The BQ(Q) – Michael R

Michael hadn’t been running for very long when he BQed, but he’d already put in some serious mileage. Thanks for taking the time, sir!


Michael R. (@TheTerminalMile)



Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Hamilton Road 2 Hope

Tell us a little about the race.

I went in with a bum hamstring, I ended up crashing at mile 20.

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

1.5 years

Did you run in college or high school?


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

>10000 miles

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

6000 km ish

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 bike a bit, not seriously enough to do much.

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

Tempo runs are key.

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

Don’t skimp on the miles and stay healthy.

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