The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Joseph H

Name

Joseph H

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

47

Height:

6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

165

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Baystate Marathon (Lowell, MA)

Tell us a little about the race.

Flat, fast course run in mid Autumn (New England)

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

25 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

25,000

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?

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

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

Yes

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

nominal – resistance training 2-3X per week

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

Yes, 1-3 days of “effort” throughout training cycle. duration, recovery and effort depended upon stage of training

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

I ran middle distance in college – usually not longer than 800m, but occasionally 1500m-1mi races. when I turned 25, I slowed or stopped running for nearly 20 years, owing to other pursuits and responsibilities. I started again in my mid forties with the objective of running a marathon, but little of my competitive training/running experience as a younger man was relevant as a middle aged man. This was as challenging an adjustment as the running itself.

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Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Jake

Name

Jake

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

48

Height:

5’7″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

168

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

LA

Tell us a little about the race.

Ran it to just get a qualifier. Ran 6:57 pace through 20 and then cramped in both calves. Walked for 2 miles and then hit 24 at the 3 hour mark. Ran the last 2.2 in 15 minutes and ran 3:15.

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

34 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

40,000

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

2500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

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?

No

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

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

Yes. Weekly track workout. More to help with 5K and 10K speed

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

Not a marathoner. Long run was limited to 18 miles. Ran first marathon at age 14 and swore never to run one again. (3:18)

 

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Review: Simenon’s Pietr the Latvian

Pietr the Latvian

Georges Simenon

The first of the many, many Maigret novels. Many smart people love these novels, but I’m not yet convinced. The writing is strong, the characters compelling, and the plot serviceable, but there’s more than a whiff of anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiment here. I might give one more a try since they’re so canonical in the world of crime novels, but all in all, I was underwhelmed and put off.

Not recommended.

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Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Dan Way

Excited to share the story of the first time Dan from Canadian Running Magazine qualified for Boston.

Name

Dan Way

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

24

Height:

5’6”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

135 lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

STWM is Toronto’s signature running event and one of Canada’s largest with about 4,000 marathon finishers. It features a flat and fast course along the lakeshore and is run largely as an out-and-back. The year I ran (2011) was particularly windy and meant facing a 15-20mph headwind for the final 5 miles. Temperatures were near ideal.

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

Two years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

2500

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

1500

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, A lydiard/bill squires adapted program

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, I ran as much as I could and cross-trained only when injured.

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

Absolutely. I did a dedicated speed session (usually long intervals at ~10K pace) once per week with a more minor (tempo or fartlek) workout on another day. Also did hills during most long runs.

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

Mileage matters most. The more you can run without getting injured, the better. Doing a weekly long runs and speedwork should also be considered essential.

 

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Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Tim

Name

Tim

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

23

Height:

5’10”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

145

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Ventura

Tell us a little about the race.

Flat out and back course. First marathon but I had done plenty of 20 mile run in the course of my training.

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

10 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

30,000

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

2,500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

No marathons. 2-3 5k and 10k track races, respectively

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, long runs and tempos were key. Did occasional speed work. Tried to run as many hills as possible.

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

No

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

Yes. Would occasionally bike or swim, maybe once every week or other week when I was feeling tired.

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

Yes. Did occasional speed sessions to keep my turnover.

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

No substitute for mileage. Run as much as you can without hurting yourself. Try to make it as much quality mileage as you can but remember to take a couple recovery days each week.

 

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Review: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War


The Art of War
Sun Tzu
I don’t know. Far be it from me to disparage a classic of Chinese literature, but I was underwhelmed.

A series of aphorism ostensibly proving advice on the conduct of a successful military leader, this must read of the management consultant can also be viewed as a general guide to strategy and life. It seems absurd to say this about such a famous book, but while the advice is often strong, and phrased in a somewhat cryptic, always interesting, style, it isn’t mind blowing.

Perhaps I feel this way because its teachings have been so deeply embedded in our society that I am not surprised by them. Or perhaps it’s because I’m just not smart enough, or educated enough, to appreciate the nuances. Who knows. The book is deeply embedded with Taoist philosophy and surely there are layers of meaning here that I am missing, but I bet Steve Bannon missed them as well.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

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Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Brent Woodle

“Strides and Mileage are king” Yep, pretty much.

Name

Brent Woodle (http://www.woodle.org)

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

27

Height:

5’9″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

155

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Chicago

Tell us a little about the race.

I knew from other race distances that I would be much faster than the 3:05 required to BQ, and I went out at 2:50 pace. My hamstring started hurting around mile 20 so I slowed at that point, finishing in 2:57.

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

1.5 years of marathon training, infrequent jogging prior

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

2500

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

1800

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

12

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, Pfitz/Douglas advanced marathoning 18/70

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

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

Yes, I ran lots of long tempo runs and short strides. I ran interval sessions too but they weren’t all that great.

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

Strides and mileage are king.

 

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