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Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi at the 2006 Boston Marathon. (Photo: Ethan Bagley/Flickr)

Back in 2009 when “Run, Karla, Run!” debuted, one of my very first posts was about Meb Keflezighi’s historic win at the New York City Marathon—Keflezighi’s Win: An American Marathon Renaissance?

On April 21, he did it again by becoming the first American Boston Marathon winner in 30 years. Even more amazing? He won at the age of 38 and in personal record time of 2:08:37.

Keflezighi is without question the U.S.’s best distance runner on the roads today. With an Olympic marathon silver medal and New York City and Boston Marathon titles to his name, he enters an elite group of American runners known as “the greatest.” Even Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist and 1976 Olympic marathon silver medalist, said it during the Boston Marathon wrap-up show on Universal Sports: “If there is a club, welcome to it!”

But we mere mortals can learn a thing or two from Marathon Meb. Here’s what comes to mind.

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi at the 2013 New York City Marathon. (Photo: ccho/Flickr)

1) The big 30 isn’t old. Neither, it seems, is 40.

So many people think the end is nigh once your age no longer begins with a “2.” I’m as guilty as the next runner, wringing my hands at what feels like the inevitable decline now that my age starts with a “3.”

So it’s refreshing and inspiring to see a runner like Meb, just two weeks from his 39th birthday, becoming the Boston Marathon winner, running not just the best time of his life, but the best time in a field of younger guys.

Lesson? You’re only as old as you think you are. Being young at heart pays and, yes, 40 is the new 30.

2) Being the fastest runner doesn’t always matter. But being the smartest does.

Meb Keflezighi is rarely the fastest man in the field. In the 2014 Boston Marathon, no fewer than 14 men had personal best times speedier than Meb, some fully 5 minutes quicker. Read the rest of this entry →

On The Run at NYC Half: Elite Runner Mike Cassidy and The Magic of Goodwill

Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy cross the 2013 New York City Marathon Finish with Meb Keflezighi. (Photo: NYRR On The Run)

Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy is one of New York City’s top local elite runners. I’ve had the chance to interview the Staten Island native three times now: after he won the 2013 Staten Island Half, after he finished the 2013 New York City Marathon hand-in-hand with Meb Keflezighi, and now in preparation for the NYC Half.  He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a 2:18 marathon, and yet he’s just a regular guy going to graduate school while training hard.

Among the many things that impress me about Mike is that he has an amazing outlook on running and on life. If you haven’t read his LetsRun.com essay, “The Time of My Life,” you should. Now he puts it into words, and what the marathon moment meant to him, for On The Run.

Goodwill

Goodwill Industries is best known for its retail stores, as name checked by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in the mega-hit “Thrift Shop.” But the non-profit uses the proceeds from those stores to spread a whole lot of good will, including at the NYC Half.

Goodwill will collect discarded clothing at the start of the race, which will then be sold at Goodwill stores throughout the New York metro areas. Every 91 cents the organization collects goes to fund their job creation programs, including finding workers to stuff the 23,000 NYC Half finisher recovery bags and staff fluid stations along the course. It was really incredible to visit the Goodwill warehouse and see just how much they do. This is just a tiny glimpse.

Here are more videos from On The Run at the NYC Half!

On The Run at NYC Half: Expo, Charity & Black Roses

 

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Mar 2014

NYRR On The Run Is Back For The NYC Half Marathon

Here are the On The Run at NYC Half episodes so far!

On The Run at NYC Half: Elite Runner Mike Cassidy and The Magic of Goodwill

On The Run at NYC Half: Expo, Charity Runners & Black Roses NYC

We’re back! I’ve been filming with NYRR On The Run since Monday for the 2014 NYC Half marathon which takes place Sunday, March 16. We’ve got a week full of stories about professional athletes, charity runners and lots more. Instead of 30-minute episodes, we’re releasing each story as a stand-alone video. So the best way to catch them all is to subscribe to NYRR’s YouTube Channel. I’ll post them all here on RunKarlaRun.com, as well.

