The BQ(Q) – Steve

Name

Steve

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

32

Height:

5’8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

145lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Tokyo

Tell us a little about the race.

Perfect conditions, overcast and cold to start, although it got warm and sunny. Started way back in C corral so was passing people the whole way, which helps psychologically. Fantastic support all along the course, hit my 4’18/km pace early and held it quite naturally. Faded a little near the end – bridges, heat and headwind – but checked I was in track for a BQ and was able to hit the last km hard to come in under 3:05

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

About 2 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

1500

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

1000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

1

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, Easy miles all the way, and a long run (2 hours – 2:30) every Sunday

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, I quit playing soccer to focus on running

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

No. Train slow, race fast.

 

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

Relax and don’t over think it – run a lot, enjoy your running, and run easy so you can recover and log more miles. It’s all about building a good aerobic base – you can almost certainly hold your BQ pace over 5-10k min already, so “speed” is not the issue – build stamina! And seriously, enjoy running. If you don’t, then training for and running a marathon is basically masochism.

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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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