New work for Feel Agency

Village_Bakery_ad_WaitroseI was recently asked to work with Feel Agency, an advertising agency who works on projects for natural organic or free from FMCG brands. I love the work they do and as a strange coincidence discovered they work in the same studio building as another agency I was working with at the exact same time without any of us realising.

I was asked to create some illustrated flourishes to be used as an overlay for an advert published in Waitrose Kitchen for Village Bakery’s rye bread. The illustration was to be whimsical and contain a sprinkling of butterflies and frippery around the word tummy love. It was a fun illustration to play around with and after creating a variety of options with varying amounts of illustration and details this is the final one they went with. I’d love to work on some more ‘doodle type,’ illustration projects as I love how the combination of photography with illustrated elements has turned out. It’s really simple but adds a bit of charm. I hope you like it too!

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London Marathon (24th April 2016)

1 day to go(Pics from left to right: I won a £5 donation at the expo for getting a strike at bowling…big achievement as I’m rubbish at bowling! Obligatory photo’s at the expo, awkward ‘running,’ shot and champagne motivation)

I don’t know where to start this post or what to even say… The London Marathon 2016 is over and what a day it was. Rewind to a few days ago… The Saturday before race day I felt a mix of excited and nervous about what was to come. I found it hard to concentrate on anything but the marathon (this was basically the whole week leading up to the day) and my brain was going into overdrive. The Friday night and nights in the week leading up to it there was a lot of interrupted sleep. Reading comments on the marathon Facebook page helped me to realise all these emotions are quite normal for first time marathoners and helped ease my mind somewhat. The night before race day I thankfully slept really well and I woke up with a calm feeling, the day had arrived and I was ready (as I’d ever be.)Marathon finishThe day began with my alarm waking me up at 6:30am (I’d set three, just to be safe… the maranoia was very real) My clothes were laid out ready and waiting (the decision of what to wear nearly drove me to insanity) a breakfast of porridge, banana & honey with a matcha latte was had and Chris and I were off out the door to head to the start line in Greenwich. A few London underground toilet breaks, some train changes and we were there before we knew it. Time to say goodbye to Chris and join the other nervous runners in my pen.

The atmosphere of excitement and eagerness was rubbing off on everyone as we waited to see what London had to offer. Some shimmying forward and some tentative steps in the right direction we were about to begin. I set my garmin, took in the moment and that was it the race had begun!Marathon picsI won’t go through the arduous task of describing mile for mile the race itself for two reasons: one this account is possibly boring enough and two I don’t really remember it all that well, I experienced it in a haze of euphoria. The marathon itself was two things: one it was not what I expected at all and two it was better than I could ever have imagined or dreamed. You see, my dreams involved discomfort, inner battles, the wall etc. etc. I don’t say this to be smug (trust me most of my previous race experiences were certainly not in likeness to this) but it honestly was an amazing and very happy experience for me.Marathon pics2Some of the things I do remember were actually feeling confused, I couldn’t believe I’d got to a certain point, I almost convinced myself I was hallucinating and was really way back near the start or somewhere in between. The time was going fast and I almost felt a little disappointed that it was nearly over. The feeling of time slipping away so quickly made me appreciate each and every moment and mile and soak it all in and I think this really helped me to embrace the whole experience. I can honestly say I didn’t have any moments of battling through negative thoughts or discomfort. I feel this is partly thanks to my beloved medjool dates (although trust me when I say I don’t want to eat them for a good while) they worked really well in keeping my energy even and I used them in combination with some apple juice I made on Saturday with some added salt (I can’t recommend this combo enough.)

From experiencing such an awful 20 mile training run and injury at the start of my training, the marathon was the complete contrast. The training was the challenge, the marathon: the celebration… It was awesome!

I will stop gushing now. Nearly… one more… a HUGE thank you to each and every person who donated to my page, read these posts, text, messaged or offered words of encouragement and support. For everyone who cheered me on, on the day or at home following along the race progress, I really appreciated everyones kindness. In fact I was completely overwhelmed by it all. The running total raised for a hugely worthwhile charity, Children with Cancer UK currently stands at £2237. There’s still time to donate if you would like to please visit my page here. Also a big thanks to the race organisers, participants and all the amazing spectators who make London Marathon what it is.

Thank you again and I promise to stop going on about it now ;)

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Marathon training week 14

Marathon training week fourteenJust a quick update for today. I am now tapering off for the marathon which meant on Sunday I ran for an hour and a half and is the longest time I’ll run now until the marathon! I did a couple of shorter runs in between time. This week I’ll be running three times and my longest run on the weekend is only 70 minutes! Funny how that now is an incredibly short running time!

I have been preparing for the marathon by testing out a few different weather appropriate running outfits for the day. Stocking up on medjool dates, that I’ll be nibbling during the race. Spending time running in the sunnier weather, going for nice walks with the pooches and Christopher. Drinking smoothies, lots of water and eating super healthy (minus the big old veggie roast on the weekend!) Ironing my name to my running vest, making lists of things I need to have ready for race day. Preparing my running playlist. Dreaming about the chilled out day after the race (which will hopefully involve a massage and some cocktails!)

Giveaway!I am currently running a giveaway for every donation of £5 or over made this week I will be giving away a handmade greeting card of your choice. (See pic above for all the details!)

If you would like to sponsor me and to donate to Children with Cancer UK please follow this link. Thank you so much if you do decide to sponsor!

This is how your money can help:-

  • £5 could help scientists research less common forms of childhood cancer.
  • £10 could help to fund vital research into brain tumours, accounting for a quarter of childhood cancer diagnoses.
  • £15 could help fund pioneering research into preventing devastating side effects.

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Marathon training week 12 & 13

Marathon training week twelveThere are twenty days to go until the marathon! Fear is slowly subsiding and I’m starting to feel excited for the day. Having said that I had my worst training run on Saturday – it was my last long run before the taper. I’m not going to list all the things that went wrong (I’ve already done that with a counter list of all the things that will go right on marathon day, yup I’ve reached insane obsessiveness) but the main thing that went right was that I came home 20 miles later. I was determined to do the miles in whatever shape I could and I did so that box is ticked so to speak. Like I said there were a few things that I shouldn’t have done and trust me I’ve learnt my lesson. Number one, trying to adapt new fuelling techniques on my very last long run. Stupid, yes. Oh well, you live and learn.

Other than that I have been finding running in the sunny weather quite hard to adjust to. I started running in Winter and in the past have always avoided running when it’s sunny or warm. The weather has been lush and don’t get me wrong the sunshine is such a boost but give me overcast, grey running days and my body copes a lot better. It’s all good practise though and who knows what the weather will be like on the day…

In terms of recovery my body is feeling pretty good. A rest day after my long run and Pilates the next day my hips and hamstrings are a bit tender but nothing major. Thank you body, you are doing so well! I’ve been really trying to clean up my nutrition lately and drinking loadssss of water (which isn’t conducive to good work productivity with the constant toilet breaks!)

Work has been very busy lately and life in general with trying to buy a house and keeping up with all other life related things but I’ve loved working towards this goal and I won’t know quite what to with myself once it’s over! If you’re training too I hope it’s going well and you’re starting to feel excited too! I’ve been looking at instagram for marathon inspiration lately but everyone seems to be SO fast and sometimes it makes me feel the opposite of inspired. I read an article in the May issue of Runner’s World at the weekend by Lisa Jackson who is running 100 marathons (wow!) and she talks about how there’s more to running and life than going faster. I really recommend reading the article – there’s an accompanying quote by Anya Lester “If a marathon is an endurance event, who shows more – the runners who finish in under three hours or those of us who take over six?”   

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