Trail Chronicles #24: The Other Side of Timberland

There are still so much to look at here at Timberland and explore. If you look past the former garbage dump when you’re on the trails past Shotgun Road, there’s a nice little chunk of woods at the other side of this dumpster that runners try to avoid because it’s either stinky running near it or they just don’t know how to get there.

But not any more. Dumping of trash has been controlled and the stench coming from this landfill has been reduced considerably as there is a landfill-to-energy project here that captures methane and converted into natural gas and energy resource.

There are a few runnable trails that connects the usual trails inside Timberland Heights and past this landfill with several smaller offshoot trails. Perennial trail running partner Jun and i went beyond our comfort zones and explored a few kilometers of random single track paths. You run through both wide open areas and under a lush treeline and can truly get the feeling of floating over a mountain ridge even though you know you’re only a few breaths from a landfill!

It’s been almost 6 months since i came last to this place. There were routes that are now barricaded with steel wires near the back entrance of Timberland as the land owners want to limit bikers and runners who frequent the area so be prepared to venture out for alternate routes.

Here’s a glimpse of our Timberland adventure:

Beeffalo Restaurant: Marikina’s Best Kept Secret

I was relieved to finally reach the Beeffalo By Hotrocks Restaurant at Sto. Nino, Marikina last night after the horrendous traffic along Aurora Boulevard which almost came to a standstill. What was supposed to be a 25 minuted drive took me about 2.5 hours to negotiate.

Beeffalo is located a kilometer away from the Marikina Sports Complex and it’s behind the Blue Wave at Marquinton Mall. With no directional signages nor even small billboards to direct diners to this food sanctuary,  the place has become a veritable best kept secret of Marikina. Their baby back ribs, porterhouse steak and delectable desserts are some of the reasons why people as far as Alabang, Bulacan and Laguna would suddenly appear at their doorsteps armed only with their google maps and memorized verbal instructions given to them by people they’ve asked along the route.

Arriving at the Beeffalo way past our appointed time for our scheduled dinner, i saw long lines of cars parked in front of this resto, with lights glistening from inside. And this place is serious! Originally intended as a small eatery, the edifice is actually made up of container vans refurbished in the style of the old american roadhouses and is filled with retro design features: vintage television set; an antique sewing machine, a rotary dial telephone, 50′s bicycles and an old original Vespa scooter, many of them donated or lent by friends.

The look is certainly distinctive but the effect is homey, where families and friends can gather together and enjoy watching their food being grilled in the barbecue pit located at one corner of the entrance. The smell of barbecue smoke was enticing while the sight of meats being grilled was mouth watering!

Omar at the bbque pit

The house-like ambiance was packed with customers and walking past peoples’ plates, i knew i was going to have another gastronomical experience.

The garden area

The indoor dining area

Roofed Al Fresco

The main attraction though is the menu, loosely styled on American cuisine with steaks (T-bone and Porterhouse with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable salad added), baby back ribs, (tender and succulent) buffalo chicken wings (very hot or sweet n spicy) and even thin-crust biscuit pizzas (all fresh ingredients). Of course, there’s also the all-time Filipino favorite like “inihaw na liempo” and street food barbecue like isaw, tenga and bulaklak!

Our Porterhouse was exemplary, thin but soft. But be careful when ordering the buffalo wings– the original style is really, really hot! We particularly like the endlessly refilled cucumber lemonade but we were offered wine as well, carefully selected by co-owner and Executive Chef, Girlie Cosio-Abad who has them shipped from California.

The portions are large and generous so ideally, it is best to have 3 or more people as it’s more a “family style” dining and you get lots of extras.

Queues are common specially during week-ends. Fridays and Saturdays are almost full to the brim! They also accept bookings for special occasions.

Beeffalo’s facade

Adding to the delight of discovering this new digs is that Beeffalo’s General Manager and Chef Girlie’s husband, Louie Abad is a long distance runner and is currently training for his first ever 42k marathon under The Bull Runner’s TBR Dream Marathon this coming February, 2015.  He would walk from table to table or give instructions to his service staff then would sit again on our table asking tips on all things running. One unanimous advice we gave him— quit smoking!

