1st run – well shuffle – back!

Seven weeks to the day and I will officially deem it my first “run“ back… actually more of a shuffle and cautious – and 90% on grass.  For the past four weeks have been hiking up hills and occasionally shuffling down hills.  I set three parameters before I would return to “running“: 1) no pain while hiking,2) The ability to go up stairs in an “athletic fashion“, including being able to “double step“ the stairs and 3) clearance from my orthopedic and PT…Well I have reached at least two of those milestones… Will be at the orthopedic next week for a follow up and my PT asserts “don’t do any activities that cause pain“… and that has applied to all of my rehab exercises, biking, air-dyne, hiking, etc.  For example, my PT had me build up to one-legged squats, and on my operated hip side, that exercise caused a different type of pain, my Spidey sense said no-go!  “Know thyself” has never applied more… slow, cautious shuffling on soft surfaces while causing no pain is where I am at… Will continue cautiously and progressively but feels great to at least be here!

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    • #19340
      WedgeC
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      Seven weeks to the day and I will officially deem it my first “run“ back… actually more of a shuffle and cautious – and 90% on grass.  For the past
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    • #19342
      AKrunner907
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      Seven weeks and you’re moving like that, gives me hope! I have anterior THA on my left hip Monday, knowing that you are already as mobile and moving as well as you are so soon post surgery is wonderful! I have a return to running window of 6 months tentatively, hoping I’ll be running in some form or fashion by then at the latest. Following your progress!

      Chris

    • #19344
      WedgeC
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      Thanks AK! It’s a shuffle but it’s moving! I’m holding back on opening any stride until it “feels” right… so far and almost surprisingly, I can feel what seems appropriate and not.

    • #19345
      WedgeC
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      AK and all – just to further clarify my “running” in 7 weeks post op… December 19, 2020 I ran a 20:30 5k, and all out effort; my THR was 48 hours later…

      52 days later (this morning) I shuffled (and hiked) a 38 min 5k at a very easy and pain-free effort)… could have gone faster if I my life depended on it but obviously being CAUTIOUS and would implore everyone do the same!

      • #19346
        AKrunner907
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        That is awesome! I know perfectly mobile people who can’t run a 38 min 5k, you’re crushing it! Cautious is definitely the key word and I’ll have it planted in my brain during my rehab!

    • #19363
      Lalajuarez
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      This is great to hear! I am 13 days post THR w 2 screws in my acetabulum cup. I hope to return to running around 8 weeks if cleared (similar to your protocol). This gives me hope. Keep crushin’ it!

    • #19383
      WedgeC
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      Hey Lala-as I am sure you have heard, be cautious with goals based on the calendar (as opposed to truly listening to your body), but I had truly my first “jog” by week seven and tomorrow I am nine weeks post op, and this morning I “shuffled” 5.5 miles in 63 minutes… mostly shuffling intermixed with brisk walking… 90% plus on grass surface and fairly hill terrain … no joint pain, but noticeable muscle fatigue by the end…Comfortable, conversational pace… that is safely 2:30 per mile slower than I would have done three months ago, but it is where I currently where I am at! Keep us updated on your progress!

    • #19384
      Lalajuarez
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      That’s awesome!!!! Today is day 20 post OP for me. I’m doing about 5-7k steps a day with a cane. Riding my Peloton easy rides up to 20 mins, ski erg and lifting my upper body. I appreciate the advice and will definitely listen to my body. I also won’t run until my PT clears me and plan to start on a track or soft surface. You’re doing amazing. Keep it up!

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