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.
Beautiful, cool day, starting temp in the low 50s. Slightly downhill course.
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?
Yes, Pfitzinger 18/55
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?
Yes, I was still growing my weekly base mileage but the main focus of improvement during the 18-week buildup for me was speed – mostly in the form of lactate threshold runs, but also with track intervals, which Pfitzinger uses sparingly.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Base mileage volume and lactate threshold runs made the biggest difference for me.