I would also build up to a lot of ridiculously slow mileage at a very low heart rate at around 180 minus age beats per minute. This will give you a good aerobic base, get you prepared for time on your feet and condition you against injury.
Less gear. One size fits all in most things except shoes.
That way there will be less agonising and fewer "what shoes should I wear?" posts on forum threads. Manufacturers could then pass on the economies of scale and stop charging us around £100 and rising for a pair of fell shoes that are fairly cheap to manufacture.
In Liptrot's Republic the only car would be a Nissan Micra and everyone gets one free.