Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Rory Jenkins

Name

Rory Jenkins

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

19

Height:

6’1’

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

180

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Baltimore Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

I sat out cross country season for my college and decided to do a fall marathon for fun. It was my first marathon or any race over 5 miles for that matter. I was in about 16:40 5k shape at the time and had done 20 mile training runs pretty easily under 7 min pace. I figured I could at least run under 2:50. Race went off, and I felt great. First half was in 1:21 but by 18 miles the adrenaline rush was over and the wall hit me hard. I had to walk jog the last 8 miles. I felt like it was taking forever and I was going to run 4 hours or something, but really I did not slow too much on the running sections and only lost time on the walking I did.

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

4 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

5000

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

2500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

8

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, but similar to Daniel’s philosophy

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

No

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

Biking/weight training 1-2 a weeks

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

Yes, I always love mixing things up to push myself and keeping the workouts interesting.

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

 

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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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