NYC Marathon Training With Meb Keflezighi & Subway’s Jared Fogle

Preparing for the 2010 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle sought out some much-needed training advice for completing the grueling 26.2-mile course. Who better to ask than ’09 NYC Marathon winner and world-class U.S. distance runner Meb Keflezighi?

Keflezighi spent a day with Fogle, sharing tips and tricks about running. Both men have been training for New York for several months, and even though they are miles apart in experience, it’s a difficult event, regardless of skill level.  Keflezighi says, “A marathon is always a challenge; you never know what is going to happen. I feel like my preparation has gone in the right direction, and no matter what the competition fields are, you got to compete.”

After a training session with Keflezighi, Fogle admitted, “My goal is just completion. This is my first attempt at doing [a marathon]. I don’t really care what time I come in, as long as I cross that finish line.”

In the video below, Keflezighi shares how he’s preparing to defend his NYC Marathon title.

Be sure to check out the Subway-sponsored training session with Meb Keflezighi and Jared Fogle at the Subway play hard. eat fresh. Channel on  STACK TV.

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2010 Rock N Roll San Jose Half Marathon Recap

I often like to compare current workouts with workouts from prior years to help me evaluate my fitness. I still use the same workout log sheets I used in high school to enter my workouts.  These workout logs have been a great asset to me and Coach Larsen (who keeps his own notes on my workouts). Recently they also came in handy as I was writing my book “Run To Overcome,” (www.RunToOvercom.com ( to be released on Nov. 1). For today’s post, I wanted to share my race splits for the Rock N Roll San Jose Half Marathon, and compare them to my splits from last year.

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Busy summer and fall

It has been a tough road back for me since my 5th place finish at the Boston Marathon. Going into the race I didn’t have a perfect training buildup or a tune up race.  As you may recall, I didn’t have any races between last year’s New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon this spring.  I recovered quickly and well after the New York City Marathon victory.  I was getting in shape very quickly for the Boston Marathon.  I had a few setbacks during the Boston Marathon build up, and at a critical time.  It was right in the middle part of my build-up.  Some people thought I was too busy making appearances to train for Boston, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I was committed to end the streak of non-American winners at the Boston Marathon, and was glad that Ryan Hall and I were both given the opportunity by John Hancock.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I would like to start by giving thanks to God for the many Blessings bestowed in my life. I reflect daily on my life as a young boy in Eritrea living with no electricity, and barely the necessities like food and water. These thoughts often come to my mind and I am reminded daily how blessed my family and I are to have the life we have today. There are so many people who have sowed seeds in my life and for those people I am so thankful!

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Motivation by Meb: Be the best

“God does not give something you cannot handle.”

We have to handle life’s highs with integrity and joy. We must also
understand that in life, things won’t be perfect every day, 365 days a year.
We must recognize and enjoy the positive things in life that are all around
us with the people around us, because we can never predict what the next
days, weeks, months, or years will bring.

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New York City: Concrete jungle where dreams come true

Coming in to this year’s race I was ready. I mean REALLY ready for a marathon race. The only question that Coach Larsen and I had was:

Meb celebrates his 2009 ING New York City Marathon victory (photo by Jane Monti).

photo by Jane Monti

Can I hold the peak fitness that I experienced in early and mid October for the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 1?

I knew I was ready to roll four weeks before the New York City Marathon. However, I tried to keep the momentum from the encouraging performance at the Rock ‘N Roll San Jose Half Marathon going for as long as possible. I just needed to keep healthy and do the minimum for the last three weeks because I knew I was fit.

Well, now that the race is over, we can say the training was right on.

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Meb’s 1998 Letter to NIKE

Read this letter that Meb wrote to NIKE back in 1998. One of my favorite quotes from the letter:

In the near future I am confident I will make a positive contribution to U.S. distance running in the 5,000m, 10,000m, road race and marathon.

I’d say so…. you can’t say that he didn’t tell us exactly what he would do.

1998 Letter to Nike

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