Louie has been in the restaurant business for more than 8 years so he’s comfortable holding court specially if you want to talk with him about food but obviously, all he’s thinking now is how he would finish his first marathon with 3 months to go and with very little training!

I’ll now gloat on the food we had last night and trying to sample all had me so full and bloated!

Bon Appetit!

Roasted Pumpkin Soup — P65.00

Seafood and Corn Chowder — P90.00

Taco Bbq Salad (for two) — P275.00

Beeffalo Wings: Original Buffalo Style (with Blue Cheese Dip) Hot or Sweet — P195.00

Street Food Barbecue Platter

Porterhouse Steak (250g) — P385.00

Baby Back Ribs Single (with Java Rice) — P270.00

Baby Back Ribs Full (with Java Rice) — P740.00

Garlic Shrimp Pasta (Cream-based sauce with rich garlic flavor) — P195.00

Classic Baked Potato Mash — P65.00

Pepperoni Pizza — P140.00

Margherita (Fresh Tomato and Basil) Pizza — P145.00

Beeffalo Home-made Special Sauce (Red Chili, Green Chili and B-BQ Sauce)

Brazo De Mercedes — P125.00

Dulce De Leche Cheese Cake — P165.00

Charles Shaw Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Nachos (Salsa or Spinach Dip) — P135.00

Cucumber Lemonade — P60.00/95.00

The people behind Beeffalo by Hotrocks. L-R: Louie Abad, General Manager; Girlie Cosio-Abad, Executive Chef and Caren Diaz, Finance Manager

L-R: Girlie Abad, Ruth Floresca, Noy Floresca, me, Caren Diaz, Nana Nadal and Louie Abad

 

 

 

 

Rudy Project: Holiday Sale Starts Tomorrow

I love Rudy Project for their awesome sports glasses which are impressive for their unique styles and use of materials. I purchased my first pair about 2 years ago, wore it for a year until it got stolen together with other valuables that was placed in a shoulder bag. I got a replacement since and it’s currently on rotation with my other sports glasses i use during my trail runs.

I particularly liked the style and quality of the frame which was ahead of its other competitors in terms of design and functionality.

This brand has now branched into other products like road bike helmets, sports watches, sports bags and many more accessories. If you’re looking for the Rudy Project products, a grand sale is in the offing starting tomorrow at the Tektite Auditorium (PSE Building), Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TEKTITE HOLIDAY POSTER

Sale includes other brands but it’s the Rudy Project that has a wide selection to choose from. The sale will be from November 16 until November 22, 2014.

Check it out folks!

PRESS RELEASE:

Holiday Treats from Rudy Project

Rudy Project brings you its much anticipated Annual Holiday Sale! Right in time for your Christmas Shopping run, get your hands on the latest in Technically Cool gear with ridiculously low prices and jaw dropping deals!

Mark your calendars for this huge sports blow out happening on November 16 to 21 at the Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center.

A few Holiday Treats you can look forward to are: Free Special Edition items; Additional 5% off for BDO Credit Card holders; Free Gift Wrapping; Buy 1 Take 1 deals on Rudy Project Rydon Eye Wear; Free Donuts from November 17 to 21; 40% off on all ORCA items; Special Promos on Rudy Projects Helmets and Bags; Buy 2 Get 1 offers on EFX bracelets; and a 20/20 Promo on Rudy Project Eyewear!

Enjoy Huge Discounts and get Big Savings in the best Holiday Sale in sports gear from a brand trusted by both athletes and sports enthusiasts. It’ll be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

Rudy Project Technically Cool, for more information check out their website www.rudyproject.com.ph

2014 Run United HP Recovery Run

EVENT DETAILS:

Run United HP Recovery Run in partnership with Enervon HP

Date: December 14, 2014
Venue: The Fort, BGC
Categories: 5k, 10k & 21k

The Run United HP Recovery Run is a non-competitive run designed to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery and how its proper application can help them establish future personal records. It will be held on December 14, 2014 with 5km, 10km & 21km race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the 34th St. The Fort, BGC.

