Advice From MEB!

Over the weekend I finished Meb for Mortals! It was a really easy read that I finished in maybe five sittings or less. Meb tells some stories, but mostly he provides background on his own training and then translates the principles he follows into actionable tips for everyday runners.

I couldn’t help but notice that Meb’s advice is very similar to the Hansons advice:

  • Never go all out in training. Always finish a run feeling like you could have done another interval or added another mile.
  • Keep hard days hard and make sure easy days are truly easy.
  • Start drinking early. If you wait until you’re thirsty your performance has already decreased.

Not surprisingly, things that most of us struggle with, Meb makes a priority. He says he starts his warmups at three minutes per mile slower than marathon pace, and even on days when he feels really good he keeps his pace in range of what it should be for that day. If it’s an easy day he holds himself back instead of saying, “my body felt good so I went for it!” That type of restraint is really impressive and obviously has paid dividends for him over the years!

Last night I was all ready to channel Meb and go for a nice easy run at the beach. I usually change into my running clothes at the office before I leave since the bathrooms at the beach are pretty disgusting. However, when I went to change I realized I forgot to bring shorts!

Since I didn’t want to run in my work pants I went home, grabbed some shorts and ran on the treadmill.

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The gym at my apartment complex only has four treadmills and one of them is the Bad One. You know the type!

I think it’s on slightly uneven ground because it shakes and even worse than that it gets these weird power surges every once in a while. You’ll be running along and randomly it will either speed up or slow down for a few seconds. Everyone avoids the Bad One, but last night I had to run on it since it was the only one available.

I survived!

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I had to stop a couple of times to stretch out my calves which have been SUPER tight the last couple of days. I think it’s a symptom of tight hamstrings. I’ve been stretching my hammies but they haven’t quite loosened up all the way yet. I know they will though!

Have you read Meb for Mortals or Run to Overcome (also by Meb)? Run to Overcome is next on my list!

What is your favorite running book?! Mine is Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, best running book EVER. Literally. 

16 comments

  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I really want to read that book! Maybe I’ll start it over the long weekend:)
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    1. Kristina

      Oh yes!! Perfect timing for starting a new book. I should download Meb’s other book to read this weekend!

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Picking Meb up at the library today! Gonna channel him right now for my MP pace run. It’s 5:29am and I have’t eaten. This should be interesting…

    Last year I was always forgetting stuff for work when I would pack and get ready at the gym. socks, underwear, bra…. ugh so annoying! And I didn’t have time to go home so I just had to go without. Now obviously if I forgot BOTTOMS or a shirt or something I’d have to go back!
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    1. Kristina

      I hope your MP run this morning went perfectly!

      I run through a mental list every morning and have gotten better about not forgetting things. I used to forget socks ALL THE TIME! The worst is when I forget my Garmin. Thankfully I haven’t done that in a while!

  3. Susan

    Definitely going to see if they have that book at my library–I really like Meb and it sounds like he knows what he is talking about. I am glad you survived the bad treadmill–that would scare me.

    1. Kristina

      It’s not fun to run on that treadmill at all! Because it shakes a little bit I have to focus my eyes on the screen of the treadmill. If I look anywhere else I can see the edge of the treadmill moving and it makes me a little seasick. If it’s common for people to think a minute on the treadmill feels like a lifetime, imagine if you had to spend 40 minutes on the treadmill just staring at the seconds ticking by! OY! I told myself it was good mental training! 😀

      1. Susan

        Yes, excellent mental training for sure! I am super proud of you.

  4. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    I’ve been wanting to read this! I think if I were going to take running advice from anyone, it would be Meb! 🙂
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    1. Kristina

      Exactly!! If it’s good enough for Meb it’s good enough for me! 😀

  5. Running schlub

    The bad one lol. That’s why I stay away from the dreadmill completely.

    Watch those tight calves, that’s how I got PF. At night I sleep on my back and naturally my toes point. This resting position leads to my pf being shortened. So when I wake up I have to lengthen the pf and it hurts like hell. Maybe your calves are similar?

    I haven’t read Meb’s book, I have Sage’s Hanson Brooks book that I need to read, but life gets in the way lol.
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    1. Kristina

      Thanks for the tip! I had ont thought about flexing/stretching in the morning when I first wake up. I always go through my routine after a run.

      Sage’s book is really good! I read it about a year ago and loved it!!! I know you will too!

  6. Staci

    Meb for Mortals is on my list! He is going to be a guest at my marathon in September so I am hoping I can meet him. He really is an inspirational guy that works so hard and stays very humble.
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    1. Kristina

      That’s so cool! I really want to meet him too! He seems like the nicest, most helpful pro runner out there!

  7. Karen

    I have not read Meb yet.
    My fav book so far is Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention
    That is good you went and got shorts and got your run done 🙂
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  8. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Meb’s advice about running his warmups 3 mpm slower than marathon pace made me laugh a little because for me, that’s like 16:00 miles! But the advice I did take to heart was finishing a run feeling like you could do more. I love feeling exhausted after a training run, but I’ve learned to push myself to the point of exhaustion – not TOTAL exhaustion – and call it done. What am I trying to prove in training? Who am I trying to impress? No one! So being done when it’s time rather than pushing it for one more mile or one more interval makes sense.

    My running buddy lately, Elizabeth, is a gymnast, and she’s used to pushing it ALL OUT in every workout. She’s really had to learn to adjust to finishing when we say we’re going to finish rather than tacking on more time or distance just because we feel good. It’s been an interesting journey for us both!
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  9. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    I just love Meb. What a role model for runners and athletes! I haven’t read his books, as I struggle to find the time, but I wonder if they are available on audio? That seems to be my style lately. Haha. Eat and Run is on my list too! What did you like so much about that one? Aside from Scott 🙂
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