The BQ(Q) – Andrew

Name

Andrew

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

30

Height:

6’3″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

167

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Philadelphia

Tell us a little about the race.

I started in the wrong corral so I spent the first 10k passing a ton of people. Had to really focus on the pace and I hit 6:35 pace thru 10 miles. Started to sag a little at 18 and at 20 miles, the turnaround in manayunk, it really started to get tough. It was a long grind over the last 10k and I really had to concentrate on keeping on pace. I faded a little to 7:05 pace or so but didn’t crater too bad. At 25 miles I fell apart but think I still ran a 7:30 last mile. Was very beat up for a week after. It was a very hard effort for me, one of the hardest of my career.

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

16 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

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

1200

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

3

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 did some track work with reps at sub-MPand short rest, plus on long runs I did 5 sets of mile at MP-20 secs, MP +20 secs. Plus a threshold run of MP-30 secs for 20-40 mins once a week. Not a whole lot of running faster than threshold pace.

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

 

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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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