‘Proof is in Pace’ is what greeted me when I walked into Mile End’s Track for Nike’s first ever Time Trail event. It was in huge letters on a banner and when I saw it I realised I may have underestimated this event. I expected it to be a normal run except that the run would only be a mile. But instead Nike treated it like a race with bibs with electronic chips in them, a DJ (the incredible Tana), and food tents. All this managed to terrify me and thrill me. It was exciting and scary and a huge amount of fun.
Nike Milers has been designed to make you faster, ‘unleash your speed demons,’ says Nike. As I have no speed demons so to speak off I decided to try one of their Track Night sessions as Mile End Park Stadium. Run by former Team GB athlete and now coach Helen Clitheroe, I went along to test the speedy waters as it were. It didn’t help that I couldn’t find a suitable top in time so wore a Minnie Mouse t-shirt. This says a lot about me. But not having a technical top didn’t deter me from going along to the session and having one of my first ever experiences running on a track.