This week concludes week 4 of my 12 week training plan for my half marathon. So far, so good - I am on schedule and running strong, easy, and without injury or abnormal aggravation! Where I did need improvement was adherence to my cross-training schedule. I had really only been doing about 1 day a week of swimming, and only about 30 minutes worth. This week I did 2 days, 35-40 minutes worth, and my goal is to continue to adhere to the 2 day a week minimum for swimming, and to increase the time to a full 45 minutes. I can manufacture a LOT of resistance in the water and have pretty much decided that deadweight-weightlifting, doesn't really need to happen until about a month before the half, only once a week, and only for added ease of running - it's not an injury prevention necessity like my swimming exercise routine is. I do not measure my pace, because I know that focusing on increasing my strength will naturally increase my pace. I am only needing one rest day per week, at this point. There are a handful of certain exercises I do almost every day, like reverse hyper-extensions, but I don't really count those as cross-training, they are just so I can get through my day without pain. I have decided that I definitely need to run with an electronic metronome during the race (which I have found come with ear-bud attachments!!!) in order to ensure I hold stable form throughout the race. I have not, yet decided what I will wear for footwear. Since I have figured out a good swim routine, my glutes and pelvis have become a lot stronger, which has really helped decrease the affects of my leg length discrepancy on flat surfaces - so I "may" be able to get away with something as simple as wool socks!