Triathlon – Where to Start? (Part 3: The Run)

The Run

Of the three sports in triathlon, the one that comes last (the run) is probably the easiest to get involved in.

Firstly we would recommend going to a reputable running shop in order to buy your shoes. The running shop should be able to look at your gait and/or running form on a treadmill in order to recommend shoes that suit your particular needs.

The next steps to get into running are pretty straight forward, just select the appropriate step below and make your way down the list:

  1. Couch to 5km – For those that are completely new to running the NHS Couch to 5km is an ideal place to start. Take it a week at a time, and don’t be afraid to repeat weeks if need be. You can even take a week or two off, picking back up where you left off or going back a few weeks. Despite the formal plan, then end goal is to be able to run 5km so modifying the plan as required is absolutely fine!
  2. Parkrun – Now you are able to run 5km its time to join the most popular run in the world (probably)! The Parkrun movement is huge and there is likely to be one near to you whether in the UK or abroad! For those that don’t know, parkrun is a free timed 5km every week. Make sure you don’t forget to sign up before your first run and then don’t forget your barcode – #DFYB!
  3. Join a Club – Currently Tyne Triathlon don’t offer specific run training due to the vast number of fantastic running clubs in the North East, however, joining a club is the next step in your running journey. UK Athletics has a comprehensive list of affiliated running clubs across the UK:

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, get in touch using our contact page.

You can also check out our other beginners guides here:



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