cover image Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner

Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner

Meb Keflezighi, with Scott Douglas. Rodale, $19.99 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-62336-547-9

Keflezighi's book is a perfect accessory for marathon training. Keflezighi, the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, covers topics both physical and psychological, writing that “everything I've achieved physically in running started psychologically with the thought, ‘I want to do this.' " This thorough training guide covers every bit of the expected subject matter: physical drills (including photos to show form), diet, strength training (including a five-minute do-anywhere routine), and cross-training. Keflezighi even includes his personal training schedules four weeks prior to running a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon. He also addresses issues like good shoe selection, wearing sunglasses on race day, and the key role that recovery plays in a solid running regimen. Each section begins with inspirational full-page photos of Keflezighi, and the chapters are clearly organized, addressing basic questions and concluding with helpful do's and don'ts. The format is clean and the writing is simple and strong, all making this book a valuable tool for anyone with their sights set on running a marathon. (Apr.)