Well, it’s finally here! After many months of hard work with Jason Fitzgerald, the coach and author behind Strength Running, this Wednesday we finally launched our baby.
Hmm, that came out weird. We didn’t literally launch a baby, I promise.
Our “baby” is Run Your BQ, an interactive training and coaching website entirely dedicated to helping runners qualify for the Boston Marathon.
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, then you know how much qualifying for Boston meant to me. And that’s why I’m so proud of this project that I know is going to help so many other runners experience it for themselves.
I’ve written plenty here about what a huge accomplishment qualifying for Boston was for me, so I’ll keep it short. The gist is that I’m anything but a natural runner — I hated it as a kid, and my first marathon took me close to 5 hours — but once I became borderline obsessed with the goal of getting to Boston, I gradually learned howto train (and eat) in order to stay healthy and get faster.
It took patience, a lot of work, and plenty of failure, but sure enough, I eventually got my marathon time all the way down to 3:09:59 and earned myself a spot in Boston.
What Run Your BQ is all about
Recently, I realized how much I wanted to share what I learned with others — since I know how it feels not to be a fast runner, I like to think I’m pretty good at helping people do the things that will make a dramatic difference in their running.
But I’m not a running guru. I don’t know what it takes, say, to shave those pesky final 5 minutes off of your marathon time when you’re so close to Boston, but you’ve plateaued and failed to improve in your last three marathons. And that’s why Jason, a coach and 2:39 marathoner (and a total nerd about running), is the perfect beans to my rice. (Not sure about that one, but let’s go with it …)
Run Your BQ is not like buying a training book, or even like hiring a coach. It’s entirely different because of a community aspect — in addition to the training plans, videos, audios, written lessons, and live Q&A’s, we also built in a forum, so that Run Your BQ members can motivate each other, stay accountable, and get quick answers to questions they’ve got.
In a nutshell, that’s Run Your BQ. If you can’t tell, I’m proud of this resource we’ve created.
Run Your BQ is open, but for just one more day
We’re accepting our first group of new members right now, but after tomorrow night (that’s Friday) we’re going to close the doors so that we can focus on constantly improving the site for our first members, who are going to help us shape its direction and content.
For me, qualifying for Boston was an incredible journey, one that quite literally has changed my life. But make no mistake — it’s also a lot of work. If you’re not highly motivated to qualify for Boston, then I’m confident in saying that RYBQ is definitely not for you right now (not to mention I’d be surprised that you made it this far down the post).
But if working your ass off to do something amazing is your idea of a good time, then you can find out lots more details about how to join Run Your BQ here. (And again, don’t wait too long, because we really are going to close after tomorrow and I’m not sure yet when we’ll open it back up.)
In other news, we’ll be back to good old normal NMA next week! And hopefully I’ll be back to good old normal life too, because getting this thing up and running has been just as much work as qualifying for Boston.
Well, not quite.