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Michiana woman nervous about running her first big race since running the Boston Marathon

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A Michiana mom who ran in the Boston Marathon is already lacing up her sneakers for her next big race.  She's training for the Mini-marathon in Indy this weekend.  It'll be her first organized run since Boston.  Colleen Dabler said that as recently as Wednesday she was questioning whether or not she'd run mini marathon this weekend.  But ultimately she decided she's not going to be scared by Boston, she's running for Boston.

Dabler has run a handful of marathons but Boston was surreal.  "I literally just got to the meet and greet area right around the corner from the finish line.  That's when I heard the explosion," said Dabler.

She said it feels like it was just yesterday.  But she has to look to tomorrow.  Even Before Boston she was already registered for the 500 Festival's mini marathon in Indianapolis.  It takes place this weekend.  "I'm nervous.  I'll be running that whole race and I'll be honest I will be thinking about the Boston marathon," said Dabler.

After the horrific tragedy in Boston Colleen questioned whether she would even run this weekend's half marathon.  "Ya know running around that Indianapolis motor speedway could be a huge target."

But now she knows she can't let fear stop her stride.  "As a country we keep moving forward and as individuals we keep moving forward and setting goals," said Dabler.

She's also comforted by the fact that race organizers are stepping up security for this year's mini marathon.  One way they're making the run extra safe?  No backpacks allowed.  They're only allowing clear plastic bags.

What's clear to Colleen is the reason she's running.  "I'm going to be running for Boston and that's why I'm going I want to run for Boston."

 

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