All finishers will learn more about the proper application of various recovery regimens at the Enervon HP Recovery Village. Each activity has been developed in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments

**REGISTRATION SCHEDULE:

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PREPAID CARD SELLING VENUES:
In-store purchase of the prepaid cards will be available at the following stores, from 12:00NN to 8:00PM Monday to Sunday starting November 17, 2014.

RUNNR Store BGC
•B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
Toby’s Galleria
•3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Toby’s SM North
•SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
Toby’s MOA
•SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

**REGISTRATION FEES:

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**ASSEMBLY AND GUN START TIMES:

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REMINDERS:
•  Should have at least joined one Run United trilogy race series this year (2014) regardless of the distance you ran.
• Limited slots only. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before November 30, 2014.
• Participants are encouraged to wear any of their 2014 RU singlet/finisher shirt, no singlet will be provided.
• Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their race bib with D-tag upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
• Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The race bib with d-tag will be delivered on or before December 7, 2014.
• Finishers’ shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
• All finishers will receive a limited edition HP Recovery Tech Shirt.
• D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
• No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.

RACE RESULTS:
• Race results will be available within three (3) days after the race at http://www.unilabactivehealth.com website.
CONTACT DETAILS:
For online and in-store registration inquiries:
• Landline (+632) 703 1736 or (+632) 463 4814
• Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm only, except holidays.

At the launching of the HP Recovery Run 2014

Press Release:

Unilab Active Health will be holding the Run United HP Recovery Run, in partnership with Enervon HP recovery drink, a unique, non-competitive running event exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers that aim to consistently exceed themselves. Only 2014 Run United finishers will be allowed to participate in the event. All activities from gun start to finish aims to educate the running community on how proper recovery practices during and after an intense workout plays a vital role in enhancing race performances.

The participants of the 5km and 10km recovery run categories will be led by guest pacers such as top coach, Coach Ani De Leon Brown, and National Team Athletes like Claire Adorna and John Chicano in guiding them on the best recovery pace for a run. The 5km recovery run category will have 8, 9, and 10 minute per kilometer recovery paces while the 10km recovery run category will have 8, 9, 10 and 11 minute per kilometer recovery run paces.

The 21km category is intended for participants who wish to do an easy, long distance run to cap off a full season of long distance running for the year but still want to learn more from expert guests about proper recovery after the race.

“Through this event, our goal is to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery programs and how its proper application can help establish future personal records. Progressive runners always desire to do a PR and UNILAB Active Health aims to provide them with different solutions in achieving this goal. Recovering as hard as your training can help them continuously become a better version of themselves,” says Lester P. Castillo, UNILAB Active Health Sports Events Executive.

After crossing the finish line, all participants gain access to the 1st Enervon HP Recovery Village where all activities have been developed with Sports Science experts from the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments. The village will be divided into key zones: physical recovery, sports nutrition recovery, and mental recovery. Some of the activities will feature hot and cold treatment, flexibility exercises, self myofascial release, and periodization counseling.

Participants will also get a chance to enjoy a cold glass of Enervon HP Recovery drink. Enervon HP Recovery is formulated with the ideal 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio that can help repair worn-out muscles and restore lost energy with carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, and essential minerals. Enervon HP Recovery is best taken within 45 minutes after a workout for best nutrient absorption.

The Run United HP Recovery run in partnership with Enervon HP will be held on December 14, 2014 with 5-kilometer & 10-km Recovery Runs, as well as 21-km Easy Long Run categories, all starting and finishing at 34th St. in The Fort, Bonifacio Global City. Online registration is ongoing. For more details visit http://www.unilabactivehealth.com

Scott Jurek: Philippines Live Lecture Series

 

I am fascinated by Scott Jurek’s amazing feats as he is one of the most accomplished distance runners in the history of the sport. He is mostly described as legendary because of his awesome achievements at the peak of his running career. Lately, Jurek has turned his extreme gift of ultrarunning  into inspiring books and public speaking engagements.

On December 10 and 12, 2014, the man himself will be in the Philippines for a series of lectures as he’ll talk about maximizing your strength as a runner, his successful plant-based diet, nutrition, plus his successes and adversities in becoming one of the most successful ultra-marathoners in the world.

