Completed 21km Trail Run – Mapawa Trail Series 2018

April 29 – Endurance warriors toe the line at the Mapawa Trail Series’ first leg ready to experience and conquer the challenging trails of Mapawa Nature Park. More than a hundred of excited and dauntless faces showed up at the starting line in Mapawa Nature Park to take on the first longer distance challenge for this year’s Mapawa Trail Series. Though the Mapawa Trail Run have been around for the past 6 years, this is only the 2nd year for the Mapawa Trail Series where the event is composed of 3 legs (1st leg 5km & 21km in April, 2nd leg 10km &42km in July, 3rd leg 15km & the ultra trail marathon 50km in October). I have participated in last year’s series and was aiming to go for grandslam (meaning I had to finish the 3 longer distances per leg) but failed on my ultra50 attempt due to not making it on time in the initial cut-off. That was a tough blow for me and the team, but it gave us valuable lessons which we make sure not to commit this time on our second attempt.

This year, the Mapawa Trail Series made a huge improvement in terms of organizing the event. For one, the medal have improved (though we didn’t receive the finisher’s medal right after the race due to supplier’s non-deliverance of the ordered medals on time) but design-wise and material-wise, it improved a LOT!, and there’s the finishers shirt (we didn’t have one last year) which I love by the way because it made an emphasis on the “TRAIL” finisher on its design at the back. Every runner who crossed that finish line should be proud wearing that finisher’s shirt because what we went through in order to cross that finish line wasn’t a walk in the park. The abundance of water, drinks, and runners foods at every Aid Station was also a great help!

Another great improvement is Mapawa Trail Series teaming up with RaceYaya an online registration portal for runners and a complete race registration management portal for race organizers which made this year’s series very convenient and efficient from registration online, distribution of race kits on promised dates, to claiming of timing chips and registration during the race, tracking each runner, and finally the prompt availability of the race results allowing the runners to evaluate their trail run race performance. Shoutout to RaceYaya’s staff for a great job at the event – and being friendly and accommodating to the trail runners on the side.

Crossing the finish line! My second 21km trail run finish. My second time but why was  I still emotional? It didn’t actually show because I am so good at hiding but deep inside I am screamingggg damn! that was tough!

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5 Cycling Tips to Help Stay Cool During the Summer

Let’s Face It – Summers are best time for going on cycling especially if you have friends to company you. But to get the best feeling, you need to plan things, carefully. These are some of the best tips to stay cool & energetic while cycling during the summers —

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Get up early – Yep, during the summers, the days are longer and you can get the favorable temperature and lightening, early in the mornings. Navigating at evening in darkness is not a good idea. Getting up early and to ride will become the most exciting part of your day.

On a really hot day, try to go for cycling before 8 a.m., when the index of UV rays is at its lowest. The evenings on a hot day do not offer a very pleasant temperature for cycling. Therefore getting up early in the morning is the best time to go for cycling.

Go slow – Don’t make the most common mistake that all cyclists do, that is riding as fast as possible. During winters, riding fast helps in keeping you warm but during summers, you must slow down your pace.  Try to reduce the effort length, it helps in regulating a healthy heart rate and you can enjoy a better cycling experience like this, during summers. You can buy a customize bike which can be personalized according to your age, fitness level and use.

Buy best bikes & wear right clothes and accessories – the bike you are using and the stuff you are wearing can make a huge difference in your performance. Always buy bikes after complete research and study, for ladies, women beach cruisers are said to be best ones available in the market, today. Talking about clothes, you can buy the zip jerseys to allow release of heat. For protection, you can even use a helmet with more vents for summers.

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Stay wet – Evaporation is a great way to keep body cool. So, you can pour some water on your body to lower down your body temperature to help the process of evaporation. You can splash water on your chest, shoulders and neck to allow the wind to create a cooling affect on your body while you ride on your bikes.

Stay hydrated – Instead of carrying water, you can have a bottle of health drink with sodium & potassium in it to ensure that you stay hydrated during cycling and workouts. After every half an hour, you can stop at regular intervals to consume the drinks.

Thus, these are some of the best cycling tips to keep you cool during the summers. One of the most important things is to plan a safe and pleasant route for cycling. Choosing a area with properly shaded cycle lanes is a good idea. Try to keep yourself away from the roads and cycle in a lane where limited or no sun rays are found. You must use good tail light and headlight to stay visible while riding, hope, these tips will render you with the coolest cycling experience during the summers.

