Running tips from gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz is in town for the 5th Ave. Mile.

- Matthew Centrowitz, 26, has running in his blood. Both parents were runners and like Matthew, his father, was an Olympian, too.

The younger Centrowitz won the gold medal at the Rio Games in the 1,500-meters race, making him the first American to win gold in the event since 1908.

"Every morning I wake up and pinch myself," said Centrowitz.

The Maryland native was not the favorite to win.

"My odds were 20-1, " said Centrowitz.

Despite being on a high right now, there is no time to slow down.

Centrowitz is running the 5th Ave. Mile on Saturday, his fourth time in the race along 5th Ave. in Manhattan.

When it comes to tackling the mile, Centrowitz recommends runners focus on their breathing.

"Stay relaxed and wait to the end to kick it up a bit. Try leaning forward a little bit. Running into it, that’s how I was taught," said Centrowitz.

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