Welcome to Hiprunner

My name is Hip Brother Tom.  I am a runner.  I had a hip replacement in January of 2012.   A month prior to my surgery, I started this blog to share my experience with anyone who might be facing the same fate down the road.  I wanted to show my weekly recovery progress and hopeful return to running.  Hence the name…hiprunner.com.  As time has passed, I have opened this site to others who wanted to share their experiences.  There is even a Hip Runners forum now.  We are the Hip Runner’s Club.  But it isn’t just about hips.  In February of 2018, I also had a partial knee replacement.  This site serves as a community of individuals of hip and knee replacements who are seeking advice on running again.    If you find yourself getting a hip replacement or a knee replacement, and would like to become a member of the Hip Runner’s Club, we would love to have you share your story on this blog.  Click here to become a member.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Some People Call me the Space Cowboy — yeeeaaah.

….I’ll take it or “gangster of love”.

But I covered a bit of space in my first long run (in 12 years) — hence “space cowboy”.

Context: In the tongue-in-cheek lore and culture of distance running, 20 miles or 32K is a long run or longer of course. Anything shorter is not a long run.

I have run a few 30-34K runs, but they don’t count, as they were during a thing we call TNLW  and we have beer stops at each other’s house, where there is stretching, and maybe a bit of snackery and farts.

This one had 600m of elevation gain or 2000ft of elevation gain and just as much descent. And no beer stops, stretching, but there was farting.

So, here is my Strava entry from Saturday for 32.44K of running. My buddy who ran with me has a recording of 36K. He ran a km longer, as I walked a km home. But his device is lying to him…..so it was in that tongue-in-cheek way a certifiable 20-miler….for sure….

https://www.strava.com/activities/5420552989

Some people call me Maurice, cause I speak of the pompitous of ruuuuun.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Bryce Canyon 60K, 13th Overall of 280. Not bad for a sea level flat lander

Bryce Canyon 60K Race recap. Maybe this race should carry a “Do not try this at home, if you live in Florida” warning. I thought I was prepared for this race with a chance to come out and win it, but no matter how you train it doesn’t prepare you for it. I had been training on the Belleair bridge 3 times a week for the last 3 months, including back to back 34 & 28 miles. But with our incline of maybe 4% it doesn’t come close to the continuous climbs that you face on a real trail. Add to that 7,500 feet elevation at the start with over 4,600 feet of climbing, the sun beating down on you, dry air and the dust it was a challenge.

The race started out at 6am, with about 280 people in the field. I recognized the person that had won the race the previous 2 years and was hoping that I could beat his 6 hours 18 minute time. There were more competitors this year so I also knew that there were probably other people coming to do the same and when the race started and the lead pack started the run up-hill in soft sand I knew it was going to be tough to win. Race temperature at the start of the race was around 37 degrees and would stay chilly for a couple of hours. Rather than chase them I settled into my own pace and let a group of 15 or so run ahead. I knew the first 4.4 miles were the steepest climbs in the race and didn’t want to go out too hard, but looking back at my Garmin stats it said my heart rate went up to 192 before I hit the steepest portion where I walked. I actually felt pretty good during that section and just thought part of the heavy breathing was just the altitude that I hadn’t quite got used to only coming to this area 48 hours earlier. I had to get a massage Thursday morning as my calf’s were destroyed … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Rollercoasters….

Well I am at 5.5 months post op and as some of you have read and perhaps have followed my story, I was able to run fairly well two months post op; running a few 5k’s at a respectable pace for me.  Had a fairly decent six weeks of running, 12-15 miles per week, but with my alignment feeling a little off.  Then ran into a string of hamstring strains-pulls; I have rarely had hamstring pulls throughout my athletic career including football from the time I was eight years old until the age of 22…. but my “new alignment“ and adjustments from my replaced hip caught up with me.  I would also attribute it to simply aging as I turned 50 years old yesterday.   So I have had very limited running in the past month as I continue to work on flexibility, strength, balance of training, and new territory for me, which is 10–15 minutes of a dynamic warm-up before running.  My PT, who I respect greatly as a nearly 60 years old with the fitness, mobility, and body of a 35 year old, insists it necessary.  I have also joined a pool-lake swim club as I know that will be a part of my balanced training journey.

