Boston Qualifier Questionnaire: Charlie

Name Charlie

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 45

Height (at the time of first BQ):  5-7

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 140

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Tell us a little about the race. OBX Marathon

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 30 years

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? 1100

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? Focused on increasing long run every couple of weeks until I could go 26 miles

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? No

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? After having run Boston 3 times now, I would say weekly/monthly mileage is the single most important factor. Being able to run 50+ miles weeks consistently is most effective training, then sprinkle in all the other extras.

Back In The Saddle (And Top Posts for 2017)

I took a pretty extended break from posting here, and wondered, really, if it was something I was even going to do anymore. But I miss writing for no other reason than the joy of it, I miss chronicling my ups and downs in fitness and life, and I miss sharing the many many stories you send me about qualifying for Boston.

So, I’m back.

To celebrate, here are the top posts and pages for 2017

1. The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – no surprise here, the page collecting the hundreds of stories runners have shared of their journeys to the Boston Qualifying Time remains the number one page.

2. Data Analysis of the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – my analysis of the data on how you get a BQ.

3. About – the perennial favorite i.e. the what the fuck is going on here page.

4. David Goggins Inspired Body weight Work Outs – a collection of body weight work outs inspired by navy seal and all around bad ass David Goggins.

5. S-Town’s John B. Mclemore: A Reading List – a collection of all the books cited by John B in the incredible podcast S-Town.

6. 2016: My Year in Books – an overview of everything I read in 2016 (2017 coming soon!)

7. Fitness Habits of Disgraced Generals – a light hearted post on the fitness regimes of Generals Paterues and McCrystal

8. Milo of Croton – A resource page on the ancient greek wrestler for whom this silly project is named.

9. How I read 52 Books a Year – A guide to reading more.

10. The BQ(Q) Sage Canaday – Pro runner and all around nice guy Sage Canaday shares his story of the first time he qualified for Boston

The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Dave Munger

Name

Dave Munger (http://mungerruns.blogspot.com)

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

44

Height:

6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

190

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Richmond 2011

Tell us a little about the race.

Richmond was the perfect race to qualify for Boston — perfect weather, perfect terrain, perfect race organization. I needed a 3:25 to get in, which worked out to a 7:49 pace. I opted to go out around 7:30 and kept that up for the first half of the race. With some time in the bank I kept it under 7:49 through 20 miles. Then it was that tough slog to the finish. My slowest mile was 8:30 but I managed to hold it together enough to finish in 3:22:55, a 15-minute PR and a BQ!

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

30 years

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?

2,700

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, Jack Daniels

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

Yes

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

Not much. I did a little strength training, Pilates, that sort of thing.

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

Yes, I did a lot of intervals and tempo work. I think that helped get me comfortable and strong for MP

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

For me, high mileage is the key to a marathon training plan. I need to run a lot of miles at an easy pace. Just getting those miles under my feet seems to be the only way to really kill it on race day. And of course, always be aware of your body and deal with any signs of injury sooner than later!

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?

 

Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – JT

JT qualified in 1983! Always cool to get a response from someone who ran Boston back in the days of the first running boom!

Name

JT

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

29

Height:

5’10”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

146

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

1983 Grandma’s, Duluth MN

 

Tell us a little about the race.

Ran 2:40:18, my first and only marathon. 6:20 at the mile, 60:00 at 10, 1:20 at 20. Ran the last 10K in 40:18. To this day I keep asking why the hell I couldn’t have run 19 seconds faster!
Never ran Boston. Didn’t feel confident I could go any faster so I passed on it.

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

6 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

6,000

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?

20+ (5Ks to 1/2 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?

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?

Didn’t

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

Probably stepped on the track 10X or so to run repeat quarters, fartlek workouts were definitely part of my training.

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

I was a 37 minute 10K guy in my late 20s running 30 miles a week. Made a commitment to run my marathon about 9 months ahead of the race. Slowly and steadily built my mileage up to 50-60 miles / week. About 3 weeks to a month prior to the race I had two 70+ mile weeks. Had 6 or so Sunday long runs of 20+ miles. Longest was 24 miles about three weeks prior. I tried to focus on making miles count. I was always looking to train at 45 seconds slower than my 10K race pace. As I was getting closer to my marathon my 10K PR dropped to 34:30 so I ran a lot of miles in the 6:15 – 6:30 range. Raced a lot on Saturdays before a Sunday long run. My Sunday long runs were always under 7:00 pace. FYI, just read thru my training journal a few weeks ago.

The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Peter Buehler

Name

Peter Buehler

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

22

Height:

5’7’

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

134

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Neuf-Breisach, France

Tell us a little about the race.

Flat, out and back, 500+ runners went sub 3hrs

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

4

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

6000

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

2500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

20

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, mileage, hills and frequent races

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?

Races, Fartlek, Hills, Tempos

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

No need for track training, Weight matters Use races experience 10mi or Half Marathon as speed training
Consistency year around is the biggest factor

The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Janet

Name

Janet

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

58

Height:

5’4″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

117

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Myrtle Beach

Tell us a little about the race.

Nice crisp morning, cooler than usual for MB. Just a bit of wind during miles 13-17. Great day overall!

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

24 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

Haha, lots! 25,000+

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

Approx 1000+

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, being 58, I knew I needed more recovery, so my month consisted of 10 day weeks. This way I could get in my long runs and a bit longer race pace run (about 10) and reach my “weekly” total of 50 miles without getting injured. So, 3 LR / month instead of the usual 4.

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

No

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

Nope

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

Nope, not for the marathon. Just race pace run.

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

Don’t run yourself into injury. Also, do a half marathon race 3 months out to see how the training is coming along. I trained for 6 months total for this specific race.