The current world-record holder in the women’s marathon weighs in.
Over the weekend, Mo Farah, the reigning double Olympic gold medalist in the 5,000m and 10,000m, announced that he was going to move up to the marathon in 2014.
His plan is to run the first half of the London Marathon this April, then run the full 26.2-mile distance next year.
Fellow British runner and marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe doesn’t think this is the best plan.
“Just go in and do a marathon, race it hard,” she suggested. “In 2002 I ran London and then I ran all my PBs on the track. He’s way more able to bounce back than me.”
Radcliffe had a fantastic debut marathon in 2002, running the second-fastest time in history.
“I wouldn’t have necessarily done what he’s doing in London, this year, because you’re going in against people you’re going to be racing against in the next year and I almost think you should go in when you’re ready,” she said. “He’s showing his hand a little bit. I don’t know … is he a pacemaker or is he just running? If he’s just running he’s going to be on his own. I just don’t understand it.”
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