The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire — Rochelle

Name

Rochelle

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

20

Height:

5’0”

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

100

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Des Moines IMT Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

I was undertrained and nearly died the last few miles but was only saved because I started out faster than my BQ pace.

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

2 yrs (running marathons for 6 months)

Did you run in college or high school?

No

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

1000

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

500

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

2

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?

 

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

No

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

No speedwork or any type of formal planning, mostly just putting as many miles as I could in given my limited grad student schedule 😦

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

I got lucky that time because I ran a BQ-2:09 and the cut-off was…exactly -2:09. But I actually trained my butt off for Boston (50-60 miles per week, tempo runs, 3 20+ milers, etc) so hopefully I BQ with a muuuuuch larger window. Fingers!

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