I came across this book when i read a couple of early reviews on other running blogs. It peaked my interest right away and I picked up a copy so I could post my own review of it. Having just finished reading it last night here is my review.
The first thing i will say about this book is that it is a very quick read since it is organized in short chapters where Meb goes over his thoughts and provides tips on a variety of of subjects – nutrition, stretching, cross training, strength training etc. Each chapters ends with a series of dos and don’ts to serve as a reminder.
I enjoyed the book for a couple of reasons. First it is interesting to read about how an elite runner prepares for a marathon. Personally, I picked up some tips and ideas here I am interested in trying in another training cycle. I say another cycle because I am too far along in this current cycle to make many changes.
Secondly, building on the first point, is that it is interesting to find out that an elite runner faces some of the same issues and preoccupations some of us recreational runners deal with. By this i mean things like the struggle to sleep the night before a marathon, the discipline needed to stick with a proper diet, fitting in time time for running and stretching afterward etc.
There you have it my quick review of Meb For Mortals. If you are interested in learning about how an elite runner prepares for a marathon and for tips you can apply to your own training go ahead and pick this one up. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Since I finished reading the book a couple of nights ago I thought tonight would be a good night to review Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi.
With just 224 pages, if you are looking for a quick read related to running this one is a decent choice.
Before reading this book about the only thing I knew about the author was that he had been the first American to win the New York Marathon since 1982 when he won in 2009 and I had seen the clip of him doing the Top 10 on David Letterman following his win.
His story is certainly an interesting one, starting with him and his family leaving a war-torn country and eventually ending up in San Diego and not being able to speak English when he arrived.
In terms of running, one of the more interesting aspects to the story is reading about the use of high altitude training to get ready for races by moving to Mammoth Lakes, California. He was not alone either, as there seem to be a number of elite American athletes training there in the high altitude.
The other aspect to the book that really caught me was the series of injuries and setbacks he suffered between winning the silver medal in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and winning the New York Marathon in 2009. I won’t spoil the story for you I will leave it at saying what he overcame to win in New York was certainly impressive.
If you are looking for a quick read and one that might inspire you with your your running goals this is a good choice.
As you are aware I launched my first giveaway here last Tuesday. The giveaway consisted of a copy of either Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi and Run: 26.2 Stories about Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes with the winner choosing which book they wanted.
I just made the draw using random.org. The Winner is Thomas Cort. Congratulations Thomas!
I believe you already indicated a preference for the Dean Karnazes book. Contact me at patrick at thecourageoflungs.com and let me know how I can get the book to you.
Thank you to all who entered and supported me by following my blog and supporting my efforts to raise funds for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
I just bought two books about running that I was interested in – Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi and Run: 26.2 Stories about Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes.
Now you are probably wondering what’s in it for you? Well here it is. I have decided that I will give away on of the books on here. Since I have two books I will let the winner pick which one they would like and I will read the other and post a review on here. The winner will be chosen by using random.org
To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).
- Follow me on Twitter, @patruns
- Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
- Tweet about the giveaway
As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation. Click here for more details.
The winner will be chosen next Tuesday, March 22.