Hip Runner Nation Giving Back

Hey all of you HipRunners!  By now all of you have experienced the COVID-19 crisis in one way or another.  For me, it has hit close to home placing a friend, my cousin and my cousin’s husband in the hospital. Thankfully, they should all pull through.  The best advice I can give you is advice that you’ve already heard;  adhere to the shelter in place rules and stay 6 feet apart.  But there is something even more important that I need remind all of you Hip Runners.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF YOU HIP RUNNERS.  You all have bounced back from extremely serious trauma to the hip.  Many of you are back to running and achieving things that you never thought you could.  It can make you feel INVINCIBLE!!

But you are not….

You are not invincible to this virus.  I am not invincible to the virus.  Protect yourselves for the sake of your families.  Protect yourselves for the sake of Hiprunner Nation.  Protect yourselves for the sake of yourselves!

This leads me to my next plea.  We have two Hip Runners who, on their own, are encouraging others to give back.  Their selfless actions are worthy of attention.  We all can help make a difference by joining their efforts to give back!

1 Hour Virtual Run. Hip brother Christopher Kelsall has encouraged all of us to join a virtual one hour race that will be held between May 1st and May 17th.  The race is sponsored by Athletetics Illustrated.  The proceeds benefit a very good cause.  You can find out more about it in his post at this link.   As for me, I fully intend to take part!

60 Mile Fund Raiser Run.   Hip Brother Dave Whiteside is running 60 Miles to raise funds for feeding Tampa Bay during the Covid-19 crisis.  Florida is flat, so to get elevation, he runs bridges……over and over and over again.  You can learn more about his fundraiser through this link.

Both Christopher and David have been instrumental in building this website and encouraging others who post on this site.  … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Christopher’s update and a virtual race to tell you about

Been a while since I last posted on this website. I saw that when I first joined Hip Runners that people at first – right after surgery – post often, then slow down.

I have been running – had a good summer – got up to about 45 miles (77K) per week all summer – not a ton, but it was consistent, did have five calf pulls through 2019, which made the consistency a challenge during spring and fall and winter. Trying to grow the mileage again now….up to about 30 miles (50K). The goal all along was to get about eight weeks of 50-miles (80K) then work on speed and form and power on hills et al, ala Arthur Lydiard.

Back at the drawing board, moving the chalk, as we speak.

Meanwhile, we put on the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup here in Victoria. I initiated the event and brought the committee together. We formed a society to manage the committee and legacy, I stepped back a little to be VP of the society and be a part of the communications team of the committee and we ran – and I hate to sound like the POTUS – but it was one of the greatest small-international cross-country meets all-time. The feedback has been tremendous. It happened on Leap Day, Feb. 29. Peru, USA and Canada were the dominant countries!

Now that that is behind us, Athletics Illustrated is putting on the Global One-Hour Virtual Race to be run anytime between and including Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 17. Send in your Strava or other app and data proving your run and we will compile the results, which will be posted at Athletics Illustrated.

If you want to run for a club and don’t have one, run for Hip Runners!!

Details are all here ($5 suggested donation, first 20 with $30 donation get a cool hat): https://athleticsillustrated.com/the-global-one-hour-virtual-race/

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Conditioning plan

Hi All

Long time since I posted here.  45 years of age with LTHR back in Feb 17.  I’m booked in to get my right done in July but would expect that to be put off under current circumstances.

I still haven’t gone back running yet since surgery for a number of reasons but hoping to kick on now.  Second hip isn’t too bad at the moment so thinking of deferring surgery until summer 2021.

I’ve a young family so at the moment I try to do 30 mins of exercise in the evening when the kids are gone to bed.  I’m currently trying to alternate foam rolling and yoga one night to strength and conditioning the next.  I’ve done the usual clams, donkey kicks, wall squats, etc to build up the strength but just wondering would anyone have any suggestions to really maximise the 30 min window?  Joining a gym isn’t an option but open to the idea of using weights or kettle bells if necessary.

Alternatively am I better to do longer sessions but less frequently?  (3-4 times a week).  I’m hoping I could get back to do some 5ks before getting the right hip done.  At the moment I don’t feel I have the lower body strength that I’d be comfortable running any kind of distance.

Any suggestions much appreciated.






