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Current Obsession: Hoka One One Bondi 3 Running Shoes

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Of course, the biggest problem in my life right now is cancer.  It is followed closely by neuropathy–the result of nerve damage caused by my chemotherapy treatments.  In fact, on most days, I’d put neuropathy in front of cancer.  That’s just how bad it is.  My feet (and hands) HURT.  They feel like lightning bolts are going through them, all day everyday.  While it’s not so bad during the day, since I can distract myself–its terrible at night.

Because of this, I have avoided walking unless it’s a very short distance.  Even for mall trips, I park as close to the one store (since multiple stores are generally out of the question) that I’m going to.  And last week, while at a conference, I had to decline all the invitations to hang out at local restaurants.  My feet just wouldn’t allow it.  And exercise was almost out of the question–how can I exercise if I can’t even walk???

So, this past weekend, I headed to the Boca Town Center to find some shoes that would allow me to walk more.  The Hubs suggested New Balance, but when I went in, I didn’t like the choices.  I nearly cried standing there.  Especially since I had walked a long time to get there.  But then we noticed a mall sign for a store called Fit2Run.  And, miraculously, we weren’t far from it.

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I went in and explained my problem.  A nice guy named Matt suggested that I try a brand called Hoka One One.  He said that the Bondi 3 was the most cushioned shoe that they had and that it is favored by those who run Ultra Marathons.  Honestly, it didn’t take much convincing for me to try them on, as by that point my feet felt like I was walking on hot coals.  He also suggested that I try a pair of the Feetures Elite socks.  The socks are quite thin, but offer compression in some spots.  As soon as I put them on, I knew that they were for me.

Then I slipped on the shoes.  Wow.  They felt sooo good.  I felt like I was walking on air.  Don’t get me wrong–they don’t stop my feet from hurting.  But the cushiony goodness inside those shoes made me swoon.  I danced up and down the aisles.  Folks actually came up to me to ask about them.  I sashayed back to Matt and announced that I felt like a little kid with new shoes, because I was NOT going to take them off.  And I’ve not had them off much since then.  My husband ORDERS me to take them off at night–otherwise I might sleep in them.  They are a bit pricey (about $150) but I.DONT.CARE.  If they had cost $1000, I would have had to buy them.

Chances are, if you see me out and about, I’ll have them on.  And if I’m not wearing them, you can rest assured that they are close by!

Disclosure:  ALL opinions are my own, as the Hoka folks don’t even know I exist.  I just wanted to share them with you!

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