The BQ(Q) – Aaron

Name

Aaron

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

26

Height:

6’2”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

175

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Columbus

Tell us a little about the race.

Ran the first 21 miles at 2:40 pace, but crashed and burned the last 5 miles. Finished with a 2:52.

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

12 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

don’t know

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

About 60 mpw that year

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

3 – 4

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, Weekly long run, weekly tempo run, weekly long interval day at 5k race pace.

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?

Yes, weekly tempo run, weekly long interval day at 5k race pace.

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

The long run is the key. Tempo running is the next most important factor.

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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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