On one of his lectures in the US. (Photo from his FB Page)

I won’t belabor anymore superlatives about Scott Jurek as the bio on his website, http://scottjurek.com speaks for itself in his many unsurpassed achievements and are sketched in the annals of ultramarathon history.

“Scott Jurek’s outstanding competitive resume includes victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events, including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the Miwok 100K, and—his signature race—the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times.

The Washington Times named him one of the top runners of the decade, Runner’s World awarded him a Hero of Running and Ultrarunning Magazine named him Ultra-Runner of the Year three times. In 2010, he set a new US all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day—for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week.”

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • United States record for 24-hour distance on all surfaces(165.7 Miles/266.01 Kilometers)
  • Won the Spartathlon 152-mile (245km) race from Athens to Sparta, Greece three consecutive times (2006-2008)
  • Won the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, and held the record time for one year until Kyle Skaggs set a new record in 2008
  • Won the Western States Endurance Run seven consecutive times (1999-2005), and held the record time (15:36:27 in 2004) until 2010
  • Won the Badwater Ultramarathon twice (2005, 2006), and held the course record for two years (2005)
  • Finished first three times (2002-2004) and second three times (2001, 2005, 2006) in the Miwok 100K Trail Race
  • Won the Leona Divide 50 Mile Run four times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
  • Won the Diez Vista 50K Trail Run twice (2000, 2003)
  • Won the montrail Ultra Cup series twice (2000, 2003)
  • Selected as UltraRunning Magazine’s North American Male Ultrarunner of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007

PERSONAL BESTS

  • 100 Mile Trail: 15:36, Western States Endurance Run 2004
  • 100K Road: 7:28, GNC 100K 2001
  • 50 Mile Trail: 6:21, Ice Age 50 Mile 1999
  • 50 Mile Road: 5:50, GNC 2001
  • 50K Trail: 3:04, Bendistillery 50K 1999
  • 26.2 Mile Road Marathon: 2:38, Austin Marathon 2006

Aside from the above, he has been prominently featured in the New York Times bestseller, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

Catch Scott Jurek’s Manila lectures at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Theater, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on December 10, 2014 at 5:00PM then he flies to Cebu City on December 12, 2014 to give his talk at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel also at 5:00PM.

Tickets at P950.00 each. See posters for more details!

 

AyosDito.ph Launches SportsKoAyosDito

AyosDito.ph is the hallmark of what an on-line buying and selling site should be. Local, honest, reliable, trustworthy, and skilled. AyosDito.ph has enough glowing reviews on their classified ads business, and are now launching a campaign called “SportsKoAyosDito” to promote a hassle-free, safe on-line selling and buying of Road Bikes for the budding triathlete.

The SportsKoAyosDito’s campaign is highlighting on the sport of triathlon and this media is now positioning itself as a portal for best buys of pre-loved road and triathlon bikes in terms of pricing and quality.

Bike bought at AyosDito. The Scott brand is for Maridol while the Bianchi goes to Jeffrey

This campaign is partnering with celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano and triathlon coach, Miguel Lopez to search and select bikes at AyosDito suited for newbie triathletes who would want to gear up and buy a decent, race-ready bike for their first race competition.

I was fortunate enough to be invited at the “SportsKoAyosDito” launch at the Museum Cafe last Monday and we were introduced to this concept wherein both Drew Arellano and Miguel Lopez presented to us their trainees, Jeffrey Calayag and Maridol Yabut, respectively who were able to purchase their competition bikes at AyosDito.

Maridol on midle pic (red shirt) and Jeffrey on extreme right.

Here in full are the details of the SportsKoAyosDito campaign:

AyosDito launches “SportsKoAyosDito” campaign to promote sports and hassle-free, safe consumer-to-consumer e-commerce

MANILA, Philippines, November 10, 2014—AyosDito has launched a campaign called “#SportsKoAyosDito” to help beginners pursue and level-up their passion for sports, and at the same time, promote hassle-free, safe online selling and buying.

Partnering with celebrity triathlete Drew Arellano and triathlon coach Miguel Lopez, AyosDito helped selected triathlon beginners—Jeff Calayag and Maridol Yabut—to gear up and train for their first triathlon competition. With “#SportsKoAyosDito”, the biking community was able to sell their pre-loved road bikes for the triathlon beginners.

