(WJLA) - “Boston is my favorite race,” says Lesley Cranshaw, who is two weeks away from running her 20th marathon. She will mark this milestone by returning to Boston for her second consecutive year.
Last year, she had just crossed the finish line when the bombs exploded.
“A bomb is the last thing that you ever think is going to happen at a race -- especially a marathon and especially the Boston Marathon," she said.
Training has been challenging during this never-ending winter, but this lifelong runner has perspective:
“I'm going out when it's dark, when it's cold, but I can run, I can go out, I'm still able to do that. There are people that can't run. that will never be able to run. “
Last year, Erik Price ran the Boston Marathon for the very first time.
“It's the marathon to run, if you're a runner,” he said.
He hadn’t planned to return, but after the bombing, he knew he had to go back: “The crowd support before was legendary, and I'm sure it's just going to be tenfold this year."
Passing the spot where the explosions went off, however, will be difficult.
“I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'm wondering if people will go right by it and say, 'I'm still here and I'm still running,'" said Price.
As she trains, Lesley keeps the memory of the victims in her heart:
“I'm running because of them, for them; in spite of everything that has happened, as long as I can keep running Boston, I will keep running."
The race will be held on April 21, and the field will be larger, with 36,000 runners taking part.