Not much hip runner action since Tom’s Thanksgiving post, so I thought I’d add a little holiday cheery optimism for those considering, or recovering from, THR. Mine was in February 2014 and I’ve documented my quick, successful recovery in other posts. I began running at 11 weeks post-op and now, if I wish to, can run all I want. I used to run 80-90/week, but am older now and don’t have any great running ambitions. I’m 67 and run 8 – 8:30 pace, 20 or 25 miles/week. But here’s the latest wonder:
I’m in Vermont on sabbatical and have enjoyed the early snow with back country skiing. I mean really backcountry, as in slogging through undergrowth and ravines, etc. (for anyone interested, a company called Altai Skis makes a product, the Hok, which is sort of hybrid between snowshoes and backcountry ski. You can go anywhere in snow of any depth, like snowshoes, but can also kick and glide and slide down hills)
The fun hip news is that I’ve done many miles without even thinking about my hip. I’ve fallen. I’ve run into (thankfully) small trees. I’ve been in the most awkward positions, legs splayed in every direction, ridiculous forces on various joints, and never thought about my hip. Last winter I couldn’t even walk uphill on these very skis. What a marvelous change!
If you are limited in activity, but reluctant to undergo surgery, perhaps my experience will be helpful
Happy Holidays to all hipsters.