|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.