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)

Been awhile

Well, it has been a while since I have posted here. Maybe a couple of years?

So, hello.

Also, since I last posted, I have had several friends and acquaintances have total hip replacements. So, I have gone from patient seeking advice and sympathy, to expert dispensing advice and empathy.

On a personal running level, I cannot seem to get my mileage to where I like it. I have had weeks of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100K, but nothing consistent. Life gets in the way as do calf pulls, abductor things and COVID. Going to build an aerobic base (attempt number five million) for the rest of summer, then work on quality training again. See how this goes.

Just spent three weeks in Spain. If you want to go for a running holiday, don’t go there. Especially the big cities, Barcelona and Madrid are nothing but concrete, asphalt, granite, slate and masses of humanity. But beautiful cities, to be sure. Very enjoyable holiday around wine, food and warm weather, also went to San Sebastian, Alquezar, Toledo, Biarritz, France along the way.

If you are heading toward Vancouver Island in Western Canada in the future, let me know. I am the elite athlete coordinator for the stunning Royal Victoria Marathon and the TC10K, which happen in October and April, respectively. I am also president and GM of the Vancouver Island Race Series, which hosts eight road races over 16 weeks from January to April.

Also, I started a Substack column, which has some running content but is for creative writing like satire, absurdist comedy and first-person narrative shenanigans you can view/subscribe for free: https://christopherkelsall.substack.com/p/trail-therapy-where-running-in-the

This link goes to a story where I was running at a local lake. Excellent trail running environment.

Update on hip: No update. It seems fine, I seem fine, I just need to be consistent this summer with volume.

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Looking for runners after a total hip or total knee replacement for research [in United Kingdom only]

Hi all,

I am Bernard, a Senior Lecturer from the University of Essex in the United of Kingdom. I am conducting a piece of research on the biomechanical safety of high-impact exercises, like running, on hip and knee replacement implants. As part of this project, I want to collect high-resolution biomechanics data of various high-impact activities (running, jumping, landing from a height, various agility drills) in people who have successfully returned to high-impact sports after a total hip or total knee replacement.

A detailed set of eligibility criteria to be suitable to participate, can be found in the information sheet, but basically you must be 1) < 85 years, 2) 12 months after a total hip or total knee replacement , and 3) already returned to high-impact activities (running, tennis, etc) for 3 months.

What is involved? A single full day of biomechanics testing in our state of art laboratory, filling out questionnaires, muscle strength testing, and wearing an activity monitor for seven days at home. Full details in the information sheet below.

Location: Colchester, Essex.

Reimbursement: We will fully reimburse you for your travels (car, train, etc), and up to 2 nights of stay on our on-campus Wivenhoe Hotel, plus food during the stay. If you are staying far from Essex, travelling can be tiring and will interfere with testing. Depending on where you are travelling from, day 1 (arrival) may be a detailed briefing, day 2 will be the testing, and day 2 or 3 may be the departure.

Testing period: We plan to collect data on 20 people (10 hips and 10 knees) from September 2024 to September 2025. This means if you had a hip/knee replacement but not gone back to running yet as it is still too early, you may still be eligible later, so still do contact me.

Interested or have any questions? My full contact details are in the information sheet, but drop me an email at bl19622@essex.ac.uk . I will set up a time to have a chat over Zoom/Teams/Telephone with you to answer all your questions.

Source of funding. The … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip Resurface vs. THL?

My name is Patti and I live in Sonoma, California.  I’m a 62-year-old ultra-marathoner who was started having issues about a year ago with what I thought was my IT band or hip flexors.  After trying physical therapy and a number of other treatments, X-rays indicated I have severe arthritis.  I then had an MRI with contrast that confirmed I have labral tears and severe arthritis.  I saw an orthopedic surgeon who suggested a total hip replacement when I felt as though it was warranted.  Interestingly, I have been able to continue to run, but things have progressively gotten worse and I’m now seriously considering a hip replacement.

