So I rarely read running books. I’m more of a chick lit type of girl, or even memoirs. A personal fave is David Sedaris. Anyways, when I do read running books I usually find them to b:
b. way too wordy and over my head
c. trying way too hard to fit in, be influential and liked.
Recently, I was asked to review Meb Keflezighi’s book, Run To Overcome. When I first got the request I sighed. A running book. When I got the request I was perhaps a little over running… Working 100 hours two weeks straight to get the race going and running was the last thing on my mind. Then, I mean, I’m not fast. I used to run competitively in high school. Competitively in high school means my best mile was 5:59 and I usually ran a 5k in about 19:50-20:50. I worked my butt off and running was my life. Now things are different. I’ve been running for over 10 years and for the past six years I’ve ran for myself. I enjoy running and run for my own personal enjoyment. I don’t race the clock much anymore. I don’t do speed work or fartleks or track workouts. I did that stuff for four years of my life. I ran year round, and really pushed myself. It took me a while to be okay with letting people pass me and not racing all the time and being upset when I didn’t hit a certain time once I started running for pleasure, but now that I’m at that place I’m happy. I enjoy running for the ability to run. Meb does this too. He enjoys it and he is amazing at it. His work ethic, his attitude and his drive make you want to get out and run.
When I got Meb’s book I was excited that it was signed as I did watch the New York Marathon last year and yes, I know about Meb. Another fun fact was when I was in High School, I remember watching Ryan Hall at most of the CIF and State meets and hearing about Dathan Ritzenhein because I was super into running. I kept up with everyone running and was on dyestatcal.com every day. It’s cool to see those guys who I saw run in High School on TV now and watch their success. I know it’s weird but it’s something that I was so heavily involved with growing up and now watching it makes me so excited.
Anyways, back to the book. When I started reading the book, I was surprised how easily it read. I enjoy books like this. Ones that you can easily get lost in and before you know it, two hours have passes and you’re looking around wondering why it’s dark outside. Even though there’s no way in any world that I would be running these paces… Meb didn’t make them seem like they were anything special at all. That’s what makes him so special. The book really shows that he is a very humble person and his respect for love and running. He truly loves the sport and enjoys the fact that he can run. It revived my beat down running spirit and reminded me that running is something that I love. I really enjoyed the book and it went by really fast. It was interesting to read that when he lived in Eritrea he didn’t even realize running was a sport. It wasn’t until he came to America that he started competing. There is a small section of pictures and his family is adorable. He is actually someone that I loved reading about. The chapter on the New York Marathon win was a tear jerker as I could tell the emotion he was feeling during his win and the entire race in his writing.
I really enjoyed the book and thought it was really well written and very easy to read, which is a plus for me. I love books that you can just fly through and can’t put down. I can’t wait to follow more of Meb’s journey and wishPowered by Sidelines