Running Success.

Hello Everyone,


I first posted here over 5 years ago, and although I thought there were some responses to my questions at the time, they seem to have vanished.  Or, I don’t know how to use the site since I’ve been here so little.

Anyway, I thought I would post a bit of an update and provide some hope for those who were as terrified as I was before surgery.

About six years ago I stopped running for several months due to extreme muscle fatigue in my right leg.  I had zero pain in my hip, but my muscles were not cooperating at all with the prospect of running.  I went through a summer of PT and had some improvement, but no resolution.  In the fall I went to see a hip specialist and was STUNNED when I saw the X-ray.  It was the proverbial “bone on bone”.  It took me a while to find the right surgeon and had that hip replaced in the spring of 2017.  I ran/walked some shorter races and tried an ultra the following February.  I knew I wasn’t really ready, but friends were doing the race and the course description made it sound within reach.  Then a hurricane destroyed the area not long before the event and the re-routed course, not to mention all the roots that were exposed by the storm, made it quite a bit more challenging than I expected.  I made it to 75 miles ahead of the cut-off and decided to stop there as I was getting slower and had not beat the 75 mile cut-off by much.  In the years since then I’ve completed a number of ultras including some 100 milers, and a few shorter races.  I’m neither small nor young.
About 10 days ago my other hip was replaced.  My surgeon told me then that he had not been entirely comfortable with the idea of my continuing to run when he did the first one 4 years ago, but he’s clearly happy about what I’ve been able to do.  He’s a runner himself and I occasionally … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Mark, With questions

Hi Folks,

I’m  a one time ultra runner who is hopeful that I can return to the sport.  I completed several long ultras in 2014 but only a few in 2015 before I decided it was best to stop and pursue  and recover from what was at the root of my near constant muscle fatigue and soreness in one leg.  It all happened rather suddenly when I went out for what should have been a simple routine 8 mile run one day early last year and had to stop to stretch at least 6 times just to get home!  Apart from decreased range of motion, my symptoms were entirely muscular.  I had no real pain from the joint itself and did not really suspect any problem there until I saw an X-ray.  That was a stunning moment to say the least.  I have an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon next week and am appropriately terrified.

I have two questions…  Is it common for people to only experience muscular stress (and not joint pain) when they clearly have developing OA in a hip?

And…, what are the questions you wish you had asked of your surgeon before the big day?

I’m appropriately terrified, but very eager to (with luck and proper recovery) get back to running and the events I was able to enjoy so much just a year ago.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts and tips.  Thank you also to those who have taken the time to post about their experiences during recovery and their return to running!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)