Tendinitis keeps Spokane woman from running in Boston Marathon

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by JANE MCCARTHY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 7:50 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- One of Spokane's elite athletes was scheduled to run in Monday's Boston Marathon. At the last minute, her body would not cooperate.

Marathons are a huge part of Victoria Russell's life. She spends hours training and was invited to run on the Elite Team in the Boston Marathon. However, tendinitis in her knee kept her from going.

Russell, her husband and three children, planned on going to Boston for the race.

When she found out about the bombings in Boston, her grief came gushing from two distinct directions.

"How many times they've (her family) been there, doing exactly what those people did yesterday. I'm so grateful," said Russell.  "But I feel a sense of horrific guilt that my family's safe and someone else's....their family is gone."

She said there is a slight uneasiness that may accompany her to her next race.  But she reaffirmed there will certainly be another race. 

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