24 and 48 hour runs are part of the “routine” of the ultra marathoner Adilson Ligeirinho.
By Luiz Humberto Monteiro Pereira
Adilson José Pereira, Adilson Ligeirinho, is a well-known figure in Poços de Caldas. It is common for the inhabitants of the hydro-mineral resort of Minas to run into it, always running through the streets and roads of the region. At age 49, the salesman and delivery man at a rubber-material store does not hide his pride in his unusual specialty: ultra marathons, which run more than 42,195 km away from the marathon. “I have two victories, in 2008 and 2010, in Ultramaratona Br135 +, with a distance of 135 miles (217 km), held in Serra da Mantiqueira. In August of last year, I was champion of the 24 Hours of Campinas – where I ran 188 km. And in November I won the Ultramaratona Internacional 48 Horas da Mantiqueira, in Passa Quatro, where I totaled 339.6 km, “says Adilson, who, Although born in Fernandópolis, in the interior of São Paulo, has already incorporated the typical way of speaking of the South of Minas Gerais. He began to run in search of a better quality of life. “I was sedentary. I am 1,59 m tall and I even weighed 82 kg. The doctor told me to do some physical activity. I started hiking, then jogged … And I lost weight. First I participated in races of 5 km, after 10 km. Soon came the semi-marathons and the first marathon, “he explains. And I was losing weight. First I participated in races of 5 km, after 10 km. Soon came the semi-marathons and the first marathon, “he explains. And I was losing weight. First I participated in races of 5 km, after 10 km. Soon came the semi-marathons and the first marathon, “he explains.
Sport of Fact – What causes someone to choose such an insane sport?
Adílson Ligeirinho – In ultramarathons, we achieve great goals and dreams. It’s very good, but tremendously exhausting. We are moved by the desire to overcome limits and to materialize them, because in an ultra marathon we have to learn to leave behind any physical and psychological fatigue.
In my first 24-hour ultramarathon I fainted
Sport Fact – What is a 48 hour race like?
Adílson Ligeirinho – It is a tiresome competition, both in the physical and in the psychological aspect. The Passa Quatro test is played on a 400 meter track. I gave 849 laps on the track in 48 hours, totaling 339.6 km. Some of the competitors were half my age. During the race, I felt a lot of pain and tiredness. During the night until dawn, I managed to open four laps of advantage. From then on, it was only the rhythm control until the end of the race. It is important to feed and hydrate a lot during the test. From time to time, you have to stop to change your sneakers, jump in the bathroom or take a shower to get the salt out of sweat. But without rest, because if we stop we can not reach the first ones.
Sport of Fact – So long and exhausting tests must happen bizarre situations …
Adílson Ligeirinho – In my first 24-hour ultramarathon I passed out, staying more than three hours out of the race. And even without medical authorization, I returned to the test, managing to be the seventh overall. In my last 48-hour race, after being more than 10 km behind the first-place finisher, I was able to pick him up and still opened more than 10.8 km ahead. It was unbelievable! I’ve also seen athletes suffer hallucinations during the race, such as psychological wear and tear. Some even confused the fireflies around the lane with the candles of a procession …
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Fancy Sport – And how is your preparation for such a race?
Adílson Ligeirinho – My day starts at 4:30 in the morning, so I can train and give time to arrive at 7:45 am in the store where I work, where I stay until 6:00 p.m. From there, I start training again with a two-hour race, plus an hour of bodybuilding in the gym. After that, I return home, where I rest and give attention to the family. I sleep on average 4 to 5 hours a night. I have a doctor, a physical trainer and a physiotherapist. It is necessary to do bodybuilding, to keep the body ready to wear the test. Enough training on ramp, climbs, treadmill training … Prior to testing, food is based on many carbohydrates.
Factbook – What are your next competitions?
Adílson Ligeirinho – The 24 Hours of Campinas in August, the 12 Hours of Piracicaba in October, and the Ultramaratona Internacional 48 Hours of the Mantiqueira, in Passa Quatro, in November.
Sports Fact – What are your sponsors?
Adílson Ligeirinho – Today I have a support from Hotel Monreale, where I train in gym, trails and swimming pool, besides food. I also have the medical support of the Otorrino Center, also in Poços de Caldas, so that I can continue participating in the competitions.
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