Name: Stephen Maturen
Age (at the time of first BQ): 28
Height (at the time of first BQ): 6’4″
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 185
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Med City Marathon
Tell us a little about the race. Med City is a small race in Rochester, MN (Med City as Rochester is the home of the Mayo Clinic), with around ~350 finishers. The course starts about 10 miles outside of the city going along rolling country roads, then there is a big out and back component through several city parks and finishing downtown alongside the Zumbro River. The day of the race it was really humid and in the 60’s-70’s, I was pouring sweat right off the bat. My goal was to hang under 7:00min/mi pace as long as I could as that would put me in the BQ range. I went through the half at 1:30:32, which was just about perfect. Things really thinned out after the half as the 13.1 racers peeled off and finished, I was basically on my own from 16 onward, passing people here and there. My pace slipped a bit around mile 19, and I started clicking off miles in the low 7’s. Although I was really maxed out, I was able to hang on until the finish and wrapped up in 3:03:33.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 12 years off and on
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? Hard to say, I ran XC in high school and dabbled in marathon running as a hobby for years without explicitly training. The past two years I’ve run 1000+ mi, and am target to go 2000+ this year.
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? I ran 1000 miles the calendar year previous. In the build up I ran ~550mi over 12 weeks.
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? Yes, Pfitz 12/55
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? I commute by bike but thats about it.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, hard V02Max and tempo runs definitely built up my capacity to hang at a fast pace for a long time without burning out.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? If you’re gonna BQ make sure to BQ well! I knew right away that 3:03:33 was going to slice it pretty close to make it under the cutoff and sure enough I was about 45 seconds off what I needed to be (cutoff for my age group ended up being 3:02:xx). This was alright as I hadn’t intended on qualifying at Med City, I looked at it as a way to get back in shape after winter and prime myself to hit the Pfitz 12/70 plan for the 2016 Chicago Marathon in October. I had a stellar summer of running and ran 2:56:57 at Chicago, hitting my goals of a sub-3 marathon and solidifying my BQ for 2018.