NYC Half marathon

With Knox Robinson of Black Roses NYC (Photo: nyrr_ontherun Instagram)

It’s been an awesome week so far. I’ve been to Goodwill Industries’ New York headquarters in Queens where they’re assembling goodie bags for runners after the finish; Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan with local elite runner Mike Cassidy who finished the 2013 New York City Marathon hand in hand with Meb Keflezighi; on the High Line park on Manhattan’s West Side with Fred’s Team runner Regina Romain; out to a middle school in New Jersey where teacher Mike Anderson and guidance counselor Dana Ash are running in honor of one of their students; and to the East Village in Manhattan where the Black Roses running crew trains under the cloak of night.

I’ll also be heading to the expo, catching up with a few other runners and covering the course on race day to capture all the action. My co-host Carrie Tollefson will also be chatting with pros like Mo Farah, Molly Huddle, and Sally Kipyego. And we’ll bring you a recap of the entire event after the race. Read the rest of this entry →

12

Mar 2014

On The Run 2013 ING New York City Marathon Recap

What an amazing day to be in New York City. The 2013 ING New York City Marathon came back with the biggest field of runners in the history of the sport. At the 43rd running of the race 50,304 finishers made it the world’s largest marathon ever.

On The Run, 2013 ING New York City Marathon

Bryan Steinhauer ran the ING New York City Marathon after recovering from a life-threatening attack and coma. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

In this episode of “On The Run” Tim Hutchings, Carrie Tollefson and I look at the highlights from the race, talk to some runners including pros and charity runners, and follow-up with a few of the athletes we profiled in previous episodes including Bryan Steinhauer, Team One Spirit, Bill Rancic and more. We also take a look back at the excitement of race week.

But I’d also like to share my thoughts about the marathon and what it means to me.

It was an honor to be a part of race week and the marathon, and to be in the middle of all the action. I’ve run the ING New York City Marathon three times and watched as a spectator even more. Each time, New York didn’t disappoint. It was my first marathon and it still stands as my favorite. Read the rest of this entry →

06

Nov 2013

On The Run at the ING New York City Marathon Ep. 3

Here’s episode 3 of On The Run at the ING New York City Marathon!

In this episode of “On the Run,” we travel west for a peek inside the lives of top American distance runners Alisha Williams and Jason Hartmann, who are each hoping for a big breakthrough here in New York.

Alisha holds down a full-time job as an accountant while also training as a professional runner.

Jason Hartmann runs unsponsored, despite the fast that he finished fourth as the top American at the Boston Marathon in both 2012 and 2013, and coaches one of America’s top high school runners.

On The Run, Jason Hartmann, ING New York City Marathon

“On The Run” visits Jason Hartmann. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

Joining us at the desk, ING New York City Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai and Meb Keflezighi talk about the thrill of winning and the pressure of staying on top.

Mutai is the fastest marathoner in history with his unbelievable 2:03:02 finish at Boston in 2012, and Meb is the perennial American favorite who manages to keep running on top at the age of 38.

Journalists David Epstein, author of “The Sports Gene,” and Weldon Johnson of LetsRun.com, share their podium predictions for the professional fields in this year’s race.

On The Run, ING New York City Marathon

Digging in at the On The Run desk. From left, David Epstein, Carrie Tollefson, Karla Bruning and Tim Hutchings. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

And wheeler Tatyana McFadden is poised to make marathon history. She’s just one win away from a Grand Slam of victories in 2013. She’s already won the London, Boston and Chicago marathons. All that’s left is New York.

So join Olympians Tim Hutchings, Carrie Tollefson and me as we go On The Run.

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Nov 2013

On The Run at the ING New York City Marathon Ep. 2

Episode 2 of On the Run at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon is up!

“On the Run” chats with with “The Apprentice” winner and “Giuliana and Bill” star Bill Rancic as he talks marathon running with Dean Karnazes.

We also meet two documentary filmmakers who traveled to Kenya with Boston Marathon champion, Kenyan parliamentarian and philanthropist, Wesley Korir.

Marathon legends Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and Joan Benoit Samuelson talk about the growth of the sport, and “Runner’s World” Editor-in-Chief David Willey gives us his perspective on the men’s professional race.

Plus, runners from the Lakota Nation share their inspiring story as they prepare to run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.

On The Run, ING New York City Marathon

From left, David Willey, Carrie Tollefson, Karla Bruning and Tim Hutchings get ready to start the show. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

Join me and Olympians Carrie Tollefson and Tim Hutchings as we give you an all-access pass to the ING New York City Marathon. More to come tomorrow!

