Initially, she struggled to return to treating tendinitis, ACL repairs and muscle strains, which had always been fulfilling and meaningful work to her, but now seemed trivial compared to the injuries she managed that day.
In the wake of the bombings, Wright-Fitzgerald found running to be a welcome relief. She thought about returning to the "A" tent on Marathon Monday as a volunteer, but will run for the survivors and their families instead.
"If I was running any other marathon as my first, it would be exciting,'' Wright-Fitzgerald said. "But this feels 10 times more important.''
The haunting images linger, yet Monday presents the opportunity for a new narrative, a new beginning.
And, more important, a better finish.
Editor's note: MacMullan's vignette on runner Katie Pratt first appeared this week in an earlier marathon feature.