Coach Culpepper: Tips For Racing Boston

Qualifying for Boston is far from a guarantee. Make the most of your experience! Photo: PhotoRun.net

Expect Unpredictable Weather

Unlike many other major marathons around the world, Boston has the distinction of very unpredictable weather on Patriots Day (the third Monday in April). The fickle New England weather was 80 degrees with a 15 mph headwind for my first experience and near-perfect weather the following year. A Nor’easter storm almost canceled the race in 2007 and it was in the mid-80s last year, so you can never tell.

Going into the event you need to adjust your mindset to include the unpredictability of the weather. This is not to say you should be negative or pessimistic, but be realistic that the conditions might not be ideal. But it will be manageable because you are emotionally prepared.

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