A high school student who suffers from multiple sclerosis has turned the condition into an advantage on the track field because she cannot feel pain in her legs.
Since Kayla Montgomery (18), from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was diagnosed with the condition three years ago, she has gone on to become one of the fastest high school runners in the country.
Montgomery told the NYT:
“When I finish, it feels like there’s nothing underneath me. I start out feeling normal and then my legs gradually go numb. I’ve trained myself to think about other things while I race, to get through. But when I break the motion, I can’t control them and I fall.”
She won the state title in the 3,200 meter this year, posting the 21st fastest time in the country.
Doctors have cleared her to run, but there are still obvious risks. She tripped in the middle of a race last year. At another race someone forgot to catch her and she fell on her face at the finish line.