A Most Unlikely Runner: Inspiration from the Heart of a Warrior by Mary McManus, MSW Review

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Meeting Mary McManus at the Boston Run Show was an encounter I’ll never forget. After attending my presentation, Mary, a spirited and inspiring figure, approached me to share her remarkable journey and to purchase a copy of my book. Our connection was instant, especially after discovering our shared experience with post-polio syndrome—a condition that had also affected my mother.

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Mary’s Story

Mary’s story is nothing short of extraordinary. Diagnosed with polio at the tender age of five, she faced an uphill battle from the start. Yet, it was her diagnosis of the post-polio syndrome in her early 50s that marked the beginning of an incredible transformation. Rather than succumbing to the limitations imposed by the diagnosis, Mary chose to challenge them head-on. Her memoir, “A Most Unlikely Runner: Inspiration from the Heart of a Warrior,” is a testament to her indomitable spirit and relentless pursuit of overcoming obstacles.

The book is a compelling blend of diary entries and poetry, offering readers an intimate look into Mary’s journey from a polio survivor to a marathon runner. It’s a narrative that’s both uplifting and deeply personal, highlighting the power of determination and the human spirit’s capacity to triumph over adversity.

Touching story

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One of the most touching aspects of Mary’s story is her relationship with her twin daughter, with whom she shares the joy of running. This connection underscores the importance of family support in her journey, showcasing how encouragement and love can fuel one’s resolve to keep fighting, no matter the odds.

As someone who has seen firsthand the challenges posed by post-polio syndrome, I found Mary’s story particularly moving. Her ability to push beyond her boundaries and run numerous races, including securing a charity spot in the Boston Marathon, is awe-inspiring. Celebrating her 70th birthday by running the Bermuda Hills 10K further exemplifies her extraordinary resilience and zest for life.

Why I loved the book

“A Most Unlikely Runner: Inspiration from the Heart of a Warrior” is more than just a memoir—it’s a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. Mary McManus reminds us that with determination, support, and a bit of courage, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

Set to be released in May, this book is a must-read for anyone looking for a story of courage, transformation, and the unyielding power of the human spirit. Mary McManus is a true inspiration, continually fighting and proving that indeed, she is a most unlikely runner.