Drew and Miguel were largely involved in the campaign. They both searched for the bikes on AyosDito, and met the sellers to transact with them – just like what happens with sellers and buyers in real life – to demonstrate that online selling and buying, especially with AyosDito, is hassle-free and safe.

Brand influencer and triathlete Drew Arellano shared, “I realized that with platforms like AyosDito, various items especially for sports, are available so it is now easier and more cost-efficient to start a passion like triathlon. Meeting sellers is an exciting experience as it puts the human element in online selling and buying. My own user experience in meeting the sellers and buying the bike was safe and fun as AyosDito has a dedicated reviewer who ensures ads and sellers quality.”

Triathlon coach and athlete Miguel Lopez said, “Sports enthusiasts will be surprised that they can rely on platforms like AyosDito because they can find what they need for a particular sport. For instance, I found a fit bike for my trainee Maridol Yabut who needs a 48 – 50 cm road bike and this bike, despite being a pre-loved one, is competition-ready. Knowing the strict ads approval of AyosDito, my expectation was met when I saw that the bike was original and the seller was reliable.”

Believing in the potential of customer-to-customer e-commerce sites to promote and grow passions like sports, AyosDito Philippines Marketing Manager Rebecca Ricalde said, “At AyosDito, we are committed to helping Filipinos pursue their passions like sports by creating a hassle-free, safe, and trustworthy environment where experts and beginners can connect and transact with peace of mind.

With AyosDito, we believe we can grow and sustain communities like sports. For this campaign, we are highlighting triathlon but the message applies for all sports and hobbies such as surfing, mountaineering, boxing and many more.”

Drew Arellano (in black) explains his role in SportsKoAyosDito

To make sure every buyer or seller can enjoy the most Ayos experience, the company strictly implements the following rules:

1. Duplicate ads are not allowed. Nobody likes spam. On AyosDito.ph, buyers find items they’d like easily.
2. “General Patronage” items only. AyosDito.ph stays up-to-date on the prohibited items for sale based on Philippine laws. Likewise, there are no ads promoting tobacco, alcohol products, and more. For a full list:

http://www.ayosdito.ph/about/index.htm?ca=5_s&page=prohibited

3. Honesty is our policy. One major concern when buying online is scam. To prevent this, ads are scrutinized based on their photos, description, and item price compared to current mall prices. Usually, if an ad is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t!
4. Clear photos are required. Part of ad quality control is focused on reviewing ad photos. Ads published need to be clear. Photos that are blurry, dark, with too much text, and even those with watermarks are rejected as a way to prevent scam ads.
5. Actual photos (of cars) are required. Everyday, over 72,000 buyers are looking to buy cars on AyosDito.ph! To make sure these interested buyers get the best experience, specifically prohibited are stock, internet, and magazine or catalogue photos for car ads. Actual car photos are required to inform every buyer on their decision.

About brand influencer Drew Arellano

Committed to fitness and wellness, Drew has been actively involved in triathlons since 2007. The first triathlon event he participated in was the NAGT Sprint Triathlon in UPLB. His first triathlon bike was a Giant TCR.

About the campaign partner and triathlete and coach Miguel ‘Ige’Lopez

Miguel has been doing triathlon/multisport training since November 2000. This month marks his 14th year doing triathlons/multisport. His first triathlon was in July 2011 when he finished the first UPLB Trantados Sprint Triathlon.  In the first triathlon he saw in 2000 gave him the chance to participate in a team relay in half-ironman distance race in Matabungkay, Batangas His first bike, given by his dad way back in high school, was an old Gary Fisher mountain bike he used for bike commuting and going around town. His first “real” bike was a second-hand generic frame road bike which cost Php16,000.00.

Miguel has been coaching personalities. His former students include Erwan Heusaff, Miriam Quiambao, Bianca King, Lance Gokongwei, Anton Wang, and Fernando Zobel. Currently, he is coaching Kim Atienza and Isabelle Daza.

