SPOKANE, Wash. - The comfort of the soft track at Hart field helped a women's running team wind down Tuesday night. The Spokane Swifts were on a 'rest week schedule.' The women only ran six miles, because next week they'll run 26.2 through Boston.
"What happened there last year, it's just like, runners tend to be fighters and it brought us closer together," Heather LeFriec said.
LeFriec and 17 other members of the team will run the Boston Marathon next week. She says the preparation this week, has been emotional.
"Because I just can't imagine what it would have been like to be there last year and it's hard not to get choked up," she said.
Lisa Sunderman is one of the few women running Monday, who also ran it last year.
"It's something that takes a while to get over, to get through," Sunderman said.
She finished before the bombings last year, and was in her hotel room when they went off. She says they were put on lockdown at the hotel in the hours after. This time, she's looking forward to actually enjoying the experience.
"I think this year is going to have a lot to do with healing and recovering. You know, having the event, getting through the event," Sunderman said.
Next week this team will be there to compete, push, and drive each other. They hope their presence brings a certain comfort to the city of Boston.
"It's about coming together as a community and supporting one another and staying strong, and staying strong for Boston," LeFriec said.
More than 50 Spokane runners will run the Boston Marathon next week.
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