I just started week four of a couch to 5k program that I'm doing. I found a set of great pod casts that I'm using to guide me. When the voice in my ipod says run, I run. When he tells me to walk and stay loose, I try to do that. In between there is some techno type music that seems to suit running quite well. The fact that I don't have to carry an annoying and dorky stopwatch to time these runs is the icing on the cake. Here the link for what I'm using:
So, I'm in week four and I'm hanging in there and can truthfully say that I have fully followed this program and am committed to seeing it through the entire nine weeks. At that time I've been promised that I'll be running 3 miles. I've even checked out local 5ks happening in late September.
My essentials are really my sneakers and ipod. I'm still struggling to find really comfortable clothes that move and seem to not be annoying. I'm sure this isn't helped much by the fact that most times I've run it has been 85 degrees and disgustingly humid.