For the first time since 2013, Tatyana McFadden did not win the New York City Marathon. She finished second to Manuela Schar, at 1:51:02. But after everything McFadden has been through this year, it could be considered a miracle that she is still competing — and ending up on the podium.
In February, McFadden found out that she had blood clots in her legs — a complication because of hindered blood circulation in the lower half of her body. She had to withdraw from the Tokyo Marathon that month. In March and April, new blood clots formed, and the old blood clots weren’t resolving. She had three surgeries to try to fix the issue, but all three failed.
“I missed three months of whole training, and that was really tough. And for a while, it was coming back, and medication wasn’t working, and [my] blood levels were off. That was really frustrating to take that time off and to deal with this,” McFadden, 28, said on Sunday.
She consulted new doctors in Boston, but the medication she was given still didn’t have any effect. They tried regenerating her veins to bring her circulation back to normal, but that didn’t seem to work either. After months of trying, they eventually found the right set of medications, and after intense therapy, she was able to start training again in the fall.