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Chelsea man believes God, leg cramp protected him from Boston Marathon blast

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Randy Lyle is glad to be back in Alabama after competing in this year's Boston Marathon.

His goal was to finish in four hours, right around the time two explosions wreaked havoc near the course's finish line.

However, around the 23 mile mark, Lyle said he started having cramps in his quads, which for him was unusual.

"I'm 100% convinced that was God looking out for me. I have never ever had any issues with my quads. I have had hamstring cramps during a race. Calf cramps. I've had Achilles tighten up on me. But I've never ever had any issues with my quad," Lyle said.

That pain forced Lyle to slow down, with only a half mile or so left to go before he was told by officials to stop running.  He never made it to the terror that lay ahead on the streets of Boston.

Two days later, Lyle says he has mixed emotions. 

"I have a lot of .... anger ... that somebody would take an event like this and do this. You know, there is some frustration on my part because I was that close," he said, fighting back tears.

The way the explosions was timed, Lyle said it didn't affect the "super fast" runners, who had already finished by this time. It exploded when average runners and those running for charity were crossing the finish line -- many of the spectators around at the time were family members and supporters of those people, he said.

"So many people hurt and all they were doing is just standing there to cheer their friends and family on," Lyle explained.

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