Am I running to soon?

Hey everybody, I’ve posted here a few times regarding my hip surgery. Just a recap, I had anterior THA of my left hip in February. I’ve been doing walks of up to 5 miles starting around week 8 of recovery in between physical therapy 3 days a week. At week nine I began doing 3o second jogs with 5 minute walks for 4 miles 2 to 3 days a week. I have no “hip pain” to speak of, just mild muscle soreness related to not having ran in the last 7 months. Last week the beginning of week 10 I stepped it up to 2 minutes of slow running (11:00-12:00 pace) followed with 2 minutes of walking, then I went to running flats and downhills at 9:30-11:00 pace and walking all of the up hills as rests for 5 miles. I’m still mixing in the 2 minutes on, 2 minutes off workouts with my running flats and downhills runs and even on those runs when I feel overly fatigued I’ll stop running and walk it out until I recover. Aside for muscle soreness to lack of conditioning I’ve had no aches or pains coming from the area around the prosthetic. I know we all know our bodies bests, but generally speaking from a clinical standpoint, am I pushing it to soon? I’ve shortened up my stride to more of a mid foot strike during my run segments, I run in Brooks Glycerins (the 19’s are amazing) for all of my slow or rest day running and they work really well here as well. I just hope that I’m not pushing it to soon, I have my 12 week evaluation May 11th hopefully all will be cleared up then to return to full activity.

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    • #19591
      AKrunner907
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      Hey everybody, I’ve posted here a few times regarding my hip surgery. Just a recap, I had anterior THA of my left hip in February. I’ve been doing wal
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    • #19592
      Petemeads
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      I think you are making progress almost perfectly, especially given the conditions in AK since your op. My THR is ceramic, incision was lateral, surgeon said I would not break it so was jogging 5k before my 6 week assessment-encouraged by my PT. It was not a pretty sight but no harm was done!
      The only downside to the operation was I picked up 3mm to 5mm of extra leg length which sometimes still affects my thigh (illeo-tibial band?) even 4 years later. I just graduated to Hyperion Tempo shoes and have had a spell of running much faster than usual to collect county standard times at distances from 1 mile to 30km – at age 70 – and the hips have been great despite the increase in total distance and the frequency of running.
      Been watching your inspiring videos on on Youtube – envious of the trails on your door step.
      Keep up the good work!

      • #19594
        AKrunner907
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        Wow you have really done amazing! Yeah I have about a 2mm difference in leg length, Dr’s anticipate replacing the right hip down the road. I’m most concerned that I’m going to disrupt the bone growth process as the bone grows into the prosthetic, I don’t want to screw this up haha. The Hyperion Tempo is an amazing shiw, love doing my speedwork in them.

    • #19595
      WedgeC
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      Hello AK and I believe you are doing great!
      I ask the same questions you have of my doc and PT and while both are highly respected and they have given me insights, I believe ONLY YOU truly know if you are doing too much. Last Sat 18 weeks post-op, I ran a hot and hilly road 10K in 46:39. I have not done any speed work nor specific distance training; roughly just going out and shuffling / jogging 12 to 16 miles per week. That time is about 2-2:30 minutes off of what I could run a 10K in last fall, post op when I was running about 20 miles per week with some occasional speed work. My gauge on if I am doing too much is if I have any significant fatigue or pain both on the operated and non-operated sides. My biggest challenge in the last two months is adjusting to my new “alignment“ or “structure“… i’ve had some aches and pains on my non-operated side and a fairly significant hamstring pull on the nonoperated side… listen to your body, know and trust your self!

      • #19600
        AKrunner907
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        Thank you, I forgot to consider my new leg alignment, that explains a few of my little aches and pains. With my 12 week evaluation on May 11th I’m sure I’ll have more clarity!

    • #19633
      kathryncmallory
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      Hi Chris,
      In regard to running too soon or not, I am I agreement with all: trust your body, with a caveat: none of us really knows how to tryust our bodies after getting a synthetic body part. I am 7 months out, began jog/walks in earnest at 6 months, no more than 2:30 walk/30 jog, then 45 jog, but none of that applied when I was on terrain, then I only jogged when I was on flat sections or slight inclines. However, today I had an outrageous success, completing the Annihilator trail run in Nenana with ca. 1200 altitude gain/loss with running poles only 2.15 mm slower than my time before the operation, and I felt great, wished I had included poles in all the past trail series runs, all with altitude challenges. More, I was not even close to being the Red Lantern. Hope to see at one of these events (with your poles: recommended) soon too.

    • #19641
      WedgeC
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      Hello Kathryn and THANK YOU for that advice – namely the “trusting” – or “not being able to trust” – our bodies after getting a “synthetic body part” 😉 in that regard, there is a degree of “forgetting” some of our pre-op training practices. Certainly the performance expectations – for at least an indefinite time ! Being open-minded. experimentation, and listening to your “new body” is key!!!

    • #19661
      Dave Whiteside
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      Chris, for me the question is not “Am i running too much”, it’s more “do I feel okay during and after the run”. I can run 100 mile weeks, in fact I’ve ran over 200 miles in a week 9 years post op. It’s also about pace and intensity. For me a 5K is so much harder than 100 miles on my hip, so distance and time are not the real gauges. Sure I can still run a 5K sub 20 minutes but if I do it throws my training off for 3 weeks. I prefer to run ultras as they are easier on my body. It’s all about what works for you at this time, it may change over time. I used to be able to run 5K’s, but now I rarely do. Good luck.

    • #19664
      WedgeC
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      Hey Dave thank you so much – and your results are simply fantastic!!!
      And for the solid advice – “It’s all about what works for you at this time, it may change over time.” LISTENING TO OUR BODIES!!!
      Thanks again!!!

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