Round 2 here we go.

It’s amazing how this awesome group has grown in the last handful of years and so many fantastic achievements.  Pretty happy with what I was able to achieve with my first THR 5 years ago. Completed the Abbots World Marathon majors plus a few more all while knowing the other hip was on borrowed time.

I’m in my second week of recovery from having my second hip replacement. So far so good. Can’t wait to try to get on the stationary bike this next week coming.  Really hoping to progress as well as I did first time round which might have just been a bit of luck with a lot of work but definitely was up and jogging quickly even able to run the Philadelphia Broad street 10miler 9 weeks after surgery. Which was almost as insane as doing the Chicago marathon 8 months after.

Not sure what will be my motivation this time round but just reading everyone’s posts has certainly got me thinking again !  Well done everyone – The Hip Runner’s got me through round 1 nicely and it looks like on the odd down day, all I’ll have to do is catch up with a few of you to keep me positive while I’m going through round 2.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Richard – About Me

I’m a 36-year-old man and I’m getting a THR in less than a week’s time. I was diagnosed with arthritis 10 years ago after growing up with childhood Perthes Disease. To stay active and to lose weight I started running seven years ago and have clocked up, according to Strava, 3,685 miles of running in that time. I brought this chapter of running to a close with a half marathon two weeks ago and have not ran since, instead I’ve been concentrating on the exercises given to me by the hospital to be ready for surgery. The hospital have told me I shouldn’t run after the operation at all, that it would wear out the new hip quicker than not running. But why shouldn’t I? I can’t cycle at the moment because there is no rotation in the hip, but presumably I can start that post-op, and it shouldn’t hurt to run a few miles a week to keep up the general fitness. I’m concerned that although this operation will bring an end to my pain, it will instead stick a meter over my head which will increase every time I go for a run!

What I’d like to know is that does this mindset change at all? Once you become comfortable with the hip do you ever lose the guilt that by running you might be damaging it or reducing its shelf life?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Both hips replaced 9/27/19

Had both hip replaced with a lateral approach(posterior precautions) 12 days ago in Naples, Florida. In hospital for 3 days, walking with a walker day following surgery. Able to walk unaided day 8. I might add that this walking is while lifting the walker–the last thing I can afford to do is  fall.

I cannot believe how little pain I was in even on the early days. On the negative side, I have ended up with dreadful insomnia caused by restless legs which may be due to the moderate anaemia I’m experiencing, My haemoglobin fell below 8 on day 2, but was above 8 on discharge.

I’m a 68 year old woman and my major preparation for this surgery was to work on my upper body strength. Seems like it was this strength that enabled me to get in and out of bed during the early days when my legs just refused to do what they were told! I would advise all women to work on their low planks and pushups! Back to the surgeon on day 18 and will discuss when the precautions will be lifted. I’m hoping 6 weeks, but if 12, so be it.

Sue

 

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6 years post op PB’s galore

6 years post THR uncemented ceramic on ceramic and I’ve been lucky enough to have arguably my best year ever. PB at 5k is now down to 16.45 and PB at 10k is down to 34.18.

I’ve also just enjoyed a holiday wakeboarding and playing tennis (2 hours a day) for a week in Greece.

post THR I’ve run 🏃🏻‍♂️ almost 300 5ks and have run them faster than my pre op average. I’m 19 runs into a 5k series and remain unbeaten by young or old!

the op has been an amazing success – so much better than I imagined. Don’t delay folks as you don’t want to spend extra time on rebuilding shrunken muscles and tendons.

here’s to the next 6 years ahead!!!

 

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One week from surgery and need advice

Greetings,

I am so thankful to have found this site as it has helped relieve some of the stress over my upcoming left anterior THR surgery. I am a 43 year old male and was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my left hip two years ago. Not 100% on what lead to this but I’m assuming a couple decades of running for fitness.

My doctor is using a ceramic on plastic hip and assured me that I would be able to return to my job as a police officer in 12 weeks. There’s no requirement that I do have to return that fast but for personal and financial reasons I would like to.

