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Name: Ron


Sex: Male


Age (at the time of first BQ): 56


Height: 5”10”


Weight (at the time of first BQ):158


At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Fox Valley Marathon, St Charles, IL 3:37:38


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

23 years


Did you run in college or high school?

Ran track and XC my last year in HS


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

12,000 miles-injuries every few months.(back issues)


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

1722 miles in 2010


Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

(didn’t answer)


Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, give us an idea of what your training philosophy was.


Pfitzinger’s Advanced Marathoning UP to 55 miles per week


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

I have been part of a running club for twenty two years.

Did cross training play a role in your training?

No cross training. I did start running ultras in November of 2010.


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

The most helpful part of the training was the mile repeats. I used the McMillan calculator.


I was on the verge of  over training, The last 3 weeks I had to cut mileage from 45-55 to <30 mpw.






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Hi readers,

I’m still very interested in your stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Check out the answers I have recieved so far here. If you want to share your story of what it took to qualify for Boston, drop me an email at dearjtd at gmail


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Thinking of Boston

The change in the Boston Qualifying times really woke me up out of my winter work out slumber. As regular readers of this blog know, I would very much like to BQ, but I am very far away from that goal. With the new qualifying times, this is a goal that just got a lot harder. For a man of my age, I’d need to run a 3:10 just to make the cut off, to make the “A” cut off, I’d need a 2:50. That’s over an hour off my current PR.  I think it is time for a bit of a reassessment of where I am and where I want to be.

I am not built for running. I’m too tall, too bulky, and I took up the sport too late in life. But those are all excuses; there are plenty of people taller than me, bulkier than me and older than me who have BQ’ed. The only reason I cannot is a lack of commitment.

So, what is it going to take? First and foremost, it is going to take resilience. E asked me last night how long I thought it would take for me to BQ, I said I thought it would take another two to three years. That is a long time to work towards a goal.  But you cannot re-craft yourself overnight. I have to realize that this is going to take time, and I need to break this challenge down into manageable chunks. Run a sixty mile week; run a 250 mile month; cut down the 5k time; run a 70 mile week; set a new half marathon PR, set a new marathon PR, etc. etc. Get faster, minute by minute.

The formula for getting faster is very simple. There are two main aspects to me getting a BQ – diet and exercise. If I can be consistent at a high level of performance in these two areas, I can get there. If I can’t reach a high level of performance, or I can’t be consistent, I’m screwed.

For exercise, the formula is pretty simple – run lots, mostly easy, sometimes hard. The goal is to get my running back up to fifty miles a week pretty soon here, stay there for a month with no workouts (adding miles and workouts at the same time was what got me injured earlier this year). After a month at 50, I’ll add work outs, hopefully sometime in mid April. Then I will take it from there gradually increasing mileage while incorporating more workouts until I’m somewhere around seventy miles with two “work outs” a week.

To this basic equation for running success I am adding flexibility and body weight work and even more cardio. I have a post in the works specifically about the flexibility and body weight work, but suffice it to say while the benefits of this type of exercise to running may be debatable, what isn’t debatable is that my body is craving it and I enjoy it.

For the cardio, I am going with the more is better mantra. I hope to get back on the bike starting with one day commuting to work next week, and building from there. I have long dreamed of exercising ten hours a week. I hope to get there by the middle of March.

Diet deserves its own post as well, but for now, I’ll say I need to get my eating under control and lose another ten pounds. Currently I am at 175 or so (down from a high of 198) but I’d like to be somewhere between 160 and 165.

I am not one for diets. I can’t stick to them, but what I need to remember is that while I run a lot, I still eat too much, and too unhealthily. Just making smarter decisions about what I eat and how much of it I consume would be a good start.

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New Boston Qualifying Times

Well, crap. Qualifying for Boston just got even harder. For someone of my age and gender, it is now going to take a 3:10 to qualify. While I think this is probably the fairest way to deal with demand for the race, for me personally it puts the possibility of ever getting there even farther out of reach.

I have no hope of getting a BQ this year, if I can get to the 3:40 / 3:30 range I will be ecstatic. 3:10? That is going to take a couple of more years and a couple of thousand more miles.

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