The BQ(Q) – Carley

Name

Carley

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

26

Height:

5′ 8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

125

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Philadelphia marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

The weather was great, it was my third time running the marathon so I was familiar with the course. I felt good for the first 13 miles and just tried to maintain my pace, refueling with gels every 5 miles. I tried to keep a consistent pace throughout.

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

2 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

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

5000 miles

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

Didn’t answer

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

3

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

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

No

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

I rock climb and bike ride. It was a nice break from running and I was still able to stay active.

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

I did not do any speed work but my running course is very hilly

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

I felt like a couple of years of running marathons was able to help me build up to being able to qualify without injuring myself. I actually trained less and had a less strict schedule than my previous marathons and did much better. I think just training for a long time without putting too much stress on my body was key.

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