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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – Bob Pollmann

Name

Bob Pollmann

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

53

Height:

5’5’

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

135

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

St.George Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

It could not have went any better! I had completed a great marathon training build up, so was plenty fit. Did a lot of early AM training, so the early start was perfect. Ran comfortably the entire race, getting mile splits on roadside timers on the course, I was ‘hot’ at every point – under my predicted/desired pace, as I was shooting for anything under 3:00 – 2:59:59 would have been ‘just fine.’ I only ate two gels along the way which proved to be adequate, and drank every several miles. I actually dropped some faster miles at the end of the race, and finished well below my goal of just under 3 hours, and ran a 2:53:52!

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

20 + years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

No clue

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

 

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?

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, not this time. Pretty much just ran.

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

Did speed work early in the prep phase – based on the ‘Canova’ model

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

I think that the key is getting in the solid ‘race pace’ runs – making them longer and longer

The BQ(Q) – Carley

Name

Carley

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

26

Height:

5′ 8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

125

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Philadelphia marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

The weather was great, it was my third time running the marathon so I was familiar with the course. I felt good for the first 13 miles and just tried to maintain my pace, refueling with gels every 5 miles. I tried to keep a consistent pace throughout.

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

2 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

5000 miles

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?

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?

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 rock climb and bike ride. It was a nice break from running and I was still able to stay active.

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

I did not do any speed work but my running course is very hilly

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

I felt like a couple of years of running marathons was able to help me build up to being able to qualify without injuring myself. I actually trained less and had a less strict schedule than my previous marathons and did much better. I think just training for a long time without putting too much stress on my body was key.

The BQ(Q) – Sam

Name

Sam

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

26

Height:

5’5″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

128lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Tobacco Road

Tell us a little about the race.

Race was relatively flat located on and old railroad trail that has since been converted to multiuser trail. I had the advantage of running the particular sections of the course multiple times during my training since I live close by. Race was in Cary, NC

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

2-3 years seriously

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

Maybe 5,000

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

750

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?

Yes, Hal Higdon

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

No

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

Sometimes. Occasional hike, elliptical, or bike work.

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

Yes. Tried to do speed work 1-2x per week

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

Follow a program, don’t work up mileage too quickly. Listen to your body. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.