About the triathlon beginner and trainee Jeffrey Calayag

Jeffrey has been training for running for a year. He joined We Run United, and Milo for 21k running events. Now, he is training for his first marathon for Condura next year. With biking, he is getting into it between these runs as his recovery and now checking if there is a chance he can join a duathlon. His inspiration to fulfill a healthy and active lifestyle is his family. Drew Arellano is his role model and inspiration ever since the start. He has a generic Alloy bike.

About the triathlon beginner and trainee Maridol Yabut

The triathlons she has joined so far include the 5150 Safeguard Triathlon Bohol 2014 (where she was a runner on the relay team), Dream Marathon 2011, CamSur International Marathon 2010 and 2011 (21k), and the 34th Milo Marathon. For Maridol, swimming is the skill that she really has to learn. Her fitness goals are to be able to finish her first triathlon and in the long run, join international marathon events. Her family and friends inspire her. Right now, she is having her road bike from AyosDito with the help of coach Ige Lopez.

For more information on AyosDito.ph ad review policies, please visit: http://www.ayosdito.ph/about/index.htm?ca=5_s&page=rules. Like AyosDito on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AyosDito.ph; follow us on Instagram @AyosDito_PH and Twitter @AyosDitoPH.

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About AyosDito.ph

AyosDito.ph is an online classified site developed for Filipinos, by Filipinos. It is dedicated in giving the best online buying and selling experience through FREE ad postings and safe online shopping for its users. For over 5 years, AyosDito.ph has helped prevent spam and scam through an extensive and personalized ad review process, followed by global sites in more than 30 countries. This way, more Filipinos find items and sellers they can trust.

AyosDito.ph is managed and operated by 701 Search Inc, a joint venture between Singapore Press Holdings Limited, Schibsted ASA and Telenor Group.

Short Sprints: Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

Media test running the NIKE Zoom Air Structure 18

You might be surprised by what running shoe companies have come out with in their latest models. Take for example the latest iterations of the Altra, Hoka One One and Saucony shoes. These running shoes may look big and chunky but are actually very light and more advanced in built. The newer models are also pushing the boundaries of technical innovation.

Let’s look at NIKE’s latest offer, the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18. Last Wednesday evening, i hied off to the Nike Park Store in BGC as NIKE Philippines was going to have this model tested by me and 5 other bloggers and from those in media on a group run which also coincides with the Nike Running Clinic being held nearby.

The numbers speak for themselves. The Air Structure has been one of Nike’s best selling models to date and here now is their 18th version!  True to Nike’s innovation, this venerable stability shoe has been updated regularly from its previous incarnations.

We went to the nearby Track 30th Park which is a few steps outside the Nike store and put on this model in our sizes to get a feel for the kind of support, flexibility and stability they’ll give when you actually run in them. As a warm up, we did 3 loops of 300 meters each of easy jog inside the park’s perimeter after which we did running drills to loosen up the muscles.

With our first few steps in the NIKE Air Zoom Structure 18, here are my initial impressions of the shoe:

FIT and FEEL:

It has a decidedly snugged fit, enhanced by a contoured arch, narrow mid foot, an accommodating toe box and a smooth upper which is made comfortable by its “Flywire” technology. It is superbly light, and you’ll detect some bouyancy that springs back immediately after foot impact. I also noticed the super secure heel which did not play around while doing our warm-up stretching and running drills.

Doing dynamic stretching with the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

CONSTRUCTION:

At quick glance, it has a great looking upper with its famous seam-less mesh. The “Flywire” technology is incorporated into the lacing system that wraps the foot nicely for a very snug fit. The Structure 18 incorporates yarns and fabrics that were knitted right into the Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight. The result is a more  precise fit that adopts to the foot in motion and gives it a plush look.

PERFORMANCE:

This short test run entailed us to do a warm-up jog for about a kilometer and about 20 minutes of running drills.  To give this shoe a final test, the Nike coach asked us to do 6 x 100 meter sprints with about 70-80% effort. We were grouped in pairs and while doing the sprints, we were mindful how the shoe would react to fast paced running.

The feel on these fast pacing was SMOOTH! No issues about hot spots, irritations, nor dragging. It offers a soft, resilient ride and feels more comfortable at fast speeds which may be due to the easy flexing upper.

