Meb Keflezighi (Kef-lez-ghee) is all about hope and second chances—starting with his very survival. The child of a small African country ravaged by a brutal war, Meb arrived in America with nothing but the clothes on his back, speaking no English and never having raced a mile. So how did he end up an A student, one of the most celebrated and respected athletes of his generation, and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon?
His story sounds like the living embodiment of the American dream... but Meb’s path to victory hasn’t been smooth. Not long after he stood on the Olympic platform as a U.S. silver medalist, it all came crashing down. And he was about to find out whether his faith in God, the values his parents had taught him, and his belief that he was born to run were enough to see him through.
Run to Overcome tells the inspirational story of a man who discovered the real meaning of victory, and shares the secrets to overcoming the odds in your own life.
©2010 Meb Keflezighi (P)2010 Oasis
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A wonderful story about how Meb and his family came to be in America and journey to become an elite marathoner. He takes you through his early days in Eritrean, immigrating to Italy and then the United States. From there he goes into how he became interested in running and through his progression from High School all the way through his 2009 NYC Marathon win. The book is filled with inspirational stories which are sure to help motivate any runner or just anyone who might need a little encouragement. I think this book should be required reading for every American.
Yes, written in 2010, this story is very encouraging and interesting. Full of life and running tips.
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"Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best." - Meb
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me!" - Phil 4:13
This is such a great story. I found it very inspiring on many levels. I do not share Keflezighi's religious faith, but even that aspect was presented so naturally that it did not detract from his story. What did detract, for me, was hearing it come out of a voice so obviously white-middle-America.
Maybe Meb didn't care to narrate his own book, but could they not find anyone who might sound more like him?
It was interesting to hear how Meb came to become such an accomplished runner. I definitely wish he had read the audiobook himself. The reader's voice just didn't match the tone of the book. This is a major turnoff to me for audio books. I probably wouldn't have bought the audio book if I had seen this ahead of time. Overall, though, as a runner I enjoyed learning how he overcame so many obstacles, and felt inspired to continue to work on becoming a better Runner myself.
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
I had the pleasure of meeting Meb in Dec 2015; he is as humble and appreciative of a person--let alone major sports figure--could be. 'Run to Overcome' carries you from Meb's impoverished childhood to his 2009 NYC win; Meb's a rare combination of raw talent, discipline and grounded perspective of which the sporting world desperately needs more.
'Overcome' lays the race details on pretty thick. For a runner like myself, this is total must-read candy. The names, the times, the tracks, the races, the mile-by-mile playback--lovely. If not a runner, these details could become boring/repetitive.
'Overcome' also lays the religion down thick, most notably in the final chapters. While I am not Christian, Meb -is-, this is his book, and his faith is a huge part of his life. I respect that and appreciate his sharing of his beliefs. I welcomed the look into his personal life.
The "tips" presented at the end of each chapter seem a little out-of-place, but are enjoyable in a kitch sort of way. They give the book an unpolished, personal journal feel.
The unsung hero of this book in my opinion is Meb's father. His loyalty to his family in helping his family emigrate out of Eritrea, along with raising ten (!) children clearly had a profound impact on Meb's work ethic and gratitude.
I was humored to hear Meb reflecting on his "consistency" throughout his career, after multiple chapters of heartbreak, injury and the like. I thought: "Consistency? Meb sounds more banged-up than me; the past ten years of my running life has been wildly erratic!" Perhaps that's a reflection on Meb's well-grounded perspective; I learned a lot from his statement.
I don't know what bar Jon Gauger was found sitting at when the publisher decided to produce an audiobook of this title, but I'm glad he was found. I'll go out on a limb and say that Gauger isn't exactly Eritrean, but his "grab a beer and let's talk about my glory days" delivery was really enjoyable.
I was absolutely thrilled when Meb won Boston in 2014. When I met him in 2015, he talked to the audience about how so many people have thanked him for winning Boston, on the heels of the 2013 bombings. Meb discussed how much it meant to hear those words, how deeply he felt for all those who suffered that year, and how he felt profoundly compelled to train and run for his adopted home country. (Bear in mind: he was in the finish line grandstands at Boston 2013 enjoying life as a spectator and wondering if he would ever race another marathon again; he left the grandstands five minutes before the attacks). This book is an excellent and necessary prelude to Meb's 2014 win.
Go USA. Go Meb.
I listened to this while running - very inspiring! He wrote this in a very open and straightforward manner, which I also appreciated.
Most memorable moments were Meb's early years in Eritrea, the moment when he realized running could be a career and the exemplary faith and strength of his family.
I recommend this book.
Great work along the lines of Born to Run and Eat and Run. Extremely inspiring. Contrary to another reviewer's comments, there is no unnecessary content or repetition (unless you don't like to hear about faith and God, which are obviously integral to Meb's life and running ethic).
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