Let me ask you something: What is it about Boston?


Why has it become the Holy Grail for marathoners who want to do more than “just finish”?

Some say it’s the course itself: starting in Hopkinton, through the scream tunnel at Wellesley College, up Heartbreak Hill and into downtown Boston, where even middle-of-the-pack runners get the rock star treatment from the crowds lining the streets.

But the way I see it, what gives Boston its unequaled mystique isn't any of these. Instead, it's the challenge of qualifying: They won’t let just anyone into the world’s greatest marathon; you have to earn your spot.
It’s that dream of qualifying that makes Boston so captivating. But will YOU ever get there? Will one of these acceptance postcards someday have your name on it?

Believe it or not, qualifying isn’t all about "talent"...
Qualifying for Boston can be the proudest achievement of a runner’s life. But for most runners, the struggle to qualify ends in disappointment.

You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Over-training, injuries, frustration with stagnant marathon times. You might even be wondering if you’re wasting your time.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was in this exact situation. I knew I wanted to get to Boston — no question about it, I was committed. But there was one problem.

Marathon training was hard! My first marathon took me 4 hours and 53 minutes, over 100 minutes slower than what I needed to qualify for Boston! And worse, every time I started to train for another one, I just kept getting injured again.

So when the came that I did finally qualify for Boston and earn that Confirmation of Acceptance with my name on it — my spot in the world’s best marathon — you can imagine how amazing it was to see just how far I had come, to have accomplished what I had dreamed about for so long and worked so hard for.

I realized that qualifying for Boston wasn’t about talent (clearly, I didn’t have much to begin with), or even sticking to some crazy training schedule that nobody with a job and a family could realistically do — instead, it was about little things, done correctly and in the right order to stay healthy and consistent, and having the mindset that says you WILL find a way to make it happen.

So after my running blog found an audience, I got the idea that I could help others qualify too, by sharing what I learned about how to take massive time off your marathon and get to Boston. Then I met Jason Fitzgerald, a USA Track and Field certified running coach, 2:39 marathoner (!), and an admitted running nerd, and we knew we could create something pretty special, to help other runners qualify for Boston like we had done.

What we’ve got for you
If you’re reading this page, you’re invited to join Run Your BQ, a comprehensive training system and community of runners that’s entirely dedicated to a single purpose: helping people like you get to Boston.

Here’s a quick overview what’s inside Run Your BQ:
  • 14 training plans: we have a library of training plans, built to get you ready to run your fastest marathon. There’s a plan for every runner, no matter what your ability or mileage level, incorporating the principles that are absolutely essential for getting stronger and faster while staying healthy. There are even post-marathon recovery plans that will help you rest up and get prepared for your next race.
  • 6 core strength and dynamic warmup routines: it takes a runner to run a marathon, but an athlete to qualify for Boston. To help you build strength and injury-proof your body, each of our plans incorporates core strength and dynamic workout routines, and they're all explained step-by-step and demonstrated with video.
  • 40+ specific marathon training lessons: we’ve put together 12 modules of over 40 lessons on the most critical, essential things you’ve got to understand in order to get fast enough to BQ — some are written, others include videos, and some have an audio component that you can actually listen to while you run. We cover injury prevention, workouts and how to best gain the endurance it takes to BQ, diet and fueling strategies, qualifying standards, race day preparation and pacing strategies, recovery ... and pretty much anything else you need to know about training for your fastest marathon.
  • Personalized coaching: Each month, we do at least one live video Q&A session, where you can ask us anything you want about your specific training, diet, mindset, or whatever else you need help with on your way to running your BQ, to help you get unstuck or figure out what to do next. (Many members consider this the most valuable part of Run Your BQ, and for good reason -- back when I was training to qualify I would have loved to have the chance to pick the brain of someone who had been in my shoes and done it.) 
  • Community access: In addition to the live sessions, our members connect in a private Facebook group where you’ll be able to as access our passionate, intelligent community of our other runners — some just starting out, some at your level, and some more experienced and advanced — to get support, share successes, and find out what’s working for others (and whats not) when it comes to their training.
Here’s the cool part
Run Your BQ isn’t a static thing — we’re constantly updating and expanding it, based largely on your needs. It’s essentially group coaching, with some 1-on-1 aspects thrown in to make it even more personalized for your specific needs.