The lesson…. ride the rollercoaster of physicality and emotions; adjust, balance your training, but most importantly, keep on going!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

My Hip Story

Hello everyone. I am 26 days post op from an anterior mako-robotic TRHR. Although it’s been 15 years of hip problems. This is my fourth surgery on this hip, and I’m trying to come to terms that it won’t be my last as I won’t give up running.  More specifically, I won’t give up running long.

I’ve been a runner my whole life.  I remember the thrill of running my first mile in gym class at 12 years old.  I was a very competitive 400m hurdler in high school.  Even though I decided not to run at the collegiate level so I could focus on engineering, running was always with me.  Ran marathons in early 2000 before it was cool to be a marathoner.

Ran sporadically before and after the birth of my kids, but once the second was born, I tried to get back to running. A few months into a half marathon training program, I started to feel a pain in my groin. The pain stopped when I stopped running, so of course I ignored it.  Until the pain couldn’t be ignored any more. A MRI revealed I had a tear in my labrum.  Had the arthroscopic surgery to clean out the tear in December 2007.  A few weeks of physical therapy and I was told I was good to run again.  About 1.5 years after that surgery, I was on a 10 mile run when I had a familiar pain. This time I stopped running immediately and called my orthopedic surgeon. Another tear. Another surgery. In November 2009, they went in and this time tried to cut bone to reduce the impingement (I had FAI).

Same scenario – I was told I could run again.  Although when the pain came a year later, I was learning how to scuba dive. The weight of the tanks on my back crushed my hip.  My orthopedic surgeon said he had never seen such a bad case of arthritis happen so quickly.  Due to my age (42 at the time), he referred me to a surgeon who specialized in hip resurfacing. … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Summer of Lydiard — some base aerobic building — going to get after this

Summer is nigh upon us, apex predators.

Therefore, I will be doing the Summer of Lydiard, ala Summer of Malmo, if you have heard about it (Malmo’s Manifesto – guy George Malley who ran a 2:12 marathon before super shoes).

More volume, no racing, no heartwrenching quality, just easy, medium, steady, and strong volume. As much as we can fit in.

o paraphrase George Costanza: “It’s going to be the ‘Summer of malmo!’”

Q: What is this so-called “Summer of malmo”?

A: It’s a foolproof, no-nonsense, 100 percent guaranteed program that will help runners of all abilities to improve their fitness over the summer WITHOUT the attendant physical or mental fatigue. “Summer of malmo” revolves around a relaxed commitment from a group to meet just twice a week for an organized workout. One tempo run and one longer interval session. JUST TWICE A WEEK IS ALL I ASK. Emphasis on RELAXED and emphasis on COMMITMENT. Make this a social event.

Q: Who is it for?

A: Everyone (almost). Anyone that isn’t reaching their full potential, and you know who you are. It’s for runners that have been THINKING about doing doubles and haven’t yet started. It’s for you runners that have been THINKING of jacking up the mileage and haven’t yet started. It’s for college runners. High school runners. Boys, girls, men and women. Anyone that wants to make the leap for next year’s cross country season. Different skill levels? No problem. Fitness levels? Coming off an injury and are way behind? It’s OK, I’ve thought of it all. This foolproof SCHEDULE is all things to all runners!

Q: Who isn’t it for?

A: Any runner who has immediate racing goals. This “program” is a springboard for the cross country season. An easy way to prepare oneself for the real training to be done in the fall.

Q: I thought that you don’t believe in writing SCHEDULES?

A: I don’t, these workouts are only examples, you can customize it any way that you want – EXCEPT FOR THE INTENSITY LEVEL. That part … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Running Success.

Hello Everyone,

 

I first posted here over 5 years ago, and although I thought there were some responses to my questions at the time, they seem to have vanished.  Or, I don’t know how to use the site since I’ve been here so little.

Anyway, I thought I would post a bit of an update and provide some hope for those who were as terrified as I was before surgery.

