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what bit of kit made the most difference for you?

I have been reluctant to invest to heavily in any gear as I didnt want to add any additional 'well I have to do it now that I have spent x on x' pressure.

Luckily I already had some good running trainers, but I was wondering what made the most difference to others? I am tempted by longer leggings as the weather gets colder - what do you reckon?

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Maybe not what you meant by "kit", but I would get a GPS watch if you can. Garmin are a good brand. You can save all your runs online and really get a of view how you are progressing from week to week.

It helps if you like gadgets, but I find it really useful. You can program it to tell you when to walk and when to run, so you are less dependant on Laura, and when you graduate and progress to more complex training, you can program all your workouts in it.

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The best running kit I have - is a cycling top with three pockets on the back - handy for ipod, tissue, keys i also have these little bottles which fit perfectly into the pockets. i also have a garmin which i think is fab :-)

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Proper running socks, cushioned, supportive and keep my feet dry, have the Nike Dri-fit ones and also some More-Miles. Well worth it and not all that expensive.

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All good! hadn't even considered a gps thingy - i'll have a think about that if I graduate and think i can justify the cost!

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I use the UP Move, not as high end as the Garmin but it syncs with Strava. RRP £30-£40, Amazon for £12 delivered. Or you can just upload the free version of Strava?

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My hat gearforgirls.co.uk/ronhill-... a present from my son. I love it. It keeps thew sun froom my eyes, the drips from the trees from my head and makes me feel like I'm in disguise!

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I love my Ronhill 'go faster' running cap. Just as you said, keeps sun out of my eyes, rain too, helps to keep my head warm in winter. Have even turned it round to keep hot sun off the back of my neck a few times too!, Also love my Garmin Forerunner 110 for the best tracking and info.

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A good sports bra - but obviously only essential for some of us!!

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Yes! I had a new one today. Impossible to run without! (Ouch!)

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I think my Garmin has worked wonders on my speed

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I'd say my shoes... Cost the earth but stop me from being crippled by shin pain!!!

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Like the y-fumble arm band to hold my phone.

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Hi ReyC,

My favourite kit item is my Adidas two-layer long sleeved top. It's lovely and soft and took me right through even last winter (down to zero C) with no extra jacket. This is strange because generally I feel the cold more that most people. Somehow I ran all last winter (and even through to about May) in capri length tights - never felt the need full length ones. On cold days though gloves and a hat are essential!

Happy shopping!

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Running shoes, running shoes, running shoes, running shoes, running shoes and, if you are a girl-type person (or a chap with moobs), a good sports bra. Apart from that, the only other thing I can say is a cap to keep rain out of your eyes.

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Running socks for comfort plus a pair of cushioned insoles with good arch support for my flatter than flat feet, deffo has helped my knees

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Yes running shoes , running socks and good high impact bra. Running tights are good I wear 3 quarter but as the weather gets cold you may like the full leg ones

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I got ear buds so no annoying wires as Bluetooth I also got thermal gloves and fleece lined hat

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Oh and a reflective zip top with zip pocket for phone

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