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My Interview With Meb Keflezighi

by Nellie

With blogging comes great responsibility but it also comes with great opportunity.

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I got the amazing opportunity last week to interview a running legend, Meb Keflezighi. KT Tape held an event over at Chelsea Piers to introduce their new line of products with 4 of the best USA Olympians from a variety of sports including volleyball, Swimming, Gymnastics and Running.

What is KT Tape?

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If you are not familiar with KT Tape it is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support. It is super popular and I often see it on most runners at all of my races throughout the year. They have so many amazing new products that we got to learn about and experience including:

KT Tape PRO EXTREME™: an elastic sports tape for pain relief and support in extreme conditions. PRO EXTREME is made of KT Tape’s exclusive synthetic material, engineered for maximum durability with our strongest adhesive for the ultimate adhesion.

KT Recovery+™ Recovery Patch: specially designed to reduce swelling and inflammation from muscle injuries and its accompanying pain.

KT FLEX™: specially engineered to provide more effective comfortable support for weak or injured knees. KT FLEX is for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, or those recovering from injuries who want extra support for knee joints without the bulk and restriction of a stabilizing sleeve.

KT Recovery+™ ICE/HEAT: KT Recovery+™ Ice/Heat Compression Therapy System, interchangeable ice and heat packs, is a new way to treat muscles for peak performance or to speed recovery from a challenging workout or injury.

Interview With Meb

Kerri Walsh Jennings, Meb Keflezighi, Kerri Strug, Tucker Dupree Russell Schleiden, KT Tape CMO, Gregg Venner KT Tape CEO during a Pree Event at Chelsea Piers on March 22, 2016 in New York City. *** Local Caption *** Kerri Walsh Jennings; Meb Keflezighi; Kerri Strug; Tucker Dupree; Gregg Venner; Russell Schleiden

Kerri Walsh Jennings, Meb Keflezighi, Kerri Strug, Tucker Dupree Russell Schleiden, KT Tape CMO, Gregg Venner KT Tape CEO during a Pre Event at Chelsea Piers on March 22, 2016 in New York City. *** Local Caption *** Kerri Walsh Jennings; Meb Keflezighi; Kerri Strug; Tucker Dupree; Gregg Venner; Russell Schleiden

From what I have seen and heard in the press, Meb is a really nice guy. I am here to tell you, it’s all completely TRUE. He is so completely down to earth and approachable, you would never think that he has WON the Boston Marathon or will be representing  the entire United States of America in RIO 2016–he was just a guy who loves to run and happens to be REALLY good at it.

Check out the interview below!

Kerri Walsh Jennings, Meb Keflezighi, Kerri Strug, Tucker Dupree Russell Schleiden, KT Tape CMO, Gregg Venner KT Tape CEO during a Pree Event at Chelsea Piers on March 22, 2016 in New York City. *** Local Caption *** Kerri Walsh Jennings; Meb Keflezighi; Kerri Strug; Tucker Dupree; Gregg Venner; Russell Schleiden

Meb Keflezighi shows off his KT Tape

Q: You have one of the craziest interview/appearance schedules out there, how do you manage it?

A: The beauty of my sport is that you can do it from anywhere. This morning I had a full day and I got up at 5:30, I did my 12 mile run, I had my headlamp on–I’m not usually one of those crazy people but I was one of those crazy people today! Sometimes it’s just less sleep and get it done.

Q: where do you run when you are in New York City

A: I run in Central Park, I love that place. That’s the beauty of running, I had my jacket, my tight and my gloves–my gloves never leave my backpack. Just in case.

Q: I know you have your big Olympic appearance coming soon, are there any big changes that you are making to your regimen?

A: the big changes is simply recovery, as you get older you get a lot more aches and pains, and I’ve been using my KT Tape regularly since my UCLA days. I used it in Boston 2010. It’s important to take care of the leg muscles especially for recovery. Those muscles, supporting all of them becomes so important. But recovery is so important for me I just gotta stay healthy and consistent training–I’ve run over 100,000 miles. Actually 2 weeks before the trials my posterior tibialis got inflammed and I had to use KT Tape for recovery.

Q: when it comes to KT Tape do you have a few certain weak spots that you use it? I know you have had a lot of injuries as a runner–or do you use it on an as needed basis?

A: Usually it’s as needed but I have used it on the hamstring, the adductors, and the knee especially if I have a little tendinitis. You can cut it and put it on your knee as needed.

