Well worth reading: writer and runner Haruki Murakami’s short reflections on the Boston marathon—the marathon itself, and what it means to runners—in the New Yorker:
Emotional scars may be similar. In a sense, the real pain begins only after some time has passed, after you’ve overcome the initial shock and things have begun to settle. Only once you’ve climbed the steep slope and emerged onto level ground do you begin to feel how much you’ve been hurting up till then. The bombing in Boston may very well have left this kind of long-term mental anguish behind.