If you need more information about preventing IT band issues, we’ll add some content about how to avoid it, and a video on rehab techniques. If you want to know more about nutrition for workouts, we’ll take the existing lesson on that and expand it, adding some new recipes or suggested meals.

Even better though, Run Your BQ is flexible. This means that when our members decide they need advice on a particular topic — say a module about strength training, a training plan for a new distance or style of race, or an audio call all about race-day pacing strategy — we can make it happen for you.

Over the years, we've added a ton of new audio, video, and training plans to Run Your BQ, and as long as our members want more, we'll keep adding new resources.
So what exactly is inside Run Your BQ?
Run Your BQ is more than just a training plan (although we do have a lot of those!). Here’s just a little bit more detail about what you can expect to find inside:
  • Marathon training plans for beginners to advanced marathoners, with mileage options from the low 20’s all the way up to 80 miles per week, so you can choose the plan that fits with where you are as a runner (metric versions are available of each plan, as well)
  • 3 additional out-season training plans, to help you recover from a marathon and gradually get back into running safely, with a focus on injury prevention
  • 4 half marathon plans, ranging from beginner to expert-level
  • Lessons on how to set your goal and develop a rock-solid mindset, and how to deal with short-term “failures” (plus the importance of small wins)
  • Videos of strength routines, warmup routines, mobility and flexibility exercises, and running form demos, so you can see what they should look like instead of having to wonder if you’re doing them correctly
  • 3 approaches to optimal nutrition for endurance: a traditional one, a paleo option, and one for plant-based athletes
  • Complete details on the new Boston qualifying requirements, plus how to choose the best marathon to help you qualify
  • Audio downloads of important training articles and tools, so you can listen to them while you run or whenever is most convenient for you
  • Injury prevention made simple — 7 strategies you can use today
  • How to optimally fuel before your race to give yourself the best chance of staying strong for 26.2 miles
  • How to taper, pace your marathon, recover after the race, and when you can start running again
  • Our members-only Facebook group where you can connect with other members to share advice, photos, race results, and support
We’ve held nothing back in the knowledge base of Run Your BQ — with over 40 lessons, 14 training plans, and hours of video and audio content, you’ll get the marathon guidance you need to help you train for your specific qualifying time.
Way more than just information …
It’s one thing to just throw a bunch of information at you and leave you to figure it out. Plenty of other training programs already do that, but it’s not what Run Your BQ is about.

We’re committed to providing unmatched support and interaction along the way. In Run Your BQ, you’ll be able to connect with us and other members through:
  • Ongoing, live video chats with us, to talk about specific training issues that you’re facing. We’re going to be taking your questions so you always know the best way to train given your particular circumstances. We’ll do at least one of these chats every single month, and we always provide recordings for those who can’t make it.
  • Access to us and all of the other members of Run Your BQ inside our members-only Facebook group, where you can share your successes, be held accountable, and develop a bond with other marathoners who share your goal of qualifying for Boston. There are already over 500 members in Run Your BQ, so you’ll always get answers to your questions.

For example, here’s a thread from inside Run Your BQ, where one of our members posted about his BQ:
And there's more! Join today, and these 
special bonuses will be waiting for you inside...
Along with everything that I mentioned above, Jason and I have also compiled a special section of exclusive bonus materials to give you every tool we can that will help you get to Boston. This series of audio interviews and video presentations (which you can load up on your phone to listen to during your run or commute and truly immerse yourself in our methods) includes over 7 hours of content, including:
  • Injury Prevention 101 -- no enemy is bigger than injury in your quest to get to Boston, so in this audio interview Jason and I spend 70 minutes helping you to avoid the most common mistakes runners make as they try to get faster, and what you can do to virtually injury-proof yourself
  • Strength Training for Runners -- as Jason says, "It takes a runner to run a marathon, but an athlete to qualify for Boston," and in this 30-minute interview with cover the basics of strength training for runners -- like what strength work to do (and what strength work you should absolutely NOT do), and crucially, when to do it in relation to your runs 
  • Run Smarter This Year -- a roundup of our in-depth answers to the most common running questions we hear from Run Your BQ members, including "What type of shoes should I wear?", "How should I breathe when I run?" and "Should I train with a heart monitor?", among many others
  • 7 Strategies for Running Your Fastest Marathon -- a "big picture" look at the Run Your BQ philosophy of what it takes to get faster, covering everything from your approach to training to optimal race pace, and everything in between
  • Interview with Coach Jay Johnson -- the University of Colorado coach shares his secrets of optimal marathon training, covering topics like optimal long run distance, the best long run effort level, whether salt tablets are a good idea, and what specifically to focus on to own the last 6 miles of the marathon
  • 100 Minutes Faster -- a 3-hour mini-course I put together about specifically how I took 104 minutes of my first marathon time to eventually qualify for Boston, diving deep into the big three components: mindset, diet, and training
How much does Run Your BQ cost?
Membership in Run Your BQ is on an annual basis. It's quite possible you'll soak in everything you need to know in the first year (maybe you'll even qualify in that time!), but you may also find you enjoy the Coach Chats so much that you want to stick around for the monthly check-in to help you stay focused. You can cancel anytime, of course, and you'll continue to enjoy access until your membership term ends.

