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Post Boston Marathon: I am out of whack.

Post Boston Marathon Tension=a body and mind that won’t relax.

Relieving tension after the Boston Marathon #bloomsforBoston #BostonStrong #runforBoston

Relieving tension after the Boston Marathon

Have you ever woken up and all of a sudden you can’t turn your head and it feels as though every muscle is wound up into a tight knot. That is where I am at the moment. . . Since the Boston Marathon my back has been in a complete spasm. The combination of racing 26.2 miles (at an almost PR pace), then shortly thereafter experiencing the shock of tragedy, and sitting in the cold for what seemed like an eternity–scared and both mentally and physically exhausted has left me more tense than I have ever been. As last week went on the knots in my back began to spread down my spine and behind my shoulder blades as well as up into my neck. I finally went in for an hour and a half massage hoping to find relief when I realized on Friday that I could not turn my head. Although the massage was good, the knots failed to release. Next stop the chiropractor for some adjustments. Perhaps something is out of alignment? Coupled with the sadness that I am feeling and the stress of knowing how the timeline of events was too close for comfort for me I cannot seem to get my body to relax.

My prescription:

  • A stop at the chiropractor for some adjustments, perhaps a good crunching will restore balance to my mind body and soul.
  • Some easy miles on the trails.
  • Some quality time with my foam roller and my stick.
  • Perhaps some swimming.
  • Some intense stretching and yoga.
  • Writing: To relieve the stress I have been writing (very cathartic).
  • Checking in with my family and friends often. I am so thankful for all of the love and suport that I have felt from all of my family, friends, and my local and online community.
  • Spending copious amounts of time outside working in my garden, hopeful that the Vitamin D will help to boost my serotonin levels.
  • Playing with my kids–Laughter and being silly with my kids is absolutely some of the best medicine.

Perhaps then my back will relax . . . and my mind and soul too?????



22 responses

22 responses

    1. Thank you for your thoughts. It is important that we all support each other now more than ever. Be #BostonStrong

  1. With everything that you’ve been through in the past week, I’m not surprised that you body is tense and in knots! I think that it’s a great idea to do things that will help ease your mind – laughing with you kids, being outside, trail running, writing. I hope that your back, mind and soul begin to relax.

  2. How wise you are to find strategies that address both physical and emotional. We thought of you the whole day of the bombings and were a nation away so we can only imagine how much the event runs through you, who were there. Why did you have to spend so much time in the cold afterwards?

  3. It’s no surprise you’re all tense, but what is great is that you are aware of it and working to get through it. Continue to be gentle with yourself and I’m sure you’re on the right path.

    I was in a fire once, and the ONLY thing that helped relieve my stress after was acupuncture. Maybe give it a try? My physiotherapist is both a physio and acupuncturist –> I find the combination REALLY helpful.

    Good luck. 🙂 I hope that everything loosens up and calms down for you soon.

    1. Thank you for your great advice Amalia. I have never tried acupuncture but am definitely open to trying new things. Anything to get the tension to release. Hope you are well and thank you so much for thinking of me.

  4. Sounds like a “Hot Tub” moment to me and perhaps a muscle relaxer over the counter or script. Hope it doesn’t last too long .

  5. You’ve had a tremendous amount of stress this past week. Please take care of yourself and find time for laughing, enjoying and smiling. Thinking of you!

  6. I agree with Michael about taking a hot bath. Make it a bubble bath with some soothing candles. Any chance to laugh with your kids will be great medicine as well. HUGS!

    1. All great advice. My chiropractor appointment is scheduled for Thursday morning too! Hope you are well and be #bostonstrong

  7. What a tough week you had last week. Sending you lots of love. I definitely think it takes longer for our minds & souls to heal than our bodies.

    1. I am thankful that my scars are purely emotional. I think we are all hurt emotionally by this. Thank you Maureen. Be #BostonStrong

  8. Ouch. I sure hope your prescription helps. Definitely sounds like you’re carrying the entirety of last week all on your back, literally. Hope you feel better soon!

    1. Thanks Heather. I am definitely carrying a lot of tension. Thanks for thinking of me and be #BostonStrong

  9. I think you can not count out the extremely big role stress plays on your body. The extra cortisol and other stress hormones wreak havoc on our bodies. That combined with a marathon and not being able to do all your normal recovery steps right after the race are probably all adding up in a big way. Take it extra easy in this recovery period.

    Big hug!

  10. The stress of running a marathon is enough to wreck havoc on your body. Add in all the other elements you had to endure, no wonder you are hurting. HUGE VIRTUAL HUG!

    You are taking all the right steps but I would add getting some nice salts, perhaps some for muscle tension release or even lavender scented salts, and soak in the tub. Indulge yourself. Bring a drink and a book and just relax.

    Just hearing the stories of Boston got my head pounding and the lavender bath did seem to help me loosen up a bit. And I only wish I was closer so I could cook you up a dinner!

    Take care!

  11. It sounds like you have a good plan. Taking care of both the physical and mental distress that you are suffering will help.

  12. I have struggled with all of this as well. You are not alone. I had a good massage today and I think it will help. I hope you heal soon. Your plan sounds the the right course of action. In time, it will get better. Focus on the positive (those kids of yours, the love of your family and friends, etc.)


  13. Big, big hugs my friend. I am wound up with stress and I wasn’t even there. Can only imagine how you’re feeling. You coping strategies are awesome though. Take care of yourself.

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