Running is my kind of therapy. I love the feeling I get after a run. At peace with myself, calm, determined. Running is to me a real expression of freedom. The only judge of how good a run was is myself. I can run fast and push myself or go for a long slow jog, listening to my own breathing and letting my imagination go wild. There are no expectations to meet, no one to beat, no “right” way to do it. I truly believe that running makes me a better, happier, more confident person. As funny as it might seem, the goals I think about when running aren’t really related to the run itself. I don’t focus on my pace and my legs only but I also think about myself, who I am and where I want to go. I think of my life goals and how to achieve them. It might seem a bit weird to people who don’t run but I am sure that many runners will agree: running is a great time to think and reflect.
As such, I have always felt that running was something that I enjoyed doing alone. But as I joined the Nike Women’s 10k race which will take place in London on the 21st June, one of my friend mentioned that Nike was organising weekly training runs from most of their flagship stores. I liked the idea of meeting new people and setting myself a new challenge so I signed up to the Covent Garden Women’s home run which take place every Monday evening at 6.30pm. I absolutely loved it. The atmosphere is really brilliant, with everyone running at his or her own pace yet supporting and pushing each other. Running with the girls was a great experience.
I loved it so much that I started looking at the other training opportunities Nike was offering. I discovered the Nike + Training Club – #WeTrainToRun which is held in Regent’s Park every Saturday morning. The brilliant Running Coach G delivered a challenging training session. I felt part of a great group yet my individuality wasn’t compromised by any norms or stereotypes. No pretension or negative competitiveness, just a group of girls training together and having fun. As you can tell I really enjoyed the training sessions and will definitely keep going. Oh and I forgot to mention – it is also free!