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.
Cold, snowed for 15 miles, largely downhill course (drops 1,200′), starting at 6,200′ above sea level, great day, PR by almost 5 minutes, first time breaking 3:10, ran 3:07:15
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?
6 years as an adult
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?
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
I incorporated weight-lifting (squats, lunges, declined calf raises) and I do think it made a difference.
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
Probably. I PR’d in the 5k (breaking 18) and 10k (37:17) the fall before running the spring marathon
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Carbohydrates are good. I fell into the fat adaptation routine for a couple of years with no luck.