR goes above a certain limit, it will prompt you with a buzz. I notice when mine was in the 140 – 150 bpm it stated – MOD, and when I was pushing it a little too hard 151 – 170 bpm it is stated – VIG (vigorous) and it has a reminder tell you to take it easy. I like that, as it sets as a reminder to take it easy. Similar to Garmin’s Alert feature.

Speaking of Alert it also has this reminder to “Get Up and Move” if you are being too sedentary for a while.

I bet most of you guys want to know about the HR accuracy, as this OEM Tracker can’t be that good, well surprise surprise, it is that good, I pitted it with the Garmin FR25 side by side and guess what, it is only off by 1 beat up or down. (picture shown are before I took it out to test)

But remember, to use the AXTRO Fit 2, you need the HPB app which you can download it here for Android devices and Apple devices here

My 2cents Worth

Pro:

  • Great light watch and will not weigh your wrist down,
  • The workout mode feature was a plus over the previous model
  • Battery Life is amazing

Con:

  • Too slim for a guys hand. Just my preference for chunky
  • The wristband material is not soft enough (but hey for price point can’t complain)
  • The screen just turns off to fast, would be better if it was 5 secs instead of 3 secs.

If you want to purchase one of these, it is only going for $19 from AXTRO SPORTS , I do recommend buying it and upgrading it form the previous model cause the “Workout Mode”, make’s it all so worth it.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, do drop me a comment below or Twitter at @isaac976.

or you may contact HPB at stepschallenge@hpb.gov.sg or call them at 1800 567 2020. or even tweet them at @HPBsg

Thank you for reading and as I always say, See you at the finish line and have a great day.


Boston Marathon Qualifying Time

121st Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon has got to be the most coveted run in every runners mind, the qualifying time is like a moving target and many hopefuls have been dashed by it, but I would say it is more of rather a motivation to peak runners ability in the running society. Just so you know ….

  • Registration for the 2020 Boston Marathon will opened up on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. and closes on September 18.
  • As in previous years, runners with the fastest times get to register first. On September 17, the BAA announced on Twitter that there will be a cutoff for the 2020 race.
  • The 2020 race will take place on April 20. Registration will take place at baa.org.

In order to be accepted into the 2020 race, which will be held on April 20, runners had to be at least 1 minute and 39 seconds faster than their qualifying standard, Boston Athletic Association (BAA) officials said on Wednesday.

So far, 24,127 runners have been accepted into the 2020 race. That left 3,161 runners, out of 27,288 who applied, on the sidelines, even though they did achieve the posted standards for their age and gender.

Runners were learning of their registration status by email.

The field for Boston grew this year to 31,500 runners. More than 80 percent of those are time qualifiers. The rest of the field gains entry by running for charities or through a different connection to the race.

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Registration for Boston happens over a two-week period, with fastest runners able to register during the first week, which was September 9 through 13. Runners who bettered their qualifying standard by more than 20 minutes had the first crack at registration, followed by those who were 10 minutes faster, followed by those who were 5 minutes faster. The BAA has used the rolling registration system since 2012

For the 2019 race, the cutoff time was 4:52, and 7,384 runners were denied entry. That time jumped more than a minute from what was needed for the 2018 race: a time 3:23 faster than the qualifying standard, when 5,062 runners were turned away. The last year that all qualifiers were able to register was 2013.

The qualifier breakdown for the 2020 race is:

  • 4,051 qualifiers who were 20:00 or more faster than their standard.
  • 6,772 qualifiers who were 10:00 or more faster than their standard.
  • 6,948 qualifiers who were 5:00 or more faster than their standard.
  • 5,885 qualifiers who were 1:39–4:59 under their standard.
  • 471 qualifiers with an active streak of at least 10 years.

