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I Am Strong

My name's Susan, I'm 18 and I've been a runner since I was 12.


Height: 5'8", Weight: 120, Shirt size: M, Pant size: 5/6

I have been hooked on running ever since my first run with my dad who was training for his first marathon.

I've always been tall and skinny, so running was perfect. I have worked so hard in my life to get where I am now and I'm happy to say that I will be running in college as well! I have worked endlessly on my body to get it the way I want it.

Some people call me too skinny, but they don't know that I workout everyday to get toned. I used to be called anorexic and too skinny by people that didn't even know me. They didn't know that I had been trying to gain weight by eating high calorie and fatty foods for weeks. I felt so insecure, even around my own friends and family. I've worked my way from feeling so insecure about myself to being where I'm the first one with my clothes off when we go swimming.

I finally realized that I shouldn't judge myself on what society thinks is 'pretty' because who gets to decide that anyways? Shouldn't pretty be whenever you feel that you feel beautiful in your own skin? I may not have curves but I'm strong... On the inside and out!

I love how my body looks because I got off my butt and did something. My friends sit around on their phones and always say they want my body, then they think I'm crazy when I have to leave early to go run. It takes perseverance, and what my coach calls 'mental toughness' to push through any barriers that you or someone else has put in your way.

I've had so many set backs that I've lost count, but running is always something that can clear my head of school, boys, friends and work to where I have the confidence to face my problems without breaking down.

I just hope that one day girls everywhere will realize that they are beautiful... You may not have curves or you may have too many, but who says that's a bad thing?! Everyone is beautiful in their own way! :)


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