Then...I was buying a few wicking tops at TJ Maxx or Target. I wore really basic running shorts or capris. I had half of a drawer in my dresser dedicated to workout clothing.
Now...I have two drawers full of tech clothing - tank tops, short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts, half-zip tops, skirts, pants, shorts, and even a vest. My running wardrobe has definitely improved and diversified!
|At a race in November 2011 - that was my only long-sleeved|
tech shirt at the time.
|My first Sparkle Athletic skirt (back then they|
were still Team Sparkle) - summer 2012
Then...I ran solo. My training runs were generally structured simply on mileage alone. I used Map My Run to map out a route before I left since I didn't have a watch that tracked distance.
Now...I still run solo most of the time. When I'm looking to PR at a race, I'll follow a detailed training plan with prescribed runs and associated paces.
Then...I ran with a cheap Timex watch from Target that had a stopwatch function. Funny story-I actually captured my exact race time with that watch during my first half marathon. It still sits in my jewelry box but I can't figure out how to change the time to be correct.
Now...I have a Garmin Forerunner 220 and also run with my Fitbit Flex. I also have run with my husband's Forerunner 10 in a pinch. I have become a bit of a data geek as I learned about the importance of different tempo runs as well as speed work. My Garmin helps keep me accountable.
Then...I went to the running store to get fitted. Hooray, I wasn't a total newb! I wore a pretty significant stability shoe. I believe it was the New Balance 1260 if memory serves me correctly.
Now...Still hit up the running store for my shoes. I recently was fitted for a neutral shoe, which is a departure from my typical stability shoes. And I still wear New Balance.
Then...I was a little more spontaneous with race registrations and didn't think about each year in terms of the running seasons.
Now...I'm a little more thoughtful about my races and am more focused on choosing new races.
Then...I struggled to consume anything on a run. After getting a stern lecture from a friend, I started trying mid-run fuel. The same friend gave me a few gels to try before my first half and I hated them. I would occasionally munch on a few bites of a Balance bar mid-run for fuel.
Now...I carry water on my runs and routinely bring fuel for any run over 6-7 miles. My preferred fuel is Clif Bloks in strawberry, tropical punch, or margarita. I also bring gels on really long runs for diversity. But one thing has remained the same, I have always preferred fruit-flavored fuel.
Did you do anything as a new runner that makes you scratch your head now?