The title of my fall should be Life Happens. I was fairly on track for preparing for the half in November and then life hit me in the face. My kid brought home a stomach bug that wiped out our entire household for a week and then went in for a minor procedure a week after that. Next came my annual meeting with my dissertation committee followed by hosting both sides for Thanksgiving. Through all that mess I only managed to get out and run once, which was not that half marathon.
What did I learn from this? Be flexible, particularly for what cannot be planned for. Have a race in mind, but don't put down the money until closer to time. Take time for yourself, even if that means waking up early.