The BQ(Q) – Sherry

Name

Sherry

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

26

Height:

5’3″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

113lb

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?

4 years

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

5300

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

1000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

3

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?

No

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.

 

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About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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