Martinez is often surprised by the attention she gets and how others see her as inspirational.
“I’m just doing it. I want it – not that other people don’t want it,” she said. “I don’t know how to explain the speed that I’ve done it with.”
The gym and its members have rallied around her. At one point, Greaver created a workout for members so they would have a greater understanding of the challenges Martinez faces and help raise money to pay for a recumbent bike.
During the workout, athletes were allowed to use only one arm. One-armed push-ups, one-armed kettlebell swings, one-armed farmer carries.
“Literally everybody who came in from doing that came straight up to me and said ‘Look at my arm. Wow, that was so difficult. You really see how hard her workouts are,’” Greaver recalled.
Martinez worked her way up to walking farther and recently got a new pair of prosthetic legs that will allow her to run. She’s getting used to the new legs, which she says feel like she’s wearing high heels on a trampoline, but one day they will allow her to run around with her young children or perhaps enter a road race.
For now, she’s setting her sights on this month’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., which she will race on her recumbent bike.
“The mental aspect, it can be tough. It’s not that I don’t have a bad day,” she said. “But for the most part, I try to stay positive and I think staying active is a good way to, I don’t want to say get your mind off of it because it’s not like I can get my mind off of it but I’ve got to work with what I’ve got. I’m here for my kids, my husband and I want them to see I can still do things with them.”