Name: Dejan Petrovic
Age (at the time of first BQ): 27
Height (at the time of first BQ): 6 feet
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 145.5
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Zagreb 2009
Tell us a little about the race. Flat as a pan in my hometown. Coming of from great winter and summer high altitude camp I smashed it with my first sub 3h. PR of 12mins.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 4y
Did you run in college or high school? No
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? ~1200
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 1 marathon, dozen or more halfs.
Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was? Just ordinary program. 1 long run on weekends, 2 hard runs (usually fartleks) during the week. Almost all my long runs were uphill.
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? Yes
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Maybe. Had knee injury year before so had to do lot of rehab during the winter.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Yes, Fartleks
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? No such thing as junk miles.