Run Like a Champion

An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner


Alan Culpepper is one of America’s most consistent and versatile pro runners. Run Like a Champion explores how elite runners find their highest performance.

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In Run Like a Champion, one of America’s most versatile and accomplished runners, Alan Culpepper, reveals the best practices of the best runners.

Over his 25-year racing career, Culpepper won national titles from 5K to marathon, a span of race distances so wide that just a few runners can claim the same impressive versatility. Culpepper sets out his approach—and the lessons he learned from his competitors—so that all runners can fully realize their potential.

As a two-time Olympic competitor, Culpepper has a unique understanding of what it takes to compete at the highest level. His running career has put him on the start line alongside the world’s best runners, and he has found that despite their many differences, talents, and approaches to training, among them they share a common understanding: the best athletes know that the secret to success in running lies in understanding a bigger picture of training.

Not everyone has the physiology to run at the highest level, but everyone can benefit from implementing an Olympic approach to training. 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.

Run Like a Champion reveals all the guidelines, tips and tricks, workouts, mental training, and nutritional practices that Olympic runners use. By making this Olympic approach part of their running, runners of all levels will make their goals achievable from 5K to marathon.

Read selections and see videos of drills and stretches from Culpepper’s book on the VeloPress Mental Training Page.

Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner
Alan Culpepper with Brian Metzler
Foreword by Meb Keflezighi
Paperback with b&w charts.
6″ x 9″, 224 pp., $18.95, 9781937715076


Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner

Paperback. Foreword by Meb Keflezighi. B&w charts.

Shipping Dimensions: 6.00in x 9.00in x 0.75in 224pp $18.95, Inventory 9781937715076, Shipping 1.00lbs

Foreword by Meb Keflezighi

Introduction: An Olympian’s Approach to Running

1 Training with Intention
2 Psychology for Success
3 Creating Balance
4 Effort & Intensity
5 Training: Periodization
6 Training: The Workouts
7 Diet, Fuel & Hydration
8 Injury Prevention, Maintenance & Recovery
9 Racing

About the Authors

Preview book.

“Alan Culpepper should go down as one of the great American distance runners, both during the era in which he competed…but also compared to the country’s all-time greats.” — Meb Keflezighi, Olympic medalist, 2009 New York City Marathon Champion, 2014 Boston Marathon Champion

“Running coach Alan Culpepper shares track-star strategies in Run Like a Champion.” — SELF magazine

“Culpepper is one of the all-time best American distance runners. His first book is a welcome addition to the pantheon of running literature…Each chapter details aspects of running that are often neglected. Culpepper is refreshingly candid…These subjects are expertly tackled…Those of all ability levels looking to take their training to the next level will appreciate Run Like a Champion.” — Canadian Running magazine

“Read Run Like a Champion to unleash your best running ability, regardless of your background or experience level.” — Triathlete magazine

“Run Like a Champion shows you how to create an “environment of success” and how to build a training plan that is manageable and prepares you for your event.” — The Runiverse

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