As you may know from our previous post, we have partnered with Nike for their upcoming event, the British 10k. 5 of our writers will be racing in the event, despite having never run a race before, and Nike will be supplying us with all of the best equipment for the task.
We’re competing against our good friends at Yin & Yang in a bit of fun rivalry, with 5 of their runners going head to head against ours to see which blog can finish the race first.
A few weeks have passed since our last update, and we’ve all been training hard to get ready for the race. Whilst it’s not a massive event, we all have very demanding jobs which leave us with very little free time, so it’s been a concerted effort from all to make sure we’re ready in time. Most of us have started from scratch, and we’re having to use all of Nike’s tools and guides at our disposal to get from the sofa to the finish line.
Whilst I used to do a lot of sports as a teenager, I’ve not really done much in recent years and was feeling the effects. Having a target with a deadline on it has helped me focus my efforts, and I’ve gone from the occasional 3-5k run to 8k or 9k without too much effort. Having the right pair of shoes has made a huge difference too as my ankles are quite weak and tend to over-pronate, so Nike made sure I had the right shoes to get the support required. There’s only a few days left till the race, but my (ambitious) target is 50 minutes. I’m likely to hit just above it, but if you don’t reach for the moon you won’t fall on the stars! – Felix Morgan
Firstly, I should start by saying that I am not a runner. I’ve never really ran more than 4km and find it hard to get motivated for a run. That’s why I set myself this challenge, to run the Nike British 10km. I’ve been running about 3 times a week and cross training with boot camp, and I have really noticed the change in my fitness level as well as my mood! This positive change is largely thanks to Nike, with my new trainers that properly support my feet, proper running kit and the Nike + app which has tracked my running and improvement. I’ve got mixed emotions about Sunday’s race though… it’s going to be my first race and so I want to do myself proud and run within a good time but I also just want to take it in and enjoy the run around London. – Natalie Simpson
Signing up for the British 10k gave me the motivation to kick start a healthier life style and Nike helped make that a reality. In these past few weeks I have had my gait measured and the perfect running trainers picked which has helped me go from running to the shop to running around the park. I have been looking forward to this Sunday for a while now as it gives me a great chance to measure my improvement. – Peter Rattew
Over my four years at Uni I managed to put on a lot of weight which I have recently lost, I assumed that with this weight loss would come a new found energy and fitness, I was wrong. As my waistline had expanded my fitness had taken a nose dive and this coupled with habitual smoking made my first run a trial to say the least. But I stuck with it, my Nike+ app muttering words of encouragement in my ear ‘speed 16kph, distance 2.5km’ and slowly but surely my lungs and body began to heal. Four weeks on and I have given up the cigs (something made much easier when you have a reason to do so) and have gone from a stitch clutching wretch to being able to run for 3km straight without slowing and now that I’m back into the fitness lifestyle I have no intention of stopping there. – Richard Kirk
I’m very excited about the British 10K Race, its something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m happy to be apart of it. As a frequent runner, I only ever run for long periods of times every once in a while, as I often opt for short 30 minute blast runs a few times a week instead. However, once I got my head around what the length of a 10K run was, the Nike + App did the rest. Since purchasing the app, I’ve not looked back, its helped me to push myself to run further by letting me know key things like; how well I’m doing and how much further I’ve ran since my last run. The most exhilarating part of my running experience though, is finally owning the correct pair of Nike running trainers. Thanks to Nike gait analysis, I now own a pair of trainers that work well with the way I run. I am a little nervous about the race, but its going to be good. My aim is to finish the race within 65 minutes. – Rozie Gyems
So as you can see, we’re all working through it and we’re incredibly excited about the race! We’ll be posting live to our personal Facebook pages throughout the race, and you’ll be able to find out how we’ve done in real time. If anyone wants to come down and cheer us on you’re more than welcome, and we will most likely be going for a drink afterwards to celebrate!
If anyone else is running the race, please let us know in the comments!