I first posted here over 5 years ago, and although I thought there were some responses to my questions at the time, they seem to have vanished. Or, I don’t know how to use the site since I’ve been here so little.
Anyway, I thought I would post a bit of an update and provide some hope for those who were as terrified as I was before surgery.
About six years ago I stopped running for several months due to extreme muscle fatigue in my right leg. I had zero pain in my hip, but my muscles were not cooperating at all with the prospect of running. I went through a summer of PT and had some improvement, but no resolution. In the fall I went to see a hip specialist and was STUNNED when I saw the X-ray. It was the proverbial “bone on bone”. It took me a while to find the right surgeon and had that hip replaced in the spring of 2017. I ran/walked some shorter races and tried an ultra the following February. I knew I wasn’t really ready, but friends were doing the race and the course description made it sound within reach. Then a hurricane destroyed the area not long before the event and the re-routed course, not to mention all the roots that were exposed by the storm, made it quite a bit more challenging than I expected. I made it to 75 miles ahead of the cut-off and decided to stop there as I was getting slower and had not beat the 75 mile cut-off by much. In the years since then I’ve completed a number of ultras including some 100 milers, and a few shorter races. I’m neither small nor young.
About 10 days ago my other hip was replaced. My surgeon told me then that he had not been entirely comfortable with the idea of my continuing to run when he did the first one 4 years ago, but he’s clearly happy about what I’ve been able to do. He’s a runner himself and I occasionally see him when I’m out on longer road runs.
There is hope and I wish you the best with your surgery, recovery and running!