The BQ(Q) – Robert Fried

Cool story of qualifying in the early days (1982!) of the New York City Marathon. 


Robert Fried



Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

New York City


Tell us a little about the race.

I was a college runner in cross country and it was 1982 . I was in great shape and was running 26 min for 5 miles. I ran even splits 6 min pace as 2:38:43 and was an instant celebrity . I was a college Long Island runner and now a 2:38 Boston runner It was easy and 2:50 was the goal, I ran 10 sub 3 marathons in 5 years and 8 bq

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

2 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?


Approximately how many races did you run in that year?


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 was a college runner 5,10k distance and hard running

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


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

No, only some light upper body weights.

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

Yes, 16×400 65 sec 90 rest
8 x800. 2:30 2 min
Miles 6x 5:30. 5 min rest

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

Mileage and run hard easy alternate. Race 10k and half Marathon, the 5k is waste in marathon

You need to do 2 hr runs at least on weekends

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