I’ve written about this before. I’ve posted the photos before. I will honestly find any reason to tell this story again… and after Meb’s win in the Boston Marathon yesterday, now’s a perfect time as any to bust out the story once more…
I’ve been a huge fan of Meb’s since I first started
accidentally signing up for marathons running. I didn’t know much about the running community and I most definitely did not pay attention to professional running but you bet I knew who Meb was, NYers love him.
Back when I ran the Las Vegas Half-Marathon in 2011, I found out that Meb would be at the Expo and I made it one of my top priorities to get there early to see him. My parents and I waited in line and by the time we reached him, his “meet and greet” was coming to an end. Did he tell us that was it? That we missed our chance? That it was too late and it was time for him to go home? Nope. He spent a solid 20 minutes talking with me and my family.
Me: Hey! You won my first ever marathon in NYC! I was right behind you, obviously…
Meb: (laughing) Yea? Well then I have something to show you. Don’t let me forget.
(Meb signs my copy of Run to Win, telling me how great it was to share the NYC streets with me)
Meb: (digging through his bag) Here!
Meb puts the winning NYCM medal on the table in front of me. Awed, I take out my camera and go to take a photo. As I have my camera zoomed on the medal, Meb waves his hand over the medal, “no no no.”
Gah! He didn’t want me to take a photo of it! I felt so dumb!
Meb: Take it out of the box. Put it on!
Wait, what?!? Meb wanted me to taaaaake the medal and put it on?!
Me: Wow, it’s so heavy!
Meb, to my mother: Ahh that second place medal must be much lighter.
Meb, you are an absolute inspiration. You show us how hard work and believing in yourself are keys to success. You teach us that winning doesn’t necessarily mean coming in first. You are humble. You somehow make it feel like your victory is our victory, that we somehow played a part in your triumph. Congrats on your amazing win yesterday.
Congrats to all Boston Marathon finishers!
Do you have a running hero?
Who is your “health hero?” I spoke about mine in last weeks’ post about who keeps me healthy.