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Continuing On…

I am a regular reader of the HipRunner site but I don’t frequently post.  In a recent comment by Hip Brother Tom, he encouraged posts from not only those who have successfully resumed running but also from those who may not have.  I find myself somewhere in the middle with some success but also challenges.  Mind you, my new hip is now 2 years old and is great.  I was experiencing some discomfort until recently, but through rigorous hip strengthening exercises, I can finally say that it feels like “my own” hip. I did resume light running at about 9 months and completed a half marathon at 1 year.  My new hip performed flawlessly.  During the last year however I have done little running and have worked out almost exclusively on my Zero Runner.  At 66 years old I find myself plagued by newly developed knee discomfort, nagging pain in my old hip, and frequent back pain.  Yes, arthritis flares it’s ugly head.  The lure of running still draws me but the discomfort of running and working out is a constant reminder of my age and underlying conditions.  Am I ready to throw in the towel?  Hell No!  But I do find it is a delicate balance between enough and too much.  It’s particularly hard to work toward longer distance and greater speed.  I’m also not anxious to push until I need additional joints replaced.   So I’ll continue on, doing as much as I can and incorporating as much running as I can without doing additional harm.  And I’ll keep coming to the HipRunner site for inspiration and encouragement.  Thanks again to all who post and be safe out there.

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Postponed THR

Given everything that has been going on and I was in the 3 month hold due to having a cortisone shot surgery is on hold.  Any tips on how to deal with the setback?  The pain is to the point that there are days I can barely put any weight on my left side.  I have been taking anti-inflammatory drugs, but they adversely affect my liver so don’t want to overdo.  My gut is telling me I am probably now looking at a late summer, early fall surgery – won’t know until May 5th which is when they moved my second consultation after the Ortho’s office closed.  I am still exercising with a personal trainer to keep moving, but it isn’t easy even though I force myself to move.  My running has realistically come to an end.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

5 days into young THR

I’m becoming a bit of a regular poster on here. I’m hope it’s not too much spam for the experienced hipsters – I’m hoping it’s more helpful for young, new patients looking at this site. I’ve taken a lot of comfort from my previous interactions on here (linked in the comments below) so I really wanted to offer this update as support for others in a similar situation to me…

So 5 days ago I had a total hip replacement, aged 35. People ask (as did I!) – how come so young? Do you really need it? Is there an alternative? To be honest no one really knows what happened but by 30 somehow I managed to erode all the cartilage in my left hip leading to bone on bone arthritis. I’ve put it off as long as I felt I could/ felt it was worth delaying. Yes I did play a lot of football all throughout my youth (wouldn’t change that for the world) and enjoyed running but nothing extreme. Truth is there is probably a genetic predisposition (and hips are an inherent weak spot in human evolution as we gradually rose vertically from hunched Neanderthals – that’s why there are nearly 1.5m done globally every year.) The average Male age for hip replacements is 68 – this is probably the first thing in my life I have been early for!

Luckily for us “hipsters” it’s one of the most successful clinical interventions out there – I’m in total awe of how the surgeons churn out such an intricate, yet brutal job in just over an hour – often half a dozen of them a day.

This is a life changing experience for me so I thought I’d share my thoughts (I’m not the most concise so don’t expect many people to read it all but hopefully it’s of use or support to someone else out there going through a similar thing).

So I’m now at day 5 post surgery and to be honest I dramatically underestimated how traumatic it would be. It’s such a standardised op these days (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Stress Response

Hello Fellow Hip Runners,

Has anyone experienced a “stress response” with their replacement? I was slowly gearing up my running for the Broad Street run in Philly and started having pain mid thigh. Went to my ortho and he diagnosed it as a stress response due to doing too much. I did recently do 1 short track workout and 1 30 min Grit class which I guess pushed it over the edge.

How long did it last? Unfortunately, I am on my feet all day and am having pain at work. Any suggestions?



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Young hip replacement done! Leg length concern – Advise needed!

Hello all,

Yesterday I had my THR done aged 35. (My previous posts are linked below).

I have one key concern after the surgery and desperately seeking insight / guidance. My left (operated hip) was half an inch longer Pre op. Post op when first standing on the walker the difference seems even larger. Is this a fundamental surgery error or likely a function of the swelling/ body reaction to tilt / something else.

