Secrets of an Olympic body: runner Mo Farah's workout & diet

Updated: 2012-08-07
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'I don't have a special diet. But I eat lots of protein after running. And I fuel up on pasta,' said Mo Farah  
Mo Farah is our golden boy after becoming the first Briton to win Olympic gold in the 10,000m   
He's our golden boy after becoming the first Briton to win Olympic gold in the 10,000m — with hopes he can do the same in the 5,000m final this Saturday.

But how does the 29-year-old prepare?

Guided by coach Alberto Salazar, he trains in Portland, Oregon, where he runs 120 miles a week, often at a speed of a mile in 5.4 minutes.

Some sessions are performed on an underwater treadmill which provides less risk of injury than track running.

After training, he spends time in a cryogenic chamber to aid muscle recovery.

He works with his conditioning coach four times a week, sees a sports psychologist and has his technique analysed by a sports biomechanist.

'I don’t have a special diet,’ Farah says. ‘But I eat lots of protein after running. And I fuel up on pasta.’

Insider tip: Caryl Becker, Team GB’s chief physio, suggests the ‘standing calf stretch’ after a run.

Stand with one foot forward and the other foot a step behind.

With toes pointing ahead, bend the front knee, keeping the other straight and both heels on the floor. Repeat on the other leg.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
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