Micah Little's first Boston marathon experience is one that she will never forget. Little of the St. Louis area is currently doing a clinical physical therapy rotation at Lake Regional Hospital. She along with her mother and brother were in Boston on Monday which started out as a perfect day before tragedy hit the beloved city.
Little expected to finish the race at around three hours and 45 or 50 minutes, but surprised herself by finishing at three hours and 32 minutes. Since she was not expecting to finish so soon, her mother and brother did not see her cross the finish line.
Little's supporters were only a block from where one of the explosions went off while they were waiting. They moved from that location when Little contacted them and asked them to meet them two blocks away.
Little recalls hearing the first explosion when she met up with her family.
"Boston has such a positive atmosphere, we thought it was fireworks," she said. "Then all of a sudden, the streets were crowded with sirens."
Little and her family immediately hailed a cab and were whisked away to their hotel next to Massachusetts General Hospital.
"At first I was scared," Little recalled. She said the unknown of what was happening added to shock and nervousness created fear.
"I wanted to be excited because I finished the race and had a great time, but at that moment I was not excited and was ready to go home," she said.
Little and her family were planning on staying an extra day to site see but could not due to heighten security across the city. The family returned to Missouri Tuesday evening.
Friday, Little along with the rest of the country turned to news outlets to watch the newest updates on the Boston Marathon attacks. Boston and suburbs were on lock down early Friday as a massive man hunt for suspects was underway.
"First and foremost so glad to be back home and out of Boston. Secondly glad they have the suspects just praying they get the other and justice is served. Sickening to think another life was taken. Unbelievable and words don't justify how sad I feel for people affected and hoping situation is resolved by this afternoon," Little said.
One thing is certain. Little is ready to take on the Boston Marathon again next year.
"For any runner, that's the goal- to make it to Boston."