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1. A good sports bra.

I really like H&M's sports clothing. If you have small boobs, this one is only £9.99. And if you need a bit more support, this one is £19.99 and has a pair of hooks at the back.

If you have extra money to spend, this £52 Lululemon sports bra comes in eight colours and has five-star reviews. One reviewer said, "I run about 50 miles a week and this bra does the trick for every single run. It's very lightweight and tight in all the right places while not digging in anywhere."

2. A decent pair of trainers that won't ruin your feet.

Asics

If you're serious about running, you ought to get your running shoes specially measured. Runner's Need offers a measuring service in 27 stores across the UK. But if you're just starting out, you can't go wrong with these £55 Asics ones.

If you want to spend a bit less money, I have an older version of these Nike trainers, which are £33.99 from Sports Direct. They've lasted me about five years of on-and-off running and they're still as good as new.

4. And if your leggings don't have a pocket for your phone, you might want to invest in a running belt.

Amazon

This Protone hydration belt is £12.99 from Amazon and it has space for a water bottle as well as your keys and phone. One reviewer said, "The belt and bottles didn't dig in my back or rub my waist. The soft elasticated belt didn't move or work loose and getting the drink bottles out was easy even with cold fingers. The bottles were easy to grasp when drinking and running along. There was room in the zipped purse for my mobby fone and a couple of gels."

But if you're not bothered about carrying your water in your belt, this SNHNY one is £7.49 from Amazon and has a five-star review.

5. A few vest tops.

If you're planning on running more than once a week, you'll want to buy at least two vest tops. This lightweight vest top is £9.99 from H&M, has a racer back, and is made of a quick dry material so you won't feel too sweaty when you run.

Alternatively, this £14.90 vest top from Uniqlo has a supportive sports bra fitted into it.

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6. And a waterproof, long-sleeved top for when it's cold and rainy.

Aldi may seem like a weird place to buy sportswear from, but hear me out. I have an older version of this £19.99 hooded jacket and it's perfect. It's lightweight so you won't get too hot in the summer, but it's warm enough to wear in the winter too. Plus, it's waterproof, so you can even use it in the rain.

If you want something a little bit cheaper, and you're not worried about rain, this £14.90 Uniqlo hoodie is stretchy and sweat-resistant.

9. Waterproof sunscreen that won't run into your eyes when you get gross and sweaty.

Amazon

If you're going to be running in the summer, you're going to need to wear sunscreen so you don't burn.

This Malibu sunscreen is £4.10 per bottle from Amazon and because it's waterproof it won't run into your eyes when you sweat. One reviewer said, "It goes on really easy, dries and leaves no oily deposits on your skin, you wouldn't know you had it on."

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11. Gloves with touchscreen fingertips so you can control your music.

Amazon

If you're running in the winter, you'll need to keep your fingers warm. These FakeFace gloves are £5.55 from Amazon and have got five-star reviews. They're knitted, so they'll keep you cosy warm and you'll also be able to use your phone's touchscreen while you're wearing them so you can control what you're listening to.

12. If you don't like listening to music when you run, you could subscribe to Audible.

It costs £7.99 a month to subscribe to Audible. That fee includes access to one new audiobook a month. I've been working my way through the Harry Potter series and it's been lovely.

Alternatively, you could subscribe to a free podcast. Like everyone else right now, I'm obsessed with S-Town, but you can find a bunch of other great podcast recommendations here.

13. If you've got the cash, you might want to invest in wireless headphones.

Amazon

These AELEC bluetooth headphones are £18.99 from Amazon and are well reviewed. One reviewer said, "They are really easy to set up even without the instructions, and offer a clear, and crisp sound. The Bluetooth signal is strong, and I was able to connect my Android phone without any issues whatsoever."

But if you're really into headphones, and you want to spend a bit more, you could invest in these glamorous £149.95 Bose ones, which are both sweat- and weather-resistant.

15. If you get really into running, you might want to invest in a fitness tracker.

I absolutely love my Fitbit Flex 2, which was £69.99. You can set it to give you time and distance updates as you run, and it'll break down your run for you at the end. It also tracks your route, and it's waterproof so you can also use it to track swimming too.

16. And finally, you'll need to download a training plan...

Bupa

I just followed this beginners' 10km training plan from Bupa and it was great. It makes you run three times a week (with a long run on a Sunday) and is totally manageable if you're starting from scratch. Bupa has half marathon and marathon training plans too.

If you want to start off with a shorter distance, I've also heard good things about the NHS's Couch to 5km plan.

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