Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Master Magician..A True Healer



I came across this post yesterday on Facebook. Dr. El Abd and Dr. Gomba were cited as Boston Magazine's Top Doctors for 2020.



They are the doctors at Newton Wellesley Interventional Spine.

In January of 2007, I was referred to Dr. El Abd after having had an MRI of my cervical spine as part of my evaluation at Spaulding Rehab's International Center for Polio and Post Polio.

Thirteen years later, I feel the heart imprint that this healer left from my first appointment with him.

From "Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility":

In January of 2007, I told my team at work the diagnosis. I had a team meeting at Spaulding Rehab with each of my therapists. Multidisciplinary team communication and coordination of care is a hallmark feature of the post polio clinic to ensure that the whole patient is being cared for. One of the nurse practitioners at the VA thought that I had Parkinson’s Disease because of my tremors. She was relieved that it was nothing more serious than post polio syndrome. I told my nurse manager that I would have to use a lot of leave time for my therapy appointments. It was extremely painful for me to give up the time with my patients when I would bring them to different clinic stops, but it was becoming much less about the patients and more about me. If I couldn’t take care of myself, how did I expect to care for my patients and their families?

“I have the results of your MRI,” the voicemail message from Dr. Rosenberg began.

I felt the familiar feeling of my stomach dropping as though we had dropped altitude in an airplane; tremors and trembling took hold. I closed the door to my office on the second floor of the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. As he rambled off the results I tried to slow my heart rate and my brain to understand what he was saying. He told me I needed to schedule a consultation with Dr. El Abd at the Newton Wellesley Hospital Spine Center.

“I believe a trigger injection will bring you some relief.”

I let the word sink in. Relief. There was something that could bring me relief from this pain and suffering? I wondered….


“This is a slam dunk,” Dr. Omar El Abd the incredibly handsome Egyptian doctor told me as he reviewed my MRI results with me.

“Let me explain to you what I’m going to do. You have a bulging disc pressing on your nerve at C-6 in your cervical spine. This is what is causing the pain down your arm, the tingling in your face and those throbbing sensations in your gums and teeth. We do what is called a trigger injection. First we inject numbing medication, which will bring you instant relief. We follow up with injecting steroids, which will
decrease the inflammation and bring you longer lasting relief.”

The thought of having a needle stuck in my cervical spine did not appeal to me but I knew that I had to try something!

“How long have you had this pain?”

“Oh at least ten years,” I answered.

“Why so long? Why didn’t you tell anyone about it?” Dr. El Abd asked horrified that I would allow myself to suffer for so long.

Good question I thought to myself.


From that day forward, he became my Master Magician!

After a few injections that brought incredible relief, he referred me to Allison Poole, an earth angel of a physical therapist at the old Spaulding Rehab Hospital in downtown Boston closer than Spaulding Framingham to the VA Clinic. She believed that I was NOT destined to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life and helped me take those first tentative steps back to life and back to healing the breach in my mind/body connection.

After I ran the 2009 Boston Marathon, cervical spine symptoms returned and so I returned to Dr. El Abd. I had done a lot of work with healing the effects of paralytic polio and trauma and transforming my life through the power of the mind/body connection using visualization and guided imagery. Rather than chastise me for going against the advice of the staff at the Post Polio Clinic, he congratulated me on my epic accomplishment citing that he totally understood why I needed to challenge myself.

After my 2nd injection, I asked him to please show me what I needed to heal in my cervical spine using a model so I would no longer need follow up injections. As I sat in the recovery room, he brought out a model of the spine explaining in detail what I needed to heal and we discussed imagery that would be helpful in this process. Eleven years later I am free from cervical spine pain and symptoms, and did not have a trigger injection since that day!

He referred me for physical therapy with a wonderful no nonsense PT who told me that if I were going to get back on the roads, I needed to take time off. We did what I'd call an extreme makeover Post Polio edition addressing posture, gait, core strength and ways to cross train.

The next summer I was back on the roads better than ever!

