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I had a Rt THR on July 5 2018 the day after struggling to finish a 4th of July goodbye 5k on my old arthritic hip. I took 6 months off of running to allow for full healing but did lots of fast walking. My orthopedic does not recommend running at all but my regular doctor said I could run at races so I decided to allow myself to do at most one race a month if I could find one I wanted to do. So I’ve done quite a few races and usually run 5k’s without stopping and did two of them at around 30 minutes. Felt good to run fast. For 10k’s I do a 3 minutes jog and 30 sec walk and that works out good. Have yet to do that at a half marathon but have two planned soon. Did walk a half in 4hours with a girlfriend last year. In-between my races I do fast walking at around a 15 min/mile pace. Hip is holding up fine. Great to move without pain. Don’t know how my “cup” of my THR is doing but I’ll find out later. I’m not heavy so I cant be putting that much pounding on it. I have been marathoning for years prior to my THR so I think I have muscle memory to be able to run well at races. Feels so good when I’m in my running groove. After you heal, just listen to your body. Don’t overdo but keep on moving. Good luck! Hip runners unite cuz most orthopedists out there would rather we not run. FYI, Dr Mikulak, yes Sam’s dad, told my friend to do what she likes including running and to call him when she thinks she needs another one.
I totally get it. I had my right hip OA diagnosed in 2013 and changed the way I ran to keep on moving. I switched to jog walking, mid-heel striked when I ran, took anti-inflammatory pain meds and during race day carried a tramadol to take when the pain got worse and a few times I got a steroid shot if I was going to do a marathon or destination race. Did 2 marathons and the jog walking and taking my meds really helped. Before my THR in July 5th I ran 7 half marathons the year before to get doing races out of my system. Since I couldn’t have anymore steroid shots and my pain was getting worse, I got my THR. I recovered great and quicker than the average person…probably because Im a runner. My doc doesn’t want to run at all but I beg to differ. I’m walking now, can do a 16 min mile and have walked a 10K distance. I fell great—no pain!! I’m doing my first destination 5K walk in Indianapolis soon. My comeback half will be the Orange County half marathon, my last half before my hip replacement in May 2018. I will do enough jogging then to get that medal though I won’t take my first jogging steps until 1/1/2019. So just manage your pain so you can do your races, enjoy them and then after your surgery, take it easy with your recovery and then you’ll be back on the road in no time. Good luck!
Hi fellow hip runners! On Friday August 31st I turn 62. I usually use the month of Aug to log in the number of miles for my birthday. Last year it took me nearly the whole month to jog walk 61 miles. In my younger years, 2 weeks. This year I couldn’t do it because of my THR. Instead I will walk a 5k cuz that’s 3.1 miles on the 31st and then later on in the day I will bike a 10k for 6.2 miles on my 62nd birthday. It’ll be a fun challenge since the numbers are so perfect this year.
Thanks Carolyn! This is just another challenge and am looking forward to seeing what my recovery will bring. It’s so nice not having arthritic pain and a limp. I’ll keep hip runners posted. You all are my inspiration.
Wow that’s inspirational. I still have the endurance and ability for doing long distances, just not the hip back then but now I have a new one. I’m in no rush to get into marathoning but won’t rule it out in my lifetime. I love doing them.
Thanks. Had my pre-op appt with my doc yesterday and the last thing he told me was the one restriction he had after the hip replacement was not to run. I’ve talked to 3 other orthopedists who wouldnt stop me from running and that others have done it is encouragement and inspiration that I could return to at least slow jog walking. I bought a hip runner t-shirt and might wear it at the hospital. I will do what I need to to recover and get stronger but jog walking is not out of the question for me. One more week!