Name: Paul D
Age (at the time of first BQ): 56
Height (at the time of first BQ): 5’7
Weight (at the time of first BQ): 158
At which marathon did you get your first BQ? Mesa-Phoenix
Tell us a little about the race. The course was a net downhill. The weather was perfect. I ran with a friend that was shooting for the same time. He fell off the pace before 15 miles which sucked since he was the keeper of the time and had the wrist band with the per mile pace goals. I was running with my iPhone and Apple watch. They died before I had gone 12 miles. I ran the 2nd 1/2 of the race totally by feel and BQ’d with an extra 3.5 minutes. I knew I was close to a BQ so I pushed hard for the last 10K ( at least I thought I had even though the last 10K were actually a tad slower).
How long had you been running when you ran your first BQ? 3.5 years
Did you run in college or high school? No
What was your approximate lifetime mileage at the time of your first BQ? 5,000 miles
How many miles did you run in the year before your first BQ? 2,200
Approximately how many races did you run in that year? 2 marathons one 1/2 marathon and a 50K
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, Nike Run Club App.
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. But now I’m doing pushups to improve core and upper body strength.
Did speed work play a role in your training? If so, how? Definitely! I did track workouts just about every Wednesday and tempo runs on Friday.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with those of working towards a BQ? I never thought a BQ would be possible. I went from couch to marathon in less than a year. My first Marathon was 4:35 the second was 3:58, The next was 3:41:30 (1.5 minutes short of a BQ) . At that point I started to believe a BQ was possible. For my first two marathons I simply ran miles and got up to 80 miles a week. I actually dropped back on my mileage (50-60) and added speed work to get my BQ. I never stop until I’m at the top of the hill. I never cut a corner, and I always ran a little farther and a little faster than the plan specified. I did that so I would know that I did all that was required and more to hit that goal and had no reason to doubt myself. That plus I spent a lot of time determining and analyzing what pace I needed to run and how much weight I needed to lose to achieve the pace I wanted to hit. I got down to a low of 156 (158 at race time ) which seems heavy compared to the weight of a lot of the people that I’ve seen in this survey, but I managed to pull it off. I hope to have a 6+ minute pr when I run Boston 2020 I’m using the Boston Marathon Level 3 training plan this time around and have been doing 100+ pushups a day to add some upper body and core strength.