I started running without any kind of a stretch or warm up. As usual, after about half a mile the body started waking up and I could tell it wasn't going to be as bad a run as I was expecting. After 3 miles I was feeling really good and decided I would make this a road run and left the track. I went across the entire town that I live in (Honey Grove, TX) and a few miles outside of town to what is known as the "2 mile turn." This run went from complete darkness to complete light as I watched the sun come up over the various fields and wooded areas outside of town. I returned to the school track right around ten miles and decided to put in a couple of more, shooting for 12 miles. I wanted to get close to the 13.2 miles I would be running next weekend. More to put my mind at ease about the distance than anything. Returning to the track at 10 miles I was a little tired, but very confident I could get two more miles in. I had taken an energy gel at 9 miles so this might have had something to do with it.
All told, I was very happy with this run. I was concerned about being able to run the half marathon and those fears have been dismissed. I covered this run without stopping and without taking on any water; something that I will have available to me in the race. I will begin to taper into the rest of this week and won't do any running after Thursday. What I do between now and then I don't have a plan for, but it won't be anything crazy.