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)


Continuing to offer hope to those “hipsters” out there!

I am just over two years post THR in my left and my training continues to go well as does my ability to run well. Today I completed the LAST 30K – a gravel road and “Easier trail” run that traverses  the northern shore of Lake Apopka in central Florida. Very little pain other than the expected discomfort in the quads and hip girdle from the exertion… 18.6 miles in 2 hours 33 minutes; an 8:13 pace that I stayed consistent with for the most part. It felt great and brought me much fulfillment… first in my 50–54 age group and eighth place overall

To all of you out there wondering “can I run with quality again?”  BELIEVE!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – What’s your next big race, mine is the Manchester Marathon, England.

I’m looking forward to this race, it’s in my hometown where I grew up and lived until I was 23. This will be my first international race, from the US where we’ve lived the last 32 years, and it’s a great opportunity to visit family at the same time. We going to spend 2 days in Dublin over Easter before heading to Manchester. Training has been going well, I’ve ran back to back half’s this weekend over the bridge near me. Post your race and lets see how many of us are at the same race.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Big Sur Marathon race recap

Well this has been a quiet year for me with much of it with an injury or two. It started off with my attempt to win a Last Man Standing race in which I finished third, I was disappointed with my result I had had trained hard for it and prepared well but things didn’t work out come race day. Next up for me was Big Sur in April the day before my 62nd birthday. I hadn’t been able to train hard for it as my replacement hip area had been bothering me. So much so I eventually went back to my surgeon from 11 years ago and had him x-ray it and my other hip as that sometimes feels like it catches. The good news was that my replacement hip was still looking perfect after 11 years of running and over 15,000 miles of running on it. My right good hip had some wear and narrowing but nothing to require a replacement anytime soon. However I did have 2 large bone spurs of it which is probably what causes the catching and pain at some times.

With only two 12 miles runs in early March and my longest run of 14 miles 2 weeks before race day I was well underprepared and my hip still bothering me. I had 2 choices, I could probably finish the race running easy at a 10 minute pace or I could go for it and try to run a 3:30 marathon at an 8 minute pace. I decided on the latter and knew there was every chance of it blowing up, but I had to go for it. The first mile we eased into the race with an 8:20 pace before we hit the first climb and then we picked up the pace and ran the next 9 miles between a 7:30 to 8 minute pace. The weather was cold at the start of the race and you are bused to the start line to wait for over 90 minutes. I started with a long sleeve shirt on top of my race … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Help! Fell while running—twice. :(

I had THR of my right hip three years ago, anterior surgery. I was told no running, but finally my surgeon admitted he runs with some of his patients. But he told me to limit my running to three or four miles a few times a week. I am a 70 year old female and have been running on and off, since I was 12. I did my first marathon at 60, second one at 66. I have run two half marathons since my hip replacement, slowly increasing mileage and gaining confidence that I do not need to limit my running distance. I have fallen twice while running in the last few months. The first time, I kind of felt something catch on my right foot and down I went. Got up and ran home, kind of banged up, but not too bad. I kept running, but had anxiety about falling again. I literally just had been thinking I do not need to worry about falling anymore and a few days ago, down I went again. I cried all the way home this time. Both times I looked to see if there was something that caught my foot, but there was nothing visible. I run on the sidewalks and roadways and am pretty slow and shuffling. I have never been a fast runner, but love long, endurance runs. Now I am really afraid that something has gone wrong, or I am just getting too old to run. Which I never thought would happen. I lost my father a few months ago, and that has been affecting me quite a bit. But when I run lately, I have been very focused on foot placement due to the first fall. Just freaked out that something is going wrong that will prevent me from continuing to run. (And it is my surgery side foot that is catching somehow.) Any insight or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I have not run since the fall early this week. 🙁… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Season’s Greetings, and an update

Hi all – Happy Xmas!

The last couple of posts have prompted me to report my progress over the last year. I do 5k parkruns most Saturdays and was struggling to reliably get under 25 minutes, especially as I had 3 separate weeks in the Lake District doing recce work for the Joss Naylor challenge (48 miles, 17,000 feet ascent). These weeks were intense and took a lot of recovery but were good for getting me some downhill speed over technical terrain (never could run uphill). Managed to piece together the second, more difficult, half of the route in under 12 hours so it looks like I well have a chance next summer. Spent the summer road running and trying to build speed by incorporating intervals – local park has a 660 metre path around it, almost flat, so started doing Tuesday’s session running full or half laps with 1 or 2 minute rests. Started feeling like a proper runner!  parkrun times came down to 23:39 at 2 different courses, replacing my 6 year old PB at one of them, and I now expect sub-25 mins every time.