FREE YOURSELVES AND COME RUN A HALF MARATHON

Mark your calendar for this coming 11th November as the highly anticipated YOLO Run Singapore edition launches for a third consecutive year, whats even more challenging is that they have added a 21KM category into their route to excite runners in Singapore

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The YOLO Run is a fun and performance run event where participants are encouraged to free themselves, be a part of a run that gives back and also partake in a mass yoga session after the run. The spirit of the YOLO Run draws from the aphorism “You Only Live Once” and encourages participants to seize the day, not care about what people think, and free themselves from labels, stereotypes, body types and inhibitions. This action of liberation is signified by participants running shirtless and is supported by X-Change Republic (the creators of the YOLO Run) or the sponsors, through donations to the adopted beneficiary for every runner who runs shirtless. YOLO Run believes in the appreciation of life. Everyone only lives each day once, therefore when one is able to, he should always help those in need, simply because there could never be another chance for it.

After two successful years in Singapore with 3,000 participants in 2015 and 9,000 participants in 2016, the third 2XU YOLO Run SG will take off at the F1 Pit with 5KM, 10KM and 21KM category options. “We have kept all the unique features of the YOLO Run and will be making it even better with the inclusion of the 21KM category and the entitlements made available to all. This year we are grateful for the continued support from title sponsor 2XU Compression Wear, and we are excited to partner with popular home-grown yoga studio – Yoga Lab,” says Mr Alex Loh, Managing Partner at X-Change Republic Pte Ltd.

Soak in the spirit of 2XU YOLO Run SG 2017 where participants are encouraged to seize the day, not care about what people think, and free themselves from labels, stereotypes, body types and inhibitions. This action of liberation is signified by runners running shirtless. In line with freeing the participants’ minds and connecting their body and soul, 2XU YOLO Run SG 2017 will end the day on a high note with YOLO Yoga, a rejuvenating mass outdoor yoga session of mindful stretching led by renowned Yoga Personality and Instructor from Yoga Lab – Jasmine Chong.

YOLo YOGA JOIN US IN THE REJUVENATING MASS OUTDOOR YOGA SESSION OF MINDFUL STRETCHING AT THE ANNUAL YOLO RUN – ASIA’S ONLY SHIRTLESS RACE.

“It has always been Yoga Lab’s mission to make yoga accessible to the masses, so we are excited to do exactly that at this year’s YOLO Run. Just as how running is for all, so is yoga!” says Miss Jasmine Chong.

Join in the meaningful way to YOLO, free yourselves and come run shirtless for a good cause. Early-bird registration is priced respectively at S$38 for 5KM, S$48 for 10KM, and S$58 for 21KM. For more information and to register, visit www.yolorun.com.

Come #runshirtlessforcharity and #runforcharity this 2017! #FREEYOURSELVES


GLOW WITH THE FLOW

Held for the first time at the island’s hottest beach destination, ILLUMI RUN saw participants get doused in ILLUMI Glow Water as they ran and danced through five ultraviolet music zones. The fourth edition of the run also included an ILLUMI Glow Slide, making it Singapore’s first night run with a slide

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A wave of neon colours hit Sentosa’s Palawan Green this evening, as the island’s hottest beach destination played host to thousands of ILLUMI RUNNERs, who ran and danced through the night while getting doused in ILLUMI Glow Water.

Held for the first time on the beach, the fourth edition of the ILLUMI RUN also showcased exciting new features such as a ‘Neon Paradise’ route and an inflatable glow slide, making it Singapore’s first night run with a slide. The key feature of the ILLUMI RUN village, the ILLUMI Glow Slide saw participants getting soaked in Glow Water as they slid down the 30-metre long structure, ensuring not one participant got through the night spot-free.

ILLUMI RUN flagged off at 7.30pm and participants ran and partied through the Neon Paradise route, featuring exciting glow zones like Cosmic-Land, which promised neon bubbles and psychedelic rainbow light displays, and Flower Dreams, where runners were treated to a one-of-a-kind neon rain shower as they danced across a colourful field of flowers.

