Well I thought I would share some news on my Total Hip Replacement. On May 9th, 2018 I got an anterior right total hip replacement. Ceramic on Ceramic. I was 44 years old and have been an avid runner for the past 10 years running 3-4 thousand miles a year with about 2 marathons a year. Ran Boston 8 times with a 2:34:28 marathon at the age of 40.
I was able to start biking pretty good about 4 weeks after the surgery, but running never felt good for a long time. My hip felt pretty good hiking at inclines of 20-40%, so it was nice to get in the mountains here in Alaska or on the incline treadmill. I would be careful coming down though and used trekking poles.
I’ve just recently started doing anything that resembles to running. I would say at 10 months, I was able to shuffle pretty comfortable but a long stride and flat terrain still didn’t feel great on the hip. This past month it has been feeling much better. I run about 3 times a week between 5-8 miles and can keep a 7:30 pace and have it feel pretty good on the hip. The other days I bike and hike.
I guess my advice to everyone is just be patient. When I would see stories of people running after a few months, it was kinda discouraging because I was nowhere near that. I would always think something went wrong in my surgery or I would never be able to run again. It just takes time to recover and everyone is different. I am so happy where I’m at now and I know it’ll get better as time goes. I’m super stoked to run the uphill mountain races here in Alaska this summer, especially after missing all last summer recovering. They key for me is to make sure I don’t overtrain and mix it up with biking and hiking.
My other hip is pretty arthritic as well, but I hope to get another 2 years of playing before getting that one done. It’s been a tough journey this year physically and mentally, but its definitely worth it.
Good luck to everyone who is thinking about getting a hip replacement or is recovering.