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Runners Begin Processing What Happened At the Boston Marathon

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As journalists we are taught to be objective, push your feelings aside and cover the story, but when you are standing a few hundred feet away from a bomb exploding at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, your emotions are human.

Confusion, frustration, anger, fear are all things that raced through runners minds, including my own, on a blue-bird sky Monday in Boston.

"Are my friends ok?"

"Is my family ok?"

"What in the world just happened?"

These were all questions runners from around the world were asking themselves as they wandered around the finish after the bombs went off.

Spectators, are the people we, as runners rely upon, depend upon to help us finish races like the Boston Marathon. That someone would attack them, is simply unfair.

"I can't believe this is happening, she was such a hard worker at everything she did. This doesn't make any sense," explained Patty Campbell, the mother of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell who was killed in the attacks.

But where do we go from here? 

"Everyone has a different way of responding to it," explains Dr. Harsh Trivedi who oversees Vanderbilt's Psychiatric Hospital.

"Even though logically we know we're sitting in Nashville and this happened in Boston, it's actually not the logical part that takes hold and we can be deeply impacted," Dr. Trivedi said.

Then, there's the "what if" so many runners are feeling. What if I'd run 10 minutes slower? What if those spectators were my family, my friends?

"You can't live life thinking about every 'what if' that's actually what makes you paralyzed. The issue here is the fact that you don't know when any of these things are going to happen," he added.

His advice - talk about it. Even if you weren't there, even if you just saw the pictures or the video. Talk about it.

"Talking is a great realize and for a lot of people crying and getting a hug is a great release as well," he says.

Because at the end of the day, no matter what your occupation -  we are all human.

"We can't let that event prevent us from living our lives and doing the things we need to do because in the end that's bigger loss."


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