The BQ(Q) – Phil





Age (at the time of first BQ):



5′ 8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?



Tell us a little about the race.

Signed up on a whim about 6 weeks before the race. I was very fit, coming out of years of competitive HS and college track. Training was approximately hammering an hour run @ 6:15 pace 5 days a week, and surviving 2 long runs that were 2 hours each.

I had no idea how to pace, or hydrate. Started way too fast, approx. 1:20 through the half. Faded, and experienced severe leg cramping in the last 3-4 miles and ended up running 2:50.

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

9 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?


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


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?

Had a strong lifetime base of mileage at paces that were, in retrospect, too fast. Tons of miles at 6:00-6:20 pace, when I should have been doing easy runs closer to 7:00. Almost all running mileage was tempo, and I was lucky not to be injured more.

Did not do any speed work specific to target marathon pace.

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

Train your body where it is now, not where you wish it would be. If you’re doing the workouts of a faster athlete, or one accustomed to more mileage, you’re not developing your body appropriately. It’s a slow process, but take your time…focus on the long term.

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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