This Runner Tried Olympic Marathoner Mo Farah's Diet and Workout

Philip Ellis
·2 mins read

From Men's Health

YouTuber and distance runner Elijah Orr regularly takes on physical challenges that push his endurance, including hitting 100,000 steps in a single day, and training like record-busting athlete Eliud Kipchoge. In his latest video, Orr spends 24 hours eating and working out like four-time Olympic champion and two-time World Record holder, marathon runner Mo Farah.

His "Day in the Life of Mo Farah" starts with a 7 a.m. wake-up, coffee, and two slices of toast with butter... and a layer of Nutella, just the way Farah likes it. Then it's time for the first of the day's two runs: 12 miles (19 km), which he completes in 1 hour 18 minutes. "I just tried to stay relaxed the first 6-ish miles or so, and then felt decent the second half, so let loose a little bit," he says.

Orr follows this with some core strength training inspired by the workouts that Farah has shared on his own channel. "They're super simple exercises," he says, "but they look pretty effective." The session includes twists, crunches, kettlebell squats, single-arm dumbbell rows, and dumbbell press.

"Obviously he's not lifting with crazy heavy weights or anything, he's not trying to build a ton of muscle because he's a distance runner," he says, "but I think this routine does a great job in hitting all the basics and can definitely make all the difference."

Next up is lunch, and as Orr is vegetarian, he switches up Farah's go-to sandwich order a little and ends up enjoying a soy turkey sandwich with avocado, tomatoes and cheese—followed by a nap before his afternoon run.

This one is easier than the first run at just 5 miles (8 km), which Orr completes in 34 minutes. "I've never been so excited to take a shower," he says.

The final meal of the day is pasta with zucchini, tomato sauce and cheese, and once again Orr subs out the meat that Farah would usually be getting his protein from. All in all, though, he says he's enjoyed the Olympian's diet—not to mention the 17 miles of running.

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