Tsegaye Kebede, 2013 Virgin London Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net
At the final press conference of the Virgin London Marathon, held on the morning after the race, a very stiff walking Tsegaye Kebede tentatively went up the stairs to the press seats. He was, admittedly, very, very sore. Tsegaye told us that he finally was confident of winning right after 41 kilometers, just before he passed Mutai.
The marathon, if run properly, can do much damage to the body. Most of the physical damage clears up in a few weeks, but the damage psychologically can be immense. Running fast for 26.2 miles is something only a few humans can do.
Mo Farah was part of the highlight of this final press conference. Mo told us that the managing of his drinks, taking time with the press, are all areas that he needed to see before next year.
Next year, Mo Farah will be running 26.2 miles on the Virgin Money London Marathon. Virgin London becomes Virgin Money London in 2014, the year that Mo Farah will run the full marathon, running just as he does in the 10,000 meters: to win.