Meeting bloggers at the Nike #flyknit experience

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photo credit: @leahnaturally & @lazygirlrunning

The last thing I need is a new pair of running shoes. I’m the first to admit that. So, when Nike called inviting me to their Flyknit experience at Somerset House and said I could try the new shoes on a run, but not keep them… BINGO! Hoarders *running shoes special episode* avoided.

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Nike has taken over Somerset House for 3 days to showcase their new shoes. Built with racing technology (read: what Mo Farah wears) on a more structured base (read: what the rest of us Sunday joggers wear) they’ve definitely got the wow factor along with some decent technology to keep your feet happy.

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The best part of the night was hanging out with fellow blogger and runners Laura, Charlotte & Emma, Leah and so many others I recognized in the big crowd of ladies keen to run. After listening to some running tips from Paula Radcliffe and Charlie Dark we were off on a true Nike style night run around the Thames.  Lots of music stops along the way, stair sprints, squats, and even a beatbox battle in the graffiti tunnels on Southbank.  I ran along at a gossip-pace with the others (helped that most of them are training for marathons and ran 16 miles the day before…) and it was a great chance to catch up and trade running stories.  It got me really excited for the Write This Run blogging conference in May.

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Back at Somerset House there was champagne, beer and food waiting for us and we all left with an Elle UK giftbag.

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The review: The flyknits are steam-fit to your feet which is a good thing for anyone with feet as narrow as mine. In my experience, Nike’s usually run wide in their fit, so these should be a good option for someone like me.  During the 6k run I felt great and my feet light, so if/when I’m in the market for new shoes (probably next payday let’s be honest) these are officially on my list.

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