The BQ(Q) – Mike Petrina


Mike Petrina



Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?


Tell us a little about the race.

It was my first ever marathon. I went out conservative and a little past half way started to push it. More and more I pushed. Coming into the final 2 miles I hit the wall and my paced slow. Thankfully I was enough under that my crawling in didn’t hinder me getting a BQ.

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

11 years

Did you run in college or high school?


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

No clue 17000?

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?


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. I stuck to a strict 1 speed WO, 1 Tempo run and 1 Long run per 7 days.

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

Good luck. It’s all about consistency and being able to stay healthy. Look after yourself and take care of the small things.


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