Nobody knows long distance running like British Olympic hero Mo Farah, who made history during the Rio 2016 Games when he sealed a double gold medal in the 5k and 10k titles for Team GB. So who better to share their winning tips on how to complete that monumental 1000 meters?
Among Mo’s practical tips, including warming up correctly and getting your outfit on point, the gold medallist also believes that staying motivated is one of the most important aspects of completing a successful race. "Think about how hard you’ve worked, how much work you’ve put into it. This is your moment," he says, "just enjoy it!"
It’s an example he’s especially keen to set for his children with wife Tania: twin daughters Aisha and Amani, four, one-year-old son Hussein, as well as his beloved stepdaughter Rihanna, 12.
Mo Farah has shared his tips for running a 10K
But Mo also jokes that motivation can come from an unlikely source, such as Tom Hanks’ character Forrest Gump, and has previously admitted that fans often shout the infamous 'run, Forrest, run' line if they spot him training. "If you’re going to run, run like Forrest Gump,” he grins in the video. “Just do it."
Mo's video tips are to celebrate his new film No Easy Mile, on sale now, that follows the record-breaking long distance runner from his London 2012 success and on the road to Rio 2016.
He revealed he is inspired by Tom Hanks' character Forrest Gump
His expert advice includes:
"Do not wear new shoes! If you wear new shoes you might get blisters and not even finish the race," he says, adding to "increase your training slowly."
"Make sure you eat well the night before the race. Make sure you hydrate during the race, and remember to pick up water," he says.
"Make sure you warm up, stretch well. Because what you don’t want to do in a race is pull a muscle,” Mo continues. "Then make sure you cool down, because you don’t you’re going to get all kinds of tightness and cramps so it’s important that you flush your system."
Mo Farah: No Easy Mile is available on DVD and digital download now.