(BOSTON) — Returning to the race that caused her to become an amputee, Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory has crossed the finish line.
She ran 26.2 miles on her good leg and a prosthetic.
“This is the day….I take my life back,” she wrote on Facebook earlier Monday, posting a photo of herself decked out in race gear.
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Gregory was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a bomb exploded two years ago, and she wrote that she thought she would die on the pavement. After undergoing several operations, doctors amputated her leg in November. Gregory became one of 16 marathon victims to lose a limb.
Last year, she was pushed through the finish line in a wheelchair, but this year, she ran the full 26.2 miles with the help of a prosthetic leg.
“This time I won’t be laying on the ground in pieces, or having to be assisted because I can’t do things on my own,” she wrote in a viral Facebook post. “This time…the only thing hitting the ground will be my running shoe, as I show myself and the rest of the world that I am back, stronger than ever….and there is NO stopping me now.”
Gregory wrote in an email to ABC News that she started strength training one week before her leg was amputated last November. Since her surgery, she has tried to train five days a week for at least an hour, focusing on both strength and endurance.
“Running has been a huge release to me with all of the craziness going on,” she wrote in an email to ABC News.
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