When I found out I was going to be staying overnight in Bath, the first thing I thought of was going for a run and hoping the weather would hold. Bath seems to be the perfect city for runners, especially tourist runners: everything is near everything else, there are long flats and challenging hills, and all the tourists a solo traveller could hope for. Only one person looked at me as if I had lost my marbles when I asked them to take a picture of me. Only one!
A couple of weeks’ ago I ran my first 10k of 2017, my first 10k after injury – the Cancer Research London Winter Run 2017. I had been nervous and excited about running it and when registration opened didn’t actually plan to. However when Elle from Keep It SimpELLE gave me the chance to run it along with other bloggers, I knew I couldn’t say no. Mainly because I really, really wanted to do it!
If I ever write an autobiography that will be the title. With my twisted ankle and constantly-in-pain knee, running has become little more than a beautiful dream. I can’t remember the last time I ran without pain. In fact I can’t remember the last time I ran 5k! Usually when the joints get a little too painful I rest, let them heal and then start running again. Only to repeat the cycle. This time I have decided to get them better properly. So that meant physio and a Profeet 3D analysis.
Over the weekend I ran in my first race since the Paris marathon. I was excited, slightly terrified (because knees), and very tempted to not turn up at all. But come Saturday afternoon I hopped on a train and made my way to the Hackney Marshes. This 5k was a free event hosted by Hackney Council all to encourage more people to run and formed part of their running weekend – with the Hackney Half-Marathon taking place on the Sunday. It was a very hot, very humid day and even before I started running I was drenched in sweat.
After a quick run together last weekend I was given the opportunity to compare marathon stories with Paula and ask her what her top marathon tips are and which of her many marathons is her favourite. I can’t tell you how excited I was about having the chance to run with and interview the World Record holder. I really, really hope you all enjoy this.
For more details on NRC and the Nike+ Running Club app visit Nike.com/london
‘I think my first marathon has to be on the list,’ Paula Radcliffe says as she sits opposite me after a NRC (Nike Running Club) shakedown run the day before the 2016 London Marathon. We had both just run a very gentle four kilometres from Oxford Circus to Holborn through London streets bathed in sunshine. ‘It was the first time running here in London, it went amazingly well and it was the race I had wanted to run with my Dad in 1985.’