October last year my wife ran the local half-marathon in the most miserable conditions of rain and cold, and wanted to do it again so I entered as well – 11 years since the race that stopped me doing halves because I struggled so badly. Conditions were much better this year, near perfect, and I managed 1:52:53 to take the V70 prize – but the last 5k were really hard and the finish was uphill. On the strength of this performance I entered my bete-noir Turkey Trot half and managed to get 1:52:33 in conditions of freezing fog (but little wind) which was 5 minutes faster than the same day 11 years before – and got me another V70 prize. Again, I was exhausted at the uphill finish but no harm was done.

In summary, my 8 y.o. Birmingham hip and my 5.5 y.o. Zimmer ceramic THR are now allowing me to perform at a Masters level equivalent to my natural hip … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Happy running through the holiday season, all.

Merry Christmas. There, I wrote it out loud.

We rarely get snow in Victoria, but we are getting it today, tonight, and tomorrow. Be gone by Christmas I think. I have a pair of Yukon Charlies’ snowshoes. Be out galavanting in those bad boys.

I did a hard Guerilla Fartlek sesh on Thursday…..hoping to race January to April (on dry pavement).

No designs on anything longer than 12K. But, I would like to get to 50 miles per week. Keep getting stuck at 30-40, damnit. Or as we say in Canada, 80K and stuck at 50-60K.

Prolly need to slow down the daily training to recover….

Whatever. Have a great holiday season and may the wind always blow up your kilt.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

2 Years post…

48 hrs prior to my left thr I ran a local festive but competitive 5 k in 20:38.  It was a good race though the inevitability of my thr loomed and I was in pain post-race.

well fast forward 2 years to the same weekend with the various ups and downs of my journey and I ran the same race and course in 20:29!!!  The greater mission of being healthy and not in pain was accomplished and the possibility of being and getting faster still lives 👍

my thoughts and hopes for others is they your thr journey is a success!!!  Onward and upward for me!!! God willing!

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Running and racing 2 plus years post THR

I wanted to thank all of you and I wanted to thank this site for being a real inspiration to me over the years. I thought I should update everyone on my progress. I will be 69 in December and I had a THR of my right hip on July 1, 2020. I started some slow run/walk/run segments 2-3 months after. I recovered really well and I actually did a half marathon averaging 10:15 per mile in April, 2021. My left knee began to hurt during July, 2021 and it got progressively worse. It turned out that I had a partially torn left medial meniscus, and I had arthroscopic surgery to remove the tear just over 1 year ago. My recovery from there has been tremendous. I was able to steadily build mileage using the run/walk/run method and I began to do some speedwork late last year. I ran my first 5K during January of this year and have done a total of 12 races this year. Included in those were two 10 milers, two half marathons (9:50 pace and 9:35 pace) and the Chicago marathon last weekend. I am a Clydesdale runner at 6 ft 1 and about 190 lb (the Chicago area runners association has 3 Clydesdale divisions and I am in the A division which starts at 185 lb) and I have locked up first place in Clydesdale A this year.  Mine is a real comeback story and I can only hope that I will feel this well 10, 20 and 30 years from now! I plan to continue some form of running for all of my remaining years! Take care everyone, be inspired because big improvements are possible after your hip replacement!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Ninth Week Post Op & Lessons Learnt.

I’m now in my ninth week post Left  THR – MEKO procedure – posterior – Stryker Ceramic Femoral Head and X Link Polymer Polyethylene Cup – both non cemented. All done at Nuffield Health Trust Glasgow (self pay). I’ve probably learnt more about myself and my body in the last 12 months than I did in the previous 66 years. It’s becoming obvious now that my recovery started the day I was told I needed a THR and went on to get the best possible advice. After my diagnosis was confirmed by X-ray I was placed on the NHS waiting list in Scotland – circa 3 years! My Physio gave me two choices – 1. I could drastically cut my activity (and stop running) with light Physio which might enable me to last until the NHS Op. 2. I could maintain a high level of activity (but not running) with more targeted Physio and opt for Private Surgery much sooner. At that time I knew very little about the whole process so I embarked on an education / research  spree. I opted for the NHS route to begin with but the more people I spoke to that had gone through this and the more research I did, I realised that my decision would affect the rest of my life. If I carried on with the NHS route, there was no choice of procedure or materials and I could be faced with significant muscle wastage as my activity capability declined pre Op. Although daunted by the cost I changed my decision after 6 months. I initially chose Spire in Edinburgh and was told to expect a cost of around £13k. At my initial consultancy I was told that there had been a big increase in costs during Covid, so to expect £18k with a waiting time of 6 weeks. I booked surgery. After a couple of weeks I decided to do more research and looked into the Nuffield Health Trust in Glasgow. Their advertised THR costs £12.3k for the MEKO Procedure. I booked a Consultation which subsequently gave me so much … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Middle distance running and racing post THR


