Age (at the time of first BQ): 28
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5ft9
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 138 pounds
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? 138 pounds
Tell us a little about the race. The race had perfect weather for running, 50 degrees and overcast. When I was in the start corral I didn’t have so much of a nervous feeling but a more confident feeling of knowing my goal and how I was going to run the race. I knew that the last 10km of the race had the most hills so my goal was to run even splits throughout and not attempt a negative split, went through half way in 1:27 and just concentrated on hitting the splits, miles 21-24 was almost a gradual incline and was the slowest 5k of the race for me and I then had to stop for 3 minutes as I had cramp, I began to panick as each step caused me to cramp up but I managed to get to the 26 mile marker knowing that I was still on for sub-3 hours and almost had a sprint finish to ensure I did get under 3. I crossed the line in 2:59:30. For the next 3 months I had to wait for the registration for Boston to open and hope that more than a 5 minute cushion was sufficient and just a couple days after registering I got confirmation that I was Boston bound.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 2 years
Did you run in college or high school? No
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 2000
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1500
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 My training was not structured, I just ran for at least one hour per day, 6 days per week. Mostly easy runs but would do a long run every weekend of 16-20 miles always with some MP miles either in the middle of second half of the run.
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? I didn’t do much speed work per se but I would frequent a local Parkrun which was a nice change to just run fast over a relatively short distance, made MP much more manageable.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Be consistent with running during your training, don’t obsess over the stats, just run most days and do that for at least a few months. Run by feel and some days that will feel easier than others, run a variety of paces during your training. When you turn up for your BQ attempt be confident and focus on how good you will feel when you achieve your goal.