The BQ(Q) Brad Lindeberg

Name

Brad Lindeberg

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

28

Height:

5’5″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

135 ish

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Lincoln, NE

Tell us a little about the race.

It was my second “born again” marathon after a long running hiatus from High School. I had run the San Francisco Marathon in July 2010 and was only a few minutes from a BQ. I targeted Lincoln, per a recommendation from my Uncle who ran Boston in the 80s. I arrived well prepared and the weather was perfect: high 40s with sun and little breeze. First half split was a bit fast but I ended with 03:05:47 – good enough for 2012 but 47 seconds too slow for ’13 and beyond. I hoped to re-qualify in Boston but 2012 was a hot year. I re-qualified in fall of 2014 and ran Boston again in 2016.

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

About 2 years semi-structured

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

No idea. Probably around 1-2,000

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

1000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

8

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?

Yes. I was weight training my upper body and core. I also enjoy playing golf – walking 18 holes while carrying a bag.

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

Yes. I ran some shorter distances fast and tune up races fast. I didn’t run too many long runs close to my goal pace.

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

Find a reputable plan/coach to keep you honest. Do plenty of cross training, strength training, and things that make you happy to avoid injury and burnout. Lastly, sleep as much as you can.

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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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