Shoes – It would be in your best interest to go to a store that specializes in running shoes. The last thing you want to do is neglect feet, the things that are carrying you across the finish line. This also isn’t the time to go crazy and start picking so off running shoe, you’ll want to stick with the basics. Also, the two main things you’ll want to focus on on your quest to finding your perfect shoes are finding a pair of shoes that are first, comfortable and secondly provide support. Those two things are the two major determinants that will allow you to cross the finish line.
Watch – Keeping your runs timed will provide you with the data you need to motivate you to keep going. What I would do is, keep a running log, make sure you measure your distance ran, time, and how you felt and if you had any discomforts. If you want to spend a little more money and get fancy with it, a GPS app on your phone or any other app that provides feedback on your running would be very advantageous on your quest to completing a run.
Other than shoes, the watch is the biggest motivator out there that will allow you to keep running as it will help you look back to see how far you’ve come. Additionally, it will give you a blueprint of where you need to be in order to break your previous goals.
Clothing – There’s no way around the fact that running clothes will cost you a pretty penny. The biggest thing for me, personally, is that you do not have to go out there and buy the latest and greatest. Simple workout and running clothes are often the best workout clothes. As long as it wicks your sweat and keeps you dry and comfortable, is there really anything else we want our clothes to do for us? Of course, later down the line, if the more expensive clothes are more your fancy there is no reason to not indulge a bit. At the end of the day it is important to find something comfortable to run in.
Now you have all the tools necessary to begin trying for that marathon or that run. The last few things you need are intangible. Dedication, commitment, and will power, those thing will take you to the finish line. When you feel like you can no longer push, keep pushing.
Running like most things takes time, rushing into it won’t help much. It is much better to begin slower and little by little increase the intensity and difficulty. You will see in time that it will become easier, all it takes is the consistency of training. Stretching prior and after running, taking NSAID medication if inflammation occurs, and/or simply icing and heat sore muscles and joints will make a huge difference throughout your preparation.
The gear I mentioned above coupled with the intangibles will take you the extra step in completing your runs and achieving your dreams.