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Brooks Features August Benedicto: "Why Do I Run?"

Last month Brooks featured a video that tells how a celebrity Athlete fuels his day through running.

On this another short video below, let the 2-Time Ironman 70.3 Champion -- August Benedicto inspire you with his story of how it all started from being an ice vendor once and onto becoming the renowned Elite Triathlete.

Be inspired and run happy with this Brooks Running Philippines' inspirational video! Maybe you too can become a #BrooksChamp someday.

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Go Out and Join the Festivities of R.O.X's Outdoor Festival 2015

It's Sunday and you don't have anything to do? Why not go out with your family and have an Urban outdoor adventure instead?
Outrun the Road
Recreational Outdoor eXchange (ROX) is currently holding its 2015 Outdoor Festival at the Bonifacio High Street in Global City, Taguig. It started yesterday (April 18) with Outdoor talks with topics about advices on planning and packing, outdoor photography, and how to capture an incredible outdoor footage. Different outdoor activities and challenges also abounds the different sponsor booths, targeting the experienced, newbies, and even kids and kids at heart. Movie goers will also be enchanted by the outdoor film showing aimed to awaken your passion to explore. Get to see Lorax, and Secret Life of Walter Mitty (shown yesterday, Saturday), Chasing Mavericks, and Into the Wild (will be shown today).

This weekend outdoor festival will conclude today (April 19). The second day of Outdoor talks will be about encouraging our young ones to the outdoor adventures, responsible adventuring, and bike road safety and maintenance.

For those seeking a challenge, here are the stuffs you might want to try. Oh, before that, let me just tell you that I joined the 100-meters "Outrun the Road Challenge" of Salomon with a finish time of 29.75-seconds, which put me on the 6th or 7th place when I left. I targeted to finish around 15 to 18-seconds but the 4x25-meters proved to be more challenging than a straight 100-meter sprint. Currently, the time to beat is at 24.xx seconds, and the top winner (male and female) will get a free slot to Salomon's Road xTrail 2015 as prize (and a Salomon shoe, if I heard the whisper correctly)!

So aside from that, here are the other Challenges waiting for you before this weekend outdoor festival ends: Columbia's "Trying Stuff Challenge"; Camp Eddie Bauer; Mountain Hard Wear's "Last Man Standing"; The North Face's "Mountain Athletics"; Fox's "Pump Up the Track" challenge; and Zero Gravity's "Bouldering Competition".

Kids will also get to try and learn how to ride the Strider bike on a mini-obstacle track. Other sponsors have their own mini-challenge as well on each of their booths such as Spyder's Jigsaw puzzle and Volcom's shooting challenge.

Check out some photos I took from Day 1 below:

Sanuk's Blow that ball?
Zero Gravity's Bouldering Competition
Camp Eddie Bauer
Outdoor Film Showing
Mountain Hard Wear's Last Man Standing (Beat your opponents with this 6-hour Challenge)
Fox's Pump Up the Track
Photo Framing with Spyder's Ms. Karyl Moral and Mr. JP Alipio of Globe Cordillera Challenge
Pedal-less Kids Strider Bike
Mini Bike Obstacle Challenge for Kids
Columbia's Trying Stuff Challenge
Power Up's Wall Climbing Challenge
PlanetZips' LED Poi Workshop

More photos at my Facebook page/album.

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Saucony Ride 7 Shoe Review

A little trivia: The Saucony's logo actually represents the Sacony Creek in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and the three circles represents the boulders. The word Saucony (pronounced sock-uh-knee) means “where two rivers run together.”

I received this pair of Saucony Ride 7 courtesy of Ms. Nikka Peralta of i-Trend last December 19, 2014, two months after the 1st Saucony Philippines store was launched at Glorietta 3 in Makati City where the new line of Saucony Performance apparels, Kinvara 5, and Saucony Philippine sponsored-athletes were also unveiled to the media and attendees.

The Ride 7 has not been rode on for a break-in until a month after, with the break-in at only 6.75-km for a short speed test near my neighborhood. I have decided to have a speed workout as a test run for this shoe due to the fact that my initial impression about this pair is that it was a racing flat because it is as lightweight as my previous Kinvara 3.

Since the Ride 7 falls on the neutral cushioning shoe category, you would never expect the shoe to be lightweight at only 9.4 ounces (266.5 grams) at first glance with the visibly-chunky rubber on the medial side. It isn't even close to minimalist shoe with its 8-mm heel-to-toe drop/offset. Having been used to a neutral Diadora shoe which I previously thought was at par in terms of weight on its category, the Ride 7's weight was really surprising to me.

The Saucony Ride 7's cushioning was also impressive. It is thick and soft but not overly soft that would swallow the energy from your strides. In fact, its responsiveness is also satisfying that I can recommend this shoe for short speed races and even longer distances to 21K and Marathons. Of course the shoe is intended for paved road use only and not on trails.

Saucony Ride 7's blown rubbers on the heel, mid, and toe areas.
The hard blown rubber on the heel area keeps it from immediate wear, while the softer blown rubber under the forefoot gives it relative traction even on not-so-perfect roads. Right under the tip of the toes are also hard rubber (not as hard as on the heel, and not as soft as on the midsole) to also minimize the accelerated wear and tear on this area at every toe-offs. These rubbers in contrast are flex-groove designed that makes the shoe flexible.

Breathable upper mesh in blue / black / citron color
Aesthetically, the upper is also breathable with its open mesh that keeps the feet cool and comfortable. The welded overlays are seamless and functionally does structure support at each bend of the forefoot. The lace's green-black color combination perfectly accentuates the lucid blue color of the upper.

The reflective bits of Saucony Ride 7
The small logo in front of the lace, the two lace loops, the text logo on the upper-outer tongue, and another small logo at the heel area also serves a purpose - it reflects the lights back so vehicles won't miss you while running in the dark.

As of this writing, my Saucony Ride 7 pair has already logged about 96-kms in combined training runs and two (2) races (at the Run United 1 2015 and PF-Sub 1 Challenge). I cannot conclude yet its cushioning's durability and whether it will be able to survive at least 400-km distance. In contrast, I am already loving its lightweightedness, the aesthetics, flexibility, and cushioning.

The only caveat or needs more improvement is that the tongue still slides sideways despite the presence of the two lace loops. Although it doesn't really affect your strides or the way you run, but it would be better if the tongue stays on its center alignment.

Powerfoam insoles integrated with grid technology
The well-stitched inner sockliner
The heel crash pad redesigned to give more cushioned landing zone
More blown lightweight rubbers
First 21K race (as Pacer) at the Run United 1 2015
First 10K (and 2nd race) at the Pinoy Fitness' 10K Sub-1 Challenge 2015

My first dib with a Saucony shoe was with the Kinvara 3 that I bought at 50% discount on the 23rd of November 2012. What's great at the Kinvara 3 was also of its lightweight, durable upper, and almost a minimalist design at just 4-mm heel-to-toe drop. Add to it the showy green-black color combination -- which was an eye catcher.

It is a racing flat which retired after having logged more than 320++ kilometers only of pounding on the road. The retirement was forced as it has already started causing plantar pains with the accelerated wear on the toe area of the shoe's right pair. I'm still using it but only on casual and short walks or strolls.

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