Great to read this story of Laura training, and qualifying, for Boston after having two kids. Congratulations Laura!
Name: Laura S
Age (at the time of first BQ): 35
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 113
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? What was your finishing time? Tell us a little about the race.
I qualified for Boston this year at the Little Rock, AR marathon (2014). Their theme was “epic” and it was that! At the start it was 50 degrees and drizzling but a huge ice storm blew in and by the time I reached the finish it was 35 degrees and pouring rain! I ended up with a 3:32:52, first in my age group, and frostbite on my hands! Great race support despite the weather!
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? Did you run in college or high school?
I was a sprinter in high school and college…400m hurdles was my event. I hated distance running! I started running 2 years prior to my BQ to lose those last few pounds of baby weight after having my 2 children.
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?
About 2500 post baby miles!
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?
My plan was developed by a good friend and training partner of mine. 3 weeks of progressively harder workouts then a recovery week for 14 weeks. One long run, one speed workout, and 2-3 light to moderate workouts each week. Hilly route at least once per week.
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
I have an amazing group of runners to train with on a daily basis!
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
I did some cycling on recovery days.
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
Let’s start by saying that I hate mile repeats…but they really do help. They help you stay focused when you feel very fatigued and full of lactic acid, just like the end of the marathon!
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Be consistent in your training, rest when you need to, push your limits, and believe!