The BQ(Q) – JP

Name

JP

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

36

Height:

6’0″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

152

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Colorado Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

Cold, snowed for 15 miles, largely downhill course (drops 1,200′), starting at 6,200′ above sea level, great day, PR by almost 5 minutes, first time breaking 3:10, ran 3:07:15

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

6 years as an adult

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

15,000

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

2400

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

6

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?

I incorporated weight-lifting (squats, lunges, declined calf raises) and I do think it made a difference.

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

Probably. I PR’d in the 5k (breaking 18) and 10k (37:17) the fall before running the spring marathon

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

Carbohydrates are good. I fell into the fat adaptation routine for a couple of years with no luck.

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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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