Age (at the time of first BQ):
Weight (at the time of first BQ):
At which marathon did you get your first BQ?
2008 San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon
Tell us a little about the race.
It was in 2008, so I don’t remember much from it. I’ve run that course once before, and it was pretty flat. The weather was perfect and it was slightly overcast.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?
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, 4 hard work outs/ week: 1 speedwork, 1 tempo, 1 hill, 1 long run, any other runs were easy, slow runs
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
I did cross train, but I’m not sure if that played a role. I weight trained doing mostly body weight workouts, high reps and low weight.
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
Yes, it’s what got me to learn to run faster.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
My first BQ was in 2008. Since 2013, since coming back from an injury, I’ve upped my mileage to 60 miles/wk (2000miles/yr), my husband is my coach, I’m on a run team, and I use the Science of Running by Steve Magness to create a marathon plan.