About six years ago I stopped running for several months due to extreme muscle fatigue in my right leg.  I had zero pain in my hip, but my muscles were not cooperating at all with the prospect of running.  I went through a summer of PT and had some improvement, but no resolution.  In the fall I went to see a hip specialist and was STUNNED when I saw the X-ray.  It was the proverbial “bone on bone”.  It took me a while to find the right surgeon and had that hip replaced in the spring of 2017.  I ran/walked some shorter races and tried an ultra the following February.  I knew I wasn’t really ready, but friends were doing the race and the course description made it sound within reach.  Then a hurricane destroyed the area not long before the event and the re-routed course, not to mention all the roots that were exposed by the storm, made it quite a bit more challenging than I expected.  I made it to 75 miles ahead of the cut-off and decided to stop there as I was getting slower and had not beat the 75 mile cut-off by much.  In the years since then I’ve completed a number of ultras including some 100 milers, and a few shorter races.  I’m neither small nor young.
About 10 days ago my other hip was replaced.  My surgeon told me then that he had not been entirely comfortable with the idea of my continuing to run when he did the first one 4 years ago, but he’s clearly happy about what I’ve been able to do.  He’s a runner himself and I occasionally … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

THR activity since 7/5/2018

Greetings fellow Hip Runners!  It’s been awhile since I posted and I got inspired to write again since my running partner from way back when just got a THR and I told her to check out our website blogs.  Thought I’d update you with my activities, which is pretty consistent now.  Now my ortho DID NOT want me to run, of course.  I think it’s for his medicolegal protection and yeah, to reduce the impact on the appliance cup but I’m not that heavy.  Now my primary doc is a runner and he said I could run at races but did not  specify how often.  I’ve attended several ortho lectures and asking the ortho lecturer pointedly about running after THR and none of them said I couldn’t.  Anyway, to compromise, I’ve decided to jog/walk at most, every other weekend.  In my good ole running days when I was training for half and full marathons, I’d do a long run every 2 weeks anyway.  So this schedule does work for me.  If I want to be specific about it, I’d jog slowly for 3 minutes and walk for 30sec but if I got tired, I’d just mix it up to my comfort level.  I also like doing this on the hard packed sand at the beach or a trail.  Since my THR I’ve done races up to a half marathon distance. My last  5K was the day before my surgery and I came in last in the resident’s 4th of July race but before the general race started.  So happy to finish my last race with my old hip.  One year later, I was going to jog walk it but I got caught up in the running crowd and thought, to heck with it, it’s only 3.1 miles and went for it like the good ole times.  No pain and so much fun and I ran it in 30minutes finishing 6th in my AD.  I felt so proud of myself.  Like good ole days.  I wonder if I could run whenever I want to and even do a marathon but have … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Am I running to soon?

Hey everybody, I’ve posted here a few times regarding my hip surgery. Just a recap, I had anterior THA of my left hip in February. I’ve been doing walks of up to 5 miles starting around week 8 of recovery in between physical therapy 3 days a week. At week nine I began doing 3o second jogs with 5 minute walks for 4 miles 2 to 3 days a week. I have no “hip pain” to speak of, just mild muscle soreness related to not having ran in the last 7 months. Last week the beginning of week 10 I stepped it up to 2 minutes of slow running (11:00-12:00 pace) followed with 2 minutes of walking, then I went to running flats and downhills at 9:30-11:00 pace and walking all of the up hills as rests for 5 miles. I’m still mixing in the 2 minutes on, 2 minutes off workouts with my running flats and downhills runs and even on those runs when I feel overly fatigued I’ll stop running and walk it out until I recover. Aside for muscle soreness to lack of conditioning I’ve had no aches or pains coming from the area around the prosthetic. I know we all know our bodies bests, but generally speaking from a clinical standpoint, am I pushing it to soon? I’ve shortened up my stride to more of a mid foot strike during my run segments, I run in Brooks Glycerins (the 19’s are amazing) for all of my slow or rest day running and they work really well here as well. I just hope that I’m not pushing it to soon, I have my 12 week evaluation May 11th hopefully all will be cleared up then to return to full activity.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

3 months in and needing advice

Hey fellow Hipsters, and hi from Sydney. Really enjoy reading and learning from all your posts. I’m 55 and had a THR on left hip (posterior) just over 3 months ago (mid Jan). All went well, good recovery, have been doing around 5-6 miles of walking most days for the past couple of months, plus a bit of cycling. Tried some gentle running a few weeks ago, and was fine while running but felt sore for a few days after so have backed off for the time being. Started a (gentle) yoga class a couple of weeks ago. Couple of things – how do you know when you’re ready to start running again? My hope is to to run half-marathons again. Also, it feels like my recovery has plateaued. Still feels quite stiff at times, and I get pain disrupts that my sleep (think when I roll on to my side).  Is this normal for this stage? Any thoughts and advice is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Robbie… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Almost 3 months post op. THR (right hip 1/22/2021)

