The BQ(Q) – Matthew Kleiman

Thanks, Matt, for taking the time to fill this out! Volume sure seems to be a constant amongst qualifiers.


Matt Kleiman



Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

St. George

Tell us a little about the race.

My 4th marathon. Finished in 3:14, six minutes under the time needed to qualify for Boston at that time.

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

Almost exactly 3 years

Did you run in college or high school?


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


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

2372 in the 12 months preceeding

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

14 including the BQ marathon

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

Yes, Pfitzinger 18/70

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


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


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

Yes. Pfitz program included frequent specific internal, tempo and marathon-paced workout.

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

Volume (mileage) was the most important factor for me, followed by consistency.

About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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