Mo Farah will have the story in his sights on Sunday, as the British star pursues the fifth title of Great North Run. The victory in Newcastle this weekend will make Farah the first man to win the Great North Run five times. That would be the perfect preparation for the 35-year-old before his appearance at the Chicago marathon in October. After two years of adaptation to road racing after his epic career on the track, Farah admits that it is not yet the finished item. But the former Olympic champion is becoming safer every day.
"I'm still learning and understanding more and I'm not afraid to mix it," Farah said.
"In 2014, I was afraid to mix it because it was their territory and I was a track runner, but now I'm not afraid of anything.
"It's a totally different challenge and I'm enjoying every day, my goal is to win a great marathon.
"For a track rider, the highlight is the Olympic Games, and in the marathon the most important thing you can do is win a great race."
The Great North Run is part of a busy time for Farah, who admitted that his previous victories in the race have marked the end of the season, a milestone he traditionally celebrates by eating his favorite toffee candy pudding.
While the desserts are on hold, Farah, who has run the London marathon twice, coming third in April, would savor the sweet taste of success at Tyneside.
"My goal (in Newcastle) is to run a decent time, I still have another week from this point, so it will be a good test for me on Sunday to see where I am and what I can do," he said.
"I have never entered this race after having had this amount of training, I have always been thinking: & # 39; Great North Run, finish, sticky toffee pudding & # 39 ;.
"But after that, I went straight back to my training camp in Flagstaff to prepare for Chicago.
"Doing that as the first five-time winner would be incredible."
Farah's biggest challenge will probably come from Kenya, Daniel Wanjiru, who won the London marathon last year.