I went to this place in town that has a lake and there's a 2 mile loop around it, and its relatively flat (tallahassee, although in Florida, is SURPRISINGLY hilly!! no me gusta).
I brought my handheld water bottle:
I also gu'd for the first time.
There are other options like jelly beans you can do but I think I prefer the gu, just squirt it in your mouth and swallow. haha. I realize how gross this sounds.
These running shorts:
Finally, da shoes:
here (and yes I DO think they make a difference especially after the run).
Oh, but on the training side of things - LITERALLY the first day I started training for this race was Jan 19 - exactly five weeks before the half. I had not run in 2 MONTHS prior to that (or ANY kind ox exercise) because I was sick and then I was in NYC were it was "feels like -9 deg" and the first day I only ran 2.1 miles, and I could only run .5 miles with stopping...and THREE weeks later I ran 8 miles without stopping (except to take the gu!).
The moral of the story is -- don't wait till 5 weeks out to start training for a half marathon, but, if you do...you can do it!!
Now excuse me while I go foam roll my legs!!