As soon as you join, you'll have access to everything we've mentioned so far: the training plans, the articles, the videos, the private Facebook community, the live video chats with both me and Jason, all the bonuses, and everything else we add as we continually make the program the best resource you can possibly have in your corner as you work towards Boston.

Two more perks of membership:
  • Whenever we add something to improve the site, you’ll have access to it — even if the price for new members goes up, your annual rate today is locked in for as long as you choose to remain a member
  • 100% no-risk guarantee — if you’re not totally satisfied, let us know in the first 60 days and we’ll happily refund your entire membership fee (absolutely no questions asked -- we're nice, regulars guys with families and reputations to uphold, and we're just not into tricky stuff)

You could spend many hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars per year on a running coach. (And hey, if you want to, Jason offers that on his site!) But we've set Run Your BQ up so that it's as accessible as possible, and are proud to be able to offer all of this content, training plans, and access to use for just $97 per year (or months at $12 per month).

Ready to join us? Choose one of the plans below to get started now:

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As soon as you’ve signed up, you’ll get full access to the site and Facebook group so you can dig into all the content and start getting to know your fellow members.

What if I don’t love it?

We’re proud of Run Your BQ, and we want our members to love it too. We have no doubt that you will, but we don’t want you feel like you’re risking anything by joining.

So if you sign up and — for any reason whatsoever — you’re not completely thrilled with Run Your BQ, and within the first 60 days don’t feel like you’re running stronger than ever and making dramatic progress towards qualifying for Boston, just let us know. We’ll refund your entire enrollment fee — no questions, no weirdness, no guilt. We’ll even thank you for giving Run Your BQ a try.

And the 7 hours of audio and video bonuses? They're yours to keep, our way of saying thanks for trying Run Your BQ.

Who are we?

Matt Frazier

I’ve already told you most of my story. My name is Matt, and I’m a normal guy who never really liked running as a kid (and was never any good at it back then either). But I became obsessed with the goal of qualifying for Boston, and I learned enough about running and worked hard enough to overcome those shortcomings and make it happen, and eventually run a 100-mile ultramarathon. My first book, No Meat Athlete, was released in the fall of 2013, with another due out next spring. In 2015, I was honored to be named by Greatist as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

Jason Fitzgerald


My partner in Run Your BQ is Jason Fitzgerald, a USA Track and Field certified running coach, 2:39 marathoner, and the Head Coach of Strength Running. As an admitted “running nerd,” he reads scientific studies on physiology and training articles in his spare time — so he’s definitely the perfect person to talk to about your training! Since 2010, Jason has helped thousands of runners take 20, 30, and even 40 minutes off their marathon times. 
We both write for major publications online and in print, and speak at several running and nutrition events each year. Our work has been featured in or on the following websites and publications:
Here’s what a few of our Run Your BQ members
have had to say about the program:

I just wanted to thank you. I’ve been a loyal reader of no meat athlete for a while and signed up for Run Your BQ right at the beginning of the trial period in February. The site is awesome and I learned a ton from all the resources you have up there. You’re doing really great work. Don’t know if it was the good zen of signing up for the site, but just a few days afterwards, I ran a 3:02 at the Austin marathon. I’d hit a wall in two previous attempts at a BQ around the 20 mile mark, and ended up running a 3:09 in those races. I really attribute a lot of that turnaround to the nutrition information and form recommendations on your site (I’m now eating vegan 4 days a week and vegetarian the rest of the time). I’m also running 70 miles a week now no problem and again I think that’s attributable in large part to your advice.

