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Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion's Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Faced with adversity and heartbreak at every stage of his career as a record-breaking long-distance runner, Meb Keflezighi learned from a young age to dream big and never give up—no matter how hard or far away the finish line seemed.
In Run to Overcome, Meb reveals the source of his inspirational grit and determination and urges readers from every walk of life to rely on their God-given talents to see them through life’s obstacles.
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi and his family came to the United States after fleeing their native country of Eritrea to escape a violent war with Ethiopia. His unexpected athletic and academic successes earned him a full scholarship to UCLA, where he won four NCAA titles in one year and earned his BA in communication studies with a specialization in business. Meb is an Olympic silver medalist (Athens 2004) and a three-time national champion in cross country running (2001, 2002, and 2009). He came back from an injury to win the 2009 New York City Marathon, setting a personal best time of 2:09:15. Meb became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He lives in Mammoth Lakes, California, with his wife, Yordanos, and their three daughters, Sara, Fiyori, and Yohana.
Dick Patrick has worked as a sports reporter and editor at newspapers for 34 years (including more than 24 at USA Today). He has covered Olympic Games, Final Fours, track and field world championships, world cross country championships, and more than 60 major marathons. He has won several Associated Press awards as well as awards from the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. He recently was named the first winner of the George Hirsch Media Award, presented by the New York Road Runners for contributions to distance running. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Jody, and two children, Eamonn and Shea. This is his first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Two years later, the family immigrated to the United States. Through hard work and positive relationships, Meb learned to love running. The book details his journey from a small country on the African continent to his Olympic showing and winning the New York Marathon. Following each chapter, the reader is provided with "Runner's Tip" and "Overcomer's Tip." Overcomer's tips are not only applicable to running but succeeding in other endeavors.
Inspiring and enjoyable read. I was personally so inspired that I took my youngest son to the park and walked around it for 15 minutes. Wahoo!
Another part I enjoyed was reading about his injuries and struggles....not because I'm happy he got injured but because being a runner myself, it is nice to know that I'm not alone! Runners of ALL levels need to train and recover properly in order to avoid injury. And even amazing runners like Meb have bad race days...you just have to think long term, accept it, rest, and try again.
What keeps me from 5 stars is I felt that the book covered way too much in nitty gritty race details and times...they became a little tedious to read through and I found myself skimming over those parts to get back to the overarching story. I'm sure the more serious running audience appreciates, but I'm a little more casual and run as a hobby.
Overall very enjoyable read!
Besides offering an inspirational story, the book has some other interesting points, too. It provides a glance into the life of an elite runner; his training regime, economic remuneration and contracts offered, nutrition, reconciliation of professional requirements and family life, psychological downturns and other issues which can be interesting for fans or athletes of distance running.
Overall, i enjoyed the book and i recommend it. The language is good, the structure proper and the narrative easy going. If i were to be critical, i would highlight author's tendency to be overly idealistic. The notion, which transcends the whole book and suggests that if you try hard enough and be a good guy, the universe will conspire to help you achieve your dreams is somewhat naive - according to my opinion. That said, the book is indeed inspiring even for a - somewhat- cynic guy like me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Especially for runners this is a great read to find inspiration and just learn about a great man who is courageous, honest, strong kind and humble.
It's a quick and easy read. Read more
You may not know how to say his name, you may not know how to pronounce his native country, and you may not be able to find that native country on a map, but you have to respect... Read morePublished 8 months ago by WDX2BB
Meb is an incredible inspiration. From start to finish this book had me wanting more. I just can't wait to see what he does next! What an incredible life. Thank you Meb!!!Published 9 months ago by greg macken
Meb's story is incredibly inspiring! He is an amazing athlete and even a better human being! Everyone who takes the time to read this book will benefit from his journey.Published 11 months ago by Eric Peterson
This memoir is an outstanding example of the American Dream, full of commitment to excellence. The perseverance of the Keflezighi family shaped Meb from the very beginning. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CDV
Great life story! You dont need to be a runner to be inspired by Meb!Published 13 months ago by Jeff P
Well written and engaging autobiography. The story of how he and his family came to the U.S., and how hard they've all worked to be successful (all of this siblings are successful... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rena