Hoosiers ready to return to Boston one year after marathon bombings

Meggie Dials
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One year ago Tuesday, two bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line.

The blasts killed three people and injured hundreds more.

On the anniversary of the tragedy, Boston stopped to remember those victims. Vice President Joe Biden joined local officials in mourning those lost and celebrating the incredible recovery of survivors.

Hoosiers there for the marathon also reflected on that terrible day. Some are even preparing to return for this year's marathon, including Meggie Dials and her husband Josh.

Josh will run and Meggie will cheer him on - from the finish line - and what happened there last year is very much top of mind.

"My husband is very nervous about me being at the finish line," said Meggie. "He told me last year that is not where I need to be."

But she isn't listening. She said she has no fear of going back.

"Given the fact it was two isolated people, it doesn't feel like it's something that's repeatable," Meggie explained. "I think there where will be so much security at the finish that most people will be frustrated because they want to see the race, but at the same time it gives me complete comfort."

She spent nearly six hours at the finish line taking pictures, tweeting and waiting for Josh. He finished 45 minutes before the first bomb. As the couple walked back to their hotel, people stopped to congratulate him. Meggie, who is also a runner, was thinking to herself how she would like to run the marathon herself one day when she started getting text messages.

Friends in Indianapolis were asking, "Are you guys safe?"

It didn't take the Dials long to hear what happened and to see the coverage. It was chaos and Meggie described it as "an emotional roller coaster," hard to believe and surreal.

She said, "It's just the 'What if's' you constantly went through and the feeling of being lucky and almost feeling guilty for being so lucky."

Meggie chronicled the race, the bombings, the aftermath in her blog. She wrote while Josh was disappointed with his time, "He still ran fast. In fact, he ran so fast he very well may have saved my life."

She recalls, "The minute he finished I was trying to cheer him up, tell him it was still a great race. Boston is amazing and he was so frustrated because he wanted to go faster and 30 minutes later he never thought about his time again because if was fast enough to get us out of the area and at that time it's not what you're concerned about."

Meggie's been thinking a lot about what happened last year as the couple prepares to return.

"It's been an emotional time," she said, "and also cool to see the stories of survival after the fact and how well so many are doing and walking again and hearing the stories of people who raced to donate blood and do all the things they did that day. It really shows the positive side of humanity."

This year, Meggie said she's excited to see Josh run and finish "and celebrate the way you should after running 26.2 miles. It was taken away from all of us last year."