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.
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?
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.
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.