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 first marathon. 3,000 participants. Modeled after Boston – point to point, net downhill. Lots of fun. Felt great at mile 18 and decided to see what I had left – it was a bad decision. Felt awful the last 3 miles but still managed 3:03
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 canned program, my advice is don’t skip the weekly long run, don’t overdo it, don’t forget speedwork and hills
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?
Intervals and tempos
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Keep running and logging miles, make sure to incorporate weight training, don’t be afraid to run real slow on some days, pay attention to aches and pains – don’t let them become serious injuries.