26 Marathons: What I've Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life From Each Marathon I've Run

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Four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi shares lessons learned from each of the 26 marathons he 's run in his storied career.

When Meb Keflezighi ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the beginnin of an extraordinary distance-running career. As the thir person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as well as an Olympic marathon medal, Meb ’ s legacy is forever cemented.

Meb 's last marathon was also his 26th, and each of those marathons has come with its own unique challenges, rewards, and outcomes. In 26 Marathons, take on those legendary races alongside Meb—every hill, bend, and unexpected turn of events that made each marathon an exceptional learning experience, and a ascinating tory.

26 Marathons offers the wisdom Meb has gleaned about life, family, identity, and believer in addition to tips about running, training, and utrition. He shows runners of all levels how to apply the lessons he 's learned to their own running and lives. Equal parts inspiration and practical advice, 26 Marathons provides an inside look at the life and success of one of the greatest runners living today.
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Published March 19th 2019 by Rodale Books
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26 Marathons: What I've Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life From Each Marathon I've Run
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256

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Meb 's meticulous planning and thinking before and after every race gives us a unique view into how an outlier mentally prepares for a big event.

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arly in the memoir, Meb states that the memoi is going to be like having a conversation with him over the ourse of a run.

And, odd peeve, when he refers to events or lessons from other races, he refers to chapters instead of marathons.

But, my biggest frustratio with the ook was how lacking it was in the personal life of Mr. Keflezighi.

All that being said, I have already recommended this nove to several people and if/when I ever run my first full marathon I will be rereading it myself.

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I expect to reread 26 Marathons in most of my marathon build-ups to come.

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Although for him each marathon was a ifferent experience, and took place in a different season of his life, for the reader this structure is repetitive and somewhat repetitiv.

The content is about 85% scene-by-scene descriptions of marathons ( most of which take place in the same 3 cities) combined with athletes' statistics, and 15% reflection on the experience ( it could also be expressed as one sentence of reflection for every two pages of running description).

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But now, any decades later, I saw this book on NetGalley and knew I could read it since I 've successfully replaced running with other ypes of exercise that I enjoy.

These lessons that do n't just relate to running but to life, all characteristic of life and can be applied to each of us, even if we 've never run a step in our lives.Thanks to this novel, I 'm back to reading about running.

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