In searching for solutions on the Internet, I came across hip resurfacing as an option.  I’m posting here because I would really appreciate any comments, opinions or experiences related to hip resurfacing.  From what I’ve read and seen, it appears to be a great alternative for active people/runners, but would love to hear from this group.  I really appreciate any advice and am so happy to have found this awesome forum  (thank you, Hip Brother Tom!!).  Thanks!!

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Faster; but looking for more ;)

I am 4.5 years THR on my left side and have brought my 5K down to right at 20-minutes and recently ran a “post-high school” PB in the 1500m at 5:24 (note high school was 35 years ago).

Would live to get that down to 5:15-ish and 2:30 in the 800m.

The question is how long I will go before my right hip needs replaced… it is gradually getting to where my left was 4.5 years ago!

Life is journey indeed!… the surgery is real and the recovery is at least a few months… several months to getting back to real fitness!  I’ll keep the forum aware!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

London Marathon Report. My first race since THR.

Two weeks ago I ran the London Marathon. It has always been on my bucket list of races that I absolutely must do before I die, so it just feels so apt that this was the one that happened to be my comeback race.

This time last year, I had only just started running again. Having been inspired by Safin Hassan’s victory in last year’s event, I then went out and ran a half marathon distance for my long run that afternoon… and then took weeks to recover because I was not ready for it!

I’d already entered a race for that summer, but it got cancelled by the organisers at the last minute. In hindsight, it was probably just as well because I was still not ready to be putting in that kind of mileage and managed to injure my knee during training. That put me out of action for a good couple of months.

It was during this time that I started applying to charities to run the London Marathon. I was feeling utterly bereft at being forced to rest, and the insufferably hot summer was not helping in the slightest. Having decided on Asthma & Lung UK and the Royal National Institute of Blind people, I put in my applications to both. I have severe asthma and am visually impaired, so my chances were pretty good for getting into both of them, but I expected to have to wait a while for a response. Imagine my surprise when ALUK came back to me the very next day with an offer! I jumped on it immediately. It did, however, mean that when RNIB came back to me a few weeks later, I had to decline them.

Whilst I was not exactly enamoured with the idea of having to fundraise (I am terrible at that sort of thing!), being part of a team really lit a fire under me. Team Breathe, as we called ourselves, really bonded well over the remainder of 2023 and we kept each other motivated to keep up the training.

I did experience a bit … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dislocation after THR – anyone else?

This is MNMichael looking for advice on dislocation after a hip replacement.

I had an anterior total right hip replacement on April 18, this year (2024).  Recovery was going well but then I was doing some twisting while sitting on a low chair and the joint disclocated.  I was taken to the ER where the doctors did a reduction (put it back in place) and took an xray. My surgeon reviewed it and says everything looks fine on the xray and my prospects for full recovery are still good but I need to follow additional hip precautions for 6 weeks to prevent recurrence. He said this happens sometimes during the early part of recovery while the muscles are still recovering having been stretched and retracted for the surgery.  He said there is now an increased risk that it could happen again, but it is still unlikely once I have fully recovered and all the muscles and tendons are back in place and strong again.

I had planned to return to running after my full recovery and slow ramp up, but now I’m more skittish about that.

Has anyone else had this experience or know someone who has?  I’ve be interested in how things turned out.

Thanks, Michael

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Running With Hip Arthritis

I was recently diagnosed with moderate to severe hip arthritis in my left hip (likely due to iron overload from Hemochromatosis). I am 40 years old and was a competitive runner. I was very happy to find this site and hear that people are still able to run with a hip replacement which is very likely in my future. Like many of you, running is central to my mental and physical health, and hearing the doctor tell me to stop running and do something else was gut-wrenching.

I would like to continue running but feel a bit apprehensive.

I was hoping that people could share some advice and personal experiences with running with arthritis before needing a hip replacement. Did you run after hearing you had hip arthritis? How long after the arthritis diagnosis did you end up having a hip replacement? What types of changes did you make to your changing after diagnosis? What sorts of training helped or hurt?

I know everyone’s timeline and experiences are different but would appreciate any help.


Thank you!!

