Seven Tips for Your Patagonian International Marathon Debut - Reserva Las Torres
22/07/2022

Seven Tips for Your Patagonian International Marathon Debut

On your mark, get set, go! Are you ready to test your limits in Torres del Paine? First, take into account these recommendations for running a marathon at the end, or beginning, of the world.

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On your mark, get set, go! Are you ready to test your limits in Torres del Paine? First, take into account these recommendations for running a marathon at the end, or beginning, of the world.

 The Patagonian International Marathon (PIM), a race that has brought runners from more than sixty-five countries in past years, takes place on September 10. Las Torres Patagonia personnel are busy preparing the best conditions possible for athletes to fulfill their dreams in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.

We at Las Torres Patagonia want you to have an incredible experience at PIM, so we asked renowned athlete and running coach, Karen Torrealba, for some tips. Karen, a mother and wife who will run the marathon during her 10 year anniversary, provided the following testimonial to inspire you to compete in magical Patagonia.

She traveled to Torres del Paine, escaping the city for a few days, to check out this year’s forty-two, a marathon, twenty-one, a half marathon, and the recreational ten and five kilometer race courses. The finish line is within Las Torres Patagonia Reserve’s Central Sector.

How did you feel when you arrived to Patagonia?

I was very struck by Hotel Las Torres’s long-standing history and the relaxed, friendly lifestyle, which made hanging out with people at the hotel quite pleasant, like being at home.

This intimate environment was also ideal for re-connecting with myself. Every day, I set a new work-out goal. Having clear objectives got me moving and increased my self-confidence. Overall, it was a grounding experience that helped me remember why I started running.

What can you tell us about the race tracks?

The terrain is challenging, like running down a road made of grit. There are diverse elevations and slopes that require prior training to prepare your muscles for moving on inclines.

Given all of your experience, can you offer seven tips to prepare for the PIM?

This race has two types of runners. Experienced ones whose specialized training will boost them to Las Torres’s best viewpoints. Street runners, like me, should follow these essential tips:

  1. Prepare Yourself Physically

For both professionals and beginners, I recommend thirty to forty minute training sessions at least three times a week, focusing on lower leg exercises. These include half squats, lunges, bench presses, as well as skipping and heel and leg lifts. The goal is to build up muscle mass, improving your performance.

  1. Go Jogging or Running

Overtime, running will strengthen your ankle tendons and improve stride efficiency. I recommended training on dirt trails with wind and rain, whenever possible.

  1. Run on Inclines

In your training routine, it is important to incorporate, at least once a week, running up and down slopes. Aim for eighty to one-hundred meter repetitions.

Importantly, runners, especially on slopes, benefit from more oxygen in their quadriceps. Through strength work-outs, one can improve oxygen flow by lowering their body’s fat percentage, making for better oxygenation and less muscle oxidation.

  1. Hydrate

For this race, hydration is key. Due to Patagonia’s cold weather, you may feel less thirsty, but your muscles will fatigue more quickly if you do not hydrate. Depending on your pace, you should drink water every five kilometers by carrying a bottle in one hand and refilling at the water stations. You can also carry a Camelback or similar backpack.

  1. Load Up on Carbohydrates

Consume carbohydrates every forty to fifty minutes, depending on personal needs. The cold will make you burn glucose more quickly, so you should keep carbohydrate gummies and glucose sweets in a pocket.

  1. Wear Comfortable Clothing

Be as comfortable as possible. Carrying lots of items will weigh you down and increase your body temperature. Warm-up in a windbreaker and long leggings, but race in just one clothing layer. Shorts are acceptable but should be paired with gloves to keep the rest of your body warm.

  1. Use Running Sneakers

Sneakers, not trekking shoes, with adhesive soles, are required. The pair you choose should be flexible and cushy.

What is a quality pair of sneakers for the Patagonian International Marathon?

Were these tips useful to you? In a place as privileged as Torres del Paine, there are plenty of reasons to extend your stay and recharge, post-race, at Hotel Las Torres. If you want a more outdoorsy experience, you can camp in a mountain refuge or fully-equipped campsite. If you seek adventure, we suggest trekking to Base Torres or horseback riding to see the famous granite towers and more. All of this awaits you!

If you want more information, or would like to sign-up for the race, contact our representative via Whatsapp +56 9 8357 9064.

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