Meb Keflezighi

Ali on the Run Show Episode 175: You Can Run a Marathon with Meb Keflezighi

“The marathon is a metaphor for life. It’s about patience, and you get out of it what you put in it.”

This is a very special episode of the You Can Run a Marathon series, because it was recorded live in front of a fantastic audience at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City. Meb Keflezighi is the only person to ever win the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Olympic silver medal. Runner’s World named him The Most Influential Person in Running, and he’s the author of several books, including Meb for Mortals and 26 Marathons. On this episode, Meb reflects on his career on the run, talks about what he’s learned about life and running and how they intersect, and shares whether there’s any chance we might see him at the start line of the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in February. He also shares the story of getting a congratulatory phone call from President Obama after winning the 2014 Boston Marathon, and dining with the Obamas a few weeks later.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What does it mean to Meb to “run to win?” And how does he keep going when the race is getting tough? (5:30)
  • Meb’s New York City Marathon-specific advice (13:25)
  • What are the keys to being able to run for life? (17:50)
  • Why the 2013 New York City Marathon was so special for local runner Mike Cassidy, who got to finish with Meb (22:00)
  • Why the marathon is a metaphor for life (26:20)
  • All about that post-Boston-win call from President Obama (28:30)
  • Why the marathon for Meb? (35:20)
  • On pre-race nerves and anxiety, mental training, and visualization (46:10)
  • What race week looks like for Meb (53:30)
  • Is there any chance we might see Meb at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials?! (55:30)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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