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"As I was getting closer to the end, I was in a celebratory mood," she said in an interview. "Not because I had run such a good race — actually, it was one of my slowest — but because it was a culmination of years of dreams and accomplishments."
She wrote about the excitement at the starting line, interrupted by a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting — "the only reminder that the world is not such a peaceful place."