I had a total hip replacement back in March 2018 (age 67, left hip, anterior approach, ceramic on polyethylene). Recovery was surprisingly easy and I was back to gym workouts within 2-3 weeks. In the 15-16 months since surgery I have gotten back to “pre-hip pain” intensity and duration workouts on stairs, rowing and elliptical workout machines. Until now, however, I have been reluctant to return to running since several attempts to run have not felt right and since I am reluctant to risk causing the need for early revision surgery.
This past week a walk on the beach turned into a 3 mile walk-run (2/3’s walk and 1/3 run). To my surprise, running once again felt natural and I completed this workout with no pain and the feeling that I could have easily run the full 3 miles. No pain afterwards nor in the days following. I am now back to doing daily walk-runs on the beach or on a Woodway Curve treadmills (http://www.woodway.com/products/curve/) that we have at my local gym. I think that the Woodway treadmill is excellent for hip runners due to its curved and cushioned running surface. The curve seems to promote fore foot (vs. heel) striking which greatly diminishes impact forces.
Wonderful to be back to running, even if I am only walk-running so far! I had honestly just about given up on ever running again and it is a joy to feel the running high of a beach (or even treadmill) run again!