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)

Pre-op meeting with Surgeon is 1 16 20

First time posting.  59 year-old male who chucked the corporate world 5 years ago to launch a company that delivers onsite group fitness programs to Indianapolis area employers.  I’ve been a runner for 35 years (7 marathons; 25+ half-marathons; a bunch of 10/5K.  Been practicing yoga for 13 years – teaching it for 8 years.  Actually the majority of what my company does is onsite group yoga.  So needless to say, movement is a HUGE part of my world (it’s my livelihood).  My goal to work with my surgeon to schedule a late February procedure – focusing on recovery for March and a bit of April.  That means I have virtually no income coming in for this recovery time (I do have short-term disability coverage thankfully).  Further – it’s going to be a challenge to 1) ask for help post-surgery (I live bymyself); 2) not make major movements (like yoga; stationery bike; group fitness classes) during the rehab period.  Looking forward to engaging with this community for support/input/encouragement/etc.  Namaste’ ya’ll.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Thigh Pain?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m about 17 months post Right Total Hip Replacement. Ceramic on Ceramic and cement less. It took me about a year to really feel good running again. I was able to run some mostly uphill mountain races here in Alaska and coached XC running this fall and jumped into some 5K’s. My fastest this fall in trails was a 17:48, so I was really happy to be running again and getting fit.  I tried not to overdo it too. I was probably running about 30 miles a week with lots of just uphill hiking.  About 4-5 weeks ago I started to get some sharp pain in my mid- thigh, but would go away after a good warmup. Then eventually, it was so sharp and painful that it would stop my right in my tracks.  I could barely walk and now I’m walking with a stupid limp at times.

I went and got an X-ray, which they said the implant looked good and nothing was loose, so that eased my mind but I was still walking with a limp and pain at times. I also got an MRI done. I can’t remember the exact term, but doctor said it was a precursor to a stress fracture? Not sure I believe him or not.  When I look at x-rays/pics I can never tell what they are talking about.  He wants me to not run for at least 2 months, which shouldn’t be a problem because I physically can’t run right now if I wanted too.   It doesn’t hurt to bike or ellipticial at all. It’s only when I’m weight bearing. I am walking without a limp most of the time now, but I can definitely feel it when I take a few steps and try to run. Pretty disappointed. I hope I didn’t screw things up by running too much.

Anyone else experience this?  My plan is just to bike and strength train until the new year and hopefully I can run again.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Anterior Rt THR on Nov 1st

Hello all.  Well I did it.  I had a Rt. THR using the anterior approach on Friday Nov 1st at 7:45AM.  I was very nervous the morning of, but I was joking with my surgical team the whole time.  That is my way of dealing with the anxiety, works for me.  I got spinal anaesthesia with sedation and was completely out for the procedure.  The soonest I remember coming out of sedation is 10AM, but who knows it was probably earlier.  My doctor said that everything went well, and they were close to having to do a transfusion because of blood loss.  But they didn’t have to.  One of the things I was most worried about was when coming out of sedation you can still be numb from the waist down for some time.  Basically you are paralyzed until it wears off.  My buddy said that he was like that for an hour and a half and he was freaking out a little.  Well I was happy when I woke and found that I had feeling and movement in my legs.  Big relief for me.

Physical Therapy comes to see me about 12 Noon and they get me up to start walking.  I go to get up and feel moderately dizzy.  I’m sure this was due a combination of anaesthesia, blood loss, and the pain killers I was on.  I know one of the requirements to leave the hospital is being able to make this walk so I want to complete it.  I stand up and the physical therapist is telling me to stand for a minute to let the dizzyness subside.  Well I just take off down the hallway.  So he straps a belt on me and follows me down the hallway.  I had to concentrate so hard to keep the dizzyness at bay, lol, but I made the walk.  I also had to go up and down this step, and was able to do that as well.  While I was up, the nurse mentioned that I also had to pee on my own before I can leave. so … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Want to be part of a legacy?

