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