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.
Big negative split, started at 7:45 pace and ran the last 10k under 7:00 pace for a 3:15 finish
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?
1 year and 3 months
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, signed up late and just tried to increase to 40 miles a week
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?
I did speed work but I think the increase in volume played the biggest role. I really didn’t know what I was doing and ran many of my runs at 7:30-8:00 pace which wasn’t far off from marathon pace
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Mileage, including miles at marathon pace, long runs finishing at marathon pace.