Although the Boston Marathon was a few weeks ago, I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to those who completed the race; especially those whom were emotionally and physically affected by it secondary to the bombings two years prior. Not to single one person out and not to say one person was affected more than another, but it’s not every day you hear about an amputee running a race, a race that two years ago caused her to lose her leg—and she wasn’t even competing in it; she was spectating. Rebekah Gregory, 27, only ran the last 3.5 miles of the race although I’m sure she would have like to have run the entire 26.2 miles but because her doctor said her leg hadn’t healed completely that limited the distance she was allowed to run.

Rebekah was dressed in a bright pink shoe on her right foot and her left leg was fitted with a cheetah-printed prosthetic, which she calls “Felicia”. I cannot imagine the gratitude she must have felt even after completing only 1/8th of the race. I’m sure she would have been happy just to spectate again let alone cross the finish line. It’s stories like these that show us who the true fighters are in this world. She could have let the fact that she is an amputee hold her back from doing what she wanted to do but instead she fought back and decided to run in a race that changed her life forever, and she did so honorably. Not to steal the thunder from Mrs. Gregory but I wanted to touch on the use of proper shoe gear and training during marathon running—or running in general. It’s imperative that when training for a marathon, the athlete work up to comfortable distances rather than running a marathon to start their training. This will decrease the athlete’s chances of sustaining stress fractures and shin splints while training. On the same hand, runners need to wear proper-fitting shoes and make sure they are broken in and are not over on their mileage. According to Mizuno, most runners will get 250-300 miles of their shoes before they have to replace them. This is extremely important because the structure of the shoe begins to break down which means the integrity of the shoes breaks down as well. If you have any questions about shoe gear or have injured yourself while training for any kind of running event, please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

We commend Mrs. Gregory and wish her the best for her and her family!

By Varun Gujral