I’m writing this on the plane from Istanbul back to London, realising that it has been a long (long) time since I wrote a personal, catch up post like this.
After spending the weekend in Newcastle with my most straight shooting friend, Corey, she told me that I needed to get back to basics with the blog, and that meant more personal posts.
So, if we were having coffee together I would tell you….
I’ve finished my degree! That I’m so relieved to have finally finished my degree, and am beyond thrilled to have earned a 2.1 (I’m not sure what the US equivalent is) but it was definitely touch and go as to whether my dissertation would pull my grade up or down! Although no-one has ever asked me about the result of my first degree (Geography, I got a 2.1, thanks for asking!) However, after looking at hospital dietetic jobs, I realised that most of them require a 2.1 or first to even apply!
I have posts planned about being a mature student and my whole journey (plus advice) to become a dietitian in the UK coming soon.
What’s next? Well the reality is that I am looking for a job, but not with any sense of urgency. I’m enjoying working on my blog and book for a while but will ideally find a part time hospital or community job in October/November.
Travel -> I’ve been so lucky with my travel schedule this summer, with trips to France, Greece, Canada, Hawaii and Turkey. Some of it for work, some for fun! I would tell you that I had the best time, and can’t wait to share more about my road trip in Canada – I’ve also had some requests for a post on my Turkey trip.
If we were having coffee I would explain how thrilled I was to be involved in the New Balance women’s catalogue 2020 and cannot wait to share the pics and interview – shooting in Hawaii on the Jurassic Park set was a dream!
I would share that I feel a bit worried that I’m travelling too much, that my content isn’t as relatable now that I’m not balancing ‘all the things’ and marathon training. It’s something I’ve been thinking about over the past few weeks especially as my travel content doesn’t seem to resonate with as many of you on instagram! However, I love travelling and am excited for my upcoming trips to Qatar, Chicago, New York and Nepal!
Ultimately I create the content for you (although I love sharing!), I have been so touched by the comments on today’s instagram that has made me feel a lot more confident about continuing to post what I’m posting already.
Running -> After taking a long break from training this summer, I’m so excited to be back and base building, with my eyes on a spring marathon!
Let me be real, coming back is hard! And I feel so intimidated by some of the paces that I’m going to have to run for that BQ. Currently, anything faster than an 8.30 makes me nervous and question my fitness and speed.
I’m signed up for the Nepal Impact Half Marathon and the Chicago 5K but am on the hunt for some more UK based races in December and January! Got to have a medal to get through those colder long runs!
As well as building up my running base, I’ve started a strength challenge hosted by Danielle Pascente called Strong in Fall. The workouts are tough and I feel sore after every session but it’s forcing me back into the gym!
My book -> it’s gone to the publishers! It’s all suddenly feeling so real and I’m so excited to be able to start sharing some of the recipes with you.
There’s recipes from elite runners including Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle and Sara Hall, plus legends Deena Kastor and Kathrine Switzer alongside some of my favourites, homemade running fuel and post-run treats. You can pre-order it here.
If you have any questions on the process, I’ve got a blog with behind the scenes info and my experience of writing a book coming soon (as well as some teaser recipes that I’m allowed to share this week I hope)…leave your questions in the comments!