The BQ(Q) – Shawn





Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?



Tell us a little about the race.

Trained using the Hanson plan with some mods. Trained for a 3:12 to get under the 3:15 qualifier. Hit 1:36:30 or so for the half. Wind was pretty strong miles 13-20 in our faces. At the turn at 20, felt amazing and knew I had it. Picked up the pace and ran 7:00 pace for the last 10K.


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

5 years

Did you run in college or high school?


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


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


Approximately how many races did you run in that year?


Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?

Yes, Hanson

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


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

Strength training before the plan

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

Yes. Weekly track sessions and tempo

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


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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