Marathon training week 8

Marathon training week eightThis week started off with a hard Pilates session, some daffodils (yay for spring!) and a (really good) green juice. I’ve been doing fitness Pilates for awhile and I love it. Monday’s session left me shaking for not only the full hour but for a good few hours afterwards. I love that it makes me feel stronger and more capable.

I can’t believe that I am now halfway through marathon training! It is going super quickly. I’m so pleased that I’m not far off my fundraising target for Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to donate you can click here to visit my page, any amount is greatly appreciated, thank you!

This past week was a good one. I did some strength training at the gym and my long run took me to 13 miles this week so exactly half way. The run itself was good (I fuelled again with medjool dates and listened to a podcast for the first half and music for the second.) I did get a bit over excited at mile 10 and upped my pace quite a bit, I felt great but then realised I don’t normally run this fast so slowed down – it left me feeling dizzy and light headed. I think it’s good to experience things like this in training as it’s taught me to be aware of pace and know my capabilities within it.

My training is lacking structure at the moment. I went from having a very clear idea of the type of programme I wanted to follow to improvising a bit. As marathon day is fast approaching I want to really try and focus on quality training, nutrition/hydration and everything else that goes hand in hand with running a marathon. As much as I kid myself good hydration does not equal wine (shame…)

I’m going to try out a running club this week as I think it will really help to spend time with other runners and get some advice. Plus the fact I’ve slightly been avoiding tempo and hill runs. I’m hoping this will kick start a more serious training approach and encourage me to run in the evenings instead of sitting drinking the aforementioned wine ;)

The countdown is definitely on now! I can’t believe London Marathon is so close!


Food & Pattern project Vol.2

February foodThis months food & pattern project is all about lemons, leeks and oysters. For some bizarre reason oysters are one of my favourite things to draw! I love the strange textures, lines and patterns within them. As a veggie I’ve never tried one… do you like oysters?


Marathon training week 7

Marathon training week sevenFrom left to right: Embracing the cold, early morning run with my little whip-jack. Latest lunch obsession: smashed avocado & cayenne pepper on rye bread, homemade houmous & veggies. Post 10 mile run selfie, on a high! Post run stretching with a cuddly staffie usually looks like this…

I started this week off after doing a bit of a rubbish run on Sunday. I wanted to do something small just to keep myself moving but it wasn’t a great idea as I think I was still feeling the effects of being ill. On Tuesday Chris dropped me off on his way to work and I ran home with Lilly. It only ended up being a 20-minute jog but it was something to pick up my training with. It was a frosty early morning, clear bright skies and crackly frost under foot. Running on frost = such a satisfying sound. On Wednesday I did nothing but a dog walk and sat at my desk and drew. I’m feeling really inspired to work lately which is so good however when I’m in this mood it’s hard to focus my mind on anything but creating work. All else can easily go out the window! Read more

Rose Tea terrarium greeting card

Rose Tea cardI’ve listed some new greeting cards in my shop today including the above design. The cards are based on my original illustrations and are printed onto shrink plastic, hand cut, baked and mounted onto blank cards, perfect for any occasion! If you’d like to see the other designs you can pop over to my shop by clicking here.


Marathon training week 6

Marathon training week sixThis week I’ve learnt a lot about listening to my body. It’s strange, I’ve never really had to before. I mean I’ve noticed things that have made me feel good or bad in myself but I’ve never really listened and taken much note of it. I had a positive start to the week with my usual Monday morning Pilates session then a short jog on Tuesday to ease me back into running (it felt good!) On Thursday I went to yoga and I planned on another short run on Friday and a longer run on Saturday. In between this time a small rash appeared on my arm and rapidly grew, it covered my arms, hands, torso, back, legs and face, basically the entirety of my body. I naturally went to the doctors who were a bit bemused and thought I could be fighting off a viral infection that had presented itself in this way. They gave me two different types of antihistamines and steroids, told me to take it easy and gave me a follow up appointment, it was a bit of a mystery to be honest.

It was a pretty rubbish end to a good week and definitely left me feeling fed up, self conscious and not my best. The medication made me feel drowsy and certainly not up for doing a lot. Luckily the rash is slowly subsiding. I went back to the doctors this morning and they recommend I continue with the antihistamines until it’s gone, healthy eating, lots of water and take the week to rest. I told the doctor I’m training for the marathon and she suggested I take the week off. I’m going to see how I go but I will try and do some easy jogs if my body feels up to it.

This whole training thing has turned into a bit of a battle. I will get there in the end, it’s not going to plan currently but I guess that is the plan. I know I have to trust the process, listen to my body and keep moving forward, even if it’s little steps and not full on strides! I’m enjoying documenting my journey here, I just wish there was a bit more running involved!

I hope your week is off to a good start. The sun is shining today and I’m all set for a week of drawing and audio books in the studio. Hope you have a good week too :)


Marathon training week four & five

Marathon training week four&fiveThe above pics from left to right: Attempting my first short run with both dogs…it will be my last ;) the sun setting on an evening run that went from blue to black…trusty head torches at the ready! Quote by Ijeoma Umebinyuo and pic from ‘Meet the experts,’ Virgin London Marathon day.

This weekend was the Virgin London Marathon ‘Meet the experts day.’ I was on the fence about going, slightly apprehensive about going on my own and wondering if it was worth dedicating a day to something I could possibly read about. After a couple of weeks of feeling a bit dejected with my still injured leg I decided to go with the hope of gaining some insight into how to pick up my training and get back on track. I’m so pleased I went and if you’re considering doing London marathon in 2017 I would recommend going, purely for the inspiration and positive boost it gives you. It made things feel very real but also achievable. I finished the day having learnt new things about glycogen, fuelling during the race, where we should be with our training, what to expect on the day & lots more.

If you saw my last post you may already know that after a trip to the physio I was told to rest for 10 days with no running as I developed tendonitis in my left calf. I ended up having a 14 day break and started to ease myself back into running with a couple of short 20 and 30 minute runs at the end of the week. I felt fine during the runs but after the second one my leg felt very sore in recovery. I couldn’t help feeling disappointed that the rest hadn’t done the job and nervous of the time I’m missing out on when I want to be running and gaining confidence.

After going to the ‘Meet the experts day,’ and listening to their advice about how to adapt your training when injuries happen I’m feeling comforted by the fact I can build up my training without running and there’s still plenty of time to get prepared. We were told February is the month for getting strong, building stamina and being consistent. I’m not going to lie I’m certainly not feeling these things right now but they’re things I’m going to focus on instead of feeling fed up that I can’t run and anxious that time is ticking. This week I’m going to book another physio appointment, rest my leg, stretch and use heat where I can, adapt week 6 of training to focus on strength, stamina & consistency and focus on nutrition.

I’m leaving week 5 feeling a little sore, somewhat petrified but mostly positive. Sending you positivity for your week ahead too.


Food & Pattern project Vol. 1

January foodAt the end of last week I decided there was still time to set myself a monthly drawing challenge for 2016. My goal is to create one food drawing a month working in elements of pattern within the illustration whether it be as part of the food item or in the surroundings. The food focus will be seasonal produce. For the month of January I drew pears, parsnips, clementine and kale. I hope you like it.