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.
Ran the first 21 miles at 2:40 pace, but crashed and burned the last 5 miles. Finished with a 2:52.
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?
About 60 mpw that year
Approximately how many races did you run in that year?
3 – 4
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, Weekly long run, weekly tempo run, weekly long interval day at 5k race pace.
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?
Yes, weekly tempo run, weekly long interval day at 5k race pace.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
The long run is the key. Tempo running is the next most important factor.