QUEANBEYAN'S Georgia Gleeson has refused to let the Boston Marathon bombings affect her participation in the upcoming New York Marathon.
Three people were killed and more than 140 people injured when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in April this year.
However, Miss Gleeson said she had no doubts when it came to competing in the 42-kilometre run.
"It's an unfortunate thing that happened but if you let those negative thoughts take over you are handing the power over to evil," she said.
"You can't live in fear or let it inform your choices. If you lived in fear of what could go wrong then you wouldn't achieve much."
This week the mother of four flew overseas as part of the Indigenous Marathon Project, an initiative where participants are chosen to promote healthy lifestyles in their communities.
Her participation in the marathon comes after months of training and competitions this year. Not bad for someone who decided to take up running just 16 months ago after a lifestyle overhaul. She also quit her job as a public servant to become a personal trainer and kicked her smoking habit.
While, Miss Gleeson said she is in peak condition going into the race her preparation was stilted by a two month calf injury.
"Physically I'm feeling strong and after I had my injury you really appreciate just being able to run," Miss Gleeson told the Queanbeyan Age this week.
"I remember that first run up and down Cooma Street and now to be running a marathon, it's a surprise.
"A year ago I would not have thought it would be possible."
Miss Gleeson said it was "surreal" to finally be heading overseas and she will have just two days to prepare herself before the marathon takes place on Sunday, November 3.
"It's not about winning or setting records but the experience," she said. "Not many people get to experience the five boroughs of New York on foot like this. I just want to enjoy it and take it easy."
Speaking to former New York Marathon runners, Miss Gleeson said she's expecting the final leg to be the most challenging.
Many runners scribble quotes on their hands to keep them going, Miss Gleeson will scrawl the initials of her partner and her children's first names on to her hand.
"They say the last five to 10 kilometres are the hardest, you're really hitting the wall. You've got to draw on what's motivating you particularly when you feel like you can't go on," she said.
"Without sounding selfish, my main motivation is to prove to myself what I'm capable of achieving.
"In turn that empowers me to be a better person and mother. I'm doing this for my family as much as for myself."