01

Nov 2013

On The Run At The 2013 ING New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon, On The Run, NYRR

Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners.

It’s marathon week in NYC! Even if you’re not running the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, there are lots of ways to be a part of the excitement. Here are just a few.

On The Run

On The Run, Brooklyn Half, New York City Marathon

Shooting the Brooklyn Half with “On The Run.” (Photo: nyrr_ontherun/instagram)

I’m back at it, catching the action with New York Road Runners’ “On the Run at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.” We’ve got five race week episodes coming to you starting tonight, Wednesday, October 30. Joining me this year are Olympians Carrie Tollefson and Tim Hutchings as we give viewers an inside look at the largest marathon in the world.

What in store “On The Run?” We’ve got stories about runners from the front of the pack, in the middle and the back. The motto of this year’s race is “YOU make it the marathon,” and our show reflects that. Sure, we’ll talk to the pros, including World Champion Edna Kiplagat, defending champion Geoffrey Mutai and American challengers Meb Keflezighi and Jason Hartmann. Shalane Flanagan and Lopez Lomong will stop by before they run the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday morning. And a few marathon legends will stop by the “On The Run ” desk too.

But we’re also focusing on some of the 45,000 runners who may not be pros, but whose stories are inspirational, heart-warming, or just plain enjoyable. A competitive eater? Check. The oldest NYC Marathon runner in history? Check. Celebrity runners? Check.

So please check out the show. They will be available online daily at OnTheRun.NYRR.org after the following times:

  • Wednesday, October 30: 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 31: 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1: 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2: 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 4: 4:00 p.m.

ABC in New York

If you’re in the New York metro area, be sure to watch ABC7 on Saturday night at 7:30 for a 30-minute special “Countdown to the Starting Line.” I filmed a short segment for the show highlighting the top professional runners to watch in Sunday’s race. Read the rest of this entry →

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Oct 2013

Running News: Pamela Anderson Runnning NYC Marathon, Desiree Davila Running Berlin Marathon

Pamela Anderson running, New York City Marathon, NYC Marathon

(Photo: Matogo97/Wikimedia Commons via Creative Commons license)

So much running news this week. It must be fall marathon season! Here’s a rundown on some of the big stories I’ve been following:

Pamela Anderson Running The New York City Marathon

Everyone has seen images of Pamela Anderson running on “Baywatch.” Now she’ll be running a marathon.

From the sounds of the New York Daily News article, she’s not doing a ton of training. But Anderson is running to raise $500,000 on Crowdrise for Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

“The charity wanted her to simply hug their elite runners crossing the Central Park finish line, but Anderson, who has visited Haiti twice since the devastating disaster, suggested taking it a step further,” the New York Daily News reports.

Training or no training, kudos to her for challenging herself to bring the spotlight to a cause that needs it. I actually love reading about celebrity runners for a multitude of reasons that I named in an article earlier this year.

Read the New York Daily News article here.

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Meb Keflezighi chases down Kenya’s Robert Cheruiyot at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. (Photo: Randy Lemoine).

ING New York City Marathon Sets Professional Field

Pamela Anderson isn’t the only famous name running the ING New York City Marathon. A big list of professional runners are in it to win it.

Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall are still in. Kara Goucher is out. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Firehiwot Dado are returning once again to defend their crowns from the 2011 ING New York City Marathon after the 2012 race was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Altogether, the race will include 23 Olympians from 23 countries and will serve as the deciding showdown in the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors series. Here’s a look at the professional field in both the women’s and men’s races. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sep 2013

Keflezighi, Ritzenhein, Abdirahman Will Run NYC Half

Meb Keflezighi, Dathan Ritzenhein, NYC Half

Dathan Ritzenhein and Meb Keflezighi at the 2009 London Marathon (Photo: Julian Mason via Creative Commons License)

New York Road Runners announced yesterday the American field of runners for the NYC Half on Sunday, March 17. Leading the team are Olympic long-distance runners Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, and Dathan Ritzenhein in the men’s race. They’ll join American record holder and Olympian Bernard Lagat, who NYRR previously announced would be making his half-marathon debut at the NYC Half. Read the rest of this entry →

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Feb 2013

Rock The Race With Meb and Sony W Series Walkman

Sony W Series, Running, Runner, Meb KeflezighiWant to train with Meb Keflezighi? Rock the Race with Meb, sponsored by the Meb Edition Sony W Series Walkman, can make it happen.