The other runners in our wear-test group found the ride to be a little bit bouncy but surprisingly stable for such a soft trainer. For me, the agility and responsiveness in the midfoot and forefoot were more than adequate which i believe would be ideal for a marathon.

The shoe’s outsole with lugs similar to those of trail shoes

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION:

I really can’t give an all-out endorsement regarding this shoes’ performance because the wear-test limited us to just doing short interval sprints for a few minutes and to give it a full recommendation should also entail testing on how they would perform during long runs and races. Unfortunately, we had to return the shoe after this initial test.

However, based on my initial impressions, i would give this high marks for its sublime feel during the speed work-out. This shoe is sufficiently cushioned and it’s spry enough to be able to rev up for faster paced work-outs. I also liked the snug and secure heel cup and accommodating but not baggy forefoot.

Suggested Retail Price for the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is PHP6,095.00 for both Men’s and Women’s models.

Women’s model

PRESS RELEASE:

New Nike Air Zoom Structure: Stability Has Never Been Faster
The 18th version of the beloved workhorse delivers stability and performance that are unshakeable at high speeds.

Strength and growth come from continuous effort — but growing up doesn’t have to mean slowing down, as proven by the new, revolutionary Nike Air Zoom Structure 18. Now in its 18th version, the Nike Air Zoom Structure raises the bar for a running shoe that delivers both speed and stability.

Over the last two-plus decades, Nike designers have debunked the notion that stable means slow. They’ve constantly pushed to make the Nike Structure shoe lighter, smoother and more responsive without sacrificing any of its vaunted stability features. The design of the Structure 18 is a quantum leap from past versions where designers revolutionized it from top to bottom.

The Nike team worked closely with elite athletes such as 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp and 3,000m world junior champion Mary Cain for insights to bring the distinctive shoe across the finish line. Rupp, who runs nearly all of his 120 miles per week in the Nike Structure, said the Structure 18 gives him a more stable ride and feels faster all the way through his runs.

“The Nike Structure is the only shoe I’ve trained in since I started running, so it feels special to me to have input in the design of the new one,” Rupp said. “I love the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 because it hugs my foot in the right places, providing the support I need to go the distance. I was really surprised when I picked them up and felt how light they were. It’s like Nike found a way to magically shave a few ounces off, and because of that, I feel like I can run faster in them.”

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 delivers uncompromising stability through the combination of an upper featuring Asymetrical Dynamic Flywire and a triple-density Dynamic Support system in the midsole. The new contoured last — created to provide a better fit and more responsive ride — combined with Nike Zoom Air cushioning, provides added toe spring for the snappy, quick-off-the-ground feel athletes expect from Nike Zoom Air.

Designed to provide runners with support and cushioning, the innovative Dynamic Support system uses opposing wedges of foam with different densities to help slow the rate of pronation. Designers enhanced the support in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 by adding a third, high-density foam to the existing system. When needed, the three-density Dynamic Support system kicks in to help provide added support and enhance the smooth transition upon foot strike.

The design also features a Nike Engineered Mesh upper with Asymetrical Nike Flywire cables that wrap the foot and provide support without the bulkiness of previous models, letting the foot move naturally. Nike Engineered Mesh also improves comfort and breathability. Nike Engineered Mesh enables designers to precision-engineer ventilation and lightweight support where needed most, improving comfort and breathability.

Nike’s Zoom Air technology is the fastest, most responsive Nike Air cushioning, making it the cushioning of choice for many elite and everyday athletes. Highly responsive Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot combined with the added toe spring of the new Zoom last, provides the Structure 18 with a responsive snap and fast transition.

“We designed the Zoom Air collection to be a revolution in speed,” said Rob Dolan, Nike VP and Creative Director, Footwear. “Whether athletes are racing or training, they repeatedly ask for Zoom Air because they love that fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it.”

For the first time, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available for customization with NIKEiD on nike.com starting Sept. 25. NIKEiD will exclusively provide choices in widths, sockliners and personalization with colors, color-fade graphics and characters. The inline Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available on nike.com starting Oct 2.

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is part of a collection of Zoom Air running shoes that includes the Air Zoom Pegasus 31, Air Zoom Elite 7 and Air Zoom Streak 5.