The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — David

Name: David

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 54

Height (at the time of first BQ): 6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 170

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Lakefront Marathon

Tell us a little about the race. Small rolling hills but otherwise fast flat course. weather was light rain and lower 50’s light wind 5-10mph.Set out at 7:45-7:50 pace and felt good through mile 18.Slowed a bit but rejuvenated on a downhill section and ran my fastest the last 3 miles(7:20-7:25)

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 11 months

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 1800

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1800

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 3-1 half and 2 5k’s

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

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? no

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? some 400m and 800m intervals

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Had not started running to run marathons but to get in shape for 5k’s. Then started piling on the mileage and didn’t want those to go to waste, so set a marathon goal before the end of my first year of running.

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Danny Horgan

Name: Danny Horgan

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 29

Height (at the time of first BQ):  6’1

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 150

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Bay State Marathon

Tell us a little about the race. The conditions were great — a little windy, but nice and cool. Because the race was part of the USATF-NE Grand Prix, a lot of sub 2:40 runners lined up to race. Those two factors led to a fast, competitive morning,

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? In high school, then about four years after returning to running at 25 years old.

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 10,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 2,600

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? No, Train around the clock. You can only run for so many hours each week (especially when you haven’t built up to high mileage), so you need to find ways to get fitter when you aren’t running. Sauna sessions, hip mobility drills, zero junk food, etc.

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? In more ways than I can list. For example, sauna sessions helped me stay adapted to the heat well into the fall.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? No.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Mentally prepare yourself to do things on race day you’ve never done in training. Insecurity leads a lot of people to run their longest training runs way too hard, leaving them spent for race day. Be strong enough to know that you can put everything together when it really counts.

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Josh Falk

Name: Josh Falk

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 27

Height (at the time of first BQ): 6′

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 162

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Chicago Marathon

Tell us a little about the race. Didn’t feel too much until mile 23 – everything went pretty much according to plan. Had originally planned on hitting 6:40 pace but 6:45s were feeling really good and so I just went with it, knowing that that pace still gave me some wiggle room to BQ.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 13

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 20,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 2500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 4

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, 1 long run a week, 1 speed session a week. Rest recovery/run how I felt miles.

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

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

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

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Uninterrupted/injury free training is the key to improvement. It is much smarter to slowly build up volume and intensity to let your body adjust – marathon training will expose your weaknesses.

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Bernard Whitmore

This is a really cool one. At sixty years old, with sixty thousand miles in his legs, Bernard finally ran Boston…

Name: Bernard Whitmore

Sex: Male

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).

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire –SMQ

Name: SMQ

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 29

Height (at the time of first BQ): 5.7

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 158

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Toronto Marathon

Tell us a little about the race. I had tried and failed a few times. I had no training program and was just trying to do it on my own, and on my own athletic (or lack of) ability. I missed a BQ 3 times by less than 2 minutes. I started doing intervals on a track and one day did 20 by 800m. Every time I didn’t do a 3 minute 800M, I added one. The plan was 16, and I had to do 20. I don’t even have a log of my mileage, but would say max 48-50 miles a week. I was patient and reserved and it all came together. I will never forget the moment I saw my wife and mom leaning over the barricade cheering me on in the last 400m. They, as always, we a nervous mess. I finally came through and made it count. I have run 4 Bostons since then, and that first ever BQ is my most favorite race ever. I am emotional even as I type this. Maybe I have one more in me. No, I do have another one.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 4 years

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 3000 miles / approx

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 4

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, I could never follow a program, it would take away from the flow. I realize that is not for everyone. Do you own thing and what feels good.

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? My cross training was seriously red wine. No joke.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Introducing 800’s was a serious game changer for me. I realized that there was “work” that had to be done… not just winging it.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest places if you look at it right.

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire –Monica

Name: Monica

Sex: Female

Age (at the time of first BQ): 43 (to run Boston at age 45)

Height (at the time of first BQ):  5’3”

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 125

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Columbus

Tell us a little about the race. The Columbus Marathon in mid-October is a great place to BQ. The course is fairly flat and the weather in central Ohio in early fall tends to be dry and just right for a marathon. It’s a nice sized race with good organization and knowledgeable volunteers.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 10 years

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 10,000 miles

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1400 miles

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 18 or so. Lots of 5ks, a few 10ks, a couple of half-marathons.

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, Bob Glover veteran marathoner program from his running log.

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? No official cross training per se but I walk my dogs many miles a week and compete with them in agility.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? I did modified Yasso 800s. Since I don’t have access to a real track, I did half mile repeats, either on the treadmill or on an indoor track that was 5 laps to the mile. I started with 4 at 10 weeks out from the race and increased by one repeat per week until I got to ten repeats a couple of weeks before the race. I did them at 5k race pace with 1:30 recoveries (or a lap and a half at the indoor track).

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Try to pick a race with a relatively flat course that tends to have good weather and that is relatively low stress for you to participate in. Control all the factors you can. Also, do not underestimate the power of believing that you can do it! My BQ came after they lowered the standards in the early 2000s. When I learned what time I would need to qualify as a 45-year old, I just knew that I could do it at Columbus. I am fortunate because my birthday is in mid-April, so some years I will enter a new age group on Patriot’s Day. Since you run the qualifying time for the age you will be on Boston race day, and you can run the qualifying time at a race that is more than a year before your Boston, this meant I could run my BQ for the 45-49 group when I was still 43. If I had a great day I could get a 40-44 time, but if not, I could still make the 45-49 time. This relieved some stress late in the race.

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Dejan Petrovic

Name: Dejan Petrovic

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):  27

Height (at the time of first BQ):  6 feet

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 145.5

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Zagreb 2009

Tell us a little about the race. Flat as a pan in my hometown. Coming of from great winter and summer high altitude camp I smashed it with my first sub 3h. PR of 12mins.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 4y

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? ~1200

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

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 1 marathon, dozen or more halfs.

Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was? Just ordinary program. 1 long run on weekends, 2 hard runs (usually fartleks) during the week. Almost all my long runs were uphill.

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

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Maybe. Had knee injury year before so had to do lot of rehab during the winter.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, Fartleks

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? No such thing as junk miles.

 

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