Thanks for taking the time to fill this out, Keith!
Name: Keith Almeida; Keith’s Running Life
Age (at the time of first BQ): 53
Height: 6’ 0
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 163
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Tell us a little about the race.
Hartford Marathon. It is mostly flat and straight. It poured most of the race which helped me to focus. Warm 56-58 most of the race.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? Did you run in college or high school? 35 years.
I played soccer in HS and intramural soccer at UConn. I have swam and biked a lot over the years but not in the past 8 years.
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?
Approximately how many races did you run in that year?
Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was?
No but I did use Jeff Galloway’s method for my first marathon. I then tried to walk only where drinks were served. I try not to drink at every possible stop.
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
No, most of my running is alone with a GPS for measuring pace.
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Running on softer surfaces would help to run more miles. I found that 40-50 miles per week is an ideal amount for me to run my best marathon time and not wear myself out.