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Four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi shares lessons learned from each of the 26 marathons he's run in his storied career.

When Meb Keflezighi ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the end of an extraordinary distance-running career. As the first person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as well as an Olympic marathon medal, Meb’s legacy is forever cemented. 

Meb's last marathon was also his 26th, and each of those marathons has come with its own unique challenges, rewards, and outcomes. In 26 Marathons, take on those legendary races alongside Meb - every hill, bend, and unexpected turn of events that made each marathon an exceptional learning experience, and a fascinating story.

26 Marathons offers the wisdom Meb has gleaned about life, family, identity, and faith in addition to tips about running, training, and nutrition. He shows runners of all levels how to apply the lessons he's learned to their own running and lives. Equal parts inspiration and practical advice, 26 Marathons provides an inside look at the life and success of one of the greatest runners living today.

©2019 Meb Keflezighi and Scott Douglas (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

26 Marathons gives great insight about the ups and downs in marathon running and how to cope with them. As Meb shows, dealing with these marathon experiences help us become better in our lives.” (Eliud Kipchoge, Marathon World Record Holder and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist)

“Meb’s 26 Marathons is like opening a treasure chest full of inspiring stories that give behind-the-scenes glimpse into the mental and physical joys and obstacles that elite-level racing can bring. His advice on training, overcoming injuries, and adversity is for everyone. It’s pure gold!” (Shalane Flanagan, 2017 TCS NYC Marathon Champion)

26 Marathons is a fantastic book. It tells the story of Meb Keflezighi’s career by documenting his marathons, but it’s not really about running. It’s about life! About setting goals and pursuing them, and how to continue to strive to excel in the midst of satisfaction and disappointments. Meb drives home the fact that winning in life isn’t defined by coming in first place. This book is not just for runners. It will help you no matter what your passion in life might be.” (Tony Dungy, Super Bowl Winning Coach, NFL Hall of Famer, and New York Times best-selling author)

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  • jda9ball
  • 2019-04-16

Another Great Book by Meb!

This book is a fantastic recount of Meb's personal triumphs & challenges leading up to, during, and after each marathon to the next. I loved listening to the detail that was going on in his head during each marathon and where he got confidence along the way.

I've listened to probably at least two dozen running related books over the years, and for the love - WHY is it so difficult for narrators to pronounce; Eliud Kipchoge & Joe Vigil?? If they are not 100% sure how to pronounce a name, why do they not just ask either the author, (in this case, Meb), or somebody that knows something about running? It is so annoying to listen to audiobooks when the narrator clearly doesn't know a pair of running shoes from a pair of stilettos. This is why I took 1 star away on the Overall rating.

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  • Mike Sinks
  • 2019-04-27

One of the Best I've Ever Experienced

You do not have to be a runner to enjoy this book. The lessons Meb imparts transcend racing and running and apply to life writ large. As for the running and racing aspect, the journey is well worth it. I found myself cheering Meb on through each twist and turn, despite knowing the results ahead of time. I cringed and agonized with him as he stumbled along the way.

The emotional journey Meb takes you on in this book is incredible. It was hard to NOT get emotional along the way. I literally welled up and cried tears of joy for his Boston triumph.

The words in this book inspired me, not just as an amateur (at best) runner, but as a person.

Go Meb! Thank you!

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  • Pythagorus
  • 2019-03-27

Perfect read while running

Loved it, as always, Meb is inspiring and so honest about his mistakes and failures, triumphs and motives. So awesome!!

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  • Annaboo
  • 2019-05-16

Read this!

This book is worth the read! Really enjoyable to connect with him and see how running applies to life. A must read!

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  • Casey A Kemp
  • 2019-05-15

26 Marathon's, fantastic read.

fantastic to hear Mebs first hand recounts on his 26 marathons as a professional runner. so inspiring!

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  • Alyssa26
  • 2019-05-15

Meb is amazing

Just loved this book! Life changing must read. Meb is so inspiring and loved learning more about him

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  • Kristen Podczerwinski
  • 2019-05-06

Must read for every runner!

Great read for any runner! I was so moved by each little story/marathon inside the book! Loved the book! I love Meb as a runner and he is a great human as well! One time I saw him running (I’m sure on a training run) and he stopped to take a picture with me. This book proved even more how amazing of a human he is!

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  • Dean Carlisle
  • 2019-05-02

Great story, best read book on audible.

Every runner ought to read/hear this book. Fascinating, inspiring and informative. The reader does a masterful performance and emotes appropriately with every moving passage as though he were the writer himself.

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  • Kristal Lyn Sabaitis
  • 2019-04-22

One of the best books I've listened to

One of the best books I've listened to. A non runner may not find it as interesting but I think all will like it and learn from it.

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  • NICHOLAS SCHULMAN
  • 2019-04-19

A Guide to Marthoning for Life

I'm a beginner in the sport and loved this. Training for my first marathon and loved Meb's story and truly hope to see meet him one day and thank him for his wisdom.