A week later

It’s been just over a week since my first marathon and I’m feeling great. The left foot is still a little sore but it’s getting progressively better, no more bruising or swelling.

On Sunday I went for my first run since the marathon and I took the dog to make the most of the gorgeous weather that Sydney turned out for us. We ran at the Centennial Parklands with a couple of the Fitness Ambassadors from UNSW CHeBA. We are currently raising money for Dementia research in the lead up to the City2Surf on 11 August (this sunday). It was a short 5km circuit with a pretty small hill and it was a good chance to stretch the legs. It was such a beautiful day so the best place to be was outside. I really enjoyed the run, but i must admit it felt a little weird not having the pressure of pushing myself for a certain distance or time. I just ran for fun and it was exactly that. I’m so lucky to be able to run!

If you have been affected by Alzheimer’s or Dementia and would like to donate, please use this link: https://city2surf2013.everydayhero.com/au/hailey-napper

Also, last night (Monday) I also had Nike Run Club and I ran a 7km distance with the 6 minute pace group. I was paired with another run leader Sarah, and we got to chat a lot about her recent engagement and weddings plans. We realised we have a lot in common. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the run clubbers, they were fun too and we all chatted for most of the course.

During the run we also bumped into the Red Bull crew who had music and dancing setup for us underneath the harbor bride, it was really cool to see them and helped re-energise the group for the last 3km. We also had a few run leader pictures taken in store and we all had a really fun night.

Check out our crew, a few missing but i’m in the front row second from the right.

The past few days have shown me that I still love running and that I want to do more and more of it for as long as my body will hold me up. So after my wedding in October, I’m going to start planning training and races for 2014. It’s going to be a big year and i can’t wait to set some new running goals.

This Sunday is the 14km City2Surf and I’m not going to push myself too much (well, that’s the plan) and I promise to post and let you all know how I go on Monday.

Take care and Happy Running! 🙂

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