On April 20, 2009, Mary McManus crossed the finish line of the 113th Boston Marathon with her husband and daughter by her side. She wrote poetry and meditated using visualization to complement the physical training ensuring a successful outcome.
It's Marathon Monday, it's my day to shine
with husband and daughter poised at starting line.
I know I can do this - there's no way to fail
tethered to God through this race I can sail.
For over a year, we've trained from our heart
mind, body, spirit - we're ready to start.
We know the course and we know the terrain
we're primed for the challenge - we know they'll be pain.
The glory's far greater than what we may face
we're living examples of God's shining Grace.
Shake out all the nerves - there's nothing to fear
let in all the love from the crowds as they cheer.
With prayers and angels our feet feel so light
Joy overflowing the finish in sight.
We conquered the course fueled by love in our heart
the race had been won blessed by God from the start.
The first steps on her running journey as captured by the Brookline Tab:
Waiting for gun time in Hopkinton:
At Cleveland Circle:
Coming down Commonwealth Avenue with 1 mile to go:
Right on Hereford - Left on Boylston: (with our personal trainer Janine)
The finish line: