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Nikki Scott is the mom of two little boys and a huge believer in the power of recovery. In 2005, she broke her back in a serious car accident and was told she would never be able to run or be active again because she would always be in too much pain. After 2 years of full-time physical therapy, she was no longer willing to believe that and set her sights on running again. With her doctor's support, Nikki joined a clinic at her local Running Room and began the slow process of learning to run again.

Every run was a struggle, but she was determined to work hard despite being the slowest runner in her group. Eventually, Nikki found she was getting stronger and able to run further. Getting into better shape was making it easier to manage her pain, even though her body would never be the same. With the support and encouragement of her clinic instructors, she completed her first half marathon in May 2008.

Since then, Nikki has continued to run because of the positive impacts it has made in her life. Recovering from her accident taught Nikki the power of believing in herself, which has helped her run farther than she ever thought possible. She has completed 19 half marathons, 3 full marathons and 2 ultra-marathons since. Nikki is a firm believer that it's not speed that makes a runner successful, but how hard you work to reach your goals. A big part of Nikki's success has been in learning how to recover properly after training or racing. Chocolate milk has always been her favourite way to refuel and it doesn't hurt that her boys love it too!

You're most likely to find Nikki at run club or a local finish line with a chocolate milk in hand and a smile on her face. You can also find her on her blog, www.slownewfast.com where she writes about her life from injury to ultra, and on Twitter.