Meb Keflezighi is Awesome

Elite American marathoner Meb Keflezighi has been battling an injury, and going into today’s NYC Marathon’s his ability to perform at his best was uncertain. As it turns out, Meb’s body shut down at mile 19.3, but unlike many elites faced by a situation like this, he didn’t drop. What did he do? He took a 3 minute break, he walked, and then he finished the race. It wasn’t pretty, but like so many of us who have fought adversity in the marathon, Meb persevered and crossed the finish line with on a day where his body simply wanted to quit. His finish time was 2:23:47, which might seem fast, but he has run sub 2:10 at NYC on more than one occasion.

Major respect to Meb, he’s an elite who is most definitely worthy of being a role model. Watch his post-race interview here, amazing guy:

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

Comments

  1. Stoked Runner | Russ says:

    He showed great sportsmanship, determination and respect for the fans. I’m very disappointed in the TV coverage team for not showing that side of the race. They spent way too much time giving celebrities face time rather than showing the race that was going on on the course. I would have much rather had the cameras following Meb’s heroic and respectful slog through the last 6 miles than John McEnroe on the sports desk.

  2. Meb is awesome, I agree.

  3. Kevin Grant says:

    OK, he is officially my favorite distance athlete. What a guy!

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