If you or someone you love is experiencing spine issues, and you live in the greater Boston area, be sure to head to Dr. El Abd who is THE top doc for healing in my book.

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.


Monday, January 13, 2020

My New Word for 2020: Expansion



My original word choice for 2020 was Simplicity. After going through a period of decluttering and simplifying my life, that word just didn't seem to fit a new year and a new decade.

Childhood trauma and paralytic polio left me in a state of contraction in my body. I lived in a state of flight or fright decades after the danger ended.

In December of 2006, life as I had known it came to a screeching halt with the diagnosis of Post-Polio Syndrome, deemed by Western Medicine to be a progressive neuromuscular disease. I was told to prepare to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair; that if I used my muscles, I would lose more function. Since then, there has been an insurgence of science to refute that notion and replace it with the power of the mind/body connection and neuroplasticity expanding the possibilities for healing.

Fortunately, I refused to take the diagnosis sitting down.

I could have easily given into the diagnosis and gone into a state of contraction and fear but instead tapped into the power of the Divine as I had done since I was 5 years old.

My heart opened and I discovered the gift of poetry in my soul and its tremendous power to heal through visualization; leaving the pain of the past behind and opening my mind to create a future very different than the one the doctors said I would experience.

That first poem I wrote, "Running the Race" foreshadowed my 2009 Boston Marathon run. I went on to experience many wonderful adventures in the sport I fell in love with at the age of 53.

On January 12, 2015, after a serious knee injury in December, the MRI results were in that showed a lateral meniscal tear, effusion and degenerative arthritis, bone spurs, changes from previous surgeries and on and on the report went.

I returned to the physiatrist I had seen at the Post Polio Clinic as he was the easiest accessible doctor for me at the time. Dr. Rosenberg went on to say no running or cap my distance at a 5K and prepare for a total knee replacement in a few years. He also urged me to return to the Post Polio Clinic because it was only a matter of time before the condition progressed.

I could have once again gone into a contracted state of caution and fear which I did for about a New York Minute before I realized I had not gone that far to only come that far.

I took a referral to a physical therapist who turned out to be dreadful and was a sign from the Universe that I needed to expand my options for care.

The Universe delivered with a healer/chiropractor and wonderful healing resourcesto heal the knee injury, grow a new gastroc muscle and set new, expansive goals for myself.

One year later on January 17, 2016, I crossed the finish line of the 2016 Bermuda Half Marathon:


and in February ran the 10K at Hyannis Marathon Weekend.


I went on to run the 2017 and 2018 Bermuda Half Marathons.

This year, I started increasing mileage again after vowing I'd cap my distance at a 5K and running on Heartbreak Hill.

I am expanding my running goal to work up to the 10K distance again.

My passion and purpose is to share my incredible journey of healing, hope and possibilities. I am reaching out and expanding opportunities for speaking engagements and radio show appearances.

I am more diligent with my gratitude journal expanding my heart and my vision for the blessings in my life.

During my meditations, I focus on expansion seeing my life with infinite possibilities despite being 66 years old.

Do you have a word for 2020? If so I'd love to hear from you.

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.




Sunday, January 12, 2020

When strong winds blow....



It was supposed to be an easy 4 mile run to top off the tank of training for Tom and Ruth Anne's epic Bermuda Triangle Challenge 10K.

When we saw the temperature of almost 70 degrees with sunshine we did not pay attention to the wind gusts.

We delighted in the fact that we would not need hats and gloves and a heavy running jacket and could head out the door with ease.

There was a moderate wind when we first set out on our run. By the time we arrived at the Reservoir, the winds had picked up. There were white caps on the water!



We were about a quarter of the way around the Reservoir and realized the winds were too strong by the water to continue and thought that the buildings on Beacon Street would provide some insulation from the winds. The tailwind as we changed course almost knocked us over but was certainly an advantage for our pace.



As we were about to turn around at our halfway point on Beacon Street we heard this rattling above. We looked up and there were large metal sheets holding on by what seemed to be a thread on the roof above us. Once we were out of harm's way we called the Brookline Police to let them know of the danger. They had already received a call and said Police and Fire were on the way.

