- The Nike+ kit and a Nano, iPhone or iPod touch
- A good sports bra.
- Running tights. I hear your protests - you look big in them, you're not comfortable wearing them. Bla bla bla. You know what I say? Get them. I believe one of the most effective ways to stop women from reaching their running potential is our own tendancy to wear sweatpants on workouts. Don't do it. There's enough to fight when getting your running going without adding excess textile material to the list.
- Good shoes.
- Running socks. They are expensive, but work in a ritual way. You should wear them only when running. They signal that you take this as seriously as you should.
- Personally, I also wear (and swear by my) orthotics. If you have bunions or any kind of knee/foot/back problems it could be a good idea to see an orthopedist before you start running for real.
- If you're a man, chances are great that you think you'll need a Garmin 405 as well. But so far, only women have signed up for this thing.
Yes this is a lot. But it's an investment in yourself.