It’s a few days post-Boston. How are you holding up? I had an awful time getting out of bed to run Tuesday morning. I put it off until mid-morning and then regretted waiting, as it was 80 degrees and humid. But I got in my miles for Boston, and my heavy heart and legs felt just the tiniest bit lighter afterwards.
If, like me, you are struggling to move on, here are a few more things you could do- four ways to help victims, as well as an opportunity to seek help.
1) Tshirts to benefit Red Cross
Another Mother Runner is selling a yellow and blue tee with all proceeds going to The One Fund Boston. You can order the shirts here.
The ladies behind Run Like a Girl have pulled together Boston tshirts. 100% of the profit will be donated to the Red Cross.
You can find the shirts under the product tab on their website. Both shirts are only available for a limited time.
Also, for the next 30 days all proceeds from these shirts will go directly One Foundation for Boston.
2) Donate Blood or Finances
The American Red Cross says there is sufficient blood right now for the victims, but more will be needed in the next week or two. Donate blood if you are able.
If you’d like to donate financially, Massachusetts governor and Boston mayor have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston Inc to help victims affected on Monday.
3) Run or Race
Many cities and running groups have been hosting events all week to run together for Boston. Look for something near you, or wear blue and yellow this week in support of Boston.
My friend Brian is gathering a group in San Francisco on Monday, a week after Boston, to run together and encourages others to start or find groups to run together in your own city.
4) Practice Self-care
It’s normal to still feel down, unmotivated, upset and a host of other emotions in the aftermath of such a tragedy. As I was having trouble falling asleep Tuesday night, it struck me that one of my skills is listening, and I’d like to offer that to someone who needs it (and who doesn’t?)
If you’d like someone to talk to, nearly two dozen counselors, social workers and coaches have offered an hour to be a listening ear. If this is something you feel like you could benefit from, you can sign up below and I will match you with someone.
Note: It is not intended to be a counseling session– simply trained volunteers who have offered to listen. If you think you might need a referral for ongoing counseling, please note that in the form below.
If you know someone who is struggling and may benefit from this, please share. Also, if you are a counselor or coach who would be willing to donate an hour to listen to someone, please email me.
Have you had a chance to process your emotions with someone? Did you run solo or with a group to honor Boston?