The 2GB Meb Edition Sony W Series MP3 player comes pre-loaded with audio tips from the marathon man himself along with a booklet on nutrition, stretching, strategy, and more — including a list of Meb’s favorite running songs. A portion of the sales go to the MEB FOUNDATION that aims to help kids lead healthy, balanced lives. Sony has pledged a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $20,000 based on unit sales.

Best of all, they’re giving away three amazing trips to three lucky winners, one that literally includes training with Meb. Read the rest of this entry →

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Dec 2012

2012 ‘Run, Karla, Run!’ Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to buy the runner in your life? The “Run, Karla, Run!” holiday gift guide is here to help. Here are some gift ideas at every price point from $10 to $150 — all of them wear tested by yours truly with the “Run, Karla, Run!” stamp of approval.

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Hippie Runner 4Head Headband

Under $10

Hippie Runner 4Head Headbands – $5

When Hippie Runner says “No Slide/No Sweat,” they’re not kidding. These headbands promise to stay in place and keep the sweat out of your eyes while running. Guess what? They really do. I wear a Hipper Runner 4Head Headband just about every time I race and nary a drop gets in my way. Made of nylon spandex, the headbands stretch to fit any head and come in a wide array of colors and patterns — way cuter than sweatbands of yore.

Under $25

Books are always a great gift choice, and a new slew of running reads hit the bookshelves this fall. Read the rest of this entry →

NYRR On The Run Episode 5: U.S. Distance Running

As the East coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, marathon preparations are under way in New York City. The city is expecting storm surge and possible flooding; some areas near the course could be affected. But the storm should be gone by marathon morning on Sunday, Nov. 4, when the streets will be flooded with people.

This week’s episode of NYRR On the Run takes a look back at the 2011 ING New York City Marathon to help getting runners pumped for this year’s event.

But we also explore the state of U.S. distance running. Meb Keflezighi, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Matt Centrowitz, Leo Manzano, Galen Rupp, Jenny Simpson and more pro runners weigh in, along with Sharon Eckstrom of marathonguide.com.

Visit ontherun.nyrr.org to watch all past episodes and individual segments.

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Oct 2012

‘On The Run’ Episode 2 Stars Meb Keflezighi and More

In this week’s webisode, New York Road Runners’ On The Run caught up with American marathon icon Meb Keflezighi. Honestly, who doesn’t love Meb? He owns a silver medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics, won the 2009 ING New York City Marathon, and at the age of 37 still keeps the heat on all his competitors. After a fourth place finish at the London Games, he’ll celebrate the 10th anniversary of his marathon debut at the ING New York City Marathon in November. Read the rest of this entry →

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Oct 2012

New York Road Runners Launches ‘On The Run’ Show

Runners, are you ready? It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for—a television quality broadcast about our favorite sport. We wait all year long for major marathons like Boston and New York to give us just a few hours of running coverage. Now the wait is over.

New York Road Runners launched Wednesday the debut of “On The Run,” a weekly lifestyle web show dedicated to exploring the life of the runner. It’s hosted by yours truly.

Every week between now and the ING New York City Marathon on November 4, “On The Run” will give viewers insider access to professional athletes like Meb Keflezighi, Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, plus news about community running programs around the country and perspectives on the state of the sport from some of the biggest names in the running media. Every webisode will also feature inspirational local heroes, coaching and training tips, or other stories sure to inspire your own running. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sep 2012

The ING New York City Marathon Live Blog

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Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners.

The ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6 gave us two truly exciting races in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Three runners shattered—and I mean shattered—the course record in the men’s competition. And one runner gave a guts-on-the-floor performance that likely cost her the race in the women’s competition. Scroll down for athlete interviews, stats and more as I was ringside in the Timex Media Center at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Columbus Circle, giving a behind the scenes play-by-play of what it’s like in the press room as a New York Road Runners Social Media Reporter. Here’s how it went:

2011 ING New York City Marathon Live Blog

8:30 am: Good morning! I’m here in the Timex Media Center at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. We are one minute away from the wheelchair start of the 2011 ING New York City Marathon! Read the rest of this entry →

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Nov 2011

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