The BQ(Q) – Jake

Name

Jake

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

49

Height:

5’7″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

159

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Los Angeles

Tell us a little about the race.

Raining. Ran sub three pace until legs cramped at mile 22. Walked to 24. Hobbled 24 to finish in 3:15.

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

35 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

45,000

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

1,500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

No other marathons

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?

Long tempos but no long run over 16 miles

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

I ran my only other marathon at age 15. Almost identical experience. Made a pledge to never run another.

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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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