After a bit of a hiatus from this project, we’re back with Haley’s story of qualifying for Boston at her sixth marathon.
Name: Haley Walker
Age (at the time of first BQ): 27
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’8”
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 168lb
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Chicago
Tell us a little about the race. It was an amazing, magical, effortless day. 1min negative split!
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 6 years or so – it was my sixth marathon, started with half’s in 2013 and then did my first full in 2015, qualified in 2018
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 5,800
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1162
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 6
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, I trained with a small local group…our motto: 1) less is more 2) be religiously consistent 3) cross train!
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? Yes
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Weekly swimming and biking – dabble in triathlon, primarily a runner
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes – weekly(ish) speedwork or tempos…short (500-1000m, 4-6k total)
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Don’t get too obsessive I guess?