😅 By far the most frequent question. 🏃🏽♀️ Karen Torrealba, asphalt runner and trainer, visited the route and left us with her opinions and impressions after testing a variety of sneakers.
☝🏼🤓 Before starting, and as we have explained in the past, it is essential to know that the route for Patagonian International Marathon follows a gravel vehicular route, with multiple curves, altering elevations and significant climbs. ⚠️ It is not a trail-running race, since at no time will you run through trails.
😌✨ We recommend you test your shoes on similar terrain, focusing on compact gravel, and choose based on your personal sensations and comfort.
🕵🏽♀️📚 Now, for Karen’s recommendations and analysis:
📝 Some tips that Karen Torrealba left us (@ktorrealbac) for your upcoming challenge this September:
🏋🏻♂️🏋🏻♀️ Include at least three high-quality physical preparation sessions per week, with an emphasis on lower-body work.
⚖️ Incorporate technical work: ABC’s of running, skipping, heels, balance, jumps, etc. for better control and security.
👉🏻 And an extra for those who will run the marathon: 📈 complete a considerable volume (overall distance for solid base mileage) in the months of preparation, as greater fatigue will occur due to the the altimetry of the route.
💪🏻 Keep training and stay motivated! 😌 All of your previous work and training will really help you enjoy race day.
☝🏼🌦💨 First of all, it is important to remember that Patagonian International Marathon takes place far from the city, in the heart of the Southern Chilean Patagonia. Here the weather conditions can force us to use additional layers for better thermal protection.
🥶 🥶 It is importatn to note that we all have different degrees of tolerance to cold, and it is your personal responsibility to properly select the equipment you choose to use on race day.
🏃🏽♀️ Alongside Karen Torrealba, we invite you to consider the following recommendations:
😅🚫🥤 Disposable cups are not used along the Patagonian International Marathon route.
🚰 Each runner must carry their own hydration system to re-fill water or isotonic at the Aid-Stations (PAS). Here are a few options:
☝🏼 Based on the suggestions listed above, the least efficient option is probably the hydration pack/bag, as you will need to spend time re-filling during the race.
🎯 What is our goal through not using disposable cups?
⏬🗑 Reduce waste: We prevent thousands of plastic cups from going to waste.
🚫🌪 Avoid the dispersion of garbage: If the weather conditions are not favorable, the winds could not only potentially blow the cups, but also move them considerable distances. By not using them, we eliminate the possibility of causing damage to wildlife and the environment.