Meb Keflezighi is a three time Olympian, twice in the marathon and once at 10,000 meters. After the 2008 Olympic Trials, Meb was in such bad shape, that he was concerned about his ability to walk without a limp, much less run. Meb is the American dream.
One of ten brothers and sisters, Meb moved to the US at the tender age of 12, and started running in junior high. After high school, where he showed his promise, Meb went to UCLA. Under the watchful eye of Coach Bob Larson, Meb and Coach Bob have worked together for nineteen years. Larson, one of the most talented of our distance coaches, works with Meb Keflezighi, one of our most talented distance runners. Meb's Olympic silver medal was first U.S. marathon medal since 1976.
Meb's victory in January 2012 was the biggest gamble of his career, and Meb has taken a few. Bob Larson and Meb Keflezighi prepared for five and one half weeks for the Olympic Trials. With the help of the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Meb was able to get his body to where he needed it on January 14, 2012, and, well, you know the rest of this story.
By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Running is the most primeval of all physical activities. Pre-historic man ran simply to survive through hunting and gathering, as well as fleeing from predators. For early man success through running simply meant living to see the sun rise on another day.
Today, success is certainly defined in a much different way. Unfortunately, in the sports world success is too often associated with winning and to most laymen, winning means finishing first. But do you really have to finish first to be a successful runner? I would say most certainly not.
Success is far too often associated with some particular outcome, such as a championship, trophy, or medal. For some, success may mean having great wealth, fame, or a position of power. All of these definitions of success are really external in their nature. By external I mean these things are what others, or society usually expect. Too often we have to look to other people to let us know if we are a success.