The BQ(Q) – Stephen





Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):

135 lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Indy monumental

Tell us a little about the race.

Flat and fast race in November. Weather is usually very good and race is well organized.

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

4 years

Did you run in college or high school?


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

~6000 miles

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

2000 miles

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

8 total, 6 before the marathon

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


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

Yes, coached by one of Brad Hudson’s athletes

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


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

yes, short speed work early in cycle followed by marathon specific work later, i.e. long repeats and marathon paced long runs

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

Respect the marathon distance, put in the miles and then put in more


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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