Despite the challenging elements, I took a moment to look up and saw this beautiful cloud formation that reminded me of Horton Hears a Who:


I am not sure why we didn't consider doing fewer miles given the weather conditions, but that thought never entered our minds. And once we hit the halfway mark there was nothing to do but tough out the conditions until we got to our home.

The headwinds on the way back got stronger and stronger as we approached the Reservoir. I found myself shouting at the wind, "Seriously?"

What a powerful metaphor for the past three years where the strong winds of uncertainty for Ruth Anne's physical and emotional health almost brought us to our knees. What relief to find the correct diagnosis of PANDAS and a treatment plan that calmed the storms that plagued her.

We held steady taking rest breaks when we needed to and slowly but surely braved the elements and completed our four plus miles. I turned off Nike+ at 4 miles and walked very slowly up the hill towards home feeling triumphant, exhilarated, hungry and drained.

Rather than focusing on what a tough run it had been, we all felt that sense of overcoming that happens after tough miles.

Our arms, quads, and hips felt the work we did and we felt sore to the core.

There was a sense of joy and exuberance as we hydrated and refueled.

When strong winds blow on the roads and in life you harness all the power that lies within you to make it through.

And when the winds die down, there is a sense of ease and relief as joy bubbles up from deep within knowing how strong, brave and resilient the Divine within and around us is to get us through any challenge.

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.




Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Billy Mills and Having a Dream!



“Pursuit of a dream can heal a broken soul.” “God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe.”
– Billy Mills

Last Friday, Billy Mills was the guest on Blog Talk Radio's Native Trailblazers. Toward the end of the show he said, "Even though I am 82 years old, I will always have a dream in front of me."

I came to the sport of running at the age of 53, and one of the first runners I learned about was Billy Mills. His YouTube video describing the greatest upset in Olympic History carried me from the starting line in Hopkinton to the Finish Line on Boylston Street and through my many many running adventures.



To hear him tell his story and what fuels his passion and purpose on Friday's show gave me goosebumps. I was delighted to learn that he read the phrase, "The subconscious mind cannot distinguish between real and imaginary" in a college textbook and it strongly resonated with him. Ever since I saw the video I was curious about what inspired him to harness the power of visualization to prepare for the Games.

What particularly moved me was to hear how he felt the call to give back to his community after winning the Gold. From the website of Running Strong for American Indian Youth:

Running Strong was founded under Christian Relief Services in 1986. After Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) became the Olympic champion for the 10K, he made it his priority to give back to his community and create a better future for American Indian youth. He joined forces with Eugene Krizek and together they created Running Strong, aiming to bring basic resources and a sense of hope to some of the most impoverished American Indian communities in the nation.

Running Strong's work began primarily on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota. We implemented programs to provide aid with food and nutrition, women and children’s health, education, and seasonal demands. Over the years, our service population and programming expanded dramatically. Today we are proud to serve American Indian people both on and off reservations throughout the United States.


Billy repeatedly shared how the mission of Running Strong is to "Empower the vision of the elders and inspire the dreams of the youth."

I might add that he sounds as youthful today as he did in the above YouTube video!

Scott Little surprised Billy as a call in guest on the show. He shared how he created a Brand to "do good" because the world doesn't need more brands but needs brands that do good. They created a partnership with Fox River Mills.

Be Confident. Dream Big. Run Strong.

Running Strong is proud to announce that we have partnered with Fox River Mills® to launch the Run Strong by Fox River® sock line.

Inspired by our National Spokesperson, co-founder and Olympic Gold medalist Billy Mills, Run Strong socks are high quality running socks that support Running Strong's work building a new generation of Native American leaders who demonstrate healthy lifestyles, inspire youth, preserve their cultures, and celebrate their identities.

$1 of every pair sold is donated to Running Strong and goes back into strengthening Native communities.


The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo. Billy has been sending out a monthly email with his stories on the Road to Tokyo several of which he shared in Friday's interview.

