The BQ(Q) – Bob Gottlieb


Bob Gottlieb



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.

I ran 3:09. Almost exactly even splits. My slowest and fastest miles were only 12 seconds apart.

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

2 years fairly steadily (Rob also appears to have run as a younger man – .ed.)

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, 1 long run a week, one tempo, and one day of speed work

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 did one speedwork day (alternating weekly 400s, 800s, miles) and one tempo day per week.

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

Run with people faster than you. I had started running with a guy that had run for Princeton. Our regular runs were good workouts for me, and I got a lot faster.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Comments (



%d bloggers like this: