Name: Nicholas Shaw
Age (at the time of first BQ): 22
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’8
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 135
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Baltimore
Tell us a little about the race. I had no idea I was going to do the race until the day before I was offered a free entry through the company I worked for. I was doing about 40-60 miles a week of essentially only base mileage. Since I knew it was a hard course and I had never run more than 16 miles at once I was expecting around a 3:15. I ended up going 2:54 while getting progressively faster throughout the race, needless to say I was pretty shocked.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 10 years
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 15,000
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? Probably 15 most in the begining of the year (10K or shorter though)
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, Base mileage and lots of fruits and veggies
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Did some general strength and lifting
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Was only a collegiate track team at the beginning of the year, but once I graduated all I did was base except for the occasional set of hill sprints.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Don’t use generic training plans. Do your own research and figure out how your body works. There is too much genetic variance among individuals to follow cookie cutter training plans. If you can figure out the way your body adapts to certain stimuli you can optimize training.