The BQ(Q) – Mike Zimmerman

Name: Michael Zimmerman


Sex: Male


Age (at the time of first BQ): 35


Height: 5-8


Weight (at the time of first BQ):160


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Run for the Red (Poconos)


Tell us a little about the race.

My fifth marathon, early stages were downhill with some rough uphill stretches at the finish. The last 3-4 miles were open and it had gotten hot and humid by that point, missed a sub 3 by 24 seconds.

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

2 years


Did you run in college or high school?



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

3000 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?



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



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

I lift weights five-six times a week and play basketball, running is a release to stay in shape.


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

Track work on Thursdays, Hill work on Tuesdays


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


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