During his 25-year running career, Alan Culpepper ran a 3:55 mile and a 2:09 marathon, a span of race distances so wide that just a few runners can claim the same impressive versatility. In his new book, Run Like a Champion, Culpepper, a two-time U.S. Olympian, sets out his approach—and the lessons he learned from his competitors—so that all runners can fully realize their potential. Run Like a Champion shares a big-picture view of running, looking at not only the essential training elements but also other key pieces of the puzzle: identifying motivation; finding a proper work/life/family balance; and understanding complementary aspects of training such as stretching, how much to drink, diet, and how to avoid and treat injuries.
“I have always had a deep respect for Alan because he trained so hard, competed so hard and yet he always seemed to have the right balance between running and family, and that says a lot about who he is,” three-time Olympian and 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi writes in the foreword of the book. “He was a fierce competitor with a lot of talent, but he was also very humble and understated in his approach.
“The key to his success, as you will see in the pages of this book, is that he persistently followed a set of underlying principles that are universal to the development of distance runners of all ages and abilities. He trained hard, but he trained smartly and consistently with the continued application of these principles and a strict attention to detail.”
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