The BQ(Q) – Clara

Clara represents another first for the BQ(Q), she’s the first women in the 50 – 54 age group to respond.  Thanks for taking part, Clara, and congrats on your BQ!

Name: Clara

Sex: Female

Age (at the time of first BQ): 54

Height: 5’2”

Weight (at the time of first BQ): 123 lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Tell us a little about the race.

Atlanta Marathon. It was my first marathon and I found it to be a very pleasant run in downtown Atlanta. The attendance was about 1000, so it was not overwhelming. My finish time 4:02, which I found out later from others was a BQ.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? Did you run in college or high school?

1.5 years. I did not run recreationally or competitively prior to that. I swam and went to step classes.

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

500 miles

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

300 miles

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

3 (2 half marathons and 1 marathon)

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, I started running recreationally for weight control and health. BQ was not at all my intended goal. I just listened to my body and ran at a speed/distance that felt right. My performance naturally increased to a point where I was encouraged to run a half marathon, then a full.

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

Yes, I ran with a running club and my husband once a week. My husband served as a coach.

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

Yes, I love group fitness classes, like zumba and aerobics. They help me with my overall fitness.

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

No, I rarely did speed/interval training.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those working towards a BQ?
Upbeat music and high quality running gear put me in the mood to run- and run well! Find out what works for you.


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