Hi, I have just joined HRs and this is my first post. I found your club when I was searching for long distance running after a hip op. I had my first hip resurfaced in June 2017, and my second was done in January 2020. So many people out there who want to continue to be active after hip surgery -who knew!
I like to run triathlons, and have been since 1987. I was able to complete my first tri after my first op in November 2019, unfortunately that was the end of my other hip. Rather than wait around in pain for another 5 years, I got the right hip resurfaced straight away. I have since retired (thanks CV19!) and with all this new found time I am training for a full Ironman for June 2021. My surgeon said, sure, no problem, that’s why we did hip resurfacing rather than THR.
The problem is my hips still really really hurt when I run, and I am hoping to learn from the experiences of the people in this select club what is normal, what is not? Is it too soon? It looks like there are a lot of people who run long distances, and I would very much like to know how long it took to get up to speed for a full marathon. I see there is even an ultra-runner who has done a 100miles on his, so I am encouraged it can be done. But how?? The only way I can manage to run at the moment is to keep it slow, really slow (7.5 min per km /12 min per mile). I have managed 12km this way. The minute I go above this pace, ouch.
I have been running since about August (my second hip seemed to take a lot longer to heal), its nearly Christmas now, and June next year suddenly doesn’t seem very far away. I wouldn’t say I’m panicking, but I have just signed up a triathlon coach in Australia (I am Australian, living/ locked-down in Malaysia), and I’m hoping that he can get me to the finish line in a respectable time, but he hasn’t had his hip(s) replaced, a mandatory requirement to give proper advice I believe. I do not want to be out there doing 6 hour marathons at the end of a 15 hour day, so if there are any ‘coaching tips for wannabe Ironman runners with titanium hips’, I would love to hear them.
I look forward to many words of wisdom.