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In love with my Yurbuds Sports Earphones!

I don’t do product reviews very often because I only really like to write about things that I believe in. Not too long ago my very good friends Maiqui and Gianina Dayrit brought in these amazing sports earphones that have upgraded my workout music set-up… fits perfectly, doesn’t fall off, and the designs are pretty cool as well.  Love my Yurbuds!

Check out these pink ones girls! But they normally come in red 🙂

Yurbuds Philippines is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cascos-Inc/175495055884423

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Love My New Adidas Fluid Trainers!!!

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My favorite tri shoes: Specialized Trivent

See the product review for the trivent here: http://www.slowtwitch.com/Products/Cycling_footwear/Specialized_TriVent_1406.html

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Adidas Adizero

I was born with very very very very (did i say very?) flat feet.  My feet can be a case study for something I am sure.  It is not the most attractive pair you will find on the planet.  I overpronate terribly.  I have humongous bunions because of that, among other things.  So on paper it is highly recommended that I wear stability shoes, those with more arch support and with a bit less flexible soles. I had already resigned myself to the fact that I will forever have less freedom of movement compared to other runners.  I had tried a lot of popular running shoe models but nothing seemed to be comfortable.

Until I got my first pair of adizeroes.  It was love at first run, and we’ve been together ever since…5k, 10k, 21k, 42km… you name it.  Even though it’s generally meant for people with neutral feet I think I just really prefer to do away with all of that thick cushioning.  The adizeroes are thin and flat just the way I like it.  I’m never going back to chunky shoes. 

I know one other runner who likes them as much as I do.  His name is Haile Gebrselassie, and if you don’t know who he is you can look him up…

http://www.adidas.com/campaigns/running_fw09/content/athletes-haileg.aspx

Langkawi Race Day Shots 2009 (9)

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Book Review: The Perfect Mile

Book Review: The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb

Ani Karina S. de Leon

 

For those of us living in a country wherein the metric system is the standard for measuring distance, we may not have any idea nor even care about the significance of the mile in the history of athletics.   Only well informed or serious runners would probably be able to give you the exact number for determining whether you fall into the category of great runner or not.  And that, of course, is four minutes: to this day, it is still the yardstick for separating the truly fast from the average miler.

 the perfect mile

Not too long ago, May 6, 2004 to be exact, the world of athletics celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the first moment any individual was able to break the four minute barrier.  That honor goes to Sir Roger Bannister from the UK. 

 

The author, Neal Bascomb, gives the reader a remarkable historical backdrop of running during that era, including the frustrating politics, controversies on pacing, timing, and the influence of certain personalities like the famous athletes and coaches of that time.

 

The book revolves around three main characters and not just around Roger Bannister though, as the piece is generally about the race to break the 4minute mile, which apparently was a huge and almost impossible goal to achieve then.  The struggles and successes of John Landy of Australia and Wes Santee of the USA are vividly recounted as well, and their personal lives only add more color and drama to the already thick plot.

 

It is inspiring to say the least, and only goes to prove that human beings are capable of realizing their full potential if they are determined enough.  I will also never think of the mile run in the same way again.

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