On the Bright Side: Retired Marine to run Boston Marathon for a 3rd time - on 1 leg
San Antonio’s Jose Luis Sanchez is getting ready for Monday’s Boston Marathon.
"Train hard, fight easy,” said Sanchez.
In 2011, the retired U.S. Marine stepped on an IED while serving in Afghanistan. He lost his left leg.
"Out of nowhere I felt a big crash, like somebody just blind-sided me from the left side,” said Sanchez.
Over time Jose battled back physically, but struggled emotionally.
"I felt like a failure,” said Sanchez. “I left my team down. I felt like I left my Marines down. I felt like I lost."
However, one day Jose decided to open a box roughly 5 years after the incident in Afghanistan. Sanchez told us that he had pushed the box to the side for years.
“I was just thinking about myself,” said Sanchez. “Being selfish, self-centered on my own journey trying to get out of the wheelchair.”
The box had been given to him by his patrol unit, while he had been in the hospital recovering from the explosion. Inside the old gift, was an American flag. The flag had been signed by his patrol unit.
“It was just a big slap to my face,” said Jose. “Like how dare you keep this isolated for so long.”
As a result, Jose became inspired to run marathons with his American flag. He joined the Semper Fi Fund, to help supported fellow wounded veterans while running.
“To showcase that we're still here,” said Sanzhez. “Nothing is going to keep us down."
We visited Jose on Wednesday at Lone Star Crossfit. He’s prepping for his fourth full marathon, and third Boston Marathon.
"I absolutely hate running,” said Jose. “Running is not my thing. We all could overcome anything and everything. We always could overcome those adversities and challenges in our life. You just have to have faith in yourself.”