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Book Review: Meb for Mortals by Meb Keflezighi

Meb for Mortals Meb Keflezighi

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Meb for Mortals describes in unprecedented detail how four-time Olympian Keflezighi prepares to take on the best runners in the world.

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Meb Keflezighi is a retired US-marathoner who won Olympic medals and major marathons. 




Release Date
April 7, 2015

Winning the Boston marathon two weeks from his thirty-ninth birthday, Meb Keflezighi surprised a lot of people with this victory. In this book, a memoir and a guidebook at the same time, Meb reveals his training secrets to becoming one of the best US-marathoners. As a four-time Olympian, Meb’s running career spans over more than two decades.


Meb for Mortals is full of advice for runners of all levels. No matter if you’re a beginner or competing at a professional level – everyone can take away valuable tips for their training, nutrition, and mental strength.


“Racing is like graduation day. It’s the opportunity to put all your hard work toward giving 100 percent, physically and mentally. Like a lot of runners, I like to train, but I love to race.”

– Meb Keflezighi

Here are a few things that he mentioned:


  • Meb does form drills almost every day, either after the warm-up and before a hard tempo session, or after an easy run on his recovery days. He suggests building at least ten minutes dedicated to form drills into your schedule.
  • Cutting your run short by a mile or two for doing form drills has a greater effect on your running performance than high mileage. Improving your running form leads to less tension, which ultimately makes you less injury-prone.
  • Use window fronts to look at your running form. Meb calls them “window checks”. (I smiled at this one because I thought I was the only one doing this…)
  • Alternatively, you can do “shadow checks” when it’s sunny.
  • Not a surprise, but important: Don’t neglect stretching and strengthening!
  • “You should always feel like you could have done another interval or longer tempo run,” Meb says. Tempo sessions are supposed to make you stronger, not to burn you out.
  • Success comes down to setting goals the right way. You’ve probably heard this before but goals should always be realistic (but challenging) and specific. Meb recommends sharing your goal with friends or family members. Knowing your goal means knowing your motivation means moving forward.
  • Here’s a quote that I liked and think is extremely important: “Being a healthy runner is much more important than being lean.” Watch how you fuel your body but always eat enough!


If you need some more inspiration to change up your training and improve your performance, definitely check out Meb for Mortals.

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About The Author

I did my debut triathlon on a pink kid’s bike with training wheels at 6 years old. That’s where my love for the sport was born, but it would take another decade until I figured out that I wanted to combine my passions for sports and writing. 

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