When I was about to start running, and was waiting for my disgusting multiple ingrowing toenails to heal (really, there would have been massive bloodloss if I’d tried running before they got operated on) I researched running on the internet. It’s the kind of thing the web is for.
Almost every site said something along the lines of
‘The most important thing for someone to start running, is that they get a proper running top with ‘wicking’ technology that draws the sweat away from the body’. And some expensive running shoes.
And I thought – rubbish! The first thing someone needs to do is actually get off the sofa and run around the block. Yes, in the end, if they persevere, they will need some ‘wicking’ tops, and some good running shoes. But the most important thing for them to do is go for that first run, even if it’s a 5 minute wheeze around the block in the evening when it’s dark and the neighbours won’t see them. They’re not likely to get that sweaty in 3 minutes.
It can be hard enough to motivate yourself to start something like this, without feeling that you’ve got to spend lots of money first.