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Growing up I never was much of an athlete. I used to smoke occasionally, eat unhealthy foods that were bad for me, and somehow would never ever gain an ounce. That all ended around the age of 19 for me. The weight started to pack on, yet I continued to eat the unhealthy foods and make bad choices. I joined the Learn to Run group in Winnipeg MB with the Running Room. I think I showed up 3 times. In 2007 I moved to Calgary AB with my then boyfriend and got a job at the Running Room. It was frowned upon if you didn't run, so I thought, what the heck. I joined the 5 km group in utter terror that they would find out I was indeed "not a runner". I made damn sure to show up at every class this time. I remember my lungs burning, my arse burning, legs felt like lead balloons...and yet....oddly enough, it was very satisfying. I will never forget how emotional it was for me when I completed my first 5 km race, Loops for the Troops in 2008. It became an addiction for me. I ran every day. Loaded up my iPod with some awesome metal/techno and would turn off my mind and just go. I signed up for as many races as I possibly could and loved the comradery of our tight nit running group. I did peak scrambles, swimming and biking as cross training and enjoyed a very active lifestyle. I signed up for the half marathon group with my friend Penny as my trainer and ran my first 1/2 two years ago in two hours and seven minutes. This past April I was in a severe car crash. I shattered my calcanius into 8 pieces and many little shards as well as breaking my ankle and fracturing my other foot. I had to wait 4 weeks in order to get my surgery due to the amount of swelling. I remember asking my surgeon if I would ever be able to run a marathon again and he said, "To be honest, I don't want to sugar coat it; I do not think you will be able to run the distances that you are used to again". I told him, "THE HELL I WONT!" He beamed at me. My surgery was supposed to take 2 hours; well I was in there for 4. He had pieced back every single little bone shard back into perfect order for me. I had two rods sticking out of my heel and a pin sticking out of my ankle as well as a plate and 6 screws inside. Fun. I got the rods and pin taken out in August and four weeks after that I got the word from my amazing specialist that I had the go-ahead to start bearing some weight on it. One word can describe it. Painful. It has now been 7 months since my accident and I am still in my walking cast. I am able to walk without it, but I still have a very visible limp, as well as the swelling is still quite impressive. The specialist did tell me that this was a yearlong injury. I honestly didn't think that was the case. I went from feeling like superwoman to a cadaver. I gained weight, lost my muscle and for a little while, I really felt like dying I was so depressed. I remember driving with my Husband (Yes we got married September 3rd!) past my old running group and I just spontaneously burst out into tears. I knew then that I was never going to give up, that I had to focus mentally more than ever to get better. Physically I was doing fine, but you need to have balance both emotionally and physically to make the most out of your recovery. I have been going to physio twice a week before the wedding. I walked down that aisle without my walking boot...I did put it back on for the reception and danced the night away :) Two days ago I started going back to my gym. I am able to use the elliptical now and it feels like I am FLYING!!! IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME, REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I have been there, and so have many other people. You have the potential to soar. It may be a long road, but the journey will come to an end. Keep smiling.

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I love music. I love my life. I have huge dreams and am doing my best to make them a reality. I hate scary movies, but give me my cute boy to watch one with and you've got a deal. My name is S U Z A N N E, I live in Alberta [sometimes referred to as SOOSOO] what?? Yep! I'm 27. :) I walk around like I got an "S" on my chest.. no really.. I try my hardest to treat people the way I want to be treated. I'm not what you think I don't care what you think I love my friends & family more then you will ever know. Everything happens for a reason. People change. I make mistakes like its my job... but, its ok because I learn from them. I do what I want I know what I want. I know what I don't want. What goes around comes around I'm never jealous. Little things make me happy. I don't like shallow people. I stay out of drama. I give advice like I'm DR PHILL. I eat more then any human being should. I like to laugh til I cry. I don't regret the things I've done. I regret the things I didn't do.

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I am afraid of the dark. Ghosts scare the hell out of me, but I can't help but to like random ghost hunting trips. I listen to cd's on repeat alot. I drive just to listen to music a lot, especially at night when it's easier to get lost (sometimes getting lost is a must for me, you just gotta get away sometimes, you know?). I think the way the clouds look from plane windows is one of the most awe inspiring things ever. I know that nothing worth having comes easy. I like looking at the stars at night, it reminds me there's so much farther I can reach. I am quite shy at times when it comes to people I don't know, however once I've warmed up to you I can be quite outgoing as well. Usually when I eat lucky charms, I eat the "non marshallow portions" first, and then eat all the marshmallows at the same time.

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