It’s no secret that my life has been a bit of crazy lately. We finally found a home in Clearwater Florida just before Hurricane Irma came barreling thru… Thankfully we managed to escape Irma’s wrath and we are now just 9 days away from our “demobilization flights”. It sounds so official eh?!
Due to my current craziness, I have made the smart decision to pull out of my upcoming races. I’m gutted and have felt sick all day but I know it’s the right call. The last time we made an international move, I fractured my wrist and got a stress fracture in my bad foot. Both injuries were due to pushing my self beyond my body’s normal limits. 3 years later, I’ve grown as a runner and have learned to play it safe, riding the bench is just not as fun as running, training & racing!
While I’m sad to not be racing Ealing this weekend, my whole week was made yesterday when I met Nick at Wimbledon Art Studios to reveal the finished product of our exciting collaboration. Nick is the artist genius behind www.runningpaint.co.uk – where art and design is combined with a love for running. I discovered Nick’s amazing Instagram feed and reached out to him to help me create my own personal motivational poster. With my recent 5 year diabetes diagnosis anniversary just past, I wanted something to look at and get inspired by on those “hard” days. I wanted to feel like a superhero…
People who are artistic are so inspiring to me. Sure I might be able to create a banging Halloween costume but I don’t get very far with a pen or a pencil. So, how did this whole process work? Well, first the talented Anna snapped the pic that started it all. Might just be the first photo on my Instagram feed EVER where I wasn’t smiling…see there was a reason for that 😉 I was going for a certain look, more “bad ass Corey” than “happy Corey”. #lookachieved
Once I had “the photo” I handed it over to Nick, then he started drawing the photo on a larger scale. Then he uploads it to his computer and starts working on the shading and color. This is where the process could go a zillion ways, he could screen print it, add a quote like my image or he could hit up a canvas and start painting.
I decided to go with a cool image and a powerful quote and I wanted to include the T1D image in the background. Nick found the most amazing motivational phrase and emailed me soon after to tell me my finished product would be ready once I got back from holiday.
I was giddy with excitement all the way there…so I decided to video the big “reveal”…
Can we just talk about the hair? OMG. I’m pretty sure I’ve never looked this cool in real life… Anna made me look bad ass and Nick turned me into a downright SUPERHERO. #thankyouNick
This will be going up in my living room, so everyday (especially on the bad days) I can remind myself how tough and strong I am.
There’s a million reasons any runner you know would love a gift like this… Or maybe you have a super big running challenge and you want your own “you can do it” artwork. Whatever the idea, I’m sure Nick could work with you to create the perfect product. I know I would have loved this as a Christmas gift…
Just A Bit Extra…
- Wimbledon Art Studios will be having an awesome Open Studios event on November 16-19. The family friendly event is free, open to the public and will offer live music, street food, pop-up restaurant, bars, workshops, etc. Nick will be too displaying all of his running themed artwork and new products.
- Nick’s next big challenge is next year in April where he’ll be running the Brighton Marathon on the 15th and 7 days later the London marathon. He hopes to raise over £3000 for the cancer charity Anthony Nolan.
His giving page is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickEfstathiou.