Coach Culpepper: Tips For Racing Boston

Eight things to consider as you approach the Boston Marathon.

The Boston Marathon is everything it’s cracked up to be. The amazing history coupled with the prestige of having to earn lofty qualifying standards means you have an extraordinary event with a high level of intrigue and allure.

I was fortunate to run Boston twice, racing the famed 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Copley Square in 2005 and 2006, and I also assisted on the production of the race on several other occasions. Each of those experiences taught me valuable insights about the Boston Marathon weekend that went way beyond strategies about how to survive the notorious Newton Hills.

Whether you have qualified for this year’s race and are in the final phases of your training or are hoping to go in the future, take heed and follow these eight valuable lessons before you line up in Hopkinton. Knowing what to expect, how to plan accordingly and where to adjust your mindset will go a long way towards making your race a successful experience.

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