So yesterday I took part in Nike and Elle‘s We Own The Night women’s 10k in Victoria Park, London. I arrived mega early just as the gates opened to the ‘village’, which was filled with delicious eateries, a stage with a DJ pumping out some motivational tunes and some bean bags to chill on ahead of the race. At 7.30, the warm up kicked off and then we had to stand at the start line ready for the off. Unfortunately, that’s where it all went wrong and my chances of getting a sub 55 minute 10k ended as I’d got myself way back in the pack by the 70 minute pacer and my 1st k got off to hideously slow 8 min/k start (oops). I clawed it back though overtaking half the pack to finish in 55.24, which isn’t too shabby under the circumstances.
As with all of these big event type races though, they are great fun, and the atmosphere was wonderful, but they are not for PB hunters like me unfortunately. Still, I’ve never finished a race with a glass of champers so can’t complain!
Things I’ll do for next time:
- Gather together team Dashing Divas!
- Get right at the front!
- Not expect a PB
Diva rating: 3/5