A Stevens Point runner finished the marathon before the deadly explosions on Monday.
Laura Gould, 29, told Newsline 9 the medal she received at the finish line means something very different this time around.
The mother and fourth grade teacher said running is a part of her daily life.
"I run straight from school and then go get my kids and head home," said Gould.
This was her second time running in Boston. She also finished the Boston Marathon in 2006. She said running the race is unlike anything she's ever experienced.
"It's a lot of camaraderie," she said.
This year, she exceeded her own expectations.
"My finishing time was a 03:19:30. That was a PR for me," she told Newsline 9.
After finishing the race in a little more than three hours, she and her husband started heading back to their hotel, but that's when everything changed.
"Someone came down and said, 'Subway needs to be evacuated, there was an emergency,'" said Gould. "Who would want to do this? Are you kidding me?"
Despite being a block from the finish line, the two were able to hail a taxi and go to their hotel. Gould said it wasn't until they were traveling back to central Wisconsin that she felt the weight of the attack.
"When you're headed home from a marathon somewhere you want to wear the medal. You finished. That's a piece of pride, but yesterday I didn't have my medal on walking through the airport," she said.
She added that her medal and the finish line of Monday's race now mean something different to her, because the explosions forced organizers to end the race early, keeping many runners from completing it.
"[It] took away that goal of them crossing that finish line," she added.
Now that she's back with her family in Stevens Point, she said she has new perspective.
"Each day that I get to run and push my kids in that stroller is a special day," said Gould.
She told us she is already planning on her next race. She is scheduled to compete in the Journey's Marathon in Eagle River in a few weeks.