For all you Olympic novices out there, here is how veterans do race day, courtesy of guest lecturer, 'Professor' Bernard Lagat.

“I’m having breakfast this morning and I noticed a lot of guys who I knew were going to be running today,” the four-time Olympian said. “They were all saying, ‘We’re going to push.’ I thought, ‘Great! All we need to know is the result from the first heat when we are lining up for the start and we’re good.’

Click here to read more from nbcolympics.com about how local athlete Lagat made it to the 5,000 meter final after today's prelims.