Welcome to Kerry, this year's fourth and first ever lady addition to www.parishwalk.com blog team. By the way what is the collective noun for bloggers? Answers in 'comments' please.
It didn't take you very long to work out what a load of self obsessed, vain bunch of dayglo lycra clad geeks a most of us are did it?
In all seriousness though, one of the great things about walking is that you really don't need much in the way of expensive clothing and equipment and per mile, it must really be one of the cheapest activities you can indulge yourself in.
A t-shirt, pair of shorts, socks, trainers, bumbag, waterproof jacket for the wet days, a couple of globs of vaseline and away you go. The high visibility vest is optional but it does slightly reduce the risk of being mown down by half sighted, three quarter asleep mad manx drivers.
It is worth spending a little dosh on your feet but my first finish was in a cheap pair of pumas and I didn't get a blister until Andreas. Yes, you can buy GPS watches, grow super epidermal 'Skins,' but it'll not really take you any further any faster and there's no better way to see the Manx sea and landscape.
Who knows, after you giving your first training secret away, we may soon see Robbie Callister and Sean Hands out pushing prams. I reckon that has to be a great idea for improving hip mobility and it won't look quite so daft as me walking along with my hands on my head.
Anyway, good luck and the main thing is to enjoy it.