Marathon Coaching: The Man Behind Meb’s Boston Triumph, Bob Larsen
Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi
We have the coach behind one of the most stunning marathon victories in recent years on the show this week. Meb Keflezighi’s longtime mentor Bob Larsen joins us again, to tell us all about how Meb triumphed in the 2014 Boston Marathon, on the eve of his 39th birthday, becoming the oldest winner of the race in the modern era.
Bob is a true master coach, a model of modesty and servant leadership, with a pedigree that goes across most track and field events, starting with UCLA in 1979. He was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame last year and in July was given the running’s prestigious Pathfinder Award.
We last spoke with Bob in May 2013, and that interview is still available for download.
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Key topics: Marathon coaching, Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi, training older athletes, building strength, preventing over-training, prehabilitation, alternative endurance training methods