The BQ(Q) – Rob Mason


Rob Mason



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.

Ran my first half in spring, won age group so trained for first marathon in Philly. Stayed in hotel night before and jogged 2 miles to start. 38C at start. Zigzagged first 3 miles to pass NYC “refugees”. First half in 1:45 so went for BQ. Pushed to end for 3:38:22. Totally exhausted and stepping down curbs was painful. Was a BQ with not a second to spare.

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?


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?

No, 18 week of training, last long run 26.2


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?


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

If you can find a good training program that fits your lifestyle, stick to it. Don’t push too hard in training but do races (10k to half marathon) to see if you are near BQ times

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