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Boston Marathon runners return to Michiana safely

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Monday, we heard from two women who were in Boston when the explosions went off.

Less than a day later, they returned home to Michiana and are still processing experiencing tragedy firsthand.

"I just wanted to come home and hug my kids after what happened yesterday," says Colleen Dabler of Osceola, who ran in the Boston Marathon.

That's exactly what she did, showing off her medal and impressive speed. Dabler completed the race in 3 hours and 17 minutes.

Still, it's hard to forget the images from Monday.

"You can see the look in people's faces, just the look of fright and fear and you can see the ambulances," says Dabler.

Images that have Dabler rethinking another marathon she's set to run in, in just three weeks and of course, going back to Boston next year. She's already qualified.

"I'm definitely second-guessing. Do you make yourself vulnerable? But on the other hand, you can't live in fear and you want to show your support for the running community and to keep lacing up those running shoes everyday," says Dabler.

Lisa Smith was with Colleen's group Monday. The explosions happened soon after she crossed the finish line.

Smith is a surgical and intensive care unit nurse.

"It's really bothered me. I turned on the tv this morning and thought, 'Oh, I should have just gone back. I shouldn't have listened to them telling me to go straight,' I should have gone back and helped them," says Smith.

But she refuses to live life with regret, instead she's looking forward to hitting the pavement again.

She too has already qualified for Boston next year and plans to go back.

"I would never stop running. None of us do. They interviewed some of the people in Boston yesterday and all these marathoner are like, 'We'll be back. We're coming next year,'" says Smith.

Both of the women say their hearts go out to their fellow runners and their families and the spectators who were injured Monday.

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