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.
“The second and third kilometers may be harder for runners who had run too much in the first kilometer. The sponge station is a bit close, but it will be more than necessary on the second lap. It is a pretty regular zone.From the third to the fourth kilometer, the route becomes flatter and very comfortable, so some runners will enjoy it and run faster. This stretch will let runners taking a breath on the second lap”.
“Finally, from the fourth to the fifth kilometer, it is a very wide area and also very comfortable to run until arriving to the first refreshment station in Plaza de la Feria. It is an area full of buildings that will protect runners from the sun, especially on the second lap”.
Antonio Gómez concluded saying that “these first 5 kilometers are comfortable, with little turns and large stages. On the first lap, some runners may run too much and then ‘pay it back’, but on the second one, after 21 km in their legs, it will be a good zone for 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.
4. About the marathon distance?
Which reason attract you to the distance of Marathon to start on it.
How was your beginning? First Marathon, date, finish time.
Years of experience.
Number of marathons you have run.
Best experience in the marathon distance.
Your personal best...
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.
Four editions reaching a podium position in the Gran Canaria Marathon. Winner in 2012 and 2013. Best mark: 2h50´08"
I have participated in four of the five editions of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon. I have only missed the edition of 2014 because of an injury. It represents a “must do” in my calendar and it is also one of the marathons the most wished for me considering that there are not many marathons in the islands and the route is comfortable, fast and full of ambient everywhere.
I keep good memories from all the Gran Canaria Marathons I have run since in the first edition in 2010 I was second (2h50´08”), in the second edition in 2011 I reached once more the second position (2h56´12”) and finally, the third time’s the charm, I won in 2012 (3h00´43”) and did it again in 2013 (2h59´51”). That is why this Marathon is so special for me.
Losi del Moral and Cristian González, couple and marathon runner’s residents in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are defenders of the constructive criticism of the DISA GRAN CANARIA MARATHON. They both aged 52 and 50 years old, represent a perfect example of philosophy where the most important thing is not the running itself but it is indeed a very important aspect: time, way of life, marathon athletic holidays and those less athletics when there are resting times.
They both have 19 marathons on their backs (proof that they are not just following a style) and have reached a mark of 3h18’ and 2h55’ in a Marathon. They have also run half-marathons and other races.
Their main wish: enjoying running while listening at their breathing and leaving their running shoes sole footprint wherever their passion takes them.
How did you start running? Had you previous sport experiences?
MY STORY, OUR DISA GRAN CANARIA MARATHON
I've always thought that the loneliness of the long distance runner was only half true. It is true that we run each meter and kilometer of training, and sometimes alone, but we are very sociable, we communicate, we constantly talk to other runners about our experiences.
So I have fondly embraced the initiative of the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon 2015 team to create the section TECHNIQUE AND EXPERIENCE in the TECHNICAL AREA of the new website of the event, www.grancanariamaraton.com.
Maybe I expand on too much, but it is a very nice opportunity for me to express what the DISA Gran Canaria Marathon 2014 means to me. Lovers of running will surely understand me... and maybe some of them will find my story interesting.
I will divide my experience into different blocks and I will discuss the technical information as schematically as possible. In any case, everyone who read me, the first thing to understand is that every athlete is different in its qualities and athletic abilities as well as their conditions, as for athletic experience, time available, personal issues, etc. In short, there is not a recipe for everyone, but many little shades that WE ALL must take into account when facing our marathon.