At the Lisbon Marathon, a young man who was watching the race called Fernando Ferreira a “quota”, a quota who finished the 42,175 km in 3:18 am…
How is it possible, at age 70, to run the Marathon in 3:18 am, as happened in Lisbon?
It is so possible to run the Marathon with this time at 70 years old that I am not the only one. There are even better times and athletes even at the age of 75 have already done it. I remember the Canadian, now deceased, Ed Whitlock, who has the mark of 3:08:35. I recognize that it is not easy, it is necessary to know how to maintain good health through a careful diet, avoiding gluten, milk and dairy products, processed food, sugar and refined products. Give preference to vegetables, raw salads, soups and fruit. Some fish and very little meat. Have good sleep hygiene, know how to recognize the limits of the body, help recovery between workouts with protein shakes and quick recovery, for example.
The initial goal to reach this pace?
The initial objective was specified to play. The training I did was always in this direction. The trials of the so-called longs they gave me that indication.
Fernando Ferreira is 70 years old and ran the Lisbon Marathon in 3h18m27
Would it be possible for Fernando Ferreira to summarize his Lisbon Marathon? Strategy, ran with someone, difficulties, etc.
my strategy in Lisbon Marathon it was based on trying to maintain the average pace of 4m40 / km, with the start being a little slower as it was going uphill, but taking advantage of the descents to recover and gain some time to climb back to Cascais.
Fortunately the smart watch it is now a very important one, as it is possible to see the preferred data, the tool that shows the current and average rhythms. Other data, such as elapsed time and distance, fade into the background.
There was no wind, which made the pace easier, and the temperature was reasonable, although I preferred it a little cooler. The worst was the humidity, which was at 100%. Perhaps my biggest difficulty was keeping the same until the goal. In the final part I broke a little, I felt the muscles in my legs were more torn than expected, but luckily I was able to finish without cramps and injuries.
About running alone or accompanied, it was alone, as my teammate from ADTT – Associação Desportiva Tãlentos Equipe was on duty in the navy. But during a race, I accompanied some runners for several kilometers, which served to ease the difficulty of the distance.
I believe that, throughout the Lisbon Marathon, many younger runners looked with amazement at Fernando Ferreira’s performance. Did that serve as an incentive? In a way, laugh inside the reaction of these runners?
From experience, I know others notice me because age doesn’t deceive: more wrinkles and a white beard. But I’m always very focused and not repairing the expressions of others. I just remember hearing a spectator encouraging me. called me Quota. But during the race, I was always serious and only laughed after crossing the line. It was a relief from a lot of tension.
On Wednesday, Fernando Ferreira reveals the weekly volume of kilometers in his preparation for the Lisbon Marathon