Boston Bombing Survivor Rebekah Gregory DiMartino on Competing in Marathon: I Was Showing Myself That I'm Not Destroyed
Gregory DiMartino, who had her leg amputated in November after being injured in the terrorist attack two years ago, admitted in a Facebook post on Tuesday that despite training for the race, she was only able to run the last 3.2 miles. “It was tough because I was totally bummed about it,” she admitted, adding that she and her doctors had come up with that distance because each mile symbolized a month of learning to walk on her new prosthetic, which she has named Felicia.
But during the rain-soaked race, “EVERYTHING was working against me,” she admitted.
“Half way through I hit a small pothole with my running blade. It wasn’t enough to make me fall, but it was enough to make my knee twist pretty hard and be escorted in a cop car up the road another 1/2 mile. I stopped for adjustments. (To add more socks as my leg shrunk for all my fellow amputees out there.) And overall, I honestly have just had way more successful runs. But that’s life right?” Gregory DiMartino wrote.
“When I put everything into perspective, for me it wasn’t about how many miles I could run. It was that I COULD run. 6 months ago, I couldn’t even walk,” she continued. “And while I worked as hard as I could to prepare for the entire thing, the most important mile to me was Boylston Street. That moment when I got to run past the place where I nearly lost everything, and not stop until I made it across the finish line.”
Gregory DiMartino was overcome with emotion and fell to her knees at the end of the race.
“I was reclaiming my life,” she wrote. “I was showing myself that I am not destroyed. And even though I am not up to 26.2 miles quite yet, what I am….is stronger. And there won’t be a day that goes by that I don’t try to show that because no matter what…I am also very BLESSED. And yesterday was only the beginning….of many many more miles. Thanks to each of you for your overwhelming support, and for being a part of my journey.”