Weekend Warrior: Susan Akil Ewing, 45

FAMILY: Husband, Brad; two children, Carson (13) and Cameron (9)

OCCUPATION: Self-Employed Advertising/ Marketing Consultant

SPORT/WORKOUT: Running, Personal Training and H.I.I.T. Kick at Fusion Fitness

FIT CLUB: Memphis in Motion

WW HALL OF FAME: Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL; St. Jude Half Marathon as a Hero in Memphis, TN; Chattanooga Half Marathon in Chattanooga, TN.

NEXT UP: Rock ‘n Roll New Orleans Marathon (half or full), Germantown Half Marathon, Raccoon Mountain Half Marathon in Chattanooga, TN.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Running my first full marathon and then doing two more full marathons all in one year.

MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENT:My first full marathon (St. Jude 2013) was cancelled due to the weather. I was relieved because it would have been a cold run with little support. Instead, a big group of my Memphis is Motion running friends went with me to a marathon in New Orleans and we had the best time! Three of my friends, Debra, Jack and Paula, were my main crew to make sure I finished. They paced me well and I did it faster than expected. We enjoyed celebrating afterwards in New Orleans.

“Life without goals is like a race without a finish line.”

I RUNNING: I started running just to keep in shape and remain active; it’s a great way to relieve stress. I have an amazing group of running friends, which helps me look forward to long runs. My running friends are always positive and we provide encouragement and support to one another.

BEST EATS: Sea bass at Tsunami

VICE: Wine

MANTRA: If you really want to do something you will find a way. If you don’t you will find an excuse. Life without goals is like a race without a finish line.

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Ziggy Mack

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