An exclusive look at a champion marathoner's elite training methods, which readers can adopt themselves.
Meb Keflezighi's victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon made him the first American man to win the race in 31 years. He's won more than a dozen national titles and is a three-time US Olympian. Meb is also the founder of the MEB Foundation, which funds programs that promote fitness and other positive lifestyle choices for children. He lives in San Diego, CA. Scott Douglas is senior content editor for Runners World's Web site. He is the coauthor of six other running books. He lives in Portland, ME.
"Meb Keflezighi is one of the most passionate and dedicated runners in the world.He is an icon for American distance runners. Now Meb has chosen to share his training secrets and tips with the world. Every runner, from the beginner to elite, can gain tremendous insight and wisdom in Meb for Mortals. Get ready to take your running to another level with help from Meb." --Kara Goucher, two-time Olympian
"Since our days at UCLA, I have seen Meb work hard to get the best out of himself. The longevity of his career is simply amazing. Meb for Mortals gives unique insight into how Meb has been able to get better with age." --Baron Davis, two-time NBA All-Star "Having trained with Meb over the years, I know first-hand his love of running and his commitment to improvement. In Meb for Mortals, runners of all abilities and motivation levels will be inspired and able to develop with his sage advice." --Deena Kastor, American record holder in the marathon and half-marathon "My experiences as a competitive runner have had a direct impact on the way I operate in business. To become a success in business, sports or life, you must set challenging, personally meaningful goals and be accountable to those goals. In Meb for Mortals, Meb shows us all how he does this, and how you can, too. " --John Legere, President and CEO, T-Mobile US "I have admired Meb Keflezighi as a runner and as a person for many years, and seeing him win in Boston--my hometown--last year was deeply gratifying for me. If you want to achieve your distance running goals while maintaining a healthy balance of training and family life, Meb for Mortals is the book for you." --Shalane Flanagan, Olympic bronze medalist and American record-holder in the 10,000 meters "Meb is one of the greatest champions I've ever known in all of my many different lives. His kindness, gentleness, persistence, perseverance, and steely determination have, combined with his unique athletic prowess, helped him to achieve remarkable things both as a runner and as a human force of nature. Please, I challenge you to take just one step in Meb's shoes by reading his brilliant and inspiring new book, Meb for Mortals. You will never look at life, running-or anything else-the same way again." --Bill Walton, Basketball Hall of Fame 1993 "Meb is an inspirational athlete with an inspirational story. I am sure any insight into his training and mental outlook on life will be of benefit and interest to many." --Paula Radcliffe, women's world record-holder in the marathon "Meb Keflezighi was a huge help and inspiration to me when I ran the New York City marathon last year. He is without a doubt the world's number one expert on training and running. I would recommend that anyone who is looking to participate in a running event of any length collect and absorb the insight and tips in this wonderful book prior to their race." --Caroline Wozniacki, winner of 22 career WTA singles titles "Running was a big part of my training back when I was competing on the ice and now, in my retirement from skating, I've turned to running again both for fitness and for the challenge it presents. The wisdom and motivation I have gleaned from reading Meb for Mortals will serve me very well both in my next marathon and in life." --Anton Apolo Ohno, two-time Olympic Gold medalist