Age (at the time of first BQ):
Weight (at the time of first BQ):
At which marathon did you get your first BQ?
Thunder Road, Charlotte, NC
Tell us a little about the race.
First marathon, 2008 Thunder Road. Had run 3 half marathons in the previous 2 years. Evenly paced first 17 miles, 7:05s. Was trying to run under 3:05. Stopped for a quick potty break betwen mile 17 and 18. HUGE mistake. Spent the next 4 miles trying to catch up to group I was with, running 6:55-7:00 per. That fried me. Tough last 5 miles. finished in 3:09. Got in to Boston that December. This was before the window for registration was super tight.
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?
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?
Every long run needs to finish fast. No sugar or gatorade after 15 miles.