DOING BITS WITH NIKE
Something really exciting happened last Friday.
I woke up as I usually do at about 6:30 am, checked my phone and discovered an email with the subject 'Paris 10k Experience'. I thought nothing of it at first as I do tend to get my fair share of weird and wonderful emails...! But then I noticed the sender's email address - '@nike.com'. That's when I realised I had been invited to do the Paris 10k Run this weekend with the one and only Nike.
As you can probably image, words can even begin to describe my excitement. Being the Nike fanatic (borderline-obsessive) that I am, this is a dream come true. My love affair with the brand started two years ago right at the beginning of my fitness journey and I have never looked back since.
So, how does one prepare for a 10k race in 1 week? I notoriously hate any form of cardio and have disliked running ever since I was little. I was never any good at races back in school so I forced myself to accept that my body wasn't made to run.
I have focus all of my training around weights for the past couple of years which has given me the aesthetic that I wanted, but I have recently discovered the importance of having good 'general fitness'. By general fitness I mean being able to run for the tube whilst carrying my laptop bag, being able to walk up the escalators at Angel station, being able to carry my weekly food shop home - having functional strength makes doing day-to-day things so much easier.
After signing up for the Tough Mudder last month for the event on the 25th October with my work friends at Six3Nine, I started to teach myself to run. Over the past few weeks I have managed to go from being able to manage roughly 5 minutes max on the treadmill to smashing out a 5k.
Do you want to know what the hardest part has been? To accept that I CAN run, if I really really want to.
With just 6 days until my 10k with Nike, I asked for advice on how best to prepare from one of the trainers at work. Naturally I assumed I would need to complete a couple of 10k runs before this Sunday, but I soon found out that that was essentially one of the worst things I could do. The strain I would be putting my muscles through and the risk of injury would not stand me in good stead at all.
Instead I have been advised to complete:
- 1 x 6k RUN
- 1 x 4k RUN
- 1 x 2k RUN
This way, I am building up my stamina without over-doing it and hurting myself. The adrenaline on the day will also help me power through! My time for the 6k last night was just over 40 minutes which isn't great but I felt good. I believe that once you hit that 30 minutes mark of running you can just power through the rest of your route (that is what I keep telling myself at least...)
I will post another update on how I am getting on before I leave for Paris on Saturday. I would like to thank Nike for this amazing experience I have ahead of me, I genuinely cannot wait!
Love from The Fashion Fitness Foodie x