The half marathon training is not going particularly well, although there are ups as well as downs. The 8-mile workout was definitely an "up" followed by a 5K on Saturday that shouldn't have been a "down." Should have been easy, but the shin splints are worse than I thought. I knew I would battle aches and/or injuries, and it's sort of stupid to do something you KNOW will bring you pain. But although the running is not fun, the experience is.
I had a really good time by myself doing the 8-mile, the furthest I've ever gone. I hate the hills, yet I love the hills because they're more interesting. I don't like being cold, yet I love the 40 degree temps during a run. I hate the pain, yet it feels great when everything just goes numb! And the calories you burn - oh my gosh, that's the best part.
I'll have to come up with a new battle plan I guess, since running 4-5 times a week is not going to be physically possible anymore. I think I do better running "cold" anyway.
So that's my training update. I don't plan on talking about running constantly - that's what runners do. And I'm not a runner. ;-)