Last weekend, the forever young 42-year-old Mustafa ‘Musse’ Mohamed won another medal at the Swedish Championships in Half Marathon. We had a chat with our ambassador about his shape, the training sessions and the goals ahead.
Congratulations on your 67th Swedish Championship medal!
Thanks! Yes, it was a good Swedish Championship half marathon this weekend where I ran tactically very well and finished in 1: 05.33. I definitely feel happy!
How did you receive the news that the restrictions will be lifted in Sweden so that the race season finally starts with full participation?
Very gratifying message! For my own part, I am most looking forward to having an audience again. Many people also sign up for races to be able to motivate more easily and races are important for public health.
What has been the hardest part during this period of uncertainty?
It has been more difficult to plan races and I have had to compete without an audience.
The races I have run abroad have not been as simple and smooth as before. I have had to do a lot of unpleasant and costly covid tests with the concern that the result could be positive and thus not be allowed to run. In addition, I have only been allowed to stay at the hotel and the competition area during these races.
What races will you run?
Stockholm Marathon on October 9 is the closest. Then the plan is to run the Sevilla Marathon on February 20 and also the European Championships in Munich next summer.
What are your goals?
My goal is to keep a high level and enjoy everything around.
What has the training been like lately?
It has been more focused on the marathon because that is what I prioritize the most.
What does your training look like today compared to 10 years ago?
I have a little lower speed, fewer running sessions and less weekly volume now, but longer and harder distance sessions. My favorite workout is a long distance workout at quite high speed. It can be 35k and should preferably be with a group of runners. The first 20k we roll on quite comfortably, talk and joke with each other a bit, enjoy the surroundings. Maybe someone who is not a marathon runner leaves the group after 20k while the others continue. As the kilometers tick on, it gradually becomes harder. There will be less talk and more focus. Afterwards I am tired and tender in my whole body, but also happy.
Why do you think you are such a good runner?
I have trained for so many years and above all I have had and still have a great passion for running.
Which YMR garments will you run in?
The Söder Mälarstrand Shorts, Musse Wool Socks and my club Hälle’s tank top because it is the Swedish Championships as well. I run a lot in the Söder Mälarstrand shorts and like the light, comfortable material that Söder Mälarstrand Shorts are made of. I like Musse Wool Socks because they sit well on the foot and are comfortable. Besides, they are named after me
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