"It was surreal and it didn't even sink in until we got back," Kelly Willard said. "You just feel terror. You're very thankful that you're okay but it's just heartbreaking for the people involved."
"It definitely makes us appreciate our relationships with the people we care about," Ryan Willard said.
His sister-in-law posted on Facebook that the couple was safe and by the time they made it back to their hotel, the post had more than a hundred likes and comments.
"It was unbelievable the number of phone calls and texts from people we hadn't heard from in years," he said. "To feel that cared about, it certainly makes you appreciative."
Kelly Willard said that experiencing both events has made her realize that anything can happen in a small town or a big city, but that she cannot let that negatively impact her life.
"What are the odds something like this would happen again? Now after having the odds increase a bit, it makes me a little nervous but I don't want to stop living life," she said. "You never know what's going to happen, but you don't want to live in fear or else the terrorists or sick people win."
She re-qualified for next year's Boston Marathon and said she is "definitely" going back.
In the meantime, the couple is grateful and hopes that they'll be exempt from the superstition that bad things happen in threes.