Meb Keflezighi’s story is a truly American success story. Growing up literally eating dirt in war-torn Eritrea, his family set out on a long, difficult journey to find greater opportunities in America through hard work and education.
After being discovered as a talented runner in a 7th grade San Diego gym class, Meb developed into a top runner at San Diego High School and UCLA, before becoming a professional runner, an Olympic Silver Medalist, and the winner of the 2009 ING New York City Marathon.
Meb shares his experiences as he develops as a runner and a man, with the help of friends, family, coaches, and mentors. He gives us a behind-the-scenes peek into the training (and rehab) routine of a top marathoner and also shares some rare insight into the business side of professional running.
This book is a “must read” for anyone who is a runner. Meb provides tips on how he has been able to remain at the top of his sport for nearly 20 years and how he has come back from what most observers thought were career-ending injuries. I particularly recommend it for young runners and for high school running teams. Meb’s life lessons about hard work, the value of education, sportsmanship, overcoming difficulties, and faith are inspiring.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I have never met Meb Keflezighi, but I have interviewed him over the phone.