Name: Patrick M
Age (at the time of first BQ): 35
Height (at the time of first BQ): 6’0”
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 175
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Beantown
Tell us a little about the race. I ran it 16 days after fracturing a bone in my neck. 6 days after having the neck brace removed. I ran conservatively. It was a six loop course and I was ready to drop at any time if my neck was too sore. I ran a very even pace the entire way. My training for the race was good so it didn’t seem to matter that I had t run for the past 16 days. I was thinking do ably in 3:25 shape. I ran 3:42 in this race.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 19 years
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 38,000 miles
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 2000
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? Yes, I swim twice a week.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? I do speed work once a week in preparation. Either 10 400s or 10 800s.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? The race described was my BQ for this year.