hate the treadmill, like the soundgarden. I just saw a post from the wife's cousin that she's out for the Austin half: some leg pain and swelling, but no fracture. Kinda put things into perspective for me. Also, I see that there are still openings, but a friend drove the marathon course last weekend and called it 'mountainous'. I think I'll pass. My first half was in Seattle, which is mountainous compared to Illinois. I found the hills to be refreshing and helped break up the flatness and used different muscle groups. Now I love hills and cant find any!