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Mo Farah: I do get distracted a lot, but over the years I’ve learned to deal with it better and to concentrate more. I’m still like a big kid. Now, I just try and think about that moment during a race. “How am I going to win it? What do I need to do? How’s my pace?” You need to keep yourself engaged.

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MH: How long did it take you to cultivate that kind of mindset?

MF: It’s taken me years to really learn what I can do. What got me cheap moncler outlet there were the Kenyan teams. moncler sale outlet You watch a race and you watch them run, and they’re winning all the time. Why?

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moncler sale outlet MF: The pressure I had in London will never be the same and I’ll never have that pressure again. But you can use that pressure to your advantage, or you can use it in a negative way. I told myself “these people are here for me. They’re shouting your name,” and I used it to push myself over the line and give me that bit more energy.” moncler sale outlet

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MH: That leads us onto our next question: recovery. How do you stay so fresh after the distances you run?

MF: Recovery is the key. moncler outlet online If you don’t recover, you can’t perform as well. Rest, sleep in the afternoon as much as possible, massage and stretch. The tighter you are, the harder everything is! Just five minutes of stretching will improve the next day so much.

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