We all have dreams and so often abandon our dreams because we don't believe we can achieve them.

Billy Mills' story reminds us all to believe believe believe!

Be sure to visit the website for Running Strong to learn more about their programs, and stock up on those Made in America running socks to be confident, dream big and run strong and support our Native American brothers and sisters.

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.










Monday, January 6, 2020

A Harbinger of Spring - Happiness on Heartbreak Hill - What if Everybody Ran?



After Saturday's run on Heartbreak Hill I reflected on the Mizuno Ad campaign, "If Everybody Ran..."


Team McManus planned to run around the Reservoir but something didn't feel right in my gut. It was raining and the ground around the Reservoir can get soaked with puddles and mud.

Tom and Ruth Anne needed to top off the tank of their training for Bermuda Triangle Challenge Weekend's 10K so off we went to Heartbreak Hill without missing a beat.

They did not need to simulate the course as we had on Wednesday so decided on a relatively flat part of the course and I emphasize relatively flat part of Heartbreak Hill.

Tom and Ruth Anne took off to do their 5 mile run and I headed out for another 4 miler.

Everyone smiled at one another. What a gift to have no snow or ice in Boston in January as runners begin adding on miles for the Boston Marathon.

I passed one runner, Dominick H. who I met at a race a few years ago. We smiled and waved and he said, "Keep going."

A runner wearing a white hat picked up her visor. We smiled and warmly hugged.

"Oh my God." I said.

"It's a sign," she said referencing how we met.

From "The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953":

“It’s a sign!” a group of runners exclaimed as they walked by my table at the Hyannis Race Expo.

They picked up my medal from the Bermuda Half Marathon.

“We were just talking about how we have to run Bermuda. We are putting it on our bucket list.”

The Mystic Runners from Wakefield, Massachusetts were deeply moved by my inspirational journey. In that moment of synchronicity, we became fast friends.

Paulie has been gracious and generous to offer me a table at the Expo to sell my books and inspire runners with my journey. The 2015 weekend was cancelled. It was a tough decision for any race director to make but treacherous weather conditions would have compromised the safety of the runners. I didn’t give a second thought about having a table at the 2016 Expo. I was running the 10K and planned to focus my energies on the race.

A friend messaged me on Facebook. “I’m so excited you have a table at the Expo this year. I saw your name on the table. Can’t wait to see you!”

I grabbed my Hyannis Half Marathon medal, my Boston Marathon finisher photo and medal, the few books I had on hand and my business cards. At the last minute, I put my Bermuda Half Marathon finisher medal in the box.


Michelle was one of those Mystics. We've been friends on Facebook and in real life since February of 2016.

She is training for her first Boston Marathon running for the Beth Israel Cancer Center to honor the memory of her dear father who passed away several months ago.

"It certainly is a sign," I said "especially since we were going to go to the Reservoir to run." We briefly chatted all things running and life and she went on her way before she got hypothermic but not before I got goosebumps to realize what a warrior she is to be taking on Boston as a cancer survivor!!!



I was beaming after I ran into her.

There was a water stop that was obviously set up for charity runners in training.

"Who is that for?"

"Team in Training but feel free to help yourself to anything you need."

As one of their charity runners resumed her run, I said, "A harbinger of Spring."

She smiled and gave me a high five! Even though it's only January, she knew exactly what I meant!

Struggling runners picked up their pace and their spirits when I smiled and cheered them on. I beamed when someone said to me, "Looking good." We may not have known each others' names but there are no strangers on the Newton Hills.

I was lost in thought remembering our training runs on Heartbreak Hill for the 2009 Boston Marathon marveling at the friendships we forged through the years through the sport of running while smiling and greeting runners as they passed.

I was quickly brought out of my world when I saw Ruth Anne and Tom in the distance.

"What happened?" I asked.

"What do you mean? We turned around at 2.5 miles!"

They had done an incredible pace and caught up with me at my 2 mile mark since I had stopped to chat with Michelle.

They decided to finish their run with me at my pace since their race day is only two weeks away.