Hi All,

I can’t begin to tell you how great it is to see this community.  It is an inspiration that  many of you were able to get back into running. I love running! Like many of you, I have run multiple marathons, halves, and a couple half ironmans. I was diagnosed with hip dysplasia last October and was so discouraged.  I am thrilled and fearful of starting  back up again.  I see that many of you have even gotten faster! That’s so awesome. Right now, I’ve been walking on the tread and around the neighborhood, picking up the intensity on the stationary bike. AND working on athletic PT.  From what I read here, the docs prognosis is the same all around. PT encourages swimming or speed walking?  It just isn’t the same. How did you guys work through the fear to get back up and running again? Do you guys have recommendations?

How long did you wait? Some folks here started at 4 months? I haven’t made it through all the posts yet.

 

Thanks so much for your insight!

 … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

The ups and downs

Hello fellow hipsters and just as I have commented on what feels like great recovery and progress… Comes along with it the occasional speedbump

following a 21:45 trail 5K as I mentioned recently, literally five days shy of my four month post op day, just passed the 2 mile mark I strained my non-operated side hamstring; I had been feeling some stiffness and strain over the preceding couple weeks and the effort of the race simply pushed it too far. No doubt related to the new “alignment“ of my lower body following THR. I took a couple days off and starting Tuesday tried to slowly jog each day, with each day returning to the house within five minutes knowing that the pain and strain were too much. Feeling better this morning, I was able to walk and very gently jog without pain for 2 miles in 27 minutes… that is literally almost twice as slow and at a lesser distance than last Saturday. Here’s my point… My setback wasn’t in the new joint, but clearly related to the new joint and the new expectations I think we all have to have post THR… Take it as it comes, study it out, and do your best to master your experiment of one!!!  I hope to report back within a couple weeks that I am successfully and more safely back to running well!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

UPDATE: Global One-hour Virtual Race update — how far can you go in an hour? — and a personal update

Registration is back up, apologies…..please sign up and if you don’t want to participate, you can buy a cool hat. $5 to race or $30 for hat and an entry. PROCEEDS to KidSport!

Hello, all you superhip peoples:

From a personal perspective, things are going well. As an Arthur Lydiard expert (flex) I am doing my first Lydiard cycle in about 14 years and am enjoying the heck out of it, sorta.

Didn’t build too much of a base (aerobic) because I kept getting calf pulls at 60-miles or 100K-ish-per-week, so down around 30-45-miles or 50-70K  now(tough speaking two languages, Imperial and Metric, but nevertheless). Went through the hill phase barely unscathed. And now nearly finished the anaerobic phase. One more workout, then onto time trials and racing. Let’s see how this goes. My goal is just to bang off some 5K races and see if I can get around 20:30-20:59.99999999 – ha-ha. My master’s best is 17:58 from age 42 and now at 55 (going on 2, I am an emotional toddler), I hope to get close to the age-grading equivalent performance level. That’s rich, though. Realistically I can run around 22-flat at this time and the racing will start in a month…..

All is good [touch wood, lucky rabbit’s foot etc — except I think the rabbit is unlucky isn’t it? Having lost a foot?].

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So, the Global One-hour Virtual Race is on. Not as many people signed up as last year YET, however, there are some and we have extended the deadline to April 30 to get your time in.

Here is the little confirmation list below. Remember it is just $5 as a suggested donation. $30 if you want a commemorative hat. Proceeds to KidSport, so all kids can play.

How far can you go in an hour?