Hey everyone, over the weekend of 11/1, 2019,  I had the opportunity to go down to Los Angeles and join some of my fellow Gonzaga TFXC alumni to cheer on this year’s team at the West Coast Conference Championships.  It was a lot of fun.  GU’s coach Pat Tyson (he was Steve Prefontaine’s college roommate), is building a powerhouse of a program at Gonzaga.

The GU men and women did exceptionally well.  The men finished 3rd behind BYU and Portland.  BYU is currently ranked 2nd in the nation, and Portland is close behind at 12th.  The Gonzaga men’s team finished just 12 points behind Portland.  No team in the history of GUXC has been this good.  The women made major improvements from last year and finished 4th overall.  It is a testament to the program and how much it has grown.  In the late 80’s I ran at Gonzaga.  After I graduated, I coached there for 4 years.  Little did I know what was in store for me on this trip to watch the championships.  Everyone was in on what was about to happen……except me.  3 of my former athletes that I coached hatched a plan at last year’s WCC XC Championships  in Provo Utah.   I was not able to make that trip.  When this year’s meet was over, the team and all of the alumni gathered around and my former athletes told the story.  Mike Myette and Rob Boulds talked about how last year at this time, they had come up with a plan to create a new scholarship endowment.  Mike would match every donation dollar for dollar until they had raised the minimum amount to create the scholarship ($50,000).  Rob would be the vocal leader who would rally the XC Alumni throughout the year to raise the funds.  Another former runner Pat Hill was in on this along with my fellow teammate Eric Thompson.  Other athletes, like Robert Walgren, who weren’t from my era, played pivotal roles as well.  Throughout the year, they worked and poked and prodded to raise the funds and just before this year’s championships, … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

muscles or implant pain??


First time posting to this site, and other stories have been inspirational, so here goes, hopefully someone may have experienced something similar to me.

I have a THR 11 months ago, and because of wear and tear (& genetics) Ill likely need my other hip replaced in future also. I’m 43 years old. Athletic background in field sports and enjoyed triathlon (to middle distance , 1/2 ironman) standard.

Operation was really straightforward, I was walking with sticks 3 hours post op, and was discharged that evening, and was walking unaided within three days. My initial progress was super, and my surgeon told me that I didn’t need specific physiotherapy other than the prescribed exercises (which I completed). I decided not to start running until at least 6 months post op, but was back cycling in 6 weeks, and regained almost all power over a few months.

My challenge is that I continued to get pain in my operated leg which refers from the operation site down my IT band and sometimes down the side of my calf. I am unable to place a lot of weight on my operated leg when bending forward, and would fall backwards if I attempted a single leg squat on that leg. The surgeon (after 6 months) said that I should go see a physiotherapist, which I’ve done, and while the exercises that they are perscribing are helping, the progress is really really slow… I’ve tried running and while initially running is quite painful (and my form is terrible as can be expected), I’m beginning to think that I just need to push through this pain to regain flexibility. The surgeon says that the joint and implant x-rays are ok, so it must be a muscular / nerve problem. While he came highly recommended, he has a vested interest here and I’m a little dubious that he’s laying blame elsewhere. This procedure was supposed to put an end to pain but its not working out that way…. at least as quickly as I thought it would….

Sorry for the long winded post, but would … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Round 2 here we go.

It’s amazing how this awesome group has grown in the last handful of years and so many fantastic achievements.  Pretty happy with what I was able to achieve with my first THR 5 years ago. Completed the Abbots World Marathon majors plus a few more all while knowing the other hip was on borrowed time.

I’m in my second week of recovery from having my second hip replacement. So far so good. Can’t wait to try to get on the stationary bike this next week coming.  Really hoping to progress as well as I did first time round which might have just been a bit of luck with a lot of work but definitely was up and jogging quickly even able to run the Philadelphia Broad street 10miler 9 weeks after surgery. Which was almost as insane as doing the Chicago marathon 8 months after.

