Redefining my comfort zone

Speed is not my friend and even though I was a sprinter as a child (in the loosest sense of the word, no one else in my class wanted to do it so I did) I definitely am not one now. I love my steady pace and longer distances but I was excited about going to this session and pushing myself. Running always makes me feel as if I am flying and sprinting feels like dive-bombing through the air. The location was in a car park in London Bridge and one of the first things we had to do was climb to the very top (13 flights) in order to some sprinting and squatting.

Of course I climbed to the top and after dropping bags I made my way to the roof where a track had been painted on the ground and music was playing. The sun was shining and everyone was in a good mood. It had the vibe of a festival if festivals were about training and sweating and eating healthy – I genuinely wish all festivals really were like this.

As there were a lot of us, we were all split into two groups, one would be doing some NTC training one floor below while the other would be practising their speed on the roof. Both groups were led by Nike Trainers and British Athletics Coaches (how cool is that? When else will I ever have the chance to train with people who actually know what they are doing?) I was in the group running around in circles on the roof (sounds simple and easy when I put it like that doesn’t it?) first. With my knee twinging as much as it has been I knew it would be painful but I didn’t realise how fun it would be. There were sprinting drills of all kinds and all the Nike trainers pushed us to go faster and faster.

When we headed downstairs it was all about core strength for speed. Squats, lunges, burpees (handed out in punishment when we weren’t moving), and planks. It was fun and I promise I’m not lying. There was one move, a curtsey type lunge which really aggravated my knee so that was the one I didn’t push myself in but the rest of the moves I could do and I could do well.

As an update the day after this speed session my knee was almost absolutely fine – I don’t know what happened but the training didn’t cause it to hurt more. And today, as I write this it feels perfectly fine. My body is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a puzzle and I can’t even begin to understand it. I have never run in an empty car park before with such experts and I don’t know if I ever will again. It was such a fantastic experience and I am really glad I went. I am hoping so much that I beat my own 10km PB (59 minutes) and I know that sessions like this can only help.

All pictures are mine except for the first three – they have been taken by Nike and all copyright belongs to them.

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