I have been a competitive middle distance runner since high school and have been competing as a Masters athlete for many years (I’m 68). Although I’ve run my share of marathons and road races, competing on the track is my preference. I had a THR of my left hip in May 2022 and am now back to hiking, cycling, and some running (pls don’t tell my surgeon 😉). I am curious if anyone has been successful getting back into spikes and on the track post surgery. I race 800m, 1500m, mile, 3k’s, and XC.
Another question… over the years, I have probably run tens of thousands of quarters (i.e., lots of left hand turns.) Perhaps it is coincidental, but it was my left hip that “wore out”. Have there been any reports that investigated hip wear out and track athletes?
Any other milers out there?






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What a Journey….

Hi all,

I retired at 56 after 40 years at sea (Chief Engineer Officer). I’d always thought I was fit – nah – not even close. I gave up smoking, started cycling and hill walking in Scotland. Along the way I was diagnosed with Hypertension and had a nasty motorbike accident. Medication and activity solved the Hypertension and helped me recover from the accident. At 62 I started running which completely took over my life. Although I entered many events I consider myself as a recreational runner. For years I’ve run with a group of friends on a Sunday morning – breakfast always included somewhere. It is my life. Last year Aug 2021, six of us ran from Dundee to Edinburgh via the Fife Coastal Path – 100 miles – Event Scurry Two Bridges. We ran in relays and I totalled about 30 miles, much of it on soft sand which was brutal. During the event I was suffering from horrendous backache which I’d never had before. The following week I was struggling to walk 200 mtrs. Long story short a trip to the Physio diagnosed limited mobility in my left hip and severe inflammation – possible damaged or worn out hip. At this point I realised that the difficulty I had been experiencing for 18 months, getting on and off my bike from the left hand side was not groin strain at all but my left hip gradually getting worse. Physio’s advice – no more running for you Ian. I was devastated. I sat in the car, parked outside and just broke down. I phoned one of my running pals and instead of sympathy I got was  brilliant advice from her  – “get it properly diagnosed and if you need a new hip, it could all be sorted by this time next year”. I got recommended to another Physio – Jo McColgan in Forfar ( from the infamous McColgan running family ). I wrote her a letter and she took me on as a regular patient. Jo has kept me going for 12 months, physically and mentally up till … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

The road back

Hello HipRunners

I’m Sarah, 51 years old, proud owner of a brand new left ceramic/plastic left hip as of 17 Sep 2022. I was – and will be again, I hope – a runner, swimmer, hiker and kick-boxer of middling ability but very great enthusiasm.

My surgeon is great, but very cautious: he advises no exercise AT ALL until beyond the 3 months post-op, and after that nothing high impact. So finding this site, and all you hippy athletes has been a real blessing.

Just over two weeks post-op I’m walking (on easy paths) about 4km each morning – today I went without a crutch and was just fine. My dressing came off yesterday, I reckon I’ll hold off another week before I get in a pool…

This site has made me feel excited about the future. Running may be a little way away right now, but 2023 is looking a lot brighter, now. Thank you all for your amazing, inspirational stories.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip wearing out

My left hip was replaced bilaterally 11 years ago.  I was told I couldn’t run again because my hip would wear out and have to be replaced again


what terrible grief!   I do not enjoy walking at all after all those years of long runs   I also have never run unless I had a marathon somewhere in my future

I have arthritis in my other hip now so don’t know if running will hurt that   I am in PT for it and they want me to keep impact down until we get some strength back in that area


my questions are


has anyone had or heard of someone who has damaged their fake hip with running (I am a jeff Galloway run/walk/run to finish marathon person)

does running seem to help or harm arthritis in hip


As an aside my hip replacement was required because of a bone impingement not from use… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Boom! 41 Miles around a Volcano…..

When I received my hip replacement in 2012, I felt that I should stick to shorter runs going forward.  Typically I stuck to half marathons and maybe a few 25K’s.  Ten years later, the mystique of this mountain and a challenge from a friend, inspired me to run my first ultra around Mount St. Helens.  Dubbed, ‘The Bigfoot 40’, the run around this volcano did not disappoint.  I grew up in central Washington State when  Mount St. Helens erupted.  Within a few hours after the May 18th 1980 eruption, our small little town was enveloped in darkness with ash raining down.  The darkness would last for more than 24 hours.  It was crazy.  So to get a chance to experience closely where it all happened, I was super excited.

