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Training tips to help you run in the new year

A beginner's guide to running in the new year

Now that 2021 has come to an end, we can only hope that there are brighter days ahead in 2022. In 2021, life got back to normal for a few months with the return of in-person racing.

Another positive thing from the pandemic is how much running has grown in popularity, which will hopefully bring more parks, run clubs and races into your hometown.

If you are looking to set running goals for the new year, here’s a roundup of some of our favourite training tips from 2021 to keep you on your feet for 2022.

What should you look for in a pair of running shoes?

Buying a pair of running shoes isn’t easy, and it can be tricky for a first-time buyer. Everyone’s feet are different, but there are models on the market suited for different feet and purposes. There are many factors that you have to take into account. Here are the four questions you should ask before you buy a pair of shoes.

Four questions you should ask before you buy running shoes

How can you make winter running fun?

The cold, snow, ice and lack of daylight can make running feel more like a chore this time of year, so if your motivation is starting to drop with the temperature, try these six tips to keep things fun this winter.

6 ways to keep running fun this winter

How often should you be running?

When starting, the idea is to choose a number that you know you can stick to long-term. This number will vary depending on your fitness level, lifestyle and how much time you can commit to running.

How often should I be running?

What is speedwork and when should you start doing it?

Most training programs focus on gradually building up mileage with slow, easy runs, avoiding any kind of faster running until a few weeks in. While there is nothing wrong with this gradual approach, new runners can add some faster running into their programs right away if they are able to keep it controlled.

Beginners: when should you start doing speedwork?

How do you know when you are ready to race?

Your goal race is here, and after weeks of training, you’re feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves, and perhaps even some doubt. At the end of the day, racing should be a fun experience and something you look forward to, not dread.

How do you know if you’re race-ready?