Not a lot of people know this (mainly because I didn’t blog about it) – but I ran the first ever Nike We Own The Night 10K race here in London last year. Heck I even got a PB whilst doing so, making it the first ever official 10K race I’ve managed to run under 55 minutes!

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So when I got invited to the launch event of this years We Own The Night race – I was pretty excited. Since I wasn’t invited last year I didn’t really know what to expect, but I can honestly say that I had loads of fun!

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Lots of fabulous ladies were there from Run Dem Crew and it felt so uplifting to finally do something on a week night that didn’t involve running around South East London!

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When I arrived I was given a moleskine notebook with the WOTN logo on the front and a handwritten note on the inside. I was given a glass of bubbly and went and collected my free kit that was in a cute little locker with my name tag on it.

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After saying hello to the Food & Lycra girls, I went to have my gate analysis done so they could determine what running shoes I should wear. Whilst in the queue I also had a quick catch up with my friend Elles (who you can see running in the pic below!)

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Once I had my shoes I went and said hello to the girls in the stylist corner that were showing different ways of personalising the kit that we had been given, alongside some other running and training gear that I really wanted (I REALLY NEED A RUNNING GILET IN MY LIFE!).

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I was given tips on how to make long-lasting energy drinks and recovery smoothies, and I also got to chat with a person from Kiehl’s who gave me some great advice and help when it comes to taking care of my skin when I run a lot. It has started to hurt from all the salt and sweat, so the tips they gave me were really useful.

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They had a photobooth there, which of course me, E and Angel took full advantage of – and we laughed so much it made my belly hurt a bit. (in a good way of course!)

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All in all it was a super fun evening and something I really needed to boost my spirit after a week filled with a lot of emotions. On my way home I couldn’t stop smiling and I felt so incredibly lucky and fortune to have been given this opportunity.

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Im by no means some super runner or athlete, Im not famous and Im not sponsored by Nike, so I feel very spoiled. I realise that Im a drop in the ocean and if Im totally honest – Im not different from any of you who are reading this blog – so there’s actually no real reason for Nike to be treating me this way.

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So with that in mind I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Nike UK for making me feel so extremely special. Getting back in shape & training for my first marathon hasn’t been easy and this totally gave me the boost I needed. I can’t wait to run the WOTN 10K with all my girl friends the week before I run Copenhagen marathon with Cata & Sam!

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And if you feel up for the challenge – why not come and join me and these badass women on the 10th May? You can sign up on the We Own The Night website!