Have you heard of Meb Keflezighi?
Do you know his background?
Did you know he wrote an amazing autobiography?
Meb, who became a household name after winning the 2009 NYC Marathon, recently wrote an autobiography entitled "Run to Overcome." I first became aware of this by reading Endurance Isn't Only Physical's blog.
I picked up a copy of this book and couldn't put it down. I'm by no means a good runner, a fast runner, a technical runner, or even a running enthusiast, but this book has something for everyone.
Who should read this book?
-Parents of high school cross country athletes (especially if their children have aspirations beyond high school running)
-Runners who are serious about improving their time in anything from the 10K-full marathon
-Recreational runners looking for some motivation
-Any runner struggling with injury, difficulty in life, or other adversity
What's so special about this book?
-He discusses overcoming adversity (and the kind of adversity that none of us can imagine)
-He discusses training schedules, pacing, and mileage (on a scale that none of us can imagine, but still the principles can be applied to all of us)
-He discusses how faith is central to his life
-He discusses goal setting, dedication, determination, and the need to be surrounded by a strong team
-He discusses injury prevention and rehab options (that most of us can only dream of having access to, but still - it can be applied to our lives, just maybe a little less comprehensively)
-He discusses life balance between family, faith, education, and running
I HIGHLY recommend you get this book for yourself and for the runners in your life. In its 241 pages, I have learned how to tap into a deep reservoir of perseverance within myself.
Have you read it? I'd love to hear what you thought.