While the great Paula Radcliffe certainly thinks Mo Farah can shine at this year’s London Marathon, she wants the 31-year-old Olympic gold medalist in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters to know he’s in a for a whole new world of pain on Sunday.
Speaking with the Express, Radcliffe said there’s no way to truly prepare for the shock of a marathon:
“I’ve told Mo bits about what it’s going to be like, what he’s going to suffer, but it’s a big step into the unknown, a different challenge, not one you can predict until you go and try it.”
“Frailty shows more in a marathon than any other event. Friends told me that they felt as if they couldn’t even hug me after a race. But that’s how you should feel if you’ve really run it hard.
“The weird thing is when you are coming up the Mall to the finish, you feel like if someone came out and ran in front of you and said you are going to have to run another mile, you could just about do it. But then once you stop, there is no way you can do any more. You are so worn out you can’t warm down.”