The breaking point

I didn’t just spend $55,000 for a new hip to end up in a wheelchair.

I am sure my podiatrist is going to put me in the dreaded boot.

I won’t be able to go back to work as soon as I hoped.

I haven’t been this sad since my Pookie dog died a few years ago.

I give up on running. If my feet can’t handle walking, how in the heck are they going to handle running?

How could I feel like I’m on the mend one day and can’t freaking walk the next?

There were tears of frustration. Lots of them, which basically never happens.

Apparently this is what my breaking point looks like.

As you can see, I have been very optimistic and not dramatic at all this week.

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About a month-ish ago there was a pain the the ball of my foot while walking. It was intermittent and quickly went away when I stopped walking so I didn’t think much of it. Over time it became more frequent until spin class became too painful, then I felt like I was walking on pokey ball stickers <-technical term and walking resembled that of a penguin.

Yesterday I woke up unable to put weight on the ball of my left foot, so I hobbled into the podiatrist sad face in tow, 100% positive he was going to put me in a boot.

Oh but there is a piping hot cup of creamy, delicious coffee at the end of the tunnel.

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 The diagnosis:

Sesamoiditis and tendonitis in the 2nd metatarsal.


He sent me to physical therapy and recommended I try Hoka One One shoes without custom orthotics.

This is the same exact thing I had last summer in the other foot. Except we skipped the whole ‘wear a boot for 8 weeks for NO REASON AT ALL’ and went straight to PT.

Rest assured poor Mike got some relief and even got to choose where we had lunch at, Dickeys BBQ in case you are wondering.

Side story: We were watching a documentary on sea life when Mike saw a sea turtle and said “hey, that’s my spirit animal” in the most calm, serious voice.

If you know Mike, then you will find this uncontrollably hilarious. It’s something you would never, ever expect him to say. I seriously can not even stop laughing and he definitely lightened the mood.

Moving on…we headed straight to The Treadmill in Carmel for some new kicks. Locals, go here! Chris & his team are amazeballz.

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After trying a bunch of shoes on and walking around outside, I ended up with the Hoka One One Conquest.

Not the most fashionable shoes ever and pretty much the opposite of what I’m used to, but at this point if someone told me to strap oversized pillows on my feet, pat my head & rub my stomach at the same time, then I could run pain free, I would.

This running thing is really making me fight for it.

Has anyone had or have sesamoiditis or tendinitis?

Have you tried or have Hoka’s?

What is your spirit animal?



15 Comments on “The breaking point

  1. Hang I’m there friend! We can hobble together at SIB! those shoes are hawt! My spirit animal is Wolverine. As in Hugh Jackman. Like I want him to get all animalistic all over me….

  2. I hope those shoes help and your foot recovers soon. Don’t give up on running. 🙂

  3. I have had tendinitis and it definitely stinks but PT took care of it and got me back running! It works, I promise!!

  4. I had extensor tendinitis after my one and only marathon. I thought my foot was broken! It healed up and everything worked out okay. One thing I’ve noticed is that while spin class is super fun, if I have any kind of lower extremity injury at all, it aggravates it. Which makes me sad because I love spin. I have had IT band syndrome for the past 9 months which has put a cramp in my running (and spinning) style. I’m excited to hear how your new shoes treat ya! Hang in there!!

  5. Ay yai yai! Sorry to hear all of that. 🙁 Sending positive, healing vibes your way!! I was told I should try the Hoka One Ones too. Let us know what you think!

  6. Hoka was a sponsor for my race last weekend. They are super comfy but just can’t get over how bulky they are. They were recommended to me for my plantar fasciitis but I opted for Brooks instead. Hope you like them. Everyone that I know that has bought them has loved them.

  7. Hi Jacqueline, I’m experiencing (what seems like) a similar injury and I’m thinking about purchasing the Hoka’s as well to get myself back into running. Have you been able to run in the Hoka’s these past 4 months? What’s your review of them?

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