Meb For Mortals – Book Review

“Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Eat, And Think like a Marathon Champion.”

I had the honor to get an advanced copy of Meb for Mortals and to say I was thrilled is an understatement! My inner running nerd geeked out.

Oh how I would love to run like Meb Keflezighi. I would even settle for having 1/10th of his speed. My hope in reading this book was that I would have better insight into being a better runner. I want to know this Boston Marathon winners secrets…there has to be secrets, right?!

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Tell me more than it’s just DNA/genetics that has made Meb a running icon. My hopes in reading this book that the curtains would be pulled back to reveal the strategies on how to be the runner I want to be. Meb for Mortals, did not disappoint. There are personal stories of the ups and downs.

There are behind the scenes as to what Meb does daily. Personal reflections of experiences that show that Meb is just a meer mortal like the rest of us.

“I wrote this book for all runners eager to learn how to most effectively improve and enjoy their running.”

I read everything I can get my hands on when it comes to running. I am not an effortless runner. On good days, I feel like a baby elephant trying to run. Throughout this book, Meb gives practical advice. He doesn’t just talk about what every “expert” talks about. He gives the real “what’s” and “why’s” of how to improve. I think that’s what we all strive for.

We all want to be better. We want to get to that point that each race is a race for improvement.

3 Keys to Success in Running according to Meb…

  1. Good goals
  2. Commitment
  3. Hard work

Think about it. Have you set good, progressive running goals? Or have you shot out of the gate registered for a marathon not really understanding what is involved?

Has your commitment been there for your training?

Meb quotable:

“Situations requiring a decision that will affect your progress come up all the time: when you run, whom you run with, where you run; what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat; how much you sleep; even how you sit at work. Being a committed runner means being aware of these situations and more often than not making a good choice.”

Hard work…where to begin. Do you have a training plan? Do you follow it? <<<< BIG QUESTION!

“Your decisions affect your progress”

Let that one sit with you for a sec. If you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.

“Be a student of the sport”

Yes!!! I’m on track Meb (get it…on track…see what I did there?! #runnersjoke)

You’ll find chapters dedicated to stretching, strength training, nutrition. In each of these chapters are personal stories, reflections from races, insights from a top-level athlete and conversations he has with his family.

I know I can be a better runner if I am more diligent with stretching. Meb gives a series of stretches along with how it has helped him year after year.

“Stretching after a run is a time to reflect on the work I just did.”

“…taking 10 minutes a day to become a faster, more efficient more injury resistant runner sounds like a pretty good investment to me”

Duly noted Meb, and I will use that time now for both benefits!

{Fun Fact} Meb is the first man to win the Boston Marathon wearing compression socks.,

Nutrition…As a nutritionist and trainer this chapter had me intrigued and hooked at the first sentence. Meb is honest throughout the entire book. He shares that he noticed his metabolism slow down when he hit 34/35 years old. Welcome to the team friend, welcome to the team!

Meb watches what he eats. YES he does. You would think, uber runner, perfect genetics he can eat whatever he wants…not the case. 

“We have to set aside that idea of “I run so much, I should eat whatever I want” if we want to do every- thing possible to meet our goals.” preach Meb, preach!!

Here is more Meb insight:

“I don’t agree with the idea that you should gorge yourself the night before a marathon. That one meal isn’t going to be what determines whether you run strong to the finish. Eating too much could lead to stomach issues or pit stops the next morning, as well as interfere with your sleep. You should feel full but not bloated after your dinner the night before a marathon.”

Thanks for putting that in print Meb and hopefully put an end to this carb loading nonsense that is so 1970’s.

{Another Fun Fact} Meb and I share something in common (really)…

we both have a crazy sweet tooth. We both apply the principle of out of sight out of mind. If it’s not in the house to tempt me, then I wont give in to it!

Strength training is another key component to Meb’s success. He details a set of strength training moves that every runner should adopt into their training program. I get this question all of the time from runners, “Why do I need to strength train?” Meb answers it perfectly.

“You’ll run faster and feel better doing so because your muscles will work in sync as they’re meant to.”

I’m using that line from here on out, thanks Meb, well said!

Meb for Mortals is a great read for all runners. The stories he shares is what makes this not only inspiring but motivational for all of us who want to be better runners.

Meb knows running. Read this book and I guarantee you will come away with insight on how to make your runs better.

“Not every race you run is going to be a home run. But every race, good or bad, can be a learning experience. Do an assessment after each race. Wait at least until later that day, when the emotions of the moment have lessened. Ask yourself, “Did I give
100 percent? Did I run up to my ability on that day?” If so, hold your head high. What more could you ask of yourself?”

Commit to being better and watch change happen!

Want to learn more about Meb? Here is a great article about him from Runners World
http://www.runnersworld.com/tag/meb-keflezighi

Go and get this book!!
http://www.amazon.com/Meb-For-Mortals-Champion-Marathoner/dp/1623365473

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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