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.
It was my second “born again” marathon after a long running hiatus from High School. I had run the San Francisco Marathon in July 2010 and was only a few minutes from a BQ. I targeted Lincoln, per a recommendation from my Uncle who ran Boston in the 80s. I arrived well prepared and the weather was perfect: high 40s with sun and little breeze. First half split was a bit fast but I ended with 03:05:47 – good enough for 2012 but 47 seconds too slow for ’13 and beyond. I hoped to re-qualify in Boston but 2012 was a hot year. I re-qualified in fall of 2014 and ran Boston again in 2016.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?
About 2 years semi-structured
Did you run in college or high school?
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?
No idea. Probably around 1-2,000
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?
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
Yes. I was weight training my upper body and core. I also enjoy playing golf – walking 18 holes while carrying a bag.
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
Yes. I ran some shorter distances fast and tune up races fast. I didn’t run too many long runs close to my goal pace.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Find a reputable plan/coach to keep you honest. Do plenty of cross training, strength training, and things that make you happy to avoid injury and burnout. Lastly, sleep as much as you can.