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.
I had run two previous NYC marathon’s on little training. After the second one I just increased my volume of running, ran Arizona in 3:18. That summer I “trained” for the marathon. Ran 2:59.
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?
Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?
In the beginning yes but i would find that it is detrimental to marathon success. Long tempo’s have more importance, but speed work has it’s place.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Frequently running long, around 80-90 minutes several times per week including the 2 hour long run even if it is easy is about 75% of the work that needs to be done. Once you Boston qualify there is no turning back, most likely whatever you do after will help get you a BQ.