Not sure what will be my motivation this time round but just reading everyone’s posts has certainly got me thinking again !  Well done everyone – The Hip Runner’s got me through round 1 nicely and it looks like on the odd down day, all I’ll have to do is catch up with a few of you to keep me positive while I’m going through round 2.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Richard – About Me

I’m a 36-year-old man and I’m getting a THR in less than a week’s time. I was diagnosed with arthritis 10 years ago after growing up with childhood Perthes Disease. To stay active and to lose weight I started running seven years ago and have clocked up, according to Strava, 3,685 miles of running in that time. I brought this chapter of running to a close with a half marathon two weeks ago and have not ran since, instead I’ve been concentrating on the exercises given to me by the hospital to be ready for surgery. The hospital have told me I shouldn’t run after the operation at all, that it would wear out the new hip quicker than not running. But why shouldn’t I? I can’t cycle at the moment because there is no rotation in the hip, but presumably I can start that post-op, and it shouldn’t hurt to run a few miles a week to keep up the general fitness. I’m concerned that although this operation will bring an end to my pain, it will instead stick a meter over my head which will increase every time I go for a run!

What I’d like to know is that does this mindset change at all? Once you become comfortable with the hip do you ever lose the guilt that by running you might be damaging it or reducing its shelf life?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Both hips replaced 9/27/19

Had both hip replaced with a lateral approach(posterior precautions) 12 days ago in Naples, Florida. In hospital for 3 days, walking with a walker day following surgery. Able to walk unaided day 8. I might add that this walking is while lifting the walker–the last thing I can afford to do is  fall.

I cannot believe how little pain I was in even on the early days. On the negative side, I have ended up with dreadful insomnia caused by restless legs which may be due to the moderate anaemia I’m experiencing, My haemoglobin fell below 8 on day 2, but was above 8 on discharge.

I’m a 68 year old woman and my major preparation for this surgery was to work on my upper body strength. Seems like it was this strength that enabled me to get in and out of bed during the early days when my legs just refused to do what they were told! I would advise all women to work on their low planks and pushups! Back to the surgeon on day 18 and will discuss when the precautions will be lifted. I’m hoping 6 weeks, but if 12, so be it.



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6 years post op PB’s galore

6 years post THR uncemented ceramic on ceramic and I’ve been lucky enough to have arguably my best year ever. PB at 5k is now down to 16.45 and PB at 10k is down to 34.18.

I’ve also just enjoyed a holiday wakeboarding and playing tennis (2 hours a day) for a week in Greece.

post THR I’ve run 🏃🏻‍♂️ almost 300 5ks and have run them faster than my pre op average. I’m 19 runs into a 5k series and remain unbeaten by young or old!

the op has been an amazing success – so much better than I imagined. Don’t delay folks as you don’t want to spend extra time on rebuilding shrunken muscles and tendons.

here’s to the next 6 years ahead!!!


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One week from surgery and need advice


I am so thankful to have found this site as it has helped relieve some of the stress over my upcoming left anterior THR surgery. I am a 43 year old male and was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my left hip two years ago. Not 100% on what lead to this but I’m assuming a couple decades of running for fitness.

My doctor is using a ceramic on plastic hip and assured me that I would be able to return to my job as a police officer in 12 weeks. There’s no requirement that I do have to return that fast but for personal and financial reasons I would like to.

One of my concerns is that the department does not offer light duty and in order to return I would have to run on a treadmill for two minutes at 8.2 miles per hour. Does this seem reasonable at 12 weeks?

My second concern is that, as a result of working hard over the last 6 weeks to focus on my fitness level going into the surgery, my hip pain seems to have improved dramatically. It’s still there but not as debilitating as it had been.

