I can remember it like it was yesterday. I might have been multi-tasking a little as the Boston Marathon raced on. I sat at my desk craving any updates. Where was Shalane? What about Meb? What kind of pace were they keeping? Seriously, I recorded it. (Please tell me I wasn’t the only one). I got an update just in time to watch Meb cross the finish line and I got goosebumps (I just got them again).
The marathon is a distance I respect a LOT. I’ve only done one and there’s a part of me that would love to do another but I know how important the mental readiness is and I don’t think I’m there. The thought of doing it along just scares me.
I’ve only read one real running related book and it was before I agreed to run the marathon. The book helped me wrap my brain around what I was about to go through so when Runner’s World asked me if I wanted to review Meb’s new book: “Meb for Mortals” I wondered what it might lead to but couldn’t turn down the chance. Now here I am again reading a book that is giving me goosebumps with every page turn.
I had the chance to run with Meb once and he’s as genuine as can be and very honest about who he is and what it took to get to the front of the pack in Boston. The fact that he’s written a book about his training, I HAD to read it.
He has broken it down into chapters that correlate to the various dimensions of his training:
- Think Like Meb
- Run Like Meb
- Train Like Meb
- Race Like Meb
- Eat Like Meb
- Strengthen Like Meb
- Stretch Like Meb
- Cross-Train Like Meb
- Recover Like Meb
If you’re wondering the order IS intentional. He explains in the beginning that the mental game is one of the most important parts so I was happy to see him talk about it first. I know the goal of this post is to hopefully get you to go check it out so I don’t want to giveaway everything but this was just too good not to share. I love the simplicity of this. We all know it but maybe when Meb tells us, it will sink in.
This is one of those books you’re gonna want to jump around on. The other question I’ve always wondered is what did his training really look like. Well if you wondered too, wonder no more. He shares it all! I loved reading it so much, I read it twice. I m planning to print this book and flag and highlight because he shares so much that I just need to hear like this:
Guys I could go on and on about this book. One of the things I love as well is that Meb writes it as if he’s sitting on the couch with you. It’s an extremely easy read and with Boston right around the corner, I’m excited to have read this before watching. If I can’t be there, I can at least have a good idea of what the leaders are going through
If you want to check it out (and you will) you can find the book here:
- Buy the book: http://bit.ly/MebFM15PR
You can also follow Meb (and you should) and Co-authoer Scott Douglas on social media:
- 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
What are some of your favorite running books?
I was given a copy of the book but all opinions are my own.