A little #BqChat background. (In Twitter-speak, of course.)
Q1: What’s this #BqChat all about?
A1: My focus on Boston Qualifying went on for about 2 years. During that time the BQ pursuit really consumed me. BQ training can be complicated. It’s not just about the run. It’s about strategy as well. Also, the manner in which each of our bodies respond to running 26.2 miles can be so different. Sometimes I just wanted to bounce ideas off people. But I couldn’t find a consistent source for discussion with either my peers or those who had BQ’d. I wanted to #BqChat.
Q2: When is #BqChat?
A2: #BqChat is on every Sunday at 9:00 PM ET for 30 minutes.
Q3: Why only a half-hour? #BqChat
A3: Smaller scope. Shorter chat. #BqChat
Q4: How does #BqChat work?
A4: There will be 3 rounds of questions at 0, 10, & 20 minutes. (1 round every 10 minutes.) The questions will appear prefixed with the following: “Q” and then the question number (ie: “Q1:”). Please answer likewise (ie: “A1:”). Important: In every Tweet include the tag “#BqChat”. (You can also create a saved search using “#BqChat”.) Twitter searches for #BqChat allow you to follow the chat.
Q5: But I’ll never qualify for Boston. #BqChat
A5: You never know! The Boston pursuit can take years. Also, while #BqChat may have a Boston-based theme, we certainly don’t intend to limit our running chats to just qualifying for Boston.
Q6: What about all the other running chats out there? #BqChat
A6: That’s true. A number of chats are available. #BqChat won’t be as broad as some of them. That being said, there’s quite a bit to discuss en route to running Boston as well.
Q7: What about including the #BqChat tag in Tweets outside the chat?
A7: Yes, please! I encourage more #BqChat. Throughout the week, I check in often and enjoy Tweeting about anything involving the run.
Q8: What are the “#BqChatBlogRave” tags that appear as I scroll down this main page all about?
A8: #BqChatBlogRave is my attempt at saying thanks to the active chatters that bring goodwill to #BqChat. Each Blog Rave profile post includes:
• a snippet of your “About” text and a pic (if available on your site);
• links to your site;
• a Twitter Follow link.
(Note: Blog Rave profile posts appear alphabetically below by Twitter Username.)
Finally, please browse our site:
About us: Here
My BQ story: Here
Recent race results: Here
Social links: Here
BostonLog.com: The idea for Bostonlog sprang from the chaos erupting at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Kenneth Williams was one of the first of many runners to be stopped that day on Commonwealth Ave., just a kilometer short of the finish line.
In the days following the terror and confusion of that infamous bombing, Kenneth shared his post-race experience with friends, relatives, the media, and most importantly, with many fellow runners. He realized all the first person accounts he heard needed to be preserved. He envisioned a website where that could happen.
But over the next few months, Kenneth’s goal grew well beyond recording stories of runners caught up in the tragic 2013 event. He understood every runner who has ever completed the foot-journey from Hopkinton to Boston appreciates the special quality of the race, and each has a story that needs telling.
The mission at Bostonlog is to serve as a repository for the memories of all people who have run those 26.2 miles, and to make their stories accessible to millions of people world-wide who want to read about courage, dedication and perseverance…
dponthego.wordpress.com: Relationships are the most important thing in my life. This blog is about connections I’ve made and adventures I’ve had. We really are all connected in some way or other. Thanks for joining me on the journey. I’m also an avid runner and from time to time will talk about running. Current running PRs: Mile – 5:23.6 (5/1/13) 5K – 19:01 (8/16/14) 5 Miles – 32:35 (10/15/13) 10K – 41:00 (11/26/13) 10 Miles – 1:08:19 (2/13/13) 13.1 Miles – 1:32:04 (5/04/14) Marathon – 3:10:25 (9/14/14).
teamcompmightyjy.blogspot.com: I am a 49 year old male who is a LP (little person) who started competing in sprint triathlons in 2009. I have completed more than 30 triathlons, 4 half-iron distance races and 3 marathons, which included both Boston and the NYC Marathons. I just completed the NYC marathon for the 2nd time, earning a 40 minute PR, qualifying me to race in Boston 2015.
lead2tri.blogspot.com: A former, international executive in a multinational corporation I now lead and manage a leadership consulting practice over-20 countries. This is a daily blog on leadership where I share the best practices of effective leaders from various industries, and professions. I model the success strategies of these leaders and present them for your education and reflection. As a motivational leader and leadership consultant, I focus on values-based leadership for creating a workplace that encourages people potential, relevance and meaning. I am an 18-time Ironman triathlon finisher, serial marathoner, award-winning magician, and published playwright. I completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona-Hawaii in 2013, and the Boston Marathon 2014.
iiagdtr.blogspot.com: In my dream we have run a long, long way. A lifetime. We have been this way before but never this far.
Time moves where it once stopped.
We push beyond into the unknown, where we go under, not over the bridge. Voices of thousands aloft in the air. Life vibrates, arisen. Lifting.
We turn right. Pain falls away.
Faces are many deep. Ahead I see one more. One more turn.
Left. The weight of the miles falls away.
I am lighter than air.
I stay left. Was it here, I think, as we move past.
I glance up, to the side, unsure where I am, this place of dreams. I think of them, the lost, the beloved.
And here…was it here…
Up go my arms, my wings, I hear only the wind. They flutter away, released from this place.
Time will not slow, it will not stop, it moves and moves and moves and we cross over, we who live in this place. This now.
We stop, returning to this earth.
They circle and are gone
where we all go
Stephanie and Meb.
joyinthefire.com: So it has been a month since the Boston Marathon -the most coveted marathon in these United States. The experience was phenomenal, the weather abominable. You know how you get that picture in your mind about how you think things area suppose to be? Yeah, you know -how you think things are suppose to work out, end, be, start, finish, complete, fulfill you, complete you, challenge you, be that all climacteric event of life? You don’t know? Well then, exit this blog & read some “feel goody” blog.
First of all, what I must state emphatically is that the “joy is in the journey.” It took me 7 years, a lot of sweat, body aches, heartache, and overcoming naysayers to even qualify for Boston. I set out on this journey in 2007 and knew in my heart of hearts that I would make it. I have overcome much in life and I don’t intend on stopping now. August 2014 was my pivotal year in which I PR’d every race I did & FINALLY got my Boston qualifying time! I chose to never give up in the midst of injuries, negativity from others, and self-doubt at times. With every race I finished, I became more confident. Even with the crappy races and less than stellar finishing times, I chose to never give up. ALL of those experiences gave me confidence that I had the wherewithal to meet my goals and dreams. Time and perseverance paid off.