Posted: Yesterday at 21:39
As others have said cheap clothing as long as it's not ottos it's fine. Save your money to get comfy trainers that suit you.
if you find a pair and are happy with them then buy a second pair, might be at the end of their life just around marathon time, so possibly have a second pair means you can break them in a bit and then race in them.
also might need two pairs as a wet winter sometimes means going in shoes that are still a bit soggy at times with just one pair.
Eating whatever you want, don't think you really need to worry until you are up at the 16-20 mile runs. Below that eat or not, doesn't really matter you should have enough energy in your body in general to get you through to that sort of mileage.
gps watch is fun, not essential but I find it a great motivational tool.
Socks, some need very posh ones, lots use any old socks. I guess it just depends on how sensitive your feet are, if you need expensive look st injinji toe socks, they are fab, or smartwool / merino wool socks.
training, there are countless plans out there. Also some are based on pace, some on perceived effort, some on heart rate... basically there are millions of them out there
unless you have a pressing need for X time, start out not worry about pace, more time on feet. look at a 3/4 day a week plan, don't overdo it as this way leads to injury and defeat. It's a process of training your body and mind, and also a management exercise, in that you don't want to wear yourself out before the race. Most new runners do the same big mistake that is go our and run to far to fast. The leg muscles adapt to running a lot quicker than the rest of your tissue, so the legs feel fine, but the ligaments etc... Will take longer to adapt so start out soon and gently build up.
Hanson plans are quite nice and simple to follow. http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/marathoning-the-hansons-way as an example.
if you look around on this site runners world do their own plans.
Also read up on heart rate and maffone training, this is working at a specific heart rate, that seems very easy but does seem to work.
there a lot of people that follow and swear by Pfizinger and Douglass (p&d) Advanced marathoning book.
Running a marathon is like an iceberg the actual race is the east but after the winter training and putting in 500 plus miles in training. There are a few people starting to say the long runs are a bit OTT, but traditionally if you can get say 3 20ish mile runs in during the training it will make the race that much easier.