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Local runner returns from Boston; says life is changed forever

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A local runner and Charleston native returned home from Boston Wednesday.

Sarah Fletcher, of Pinch, arrived at Yeager Airport around 2 a.m.  

She recalls Monday's events.  "We're rationalizing that it was probably a falling parking garage because there was construction all over the downtown area.  We just wanted it to be something else, knowing, in all likelihood, it wasn't."

Fletcher is home now, with her two girls and her husband. 

She finished the Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 35 minutes.  The first bomb went off 4 hours and eight minutes into the race. 

"The explosion was extremely loud," said Fletcher.  "We were immediately questioning, what is that?"

This was Fletcher's first time running the race.  Running is one of her passions in life, along with her family and her career, as a nurse. 

She says when she left Massachusetts, her life was changed forever.  After the explosions, Fletcher grabbed her phone.

"I was able to get a couple of texts out to my husband.  It's kind of scary to go back and look at those texts now.  My initial text to my husband said, "It sounds like bombs are going off.  I love you and I love my babies.  I'm going to try to get out of here," she said. 

Fletcher ran into a dorm room at nearby-Northeastern University.  The next day, she went back to the site of the bombings to see the area for herself. 

She says she wants to race again next year.  "Absolutely I would.  If you would have asked me that a couple hours after the attack I would have said I'm never going back to that place again.  I think you can't live in fear."