Ultra Training Plan #1

30 06 2012

Training Plan For Races Of 40 Miles To 100K On 50 Miles Per Week

Thurs Speed
Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Total Work Duration
1 Rest 6 5 6 Rest 12 5 34 No speed work
2 Rest 6 5 6 Rest 14 5 36 No speed work
3 Rest 6 5 6 Rest 16 5 38 No speed work
4 Rest 5 3 5 Rest 14 5 32 No speed work
5 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 16 5 40 12-15 mins
6 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 18 5 42 12-15 mins
7 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 18 5 42 15-18 mins
8 Rest 6 4 6 Rest 14 5 35 12-15 mins
9 Rest 10 5 7 Rest 20 5 47 15-18 mins
10 Rest 10 5 7 Rest 12 10 44 15-18 mins
11 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 22 5 46 No speed work
12 Rest 6 4 6 Rest 14 5 35 18-20 mins
13 Rest 9 5 7 Rest 24 5 50 20-25 mins
14 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 18 10 47 20-25 mins
15 Rest 6 4 6 Rest 14 10 40 20-25 mins
16 Rest 10 5 7 Rest 24 5 51 15-18 mins
17 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 18 10 47 20-25 mins
18 Rest 6 4 6 Rest 14 10 40 20-25 mins
19 Rest 7 5 3 Rest 31 Rest 46 No speed work
20 Rest 6 4 6 Rest 14 5 35 10-15 mins
21 Rest 7 5 7 Rest 25 5 49 20-25 mins
22 Rest 5 5 7 Rest 18 Rest 35 18-20 mins
23 Rest 5 Rest 7 Rest 10 5 27 12-15 mins
24 4 Rest 3 Rest 2 50 Rest 59 No speed work

***Bold indicates a Recovery or Taper Week

Everything is in MILES.

The above training plan was taken from the book, Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide To Running Ultramarathons by Bryon Powell. Chapter 5, page 94.

(Source: Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide To Running Ultramarathons by Bryon Powell)

Next: Training Plan For Races of 40 Miles to 100K on 70 Miles Per Week.

Picture Of The Week #8

29 06 2012

2013 BDM 102 Update: List Of Invited Runners

28 06 2012

The list of invited runner for the 2013 Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race is now listed in my blog’s 2013 BDM 102 Page above or click on the link below.


Please read the “NOTE” I posted below the list. We will make sure that you will have your exact size for your Finisher’s T-Shirt. Also, we will be strict on the deadline of payment for the registration fee. Late Payments after July 31, 2012 will have a penalty of additional P 500.00 and the Last Day of Payment will be on August 30, 2012.

Good luck and train well.

Quote For The Week

27 06 2012

This is an excerpt taken from the newly published book by Scott Jurek entitled, “Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey To Ultramarathon Greatness”.


Regular running is satisfying in itself. If you’re the competitive type, even greater satisfaction lies in running faster and longer, in challenging yourself. Progress can be a great motivator and a great incentive to keep exercising.

If you want to improve as a runner, you can (and should) do supplemental training, which involves strengthening, flexibility, and technique work. But the simplest way to improve is to run faster. And the way to do that is to train yourself to run harder, the way I did during my long climbs to Mount Si.

Here’s how: After you’ve been running for 30 to 45 minutes at least three times a week for six to eight weeks, you’re ready to start running occasionally at 85 to 90 percent of your physical capacity, or the point where lactate is building up in your muscles but your body is still able to clear and process it. Build to where you can maintain that lactate threshold level for 5 minutes. Then take 1 minute of easy running to give the body time to recover, then repeat. As you progress, increase the number of the intervals and their length while maintaining a 5:1 ratio between work and rest. So you would do 10-minute intervals of hard running followed by 2-minute breaks; or 15 minutes of hard running followed by 3 minutes of rest, and so on.

After four to six weeks, you’ll be able to maintain this effort level for 45 to 50 minutes. And you’ll be faster.”

(Note: Taken from Chapter 10: Dangerous Tune, pages 88-89)

Pinoy Ultrarunners’ Pride

26 06 2012

Three days before the conduct of the 2012 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, I made a post on this blog explaining about the significance of the said event to all the runners, specifically to ultrarunners. I specifically mentioned that we have a local Pinoy ultrarunner for the first time to participate in this event, Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale, whom I mentioned his past significant ultrarunning accomplishments on the following link.


With all the drama and the suspense along the 100-mile route, Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale and his pacer, Rick Gaston finished the race in 29:50:33 hours, barely 10 minutes before the cut-off time of 30 hours. Another Filipino living in California, Jose San Gabriel, sealed the list of Official Finishers as the last runner with barely 2 minutes before the race was closed.

I will let Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale and Rick Gaston write and tell their own story about their 2012 WS 100 experiences in their respective blogs. You can click Ultrarunning & Beyond and 365 Ultra on my Blogroll for their blogs and hoping that they will post their respective story in the next few days.

With a request posted at Facebook for anybody who could relay the good news to the media, Maria Arnie Sheila Garde, came up with a news article on the Internet which is hopefully to be printed in the local daily news. The following is the link:


Another Pinoy Ultrarunner and writer to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Haide Acuna, promised me that she will make also another news story for the said daily newspaper. This is her news story:


2012 Western States 100 will forever be remembered in the history of the event as well among ultrarunner in the world due to the following:

1. This the second coldest edition of the event. The coldest edition was in 1991.

2. The Course Record established by Geoff Roes in 2010 edition with a time of 15:07:04 was broken by the two top finishers—Timothy Olson in 14:46:46 hours and Ryan Sandes in 15:03:56 hours.

3. The Ladies’ Course Record of Ann Trason established in the 1994 edition with a time of 17:37:51 hours was broken by Ellie Greenwood with a Finish Time of 16:47:19 hours.