The evening culminated in a party on Palawan Beach, where Asia’s most sought-after DJs such as DJ TiNC, Rave Republic and Taiwan’s DJ Cookie pumped up the luminescent crowd, ending the night on a neon high.

“This was our first time holding ILLUMI RUN at Sentosa, and we cannot be happier with the positive feedback we received. We’re extremely grateful to all the participants who came down tonight, and hope all enjoyed the new experience of running and dancing through the beach while getting splashed with ILLUMI Glow Water,” said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions, conceptualiser and organiser of ILLUMI RUN. It was indeed very heartening to see runners having so much fun as they took a dive on it and got soaked in Glow Water. We are already looking forward to delivering an even better ILLUMI RUN experience next year.”

ILLUMI RUN 2016 DETAILS

Date                                       :           17 December 2016
Time                                      :           19:00 HRS to 23:30 HRS (Flag off at 19:30)

Venue                                     :           Palawan Green, Sentosa
Tag everything with           :           #illumirun / #illumirun2016 / #illumiruns

Also find us on Facebook       :           www.facebook.com/illumirun
And Instagram                        :           www.instagram.com/illumirunsg


PUMA introduces all-new IGNITE Dual

Puma Ignite Dual

Singapore – 6 July 2016, Global Sports Brand PUMA continues to expand its successful
IGNITE running franchise with the all-new IGNITE Dual for Autumn-Winter ’16 that offers
duality in both function and style.

Engineered to provide ultimate flexibility and cushioning for mid and long distance runners,the IGNITE Dual features the proprietary IGNITE FOAM midsole that’s visible on the heel and hidden in the forefoot to offer full length energy return. Articulated chevron grooves are designed to compress during landing and rebound. The molded EVA sockliner cradles the foot comfortably for an easy run. The outsole has been technically enhanced by PUMA to mimic the natural gait of the runner. A guidance groove that runs from the heel allows a smoother transfer of the runner’s weight from heel-strike to toe-off. Deep forefoot flex grooves add to the freedom of movement while carbon rubber is introduced on the heel for extra durability.

The duality story extends to the upper with a two-tone premium flexible mesh that delivers a comfortable fit, breathability and flexibity. Adding depth and dimension to the silhouette is the color shifting mesh and reflective panels for extra visibility in low light conditions. The look is finished with an exciting contemporary graphic that gives the IGNITE Dual a youthful appeal and hook back to the upcoming Olympics Games where the design DNA continues on the training and podium wear of PUMA-sponsored Federations and athletes.

The IGNITE Dual is available in IGNITE Dual Disc (pic below) and IGNITE Dual evoKnit iterations – variations of the upper design with the same tooling. The IGNITE Dual Disc features PUMA’s innovative laceless Disc Closure System that allows a quick, easy and custom fit with a turn of the Disc dial. Its upper is constructed with a combination of comfort foam that stretches to conform to the foot and net mesh for breathability and depth. The evoKnit Dual is created with a knitted upper for a soft comfortable fit, breathability, and flexibility.

PUMA EVO Knit

The new IGNITE Dual (SGD 159) and running apparel range will be available at PUMA stores
and authorized retailers from 15 July 2016.


USA Blacklight Run comes to Singapore

SINGAPORE – Singapore is set to host the world’s largest nighttime 5km. A first for Singapore and  Asia, the Skechers Blacklight RunTM is the brightest 5km on the planet and will be organised by Singapore event specialists Orange Room on 29th October, 2016 at Palawan Green on Sentosa.

Less about speed and more about fun, there will be three Blacklight RunTM Zones along the course, each with a distinct colour – green, pink, orange – where runners/ walkers will be showered in Blacklight RunTM UV Neon Glow Powder that glows in the dark.

