I have been able to run inside on the treadmill for a few months now and had the opportunity to sign up for the Lincoln half marathon for free, so I did. I got a run/walk/run timer for Christmas and made the decision to train like that. I found a plan that allowed me to run 3 times a week.
I started the two 30 minute runs on the treadmill (weather has been chilly around here, to say the least) and did a long run of 3.5 miles last week inside. This week I did the same for the mid-week runs and decided to make a go of it outside today. The wind was awful (20-30 mph) but it wasn't way too cold.
I was optimistic but realistic, I told Big A to keep his phone on him in case I needed picked up. I felt good for the majority of the run. My foot wasn't bothering me at all until around 3 miles and then it just started to almost cramp up. I even tried to walk more (I was keeping a 4:1 ratio between running and walking) and to rub the "cramp" out (it's not really a cramp but that's the closest description I can come up with to explaining). So I quit my run around 3.25 miles (.25 less than last week's inside run).
I'm not as disappointed this time around as I knew this was most likely. It's still a bummer because I'd really like to race around other people - I just love that atmosphere. However, God is still good. I can still run (inside).
As Pete the Cat would say - Do I need to cry? Goodness no! Injuries come and injuries go, but I'll keep on running.