Q: as a mere mortal runner who is older you are the inspiration for us who wonder if we can really keep doing this–what tips do you have for us?
A: Do the small things. This morning I got up earlier to run, we can all accommodate our schedule as necessary. If you are running a 10-12 minute mile take a mile off your plan for the day and use the 6 minutes before and after to stretch. A lot of the times we all want to go go go but it’s important to stretch the calves and the hamstrings and nutritionally you know? Don’t wait until you get hungry to eat. Eating throughout the day is best. And obviously sleep is important (How much sleep do you get?) im good with 6-7 hours. When my wife was expecting she would urge me to take naps and I’ve had more naps since we’ve had kids.

Q: Do you train your kids to run?

A: I do train them to run, I teach them mechanics and my middle daughter she want to be like me–she eats what I eat, and she does all the planks and the push-ups. I don’t try to force them but my youngest who is 6 years old just asked me “Daddy can you run with me when I get back?” And I told him that I would love to do that just make sure you do your homework!

Q: Do you think your kids are runners?

A: I think they are runners. They definitely have the background. I try to help them as much as I can. It all starts at home, if you are active with the kids then they will be active as well. Usually every parent says “Stop running around!” But we are meant to move–we just need to provide the environment for them whether it’s the backyard or the park or even just going around the block.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not running?

A: I love to spend time with my mom, dad and friends and family. I also love to read autobiographies. (What is your favorite autobiography?) the autobiography of Coach John Wooden. Everybody has a struggle so it’s about seeing how they overcome it and be the best they can.

Q: When you are on the last leg of your race, what’s going through you mind? How do you get yourself to mentally be like this is it, I’m almost done?

A: You know it’s going to hurt, you know you are going to struggle, but you Have to work on your form, stay upright, the sooner you get there the sooner the pain is over.

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It was such a great opportunity to interview Meb! Stay tuned for Part 2 of my KT TAPE experience where I interview volleyball champion Kerry Walsh!

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Did you learn anything new about Meb in this interview? Have you ever used KT Tape? What would you ask Meb if you had the chance?

 

 

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14 comments

Allie March 29, 2016 - 5:53 am

AHHHHH!!!! Love, love, love this so much!! I was invited to this event but sadly, could not attend and now I’m even sadder 🙁 BUT, happy for you that you were there and got to interview one of the greats. I seriously love everything about Meb and mostly what an amazing representative of our sport he is! We seriously could not have hand picked a better dude. Love it!! Great questions Nellie!!

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Janine HulDie March 29, 2016 - 6:17 am

What wonderful interview and honestly never heard of KT Tape, but can’t thank you enough for sharing all about it here today and getting to learn more also about Meb, too of course 😉

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Hollie March 29, 2016 - 6:47 am

Wow it looks like that was incredible experience. I’m lucky that I haven’t needed KT tape for any muscle issues (knock on wood) but I’ve seen it benefit so many athletes. Thanks for sharing. It’s awesome you got to interview Meb. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him.

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Nellie March 29, 2016 - 9:49 pm

I haven’t needed either but I’m happy to know its there when need it!

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Kimberly G March 29, 2016 - 7:25 am

This is amazing! I got the chance to meet Meb very briefly for a photo when I did Rock n Roll Chicago and he was super nice!

I use KT tape all the time. I have various injuries and it really helps me get through my long runs

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Nellie March 29, 2016 - 9:48 pm

He has the nicest spirit!

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Tamara March 29, 2016 - 12:25 pm

Ah, he seems super nice and down to earth. What a cool opportunity.
This is my first hearing about KT tape, but I can’t imagine not having it as a runner.

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Nicole March 29, 2016 - 2:34 pm

So so so so so so cool! What an awesome opportunity! This interview is fab, and I love his tip about running one less mile to make time for stretching. Oh, Meb, you are so awesome.

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Nellie March 29, 2016 - 9:48 pm

that was such a good tip!! I have paid extra attention to my stretching ever since!

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Terri March 29, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Absolutely love this. There is something so inspiring to see that someone who is so “normal” and just like us can do something so extraordinary.

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Nellie March 29, 2016 - 9:49 pm

He’s so normal but just with superhuman running abilities 🙂

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Natalie Mitchell March 29, 2016 - 11:44 pm

What an awesome interview!! Meb is such a class act and such an inspiration to so many. Love the advice about taking extra time for stretching – YES to this!!! I have found it to be so, so important.
Great job on a great interview!!

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kita March 30, 2016 - 1:27 am

I have never heard of this but I loved the interview. It’s great to know what others do and why they do it.

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Leslie March 30, 2016 - 10:32 am

What a fun opportunity! I just heard about a friend of the family who blew out his knee running marathons & is now about to have his third surgery. Taking care of your body is so important. Love His tips on that.

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