For Tenth Time, Keflezighi back for TCS New York City Marathon, by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

How does one describe Meb Keflezighi?

Keflezighi_Meb-Boston15.jpgMeb Keflezighi, Boston 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

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His win in New York had me in tears.

His 2013 struggle teared me up too.

Meb is real, and that is why normal runners get him and love him.

He is also one of the best championship runners I know. The guy knows how to race and if his competitors are foolhardy enough to give him some real estate, then, they are going to learn another lesson.

As I arrived at the NYRR Media Center & Pavilion, I asked Coach Larsen, ” how many weeks of training, 5 1/2?”

I do that as Meb has averaged about 5-8 injury free weeks between his best marathons. ” No, Meb has been in great training for most of summer and fall, except for a couple weeks with a cold.”

Meb does not know he is 40, but his body does. He and Coach Larsen are quite careful with his training and rest.

Here is a fine piece by RRW’s Chris Lotsbom on Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Boston and New York City Marathon champion, and a man for all marathons.

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  • Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."

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