Susan Shares Her Story
Life is short. So live it.
When Susan tells you she loves to run she means it, and she is also sharing an intriguing way she has for exploring new places and seeing first-hand what’s happening there. This Fifty Something executive has been a lot of places and seen a lot of people in her career, from her hometown San Francisco to such far away places as the sun-drenched Greek Islands and the ruins of Machu Picchu high in the mountains of Peru.
“My running is the best way I know for exploring a new place,” she says. “Instead of getting on a tour bus, I like to get out there myself and see what’s going on right at ground level.”
Susan’s career as a sales management executive has taken her to many places around the world in the years since she graduated from college in California. She’s also found time to bring a satisfying balance to her professional life by immersing herself in the food and wine classes in St. Helena in Napa Valley.
Susan has also had to bear the loss of loved ones along the way in her life, including the death of her mother about 10 years ago. “My mother was my rock,” she says. “Thankfully my father continues to play just as an important part in my life, as do my brother and sister and many close friends,” she says.
Accepting loss and dealing with the myriad difficulties that can spring up in our lives is as defining a characteristic of Susan as is her commitment to running as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
An incident in the early morning darkness during a routine run in San Francisco not only exemplifies her life as a serious runner who has qualified for the Boston Marathon, it also shows how a frightening experience can unexpectedly lead to a discovery that can be life-changing. Susan was on her usual pre-dawn run in San Francisco when she stumbled and fell as she preparing to cross Van Ness Boulevard, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares.
“I stubbed my toe on a street sign and fell in the path of oncoming traffic,” she remembers. “I had to crawl out of the way on my hands and knees. It was a truly frightening experience but I recovered. I happened to mention to a doctor who I met around that time that as I’d gotten older, I felt less sharp. He suggested I try Prevagen. I am continuing to take it as I think it has helped with all sorts of forgetfulness.”
Susan’s determination to carry on through the ups and downs of life illustrates that she is someone who doesn’t let the loss of a loved one or the possibility of getting run over on the mean streets of a big city stop her. She runs on, ready for the next challenge, open to the next experience, leading a healthy, balanced and rewarding life that is characteristic of the PrevaGeneration.
As she likes to say, “Life is short. So live it.”