"I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” Wilma Rudolph, polio survivor and Olympic Champion
Mary McManus knew challenges since she was five years old beginning with contracting polio followed by enduring nine years of violence at the hands of family members. Those early challenges prepared her for taking on the challenge of the diagnosis of Post-Polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease in December 2006 when she was at the height of her award winning career as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Asking for Divine Guidance as she had throughout her trials and tribulations, she discovered the gift of poetry in her soul. Her first poem, “Running the Race,” foreshadowed her 2009 Boston Marathon run. “Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance,” chronicles Mary’s journey as a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma, as a runner and a woman who refused to quit. Eight years after her diagnosis, she was finally able to get traction on her healing journey to go the distance on the roads and in her life. She is a woman transformed from the effects of paralytic polio and trauma; the embodiment of the power of endurance.
Five star reviews for "Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance"
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, Mary, run! From polio sufferer to Marathon runner.....
11 March 2018
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Much more than a book about running, Mary’s book is about achieving what most would say the “impossible” as a polio sufferer from age 5 and a post-polio syndrome sufferer later on in her life. Inhabited with a formidable life force, she takes us on her training runs showing her indomitable spirit at every turn of her path through a running journal interspersed with inspiring quotes and her testimony about overcoming the very tough challenges she faced in her personal life as well as those of her body’s health.
Through her words, Mary’s story will inspire you with her endearing personality full of the joy for existence, undefeated, passionate, grateful for every breath she takes and shining such a bright light on everything she experiences. Her journal reveals a beautiful soul, determined to run the race and win her goal, one that makes us wanting to count her as “exceptional” amongst our friends.
Last but not least (especially for me as a non-runner) it is a journey of healing and “doing the uncommon” giving us the burning desire to follow her path to achieve our own dreams contemplating for a moment the idea of “why not me?”
"What a great, inspiring book! Written as if we were sitting in a coffee shop just chatting like long time friends! You don't have to be a runner to be inspired by this book! MUST READ!" ~ Trish Trout, Tampa FL
"A true story from a remarkable woman I am honored to call friend. It will inspire all who read it through even the toughest days!" ~Lee Woodruff, New York NY