A Miami Shores resident returned home with her family unharmed Tuesday after running in her first Boston Marathon.
Caryn Lubetsky described the bombings as "sheer terror."
"We were there. It's a part of our lives now forever. It's going to be a while before I get a good nights sleep," she said.
Lubetsky's husband and three sons were cheering for her near the finish line, but as she ran past, Lubetsky told them to meet her a block away.
The bombs exploded minutes later.
"I kept saying to my husband, 'You were standing right there.' He's like, 'But I wasn't when the bombs came off,'" she said. "I said, 'Our kids were right there.' He's like, 'But not when the bomb went off.'"
One of Lubetsky's sons described the bombs as sounding like Godzilla, the fictional monster that has starred in more than two dozen films.
"Like something that wouldn't be realistic," he said.
"I know that my kids saw evil and I don't know how to take that away from them and I don't know how to make it right enough," said Lubetsky. "I don't know how to make it better."