Meb for Mortals was written by Meb Keflezghi (pronounced kef-lez-ghee) with Scott Douglas as a way to learn from the only person to have ever won the NYCM,Boston Marathon, and an Olympic medal. It comes with amazing oversights from the champion.
The book is broken up into chapters on various topics with many helpful hints, tips, stories about what he does, and even illustrations and pictures of various exercises to try.
- 1: Think like Meb
- 2: Run like Meb
- 3:Train like Meb
- 4: Race like Meb
- 5: Eat like Meb
- 6: Strengthen like Meb
- 7: Stretch like Meb
- 8: Cross-train like Meb
- 9: Recover like Meb
Each chapter is a gem in itself and its a quick read.
It is amazing all that he does every day: stretches before and after running, running (sometimes twice a day!) and also being a father and husband.
There are a few takeaways I have from the book:
1. Injury Prevention is key!
- How to do that?
- Make sure to stretch before and after
- Listening to your body-the chapter on stretching is amazing. So many examples are given
- Resting often-it is okay to take a day off if your body isn't feel well especially if you're sick!
- Being active during the day-make sure that you don't sit for longer than 30-45 min and stay active at work
2. Slow down!
Majority of your runs should be 60-90 sec slower than race pace. However speed work should be just that-speed work!
Especially before races, even if you feel really strong and want to go for an extra 5 min, 1 mile, etc. don't do it! Stick with your plan and save it for race day
3. Set different goals for yourself
This is crucial in races! Make sure to set goals for yourself but also listen to yourself. Sometimes it's okay to take it easy and not risk injury (he cites the 3 times he's dropped out of important races and how they related to injury prevention).
4. Winning isn't everything
From Meb that is huge. The most you can do is do your best and try your hardest but in running sometimes it's not enough and that's okay!
All of this injury prevention has inspired me to do a routine while I am at work. My goal is to get up at least twice an hour, and do quick stretches for 30-60 seconds to keep me loose and limber and also help keep my body from being stiff from sitting at a desk.
Overall this book is very helpful and I would highly recommend it to all runners. Best of luck to Meb at Boston next week!
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION:
- Link to buy the book: http://bit.ly/MebFM15PR
- Hashtag: #MebforMortals
- Twitter (@runmeb): https://twitter.com/RunMeb
- Instagram (@runmeb): https://instagram.com/runmeb/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarathonMeb
- Co-author Scott Douglas on Twitter (@mescottdouglas): https://twitter.com/mescottdouglas
Has anyone else read Meb for Mortals? Anyone running Boston next week?