When Aurora resident Abby Omerza thinks about running last year’s Boston Marathon, her emotions are still mixed.
“It’s really hard to put into words,” Omerza said Wednesday. “Most of what I remember was just what a wonderful day it was. It was so beautiful, all the people out there are cheering for the runners. It was such a good experience for myself, but everything that happened afterwards was so hard, and so sad...I wish the day would have ended the way it had began.”
Omerza will not be heading back to Boston this year. For her, the Boston Marathon was supposed to be a once in a lifetime event — but that might change.
“I am considering going again in the future just to have closure,” she said. “And, in a way go back as a ‘thank you’ to the people.”
But, next time, Omerza said she will be more prepared.
For instance, when she ran last year, Omerza didn’t have her cell phone with her during her run.
Seeing a terrified runner trying desperately to reach family members following the bombing led Omerza to realize that she needs to take more precautions in the future.
“I just need to plan better, she said.
In her day-to-day life, Omerza said memories of Boston are always with her.
“It is on my mind often,” she said. “Maybe not everyday, but I think back on experience a lot. Anytime I see an article, or stories about people who got injured, I have to sit and read the entire article and know as much as I can. I have to put all the pieces together.”
But, what she wants people to know above all is just how lucky we are to live in a place where these incidents are rare, and then when they do happen, people band together like links in a steel chain.
“The Boston Marathon won’t be stopped because of this one thing,” she said. “It will go on for many years. People will keep running big races, and I think that’s a wonderful thing.”