26 October 2009

Grazia/Nike’s 10K run: We DID it!

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After months of dedicated (ok, slightly sporadic for some of us) training and a lot of worrying about what to wear/what to eat the night before, we’ve done it! Team Grazia all completed the Nike+ Human Race 10K on Saturday – with varying times and degrees of thigh burn… And we were delighted to see thousands of you all turn up and take part, too. Inspired by the legendary Paula Radcliffe kicking off the race, just a week before she’s set to appear in the New York marathon, women from all over the country ran through a rainy Victoria Park, cheered on by family and friends watching on the sidelines. Some of you we talked to had never taken part in a competitive race before, some were aiming to – and broke – their personal best times for a 10K but everyone we met seemed to have caught the running bug. And they’d put it to good use. One new-runner Emma FitzGerald inspired us with her story of raising over £8,000 in sponsorship for the Quiet Cancer Appeal, after her best friend had been diagnosed with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. But we’re equally proud of everyone who crossed the finish line with slightly flushed faces. Congratulations to you all! And don’t give up now. Nike’s expert Jane Wake told us this morning the best way to get rid of our aching muscles (it’s called delayed onset muscle soreness) is by getting back into exercise: a gentle walk, jog or swim and some stretches. Then maintain your new uber fitness level by sticking with three 20-30 minute exercise sessions per week. Mind you, we also quite liked Paula Radcliffe’s post-race celebration tips. ‘Oh I eat anything,’ she told us on Saturday. ‘Donuts, chocolate cake – whatever I feel like. Your body needs to refuel and you deserve a treat after all!’ That’s our kind of girl!


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