Runner's World contacted me recently and asked if I would be interested in reviewing this book and you know I said yes! I've actually never done a book review before, but it's been fun doing something different. I was provided a free digital copy of the book to review but as always, all opinions and typos are my own.
Now back to how Meb and RunGingerRun are the same person...
I know what you are thinking.
Sure, he's male and I'm female. He's African American and I'm a Native American Ginger. He wins marathons and I barely survive them. But I'm pretty sure we're the same person deep down inside.
In his book, Meb talks about a lot of things.
He talks about his mental process, his training plan, his cross training plan, how he eats, and even how he recovers from a race.
Reason number one on how Meb and RGR are the same.
He takes time off after a race!
"I always take a break after a marathon. In the first few days after, I don't have a choice - I can barely walk."
Umm what? So you mean to tell me Meb Keflezighi, 2014 Boston Marathon Winner, also does the stiff-legged-shuffle the days after a race?! I bet he curses those stairwells the same way I do! I had no idea. Professional athletes make it look so easy.
He says he make take off as much as 3 weeks after a marathon depending on "how beat up" he is. He does this to help recover and avoid injury.
So my 8 week hiatus from running this summer just means I'm training like the pros...kinda. :)
Reason number two on how Meb and RGR are the same.
He doesn't worry about missing a mile or two on his training plan!
"It's better to be undertrained than overtrained."
I can get behind this 100%.
Overtraining leads to injury. Injury leads to missing races and other fun stuff.
Personally, I'd rather sit out a training run or cut one short than miss my entire goal event.
Reason number three on how Meb and RGR are the same.
Meb wears sunglasses on race day! So do I! Albeit for different reasons. Until I read the book, I didn't really give much thought to his signature look. You know, the 5 S's...Shorts, Sketchers Shoes, Singlet, and Sunglasses.
"I usually wear sunglasses in a race if it's a sunny day. This is not because of the sun but to help keep my head at the right level."
For me, it's all about comfort and to keep the sun out of my eyes. For Meb, it's all about posture and running form. He feels that if he wears them he'll notice when his head starts to drop in poor form because his sunglasses will slide down his face. Who knew?
Meb for Mortals is the title, but is it really for the everyday runner?
He talks about runners who wear a phone on their arm and tells us why it's a bad idea when it comes to your running form. I think it's pretty neat the this book focuses on real habits of all kinds of runners. I've certainly been that runner with a phone on my arm and now that I see it in print that it changes your running form, I can see why.
I could go on and on about the cool down-to-earth tips this book gives but let's do a quick rundown of the items included in this book.
- He discusses his 9 day training cycle when most athletes do a 7 day cycle
- He gives a list of running drills to help you with form (with pictures)
- He shares tips with where to do certain works outs. He races on the road so a lot of his workouts are on the road.
- Detailed 4 weeks of his 5k,10k, haf marathon and marathon training plans that lead to his PRs
- Race nutrition - When he can't sleep at night before a marathon, he eats!
- When to take a DNF. He's had three.
- Eating in general. Quick summary: No to fast food, yes to coffee sometimes!
I could go on and on with the cool tips and advice that this books includes, but really, it's a quick, easy, and intriguing read if you're a runner or a fan of the sport.
If you need a book for your next plane trip or day by the pool, this is a good one to have!
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Also - Meb will be running in the 2015 Boston Marathon so be sure to cheer him on!