"A mile before one of the turnaround points I notiice Michelle Johnston running towards me, which means she is ahead of me by at least 20 minutes. Johnston is a mother of four in her mid-30s. We'd spoken the day before, and I'd been morbidly fascinated by all the bad things that had happened to her in the last few years. First she she broke her neck in a car crash and had to relearn to walk. Then she was struck by lightening and he to relearn to walk once again. Then months ago she was diagnosed with cancer. Now, where she is, running a marathon in Antartica. And she's kicking my ass.

— bounce back from tragedy  

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