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Getty Images Abdi Abdirahman (center) is flanked by Meb Keflezighi (left) and Ryan Hall (right) during January's U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials in Houston. The trio will represent the U.S. in London.

Going for Gold—or Whatever

The Secret to an Aging Olympian's Endurance: Don't Let Training Get in the Way of Fun 

Olympian Abdi Abdirahman arrived in New York ahead of a race last week with every intention of going for a 50-minute training run. Then his plans changed.

"I just wanted to eat, lie in bed and watch basketball," said Abdirahman, an American long-distance runner. "So that's what I did."

Distance runners tend to be Type A personalities. They weigh their food, chart their mileage and obsess over everything from sleep to stretching. Then there is easygoing Abdirahman, a Somali native who moved to the U.S. as a child. He eats what he wants, likes to party and runs fewer training miles than other marathoners, occasionally skipping workouts altogether.

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