Continuing On…

I am a regular reader of the HipRunner site but I don’t frequently post.  In a recent comment by Hip Brother Tom, he encouraged posts from not only those who have successfully resumed running but also from those who may not have.  I find myself somewhere in the middle with some success but also challenges.  Mind you, my new hip is now 2 years old and is great.  I was experiencing some discomfort until recently, but through rigorous hip strengthening exercises, I can finally say that it feels like “my own” hip. I did resume light running at about 9 months and completed a half marathon at 1 year.  My new hip performed flawlessly.  During the last year however I have done little running and have worked out almost exclusively on my Zero Runner.  At 66 years old I find myself plagued by newly developed knee discomfort, nagging pain in my old hip, and frequent back pain.  Yes, arthritis flares it’s ugly head.  The lure of running still draws me but the discomfort of running and working out is a constant reminder of my age and underlying conditions.  Am I ready to throw in the towel?  Hell No!  But I do find it is a delicate balance between enough and too much.  It’s particularly hard to work toward longer distance and greater speed.  I’m also not anxious to push until I need additional joints replaced.   So I’ll continue on, doing as much as I can and incorporating as much running as I can without doing additional harm.  And I’ll keep coming to the HipRunner site for inspiration and encouragement.  Thanks again to all who post and be safe out there.

Mark Klein… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

One Year Anniversary

Well, I DID IT!  I completed my first half marathon since my THR one year ago.

I thought that I should do something special to celebrate the anniversary of my THR and turning 65 years old.  What could be better than running a half marathon?

Let me be honest.  I have arthritis to some degree throughout my body – hands, wrists, shoulders, hips, knees and back.  I think that covers it.  So my body is not nearly as happy about running as my mind is.  My mind loves the feeling of youthful exhilaration that I get when running while my body  complains.  I have no intention of giving up running but I have to be realistic about my goals. 

I was apprehensive as hell when my son and I signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  I had done plenty of training on my Zero Runner but little actual running.  And as much as I love my Zero Runner, it’s not actual running.  The running was coming along but not altogether comfortable. Some pain accompanies most runs.  My new hip feels great but the muscles supporting it and the rest of my body hurt to some degree.  Sometimes it’s difficult to find a balance with the right amount and type of training that I can complete without overdoing it.  A run/walk mix works best.  I figured that worse case scenario I walk a large portion of the race.  Disney races are like that, you can be competitive if you want but most people are just out to have a good time.  And I had a GREAT time.  Yes it was a slow jog intermixed with walking but it was also a hot, humid morning.   I wasn’t really thrilled with my 2 1/2 hr time but right now I’ll take what I can get.  My new hip performed flawlessly.  In fact, it felt better throughout the entire run than it usually does for my normal workouts.  I’m not exactly sure how much running the future holds, but I am sure that I’m not limited by my hip replacement.  

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My Zero Runner is here!

I got my Zero Runner at the beginning of the month. Two weeks under my belt now. What a great workout. It’s working muscles that I didn’t know I had. My glutes, hips, and hamstrings are certainly feeling it and telling me so loudly.

So, for all of the Zero Runner users, how long does it take to really get the hang of it? Much of the time I still feel like I’m fighting the machine and not running smoothly and in sync with it. It’s getting better but I really have to concentrate on good form. This is not a complaint because I really love it. The feeling of running smoothly and without the impact is exhilarating even if only for brief moments. For the last few years the best I could manage was the “marathon shuffle”, so this makes me feel young again. And as much as I’d rather be outside running, at 64 years old, I look forward to having this for the 90 degree summer days and the 10 degree winter days.

I actually had my first run yesterday since my THR on 1/29/18. The first run in almost a year and against my surgeon’s wishes ( ssshhh – don’t tell him). I had the urge to run and said what the heck. I only ran a mile. It actually felt pretty crappy but finished better than it started. But I did it and I can do it again. Next time will be better as will the time after that. I’m still a little apprehensive and I’m not in a big hurry. It will all come with time. Thanks to all you hip runners out there for your posts and support.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

4 months post op

It’s 4 months today since I had my right THR. Not a day has passed that I’m not thankful to have it done. Before my THR I couldn’t even think of running, as even walking, sleeping and sitting were all very painful. Since my surgery I can painlessly participate in almost any activity I choose. I’m exercising on my elliptical every other day for 30-60 minutes as well as walking and biking and light strengthening. I still have some nagging nerve numbness and discomfort but overall pain is probably 95% better and still improving as I heal. I have jogged a couple hundred yards several times but I don’t plan to get back to regular running until I feel fully healed. The impact still feels slightly uncomfortable and I’m not confident in overall strength yet. But I’m well on my way to recovery and looking forward optimistically. Thank you to HipRunners for your supportive and inspirational personal accounts of triumph after hip replacement. I don’t post much but I really do check in daily on HipRunners to read about new stories of success . Thanks again to Hip Brother Tom for giving us this forum.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

It’s Done

Well, It’s done! Yesterday January 29, 2018 I had my right hip replacement surgery. All of the worry, concern, indecision, pain and limping are gone. Poof! It’s magic. I now have tears of joy. Just 24 hours out of surgery and my hip feels better than it has for the last 2 years. Sure there’s the pain and discomfort from the surgery but already it’s so much better than before.

My name is Mark and I’m a long time casual runner. My hip is a birthday present for my 64th birthday. Half marathon running has been my run of choice as they’ve been challenging and achievable. The realization that I needed a new hip and that my running days were likely over were heart wrenching. Finding the hip runner forum gives me hope and encouragement that I may still run again. I plan to take things slow and easy and see how my mind and body adapt. But I must say that in my heart I am, always have been and always will be a runner regardless of whether I am able to pursue further running or not. This site and the testimonies I’ve read give me great hope and inspiration that I can and will run again. Thank you.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)