The Skechers Blacklight Run After PartyTM is legendary and coming all the way from the USA to Singapore is Guest DJ “DJ Automatic”, the original Blacklight Run DJ, who has shared the stage with Kanye West, Lil’ Jon, T.I and more, and will be spinning at the Skechers Blacklight RunTM Singapore. Joining DJ Automatic on the decks is one of Singapore’s most exciting new comers, DJ at Singapore most popular nightclude, Zouk, 47686789DJ Jade Rasif.

“The After Party is a big part of the Skechers Blacklight RunTM experience. DJ Automatic is the original DJ from the USA events and we’re flying him in for the inaugural Singapore event. He will be on stage alongside other great acts, to make sure the Skechers Blacklight Run After PartyTM is an unforgettable experience for all,” added Ting.

Never run before? No problem, the Skechers Blacklight RunTM is for everyone and children under six years are free. Gv The Standard Registration is S$50 and includes official white Skechers Blacklight RunTM t-shirt, Skechers Blacklight RunTM drawstring bag, glow-in-the-dark tattoo, Skechers Blacklight RunTM race bib, Skechers Blacklight RunTM Glow Pack at the finish line, and free entry to the Skechers Blacklight Run After PartyTM. VIP Registration is S$80 and includes lots more Skechers Blacklight RunTM swag. Early bird prices finish on 13th August.

“One thing we can guarantee is fun. Everyone will have a great time on the course whether you run or walk, and the Skechers Blacklight Run After PartyTM will be the best on the planet. Whatever you choose to wear, be ready to finish a different colour to what you started! All products are 100% natural and non-toxic, and be sure to bring your phones and cameras to snap the memories,” added Ting.

For more information:

website: www.blacklightrun.sg

facebook: www.facebook.com/BlacklightRunSingapore

Instagram: @blacklightrun_singapore


Training Alone v. Training with a Group

Is it better to train by yourself or with a group? Well, it depends on what works well for you and your schedule, as well as your general preferences. Below I list a number some pros and cons of training alone as well as training with a group.

Training Alone
Pros

  • Your training is designed specifically for you in terms of how it’s structured, training paces, and overall volume.
  • Your training will always revolve around your schedule, not someone else’s.
  • On a day when you’re feeling particularly good or bad, you can adjust your workout effort without affecting a teammate’s session.
  • You develop a mental fortitude unique to the solo ‘grind’.

Cons

  • Working with others, whose strengths might be your weaknesses, is beneficial to improvement.
  • The mental grind of doing everything alone could potentially result in loss of motivation.
  • Without a group of runners, you can’t run race-day simulations at practice.

Training with a Group
Pros

  • You can depend on others to push you along on days when you’re struggling. .
  • It’s fun! You’ll get to chat with friends during warm-ups, cool-downs, and easy runs.
  • Meeting with others might help you be more accountable to show up to your workouts.
  • You’ll practice race day scenarios with teammates.

Cons

  • Sometimes teammates end up ‘racing’ each other in practice instead of ‘training with’ each other.
  • You might run a workout too quick or too slow because of how other teammates feel.
  • Your individual training might be compromised by a workout designed to benefit the group as a whole.

At the end of the day there are a lot of variables to consider, but you should now have a general idea of the kind of factors you should be thinking about.

You know yourself best, so as long as you’re being honest in your evaluation you can choose the right path. There are plenty of athletes who have been successful in both scenarios.

Article by : Coach Arslan


Last Call for Mizuno Ekiden

Have you guys been training hard for the upcoming Mizuno Ekiden? or you still thinking of signing up with your team of four, I have to say it will be challenging, it will be hot, it will be furious. Anyway it will be the last call for Mizuno Ekiden registration which ends this coming 10th June. I am not sure if my coupon has been used up but you can still try to register with it.

In Japanese terms, Ekiden refers to a relay-styled long distance running. Runners get to register in teams of four across three different categories, If you guys can’t run the 42km, you can always opt for the 21k, or the Corporate category (21.1km).

 The event strives to instill and portray remarkable Japanese values such as individual perseverance, teamwork and the ability to showcase a high level of performance in intense and challenging situations.

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