Just wondering if I’m rushing into the surgery. Don’t get me wrong, my bad days are awful, but my main reason for not waiting is the lack of confidence and performance in my profession. I certainly don’t think it is in anyone’s best interests to wait until I’m completely unable to perform at work, but for the time being I can.

If anyone could provide some insight it would be a great help to me as I begin this journey. Thank you all!

Will… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Tick Tock Ultra 12 Hour Race – 3rd Overall!

After the Pinellas Trail Challenge 3 weeks ago and my legs cramping and feeling heavy, I thought I would cancel this race but just like every time, a few days later we’ve forgot all the pain and we’re ready to go. So I trained less in the 3 weeks leading up to this, and apart from doing 500 squats in 15 minutes without stopping the Monday before, I was as ready as I could be. This race would bring my race mileage close to 190 miles in 10 weeks, definitely pushing the limits for an amateur athlete, let alone one at 59 years old with a hip replacement.

I drove Jiri from our Clever Training run club up to the race in the morning and when we got out of the car the temperature was cool, unfortunately that wouldn’t last long. We lined up and at 7 Justin started the race with about 150 people running either the 6 hour or 12 hour event of 2.85 mile loops around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida. I started off easy, my plan was a 9 minute mile but I found it hard to follow that and was closer to 8:45. Initially 4 people were ahead of me, 2 of which I would pass after a couple of laps and the other 2 were in the 6 hour race.

I started the race fasted, having my usually steak dinner the night before. The first 2 laps I ran without and fluids and then I picked up my handheld with Tailwind that would see me the next 2 laps. I then grabbed a sports bar, had some water and grabbed my next handheld. By the end of the 5th lap the sun was up, the temperature was rising, and there was a breeze but when running with it, it felt warm and I drank the 20 oz by the time I came in for the 6th lap. I grabbed my cap and sunglasses and headed out again, by now my legs started to feel a little heavy and my pace slowed to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – The 6 Hour Race, Saturday August 6th, St Petersburg, FL

Yes we do crazy things here in the heat and humidity in the peak of Florida’s summer, we run around a 3 mile loop as many times as we can in 6 hours. This race was my first ultra back in 2015 after reading Born to Run (Chris McDougal) and Eat & Run (Scott Jurek) inspired me to see what I could achieve. After running my first marathon in 2013 and being injured for a year after that with my hip, it’s crazy to think I would try this, but now I love it and I have no issues with my hip. It’s a free race and usually attracts about a hundred runners and I’ve been lucky enough to finish second in my first attempt and win in 2017 and 2018 setting and improving the course record on those attempts. So I always feel there’s pressure on me to come and do my best and compete against some strong young talent. 4 weeks earlier I won the first in the Summer Slam Series of 3 ultras, and my training had been going well so I was optimistic heading into this race.

There was another strong field at the event this year of which anyone of these could win, Michael, Jason, Greg, Luis who normally participate with an average age in the early 30’s. Bruce who had come up from the Miami area, he came second in the Long Haul 100 and also did well in the Antelope 100. Andy, 25, who had recently joined the Clever Training run group that I run with, had ran a few ultra’s and was a sponsored Spartan athlete. The group fancied his chances against me, less than half my age and in good shape but would the distance and heat be too much for him. Then there were a couple of other young faces I didn’t know that looked like they came out to run a tough race. The race started at 6:30am with high humidity and Michael immediately set of at a fast pace running a sub 8 minute mile and started to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

THR 60k+ runner

I’m 51 years old and just had THR on August 28, 2019. After one week I’m walking cautiously without a cane. I’ve run over 60k miles since the mid eighties. I feel really confident that I’ll be running again within 2 months. My plan is to start Nordic walking, followed by eliptical, and then light running!

For those thinking about THR – anterior- the surgery day was easy and I was released the same day. I’ll be honest, the next 3-4 days were rough. You will have to deal with pain. But after that initial period it got a lot better. I’m now back at work for half days.

