San Diego, Ca. — It’s been a busy week on top of a busy year for 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi. After accepting two awards this past week, one last Friday night at the TRIpalooza Awards Gala where he was recognized as the Endurance Athlete of the Year, and the other on Monday night when he was honored as a 2015 Star of the Year at the 69th Annual Salute to the Champions event hosted by the San Diego Hall of Champions, Meb was once again the center of attention this morning as the countdown to the April 20th Boston Marathon gains momentum.
Today it was just a quiet photo shoot for Meter Magazine, the literate broadsheet and digital offering brought out by Tracksmith, the premium performance apparel company started by my friend Matt Taylor in Boston that celebrates the style and culture of running.
In the next issue of Meter Meb will be featured in a story I penned, so photog extraordinaire Emily Maye drove down from her home in Santa Barbara last night for the morning shoot in Balboa Park. Emily spends much of her time in Europe covering the cycling circuit, but is also responsible for most of the excellent photography featured in Meter.
As is almost always the case, even when pressed from this side and that, Meb was generous with his time and patience. This morning’s run was a no frills 10-mile recovery run as he looks ahead to the United New York City Half Marathon on March 15th, his sole test before he defends his title in Boston a month later. But I can tell you from a simple eyeball test, Meb looks to be in fine form.
After his run Meb stretched on the velvety green lawn at the top end of the park along Sixth Street, near where the annual San Diego Rock `n` Roll Marathon starts each June. As Meb went through his routine, a woman walking by in warmups called out a friendly hello. Her name was Tiffany Borsheim, a Balboa Park regular who often sees Meb as they pass on their respective journeys around San Diego’s jewel of an urban park.
“He is such good motivation,” Tiffany told me after I asked how she knew Meb. “I mean, if he can do 22 miles per day, then I can do my four.”
The mother of boy and girl one year-old twins, Tiffany said she and Meb would often discuss parenting, not running, during their short chats in the park.
“With three girls he’ll have some busy prom nights coming down the line,” she joked.
“Let’s not get there too soon,” Meb responded with a laugh.
Click, click, went Emily’s shutter.
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