Age (at the time of first BQ): 47
Height (at the time of first BQ): 6’0″
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 141
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Revel Big Bear
Tell us a little about the race. I held my marathon goal pace for the first 25 miles, then died in the last mile and hobbled across the line just before my BQ standard.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 30 years of running, training for Boston for last 1.5 years
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 12000
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1700
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 7
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, followed a program set up by Coach Paul of Revel Race Series
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? Yes
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, I would cycle 1 day a week to keep some of the pounding off my feet.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, I’d do a speed workout once a week.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? One thing that made a big difference for me over years past was consistency in training and avoiding injuries. I had to really focus on stretching and strengthening exercises to manage the little injuries along the way. I also decided to run 6 days a week. Hard days hard, easy days easy.