Programming note — vacation

In case for some reason your check Milo regularly, know that I am on a much needed vacation with my family. The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire, 100 days of milo, and everything else will resume when I return on February 22.

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100 Days of Milo: Day 40 — Triathlon

Recently, I’m digger deeper and deeper in the bizarre modern day sport known as triathlon. Expect a lot more on this area of endurance sports in the future. For now, here’s a page collecting some of the writing I’ve done on the sport.

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The BQ(Q) — Jeff

Name

Jeff

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

25

Height:

5’9″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

142 lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Portland marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

It was a negatively split, really well run race. It was my second marathon ever and I put to use the knowledge from my first.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

13 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

21,000 miles

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

1400 miles

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

2

Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?

No, focused on long runs and feeling good

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

I only did core on top of running

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

“Speed” was relative but Yasso 800s were a consistent workout

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

Consistency is key

 

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Friday Inspiration: The Olympic Trials

The Olympic trials are tomorrow and I’m very excited to see how things play out. Of course, I’m pulling for old man Meb to do something special, and Goucher to have a redemptive performance. I’m also curious to see how Rupp does, and what, if any other dark horse candidates there are. To get you pumped here’s a video of Meb training.

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The BQ(Q) – Matt C

Name

Matt C

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

25

Height:

6’1”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

165

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Los Angeles

Tell us a little about the race

Went out on 2:42 pace in the heat, slowed down 10 sec/mile for each of the last 10 miles, pretty miserable experience.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

10 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

28,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

3,800

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

10

Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?

No, I did marathon specific workouts

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

Yes

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

No

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Yes, though I got away from it too much in the months leading up to the race, more would have been better. Ran a full XC season 4-6 months before the race and then switched over to marathon-work.

 

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The BQ(Q) – Mike Petrina

Name

Mike Petrina

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

24

Height:

5’8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

140

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Steamtown

Tell us a little about the race.

It was my first ever marathon. I went out conservative and a little past half way started to push it. More and more I pushed. Coming into the final 2 miles I hit the wall and my paced slow. Thankfully I was enough under that my crawling in didn’t hinder me getting a BQ.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

11 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

No clue 17000?

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

3400

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

5

Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?

no

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

nO

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Yes. I stuck to a strict 1 speed WO, 1 Tempo run and 1 Long run per 7 days.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

Good luck. It’s all about consistency and being able to stay healthy. Look after yourself and take care of the small things.

 

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100 Days of Milo: Day 39 Quoth the Runner

A collection of posts of thoughtful or inspiring running quotes, often with pictures, can be found here. 

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