Ultramarathon Training Tips by Jonel Mendoza

Jonel Mendoza of FrontRunner Magazine shared these tips during the briefing of the 1st Cebu Ultramarathon held last November 27, 2010 and I’d like to post this here for my friends who will be running the frontRUNNER Coast to Coast Ultramarathon on May 1, 2011.

Training for an ultramarathon includes mental training, walk training, nutrition training, and B2B LSDs.  Jonel’s tips really helped a lot.  This type of training is so much different to ones that are for half or full marathons.

Here’s what he wrote:

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My Official Cebu City Marathon timepiece

I’ve decided to wear my 11 year old Timex Ironman Triathlon watch (8 Lap Memory, Water-resistant up to 200m, Indiglo Technology, Timer, Chrono, and Alarm functions) tomorrow at the Cebu City Marathon.  Yeah I know.  It’s a relic from my triathlon days but hey, it still works…


A month before, my plan was to go for a 4:15 finish time or thereabouts.

Then I changed my mind and set it at 4:35.  I was afraid I might DNF my first marathon because of (stupidly) setting too high a goal.

Then I changed my mind again. 

This time I want to forget about the finish time. 
I will focus on listening to my body.
Eating right and hydrating early will be a priority, not the pace.

And most importantly, I will just enjoy running the race with friends.

Good luck and a safe race to all my DailyMile friends, Team HardWork, Team Boring Members from Manila, TTB, Ungo, and others.. 
Godspeed!