As the president’s words echoed from Boston across America — “We carry on. We race. We strive’’ — a 31-year-old woman in Portland, Ore., Thursday began training for the first Boston Marathon after a terrorist attack forever changed competitive distance running.
“If anything, the bombings make me want to run Boston next year that much more,’’ said Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman — fourth overall — to cross the finish line Monday before the explosions on Boylston Street. “I think we all feel the same way. It was a scary event, but I don’t think any of us are afraid to show our resiliency.’’