You don’t need anything but running shoes to start running. But having some basic gear can make a big difference and keep you going.
I found an easy and simple half-marathon training plan with no gimmicks that worked to get me a sub-2hr PR in my first 13.1 race!
Just took the New Balance 1080v7 shoes out for a spin, and I like them so far. Way easier on my knees and ankle than the Altra Paradigm or Mizuno Wave Rider.
I did the Stronglifts 5×5 program a few years back, and I loved it. Really loved it. I gained strength megafast, and I truly felt like a superhero doing it.