Run for Melinda Ponce

A tragic incident that shook the running community of Cebu.

Ultrarunner Champion Melinda Ponce, an inspiration to so many runners in Cebu, was killed yesterday (Oct. 16, 2011) at her home in Talisay.

Story on Suntar http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2011/10/17/man-shoots-5-self-185487

Story by Max Limpag http://www.ceburunning.com/ultra-runner-melinda-ponce-killed/

A run is going to be held this Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 at Ayala Center Cebu in honor of Melinda Ponce and all proceeds will go to the family.

Definitely Not a Kindergarten

I joined 50+ other ultrarunners in a run from Mandaue City to the Municipality of Catmon yesterday.  Total distance would be around 50km.

Thoughts of not being able to do the distance never entered my mind days before the race.  I even tapered on race week to reserve some energy and be fresh on the day of the race.

But I suffered through the latter part of the course.  I was completely drained mentally and physically.  All I wanted was for the race to end.

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2 weeks to go

In less than 2 weeks, more than 200 runners will be running from Toledo City to Cebu City in the frontRunner Coast to Coast Ultramarathon 65km.  It is named as such because Toledo and Cebu are on opposite sides of the island of Cebu.  It traverses the whole of Transcentral Highway with killer uphills and downhills.

Race route through the mountains

Finisher’s token

I’ve done my training according to plan, oh ok, not exactly all of it but I think the long runs will be what will matter most while staying injury free.

It’s now time to taper.

I thank the Lord for keeping me and my running buddies safe during our runs.

To my ultra-partners Edward and Richard, to Katol, Doc Benjchz, Ian, Abby, Boying, Gifford, Rodney, Christian, Doc Willie, Max, Michael, Joerick, Joel, Noy Adol, and so many other friends who will be running the race I say;
we’ve DONE the training,
we WANT this so much we can taste it,
we WILL finish strong,
and most importantly, we will have FUN!

BRING IT ON FRONTRUNNER!! 🙂

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!

My first Ultramarathon

1st Cebu Ultramarathon 50km

First of all, thanks to our support crew Andy, Mylen, and Mark. Only three of them but they managed to do everything for us!  There were parts of the race where I was running alone and then I’d see the support vechile, it gave me renewed energy.  Thank you, thank you very much.

50km Training Summary

A week-by-week recap of  my training for the 1st Cebu Ultramarathon 50km

Week 1 –  9/6   to  9/12
Total Mileage: 32km
The week following Milo Cebu Eliminations which was the first time I raced in Huarache Sandals.  Got the flu on Friday but fortunately was well enough to run on Sunday.

Week 2 –  9/13  to  9/19
Total Mileage: 47km
My daughter got dengue fever and was admitted to the hospital for around 3 days.  Was still able to put in some runs and the LSD to relieve some of the stress.

Week 3 –  9/20  to  9/26
Total Mileage: 67km
With my daughter back at home and recovering well, I was able to complete the whole week’s schedule including the B2B Weekend.

Week 4 –  9/27  to 10/3
Total Mileage: 46km
Rained almost every morning which accounts for the very low mileage.  I had to squeeze in a run in after lunch but still didn’t accomplish the required mileage.  On Sunday’s LSD, first time I had some pain in my ITB.

Week 5 –  10/4  to 10/10
Total Mileage: 56km
Participated in a 16km race on Sunday and added 12km at IT Park.  ITBS flared up again at more than 20km.

Week 6 –  10/11 to 10/17
Total Mileage: 52km
Did the 32km LSD at Cempark – 16 loops.  Still struggled with the ITBS.

Week 7 –  10/18 to 10/24
Total Mileage: 45km
Cycle down week.  Did hill repeats as the 16km LSD.

Week 8 –  10/25 to 10/31
Total Mileage: 85km
Took advantage of the holidays to complete the week’s required mileage.  LSD was 36km.  My friend Gifford lent me his ITB Strap and this enabled to me to run without the slightest pain in my injury.

Week 9 –  11/1  to 11/7
Total Mileage: 91km
My best week.Did the B2B (36km/16km) on Monday which was another Holiday.  Then ran a 42km LSD up high in the mountains as a semi-simulation of the race.

Week 10 – 11/8  to 11/14
Total Mileage: 67km
After the 42km LSD, this week was lacking in excitement and was only able to run 33km of the supposedly 36km LSD.  The Pacman/Margarito fight was on the same day and we wanted to hurry home and catch it on TV.

Week 11 – 11/15 to 11/21
Total Mileage: 46km
Did some Tempo runs to get back the rhythm lost with so much of the uphill/downhill slow runs.

Week 12 – Tapering
Total Mileage: 9km as of this writing
Did a very easy 5km on Tuesday and a 3.5km jog on Wednesday.

I’m pretty sure the race itself will be a blast because of the number of supporters/volunteers who will be scattered along the race route.  Aside from the official race aid stations every 10km, the Ungo Runners are setting up their own aid stations – the Ungo Team Ultra Support Crew.

So after 12 weeks of training and with a little over a day left before the starting gun fires, I pray to God to bless all the participants, all the support crew, the race marshalls, the organizers, and everyone else who will be there that we may all be safe and for us to enjoy the day of friendship and camaraderie.

Good luck to us all and see you on the road!