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"26 Marathons: What I Learned about Faith, Identity, Running and Life" by Meb Keflezighi

April 22, 2019



Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009 and the Boston Marathon in 2014,  becoming the first person in history to win both storied events, and the first American male runner to win Boston in over 30 years. His accolades and achievements extend beyond the marathon; In fact, he initially trained, and won, as a shorter distance runner. His Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 represented the first American marathon victory in 28 years.


A one-name icon in distance running, Meb’s legacy is more than his victories and marathons. His gracious humility endears him to friends and competitors alike, his generosity extending beyond elite athletes to runners of all ages and skill level. His faith and quiet confidence are his trademark, and he shares all of these characteristics in his book “26 Marathons”.


Each chapter in his book describes a specific challenge in his career, marked by 26.2 miles, as he imparts his experience and knowledge through his “run to win” philosophy for every aspect of life. Meb illustrates in each race how the mantra translates to giving the best performance you have to offer in each particular situation. Much like life, marathons are about tenacity, durability, and patience, leading to greater lessons of perseverance and endurance. Throughout Meb’s career, his racing plans remained steadfast, and his confidence in his training and abilities resulted in a personal victory in each race he entered.


In this narrative, Meb also relates his approach to elements out of his control, from lost luggage to food poisoning to weather, and even injury. He shares his philosophy on creating goals, trusting his instincts, and celebrating personal successes. His insight and experience translates into a fascinating book for runners and athletes, but transcends the sports industry into aspects of life and business. His victories are inspiring, his stories heartfelt, and his wisdom insightful and uplifting.


Find Meb’s book on Amazon here, and on his website here.  


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