Our conversation flowed as the rain increased in intensity but we were oblivious to the weather as we shared our experiences on the run.

We stopped at the Johnny Kelley Statue to take our selfie:


By the time we returned to the car we were soaked and a little chilled yet exhilarated from experiencing so much happiness and a sense of Oneness on Heartbreak Hill.

What a wonderful world this would be if everybody ran and we lived as all the runners did during that rainy day on Heartbreak Hill.

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.






Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year on Heartbreak Hill!



The Art of Being Present From 'Feel the Heal: An Anthology of Poems to Heal Your Life':

Each moment is a blank canvas
smudges and splotches only in mind's eye
raindrops from the heart
wash away the past.
Each moment is an opportunity
overflowing with possibility.

How shall I paint this moment?

My portrait once a still life
now
in stillness
life force leaps

dancer
lover of life
a geyser of joy
a river of happiness
gratitude flows
fragrant flowers sweetness
strong roots
lit with softness of sun's tender embrace
back from the edge
the ledge between life and death
creating the masterpiece of my life
one breath at a time.


With only two weeks until Ruth Anne and Tom toe the starting line of the Bermuda Triangle Challenge 10K, we knew they needed to simulate race day and have time to taper in order to have fresh legs on race day.

What better way to usher in a New Year and a new Decade than with a run to train for a new goal?

Tom and Ruth Anne inspired me to add to my word, Simplicity for 2020. I looked at my mileage from 2019 and although I brought much compassion to the lower mileage, I knew I needed to make a change for 2020. By taking charge to simplify my life, I have more energy for new goals!

Tom and Ruth Anne had the Bermuda 10K course map to guide them:


They planned a route to simulate the elevation on Heartbreak Hill and run for 6.2 miles. I opted for a 2 mile out and back route for 4 miles. I had been keeping my distance at a 5K but it's a new year and a new decade which is an awesome time to shift gears and reach out for something new.

They warmed up with me and took off with fuel and hydration that they will use on race day using the map to nail down race day strategy.

As I got close to the Johnny Kelley statue, Tom texted me to let me know I should turnaround at the statue. My Nike+ already said 2 miles so I decided to go with Ruth Anne's Garmin for distance.

I remembered when we reached this spot on Marathon Monday 2009:


There were many many runners out on Heartbreak Hill. As we passed each other we smiled and wished each other Happy New Year.

I saw one runner in a Striders shirt. We have become friends with many Merrimack Valley Striders through the years and our running friendships grow thanks to Facebook. I called out to him and said "Go Striders." I asked his name and told him mine. We'd been Facebook friends connected through other Striders but had never met in person. We recognized each other and wished each other Happy New Year. He told me after the run on Facebook that he'd done the entire Boston Marathon course!

I loved the sunshine streaming through the bare trees to offset the wind chill.



As I neared mile 3, I saw the steep, long incline loom before me that would take me to the top of Heartbreak Hill near Boston College.

"Oh this will be so awesome to simulate the Bermuda 10K for Tom and Ruth Anne but why am I doing this?" I laughed to myself.

I chose to go the longest distance I'd done since the 2018 Bermuda Half Marathon on the Newton Hills!

Slowly and steadily I kept an even pace needing to stop only once before the downhill that would take me back to our car.

My Nike+ read 4.28 miles. I stretched, hydrated and within a short period of time, Ruth Anne and Tom were running towards me arms triumphantly in the air.

I cheered them on as I will when I see them come into the Stadium after they conquer the Bermuda 10K.



What a fantastic way to start a new year and a new decade! What a contrast to last year when Ruth Anne was critically ill without a clear diagnosis or treatment plan. What a contrast to January of 2007 when I was told to prepare to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair after the diagnosis of Post-Polio Syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease.

How will you paint the masterpiece of your life?

It was indeed a Happy New Year on Heartbreak Hill.

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.










Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Run Bermuda! Run Happy!



