Im a fan, like cycling i find it relaxes me mentally.
Have only recently tried to increase, nothing too serious, just 4-6km runs depending on how my legs are feeling, usually 2-3 times a week. Looking to up it slowly.
I find it also is the most effective for me in terms of weight loss.
Just a loop around my area i map out on google maps, having to put two little ones to sleep my runs are usually late night ones.
Avg speed is only about 10km/h, so nothing crazy, but enough for me to break a good sweat.
Gear wise, im a fan of compression gear, both during and post run. currently running skins A400s, shorts, and either a tshirt or hoodie depending on weather. Got a nike pack that came with a scully and gloves which is really nice during winter.
Have always ran in asiscs, last 3 pairs have been asics, DS trainers, and some older GTs. Kayanos arches were too high for me.
I tried my brothers Free Runs and they were surprisingly ok, so might give them a whirl next.