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A MOment to reflect..

Mo Farah is amazing. After yet more successful medal winning competitions over past weeks we are all still in awe of him. He just keeps on going and impressing us all. I wanted to know more about the man, so I have been busy doing some research and thought I would share some of this in case you want a little slice of inspiration today.

So, who is Mo Farah and where did he come from?

He was born Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah on 23 March 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia. He moved to Britain at the age of eight to join his father and has a twin brother by name Hassan Farah. He went to school in south London. Among those who saw potential in Mo, was a PE teach at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson. Farah was a natural athlete. Mo became the best javelin thrower in his school at that time. He started to compete in cross country events including the London Youth Games.  In 1996 at the age of 13, Farah represented his school in the English School Cross-Country championship and finished a creditable ninth. He went on to win five English school titles from that next year onwards. It was the start of what was to become a glittering career, littered with broken records and medals along the way. As we all know he didn’t look back and continued competing in events all over the world, winning along the way.

Farah competed in his first road competition in the ‘2009 Great South Run,’ held at Portsmouth.  I was there!  But I was a bit slower than Farah who won the 10 mile race with a time of 46:25!

We have Clair Balding to thank for the famous “Mobot” pose.*  We have all come to recognise and love this signature sign.

With sugar coated cereal for breakfast, pasta for lunch and grilled chicken for dinner – Mo’s diet is what you would expect for an athlete and his coach’s secret formula energy drink clearly helps.  Yes, you need the training and the fuel, but as we all know, the winning formula is never complete without drive, determination and dedication blended in.  Mo has tons of that and he is very resilient too.  He runs about 130 miles a week and has an exhausting training regime – here is an example of a typical week.**

Monday
AM: 10-mile recovery run (6:00min/mile pace)
PM: 6-mile recovery run
Tuesday
AM: 4-mile warm-up run; 8-12mile tempo run anywhere from 4:40 to 5:00min/mile pace (depending on altitude and terrain); 3-mile cool-down run
NOON: Strength and conditioning session (1 hour)
PM: 6-mile recovery run
Wednesday
AM: 12-mile recovery run, followed by a massage.
PM: 5-mile recovery run
Thursday
AM: 11-mile recovery run
PM: 5-mile recovery run
Friday
AM: 4-mile warm-up jog; 10x200m intervals (with 200m recovery jogs) on grass in 29 seconds each rep; 10x200m hill sprints at equal effort, walk back down to recover; 4-mile cool-down run.
NOON: Strength and conditioning session (1 hour)
PM: 4-miles easy
Saturday
AM: 11-mile recovery run, massage
PM: 6-mile recovery run
Sunday
AM: 22-27 miles, no slower than marathon race pace + 1 minute (for Mo, this means 5:40min/mile)

So what is going on for Mo now?  If you watched it, you would have seen that Mo Farah just missed out on a fifth major championships distance double in a row as he finished second in the 5,000m at the 2017 World Athletics Championships. The 34-year-old, who won the 10,000m gold medal, was swamped by his rivals in the final lap and Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris broke clear to win gold. Britain’s Farah kicked again to take silver at the London Stadium in his final major track championships.

Our four-time Olympic champion will finished his track career with a record of 10 golds and two silvers in major championships. He announced he will focus on marathons after his final track appearance on 24 August where he won a thrilling 5,000m in the final track race of his career at the Diamond League event in Zurich.

More recently, Mo was joined by up to 57,000 people who took to the streets in the Great North Run.  Success again for Mo who won this event for the fourth time in a row.  The four-times Olympic champion won the elite men’s race in one hour and six seconds.

*** “It’s been a long journey but it’s been incredible,” Farah told BBC Sport in a recent interview.  We know that you are incredible Mo Farah.  All of us here at Eventrac wish you the very best of luck for the future and thank you for all those wonderful “MO” moments that inspire us all to keep on running!   We will continue to follow you with interest.

Information taken from:-

*Boomsbeat.com

**BBC Good Food

***BBC Sport