Age (at the time of first BQ):
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At which marathon did you get your first BQ?
Tell us a little about the race.
I sat out cross country season for my college and decided to do a fall marathon for fun. It was my first marathon or any race over 5 miles for that matter. I was in about 16:40 5k shape at the time and had done 20 mile training runs pretty easily under 7 min pace. I figured I could at least run under 2:50. Race went off, and I felt great. First half was in 1:21 but by 18 miles the adrenaline rush was over and the wall hit me hard. I had to walk jog the last 8 miles. I felt like it was taking forever and I was going to run 4 hours or something, but really I did not slow too much on the running sections and only lost time on the walking I did.
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, but similar to Daniel’s philosophy
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?
Biking/weight training 1-2 a weeks
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
Yes, I always love mixing things up to push myself and keeping the workouts interesting.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?