Massage Therapy Foundation Interview with Kristen Lutz
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS... From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS...
I had the pleasure of interviewing with the Massage Therapy Foundation since I am part of their 2014 Boston Marathon's Running for Research Team.
Here is the full article about my career and training for the most beloved and oldest marathon in the world!
What led you to pursue a career in massage therapy?
After earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, I entered the corporate wellness industry. Having experienced the benefits of massage as a former athlete, I always appreciated work I received, but that’s all it really was. Until one day I was working at home and the thought crossed my mind that I needed a change. I’m still not even sure how massage became a part of that fleeting thought; perhaps divine intervention or a misfired synapse. All I know is that I’m glad it did! I chose Cortiva Boston after having a very enlightening conversation with former President, Dianne Polseno, which instantly motivated me to follow my instincts and enroll. She just had that effect on people and I am so honored to say that she touched my life in that way.
You previously ran the Boston Marathon. When and how was that?
I ran Boston in 2004 and I thought I was a ‘one and done’. It was the first road race I’d ever ran. Yes. I chose the Boston Marathon as my first road race. I must have been high on a Patriots Super Bowl three-peat and the impending break of an 86 year-old curse on the Red Sox. I was in my first year of grad school at Northeastern and the opportunity presented itself for me to get a bib. I have to say it was one of the best and my worst days of my life. I had over-trained, trained solo, became injured just 10 days before race day, and had to run in 85* temperatures. Despite those obstacles I finished…but not within my goal time. I felt beat up for weeks after and really wished my apartment wasn’t on the third floor of a building with no elevator. Can you see why I wanted nothing to do with marathons ever again? It was about two years ago that I started to get the itch to run Boston one more time; my road to redemption. Since 2004 I had run a handful of half marathons, in the U.S. and in Europe, so many 5Ks and 10Ks I lost count, and a Reach the Beach NH Relay. I knew how to train and knew so many integrative health practitioners who could help get me to that finish line in one piece. So I knew my time would come for one more shot. Ten years later, it did and here I am!
How did you feel the moment you received word that you were selected to be on the 2014 MTF “Running for Research” team?
I think Will Ferrell said it best in the movie Semi-Pro...“I’m so happy, I can’t even feel my arms!” I knew there was some ridiculous competition for the MTF charity team this year and it wasn’t going to be easy. I remember being at Reebok and I was in between seeing clients. I looked at my phone and saw a missed call from a number I had not seen before and a voicemail. I knew the voting committee had to be making a decision soon. So when I saw that missed call and voicemail, I had an overwhelming feeling that I got it. I called Paul Slomski, Development Manager for the MTF, and he gave me the great news. I have to thank the AMTA MA Chapter and specifically our fearless leader, Mary White, for the support through the application process and for what lies ahead for fundraising.
Do you have any concerns or goals about/for the 2014 Boston Marathon?
I want to finish and finish strong. When I run a race, I tend to turn my headphones on and just go. If my husband runs the same race, he’ll always ask me things like, “Oh remember that hill?” or “Did you see that thing over by mile marker 7?”. My answer every time is a clueless, “No”. I just throw my ear buds in and get going. This will be so different. I want to enjoy and revel in Boston this year!
What inspires you?
It’s more like who inspires me. I feed off of the enthusiasm and determination of others. That is why I surround myself with great and positive people. I believe it truly takes a village to do many things in this world and I have quite the village; a supportive family, a husband who runs my long runs with me, a dog who sticks by me for the cold and snowy runs, friends who shower me with encouragement and colleagues who take care of my health and body when I need it most.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to run a marathon?
Set up your support system. No matter whether your goal is to finish or to run your personal best, you will do so much better with the people you need around you. Look for a running group (or two) in your area, speak with sports medicine specialists to discuss how any old injuries may impact your training routine, have an expert looks at your nutrition, attend some running seminars, and most importantly, listen to your body. If you are physically or mentally exhausted, take the day off. Work on your breathing, stretch, meditate, or just do something for you that day.
You're representing the Massage Therapy Foundation in the Boston Marathon on April 21! How's training going?
So great! I’m very excited to run Boston this year for The Massage Therapy Foundation Running for Research Charity Team. I was really happy to hear that the 2013 runners were invited to run this year so they will be joining the 2014 team that also includes Kathy Laskye and Karen Moers. I have a vast network of family, friends and colleagues who have showed tremendous support. The Massage Therapy Foundation and the massage community have been wonderful. I truly believe it takes a village for endeavors like this and I have quite the village! My training runs are going great. I especially love my Saturday mornings as I take my run to the Newton Hills with hundreds of other runners gearing up for April 21st. Being a part of the Boston running community is so inspiring and keeps me moving towards my goal of finishing Boston strong and reaching my fundraising goal.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Think about something you were extremely proud to accomplish. What would it be like to feel that sense of accomplishment for 112 consecutive days? That’s what I have the privilege of experiencing as I train for Boston. I’d love for you to join me in that journey. You can donate through my Crowdrise charity page, send me a note on Facebook or Twitter, or join the thousands who will line the streets from Hopkinton to Boston on April 21st to cheer on Team MTF!
Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute - Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.
Clients benefit from Kristen's approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women's volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.