Postie, if you can swim I'm happy to pair up. I have damaged shoulder muscles after a boozy weekend of enthusiastic pitching for 2 hours (softball)! I therefore haven't swum for a while and was going to see how it went on the day.
compressed fruit bars are lovely. Dried fruits taken on a run will not send you scampering for the bushes - it takes more than a few hours for food to go right the way through the digestive track (unless you are a goose)!! Also pretzl sticks (salty), jaffa cakes, malt loaf, bananas, kendal mint cake, tangerines, digestive biscuits, cold cooked new potatoes, nuts, etc..... any or all of the above! Isotonic drinks work well if it's salts and hydration that you need. Try different ones to see which ones you like - Nuun and SIS Zero are two popular ones. On LDWAs (which are a bit slower) I've even taken small cans of baked beans eaten cold and diced cold meats! Yum. Mind you I think I was a labrador in a previous life!
Well done for starting! Read this as a starter for 10... http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/beginners/the-total-beginners-quick-guide-to-running/24.html
No need for the gym. Save your money and buy a comfy pair if running trainers and some running togs. No need for Lycra, it's not compulsory! Some shorts and a technical top should do in the current weather and find a nice quiet route from home. Start walking and introduce running as you go. Do it a pace that allows you to talk otherwise you are going too fast and will either hurt yourself or just get fed up. Enjoy and tell us how you are getting on. There are plenty of beginners threads.