Felicia Guidry and her daughter at Armstrong Intl. Airport
New Orleans, La. - Felicia Guidry returned to New Orleans from Boston, battered both physically and emotionally.
The 59-year-old Houma resident ran the Boston Marathon Monday, falling and breaking her arm before reaching the finish line, but completing the race in 3:45:13.
"A nice policeman encouraged me to get up and finish and so I finished across," says Guidry. "They put me in the ambulance and then while I was sitting there, we heard an explosion."
A second blast followed moments later. Guidry says the scene turned chaotic, smoke filled the streets and people were badly hurt.
"They put some in the ambulance with me," she says. "A little boy and a gentleman that was kind of in bad shape. They were just overwhelmed, the hospital was wonderful but they had so many trauma victims that I didn't get home until midnight."
Other runners arrived in Louisiana Tuesday, thankful to be safe and sharing incredible stories from the route.
Sister Madonna Buder, a nun from Spokane, was about a mile from the finish line when the bombs went off.
She walked into a neighborhood with other marathoners, where a homeowner offered use of their phone.
"They had about 20 people so it was by using their phone line, the land line, because none of the cells were working that we could finally make contact," she says.
The 82-year-old nun says she's still shocked about what happened in Boston Monday, even as she prepares to take part in the New Orleans Ironman this weekend.
"My feelings are that I haven't even had time to grieve yet," she says. "I haven't been able to really break down in tears and I at some point need to do that."
Buder has two more marathons planned in the next few weeks and like so many others who experienced the terror in Boston Monday, she's grateful to keep running.