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The ABCs of Suz : From Paris to Pet Peeves!

Who doesn’t want to learn a bit more about me? Stealing this from Michelle as it makes the rounds. I hope you all enjoy you Suz-ucation! The ABC’s of Suz.

I have some other great “Behind the Suz” posts that you might enjoy!

suzlyfe confessions

My last birthday dinner!

My last birthday dinner!

A – Age: 27 (for less than one more month! APRIL 9th MARK IT)

B – Breakfast Today: Chocolate Chex, Half Caff Coffee, and Later, an Oatmega bar and then jerky (I am out of oats, and we still haven’t gotten the fridge/microwave at work.

C – Current Time: 2036 hrs (had to go military time after Michelle did)

D – Drink You Had Last: Water, but I had a helluva lot of tea and decaf coffee trying to keep warm in the gym today

E – Exercise of Choice: Running (or Alter-G’ing). But in an optimal world, a mix of running, spinning, yoga, pilates, and strength. Basically, Marathon Training Mode is my jam

Coach Susie running with pace group during Chicago Endurance Sports 20 miler at the end of Marathon Training!

F – Favorite Song: Interestingly, “The Way You Look Tonight,” Michelle’s pick, was my dance with my dad at my wedding. I loved our wedding music: “Sing Along” by Virginia Coalition was our first dance, but we had several others that we incorporated (see my first anniversay post for invo)

G – Grossest Memory: That personally happened to me… not too many, but I do remember watching Trauma: Life in the ER as a kid and seeing an eye pop out. Yeah, you never forget that. 

H – Hometown: Atlanta Georgia. Southern girl through and through.

mom me atl publix marathon

I – In Love With: This nerd and my kitty cat.

I love my husband. From our engagement pictures. Picture by Chelsea Patricia Photography.

J – Jealous Of: I’m not an inherently jealous person. Maybe of people that scored screaming deals on their housing? The housing struggle is real.


L – Longest Friendship: Mom. Best Friend Forever.

M – Middle Name: Rae.  Dunbar, originally, but now my maiden name, Ranney.

Thanksgiving 2015 Family Shot

N – Number of Siblings: My older brother, Chris!

I just got hired as the new Member Experience Manager and Head of Personal Training for Anytime Fitness Chicago North! @Suzlyfe

O – Occupation: Member Experience Manager and Head of Personal Training (woohoo!), Anytime Fitness Chicago North, Fitness and Running Coach, Coach Suz Training

P – Pet Peeve: I’m with Michelle–loud chewing. Pretty much any non-speaking noise from about the neck. Excess laughing (unless I’m in a good mood). 

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: Is that your real hair color? Yes. It is. I highlight it once a year to even it out, but otherwise, yup.

R – Reason to Smile: Life is good if you look for the good in it. You have the power to find the reasons to smile, even when the rain is pouring.

The best motivation quote for bad days: You have a 100% success rate at surviving your worst days. The Odds are in Your Favor, don't Ruin them Now! Get more inspiration at

S – Snack You Ate Last: the new The Laughing Cow Cheese Dippers. ZOMG they are like Handi-Snacks from when you were a kid (if you were raised in the 90s) but for grown ups. 

T – Time You Woke Up: 4. I couldn’t go back to sleep. Got out of bed at 4:50 a.m.

U – Underwear Color: I’ll never tell. 

V – Vacation Destination: San Jose del Cabo.

The last sunrise from our condo in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico |

Or back to Europe.

Paris Sunset

W – Workout Today: 60 minute elliptical and later triceps.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: More than I would like to have needed.

Y – Your Favorite Food: How about pick one for every day of the week? And every meal time? In short, I will go with a particular type of cooking: low fat/oil, all the fresh veggies, lean protein (love seafood) and a balance of flavors and textures. 

Love chorizo but either can't handle the real thing or can't have it because it isn't gluten free or vegan? Try this copycat version of Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo and enjoy! Recipe at

Z – Zodiac Sign: Aries. Dur.

Hope you enjoyed! I will be back tomorrow with a post on Race Pacing Strategy and Running Coaches Corner!

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