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Athlete Spotlight – Susie Lemmer

 

Athlete Spotlight – Susie Lemmer

Suzlyfe is a health, fitness, and lifestyle blog with a wicked sense of humor and a whole lot of heart. From marathon training to yoga, healthy cooking, and even admitting you can’t always be perfect, the goal is to show the world that you don’t have to be a victim to your “limitations”–learn how to work around them!

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The woman behind the blog is a running coach, personal trainer, social media manager, and ridiculous human being with a voracious appetite for life. An east coaster and southerner at heart, Susie lives with her doctor husband and crazy cat in the Windy City of Chicago. Her motto is “Live Beyond Expectations,” and she tries to do that, in some way, every day.

 

What is your favorite part about running?

I love running because it is my way of defying the constraints and expectations of my body. I have a chronic illness (Crohn’s Disease) that can greatly complicate my daily life, but through running and taking care of myself (as well as working with my doctors), I have the chance at a life and a family that I likely would not otherwise. Various injuries and issues make me thankful for every run, every step. Medals aren’t my focus–I truly love the experience of running.

 

How did you get started?

Like many others, I started for the purposes of weight management (steroid weight caused fluctuations) and then for general health. But I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until I entered a few races and discovered a new found speediness my final year of college that I started going a bit further and running for running’s sake. Seeing my mom train and race in a half marathon as part of a Team Challenge benefiting CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) inspired me to run a half marathon upon finishing grad school–running was my release while writing my thesis! The next year, I decided I’d never have another chance at a marathon… and I loved it.

 

How many races have you completed?

Not as many as you’d think! 3 marathons (4th will be Chicago, 5th will be Boston 2016), 10 half marathons, and then a handful at other distances.

 

How long have you been running?

I started training for my first half marathon in winter of 2012.

 

What is your favorite distance to run and why?

I truly love the marathon. I love the training, the fight, the chance to surprise yourself. The fact that, at the end, everyone wins. Half marathon is my favorite to race–you still have to train and strategize but you can have some fun with it. Every day runs are at 8 miles.

 

What is your best training tip?

Oh! There are so many! Technical advice: Focus on hip and ankle stability and strength. Most injuries happen in between those two points–deal with them properly and you will go far. And ask questions of experts! We love to talk about running! Ask us!

 

What keeps you motivated?

The feeling of accomplishment and health after the run, plus fact that I am living so far beyond any expectation I ever had of myself.

 

What advice would you give someone who is just starting on their fitness journey?

Perspective is everything. From running your own race (not someone else’s) to knowing what is important in life, maintain perspective!

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