The BQ(Q) – Michael Hahn

Name

Michael Hahn

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

34

Height:

6’

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

180

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

San Francisco Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

Progressive uphill from miles 1-19. Downhill and flat to the finish. Cool weather at start times in the 50s. Sea level. Scenic.

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

10 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

14000

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

2000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

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?

Yes, Pfitzinger

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. Only core workouts to maintain core strength. Some stretching.

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

Yes. My training plan incorporated vo2 intervals. Helped with leg strength and endurance.

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

After a few near misses I was able to hit my goal. My failures/bonks were due to dumb rookie like going out too fast or overestimating my fitness . Train on a course that has a similar profile to your BQ marathon.

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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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