The BQ(Q) – Sam





Age (at the time of first BQ):




Weight (at the time of first BQ):


At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Tobacco Road

Tell us a little about the race.

Race was relatively flat located on and old railroad trail that has since been converted to multiuser trail. I had the advantage of running the particular sections of the course multiple times during my training since I live close by. Race was in Cary, NC

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

2-3 years seriously

Did you run in college or high school?


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

Maybe 5,000

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?

Yes, Hal Higdon

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?


Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

Sometimes. Occasional hike, elliptical, or bike work.

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Yes. Tried to do speed work 1-2x per week

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

Follow a program, don’t work up mileage too quickly. Listen to your body. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.


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