Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Acupuncture and more schtuff

Alright- I am desperate now. I am absolutely terrified of needles yet tomorrow I will head over to an Acupuncturist for a exam. It has been an extremely disappointing year and it isn't looking up. I had some goals and races I really wanted to do but I knew I wouldn't be able to do them without really walking a thin line towards a major injury. It is hard to be competitive and running with an injury like this. In my early years playing soccer I would have taken some NSAIDS with Dr. Pepper and just plodded along. Now- not so much. It is only September and I haven't raced since June. I have run some pretty great training runs but always to limp back home. So 2010? Man, I sure hope so.
Last weekend I was able to get over to Leadville, Colorado and help a good friend with his assault on the Colorado Trail and this weekend I get to share the trail with another very talented runner- Christian Johnson- as he takes on the Wasatch 100 (I just hope I can keep up). It is bitter sweet, last year Wasatch was my first 100 miler and the section I am pacing- Big Water to Brighton- was my "beast". Go get em Christian!!!! And a big ggod Luck to Tom, Kacey, Josh and Corky! Bring it home and enjoy the adventure.
Last night was a very big night for me. I took my 4 year old daughter to get her 1st pair of soccer shin guards and cleats. WOW! Those of you that know me well know that soccer wasn't just a part of my life but actually was my life for along time. Pure passion and my first love. Seeing my 4 year old get all excited just made me so happy. Tonight is her first practice and Saturday her first game. Go get em Aspen- daddy is right here!


Brad Mitchell said...

Aric - sorry to hear about your season, we should swap stories! I'll be down for Wasatch crewing my buddy Hank (and his pacer AJW). Was supposed to share pacing duties but my knee has finally fallen apart (long story). See you out there!

Anonymous said...

Hi Aric,
It's great to see you blogging again. I'm sad to hear of your injuries, but I know you have the strength and fortitude to bounce back. I recently bought some Kinesio tape to help with my plantar fasciitis and will wear it during Wasatch. You might try it along with the acupuncture. C U on the trail.

Ben aka "Good Ben" said...

reading your blog I felt like you were telling my story. the only difference(s) being the locations and you are much more of a talented runner than I. Normally I do more Adv Races, but was hoping to crank up the training intensity and do more ultras once moving to CO. Recently I paced a friend at Leadville and have had some great training runs as well, only to be limping later. This is why I wasn't able to join Scott on part of his excellent journey. It's hard to take time off to heal, but apparently it's necessary. Like you said, "2010? Man, I sure hope so." I hope so for you as well. Good luck!