Gustavo Adolfo Santana is a runner with more than 20 years of experience in athleticism who started running for competition but now he participates only in popular races. He wanted to share with us his impressions about the route of 10K of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon.
"The first stretch seems quite difficult because of the turns, but once you arrive to Mesa y Lopez, where the road is pretty good, it becomes a fast and comfortable route until the street Juan Rejon.
We find the first turns near the Shopping Center El Muelle, but at this point of the course the group will be already dispersed.
In the second part, from the kilometer 5, the main difficulty may be that the road surface could be wet.
If the road surface is dry, runners will 'fly' thanks to the spectators that will be supporting them during the last kilometers.
Roman Dirksen (1988, Hannover), student of Sport and Biological Education at the University of Hannover, is currently an Erasmus student in Gran Canaria until February/March 2015. At the same time –as he says- “can enjoy here such a paradise of sports every day”.
It is an honor for me to be invited to talk about marathons even though I have run only one so far in my life. It may be quite daring talking about it but I have received this invitation to share my experience.
I have always practiced sports: beach volleyball, running and surf. Nevertheless, I have always played football in Germany, the most popular sport in the country. So the only training I had when I faced my first marathon was a football player’s training. And so I suffered so much! But let’s go one step at a time.
The veteran athlete José Arencibia, finisher in three marathons (one of those was the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon) analyzed the last kilometers of the new route.
“From kilometer 16 to 17 – Mapfre’s building passing along Manuel Becerra St. until Juan Rejón St. - it is a stretch between buildings that protect the runners against the wind, but coming back through the same way will result a little bit tiresome”.
“From kilometer 17 to 18 – Albareda St., Sagasta St., until Pasaje de las Islas St. – after having run many kilometers, the protection of buildings and the wide space until Santa Catalina Park will be very welcome. Coming back through Sagasta St. could be hard, but it is the faster stretch close to the finish line”.
“From kilometer 18 to 19 – Pasaje de las Islas St., Tenerife St. getting to Paseo de Las Canteras- this stretch is the entrance to the beach avenue which is long, straight and therefore makes it quite comfortable and also it is very close to the finish line.
“From kilometer 19 to 21 – Paseo de Las Canteras St. until the finish line – crowds cheering you on along the final stretch may make easier the last kilometers before arriving to the finish line. For runners, it is awesome to be encouraged by the spectators who create such a great atmosphere during the last 500 meters of the race. This is something that not all marathons can offer”.
“This route is much faster than the previous ones and it is much better in general”.
Some local runners who have run the new route have shared with the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon’s team their opinion about it. All of them have analyzed the course by stretches of 5 km.
Antonio Gómez is 48 years old, has run 2 marathons and more than 20 half-marathons. After running the new route of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon, he analyzed the features of the first 5 km.
“The starting area and the first kilometer are very large so I think there is enough space for the group to disperse without any problem in the first curve. The second kilometer is very fast and slightly inclining down, so runners must pay attention and not to be overconfident”, explained Antonio.
Sergio Domínguez, who has run more than 60 Half-Marathons, analyzes from kilometer 11 to 15 of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon.
“From kilometer 10 to 11– Venegas through Luis Doreste Silva – flat, fast and quite comfortable stretch protected from the wind by the buildings”.
“From kilometer 11 to 12 – Luis Doreste Silva until getting to Avenida Marítima- it is a wider area and less protected from the wind”.
“From kilometer 12 to 14 – Avenida Marítima passing through Club Náutico until the Shopping Center El Muelle – it is a faster stretch but it will depend on the wind on the race day. If there is no wind, then running will be very comfortable as it is a flat stretch and downhill”.
“Finally, from kilometer 14 to 15 – from the Shopping Center El Muelle until Mapfre’s Building – it is very similar to the previous stretches, although the road can still have some bumps and surface changes.
“The difficulty of these 5 kilometers will be determined by the wind on the race day, since in normal conditions it is a comfortable area to run. It can be difficult on the second lap if the wind blows against the runner”.
1. How did you know about the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon 2015?
Run 3 times.
2. Chronologically, this is the first winter marathon in Europe and we also have Half Marathon and 10 kms distance. What is your opinion about the possibility to run these distances in the month of January being 18/20°C when in Europe the general temperatures are extreme?
One of my main reasons to choose for this marathon.
3. How did you get start running? Did you have previous sports experiences?
I did play soccer until 23rd then leading sportclub for more than 20 years and started to run on my 44th.
The Gran Canarian athlete Francisco Sosa, 40 years old and almost 30 years experience in athletics, analyzes the stretch from 5 K and 10 K of the course of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon.
“From 5 K to 6 K – Carvajal St. to Bravo Murillo St. – is the fastest stretch of this 5 kilometers of the course, where the road is wide and in good condition”.
“From 6 K to 7 K - Bravo Murillo St. to General Bravo St. – there is the harder uphill grade that can make the second lap even more difficult, but at least, this year, it is at the beginning of the race”.
My name is Matías Ojeda, I’m 72 and I’m from La Aldea (Gran Canaria). I started running as an affiliated athlete in the Trivalle Güimar in 2005 after my participation in the “Vuelta Atlética a Tenerife”. I have never had a trainer but I’m always willing to listen to advices of trainers as Alexis Clemente. Rodrigo Gavela’s book “El Entrenamiento” (The training) has helped me a lot since 2002 and I have also made my own experiments, most of them unsuccessfully.
I usually start training at around 5:30am and run 75/100km five times per week, one resting day and one day of strength exercises at the gym. I used to train for a whole season of races and rest a month after, but actually I never stopped doing other activities. Nowadays, I just train focusing an aim or a race and rest one day or one week between them depending on the race. During the last few years, I’ve decided to change a bit and run trails but I don’t train specifically for it.
Regarding my nutrition, I have sporadically taken muscle recovery substances, glutamine, arginine and I take glucose pills while running. I sometimes take salts but paying attention because of stomach issues.
I believe that the secret of a good runner is having good nutrition, resting and recovering. I normally eat pasta, rice, potatoes and a lot of vegetables. My favorite meal: oats, honey and bananas (4 pieces per day). I eat carbohydrates during the week before a competition but the day before I eat proteins.
In order to accelerate the recovery of my muscles, after training I take a swim at the beach in salty and cold water.