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After prolonging the visit for far too long, I broke down and got my right foot checked out.  It starting falling apart about 3/4 of the way through the North Face ultramarathon a couple weeks back, and the pain has refused to subside.  Turned out to be a Jones fracture of my fifth metatarsal, for which the best remedy is...as feared...immobilization :(  No set date on my return to the trails, but every day without running is another day of heartbreak. 

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Comment by Karl Betchner on October 3, 2011 at 11:23am
Elizabeth, yes, it's a pretty new sport to me, but I've been trying to get into it more since I've been blessed with lots of beautiful natural bluffs to practice on. The foot is relatively pain free in this big boot, but wow do I ever feel like a bum these days... how is your recovery? any eta on a return to exercise?
Comment by Karl Betchner on October 3, 2011 at 9:22am
swimming is calming my mind for the time being. I'm set up with a big nasty boot to wear, making it hard to cuddle. kidding. no cuddling going on in this neck of the woods (I think the ultramarathon beard I've been working on is keeping the ladies away sadly...) Thank you all for such kind words and wishes! 2 weeks til followup.
Comment by Dakini on October 1, 2011 at 6:12pm


Karl first a most importantly - cybercuddle.

Next, you have been given some fab suggestions below from the fruit kids, and I can only add this a slightly different approach which I mean in the most heart felt way-


Why don't you switch up the mindset that says all pain and injury in the body should be ignored or else the my biggest fear be manifested; (time away from sport) and make friends with the idea of rest and recouperation. 


Used correctly this could actually work to your advantage in the following ways:

Chance to tweak your mental game. 

Chance to deepen self love/self care/ability to listen to the body when it tells you its hurt.

Chance to make peace with the fear of non action.


Your body is an extenstion of you- you should never ignore it when it tells you somethings up, oftentimes when we a hurt etc, are body has more than just the apparent mending to do, and I know as an athlete its very 'normal' to push the body and not think longterm, but you always pay, if not now then later- so its best to be intune with the body- and heed its call.


Fear is produced by the mind- and is based on scarcity programming- that somehow you will not be good enough if you stop and rest etc- so when you start to feel that fear coming on, and there is pain in your body, and you are unwilling to heed it- no that right there, you are demonstrating an act on non self love-


In the words of Baz Lurman-


'The race is long and in the end its only with yourself.'


Reassure yourself- you have all the time in the world, and that demonstrating acts of self love and allowing the body to heal, will not only tighten your sport, but it will integrate you as a whole.


Non action - is actually a 'action filled' state- An athlete needs to train is mind as much as his body IMHO and this is a recognized belief in most martial arts.


What we fear most tends to happen, simply because first and foremost we are creatures of vibration and when we energize a thought with the feeling of fear- it tends to manifest quickly, generally to show us that what we fear is not fearful at all- and that we need to intergrate this belief and rid ourselves of it-


'Fear is most fearful unfaced'


So Karl- rather than a broke heart- I would say actually you are being given a great gift and the chance to demonstrate and intergrate a big fear and never be bothered by it again.


Regarding sport (just like relationships) you do your best growing outside of it, when you rest heal and reflect.


So go forth and prosper- and know that when you put your trackshoes back on- it will be as a more integrated, self loving, self heeding person. 


We live in a dualistic reality, you need rest, like you need action so use this opportunity to work on your mind- and get that mindset right.


No broken heart- only wrong mindset.


All the best


Comment by Karl Betchner on October 1, 2011 at 1:37pm
well thank you so much for the cyber hug melissa. And way to call me out on the lack of weights in my life! A fast, however, sounds much better to me at this point. Signing up for the birkie to add some low impact cardio to my life. Peace love and lungs
Comment by melissa jackson on October 1, 2011 at 1:19pm

Awww man that's awful -hug-


What about hitting the weights? Or how about going on a fast?

Comment by Karl Betchner on October 1, 2011 at 10:57am
It is tough. I'm not very patient with my healing...and I wouldn't say I've been successful in staying sane :) I know this sounds crazy, but I've been spending some time at the rock wall doing some 3 limb bouldering, just to experiment. Also getting in some pretty nice swims. Probably nothing the doc would approve. But, I haven't been running, instead sitting near the trails I usually visit and reading, enjoying nature, and bumming around picking up trash left behind by our less environmentally sensitive counterparts. Anything to add for me to try? I'm still feeling like a fish out of water.

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