Competitions Equestrian Eventing Fitness Riders

Getting Riding Fit *Part 2*

July 6, 2015

I’m on a journey to get my fitness in line with that of my horses and it’s proving to be no easy feat.

As part of my quest to ‘up’ my fitness, I recently took part in the Nike Women’s 10km London. I really loved it. Crossing the finish line, knowing you’ve tried your best, was an amazing feeling.


Race Day

Myself and blogging pal, Rosita, headed to Victoria Park in London for 8.30am and went straight to Vita Coco to fuel up on some of their wonderful coconut protein balls.  It was great to meet fellow runners and bloggers; The Four Things, Escape Running and Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra.


For breakfast we then headed to the amazing Pip & Nut (best discovery ever).  This was ultimate race fuel.


The Race

We warmed up to music courtesy of Radio 1 and then Ellie Goulding kicked off the race, which got us on our toes and ready for the 10km ahead.  Being very competitive, both Rosita and I had a plan to hold a good pace – our target was to average 7 minutes 30 seconds each mile.  The course was flat and fast and we stayed close to this time for the 6.2miles (10km).  We were super pleased with our times.  The only downside is that we were put in the slow category which meant we had to do a lot of overtaking!

* Note: If you enter for this race make sure you select a category which best reflects your running ability*


Post Race

On finishing we received a wonderful race pack full of goodies, including: Vita Coco Coconut Oil, Benefit Porefessional, and more Pip & Nut peanut butter (yum).

Then sat down to enjoy a glass of champers!


Race Essentials

Here’s my top 4 race essentials:

  • Banana (not too ripe)
  • Water
  • Nike Free Run Trainers
  • Coconut Water (post race to rehydrate)


It really is amazing to feel the difference in my riding already.

I’ve found the most important thing is to set fitness goals. Working to a competition has given purpose and subsquently more focus to my training.


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