It also didn’t hurt reading all about fellow HipRunner Dave Whiteside’s ultra running exploits.  He is killing it in the ultra distance scene and the hip is still going strong.  Armed with that motivation, I started training vigorously as soon as I was able.  I spent last year down for the count with multiple consecutive injuries.  First their was the hammy strain right at the sit bone.  It made running an extreme pain in the butt (literally).  Then, last fall while coaching my elementary XC team, I strained my Achilles tendon  which set me back until late February.  When I was finally able to train in earnest, I was way behind the rest my running group who were also training for this event.

In a moment of weakness and maybe after a few too many beers, my buddy Jack challenged me to finish the race in under 16 hours.    I told him, “If i finish in under 16 hours, you need to get me a ‘HipRunner’ belt buckle.  Jack agreed.

So last week we loaded into an RV.  We chose not to camp because #1 We’re old, and #2 Hobos camp.  We left for the mountain a day early to ensure that we would find a good spot in the parking lot close to the starting line.  Jack drove ahead of … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

What a difference an approach makes! Officially Bi-laterally bionic!

Hello HipRunners!!!  It has been a while since I posted.  On Friday (8/12) I went in for my second THR, 7 1/2 years to the day I had my first one.  Undiagnosed dysplasia meant my hips were ticking time bombs and in 2015 the right was the first to go.

Due to the horrible condition of my hip and my (relatively) young age of 42, several surgeons declined my case.  I did end up with a dysplasia specialist who used the traditional posterior approach.  My result was fantastic and I have been so pleased with the hip (did a 1/2 a couple of years ago) — But, the recovery process was very very tough and slow, much harder than I had anticipated (I’ve written about it here on earlier HR posts).

Fast forward to 2021 and the time had come to start planning for the left hip – it was done.  Went with a new surgeon who specialized in anterior approach.  While the hip was not as bad as the right it was still fairly challenging.

I knew the anterior approach was an easier recovery; watched the process with my father.  Still, I had no idea how much better the recovery would be!!!  I am 4 days post op and I am MILES ahead of where I was with the posterior.  No heavy meds, just Advil/Tylenol; don’t need walker, sleeping well and feeling strong.  I was so dreading getting the second hip done because of the long recovery road the first time.

I know the recovery is a process and I will be patient (I will try!) but I am just so encouraged by my progress at this point had to share with my fellow HipRunners!  I know everyone’s experience with each type of approach is different and there are pros and cons to each, but as someone who has now had both approaches just wanted to throw my two cents out there.

Fellow HipRunners, anyone else done both approaches and have any other comments or experiences?  Is this a fluke?  Am I lucky?

Keep on Keepin’ on everyone!

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Going for two!

In June 2020 I had an posterior  total hip replacement on my right side. I have written about the recovery process and my race goals….I do triathlons, which for me keeps me interested, learning and healthy now in my mid 60s. I have been an endurance athlete since the time my mom and dad signed me up for swim team practice at the ripe old age of 10. Hundreds of thousands of miles later and many many races I am still at it!

On my new right hip I have now ran 2500 miles, biked 10000 miles and swam 180 miles. Competitions have included two half distance Aqua/bikes, multiple sprint/Olympic distance triathlons and the hilly-wet Atlanta half marathon this past spring. When the doctor X-rayed my right hip yesterday he said everything looked great and was exactly the way it should be….nice and solid in the femor and no signs of wear and tear.

But now it’s time to replace my left hip. I noticed in my training and racing I was starting to drag my foot on my left side and the surrounding muscles and tendons were  working overtime to pick it up and move me forward. In a recent 56 mile bike race my quad seized up at 50 miles and told me it was done for the day.

Now this is the reason I am writing this….I could wait another 3 years until I can’t walk, like I did with my right hip. But if I did that I would be close to 70, would lose allot of fitness as it became even more restrictive and try to recover when as we age recovery becomes longer/harder. So why not take a short break now when I am fit, get it fixed and be back on the roads in the spring. Best of all my surgeon told me if I had it done in October, I could be back running in April…..what a guy!

So that’s the plan and between now and surgery the end of October I will be swimming, biking, running a little and certainly racing … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Run Again


This site is a blessing. I am 64 yrs old now.  I use to run 7 to 8 miles everyday before having my left side done in 2007.  After that surgery I was told that I would never be able to run again, and it was suggested that I take up cycling or swimming. Fast forward, I had my right side done Jan 2021. Completed physical therapy and was completely satisfied with just going swimming, which I do 3 to 4 times a week. I stumble up on this site by mistake and it was just awesome to read about some of the testimonies. Just to know that it is a possibility to run again just sent cold chills through my body. Especially since I was told that I could never run again. Question to anyone that may have a answer. Right now both sides hurts or I feel a discomfort when I walk  2 to 3 blocks. Is that normal or should I reframe from trying to jog at this time.


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