Questions for everyone.
Shoes. How often do you replace yours? What do you do with your old ones? Do you have a different pair for running in the winter?
Running bras. How many do you own?
Winter training in general. Do you take an "off" season? If so, what does it look like?
Bras - I have 3, two of which are stretched and nasty and barely serve their purpose. I'm asking for running bras for Christmas from everybody. I will admit to wearing the same one for two runs in a row if it doesn't stink (too much).
Winter training - no off season planned here, since I just basically took mine during August - October. I think a period of easy time and lower mileage is necessary about once a year, but I figure it will happen to me by default at some point and I'd better not actually plan it. Plus, there is too much eating in the winter for me to want to do fewer miles, although I'd love to because of the weather. But I realize you are actually building mileage anyway, not cutting back. I think what you're doing is fine. It makes sense to me to have this time now before you start training for the half (and Chicago, right?). I think easy base building now will serve you well when you are building speed during your training.
Off to bed...