Image Source: Curbed Boston
I think we can all agree that there are very few things more inspirational than watching the Boston Marathon. As an avid runner myself, I can attest that in the weeks following Patriots Day the paths and sidewalks around the city are more crowded than usual with people out pounding the pavement. So it may come as a surprise when I say that the person who I was most inspired by during all of last week’s marathon madness, was a woman that ran the B.A.A. 5k (and I even met Shalane Flanagan!).
Adrianne Haslet might be a familiar name already — she is a survivor of the 2013 marathon bombing, where she lost her left leg. Three years later, in 2016, she ran the marathon and became a symbol of strength and resilience. She was planning to run this year, until she was hit by a car in January! At first the accident dredged up a ton of old emotions. She thought she was paralyzed on her left side (the same side where she now wears a prosthetic leg), but after two surgeries and a boat load of physical therapy, she was able not only to walk again, but also to run!
It seems amazing, if not impossible, that less than four months later she would be running 3.1 miles! Runner’s World produced this short video chronicling her recovery and her race. I’m not crying, you’re crying! So, next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself, channel Adrianne – get up and do something about it.
Posted by Catherine