BOSTON (CBS) – Adrianne Haslet was a professional dancer when she lost her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. But her injuries haven’t slowed her down.
Haslet kept her vow to dance again, and now she’s getting ready to run her first marathon.
WBZ-TV joined Haslet as she went through a final tune-up with her prosthetist, Brian Heckathorn, at the Hanger Clinic in South Easton.
Haslet is working out all the kinks, and getting what she needs to tackle 26.2 miles with a prosthetic leg.
Heckathorn will be her “pit boss” on the course.
“I’ll make sure she is doing well. It may be as little as a high five as she’s going by, or it may be a time to stop and do some changes, but we’re going to make sure we have a clinic there for her on that day,” Heckathorn said.
Race day means many things for Haslet.
“It never changes. Come April 1, my emotions are a complete roller coaster and running is no different. I’ve practiced running and crying, both on purpose and not. Mostly not,” Haslet said.
Having Heckathorn there to support her is key.
“I would never want to run this without seeing Brian’s face; I’ll get emotional. I met him when I was in stitches – literally and figuratively — in the hospital,” Haslet said.
And now, they will tackle the course – and the day – as a team.
Running the marathon is something Haslet admits will not be easy, physically or emotionally.
But she couldn’t be more ready.
“I have no idea what’s going to come at me on race day, emotions-wise. But I’m ready for it all,” she said.
Haslet is running for Limbs for Life, and you can support her run by joining Team #AdrianneStrong.