Anyone who knows me is well aware of my obsession with nail art. From bunnies to wonder woman themed nails, I’ve had some crazy nail designs. As soon as I knew I would be running the London Marathon I started thinking about getting my hands on THAT medal, and for me that included a crazy marathon themed manicure.
Up until September 2016 I was a serial nail biter. My PhD left me such a nervous wreck I basically had no nails left when I finally handed my thesis in, however I was recommended an amazing nail technician and treated my teeny tiny nails to a gel manicure. Since that day I’ve never looked back. I was desperate to keep the gel manicure looking tidy so refrained from biting my nails. The longer they got the more experimental I became with the nail art.
I made monthly visits to Sam at Alchemy Beauty, a gorgeous home beauty room in the heart of Southport close to my parents’ home. When I moved to London I never found another nail technician that even came close to offering the crazy designs Sam has created. As soon as I started planning for the marathon, I began thinking about preparing for the big day. Some people dream of their wedding nails, I dreamed of my marathon nails. Because for me. this is more than a manicure, this is a representation of the physical strength it has taken to train for a marathon, and the mental strength to beat my anxiety and stop biting my nails. There was only ever going to be one person I would trust with this task, and so I made the 500 mile round trip to visit Sam at Alchemy Beauty, an appointment I was really looking forward to (and I got to spend lots of time with my parents and Ruby the german shepherd too).
Sam spent two hours creating this amazing London themed design. It is even better than I imagined. I may only run London once so I’m certainly going to do it in style.
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