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 — F Carter

Name

F Carter

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

41

Height:

5′ 6″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

135

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Baystate

 

Tell us a little about the race.

This was my second marathon ; I had run chasing the unicorn 2 months prior and bonked in the heat.

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?

(didn’t answer)

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?

2

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 lifting weights a few times a week, but no other cross training at this time.

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

Yes – was basically running 40mpw. I did 1 interval session a week and several 6 mile runs at half marathon pace plus a weekly long run.

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

I managed to bq by a little over a minute and a half. Over the winter I started pfitz 55 mile plan and in the spring improvement on my time by 7 minutes. I thought I held up better after mile 20 due to increased mileage

 

The BQ(Q) Gordon Warren

Name

Gordon Warren

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

44

Height:

5′ 11″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

160

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Soldier 2015

Tell us a little about the race.

Bad weather conditions (high temp and humidity for November) but I was in the best condition for running I’ve ever been. Training went perfectly (no injuries or sickness) and my weight was exactly where I wanted it.

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

15000 miles over the last 8 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

15000

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

3,500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

2

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, Brooks Hanson

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

Yes, Brooks Hanson has weekly speed work that I am sure had an impact.

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

Age gracefully.

The BQ(Q) – Tim Cali

Name

Tom Cali

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

41

Height:

5’4

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

120

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

New York City

Tell us a little about the race.

It was my first marathon, and I had no idea what I was doing. I seriously bonked at mile 19. Went out too fast and didn’t eat enough before the race. It wasn’t fun, but it was a great experience.

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

6 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

15000

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. Our club does a track workout every Thursday.

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

I’m lucky that I’ve never had to worry about achieving a BQ. Even my sub par marathon times have been well under my BQ time. My qualifying time for this year’s marathon is about an hour under my required time. That being said, my general philosophy is to run comfortably 4 days a week, do a track workout one day, do a long run on the weekend, and take a day off. Track workouts give you speed for 5 and 10ks. 5 and 10ks give you speed for longer races. I also like to run a few halves and 10 milers each year.

The BQ(Q) – John S

Name

John S

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

44

Height:

6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

170

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Pocono

Tell us a little about the race.

Easy course, but tough since it was my first marathon. After8 marathons (3 Bostons), my 1st marathon was my fastest.

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

2 year

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

Didn’t Answer

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?

2

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, Just running with the local running group helped

 

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?

Speed work once per week. Anywhere from 800s to 2mi repeats. Sometimes it was replaced with hill repeats

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

Run with a group and have run. Run for comfort, not for a time.

The BQ(Q) – Matthew Kleiman

Thanks, Matt, for taking the time to fill this out! Volume sure seems to be a constant amongst qualifiers.

Name

Matt Kleiman

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

41

Height:

5’9″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

154

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

St. George

Tell us a little about the race.

My 4th marathon. Finished in 3:14, six minutes under the time needed to qualify for Boston at that time.

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

Almost exactly 3 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

6305

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

2372 in the 12 months preceeding

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

14 including the BQ marathon

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, Pfitzinger 18/70

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

Yes. Pfitz program included frequent specific internal, tempo and marathon-paced workout.

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

Volume (mileage) was the most important factor for me, followed by consistency.

The BQ(Q) – Rob

Rob gets to the heart of it in his answer to the final question. Keep at it! Thanks, Rob, for taking part.

Name

Rob

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

44

Height:

5’8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

145

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Santa Rosa

What was your finishing time?

Santa Rosa was my second attempt to BQ for the 2016 Marathon, which I had been hoping to get for a couple of years. I figured it was my best chance, since it’s the first year I could qualify at the 45-49 pace. My first attempt was the NYC marathon in 2014, but the lousy weather and some stomach troubles in the days before the race meant I missed the mark by nearly fifteen minutes.

But after some struggles with IT band problems in the first part of the year, I was in good shape to get in a lot of miles over the summer to prepare for the late August Santa Rosa Marathon. It was my first summer marathon, so the first time I raced starting before the sun came up. The course is gentle, and I hung on with the 3:23 pacer for the first few miles before speeding up a little bit for the next twelves miles or so. I slowed down a bit for the last miles but still managed a 3:19:30 – good enough to register on Friday!

I felt bad for the folks who stayed with the pacer, since it turned out that two minutes over BQ wasn’t enough this year.

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

5 years of taking it halfway seriously

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

5K miles, maybe?

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

1K miles plus.

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

5 or 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?

Run when you feel like it!

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

No

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

Not much. I hit the gym occasionally.

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts 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?

Keep at it!