How to Train Successfully for Your First Marathon



Peter Kuperman, founder of Hatch Canada, an educational organization that teaches computer programming to children, has also been a semi-professional runner. His passion for running led Peter Kuperman to participate in the Boston Marathon on three separate occasions. Preparing for a marathon requires patience and determination, as well as strategy. Below are a handful of considerations for more effective training.

1. Focus on the base first: Individuals cannot simply run a marathon. They need to slowly build their mileage, as well as their running intensity, over the course of months or even years, depending on fitness level.

2. Long runs are key: Bodies only learn to run for extended periods of time when people push them to do so. Too often, runners focus on running every day rather than setting aside one day for distance with built-in time for recuperation.

3. Figure out nutrition before the race: While people run, they need to keep themselves fueled. Fast runners need to focus on sugars while long-distance runners will need fat to keep their bodies working. Everyone is different so finding the best mix takes some experimentation.

4. Patience is a virtue: When people decide to run a marathon before they are ready, they risk becoming so discouraged that they stop training altogether.

5. Training is more than running: A marathon involves a degree of strength that individuals can only build through weight training and bodyweight exercises. Many people also add yoga and meditation to their training.


Engaging in Local Philanthropy: Full Circle Fund

Full Circle Fund

Creating lasting social change and providing engaging philanthropic opportunities is an important part of any community. Members of the Full Circle Fund are dedicated to fostering both of those ideas by volunteering time, donating money, and offering their skills to non-profit groups, local businesses, and government agencies.

Peter Kuperman, a member of the Full Circle Fund since 2008, explains that the goals of the organization are to find and train leadership within a community as well as make a difference in three key community areas: education, global economic opportunity, and within the environment. While the Full Circle Fund appreciates any financial assistance its members can offer, member Peter Kuperman believes that a true community gift is intellectual support and experience as professionals.

Members like Peter Kuperman bring three qualities to the Full Circle Fund: cause, commitment, and capacity. Through these three important traits, Full Circle Fund members can be impactful within their projects and drive change in an effective manner.

Getting to know Surgeon-Writer Atul Gawande


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Atul Gawande

Peter Kuperman was a Benjamin Franklin scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he pursued finance and computer science. During his free time, Peter Kuperman enjoys reading several nonfiction authors, but no one has moved him as much as Atul Gawande.

Atul Gawande is equal parts surgeon and writer. By day, he is a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard University. By night, he is a public health journalist who has been writing for The New Yorker since 1998.

Gawande’s work as a doctor extends beyond surgery. He is the executive director of health systems innovation center Ariadne Labs. He is also the chairman of the nonprofit organization Lifebox which works to make surgery safer worldwide.

As a writer, Gawande has won writing awards, including the prestigious Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He currently has three best-selling books to his credit: Complications, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is currently out in the market.