Questions from a new runner
I am a female in my late 20's and I have just started running (well walking/jogging right now). I am about 40lbs overweight, and my goal in running is to lose fat and improve my cardio fitness. I have a couple of questions that I'm hoping you can help me with.
1) I need to get a good pair of running shoes - I've heard that Running Room is a good store. Can anyone recommend another store that is located in downtown Toronto? Also, how much should I be looking to pay for a decent pair of shoes?
2) Is there anything in particular (other than water) that I should be eating/drinking before or after a run?
3) I've read running plans for beginners and they all suggest things like walk for 3 min run for 30 sec etc. Does the timing really matter? My general route is about 5 km. I walk the first 2km briskly to get warmed up, and then jog for as much of the other 3 km as I can - at this point it's not a lot. I jog until I get really out of breath and then walk until I catch my breath. Is there anything wrong with my technique?
Thanks in advance for any help!