ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s less than a month until this year’s Boston Marathon. For a St. Louisan, it’s a chance to enjoy something special that last year’s finish line bombings tarnished.
“I want my finish back. I want that state of euphoria. I want to celebrate, and I don’t want it taken from me again,” says Heather Lang.
KMOX caught up with Lang after she ran a 22-mile training session, Sunday, in Forest Park.
Lang says she’s a little nervous, but excited about returning for her second Boston Marathon, “This’ll probably be the safest marathon that you’ll ever have. I’m not afraid. I have a feeling, though, it’ll be pretty hard to see the finish line.”
Lang finished the 2013 race prior to the bombs going off. She says she was a block from the scene and heard two loud booms, “It wasn’t cannon blasts. It wasn’t fireworks. You don’t get that at the four-hour mark of a marathon. My gut told me something was wrong.”
Lang says she suffered from a sort of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the weeks after the event, “I went into a slump. I had my sweatshirt on & my head covered that evening. I came back home and didn’t want to talk about it. Usually, you wear the medal and you’re proud. I wanted nothing to do with it.”
Eventually, her love of running helped her get her life and career back on track.
Lang says she’s looking forward to this year’s April 21st event and the chance to enjoy the happy feeling that usually comes with finishing a big run.
As for the Boston Marathon medals, she gave the 2013 one to her oldest boy and promises to give this year’s award to her youngest.
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