Age (at the time of first BQ): 47
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’7”
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 137
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Eugene
Tell us a little about the race. I used a power meeter for this marathon training cycle and was quite confident that I could hold 237 watts the whole way and finish in 3:15. I came through the half at 1:36:50 and was running easy and relaxed, so I picked up the effort to 240-245 watts. Every half mile or so, I was picking off runners and felt better and better. The last 5K was my fastest and ended up running 3.5 minutes negative split to cross the finish at the Hayward Field track in 3:09:12. It was my 4th marathon and first in 4 years. Previous PR was 3:23.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 34 years
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 10,000
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 3
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 1
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, Jim Vance’s Run With Power
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? No
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes. Lots of Marathon- to Half Marathon-paced tempo work. 2 quality/speed workouts per week.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Consistency is key. You simply have to put in the daily miles and make sure to do a couple of quality runs per week. For example 3 x 30 minutes or 5 x 1 mile at marathon pace.