Flying, Knitting & Waffles…

What do you get when you put these three things together?! …The Nike Flyknit Experience at Somerset House. I signed up for their lunchtime run billed as a 5km run around the streets of London with the added extra of trialling a pair of their new Flyknit Lunar 1+ running shoes.

Firstly, let me tell you that this run ended with waffles…the same way that Nike started with waffles! A humble waffle maker is where the inspiration first came from for innovative shoes. Bill Bowerman came up with the idea for the 1974 waffle trainer whilst having waffles for breakfast. He headed to his lab where he poured his materials into the waffle iron…the rest is history!

So I rocked up at midday almost fully kitted out! Nike kindly lent us all a pair of Flyknit Lunar 1’s to run in which they also steamed fitted to our feet! I did check if the guy who steamed the shoes and helped me put them on came with the shoes but sadly he was just an added extra for the Flyknit Experience!

Getting my shoes out of the steamer

We warmed up in the courtyard of Somerset House before hitting the streets of London! We stopped along the way to do various exercises such as squats, step ups and even tackle some deadly staircases! Some of our pit stops came with a dude and his boombox too…playing the Rocky theme tune on our home straight! We took in all the regular London sights such as the River Thames, Millennium Bridge, The London Eye and the South Bank. The most interesting was Graffiti Tunnel; I never knew this existed and it’s located a short walk from my old office! …There is always so much to discover in London!

Squats outside Somerset House

Music to help us tackle the stairs on the bridge
Graffiti Art in Graffiti tunnel

The shoes were a comfy fit! Lightweight, and bright in my favourite colour, pink! The shoes and our obligatory Flyknit T-shirt meant we stood out…In Nike’s words…

“The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ features an innovative upper, constructed entirely of tightly woven polyester yarn that varies in density: more open in targeted areas that need greater flexibility or ventilation and tighter in areas that demand support.This ultra-light (just 8 oz. in a men’s size 10) shoe combines revolutionary second skin fit and ultra-soft Lunarlon cushioning to give you the perfect run — every stitch, every stride.”

Our run route on Nike+

Back at Somerset House, refreshments in the form of Vita Coco, water, fruit and the aforementioned waffles awaited us…but now the waffles don’t seem so strange after all…

The Flyknit Experience Dome at Somerset House


Me in Flyknit Lunar 1’s pre run



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