– Vincent R., Run Your BQ member

Lo and behold!! Faster times, faster recovery, longer mileage, no injury (crossing my fingers) … a complete turnaround. I used to do my long runs with an 11:30/mi pace — now I’m down to 10:40-11:05/mi even for my 20 milers. Slowly but surely!!I particularly love that the Strength and Core workouts are running-specific and can be done at home. With all my days spent running, I’ve given up my gym membership. Jason, you saved me $135 every month, so thanks!

Your program has already helped me *immensely*. I love it that I can post a question and get support from my fellow RYBQ-ers plus get expert advice from you [Jason] and Matt. Thank you!!


– Karen, Run Your BQ member

RYBQ has given me a solid, thorough plan to help me improve my running. It’s been key in helping me increase my weekly mileage and recover more efficiently. Before RYBQ, I didn’t really believe I could be much faster than a 10 minute/mile marathoner. Now, I feel a lot more serious about my running and I’m confident that I’ll reach my BQ goal.

– Maureen O., FL, Run Your BQ Member

Your program and instruction is already making me feel so much better in my running! Where have you been all my 20 years of running? I am SO thankful to have signed up for my BIG future!!This morning I started your program, came home, and my body felt better than it has EVER felt and now almost ½ day later, my plantar fasciitis isn’t bothering me either.

– Jill M., Run Your BQ member

Ready to join our 500+ members inside Run Your BQ? Choose your membership option now:
And here’s what a few other people have had to say about us, and how we’ve helped them achieve their running goals:
"2011 was the Year of the PR for me and I owe it all to Jason! In 2011, I shaved 34 minutes off my marathon PR and was able to run the entire 26.2 for the first time! I also got a lot stronger and recovered faster, enough that at the end of the year I was able to do a back-to-back marathon/half marathon. Thanks Jason!”

– Lisa G., CA

“Ever since learning about Boston and the rigorous standards for acceptance, I’ve dreamed about qualifying. When I reached out for advice and support to help me achieve my goal, I came across Matt’s article about how he qualified for Boston. It meant so much more coming from a guy who, like me, was nowhere near qualifying at first. He had been where I was, and had the credibility to tell me with confidence that I could do it if I was willing to work hard for it. I followed his advice and after a year of serious training I reached my goal at the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon! It was one of the most incredible days of my life and I owe it, in part, to the advice and support Matt offered during my journey.”

– Kevin Dillon, Boston 2012 qualifier

“After following Jason’s plan, I ran my second marathon and blew my PR out of the water by 46 minutes! I had no IT band issues and I’m sticking with Jason all the way to Boston! Thanks Jason, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

– Ryan W., NJ, 4:20 to 3:34 marathon at Philly


“Last year when preparing for the Boston Marathon, I suffered an ITB injury and was unable to race. I started 1-on-1 coaching with Jason, and since then I’ve continued to improve my speed and strength, culminating in a PR at the Philadelphia Marathon. I’m currently running faster and longer than I ever have before, and getting ready to head to Boston in April. This time around Jason’s coaching has made all the difference, and I’m staying healthy and enjoying my running tremendously!”

– Christine S., PA

“I used to have chronic pain in my left Achilles and a really tight right hip, IT Band, and lower back. After using your suggestions, I’m having more fun with my running because I’m feeling fantastic and been able to run multiple 6-7 mile runs with negative splits, which I wouldn’t have been able to do without your advice. . I’m running 4-5 days per week and have no pain in my hips, knees, or back. The advice you gave has given me the confidence to increase my mileage and now my legs feel stronger.”

– Mike S., GA

Make the commitment to achieve what so many marathoners only dream about! Click a button below to take the first step now:
PS — Don’t forget that we offer an unbeatable guarantee: if in the first 60 days of your membership you’re not seeing big results or finding Run Your BQ to be worth way more than it costs, we’ll give a 100% refund. Absolutely no questions asked. There's no risk here for you whatsoever, and we hope you'll give our team a shot.
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