This is a really cool one. At sixty years old, with sixty thousand miles in his legs, Bernard finally ran Boston…
Name: Bernard Whitmore
Age (at the time of first BQ): 60
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5′ 10″
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 142
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Boston Marathon
Tell us a little about the race. Through my 20’s I tried to qualify and got as low as a 2hr 52min PR (Cape Cod). Perhaps frustrated that I still hadn’t BQ’d I faded from racing for a few decades while I dealt with uncontrolled/undiagnosed epilepsy.
When the BM bombing happened I took I took it personally and vowed to get back in marathon shape. It took years, but thinking I might die before running BM I took a charity number and ran. And qualified for the next year.
Last year was my 4th, 42 minutes under BQ time. This year I’ll be 66 on the day of the Boston Marathon and I’m fighting my way back from 3 broken metatarsals. Stay tuned!
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 40 years
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 60,000
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1,500
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 6
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, IRONMAN TRIATHLON TRAINING PLAN
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Bicycling keeps me cross-trained
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Not really – not on the track any way. I just make sure all my longer runs are negative split.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Don’t lose weight training for it. Keep healthy and utilize recovery nutrition (Protein powders, BCAA’s etc).