So far I would recommend this to anybody.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Triathlon World Championship

Dear all at Hiprunner

7 months and 5 days after a right sided total hip replacement I have just competed in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Lausanne. My hip performed perfectly, no stability issues and no pain.

My swim speed had been relatively unaffected anyway, however my cycling and running has been significantly improved post op, it has taken 20 years off of me!

Triathletes have a saying “Nothing is impossible”, well I’m not too sure about that, but I do know that it is possible to compete on the World stage, post hip op.

Good luck to everyone with your own personal goals.

I have attached a picture taken this Saturday, 31st August 2019.


PS. My operation was on 26th January 2019, full right side replacement, ceramic on plastic. I was swimming after 3 weeks, cycling after 4 and back running after 12 weeks and I’m 53 years old.


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Happy to Find the Group!

Hi Hip Runners,

I’m 56 and had a right anterior THR 1 month ago (July 24, 2019). I’m walking mostly without a limp (I’m a little stiff in the morning), climbing stairs, stationary bike with no resistance (per dr though I feel like I could add a little resistance and it would be fine), lots of stretching and strength exercises, and PT is  going great. I’m thrilled with how everything is going and I feel stronger every day. My dr frowns on running again. My PT is more optimistic though cautious right now. When did you start slow running after hip replacement? I’m not in a huge rush, but I’m curious as to the timeline – knowing it all will depend on how my body is doing.

I’m a triathlete with one full Ironman and many half Ironman races completed. I want to get back into racing but I’m not sure if I should set a goal for summer 2020 or not. Not necessary to do another full IM but I’d like to at least do an Olympic or perhaps a half. I’m very goal oriented and I’m finding I need something to look forward to. Is it reasonable to expect to be able to race on this new hip? My plan right now is to regain strength and flexibility for a few months and perhaps start training again in Jan or Feb 2020. I just need a little advice from those of you who’ve done this thing!

Many thanks!

Sandy… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Right THR eminant

Hello Hip Runners.  New to this site.  I am 51 years old and have been contemplating getting my Rt hip replaced for 3 years now.  I was diagnosed with arthritis at 40 and stopped playing ice hockey because of it.  I used to run 3 to 10 mile runs on a regular basis but pretty much had to cut that out because I always paid with pain for days afterwards.  For the last 2 years I have used cycling as my main form of cardio.  Even cycling is becoming painful at times.  I get these flare-ups that last anywhere from 1 to 4 days and they are extremely painful.  They are never triggered from working out, but always from sleeping in the wrong position.  Crazy.  I have finally grown tired of this and am talking to my surgeon, in ernest, about finally getting in.  Looking at about 1.5 to 2 months out.  I have actually almost gone through with the surgery on 2 other occasions but ultimately backed out for various reasons, one being fear.  Lol.  I know in the current state I am in I will never run again.  I so badly want to start doing sprint distance triathlons.  I can cover the swim and bike legs easily but it so pathetic that I can’t even cover the 3.1 mile run section.  I’m sure every one of you that has recieved a THR knows exactly what I speak of.  I plan on getting the anterior approach because it seems that the recovery process is much quicker.  Has anyone had that approach and if so can you comment.  My surgeon discourages running but told me he knows he can’t stop me.  I told him that I fully intend to run and use my hip. In due time if course, I know it will take time to heal.  I hope these are realistic expectations.  I’m still in very good shape.  5’9″ 195lbs cycle 150 miles a week and also do crossfit.  I have to modify some of my crossfit moves because my hip doesn’t bend in ways that some of the … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Looking for a runner for Ragnar Reach the Beach-come run with two hip brothers!

Hi, We need a runner for Ragnar Reach the Beach, relay, Sep 13-14 going from Bretton Woods, NH to Hampton Beach, NH. It’s an incredible race, all of the locals love it-it’s a big event each year. Come run with two hip brothers- we are the guys you see in first pic on the home page. In hiprunner shirts. $145 plus van and hotel if you need it.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)