The Book Review:
In the book Meb shares the secrets to his success in life and running. He proves that hard work and perseverance will make you rich in life. Rich in what truly matters. While we may not have had much materially, we were rich in relationships. Meb was blessed with parents who stressed the importance of academics, faith in God and doing things the right way. It’s these qualities that have helped Meb achieve many of his wildest dreams.
Meb’s story is particularly touching because the journey of his life was not an easy one. He did not have things handed to him on a silver platter, he had to work hard to achieve all he has. Throughout his career he has suffered injuries and set backs. Critics have doubted him but his strong faith in Christ helped him to keep faith in himself.
While this book focuses on Meb’s rise as a world class distance runner, the book isn’t solely for runners. It’s filled with nuggets of motivational and sound advice on how to live your life to the fullest, what winning is really all about, and how to run to overcome. If you are looking for an inspirational book to help you make 2011 your best year yet, then this is the book for you!
A couple of years ago a race director friend of mine asked me if I wanted to do him a favor and pick up an honored guest for his race, from the airport. He could have gotten someone else to do the chauffeuring, but he knew I was a running geek and would be MORE than excited about who I would be picking up and transporting to their hotel. MEB.
My heart dropped as I read his email.
I was going to not only meet one of my running heroes, but was going to be picking him up and driving him 30 + minutes to his hotel?! Oh my goodness. What does one say to someone like Meb? What does one wear for such an occasion? I would not only be meeting an Olympic Silver Medalist and three-time national cross country champion, but I was also getting one on one time with one of the fastest men in the world.
I arrived at the airport early and tried to sit casually in the international waiting area. Meb was arriving from London where he had just run a personal PR of 2:09:21 at the London Marathon. When I saw him come through the doors, I started to shake. What does one say to a living legend? I tried to act calm and cool, but inside my heart was jumping. I felt like a teen girl meeting Justin Beiber. I don’t normally get like this.