As I have previously mentioned I am training for the Nike Women’s 10k alongside the lovely Hannah, Inna and Nardene.
Having just completed the London Marathon it’s weird to be training for an entirely different goal so incredibly soon, especially as I am still suffering from shin splints. This means my running is non-existent. However, anyone who followed my journey to the London Marathon knows that I wouldn’t let a thing like that stop me!
I want to show that whilst running can be competitive, it is not always driven by numbers and training logs. The best measure of a good run is one where you feel #BetterForIt. This is what the Nike Women’s 10k is all about.
I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to talk about the do’s and don’ts of training for a goal.
DO…. Wear the right kit
This may seem so obvious but it is so important to wear the right kit. Not only is it important to have the correct level of support on your feet and in your sports bra, but it is also crucial to put on clothes that make you feel good about what you’re about to do. You wouldn’t get dressed for a meeting at work in something that made you feel drab, frumpy and shit about yourself, because it’s important to enter that arena as the best version of yourself. If you can do it for work then you can do it for a workout!
Approach dressing for a workout to make you feel powerful and like nobody can mess with you! Wear the colours, materials and cut that give you support, allow you to move properly, and make you feel like you’re representing your country in the Olympics. Whilst you may not be running for England in Rio, you are running to represent yourself in life – and you deserve better than shuffling around in beaten trainers and a baggy t-shirt.
I’m extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to try out the new Nike range by JD Sports, and if you want to check out any of mine or Hannah and Inna’s looks then please visit their site.
DO…. Remember to have fun
When I was really concerned about injury drawing marathon training it really helped to have someone turn around and remind me that I was trying to run the marathon, not win the marathon. Training is supposed to be enjoyable, even if you don’t believe this as you’re doing the burpees, and it is important to remember this and to mix things up if you’re getting bored. Not to mention getting some friends involved.
DO…. Respect your body
I am currently suffering from shin splints so I know that running is not the best option for my body right now. However, I also know that this does not mean I have to neglect my fitness, but that I must respect my injury, treat it properly and work around it.
However, beyond injuries it is important to respect what your body is doing. It is so easy to get caught up in measuring things in numbers and appearances. However, never forget the internal measure of how what your body has done and can do makes you feel.
Once you’re in the momentum of training it can be easy to stop appreciating what you have done and to focus on what you’re doing next. If you feel this way then pay yourself a compliment about your training. There is always something that you can be appreciate, and if you view your body as something that moves in the world rather than something that is viewed in the world you’ll love what you’re doing so much more.
DON’T…. Forget to fuel properly
If you’re moving more then don’t forget to eat and drink accordingly. You need to fuel those muscles to grow, to feel stronger in your workouts and to avoid fatigue or even dizziness.
This doesn’t mean you’re on a free for all with whatever you want to eat, but it does mean that to fully respect your body you need to complement your training with the right food and fluids.
DON’T…. Feel disheartened by a bad run
They happen to the best of us and are not a reflection of you as a person, a runner or anything else for that matter. If you’re struggling to see the positive side just remember that you still did a run, and that run is a part of a far bigger picture. This is your lifestyle not a bootcamp!
DON’T…. Forget to feel proud of yourself
Share your endorphin rushes with your friends in person by taking them training with you, or through social media. I have shared some pretty sweaty selfies recently by feeling #BetterForIt. Get involved with this hashtag and #WeRunLondon.
I’m so lucky to be on this journey with the amazing teams at RWD, Nike, JD Sports, Hannah, Inna and Nardene, but I’m mostly lucky because 10,000 women are going to be running with me on the 21 June for no reason other than because we can and because we will feel Better for It. I think that is pretty amazing.
This is not a competition. This is a celebration. I can’t wait for it.