Age (at the time of first BQ): 46
Height (at the time of first BQ): 6’3″
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 185
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Bayshore
Tell us a little about the race. It was my first marathon and wasn’t aiming for a BQ.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 3 years.
Did you run in college or high school? Yes
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 5000 miles.
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 1500
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 2 races.
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, Speedwork Tues, Tempo or hills Thurs, Long Run Sun, swim and weights Mon, Wed, Fri.
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. Swim and weights Mon, Wed, Fri.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, hills and intervals.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? Looking back, I don’t know how I qualified on such low mileage. Today at 54 years of age, I run 70-90 miles a week and am much faster. Run a lot of miles, most easy, 15%-20% hard, and a BQ should be attainable for anyone. Again, run a lot of miles easy, all year….