Name: Eric M
Age (at the time of first BQ): 39
Height : 5’5
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 130
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Tell us a little about the race.
Baystate Marathon in Lowell, MA This is a very flat and fast double looped course. It is known for the high percentage of Boston Qualifiers each year.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? Did you run in college or high school?
I had been running for 3 years when I qualified for Boston. I was a sprinter (50 and 300 indoor track only) my freshman and sophomore years of high school. The only running I did was at track practice and meets.
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?
Roughly 6000 miles.
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?
Just over 2000 for the year.
Approximately how many races did you run in that year?
8 races including the BQ. I qualified in October 2011. I also ran the Goofy Challenge in January 2011. This challenge includes running the Half marathon on Saturday followed by the Full Marathon on Sunday. This was the first marathon I ran.
Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?
I had a friend coaching me and he put together a plan and told me what to run everyday. I sent him feedback via email on a daily basis.
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
Friend coached me
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
I did not perform any cross training while I trained for Baystate, however I did complete a cycle of P90x after the Goofy Challenge in January. I only ran around 15 miles per week while I was doing the P90x cycle. Once the 90 days was over I stopped and focused solely on running. I’m not sure if this played any part in my BQ
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
I did not run any speedwork on the track. I did a lot of hill work in the early part of the buildup. I also ran some longer tempo runs and some road intervals (mile repeats)
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
The key is consistency. You need to be running consistent mileage leading into the 16-18 weeks of training. It is very difficult to ramp up mileage and get into racing shape in just 16 weeks without breaking down.