The BQ(Q) – Eddie

Name

Eddie

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

28

Height:

5’5’

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

145

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Steamtown

Tell us a little about the race.

It was my first marathon. 3,000 participants. Modeled after Boston – point to point, net downhill. Lots of fun. Felt great at mile 18 and decided to see what I had left – it was a bad decision. Felt awful the last 3 miles but still managed 3:03

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

17 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

Approximately 6500

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

Approximately 1200

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

3

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 canned program, my advice is don’t skip the weekly long run, don’t overdo it, don’t forget speedwork and hills

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?

Intervals and tempos

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

Keep running and logging miles, make sure to incorporate weight training, don’t be afraid to run real slow on some days, pay attention to aches and pains – don’t let them become serious injuries.

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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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