Montgomery resident Kaitlin Henry Meisler says on average it takes about 18 weeks to train for the Boston Marathon. She says crossing the finish line felt amazing, that is until she realized soon after, the city was under attack.
Each year, tens of thousands of runners make their way to Massachusetts to take part in the Boston Marathon. This year, twenty-seven year old Kaitlin Henry Meisler was one of them. Meisler, who teaches Jr. High in Prattville says she finished the race thirty minutes before the deadly explosions.
"There was one loud explosion and then there was a second afterwards," says Meisler. "And then after that, they were clearing everybody out and I just saw all of the emergency vehicles going to the finish line."
CBS News is reporting at least 3 people dead and over one-hundred injured as a result of the two blasts. Meisler says everyone in Boston is on edge and feeling uncertain.
"Everybody is confused and trying to figure out - we are back in our hotel where there are a lot of marathon runners who were planning to fly out tonight and they're trying to figure out what they can do and how to get where they need to be."
The Alabama Department of Homeland Security sent Alabama News Network a statement that reads in part "The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has reached out to the Massachusetts Fusion Center, the Boston Fusion Center, and our federal partners to offer assistance and any available resource to the city of Boston. We are staying engaged with these authorities as we all learn exactly what happened today. "
Learning what happened is what Meisler says everyone is trying to do.
"Every time we talk to somebody, they give us new information about what's happening so everybody's kind of figuring it."
The Boston Marathon was Meisler's first ever marathon. She says although completing the race was a longtime goal of hers, she isn't able to reflect on her own accomplishment.
"It's definitely something to remember but right now I'm so conflicted with what's going on that I haven't even been able to sit down and soak it in."
The Alabama Department of Homeland Security tells Alabama News Network that it is too soon to comment on whether Alabama will increase security measures in the wake of the Boston explosions.