Age (at the time of first BQ):
Weight (at the time of first BQ):
At which marathon did you get your first BQ?
San Francisco Marathon
Tell us a little about the race.
Progressive uphill from miles 1-19. Downhill and flat to the finish. Cool weather at start times in the 50s. Sea level. Scenic.
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?
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
No. Only core workouts to maintain core strength. Some stretching.
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
Yes. My training plan incorporated vo2 intervals. Helped with leg strength and endurance.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
After a few near misses I was able to hit my goal. My failures/bonks were due to dumb rookie like going out too fast or overestimating my fitness . Train on a course that has a similar profile to your BQ marathon.