Sunday, February 19, 2012

Running: Then and Now

As a follow up to my somewhat serious previous post, I thought I would do a more lighthearted comparison of my running then and now. For "then" I'll take 2009, the year I met my husband and I was still living in my condo in Falls Church.

2009
Now
Always ran with iPod/Headphones  Almost never use iPod/Heaphones 
Speedwork on the treadmill Intervals on the track, tempos on track or road
Monday-Friday always on the treadmill. Treadmill only on business trips, and even then I try to avoid it. 
Usually ran alone, had a training partner for some long runs. Run with my husband and/or Capital Area Runners. Only run alone if husband is injured or sleepy.
Average mileage was in the low 50's during marathon training. Average mileage is in the upper 30's to low 40's during marathon training.
Only swam when injured. Swim at least once a week.
BQ on the Brain. Focused on races of all distances.
Brooks Adrenaline for long runs and easy runs, Mizuno Elixir for races and speedwork. No change! These are great shoes for me.
Ran all races in a skirt. Longer races in the skirt, shorter races in shorts.
Followed a training plan. No training plan. One day at a time!
Did long runs without gels and on an empty stomach, trying to teach my body to burn fat. Eat breakfast before long runs, use sports drink and gels during.
Rarely did core work. Do planks almost every day & stuff on the Bosu Ball.
All long runs on the W&OD trail. Long runs on various routes in DC, VA and MD with my group, or on neighborhood streets w/husband.
Posted on Runner's World Forums almost every day. Never post on Runner's World Forums.
Started most runs at 5:00am (waking up in the 4:00 hour), bedtime was 7:30-8:00. Start most runs at 6:00am. Bedtime is 8:30-9:30.

Most of these changes can be attributed to three huge factors:

My husband and me in NYC
  • Meeting my husband and doing most of my runs with him.
  • Moving to house where I can run out my front door and have a shorter commute to work.
  • Training with Capital Area Runners.

A quick training update: I am now four weeks out from the Shamrock marathon in Virginia Beach. I've completed one 20-miler (progression run) and have another one planned for next weekend. I've run two 16-milers each including 10 MP miles. I've been running decently fast intervals and tempos and feeling energized overall.

I like focusing on how far I've come with my running in the past few years instead of having my PRs be the "tell-all". I don't necessarily think that what I was doing before was wrong or ineffective. I just feel like I'm more balanced now and enjoying it more.

13 comments:

  1. Sounds like running is a lot more fun for you now! Glad you've found a better balance and are enjoying your new lifestyle.

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  2. Great post! I'm so glad to have hooked up with you this past year! :)

    Here's to a wonderful 2012!

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  3. Fun rundown! I so remember you in the deep treadmill headphone phase. :) What a different, more mature runner you've become. And faster, too! Fabulous work, Elizabeth.

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  4. It's so fun to look back and think "oh if I only knew then what I know now" but life is grand adventure and every day there is an opportunity to learn a little more!

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  5. LOVE this post, Elizabeth! I'm also loving your new positive attitude about to the BQ/marathon situation. (((HUGS)))) to you!

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  6. Great attitude! Running is fun now!!

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  7. I'm with you on the swim once a week thing, I tend to do it as a recovery swim instead of a recovery run. It's soooo good!
    Glad your training has been going well. I can't believe how quickly the Shamrock is coming up! I'm excited for all my blogger friends who are running it.
    Good luck with the rest of training!

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  8. I'm with you on the swim once a week thing, I tend to do it as a recovery swim instead of a recovery run. It's soooo good!
    Glad your training has been going well. I can't believe how quickly the Shamrock is coming up! I'm excited for all my blogger friends who are running it.
    Good luck with the rest of training!

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  9. This was a fun post to read. I also recall when you were wedded to your headphones :)

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  10. I love comparative posts, especially ones that end up showing the difference between quality and quantity. It was great to see you so many times this week!

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  11. the treadmill will suck out your soul! so glad you are no longer in danger. :)

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  12. I love the comparison!! So awesome to see how things have changed and/or stayed the same over the years!

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  13. Nice comparison! I've pretty much ditched the iPod too, except when I get stuck on a treadmill (which is something I also try to avoid).

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