Disclosure: I received a digital copy of Meb for Mortals by Meb Keflezighi and Scott Douglas through Runner's World Magazine. No compensation was received and the opinions stated here are my own.
When I received the email from Runner's World that I was chosen to review the new book by Meb, I was thrilled. His first book, Run to Overcome was under my Christmas tree and devoured within a couple of days. An outstanding human being and runner, his latest book covers how he became a world class runner and what you can do to improve your own running. There are very few who can claim they have won the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, and earned a silver medal at the Olympics. Meb can, but he did so by being smart in the way he trains and handles his life.
Now to the meat of the book. It is broken into nine chapters covering topics from thinking like Meb to recovering like Meb. The first one covers the mental mindset and how you can learn to think like Meb. The mental aspect of running is probably the least discussed with novice runners. In the chapter, Meb gives advice on how to establish specific goals and how to achieve them. It is amazing how we can defeat ourselves or throw a wrench in our mental attitude by either limiting or inhibiting our growth potential. Each chapter in the book covers something that is important to becoming as complete a runner as possible. Of course this all comes with discipline and training. One of my favorite parts of each chapter is the highlighted boxes that include specifics such as "Choices, not Sacrifices" I am pretty sure I will refer to these many times before I toe the line in Hopkinton next month for the Boston Marathon.
As runners, we spend an inordinate amount of time training and Meb gives you the keys to making those workouts productive and the recovery time as well. Diet is also a key to successful running, so why sabotage your training by eating unhealthy processed food? He even has a highlighted box "Fast food for fast runners." You will have to guess what he thinks about McDonald's and the like! Again, this book covers all aspects of fueling your body with meals and during training.
"How to race" is one of my favorite chapters in the book. Figuring out race day strategy is something you do long before you step up to the starting line. But how many recreational runners actually do that? With the proper discipline, the tips Meb shares in this book should help everyone be more secure and prepared to run their best possible race. He even includes a highlighted box about how to handle late starts. This is key for anyone running the Boston or NYC Marathons.
With nine chapters of valuable advice from one of the consumate professionals in the sport of running, this book will be a great addition to any runner's collection.
The book release date is April 7 and here is a link if you would like to reserve a copy for yourself. You will not be disappointed with the content and depth of information in this book. I'm excited to hopefully meet Meb at the Boston Marathon expo in just a few weeks.