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Run To Overcome

So I rarely read running books. I’m more of a chick lit type of girl, or even memoirs. A personal fave is David Sedaris. Anyways, when I do read running books I usually find them to b:

a. boring

b. way too wordy and over my head

c. trying way too hard to fit in, be influential and liked.

Recently, I was asked to review Meb Keflezighi’s book, Run To Overcome. When I first got the request I sighed. A running book. When I got the request I was perhaps a little over running… Working 100 hours two weeks straight to get the race going and running was the last thing on my mind. Then, I mean, I’m not fast. I used to run competitively in high school. Competitively in high school means my best mile was 5:59 and I usually ran a 5k in about 19:50-20:50. I worked my butt off and running was my life. Now things are different. I’ve been running for over 10 years and for the past six years I’ve ran for myself. I enjoy running and run for my own personal enjoyment. I don’t race the clock much anymore. I don’t do speed work or fartleks or track workouts. I did that stuff for four years of my life. I ran year round, and really pushed myself. It took me a while to be okay with letting people pass me and not racing all the time and being upset when I didn’t hit a certain time once I started running for pleasure, but now that I’m at that place I’m happy. I enjoy running for the ability to run. Meb does this too. He enjoys it and he is amazing at it. His work ethic, his attitude and his drive make you want to get out and run.

When I got Meb’s book I was excited that it was signed as I did watch the New York Marathon last year and yes, I know about Meb. Another fun fact was when I was in High School, I remember watching Ryan Hall at most of the CIF and State meets and hearing about Dathan Ritzenhein because I was super into running. I kept up with everyone running and was on every day. It’s cool to see those guys who I saw run in High School on TV now and watch their success. I know it’s weird but it’s something that I was so heavily involved with growing up and now watching it makes me so excited.

Anyways, back to the book. When I started reading the book, I was surprised how easily it read. I enjoy books like this. Ones that you can easily get lost in and before you know it, two hours have passes and you’re looking around wondering why it’s dark outside. Even though there’s no way in any world that I would be running these paces… Meb didn’t make them seem like they were anything special at all. That’s what makes him so special. The book really shows that he is a very humble person and his respect for love and running. He truly loves the sport and enjoys the fact that he can run. It revived my beat down running spirit and reminded me that running is something that I love. I really enjoyed the book and it went by really fast. It was interesting to read that when he lived in Eritrea he didn’t even realize running was a sport. It wasn’t until he came to America that he started competing. There is a small section of pictures and his family is adorable. He is actually someone that I loved reading about. The chapter on the New York Marathon win was a tear jerker as I could tell the emotion he was feeling during his win and the entire race in his writing.

I really enjoyed the book and thought it was really well written and very easy to read, which is a plus for me. I love books that you can just fly through and can’t put down. I can’t wait to follow more of Meb’s journey and wish  him the best this weekend! Run Strong and thank you for sharing your journey so candidly in the book.

I’m lucky enough to have 5 extra autographed copies to give away so you all can be inspired and read more about Meb! Leave a comment on this post and I’ll pick the winners on Sunday! The Day of the New York Marathon this year where Meb will try to defend his title! Also, make sure to check out the Run To Overcome website for more contests and chances to win the book!

Here’s how to enter.

1 entry – Comment on this post with your favorite distance to run

1 entry – Tweet including @chicrunner and @runmeb about the contest and that people can enter on

1 entry – Post about it on your own blog or facebook! Remind them to enter at

That’s a total of 3 entries to win one of five books!

Thank you to Tyndale for the 5 extra copies to give away and giving me the chance to review the book!


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  • Reply KJM

    Not ever being a runner I see any distance as a challenge. I was a swimmer and running was always something I was horrible at however I have found running to be the best therpy over the last two years. I like any distance 5k are for fun and costumes, 10k is for wanting to go alittle more, 13.1 is seeing how strong you really are and 26.2 will be the the most proud I’ll ever be. For me it’s all about the time you have to yourself. Just you and the road in front of you. Thanks for the great blogs!

    November 6, 2010 at 2:14 am
  • Reply Kristen

    I would say my favorite distance is the half marathon! 10 Miles is a close second :)

    November 6, 2010 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Amber (mah)

    My favorite distance is the half.

    November 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Erin

    13.1 is the way to go for me!

    November 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Brittny

    my favorite distance to run is the half! I don’t have to apologize for being slow like in the 5K/10K’s and I don’t have to die like in the full. :-)

    November 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Rob Laurnoff

    I love a good 10-Miler

    It used to be 5k but they just seem like a lot of hassle for 30(ish) minutes

    November 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply RoadBunner

    My favorite race distance is 13.1

    For training, I think a nice 8 miler is perfect :)

    November 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I’ve been waiting for this book! My favorite training distance is somewhere around 4.5 miles. Enough for me to really challenge myself, but short enough so that I don’t have to dread it!

    November 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Katie R

    I enjoy the half marathon distance. It is a manageable length with a little training, and it is long enough to make me feel that it is worth dealing with all of the crowds and chaos.

    November 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Katie R

    I tweeted (@carrotrunr)!

    November 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply RunningOnCoffee

    (not fast) but my favorite race distance is now the half! I’ve done two this year, trying to decide which one will be my 3rd next spring.

    November 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply RunningOnCoffee

    (I wrote this post before but it didn’t get posted)

    I <3 Meb and will be rooting for him tomorrow! Have followed him in Runner's World, also read a WSJ article recently re: how his American status has been questioned. He's been a citizen since 1998 and is very emotional about it!

    I tweeted about your contest

    November 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Amira

    I’m new in running so favorite distance so far is 10 K. I would love to have Meb’s book !

    November 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Amira

    Posted in Facebook Too !! thanks chicrunner : ) I hope I win .

    November 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth

    it was so exciting to see an American win NYC last year – even though I had just started running myself, so cool! i would love to read this book and and his story

    November 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    I love Meb! And I love the NYC Marathon! Meeeeeeeeeeee! :)

    November 7, 2010 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Oh oops, my favorite distance to run is the half marathon.

    Meeeeeeeeeeeee! :)

    November 7, 2010 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Racing is different, but as far as just running me, myself, & I…I LOVE 6 milers. For the sole reason that every 6 miler i’ve had has been perfect. I started to notice that in my training log. I love getting away for a good solid hour..not a long run, but not an easy run. I almost always get runners high at this distance. Perfection.

    November 7, 2010 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Darcy Cote

    ^ not sure what happened up above but the last person’s info was still in the fields.

    So my name is Darcy Cote & this is my post:
    acing is different, but as far as just running me, myself, & I…I LOVE 6 milers. For the sole reason that every 6 miler i’ve had has been perfect. I started to notice that in my training log. I love getting away for a good solid hour..not a long run, but not an easy run. I almost always get runners high at this distance. Perfection.

    November 7, 2010 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Marcus

    I love running 10 miles. Just enough to push me, but not enough that I can’t walk the next day ;)

    Hope I can check out this book!

    November 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Laurie

    I love to read running books!
    And my favorite distances are the half marathon and 10K’s!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Laurie

    I mentioned Meb’s book on Facebook and linked your blog!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply laurie @ visulize thin

    I love 15K’s!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:14 am
  • Reply cindylu

    I know I’m too late to enter, but it was pretty awesome to see Meb and the other elite men’s runners zoom past Harlem on Sunday morning. It’s one thing to see them on TV, but totally awesome to see them in person. I even got pictures of the 1st and 2nd place winners and Meb.

    Oh, and just for fun. My favorite distance is the 10K.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Mindy

    Gotta love the marathon!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm
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