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5 Tips To Start Your Own Fitness Journey

I remember the first time I stepped into the gym. It was very intimidating because, 1. it was my first time to be at a gym for the longest time, 2. I felt like I was too fat and unfit to be there 3. I had no friends with me that I almost took a u-turn and just head home! I seriously had to brave up getting my ass inside that unfamiliar territory. Glad I did because it changed my life and brought me to where I am now. Thus, my Fitness journey began.

That day, that courage, that decision, changed my life. Fitness became a lifestyle. My social media feeds gradually changed too, mostly showing gym photos, workout routines, and progress photos. Later on my journey my family and friends started to notice the weightloss and the physical change. At first I loved the feeling of people noticing how fit I have become and later on, that transcended to the desire of inspiring women to take on this journey too because if I did it, certainly they can too.

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As days, weeks, months progressed, I started getting messages from friends and even strangers asking about my fitness journey, the diet, the exercises, and then some gym inquiries. Most of them worry about not knowing what to do or how to start. All those questions led me to write this blog post with the hope to be of help at least.

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Ready? Okay, here are 5 tips to start your own Fitness Journey.

1. Commit to Be READY – ready for what? Ready for Change that is! Be ready physically, emotionally, and most of all mentally! Actually, the hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape. So be ready to commit to this journey. You see, if you are not fully committed to the process, chances are, you will stop and you won’t reach your goals.

2. Set Time, Plan ahead – understand that for this to become a lifestyle, you have to set time for working out. You know your schedule and the your possible roadblocks, so plan ahead. Mark your calendars if you have to, set for yourself a reminder and make sure to stick to that schedule, unless you REALLY have to skip it for something very important. Be mindful with the roadblocks though as letting other developments in your life cut into this, can easily put you off track. Make at least a month-long schedule for your workout routine. It doesn’t have to be everyday. A 3-times a week workout is fair enough for you to jump-start your fitness journey. Make that conscious effort to prioritize the habit of exercising regularly.

3. Change Your Mindset with Food – I exercise because I want to eat. I have heard this so many times, even from friends I work with. Nothing really wrong with it. We all have to eat, but careful with this mindset because if you are aiming to lose weight and get back into shape, this mindset might jeopardize your goal. While this might be true to some, the mindset to exercise so you can eat can lead you to eating more than you burn calories on your workout. Exercise is an actor while nutrition is the star of the show. Definitely no starving, just eat right and feed your body right. AND! Don’t be afraid to have your favorite foods every once in a while! I recommend, diet on weekdays and cheat days on weekends ;).

4. Set Realistic Expectations – Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your body. Key is knowing your body and PATIENCE! Set goals that are realistic and achievable according to your exercise routines/frequency and nutrition. Do not be too hard on yourself and never compare your goals and results to others or you are doomed to disappointment and failure. Patience is virtue so do not be alarmed if the weight does not come off as fast as you’d imagined them to be. Bear in mind that IF you are making adjustment on your diet and moving more, it’s impossible not to see some extra weight coming off as the days would progress. Track your progress only if you are consistent with  #2  and  #3.

5. Participate in Exercises or Sport that you Enjoy – oftentimes the reason why people throw in the towel so fast is because they are not enjoying the fitness activity that they do. Let’s face it, if exercising feels like a chore, you won’t last long and that’s when this fitness journey becomes just a fad for you, a seasonal thing. I suggest you participate in exercises and activities that you enjoy doing. Everything does not have to be very structured or should be done in the gym. You might be the sociable type of person and you enjoy doing activities with a group. In that case join an active running group, a zumba class with friends (or make friends while you’re on it), or an outdoor sport that you love. I personally love weights and strength training so my primary exercise is at the gym where lifting weights makes me happy! Weight training is a great way to tone your entire body from head to toe. Then later I learned to love running (road and trail) and started a club for road and trail runners alongwith some friends who enjoy the same sport. It’s a great cross-training. Cardio and Weights is a perfect combination so if you can have that type of fitness routine, it would be great!

So there you go! I hope these tips will help you jumpstart that Fitness Journey you have probably been putting on hold for a long time already. I know that the starting point is the most difficult and the scariest, but don’t let that be your hindrance in improving your health and well-being. Make that decision to be fit and healthy right now and commit to it! Remember, you are doing this for YOU!

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