One of my concerns is that the department does not offer light duty and in order to return I would have to run on a treadmill for two minutes at 8.2 miles per hour. Does this seem reasonable at 12 weeks?

My second concern is that, as a result of working hard over the last 6 weeks to focus on my fitness level going into the surgery, my hip pain seems to have improved dramatically. It’s still there but not as debilitating as it had been.

Just wondering if I’m rushing into the surgery. Don’t get me wrong, my bad days are awful, but my main reason for not waiting is the lack of confidence and performance in my profession. I certainly don’t think it is in anyone’s best interests to wait until I’m completely unable to perform at work, but for the time being I can.

If anyone could provide some insight it would be a great help to me as I begin this journey. Thank you all!

Will… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Tick Tock Ultra 12 Hour Race – 3rd Overall!

After the Pinellas Trail Challenge 3 weeks ago and my legs cramping and feeling heavy, I thought I would cancel this race but just like every time, a few days later we’ve forgot all the pain and we’re ready to go. So I trained less in the 3 weeks leading up to this, and apart from doing 500 squats in 15 minutes without stopping the Monday before, I was as ready as I could be. This race would bring my race mileage close to 190 miles in 10 weeks, definitely pushing the limits for an amateur athlete, let alone one at 59 years old with a hip replacement.

I drove Jiri from our Clever Training run club up to the race in the morning and when we got out of the car the temperature was cool, unfortunately that wouldn’t last long. We lined up and at 7 Justin started the race with about 150 people running either the 6 hour or 12 hour event of 2.85 mile loops around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida. I started off easy, my plan was a 9 minute mile but I found it hard to follow that and was closer to 8:45. Initially 4 people were ahead of me, 2 of which I would pass after a couple of laps and the other 2 were in the 6 hour race.

I started the race fasted, having my usually steak dinner the night before. The first 2 laps I ran without and fluids and then I picked up my handheld with Tailwind that would see me the next 2 laps. I then grabbed a sports bar, had some water and grabbed my next handheld. By the end of the 5th lap the sun was up, the temperature was rising, and there was a breeze but when running with it, it felt warm and I drank the 20 oz by the time I came in for the 6th lap. I grabbed my cap and sunglasses and headed out again, by now my legs started to feel a little heavy and my pace slowed to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – The 6 Hour Race, Saturday August 6th, St Petersburg, FL

Yes we do crazy things here in the heat and humidity in the peak of Florida’s summer, we run around a 3 mile loop as many times as we can in 6 hours. This race was my first ultra back in 2015 after reading Born to Run (Chris McDougal) and Eat & Run (Scott Jurek) inspired me to see what I could achieve. After running my first marathon in 2013 and being injured for a year after that with my hip, it’s crazy to think I would try this, but now I love it and I have no issues with my hip. It’s a free race and usually attracts about a hundred runners and I’ve been lucky enough to finish second in my first attempt and win in 2017 and 2018 setting and improving the course record on those attempts. So I always feel there’s pressure on me to come and do my best and compete against some strong young talent. 4 weeks earlier I won the first in the Summer Slam Series of 3 ultras, and my training had been going well so I was optimistic heading into this race.

There was another strong field at the event this year of which anyone of these could win, Michael, Jason, Greg, Luis who normally participate with an average age in the early 30’s. Bruce who had come up from the Miami area, he came second in the Long Haul 100 and also did well in the Antelope 100. Andy, 25, who had recently joined the Clever Training run group that I run with, had ran a few ultra’s and was a sponsored Spartan athlete. The group fancied his chances against me, less than half my age and in good shape but would the distance and heat be too much for him. Then there were a couple of other young faces I didn’t know that looked like they came out to run a tough race. The race started at 6:30am with high humidity and Michael immediately set of at a fast pace running a sub 8 minute mile and started to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

THR 60k+ runner

I’m 51 years old and just had THR on August 28, 2019. After one week I’m walking cautiously without a cane. I’ve run over 60k miles since the mid eighties. I feel really confident that I’ll be running again within 2 months. My plan is to start Nordic walking, followed by eliptical, and then light running!

