Marcin Lewandowski is one of Poland’s finest middle distance runners. The reigning European 1500m indoor champion shares some of his best pieces of advice with SPIKES.
The most important tip I can give, at least in my event, is to be ready and prepared for all three rounds.
I know many athletes who are strong on the Diamond League circuit, but they never win a medal at the major championships. I train with the goal to perform well for all three races and that is my weapon.
Unless you are David Rudisha you need to see what is happening during a race. You need to be smart, you need to think during a race and be alive to the tactical variables.
Both at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships in Daegu and Moscow I finished fourth [in the 800m] and I lost out on a medal due to stupid mistakes in the race. After these performances, I have become much smarter and I am running races in different ways.
As a husband and father of two daughters, the most important thing for me in life is family. This means I am not afraid to lose on the track anymore. I know many athletes who fear what will happen if they lose. For me, that does not matter and I can finally enjoy my running.
While on the track, deliver 100 per cent. The worst feeling is to cross the finish line with energy and the ability to talk. I always leave my heart on the track.
I’m not very original when it comes to the kitchen. I like to cook very simple dishes like pasta, rice and chicken and I only drink water from a bottle.
It doesn’t matter how, but it matters to look good. I can say from the beginning I have been with adidas and their clothes are always fashionable!
If you want to be a good driver, you should buy a Mustang GT – like me! No speeding tickets, no problems.
As I lead a very active life, when I go on holiday, I need very good food, a lot of sun and beautiful beaches. If you ever want to meet me on holiday, you are very welcome to join me in Thailand and South Africa – ha, ha.
Social media tip
I am not really a fan of Facebook or Instagram, but I know how important it is for our fans. I don’t do anything too crazy, I just inform them of when and where I am training, competing and resting and so on.
It has to be to have fun. Although I can’t really remember because for the past 12 years I’ve been with one woman, and for the last four years I’ve flirted with my Ford Mustang, which is really fun!