Confirmation list: 2021 Global One-hour Virtual Race

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Affirmation of the unknown

Had my 4-month check up with the orthopedic today and good news, “all is great” according to him. What is remarkable is The level of “unknowns“ still going on. Should I be running? “Perhaps but not on hard surfaces” according to the doc. How do I know if I am overdoing it? “You may be sore and stiff” according to the doc. Thanks for that tremendous insight LOL.
Interesting that the actual procedure is extremely specific and intricate, however the advice and guidelines are very non-specific.  I ran a 21:48 Trail 5K last Saturday but pulled/strained my hamstring (other side of THR) with a 1/2 mile to go…I absolutely attribute it to the fact that I am putting a lot more stress on my non-THR side because I affectively have a leg length discrepancy; because of how I compensated prior to THR… that is my current battle, working that alignment and kink out but frankly not real confident that will ever get 100% corrected.  Any advice on these alignment and compensation issues as a result of THR would be appreciated!  BTW I finished the race with the pulled hamstring 😉… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

71-year-old runs 90-minute half-marathon; test runs Nike Next % vs Nike Pegasus.

In no way does the making of this video indicate an endorsement of any brand, damnit.

So, 71-year-old Joseph Camilleri does a workout (actually a few) testing the Pegasus against the Next % and other models. We just briefly look at the one workout.

No, he hasn’t had a hip replacement. He doesn’t need one, but I hope to run him over with a John Deer tractor to make that happen. But, still, at 71, he is saaaa mooooooth.

Nike Next % Test Run: 71-year-old Joseph Camilleri compares Nike Pegasus to Nike Next % in track session

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Quarter Marathon (walk)

Well, we did it.

My partner and I walked a virtual Quarter Marathon yesterday. It took us over 2 hours, but that’s OK. It was a beautiful sunny day and it gave us more time to enjoy the experience.

I will be 6 months post op this week, and this is the farthest I have been able to go not only since hip replacement, but also since the original surgery to repair my broken hip with screws. My leg is a little tired today, but not sore. I am really pleased with how good it feels.

I tried to run a few weeks ago, and it was a mixed bag at best. On the plus side, my leg would do it. I could run. However, it felt weird. The foot on my operated leg wanted to pigeon toe in, and the muscles around my entire thigh felt tired and sore–and I only ran about 12 steps. I don’t know what that’s about. The PT I saw after surgery had advised me to wait 6 months and then go to athletic training if I wanted to run again. After I am fully vaccinated for COVID, I may do that. In the meantime, I am enjoying spending a lot of time walking with my partner, who doesn’t run. Walking and hiking are things that we are able to do together right now.

-Hoppie… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

2 THR’s (Right – August 13th, 2020 and Left – March 17th, 2021)

Hello.

I’m wondering if there are many people here who have had both hips replaced? If so, have you been able to get back to running again?

Osteoarthritis in both hips was detected back in 2016. Both mine were Anterior THR’s.

I felt pretty good after the first one, but because of the issue with the other one I did not run at all. I was just doing PT to get the strength back in the right one.

My plan is to take it easy for the first few months with just walking, biking and some PT.

Thanks ~ Stuart.

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SarahH – 8 weeks: back in the saddle after a minor scare

Hi there

When I last reported at nearly 2 weeks, I was very optimistic: walking was getting progressively better & I was back to using stairs to get to our 4th floor apartment. At 10 days I could walk, with help from a trekking pole, the 3km to my PT appointment.

Then my physiotherapist started getting ambitious with rehab exercises. The following two weeks felt like two steps forward, three steps back.

A few times I protested that the exercises seemed far beyond the scope of the surgeon’s recommendations for the first month. The PT, having rehabbed several pro dancers with THRs, poo-pooed that – you’re strong, you’re not a granny! That being said, he did make the exercises easier.

Still, at 4 weeks, I was back to using both crutches much of the time as my hip felt so damn tender when I put weight on it. When I described the exercises, my normally-affable surgeon was livid with the physio and feared displacement.

Happily it turned out to be just muscle overuse, and the surgeon was very pleased with my x-rays & progress when he saw me at 30 days. He gave me a prescription for NSAIDs and told me to lay off PT for a few weeks. That was a weight off my shoulders (not to mention, my hips).

Two weeks later, at 6 weeks, I had ditched the crutches & NSAIDs and felt like I was back to making progress. The best part, was now that I could walk without support, I was OK to bike, s l o w l y, outside!!!!

(While my surgeon fully supports running post-THR, he wants me to wait until the 3-month mark).

This is a BIG deal. We live in 700 sq ft apartment in the middle of Paris and don’t own a car. Even before Covid, I preferred getting around by city bike rather than public transport, and now that we’re fully into the 3rd wave here, the metro is even less appealing. And it was the pain from cycling that made me opt for a THR at … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)