Name: Marc G
Age (at the time of first BQ): 26
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’9
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 165 lbs
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Carlsbad
Tell us a little about the race. First ever marathon, first year of running. Told a girl I would break 3 hours and she was waiting at the finish for me. Went out in 1:22 or so feeling like a rock star, finished in 2:59 seeing purple elephants flash before my eyes. But I did it. Didn’t run another one for well over 10 years. Bet if I would have run 3:00 instead I would have run another the same year.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 1 year
Did you run in college or high school? No
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 3000 (including childhood play I guess)
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1000
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 3
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? Yes
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Maybe I went to the gym, surfed, and swam a bit
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Our club did speed work one day a week
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?