Jul 13, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Mo Farah (GBR) reacts after winning the 5,000m in 13:06.04 in the 2012 Aviva London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Mo Farah defends decision to do marathons

Olympic champion Mo Farah has accomplished just about everything possible for a distance runner to accomplish in track and field, which is why he’s elected to truly test himself and race in the 2014 London Marathon in April.

While some people, such as Paula Radcliffe, have applauded Farah’s choice, others, such as the legendary Haile Gebrselassie, have called the decision unwise. Farah himself stood by his decision when recently asked about it by the BBC, telling the network he’d consider running in the marathon again if he performs well this year: “I’ve won medals on the track so why not test myself. If I’m good in London, then I’ll do it a couple more times – if not I’ll come back to the track.”

Farah will tackle the New York Half Marathon this weekend as a way to prepare of April’s big race. The 30-year-old told BBC that he’s not thinking about the time he wants to run on Sunday, saying instead that the race is all “about feeling good and ticking every box. It’s about feeling great and getting ready for London.”

Farah won the New York Half Marathon in 2011.

[Source: BBC]

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