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Philadelphia Marathon tips from local experts: Michael McKeeman

Sports Doc will offer tips from a local running expert daily leading up to the event.

Philadelphia Marathon tips from local experts: Michael McKeeman

Michael McKeeman, from Ardmore Pa., crosses the finish line, with a time of 2:17:47, as he wins the Philadelphia Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Michael McKeeman, from Ardmore Pa., crosses the finish line, with a time of 2:17:47, as he wins the Philadelphia Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

The runners behind Philadelphia's ODDyssey Half Marathon consulted with some of our best local running authorities and asked each of them to provide their top two tips on how to prepare for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon on November 17.

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to all runners, especially those new to the sport, reminding them of the importance of a good training regimen in order to perform at peak level.

Sports Doc will offer tips from a local running expert daily leading up to the event. Today’s advice comes from Michael McKeeman, who runs an online coaching business, www.runlikemike.com. McKeeman is the reigning champion of the Philadelphia Marathon.

Tip 1–“Don't try anything new on race day. Before and during your long runs, practice what you're going to eat and drink on race day. Have a plan and stick with it.”

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Tip 2–“Don't try to bank time at the beginning of the race. Start slowly and pick up the pace as you go!  You will feel better physically and gain confidence as you're passing people who went out too fast.”

Michael McKeeman, 2012 Philadelphia Marathon Winner and a 2-time Olympic Trials qualifier. McKeeman’s online coaching business Run Like Mike can be found at www.runlikemike.com.

Stay tuned for more 2013 Philadelphia Marathon coverage at philly.com/phillymarathon.


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