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Chuck-A-Nut Redemption (With an Asterisk)

My team (The Spokane Distance Project) and I spent the winter building miles for the Chuckanut 50k trail race that was held on March 16th, 2024.  We put in some good miles to get ready for this event.  This race was especially important to me since my first true 50K trail race last summer (The Broken Goat) was a complete debacle.  Last summer, I spent a lot of time working on remodeling my rental house, and less time putting in the training that was necessary to run a 50k trail race.   Relying on my past racing experience and my competitive nature, I was sure I could “get through” the race without too much trouble.  I got through it all right.  There were 4 major peaks that had to be scaled in the hot summer sun and very few available aid stations.  I spent the 2nd half of the race cramping in different places with every step.  The race cut off time was 11 hours.  I finished in 10 hours 59 minutes and 17 seconds.  It was a team race and there was a lot of fun to be had afterward.  For me, that fun consisted of a half-a-piece of pizza and a half-a-can of beer.  I was a vegetable for the following 3 days.

The Chuckanut 50k was my redemption training.  The course was substantially easier than the broken goat, but I had no idea how I would feel running this race.  My winter training with my team (The Spokane Distance Project) went well.  We were able to set up a training plan that gradually ramped up the mileage throughout the winter to prepare us for the big day.

The Chuckanut trail race fills up quickly when it opens up  for registration, but the team was all in and we all registered within the first 2 hours of registration being opened.  When the race started we we all settled into our positions.  Ben, a premier trail racer in the Pacific NW moved out way ahead of the group.  Following him were Dave, Keith and Jared.  I settled in next with … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

How to get back

I am 66 years old-Total Hip Replacement (Right) on 9/8/2023.  I am pain free-doesn’t feel “normal “ yet.  I’m looking for advice on how to start running.  Prior to my 2018 Hip Labrum diagnosis I was a constant runner.  At 60 I was running 28 min 5k’s.  A little nervous about how to start.  I had  Total r/shoulder replacement in August of 2022 and am back to relatively heavy weights (70lb dumbbell press) for example.  Shoulder feels “normal”.  Thats what Im hoping for the hip!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)


Hello all,

rainy day here so going to hit the elliptical and treadmill this morning early.  Had anterior hip replacement on 11/28/2023 .  Wondering if anyone has returned to running by using the treadmill as a starter tool after hip replacement?  I have been running one minute nd then walking 1 minute and going to 2 miles.  I have read that this is better from the beginning to help with timing and safer than roadwork at the beginning.  I am wondering how fast to run and how much to increase speed?  Incline is set to 1.5 currently.  Would like to hear anyone’s story on running on treadmill and how they did and how they progressed after surgery.  Don’t know how many days to run with taking a break.  Trying to interval biking and weights in between treadmill runs but really want to run more than anything.


Anyone’s treadmill running story or thoughts would be much appreciated.



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Any stats on runners years after replacement?

Hi everyone,

I’m 48 and I had Anterior approach THR on Dec 4th, 2023. My doctor said he didn’t recommend that I run again but that he did know people who did. That’s when I found this site and put my mind at ease. It has always been my intention to get healed and back to running some day.

Today my physical therapist asked me if I was worried about the consequences when I’m older. I told her that when the time came, if I had to replace the cup I would do so. She then asked if the bone would deteriorate because of the implant. I haven’t heard of that happening and it did get me thinking. So came here to ask if there are any of you that have had your implant in for MANY years as a runner and what affect has that had on your bones? Or are you aware of any studies that I should be concerned about?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Please help.

Hi Guys

I hope you are all well. I have only once posted  here, but love to see all the successful stories of people’s post op triumphs etc.  I , unfortunately am not one of those . I’m 4 yrs post op ( THR ) and am still jogging with a limp as it feels horrible . I begged my surgeon to do an mri , but he was happy once he saw that everything looked absolutely perfect on the X-ray, despite me telling him that I am in massive discomfort when I exceed a “ fast walk”. I took it upon myself to have an mri done and it shows chronic bursitis. I thought I was getting somewhere , but two rounds of steroid injections later , and I am still limping around , and quite frankly I’m losing the will to live. I was an 18min 5k , 38min 10k runner only 5yrs ago . Now I’m 2 stone overweight and struggling to complete 2 miles in approx 18mins due to the discomfort. ..  I’m 48, and not ready to give up on life yet and retire to the slippers and bathrobe. Running was my life .
any suggestions would be great , as they are refusing a third round of injections and quite frankly , they don’t seem To give a shite.
I was told to take up golf and “ get over myself “ .

