I like to change things up in my training.
For instance, I've run five marathons and I've never used the same training program twice. Having the experience of following some new training program has taught me new workouts, new philosophies, and made me do things I never would have. Daniels' 19 mile training runs with LT intervals is a good example. I've never come across anything like it in any of the other programs I've tried. It's good, and hard, and I think it's made me a better runner.
Diet has changed, too. Last cycle it seemed every time I had a long run and ate out (and I was eating out quite a bit last year) I had a hamburger with fries. Partially because it was typical fairly cheap in comparison to other menu choices, but also because I like them and it gave me lots of calories in protein and fat when I needed them.
This time, though, I haven't been eating out nearly as much- maybe once a week or so with my Wednesday night post run group. At first it was an unconscious decision to not order a hamburger, but eventually I made it into a conscious one. There was the connotation that it was something that I did last year. This year is different. Not better, perhaps, but different.
Anyway, I had my first hamburger today. It was... okay. I made it myself, so that might account for it's mediocrity, but I expected some vestigial memories from last year. There wasn't any, really. It's odd, too... there were some great things about last year- 1:37:08 half (faster than I ever thought I'd be- faster than I am now, certainly) and some not so good memories (the injury that set back my training and contributed to a decent but not great 3:32 Bayshore). Triumphs and disappointments.
But there wasn't anything like that. It was just a hamburger. It's funny how the meaning of symbols can change over time when you aren't looking.