Dan Stedman’s Story of Qualifying for Boston Marathon

Name: Dan Stedman

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 58

Height (at the time of first BQ):  6′

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 163

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Mohawk to Hudson Marathon

Tell us a little about the race. My wife and I trained for roughly 6 months, following a training program I found on line. I had been running more seriously, starting in 2015 while my wife was a 25 year committed runner. Running a marathon was on my bucket list and after finishing a half marathon in 1:36, I thought, if I continued running, I could complete a marathon and quite possibly qualify for Boston. My wife on the other hand had no interest in training for or running a marathon. She did however run with me on my long runs until one day, I said to her, “you’ve done all the long runs, you should sign-up and run the marathon. Too make a long story, short, we both BQ’d at our first marathon. My time was 3:35 and I struggled coming home. My wife, however, ran a great race until the last 2 miles where she really struggled with dehydration but still managed to run a 4:14 and 2nd in her age group. Quiet an accomplishment for someone who did not want to run. (She has since run 4 more marathons, winning her age group in the Buffalo Marathon).

For individuals who are looking to BQ, the Mohawk to Hudson is an ideal marathon. It is mostly downhill or flat as it follows the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. Some hills but they are not too difficult.

We both ran the 2018 Boston Marathon. Unfortunately, due to the weather, neither of us had a good race but I imagine many other runners were in the same boat as us.

I am looking forward to 2019 as I have already qualified. I’m hoping my wife can qualify as well.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 35, but seriously on 2 years.

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 11,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1,000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 10

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, found it on the internet

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

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? No. Walked a great deal most evenings (we run in the mornings). Walking gave us time to unwind before bedtime and helped with our recoveries.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Ran either a 5k or 10K about every other week. Some with our running club and others as unattached runners.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? When I started running seriously, I weighed 206 lbs. We changed our diet to more plant based (fruits and vegetables) with chicken or lean meat. Increasing my weekly mileage while tracking my caloric intake (myfitnesspal app) helped me to lose 40+ lbs. The weigh loss helped me to run longer and faster with less stress on my legs. Getting into a good BMI was critical to my success. I also started doing weight training to strengthen our cores (push-ups mostly for me while my wife did push-ups, squats, light weights and lunges).

Lastly, having a good running partner (my wife) helped me “win the battle of the mattress” and to get out on those days when I just wanted to stay in bed.

My recommendations are to: Try to lower your BMI. Eat healthy. Consider doing some weight training. Follow a running plan. Join a running club and/or find a partner that will push you when you need it.

Wishing you all the best in your quest to BQ. Peace.

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