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Slip on shoes

I am just 3 wks post op. Still have precautions in place.  So I can’t bend down to tie shoes which gets frustrating. I’ve tried some elastic laces but can’t seem to work with them. Something about the tongue.  And I tried some slip on athletic shoes – granted from Walmart not the best – and I can’t seem to put those on.

any suggestions on elastic no tie laces for my Brooks? And suggestions on a slip on athletic shoe?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Thank You For Giving Me Hope

This group has given me the hope back that I was quickly losing. Thank you for allowing me to join!! On 12/1/24 I had to undergo emergency surgery…my right femur broke and separated into two pieces. I thought I was tough but this was a new level of pain. My surgeon was wonderful. I had never met him until right before the surgery and in spite of it being extremely urgent that he get my surgery under way–he listened carefully as I begged him to understand that I was an athlete — that I had qualified to go to Ironman World Championships in France in 2024; that I did not want to lose my life; that I wanted to run again. I really had no say over my surgery — but he heard me. He performed a lateral anterior total hip replacement on my hip. (I am sorry if this is too much detail, but I feel like I have PTSD at times.)

With all the above background, around week 5 post-surgery I was losing hope about running again (I was starting to believe what some folks were telling me “it just would not be possible”) until I read an article about a runner completing a marathon post hip replacement and he referenced this group. I was ecstatic!!! I realized that there are other folks out there who have walked my path to recovery. I am so grateful.

Now fast forward to week 10 post-surgery and my surgeon has confirmed that I can resume my activities as my body allows. He has reassured me that it is possible. It is truly wonderful to know that there is a community out there who really understands and supports each other and who run again!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

when to start running after surgery-Tony

Tony-Hello all,

just got accepted today and am excited to be on the blog!

Had hip replacement on 11/28/23.  Just had 9 week review from surgeon(said come back in a year) and went back to work.

Want to start a little jogging /running and wondering if 10 weeks is to soon?  Have been doing 30 steps then 20 jogs on front of foot or mid foot.  Just going 2 miles or so with no pain but wondering am I too ambitious to be doing this or too soon?  I want the bone to heal properly-I am 64 and have previously been running for years before surgery.  I only want to build up to 2 or 3 miles for pure enjoyment but don’t want to blow it.  I just feel so good after doing what I have been doing.  I was previously depressed and thought I could never run again but this website has given me new hope.  thanks for any info-Tony


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oldspeed – about me

Hi All,

I am new to this site and this is my first post.

My situation is a bit different to most on this site in that I am a Masters Sprinter (60, 100, 200, 4×100 relay) and looking to return to sprinting. I had a right THR (anterior ceramic on ceramic) in September 2021, approximately 1 year after an incident which in hindsight turned out to be the first issue I can remember with my hip. I had been slowing slightly compared to my peers in competition but with the odd good performance was unaware of my condition until a track training session when at the end I was very sore and assumed it was just a hip flexor issue. Within a few weeks I was limping and in pain. It took some months for tests and diagnosis and after a house move interstate, finally the operation. For a number of reasons I have been unable to go through a rehabilitation program or attempt to sprint. While there has been over a 2 year wasted recovery time it might mean that there would be good growth of the relevant tissue around the implant before testing it.

So I am interested in feedback from anyone on the site who has returned to sprinting after a THR – at this stage I am unsure whether the landing forces and/or explosive use of the hip will prevent a safe return. I am a few weeks into a program put together by a local physiotherapist (I am located in rural Australia about 200km / 125miles from Brisbane) and will update on my situation from time to time and hope others have some experience to share. I am currently 69 and hoping to be able to compete again early in the 70-74 age group.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)