Posted: 15/06/2015 at 17:37
If your work hours aren't too odd it's worth tracking down a local running club and/or the local parkrun. Why, I hear you ask... well then you have a ready-made group of people who have done all sorts of things in their time (quite a few of them will have gone from scratch like you're doing now) and human nature being what it is, anyone asking for advice will ... certainly get it Some of it will even be useful (just off the top of my head, things like...
"How old are those shoes?"
"You'm shoes be too small, boy!"
"Oh I always go and see ..." [insert argument which mentions all the local physios, sports massage people, etc etc] "... when my shins 'go'"
"Don't do " [insert name of race] " it's crap, four people got lost last year and they ran out of of medals, come and do " [insert name of other race] "with us!"