What does it take to BQ?

The Boston Marathon is an epic event. If you’ve never been to watch or compete, that should be on your list of things to do in April.

Everyone wants to qualify for Boston (via another marathon) to run the famous route from Hopkinton to the city. But what does it take to run a marathon and qualify for Boston?

So much hard work and effort go into completing a marathon.  Yet, to qualify for Boston, a lot MORE work needs to go in.  But you also have to have the 6 qualities below to get you over the edge.

The 6 qualities that will help you qualify for Boston
What does it take to BQ?


Knowing the first, second or even third try may not result in a BQ and then be willing to come back for more.


Knowing that day in, day out you have a commitment to running and getting better.


Previous 26.2 races definitely help.  Knowing what to expect on race day and being able to execute a race plan is crucial.


Bad weather, cramps, hydration, less than ideal temperatures… They can all wreak havoc on your race day.  Needing “luck” is really just for those who don’t train and have an excuse.  There really is no such thing as luck.
Start of 2014 Boston Marathon


Boston’s standards are purposely hard to make it a competitive race, not just a something you can “do”, like a few other marathons. Having some running talent absolutely helps hit the standard.


There will be bad days and good days. What you do when it gets tough will help catapult you to faster times and quicker recovery days. Having a coach can help keep you motivated when the going gets tough.

What would you add to the list?  What do you think it takes to run a BQ?
Contact Marc and get started on your way to a BQ.

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