The BQ(Q) – Madeline Harris

Thanks to Madeline for filling this out, and for qualifying in her first marathon!

Name

Madeline Harms

Sex:

Female

Age (at the time of first BQ):

23

Height:

5’6″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

110

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

New York City marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

Back then the qualifying standard for open women was 3:40. I hit the wall hard in my first marathon but still managed to run a 3:39 and change to qualify

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

10 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

12k?

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

Didn’t answer

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

Didn’t answer

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, I ran about 40 miles a week, with a couple 20+ mile long runs.

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

Yes

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

Yes, I cross-trained a lot due to injury

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Once a week intervals

 

 

The BQ(Q) – John S

Name

John S

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

44

Height:

6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

170

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Pocono

Tell us a little about the race.

Easy course, but tough since it was my first marathon. After8 marathons (3 Bostons), my 1st marathon was my fastest.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

2 year

Did you run in college or high school?

No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

Didn’t Answer

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

Didn’t Answer

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

2

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?

Yes, Just running with the local running group helped

 

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

No

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Speed work once per week. Anywhere from 800s to 2mi repeats. Sometimes it was replaced with hill repeats

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

Run with a group and have run. Run for comfort, not for a time.

The BQ(Q) – Brendan Boyle

Name

Brendan Boyle

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

22

Height:

6’2″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

165

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Newport (Rhode Island) Marathon, 2014

Tell us a little about the race.

First marathon ever, as a result ran very conservatively and ran a big negative split. Course had moderately challenging hills for the most part with a big one during mile 24.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

7 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

15,000 miles

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

~3000

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

5

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, held a peak of 90 mpw for about 10 weeks, lots of marathon pace long repeats with a little bit of lactate threshold and speed sessions mixed in

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

No

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

I didn’t cross train

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

During the 8 weeks pre race I did about 4 speed sessions, usually 200 or 400 meter repeats

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

Recovery is important between hard sessions! Keep your mileage up if possible, run slower when you need to!

 

The BQ(Q) – Alec

Name

Alec

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

20

Height:

5′ 9″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

140

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Rochester Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

It was my first marathon. Some pretty nasty hills, overall not bad though.

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

1 year

Did you run in college or high school?

No

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

 

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

 

Approximately how many races did you run in that year?

5

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?

Nah

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Nah

 

The BQ(Q) – Kevin Barret

Here’s another great BQ(Q) from a young runner. 10,000 miles by age 18 is some serious mileage!

Name

Kevin Barrett

Sex:

Male

Age (at the time of first BQ):

18

Height:

5’8″

Weight (at the time of first BQ):

130

At which marathon did you get your first BQ?

Chicago Marathon

Tell us a little about the race.

It was my debut and the race went even better than expected. It was tough but I enjoyed every step of the way!

How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ?

4 years

Did you run in college or high school?

Yes

What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ?

10,000

How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ?

2,800

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 program, lots of miles with some speedwork and work at MP

Did you run with a running club or utilize a coach?

Yes

Did cross training play a role in your training? If so, how?

No, I didn’t do any.

Did speed work play a role or specific workouts play a role in your training? If so, how?

Yes, once or twice a week I would do something faster.

Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ?

Be consistent with putting in the work.