For those thinking about THR – anterior- the surgery day was easy and I was released the same day. I’ll be honest, the next 3-4 days were rough. You will have to deal with pain. But after that initial period it got a lot better. I’m now back at work for half days.

So far I would recommend this to anybody.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Triathlon World Championship

Dear all at Hiprunner

7 months and 5 days after a right sided total hip replacement I have just competed in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Lausanne. My hip performed perfectly, no stability issues and no pain.

My swim speed had been relatively unaffected anyway, however my cycling and running has been significantly improved post op, it has taken 20 years off of me!

Triathletes have a saying “Nothing is impossible”, well I’m not too sure about that, but I do know that it is possible to compete on the World stage, post hip op.

Good luck to everyone with your own personal goals.

I have attached a picture taken this Saturday, 31st August 2019.

Run1

PS. My operation was on 26th January 2019, full right side replacement, ceramic on plastic. I was swimming after 3 weeks, cycling after 4 and back running after 12 weeks and I’m 53 years old.

 

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Happy to Find the Group!

Hi Hip Runners,

I’m 56 and had a right anterior THR 1 month ago (July 24, 2019). I’m walking mostly without a limp (I’m a little stiff in the morning), climbing stairs, stationary bike with no resistance (per dr though I feel like I could add a little resistance and it would be fine), lots of stretching and strength exercises, and PT is  going great. I’m thrilled with how everything is going and I feel stronger every day. My dr frowns on running again. My PT is more optimistic though cautious right now. When did you start slow running after hip replacement? I’m not in a huge rush, but I’m curious as to the timeline – knowing it all will depend on how my body is doing.

I’m a triathlete with one full Ironman and many half Ironman races completed. I want to get back into racing but I’m not sure if I should set a goal for summer 2020 or not. Not necessary to do another full IM but I’d like to at least do an Olympic or perhaps a half. I’m very goal oriented and I’m finding I need something to look forward to. Is it reasonable to expect to be able to race on this new hip? My plan right now is to regain strength and flexibility for a few months and perhaps start training again in Jan or Feb 2020. I just need a little advice from those of you who’ve done this thing!

Many thanks!

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Right THR eminant

Hello Hip Runners.  New to this site.  I am 51 years old and have been contemplating getting my Rt hip replaced for 3 years now.  I was diagnosed with arthritis at 40 and stopped playing ice hockey because of it.  I used to run 3 to 10 mile runs on a regular basis but pretty much had to cut that out because I always paid with pain for days afterwards.  For the last 2 years I have used cycling as my main form of cardio.  Even cycling is becoming painful at times.  I get these flare-ups that last anywhere from 1 to 4 days and they are extremely painful.  They are never triggered from working out, but always from sleeping in the wrong position.  Crazy.  I have finally grown tired of this and am talking to my surgeon, in ernest, about finally getting in.  Looking at about 1.5 to 2 months out.  I have actually almost gone through with the surgery on 2 other occasions but ultimately backed out for various reasons, one being fear.  Lol.  I know in the current state I am in I will never run again.  I so badly want to start doing sprint distance triathlons.  I can cover the swim and bike legs easily but it so pathetic that I can’t even cover the 3.1 mile run section.  I’m sure every one of you that has recieved a THR knows exactly what I speak of.  I plan on getting the anterior approach because it seems that the recovery process is much quicker.  Has anyone had that approach and if so can you comment.  My surgeon discourages running but told me he knows he can’t stop me.  I told him that I fully intend to run and use my hip. In due time if course, I know it will take time to heal.  I hope these are realistic expectations.  I’m still in very good shape.  5’9″ 195lbs cycle 150 miles a week and also do crossfit.  I have to modify some of my crossfit moves because my hip doesn’t bend in ways that some of the … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Looking for a runner for Ragnar Reach the Beach-come run with two hip brothers!

