Nike She Runs Sydney
Over the last 6 weeks, I have been training hard for the Nike She Runs event in Auckland and Sydney. On Monday the 28th of April I ran the 10km in Auckland and on May the 1st I flew to Sydney to take part in the Sydney event on Saturday night. There were 7 girls from Auckland that flew over together. We had all been training together for the last 6 weeks. It was nice having such a supportive and encouraging group of girls to go over with. Although I ran the 10km on Monday night, I was still so nervous to run in Sydney. I had butterflies all day!! We had a big breakfast on Saturday morning to ensure we were fuelled well for the race and I drank 2 litres of water to ensure I was hydrated.
On Saturday evening, we made our way down to Centennial Park in Sydney. We waited in the media lounge before the race where we prepared for the run. The entire park was buzzing, there were live bands, bouncy castles, refreshments and a lot of photos being taken. The organisation of the event was amazing. I was so impressed! At 6pm, 6000 girls faced the cold and took off on their run. Before we ran we had to decide what pace we wanted to run, I chose to run the 5.5 minute per km pace. The track was more difficult than the Auckland track, we started off running over a hill and ended the race on a hill as well, which I found slowed me down. Along the way there were water stations, a big sign at every km telling us how long had run, and people cheering us on including cheerleaders, drummers and a marching band. I have to admit that I really struggled with this run, I had the stitch for at least half of it, I felt fatigued and it was cold. I wanted to run this race in under an hour which I did. My time was 59 minutes and 30 seconds. YAY! I could not believe I made it under an hour considering I had the stitch.
After the race, there were fresh juices and salads, a performance from Guy Sebastian and we could even get a massage if we were sore. I would highly recommend this event for anyone who currently runs or wants to begin running. It was so much fun and I find that running in a group really pushes you to finish the race without stopping to walk which I used to do when running alone. I did not think that 6 weeks ago I would run 10km twice in a week and also finish both races in under an hour. Now I want to actually look forward to go for a run during the week.
I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the girls that I flew over to Sydney with, Nike and everyone that helped in organising the event. It was an amazing night!!