There is no finish line. Or it might be thousands of them. It all depends on the perspective. Since this is the most global race on the planet, there is actually one finish line for each athlete. What you can take for sure is that here you won’t find the classic start line with a chronometer suspended above. This is the Wings For Life World Run, an adventure you know when it starts, but whose endpoint belongs to the uncharted territory. This is a dream from which you don’t wake up by yourself – someone awakes you instead. The ‘Catcher Car’ was conceived for this purpose. Once he passes you by, he whispers: “So far you’ve come.”
So how do I train for this race? How to train for a competition whose canons of genre have been shaped by the free rains of imagination? What kind of effort must your legs undergo if you don’t know what is awaiting them beyond the starting signal? Quite difficult, but you can make it anyway. It’s about commending ourselves to the essential verb in the long distance athletic events.
It is about successfully balancing the body strength, the heartbeat, the strides, your footsteps beating on the asphalt… And most difficult of all: it is about not wasting your mental strength. You will have to control your doubts and the tendency to emotional ups and downs. Will I be able to make one more mile? Given that writing about this issue is extremely easier than putting it into practice, we have turned to Juan Del Campo, MS., a researcher on physical strength, a runner, and a qualified track&field coach (he actually coaches Jesús España –best ever Spanish 5.000 m runner).
“It’s not easy, because in the end, the truth is you’re competing against nobody but yourself”, says Juan Del Campo. “The best thing is not to start so strong, just try to be over 20 seconds slower the pace you think you can keep up in a ½ marathon race. Depending on your level, keep that pace up for 5-10 km long. After that, you can run at a steady pace (the “cruising speed” for any ½ marathon race). As you start at a low pace, you won’t feel exhausted when the ‘Catcher Car’ reaches you. At this point, fuelling after the 5 km mark is of capital importance, since the race is being held in May 8 and it will be definitely hot. Eating an energy gel somewhere between the 15-20 km marks is a must. I would say that listening to ourselves, to our bodies, is something of fundamental importance. Keep in mind that this is a totally different race where you shouldn’t settle yourself comfortably in any bunch of runners. Look forward, forget about the car and keep running trying not to miss your pace”, says Del Campo.
With these wise words in mind, it only takes a pinch of luck to be successful!