San Diego running hero, Meb Keflezughi, may not have had the best showing at this year's ING New York City Marathon. As a previous winner, every year Meb can return, he runs to win. But at this year's race, held November 3, winning was not in the cards for Meb. According to a November 1 post on his Facebook page, Meb was faced with several challenges during his training leading up to to the New York City Marathon. And while he would not be running the race to win in the literal sense, he would run to win by giving his best effort instead of backing out.
And give his best effort is exactly what he did. Just after mile 19, Meb needed to stop and rest, his training difficulties getting the best of him. Instead of backing out of the race, however, Meb dug deep and found the strength to keep moving. As he describes in this video from flotrack.org, Meb worked together with a local Staten Island runner to not only make it to the finish line, but do so with grace and unwavering determination.