YES, you need shoes specifically for walking or running. Someone fitting you for these shoes will use terms pertaining to flat feet, supination, pronation… there is a whole separate language for taking care of your feet when you undertake such a big goal! It is well worth the investment to avoid sore feet, or worse, injury. If you got shoes for last year’s training, it is time for a new pair. They may still feel comfortable, but shoes DO have a shelf life (about 400 miles).
Tip One: Remember to layer
The mornings are cold but you will warm up within a few miles. The best advice I have read (Runner’s World, I think) is to take the outside temperature and add 20 degrees. If Saturday morning is to be 43 degrees, dress as you would for 63 degrees. If it is raining, some prefer a cap to keep the rain off the face. If it is raining, some add a layer, as the wetness will reduce the warmth. As you warm up, you will want to shed. A jacket ties around the waist. A cap can hang on the water belt.
Tip Two: Sunscreen
When the weather is nicer it becomes important to remember the sun screen. It is good to make it a habit as part of your outfit.
Tip Three: Support
Those joggers and breastfully endowed walkers – the jostling that occurs with jogging tears at the microfibers that hold our breasts up and over time they loosen and sag. The more support we can give them, the better! A good jog bra is a well spent investment. You can have an expensive bra and top with a more affordable, less supportive jog bra.