Hi, We need a runner for Ragnar Reach the Beach, relay, Sep 13-14 going from Bretton Woods, NH to Hampton Beach, NH. It’s an incredible race, all of the locals love it-it’s a big event each year. Come run with two hip brothers- we are the guys you see in first pic on the home page. In hiprunner shirts. $145 plus van and hotel if you need it.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

2 months post-op

2 months post THJR now. I am not running yet, but in the last few weeks I have challenged myself to power walk a parkrun (5km). Managed just under 50 minutes 2 weeks ago, under 45 last week, and 43:30 today. My hip is obviously improving. The hip and surrounding muscles felt very stiff and sore for a few hours after the parkrun, but every time I have recovered well and the day after I found my mobility improved. I am still walking with a limp, but now I am confident I could run – well, slow jog with a limp – between 7:30 and 8:00 minutes/km if I wanted. However, no point rushing and taking risks. I walk regularly, work the legs in the pool, and I will start a few gym sessions. Second THJR on the other side coming soon. I can definitely see myself running now, ideally 3-4 months after the second procedure.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

First 50K: hip and hot

Howdy! Quick race report from my biggest distance to date: the Harding Hustle, near Irvine CA.

Course was on rocky roads, with ~10K’ elevation change. Hip was just fine – strong and stable as always, both on the up and the down. Full range of motion. Smooth downhill technique was good to focus on, to minimize pounding over the 15-mile return. The real challenge was the heat – at least mid 90s by the time I finished.

Takeaways: I don’t think too much about the new hip now when I run, but I do continue to think about form: are things moving evenly and smoothly? I think one thing that led to the one hip needing replacement was uneven and unbalanced motion somewhere in the system that accumulated over time, unnoticed until it started to cause pain that won’t go away.

Weight training since recovery has been huge for me, for regaining strength and protecting joints—and I highly recommend it. I’m not the fastest runner out there, but I’m grateful to be able to travel various distances over rough terrain at any speed, pain-free (except for sore feet!). Cheers, everyone!

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Full Hip Replacement Surgery Next Month

Hi All,

I am new to this site as this is my first post…since I’m heading for surgery next month I would like to know the realistic prospects of ever running a full/half marathon again.  I don’t personally know of any runner that has had the surgery.  I know several non-runners, just no runners…

Any insight, stories or anything would be most helpful.  Thanks much…

 

Frederick Von Canon

Sanford, NC

fvc@windstream.net

 

 

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First of the Summer Slam series and an Overall Win!

Another overall win this weekend at the first of the Summer Slam series in Florida during the heat of the summer. I’ve been training really hard for the last 10 weeks after finally getting over a little niggle that I had before my 100 miler in January which I carried through to the Antelope Canyon race in Arizona in March. I had wanted to run a couple of other races before this, but decided to back off and fully recover for the series. These were the first ultras I did starting back in 2015, and running and winning this race in Orlando in July 2016. These 3 races hold a special place in my heart, having exposed me to something I never imagined and so glad to have found these and the wonderful experiences I’ve had.

For the last 10 weeks I’ve picked up my training a little bit, not completely following MAF, allowing my HR to be about 10-15 beats higher on my easier runs. I also upped my short runs from 4 miles to 6 miles and incorporated a bridge in them when possible. For my long runs I’ve been training on my local bridge doing anywhere from 24 – 36 bridge repeats each weekend in the heat. My feeling was that if I train on the bridge, running the flats, of which these 3 races are, it will feel easier and I will be stronger. This race started at 8:40am so I’ve also been starting most of my training runs at 8 rather than getting up early like all the crazies and starting at 6. The first couple I did trying to keep my heart rate within a zone, allowing it to go to 140 up the bridge and trying to bring it down to 120 down. Of course as the temperature increased into the run so did my heart rate, but I didn’t push it any harder. The bridge if 0.75 miles and each climb has an elevation gain of about 70 feet. I try to do the first 12 climbs, 9 miles, fasted, without any … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)