Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner

Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner

by Meb Keflezighi, Scott Douglas


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Train like Olympic marathoner and 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi

With his historic win at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi cemented his legacy as one of the great champions of long-distance running. Runners everywhere wanted to know how someone two weeks away from his 39th birthday, who had only the 15th best time going into the race, could defeat the best field in Boston Marathon history and become the first American man to win the race in 31 years.

Meb For Mortals describes in unprecedented detail how three-time Olympian Keflezighi prepares to take on the best runners in the world. More importantly, the book shows everyday runners how to implement the training, nutritional, and mental principles that have guided him throughout his long career, which in addition to the 2014 Boston win includes an Olympic silver medal and the 2009 New York City Marathon title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623365479
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 213,764
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Meb Keflezighi's victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon made him the first American man to win the race in 31 years. He's won more than a dozen national titles and is a three-time US Olympian. Meb is also the founder of the MEB Foundation, which funds programs that promote fitness and other positive lifestyle choices for children. He lives in San Diego, CA.

Scott Douglas is senior content editor for He is the author or coauthor of six other running books. He lives in South Portland, ME.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Dungy vi

Introduction: Be Like Meb ix

Chapter 1 Think like Meb 1

Chapter 2 Run like Meb 13

Chapter 3 Train like Meb 41

Chapter 4 Race like Meb 67

Chapter 5 Eat like Meb 85

Chapter 6 Strengthen like Meb 97

Chapter 7 Stretch like Meb 165

Chapter 8 Cross-Train like Meb 177

Chapter 9 Recover like Meb 177

Acknowledgments 189

About the Authors 191

Index 192

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Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
knittingguy More than 1 year ago
I am an avid runner; my weekly mileage is somewhere between 40 to 50 miles.  I have run 4 full marathons, 5 half marathons, and several 5K's in the past 4 years.  I pre-ordered this book on Nook about two months in advance.  The reason I bought this book was because I was hoping that I could learn from Meb.  This is not a book showing you how you can win races.  It is simply a book telling you how and what Meb did to win races.  He provides many practical advises on the mindsets/attitudes one needs to have not only to win races but also to win in other areas in life.  There are also pictures showing his warm-up routines.  For the most part, most of us (i.e. the non-elite runners) can utilize the techniques he mentions pretty much words for words.  The only exception would be the mileage of his training but, to be fair, he also mentioned that the key is focusing on a specific area each week, have a variety of  focuses each week, and be flexible with the training schedule.  So, in that sense, by mentioning his mileage in his training, it just shows us a glimpse of what the elite runners must do to stay competitive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago