The BQ(Q) – Christopher B

So here’s the first response from the new online BQ(Q) form. Thanks, Chris, for taking part!


Christopher B



Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):

165 lbs

At which marathon did you get your first BQ? What was your finishing time?

Lehigh Valley.

Tell us a little about the race.

ran a 3:01:08

Fastest miles were the last two dropping from a 6:52-6:54 average to a 6:42 and then a 6:29

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

Off and on for 11 years, consistently for 2

Did you run in college or high school?


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?

1500 miles

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?


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



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


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

Yes. Track work Mondays and Wednesdays. Between a failed BQ attempt and LeHigh Valley, ran some more tempo work for the 6 weeks in between.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?


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