Sir Mo Farah says he has lost the fear factor over road running and expects to make some history starting at next month’s Chicago Marathon.
Yesterday the Londoner won the Great North Run for a fifth time, an ideal warm-up for what will only be the third marathon of his career across the Atlantic.
The 35-year-old pledged to “make some history” in his post-track career, and warned his rivals he is running and training smarter.
“When you’re new to this, you do fear it,” he said. “You don’t know what to do. You almost cower in the corner. But I don’t have that fear now. I have more confidence now, having run a couple of marathons.”
Farah’s form in Newcastle would back that up: he set a course record 59min 26sec for the half-marathon to secure a 31sec victory over New Zealand’s Jake Robertson.
Looking ahead to doubling the distance on 7 October, Farah, whose time yesterday was four seconds off his personal best, said: “I’m happy with where I am. I just can’t wait until Chicago. The aim is to stay injury free and stay focused, and to keep doing what I’m doing. Right now, it’s definitely working.
“I am in much better shape than I was last year and there is definitely a bit more work to do towards Chicago. The aim was to use this as a test — to play with the pace, go to the front and wait. So we’re already thinking about what lies ahead and how to do it.”