I’ve been getting questions about how my training
is going for the OUC Orlando Half-Marathon.
I’ve also had this post sitting in my drafts for a while,
so I guess it’s high time for me to write about it.

It started out really well at the beginning of September,
but an unexpected sick child and a trip home to Indiana put a little damper on my training.
I’m back on the upswing now
and survived my longest run to date on Saturday, 5.5 miles.

Up until this point, I haven’t had too much trouble finding time to run,
especially since our little nugget loves her jogging stroller.
My weekday runs are increasing in length though,
so hopefully I can continue to get in 4-5 days of running each week.

I have also registered for another race in the meantime,
the U Can Finish Distance Dare, which is the 5 mile + 2 mile race.
It turned out that it was the same weekend as my previously scheduled
7 mile run, so I figured it be good to get a race in there.

 I do need some help, and am in need of some recommendations.

Running gear.
What are your favorites?
I really need socks and sports bras,
but will take suggestions for tops, shorts, capris, etc.
What do you love, what do you hate?

What do you do for water on runs?
I would like to drink water on long runs,
but I have been spoiled having the stroller hold my water bottle during the week.
I ran once holding my water bottle in my hand and hated it.
My next 2-3 long runs I ran without water.
What are my other options?

Weight training.
I know I want to do core and arms, but I’m not sure where to start.
Other than the obvious, sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups.
Send me any good workouts that you love,
preferably ones that are quick that I can do at home.

Thanks for your support & recommendations, interweb friends!