The BQ(Q) – Brendan Boyle

Name

Brendan Boyle

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

22

Height:

6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

165

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Newport (Rhode Island) Marathon, 2014

Tell us a little about the race.

First marathon ever, as a result ran very conservatively and ran a big negative split. Course had moderately challenging hills for the most part with a big one during mile 24.

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

7 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

15,000 miles

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

~3000

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, held a peak of 90 mpw for about 10 weeks, lots of marathon pace long repeats with a little bit of lactate threshold and speed sessions mixed in

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 didn’t cross train

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

During the 8 weeks pre race I did about 4 speed sessions, usually 200 or 400 meter repeats

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

Recovery is important between hard sessions! Keep your mileage up if possible, run slower when you need to!

 

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