The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Janet

Name

Janet

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

58

Height:

5’4″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

117

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Myrtle Beach

Tell us a little about the race.

Nice crisp morning, cooler than usual for MB. Just a bit of wind during miles 13-17. Great day overall!

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

24 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

Haha, lots! 25,000+

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

Approx 1000+

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

5

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, being 58, I knew I needed more recovery, so my month consisted of 10 day weeks. This way I could get in my long runs and a bit longer race pace run (about 10) and reach my “weekly” total of 50 miles without getting injured. So, 3 LR / month instead of the usual 4.

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

No

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

Nope

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

Nope, not for the marathon. Just race pace run.

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

Don’t run yourself into injury. Also, do a half marathon race 3 months out to see how the training is coming along. I trained for 6 months total for this specific race.

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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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