the BQ(Q) – Alex Atterbury

Name

Alex Atterbury

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

34

Height:

5’8’

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

169

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Madison Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

Moderately hilly, pretty similar to Boston, but a loop. Early Nov with moderate wind.

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

20 years, but I took off 15 after high school

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

No idea. I ran mostly in the 90s and didn’t track anything.

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

Didn’t answer.

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

2

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, modified Pfitz, but only loosely

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

No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

Not really. A little yoga.

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

A little, but nothing faster than 5K pace.

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

Build up slowly. I ran 5 half marathons before even trying the full. Then again, I’ve qualified I every race, even when only training 30mi/week, so I don’t represent the normal runner.

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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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