In preparation for the Nike 10k, Nike have been running a selections of runs from their various stores getting people ready for the big day. Yesterday was the longest run with distances from 8km, 9km, and 10km. I love 10km as a distance so that was the group I was in. All we were told was that we were running to a secret location where there would be food waiting for us.
Also 10 points to Slytherin if you can spot me, though I don’t think it’s very hard considering my love for bright colours.
The above photo was taken by Nike master trainer Faisal once we had all finished and were getting ready to celebrate (and by this I mean eat). But let me take you back to the beginning of the evening when I first made my way to Nike Town. For one thing the amount of people who had turned up was astonishing – this was going to be a really big group and that was so exciting. We all handed in our bags, which were going to be transported to the secret location and waited for the whole shindig to begin.
This is only a small selection of the people in the 10km group – the 8km and 9km had roughly the same amount of people. We were all talking and excited and ready to run. As I have said it is only when I run with an organisation (like Nike or Elle) that I run through the centre of London and for last night’s run we hit all the major landmarks as well as ran along the Embankment, something I really have never done before. It was beautiful. There were stops along the way so that everyone could catch up and these were the perfect moments to take some pictures, including the obligatory sweaty selfie with Em.
As we made our way through London we all began to theorise where we were heading. We all guessed it was going to be somewhere in Shoreditch, or that area since it is the epicentre of all cool, but none of us guessed it would be this beautiful completely hidden secret garden full of bean bags, drinks, and most importantly food stalls. I ended up with Vietnamese street food by Hanoi Kitchen – I say ended up as if it is a bad thing when in reality it was the best possible thing ever.
I really am so excited about the 10k now – I want to smash my time and I want to have a good time doing it.