Age (at the time of first BQ): 52, about a week before turning 53
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’ 10”
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 165
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Tell us a little about the race. Beautiful day, temperature was good. I ran nice and even splits, planning to hold 7:45 pace. Stayed on point with my nutrition during the race, avoided the wall and gutted it out for the last 5k. I executed my plan pretty well and was just slightly off my planned pace, ending with 7:52 pace per mile. Wanted to be under the BQ by 5 minutes, missing it by 9 seconds. Finished with a marathon PR of 3:25:08.
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 26 years
Did you run in college or high school? No
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? About 22,000 miles. I started a running log in 1989
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? Marathons? 13, including 1 Ironman.
Did you follow a canned program? If so, which one? If not, can you give us an idea of what your training philosophy was? Yes, Be Iron Fit, an Ironman training program, and a Nike Advanced 16-week marathon plan.
Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach? No
Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how? Training for an Ironman was without a doubt the most important aspect of my ability to become a better runner. It made me a much more well-rounded athlete and runner. I lost weight, didn’t just overtax my legs, and supplemented my running ability through building additional strength through cycling.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? The plan definitely had speed work built into it, but more important to my success was training by HR and staying in the appropriate zones.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? In a nutshell here’s what got me a BQ:
1. I stopped winging it and started following a plan.
2. I became a triathlete and Ironman and became a much more well-rounded athlete.
3. I learned how to fuel myself from Ironman and applied it to the marathon.
4. I started a running streak a year and 10 months prior to my BQ. It helped my body adapt to the workload and made me stronger.
5. Lastly, I was patient and got to the point age-wise where my abilities finally met the Boston standards.