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Mo Farah’s 6 Best Tips for Bouncing Back From a Bad Race—or a Good One

The four-time Olympic gold medalist shares his secrets on recovering and going after your goals all over again.

If anyone knows how to overcome a tough break and get back to the top, it’s Britain’s Mo Farah.

Three years ago at the Olympics in Rio, about midway through the 10,000 meters, then-training partner Galen Rupp accidentally tripped him. Farah hit the track—but then sprang back up, almost immediately returned to the lead pack, and went on to win gold. A week later, he won gold again in the 5,000 meters, making him a two-time repeat Olympic champion.

This October 13, he’ll return to defend his title at the Chicago Marathon. He won last year, and set a new European record, with a time of 2:05:11.

But there’s a chance that first, he’ll make a pit stop on the other side of the world and put his talent at the turnaround to good use again.

As the reigning 10,000-meter world champ, Farah has an automatic spot at the IAAF World Championships in Doha. He’d said earlier this year he was done with the track and wouldn’t claim it. But last month, he hashtagged an Instagram post #doha10K, raising speculation.

That race would be October 6—seven days and more than 7,000 miles away from Chicago. In a recent phone call with Runner’s World, Farah wouldn’t say either way whether he’ll go for the double.

“My main focus to turn up to Chicago and defend my title there,” he said. “That’s all we’re thinking about at the minute; we’re not thinking about anything else.

But if anyone can execute two stellar races a week apart, it’s Sir Mo, who was knighted in 2017. Here’s his advice for processing one performance and moving on to the next.

Don’t hide your disappointment…

Farah doesn’t sugarcoat suboptimal performances. He went to the London Marathon this year aiming to win, but came in fifth with a time of 2:05:39—incredible for many athletes, but not what he’d expected.

“It was average, I guess,” he said. “I wanted to be better.”

He didn’t shy away from his dissatisfaction, either in interviews done immediately postrace or months later. “It’s good to be honest,” he said. “It didn’t go as well as I wanted; I was disappointed with the results.”

But don’t let it define you.

Though Farah holds himself to high standards, he also knows every runner—and indeed, every human—has off days. “Having a bad race doesn’t make you a bad athlete,” he said. “It just means you’ve got to come back and do it again, that’s all.”

Indeed, what makes a difference in your long-term success is not any single failure or setback, but what you do next. “Get over that as quick as you can and move on and see what you can do as the next step, the next phase,” he said. “That’s always the key.”

Instead, take a lesson.

The best way to push forward? Take a good, hard look at what went well and what didn’t, and use it to guide your preparation in the future.

“I’ve had a long career on the track,” he said. “It wasn’t about one race, it’s about learning from each race, seeing what you did wrong, what you could learn, how you can improve.”

Now, he’s applying the same strategy to the marathon. In London, he felt strong until about halfway. By mile 20—and especially in the last 3K—he faded in the wake of Eliud Kipchoge’s surges (the world record holder won the race in 2:02:37).

“Sometimes in the marathon it comes down to the last hundred meters, sometimes it comes down to the last two miles, you just never know,” he said.

As a result, he and coach Gary Lough are not only keeping his mileage high—around 140 miles per week—they’re also incorporating a wide range of types of workouts, from short, fast intervals on fatigued legs to slower miles. That way, he’ll be ready for whatever might come his way over 26.2 miles. (Farah’s sharing much of that training on social media and on his YouTube channel, where he’s been posting a new video every Monday.)

Reflect on your hard work.

Whether it’s after a tough moment during a race—like his fall—or a disappointing outcome, Farah rebuilds his confidence and motivation by reminding himself of all he’s already invested.

When he hit the track in Rio, “I thought of all the training I'd done leading up to that race,” he said. “Sometimes as an athlete, it’s not about just that race. It’s all the work you put in to get to that race.” With that on his mind, he knew he had no choice but to get up, persevere, and fight to the finish.

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