News : Mechaal shows fit: Half Marathon at 63:34 with fire


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Mechaal shows fit: Half Marathon at 63:34 with fire


Mechaal, training on track in Turkey / Instagram

They are testing days. After regaining a bit of normal training and having dedicated these first weeks to readjust the body to our usual training spaces and gain sensations, little by little elite athletes are recovering that spark and that point of optimal form with which they face the competitions. There is still a lot of work and a lot of chipping, but there is plenty of time and, in the absence of short-term competitions, the advice of the coaches (including Pepe Mareca, with whom we have recently talked and who directs some of the best long distance runners from Spain) is not rushing or wanting to run too fast because it doesn't make any sense. You have to listen to the body and be very careful.

Under Castillejo

A few months ago we learned that Adel Mechaal, European champion of 3,000 meters in Belgrade'17 and European runner-up of cros in Samorim the same year and 11 times champion of Spain, among many other merit results, went on to train at the CAR de Sant Cugat under the command of Carles Castillejo. In this way, the athlete of Moroccan origin could be closer to his family (he is from Palamós) and also work with a technician whose training system convinced him, as he himself announced. Adel is training these days in Istanbul, which has become his second residence and where his fiancée is from.

This Monday has hung a workout in which he completed a half marathon at 63:34 with an average of 173 beats per minute. A good brand (3 ’/ km) on a very hot day in the Turkish city. Mechaal has commented the following: “First 14 kilometers quite comfortable. 15-16-17-18, it was time to suffer, heat and humidity, and on 19-20-21 I recovered again, the temperature in Istanbul rose to 32 degrees.
I woke up very early at 4:00 am, at 5:40 I started warming up for 20 minutes, and at 6:09 I started my challenge. The body was not yet 100% awake but could not wait any longer, at 5:32 the sun appeared in the distance, and as the minutes passed, it warmed up with more force. I started with 20 degrees and ended with 25 degrees. "

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Half marathon: 1h03’34 ”. First 14 kilometers quite comfortable. 15-16-17-18, it was time to suffer, heat and humidity, and on 19-20-21 I recovered again, the temperature in Istanbul rose to 32 degrees. I woke up very early at 4:00 am, at 5:40 I started warming up for 20 minutes, and at 6:09 I started my challenge. The body was not yet 100% awake but could not wait any longer, at 5:32 the sun appeared in the distance, and as the minutes passed, it warmed up with more force. I started with 20 degrees and ended with 25 degrees. I have learned, enjoyed, suffered. Wishing that all of you are healthy and that we can see each other soon.

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