The BQ(Q) – Robin Kutner

Name

Robin Kutner

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

21

Height:

5’7″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

128

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

New Jersey Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

5/5/2013. My 2nd marathon. A warm (but not hot), sunny day, a flat course, and a smartly executed race. My best running friend came through the line 2 minutes after me and qualified for her first time as well! I PRed by 24 minutes (mainly because my first marathon was not run for time)

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

~7 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

~10,000

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

~2000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

In the year before the marathon, 9

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

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

Yes

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

Barely

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

In the ~2.5mo leading up to the race, did track/speedwork every Tues, tempo/progression/LT work every Thurs, and a long run on the weekend which sometimes involved pickup sections or fast finishes. The days in between those 3 were easy runs. (My exact training from back then can be found on dailymile, username = rlk_117)

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

Enjoy the process and just keep chipping away!

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About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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