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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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Riley VanPelt

Name: Riley VanPelt

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 22

Height (at the time of first BQ):  5 ft 11 inches

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 140

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Detroit Marathon 2019

Tell us a little about the race. This was one of the wildest races of my life. Training had gone fairly well, but I didn’t know what to expect with my 2nd marathon. I went out around 6 min pace with my buddy and stayed around there together at mile 13. Unfortunately at mile 13, I had to stop at a portapotty for about a minute. I initially thought my race was over after that, but my buddy told me catch him. So I got back on the grind and slowly worked back up to him with 5:50s-5:35 miles until Mile 21. I ran with him until mile 21 and surged ahead….. and 30 seconds later I started vomiting Gatorade. He passed me again but I didn’t ever stop and still maintained pace. I kept a steady distance behind and tried to come back again. In the last mile, I had to really push to not let my legs die out on me. I vomited again in the last mile but ended up surviving to the finish. 2:36:08 for 8th place overall, a 30 min PR, and a 1:19:53-1:16:08 negative split.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? I have been running since the age of 11, but I’ve been running consistently year-round since I was 17.

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? Yikes, maybe 12,000-13,000 but a guess. I was logging until age 19.

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

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 1 other marathon that I didn’t train for in 3:10

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 plan for me. His philosophy revolves around a long run every week reaching 20, threshold workouts, easy runs, marathon paced workouts, and some VO2 max. I started at 50 miles a week and worked up to doing 70 for 6 weeks in a row. Roughly 21-22 week training block.

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

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Nope, I only run lol. If I tried to swim, I would drown after 2 minutes lol. I’d like to get into biking/aqua jogging though.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, during the cycle I did VO2 Max 1000m or 1200m repeats every 2 weeks.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? The keys to hitting a BQ was consistency, using easy runs to allow for recovery, and increasing mileage safely. Best of luck!

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Eric Cogdill

Name: Eric Cogdill

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 30

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

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 152

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Run for the Ranch – Springfield, MO

Tell us a little about the race. It was my first marathon. The longest training run I had done leading up to it was 18 miles which was the week before the race and it went well enough that I entered on a whim, driving 400 miles down to the race the day before. I had been running about 40 miles per week as an assistant high school XC coach. I set a goal to run 3 hours and started out conservatively (about 7:00 pace). After a few miles, I started to accelerate and I ran several middle miles around 6-flat. Also, somewhere in the middle, I caught up to a runner and thinking I had been in 4th place I said to him that we should work together to go get 2nd. He informed me that he was second and pointed out the guy in first. I went on to win the race and run 2:45.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? I ran in ’98, ’99, ’01, and then consistently from 2007 and on. So, 3 years of about 40 miles per week.

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 8000 miles

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1750

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, No program

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? Probably, but literally ran no program and decided to enter the race less than two weeks before it occurred

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Use your strengths to your advantage.

 

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The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Trevar H

Name: Trevar H.

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 30

Height (at the time of first BQ): 5′ 10″

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 140 (I think)

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? CIM

Tell us a little about the race. Pretty ideal conditions. It was a bit humid and CIM was a bit hillier then expected, but the impact was minimal and I was able to run a 2:45:52. This time put me smack dab in the middle of the Women’s OTQ pack which was massive at CIM. I fed off the energy of this group.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 2 years nearly to the day

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 4300

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 2700

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, Quality consistent long runs, speed work faster then MP, hills, and high mileage.

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

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

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, the speed made MP feel easier and enabled the legs to turnover.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Consistency is key, listen to your body, and don’t neglect the little things like sleep, nutrition, strength training, etc.Boston Qualifier Questionnaire Art

The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Steven W

Name: Steven W

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 30     

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

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 135

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? New York City Marathon

Tell us a little about the race. I had a shit marathon 3 weeks prior to NYC. I ran an October race hoping for sub-3 and hit the halfway just under 1:30 but totally fell apart the final 10k.

Going into NYC, I knew I could at least scrap together a 3:05 (the BQ at that point), so I went with a more conservative plan. I ended up executing just about even splits, and crossed the finish at 3:04 and change. Although I wasn’t in much better shape than the easier race I did three weeks prior to NYC, a smarter and more conservative approach to the race gave me a much better result.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 3 years

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 3500

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? 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? Nope

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yup. Mostly longer tempo runs in the 8-12 mile range

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

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Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Ron Philley

Name: Ron Philley

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 26

Height (at the time of first BQ):  5’8”

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 130

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? First Light, Mobile, AL

Tell us a little about the race. Small field. Led until mi 20. Finished 2nd.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 14years

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 500mi

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? Didn’t answer

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, 70-80mpw, 2 workouts, 1 long run

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? Yes. Consistent intervals and tempo runs.

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

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The BQ(Q) — Samuel Dever

Name: Samuel Dever

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 25

Height (at the time of first BQ): 6’4″

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 144

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

Tell us a little about the race. 4 min positive split, ran solo after mile 8. Slowest mile was only 6:45 while the quickest was just under 6. Wore shoes that were too light and felt that restricted my ability to run quick later in the race.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 9 years

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 14,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 3,200

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 29

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 trained for the mile over the summer while increasing my mileage, I averaged 80MPW for 12 weeks before the race, 7 of which were 90MPW. I tried to do two workouts and a long run each week. Did not sweat it if I missed one any given week. Typically track repeats tuesday, tempo thursday and LR over the weekend. I had 5 or so specific workouts that I wanted to hit in the 3-8 weeks from race range.

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 basically only ran, an occasional swim and occasional core/pushups.

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes I did speed work often

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Get a quicker 5k-10k time before rushing into the marathon. Put in the miles. I found that longrun workouts (20mi @ MP+20s/mi) and longer repeats(3x3mi, 4x2mi @ HM) gave me the most confidence come race day.

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The BQ(Q) — Blake Boswell

Name: Blake Boswell

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 25

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

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 161

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

Tell us a little about the race. The race was in the middle of off and on rain, including a couple downpours. Winds were high and sustained. Course was relatively flat with only approximately 450 feet of elevation.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 2.5 years

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 4500

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1600

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 3

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’ Plan A

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 in the off season

Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, 2 workouts a week on average

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

 

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Kevin Cave’s Story of Qualifying of Boston

Name: Kevin Cave

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 27

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

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 192

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Austin

Tell us a little about the race. I ran 30 miles a week to train. I read Runner’s World. I ran even. It was a great day. I wish I could do it again with present fitness.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 9 months

Did you run in college or high school? No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 1,100

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? About 800 in 9 months

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? 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? I was four sport athlete and still played hoops, soccer, and cycled.

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? Run more. It makes you faster.

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Steve K’s Story of Qualifying for Boston Marathon

Name: Steve K

Sex: Male

Age (at the time of first BQ): 26

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? Ogden

Tell us a little about the race. 3rd marathon, wasn’t necessarily shooting for a BQ. The goal was a sub-3 in a marathon about 4 months later (which I achieved in 2:58). I came in at 3:10 and a few seconds, but this was before the rule tightening, so I qualified. This was the first marathon in which I experienced that I could keep up an aggressive pace in the face of extreme fatigue. My training was pretty simple – no speedwork, weights, yoga, etc. – just miles. I’ve since become more sophisticated.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 12 years

Did you run in college or high school? Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 3-4,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 3

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, Hal Higdon Advanced

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? Go get it! I had a physical therapist tell me that, due to sciatica, marathoning was probably out of the question going forward. 7 marathons later, I beg to differ. BQing was kind of a defiant move to prove that I could still do cool stuff with my body.