Mo Farah admits he is playing catch-up after taking an extended post-Olympics break. "I am not in terrible shape but I am behind my training partner – a month and bit behind him," the 5,000 metres and 10,000m gold medal winner confessed.
However, Farah can expect to close the gap on Galen Rupp before the main business of 2013, the World Championships in Moscow in August.
As he builds up for the competitive year ahead with a six-week block of work at the UK Athletics Endurance Camp at Iten in Kenya, however, the 29-year-old Briton is wary of the potential threat he faces from the American training partner he has temporarily left behind in Portland.
"I think Galen is going to have a great year," Farah said of Rupp, who took silver in the Olympic 10,000m final last summer.
Farah's first race of the year will be the 3,000m in the British Athletics Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on 16 February. He will then decide whether to defend his European indoor 3,000m title in Gothenburg in March.