Name: Eric Cogdill
Age (at the time of first BQ): 30
Height (at the time of first BQ): 6′ 2″
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 152
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Run for the Ranch – Springfield, MO
Tell us a little about the race. It was my first marathon. The longest training run I had done leading up to it was 18 miles which was the week before the race and it went well enough that I entered on a whim, driving 400 miles down to the race the day before. I had been running about 40 miles per week as an assistant high school XC coach. I set a goal to run 3 hours and started out conservatively (about 7:00 pace). After a few miles, I started to accelerate and I ran several middle miles around 6-flat. Also, somewhere in the middle, I caught up to a runner and thinking I had been in 4th place I said to him that we should work together to go get 2nd. He informed me that he was second and pointed out the guy in first. I went on to win the race and run 2:45.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? I ran in ’98, ’99, ’01, and then consistently from 2007 and on. So, 3 years of about 40 miles per week.
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 8000 miles
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1750
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 10
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, No program
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? Probably, but literally ran no program and decided to enter the race less than two weeks before it occurred
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Use your strengths to your advantage.