Friday, April 24, 2015

Meb for Mortals - Book Review

Even if you aren't a runner, I am sure you have heard of Meb Keflezighi (pronounced Kef-lez-ghee) before. Meb is an amazing long-distance runner and was the 2014 Boston Marathon winner (and he became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years!) He is a class act (he had a great performance this year at Boston, but more notable was his hand-in-hand finish with an elite female runner), a 3-time Olympian and yet people still wondered how he did what he did at Boston in 2014.

They had their reasons to wonder - he was almost 39 years old and had experienced years of injuries and setbacks.

In Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Eat and Think like a Champion Marathoner, Keflezighi describes his training, nutritional and mental principles in detail so that anyone from a seasoned runner to a newbie can incorporate them into their daily routine.

His book is broken up into nine sections: Think like Meb, Run like Meb, Train like Meb, Race like Meb, Eat like Meb, Strengthen like Meb, Stretch like Meb, Cross-Train like Meb and Recover like Meb.

The two sections, Strengthen like Meb and Stretch like Meb, are great resources for different strength moves and stretches complete with pictures. I need to incorporate more of the stretches and flexibility moves into my own training! He also describes why, when and how stretching and strengthening are important for runners. The Run like Meb section also includes some running form drills that all runners should consider incorporating into their weekly routine.

 Example of one of the stretches in the book

Personally, the section that I enjoyed the most was the first section: Think like Meb. Keflezighi describes why setting goals is so important and how his philosophy on long-term success with running is one part physical (hard work) and two parts mental (commitment and good goals).

The other section that I enjoyed was the Eat like Meb portion of the book. Admittedly, Mike and I are still figuring out how to properly fuel our training (we have gotten better!) and it was inspiring to read how an elite runner fuels his running career. It was just as inspiring to read that he has a sweet tooth and that he believes that balance is key. He also emphasizes that it is alright to gain weight after a goal race and that you cannot maintain "race weight" the entire year.

Meb for Mortals is a great resource! Whether you are looking to set goals to succeed, looking for resources on how to improve your running form, looking for strategies to improve your stretching, strength training and recovery, looking to improve your daily nutrition or looking for tips on how to mentally prepare for race day (and much more) this book is for you!

If you would like more information about Meb, you can check out his website here.

And if you would like to purchase Meb for Mortals, you can do so here!

I was provided a copy of Meb for Mortals from Runner's World at no charge in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book as well. This book makes it apparent that Meb does not run on talent alone and does not take any shortcuts with his training.