My 2009 Pasig River Marathon Training Started Last 01 Dec ’08

On the following day, Monday, after I finished the MILO National Finals last 30 November 2008 with a time of 3:48:42 hours, I was back at the ULTRA Oval Track doing my active recovery run for 30 minutes. It was on this slow recovery run where I thought of seriously preparing for the Bataan Death March 102K Ultramarathon Race which will be held on April 5, 2009. Henceforth, all my weekend races and marathon race/s before the ultramarathon race will be a part of my training.

So, while the rest were tapering for their Singapore Marathon and later recovering and resting after the said race, I, together with the Hardcores and Team Bald Runner were already preparing for our next marathon race. And out from nowhere, I received a text message  from the race organizer of the Philippine Marathon for Pasig River stating that the race will be held on March 8, 2009.

As part of my training for the March 8 Marathon and 102K Ultramarathon, the Hardcore Group (HG), Team Bald Runner, and participants in the 102K Ultramarathon will conduct a “50K practice run” along the route of the Bataan Death March on 23 February 2009.

For the past weeks, I’ve been running a total of 70-90 kilometers every week; going to the gym at least twice a week to strengthen my core & upper body muscles; and attending the “speed” lesson/training at the ULTRA Oval Track three times a week. For this week, I should be able to reach a total of 90-100 kilometers and for the month of January, I should be hitting 110+ kilometers per week already.

Race Goal for Philippine Marathon for Pasig River: 3:30:00-3:45:00 hours

How will I prepare for it? The following are the ingredients of my preparation every week:

2—Long Steady Distance Runs

2—Speed Runs

1—Tempo Run

1—Speed Drills/Pylometrics

1—Active Recovery Run

8—Hours of Sleep Every Night

1—Massage Session

1-2—Gym Workout Sessions

Lots of “Double” runs for the day, and

Lots of Positive Attitude and Discipline

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To Everybody!!!