Ok, it’s been 10 years since my THR on the right side….off and on I’ve thought about running again, but have been terrified of damaging the hardware and/or femur. I’m not looking to run marathons….maybe just 15+ miles a week – something to get back to those wonderful endorphins, again. So, question – how are so many of you able to run again knowing that you are, most likely, reducing the lifespan of your hardware? Is it a risk vs. reward thing, only? Do you mitigate that by running mostly on a treadmill to lessen the impact?
Really – how do you do it? …..because I really want to….
any advice would be great – I’ve not run in 10 years and I miss it every day…
Brett… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Welcome, everyone. My Name is Brett and I currently live in Columbia, SC. I had a THR on 24 JUN 2010. Before that, I was a strictly “run for my own mental health” kinda guy. I did a 5K when I was deployed to Kuwait – but, other than that, I ran purely for the high. I was never very torn up about “besting my personal time” (etc). It was, however, an absolute additions. So, in 2010, after the THR, a significant portion of my life was over. The THR was a suprise – I had been misdiagnosed by the military for 4+ years as having “back problems.” Turns out, it was acute arthritis (made worse by running – etc) and that a THR was the only way to go. Surgery went well – I recovered quickly – but was told (in no uncertain terms) never to run again – PERIOD. I tried a gamut of other exercises, but nothing else provided the freedom of running.
So, in DEC 2012, after a couple years of frustration, whining and weight gain (etc, etc) – I cornered another doctor and told him what I wanted to do. We took extensive hip X-ray (the hardware looked perfect)….and he gave me his opinion. “Hardware lasts 30 yrs with care…20 if you run.” That was pretty much all I needed. Now, it’s a quality of life issue…both mental and physical.
I am, however, very cautious with returning to “the road” (as it were). I’m slowly building up to a reasonable run time (10 min mile, for now) and am very conscious of aches/pains in and around the area. I only run on treadmills and will, most likely, only run outside 1 time a week. I’m not thinking, whatsoever, of running competetive…for now. At this point, just the beauty of motion is more than enough. It’s good to be back…and amongst folks going through similar challenges.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)