Lucie Loves…Blogged. part one // Behind-the-scenes at the #WeOwnTheNight @NikeUK @ELLEUK photoshoot
On Thursday I was delighted to be one of the 30 or so Fitness, Fashion & Lifestyle bloggers to attend a Nike x ELLE UK photoshoot to kick off the exclusive female-only We Own The Night 10K running campaign.
It all started when I received an amazing email off Stephanie from Nike UK who said that she felt I was one of the people who could help change the way other girls see running.
++ Cue shocked and simultaneously excited expression on my face ++
I was immediately hooked by her flattery and decided to take her up on the challenge to create a new running culture for women like me who are not mega-fit, like to wear a pretty clothes and (occasionally) run/go to the gym in a full face of make-up because that’s just how they roll/start the day.
My own fitness regime varies greatly.
Since moving to London 6 months ago, it took me a while before I got myself into gear and joined a gym. I was beginning to miss my ‘me-time’. As any of you girls who live similarly hectic lifestyles will know, it’s easy to get swept up into the day-to-day routine of Eat-Work-Sleep. I wanted to reintroduce a bit of time to unwind, chill out, and think about my health and mental well-being.
Before moving to London I was exercising fairly regularly - about 3 time a week. I’d do various Les Mills workout classes at my local gym, Harborough Leisure Centre, including:
- Body Balance - a fusion of Balance, Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates choreographed to music
- Core Control or Circuits - alternating between the two - which are quite similar fast-paced workouts consisting of light weights, balance balls, planks, crunches, russian twists, sprints and other core exercises
- Body Pump - which is basically weight-lifting to music and the best de-stress session EVER.
Before I decided to join a new gym I needed to work out how much extra money and time I’d have left over each week/month after paying for travel, food, and general living costs. I then joined Virgin Active UK, it’s not cheap at £78 a month, but it is a lovely gym or should I say ’Health Club' as it likes to call itself.
At Virgin Active, I started doing a bit of straight Yoga - something I’d not ventured into before - trying out different varieties such as Hatha and Ashtanga, also known as Power Yoga. I’ve done a couple of fast classes, including TRX suspension and Kettlebells, and doing a few weakling lengths of the swimming pool. I’m a CRAP swimmer.
Haha! I’ve just been googling the definitions of various types of Yoga and up pops:
So, when I received the email/accepted the challenge from Nike UK, I decided to get out my old barely-used Nike '05 running trainers (yes, they are that old) and hit the treadmill at the gym - I did a post on my first early morning run experience here. I have run before, but not on a regular enough basis to build my fitness and stamina up.
At the Nike x ELLE UK photoshoot, I was delighted to receive a Nike goody bag to set me up for my We Own The Night 10K training. It included a small Nike+ Fuelband, a pair of silver/white Nike Free 5.0+ womens running shoes and a pair of black running shorts, a training diary with pre-planned dates leading up to the big 10K run event on May 18th 2013 at Victoria park, London.
Gifts accepted I’ve got to do the run now.
Photography © Lucie Kerley