In this special podcast episode we bring you to the Tallahassee Marathon in Florida for a live interview with the great Meb Keflezighi -the only man who has won the New York City Marathon, The Boston Marathon, and an Olympic medal.
For years we’ve been wanting to get Meb on the podcast. Well, it finally worked out and all I needed to do is drive to Florida and back to bring it to you!
I made it to Tallahassee which is the capital of Florida and checked into my hotel, which was also the race headquarters. Big thanks to the race director Sheryl Rosen for helping me arrange this interview!
Let me set the scene for you guys . . .
We had a dedicated room at the race expo at the session was open to the public. I wasn’t sure how many people would show up but even an hour before we were supposed to start there were runners already in the room. By the time we started the room was completely full and there were people standing in the doorway.
Meb was born in Eritrea in 1975. The country had a 30 year war with Ethiopia to gain independence. It was during this period that Meb’s father Russom Keflezighi had to flee the country because he was a supporter of liberation and was wanted by the Ethiopian soldiers.
In this conversation you will hear him talk about his family and what it was like growing up in Eritrea and immigrating to the US and the people who impacted his life. He also talks about how he got into the running and specifically how he became a marathoner. He will hit some of the highlights of his career and describe fighting through injury and dealing with unexpected mishaps – there is one marathon where he had a plastic breath rite strip in his shoe before the race that he meant to take out of his shoe and put on his nose before the race start but he forgot.
Among his many accomplishments:
- Meb won a silver medal at the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens in 2004.
- He won the 2009 New York City marathon in 2:09:15.
- He won the Olympic trials in Houston in 2012. He is the oldest winner of the Olympic Trials Marathon at age 36.
- He won the 2014 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:08:37, two weeks before his 39th birthday.
He’s retired now and has a new book coming out in March called 26 Marathons, What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from my Marathon Career.
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