The BQ(Q) – Tim

Name

Tim

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

53

Height:

5’6”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

150

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Wrightsville Beach

Tell us a little about the race.

Flat course, small field (about 600), perfect temp 3/2016 at 50 degrees, cloudy, intermittent light showers.

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

7.5 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

8700

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

1700

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

10

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 85% easy, slow running, 15% tempo/marathon pace, 6-7 run days/wk, 4 weeks 60-70 miles at peak

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

No

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

1-2 hours per week of sweet spot (sub-threshold) bike trainer rides, 5000yds (2 hrs) of swimming per week

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

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

Tempo runs at 1/2 marathon pace were fastest runs I did. Ran two races during marathon training as check out races: 10 miler 5 weeks out and a 4 mile race two weeks out from marathon.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share with those of us working towards a BQ?

Learn from unsuccessful BQ attempts and try to adjust training with each subsequent attempt . DON’T GET INJURED!

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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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2 Responses to The BQ(Q) – Tim

  1. wanderwolf says:

    Ha ha. “Don’t get injured.”
    Very important.

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