4. Dave Mackey, 42 years old, broke the Masters Course Record set by Tsuyoshi Kaburaki of Japan in last year’s edition (16:07:04 hours) with an impressive time of 15:53:36 hours. He finished fourth (4th) Overall in this year’s edition.

5. Six (6) runners finished below 16 hours. 316 finished; 66 runners DNFed with 382 starters. 148 Finishers got the Silver Buckle Award for finishing sub-24 hours.

6. Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale is the FIRST Local Pinoy Ultrarunner to Finish the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.

I will not be surprised if Atty Jonnifer Lacanlale will attempt to improve his finish time in the next WS 100 editions to come. His feat inspires us to fight to the end up to the last drop of our strength and will power. A character that is truly Pinoy in nature!

Mabuhay Ang Pinoy!

Pacer Rick Gaston & Atty Jon Lacanlale @ The Finish Area (Photo by Rick Gaston)

1st Marcos-Kennon 50-Mile Ultra Road Classic

25 06 2012

This is the first official ultra marathon road race that traces the route from Rosario, La Union via the Marcos Highway to Baguio City and then go back to the starting area via Kennon Road. The route covers a distance of 50 miles or 80 kilometers. This is considered as an ultra mountain running event. The route is very popular among cyclists and it is always a part of a yearly professional cycling event in the country.

Now, ultrarunners will have to experience what it takes to travel on that route on foot!

I personally ran the route for two days—starting at 3:30 PM at the Saitan Junction and proceeded to the Marcos Highway, all the way to Baguio City and in the following day, continued my run along Kennon Road and got back to where I started. The details and pictures are described in the following posts:


For those who are interested to experience the run, they could join this event. This road run will kick-off the monthly ultra events that will prepare the 2013 BDM 102 and 160 participants to build-up their mileage in preparation for the “Big Dance” on the first weekend of March next year! Or shall we say the “Biggest Ultra Road Party” in the country! Last year, it was the Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan, Aurora 60K Ultra Road Race that started the “road to the 2012 BDM 102/160” to those who successfully finished the races.

If you ask those runners who finished the upper 50% of the field who joined the BDM Races this year about their training, they will tell you that they have joined the monthly ultra races before the D-Day, whether they were organized by me, Jonel of FrontRunner Magazine or by the ultrarunners in Visayas and Mindanao. What matters most is that you build-up those mileages for your foundation of endurance and at the same time assess the condition of your body.

Aside from these reasons, you could also start to find out the best apparel (shoes, shirt, shorts, socks, compression attire or not and others) for your ultra runs. Make sure to test them if they give you chafing, blisters or pain on your legs and joints (for the shoes). It is also in these runs that you test what is best for you in terms of your hydration and nutritional needs. Plus the need to find out how to deal with the heat of the sun during the run. For sure, after these monthly ultra runs you should have been able to adapt to the challenges for the BDM Races. This is where your running accessories, like headlamps/flashlights and reflectorized vest, will be tested.

Having said the importance of this run, the following are the details/rules and regulation of the ultra event:

1. A runner has the option to be self-supported or supported by a vehicle with support crew. Only four-wheeled vehicles are allowed as support vehicles. A support vehicle can support a maximum of four (4) runners.

2. No bandits will be allowed in the race.

3. Runners should position themselves ALWAYS at the left side of the road, facing the incoming traffic. Always be on Alert on the traffic infront and on your back. Runners should ALWAYS be on SINGLE FILE on the left side of the road.

4. The use of Ipods, MP3s and earphones are allowed as long as runners could still hear his surroundings and the sound of the incoming traffic. Always stay alert while running or walking.

5. Support Vehicle should stop always on the farthest RIGHT side of the road with the Warning Lights ON. As compared with Marcos Highway, Kennon Road is very narrow that your Support Vehicle needs an ample space to park in order not to impede the flow of traffic on the highway. In addition, most of the runners will hit this road on midnight up to the following early morning.

6. Support Vehicles are strictly NOT ALLOWED to “shadow” their respective runners. This is a ground for disqualification of runners. All support Vehicles should “leap frog” their runner depending on the instruction and capability of the runner.

7. Be extra careful, for the support crew and runner, in crossing the highway before and after “pit stops”.

8. All runners should have headlamp/flashlight and reflective vest or reflectorized tapes on their running apparel during the night run.

9. All runners must also bring with them First Aid Kit and Hydration system. Trekking Poles are allowed.

10. Start and Finish Area will be at the Municipal Plaza of Rosario, La Union. Assembly Time is at 2:00 PM of Saturday, July 14, 2012. The race will start at 3:00 PM.

11. The race has a cut-off time of 18 hours. The race closes at 9:00 AM of Sunday, July 15, 2012. There will be checkpoints along the route but there will be NO imposed cut-off times on them.

12. Registration Centers: ARC Manila c/o Perkins Briones and/or Deposit Registration Fee at BPI Savings Account #0296-0673-22 in the name of Jovenal Narcise. If payment will be made through BPI account, runner should send the scanned copy of the deposit slip to jovie75@hotmail.com and bring it to the starting area on race day.  Registration fee is P 2,000.00. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

13. To cater to the ultrarunners coming from the North and nearby provinces, we will ALLOW On Site Registration provided they arrive at the Assembly Area earlier than the stated assembly time.

14. There will be NO Cash Prizes. Podium Finishers (1-2-3 for Men & Women) will receive trophies. Each finisher will receive Special Commemorative Finisher’s Medal and Finisher’s T-Shirt. Ranking based from the Official Result will earn points for the 2012 PAU Runner of the Year Award. (Note: Certificate of Finish will be given on later date)

15. Pacers are not allowed.

Good luck and see you at the Starting Line!

Picture Of The Week #7

22 06 2012

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