Hello fellow hiprunners,

I am Clay.   I am 64 and up until a few months before my LTHR last March (2021), a competitive middle distance racer.   I would like to hear from those of you in your 50’s-70’s who have returned to faster pace training and racing after surgery.   This would be men going under 7:00 or even under 6:00 minute mile pace for races from 1 to 6 miles.   Or a bit slower if your focus is more half marathons.   And a bit slower for women.   My training is going well, but I am reluctant to restore my pace to lower levels unless I hear of precedent cases where it has gone well for good duration.   My surgeon and PT are brilliant, but cases like this are rare.   Thank you for your consideration.



Clay A. Bullwinkel   clay@bullwinkel.net

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    • #19865

      Hello fellow hiprunners, I am Clay.   I am 64 and up until a few months before my LTHR last March (2021), a competitive middle distance racer.   I wou
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      I am not back at my previous best, but that is in part to having a decade off. I was never that fast anyway: 18, 36-high, 82/83 etc as a young master, age: 40-42.

      I am now 55 and have been back running nearly four years, had the surgery nearly five years ago.

      One issue was recurring calf pulls, but I may be past that now. So, I wasn’t able to do more than 30-50 miles per week. Also, fast stuff would trigger pulls.

      So, I am around 22:20, 46, who knows for the half….

    • #19895

      Hello Clay and I got an anterior approach THR left hip just before Christmas, December 22, 2020. I was able to do light jogging/shuffling about 60 days post operation. I started adding a little bit of mileage and was able to run just over seven minute miles about 90 days post operation for 5K; my pre-operation 5K time, literally 2 days before surgery was 19:30. I tried picking up the speed in the subsequent months, five, six, seven months post surgery and kept getting pulled and strained hamstrings… Something I have never dealt with other than from college football and that was rare. Yesterday I ran 5K in 21:37, virtually the exact same time I ran for 5K for months post-op, but have been able to run longer distances on trails including two different four-hour trail outings this summer. Now The explanation is multifaceted: part of it is the aging process, regardless of surgery; but likely the biggest part of it is I am trying to run “gently“ and that usually doesn’t entail hard strides and pushing hard… I would also say that my hamstring strain experiences has me shying away from speed as that was clearly what caused those injuries; proper adaptation not withstanding. Easier running on softer surface is causes new joint discomfort, where as Astor running on the roads does. The most sore I have been in “the THR joint” was following a road 15 K2 weekends ago where I ran 1:09:15-a good performance but I was a little joint sore. I am running a trail marathon in three weeks. Long answer here, but my experience is that I feel longer, easier running, will be better following joint replacement than fast miles, 5ks and 10ks.

    • #19898

      Reading these threads gives me great hope…

      I’m 58 and booked in for my LTHR on 18th Nov … never been a fast runner, but have completed up to Marathon distances – not targeting that again, but 5/10k would be good to do at a nice pace again – sub-30 for the 5, sub-60 for the 10?

      Anyway, that’s a long way off – got to get the op and the recovery sorted first.

      Wish me luck!

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