The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Joseph H


Joseph H



Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Baystate Marathon (Lowell, MA)

Tell us a little about the race.

Flat, fast course run in mid Autumn (New England)

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

25 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?

nominal – resistance training 2-3X per week

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

Yes, 1-3 days of “effort” throughout training cycle. duration, recovery and effort depended upon stage of training

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

I ran middle distance in college – usually not longer than 800m, but occasionally 1500m-1mi races. when I turned 25, I slowed or stopped running for nearly 20 years, owing to other pursuits and responsibilities. I started again in my mid forties with the objective of running a marathon, but little of my competitive training/running experience as a younger man was relevant as a middle aged man. This was as challenging an adjustment as the running itself.

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