This year has been fraught with challenges that took us right to the edge of our very being. Our daughter was critically ill without any diagnosis to guide treatment. In August, I trusted my gut and made the diagnosis of PANDAS after putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

With proper treatment and wonderful treatment providers, Ruth Anne has slowly been reclaiming her life. She started running again and had a wildly successful Bill Rodgers Somerville Jingle Bell 5K (which was actually a 3.5 miler with all hills).

Rewind to Bermuda Day Weekend in May.

We stayed at the Royal Palms Hotel and decided we would return there for Bermuda Marathon Weekend now known as Bermuda Triangle Challenge. Tom wanted his redemption after being injured for the 2019 Bermuda Challenge when he was able to run only in the 10K event.

But life happened quickly and Ruth Anne's condition declined. We were not sure if she was going to live until the end of the year. The thought of going to Bermuda which was her happy place along with changes in the Race Weekend led us to change our plans to go to Puerto Rico during race weekend. We were planning to just sit by the pool or go to the beach and have a break from runcations.

I sensed that, while Ruth Anne was delighted to be going to a warmer climate in the middle of winter and we had gone to Puerto Rico when we trained for the 2009 Boston Marathon, she seemed depressed and anxious about going to Puerto Rico.

As I was sending our itinerary to a friend taking care of Jamie (our cat) while we are away and our son, I had this feeling hit me deep in my gut. Four hours on a plane and going to a destination unfamiliar to us was not going to work for Ruth Anne this early in her recovery yet when I asked her if she was okay with it, she said she was fine (true to Ruth Anne's altruistic nature and putting others' needs first).



But I was unrelenting in talking with her about it and suggested we try to change back to Bermuda!

Within a few hours, we had our airline booked with OUTSTANDING customer service from Jet Blue and our room was booked with the same rate thanks to the incredible Bermudian hospitality at Royal Palms Hotel.

Then came the next question...would this be a runcation?

What do you think??

I was initially quite concerned about Ruth Anne not being trained for a 10K.

Tom was already registered for the Challenge but not trained for another Half. We went back and forth and decided that he will run the Mile and the 10K and Ruth Anne will have an epic running comeback joining forces with her dad in the 10K. It's a run/walk 10K with a 2 hour and 30 minute time limit so there's no pressure to complete the race in a certain time limit.

I get to be support crew and soak up all the delicious energy of race weekend.

Our excitement is palpable.

This will be Tom's 5th consecutive year running in events during Bermuda's Race Weekend.

I have incredible memories of my epic 3 consecutive Bermuda Half Marathons in 2016, 2017 and 2018 after having been told in December of 2014 that I should stop running and prepare for a total knee replacement after a serious knee injury.

Here we are with the Town Crier in January of 2016:


There was a photo on the race website of runners after they finished the race with the Town Crier that I used as part of my visualization to prepare for my race.

In 2017, I was on the struggle bus after mile 10. I ended up in the medical tent but not before I crossed that finish line.


In 2018, Ruth Anne was well enough to train for and join us for the Bermuda Half:


but shortly after we returned, she became ill and endured 14 hospitalizations until I was able to make the diagnosis and advocate for treatment with her providers.

Tom and Ruth Anne have an excellent base to build on with their 5 mile training runs in Heartbreak Hill, in these two short weeks before race day. They will do a 6 miler tomorrow. We are going to use the power of the mind/body connection and visualization to prepare them for a wonder filled race day.

We will be inspired by Billy Mills and his biggest upset in Olympic History:


What a whirlwind!

Two weeks from Thursday Team McManus returns to our happy place. Tom and Ruth Anne will Run Bermuda and Run oh so Happy celebrating health and wellness, healing, hope and possibilities.

We are all delighted to bid 2019 and this decade a fond goodbye excited to open our hearts with gratitude and grace to embrace all the possibilities that 2020 and a new decade bring.

Happy New Year!

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
Mary

Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com

Be inspired by my interview with Kendra Petrone on the award winning Exceptional Women Show by following this link

To experience an epic race weekend and hear me share my journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond come to the Hyannis Marathon Weekend February 21-23 2020.