Name: Casey Wilson
Age (at the time of first BQ): 42
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’9.5″
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 167
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? The Woodlands
Tell us a little about the race. 500 ft elevation gain, rolling uphill to 15, rolling downhill to finish
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 3.5 years
Did you run in college or high school? No
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 7800
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 2835
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 8
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
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 lift weights 2-4 times per week, focus is squats
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? I follow the 80/20 model in general.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Everyone is different, but I had to put in more miles than most to hit my goal. I read reports of people qualifying on 45 miles per week and that was outside of my capabilities. Most weeks I am over 60, several times over 70, and a few times up to 80+. I am not fast, just willing to put in the work.