Nike Run to the Beat 2013

Two weeks today I’m excited to say, I’ll be running London’s 2013 Nike Run to the Beat.

I’ve run one half marathon in my life. It was eight years ago and after struggling with shin splints and limping pathetically for three days, I claimed I’d never run the 13.1 miles again. Ever.

Eight years on and I seem to have forgotten the pain and I’m putting myself through this torture again. Why? Because I do welcome a challenge, and it’s always been my ambition to run the London Marathon.

have entered the 2014 London Marathon and I’ve yet to find out if I have a place. But running the Nike Run to the Beat seemed a perfect opportunity to try and get myself in some kind of shape to tackle the marathon, if fate decides I’m in the fight to complete 26 gruelling miles along the streets of London next year.

The Nike Run to the Beat takes place in Greenwich Park – here are the reasons I’m just so excited about this race.

1. It will be a chance to take in some of London’s best green spaces

Starting off at Greenwich Park, we’ll run a circular route past Vanbrugh Park, Maryon Wilson Park, The Royal Artillery Barrack Fields, East Greenwich Pleasaunce – with (hopefully) lovely clear views over the Thames.

2. The theme to this run is MUSIC

So as we make our way around the 13 mile route, we’ll be passing some amazing DJs and acts. Names in the 2013 line-up include Leroy Allen, DJ Edge, Suze Rosser, Kate Lawler, Goldierocks and Nihal. So whenever we hit that runner’s wall, we’ll have some hi-tempo beats to keep us going.

3. I’ve discovered some of London’s best open spaces

Training for this race has really opened my eyes to the open space we have in London. I can sometimes, be too quick to complain about over-crowding and lack of fresh air in the city.

But over the last few weeks I’ve taken my jogging routes across some great South London spots including Brockwell Park, Tooting Common, Clapham Common and Battersea Park (my favourite). My other favourite London parks include Regents Park and of course Hyde Park. And for fresh air and breath-taking city views, running along the Thames is just the best.

It hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been pretty hard trying to push myself to go out for a run when I’d rather be chilling watching a film, or going out with friends.

And I have to admit, I haven’t been so strict this time round. I’ve still let myself go out, eat rubbish food now and again, and enjoy the odd glass of wine .

But, for the next two weeks, I’m going to train, train, train, keep up the running around London’s fabulous parks…. AND, hope for the best that I’ll get round the 13 mile route in one piece!