I can’t imagine given the tools at the disposal of the surgeon there is any room for error?! Is this a common issue/ concern with others and does it correct over time?

also how long should I expect to be on crutches for?!

Thanks in advance




Young hip replacement – advise needed!

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2020 Hiprunner of the Year

The third annual Hiprunner/Zero Runner® marathon is complete!  Congratulations to Mark Klein who posted the fastest time for 2020.  Thanks to all of you who turned out.  If you are thinking about participating next year…..here is a link to the rules that were used for 2020.  I will be posting a sign up link towards the end of this year.


The 60+ age bracket had some stiff competition but Mark Klein edged out all comers by posting a 3:35 Marathon on the Zero Runner.  Adding in his age handicap, his adjusted marathon time was 3:17.  Well Done Mark.


YearMale/Handicapped Marathon TimeFemale/Handicapped Marathon Time
2020Mark Klein (3:17)
2019Larry Schmidt (2:50)Becky Hainje(3:12)
2018Larry Schmidt (3:02)
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New hip advice

I’m getting a hip on my right side on 4/30/20.  I’ve run since 1971.  I was fairly competitive.  My best distance was the 1/2 marathon but did run a 2:45 in Boston several years ago.  I’m hoping to just be able to run a few days a week and maybe do a 5K or 10K somewhere down the line.  My left hip is in good shape.  Extreme pronation on my right side took its toll over the years.  I know the medical community basically says don’t run on a replacement.  I became aware of this web site and thought maybe there’s some hope for me post surgery.

I’m very active.  I swim 3-4 miles weekly.  I play hockey, tennis and hike.  So I’m in relatively decent physical shape.  If I run again it will likely be on trails in northern Michigan.

Any thoughts on the prospect of me running after I get my hip?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

5 months post surgery

I am now 5 months post THJR and I am running regularly, 2-3 times per week. Shortish runs, between 5 and 10km. It still doesn’t feel perfect, a few injuries every now and then, fitness well behind, and a bit stiff after a race. But what a great feeling, and good progress too. See below my parkrun time progression (surgery was at the end of September and only started running in January, before that only walking). Very happy with what I can do with a bit of patience. I am now 48”/km off my PB pace, and I know it will be another year or longer before I can feel as well as one could. Way to go.

29/02/2020 24:49 60.38%
22/02/2020 25:25 58.95%
15/02/2020 26:03 57.52%
08/02/2020 27:08 55.22%
01/02/2020 29:28 50.85%
25/01/2020 29:41 50.48%
04/01/2020 32:14 46.48%
01/01/2020 33:37 44.57%
21/12/2019 34:46 43.10%
14/12/2019 35:07 42.34%
07/12/2019 35:27 41.94%
30/11/2019 36:19 40.94%
23/11/2019 38:04 39.05%
16/11/2019 38:37 38.50%
09/11/2019 44:26 33.46%… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Michigan Runners with Hip Replacements


I am a 54 year old male who most likely needs a double hip replacement. I was a soccer player and a runner (marathons) until it became impossible for me to run any more. I even tore ligaments in my foot and ankle because everything was out of line in my right leg due to the hip issue and being out of alignment.

I was hoping to talk to someone ‘like me’ who has had a double hip replacement and who is back running.

My last race was Boston 2015, since then I have barely run, not at all in 2+ years.

I live in the Ann Arbor area.


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Needing New Running Shoes. Advice Please


I’m new to this site having had a replacement in October 2018.

My recovery has been relatively smooth, mainly due to cycling and swimming, but it is now time to pick up my running mileage and I’ve targeted a half marathon in September 2020.

The question now is “what shoe is best”?  I’ve done my last two marathons (2016 and 2017) in Triumph ISOs (8mm drop), but I think it might be time to go for a more cushioned shoe (though I can discount the New Nikes down to price and the fact that I’ve never found a shoe from them that fits).

Any and all advice is welcome.



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Double hip replacement in the last year

Hello everyone, I have been reading posts on this site for just over a year. I am 55 and due to the positive outlook of hiprunners on here I can finally see a future that includes a return to at least jogging. I had my first hip replaced in february 19 and my second 2 weeks ago today. 12 weeks after my first hip replacement I jogged a 5k parkrun in 28 mins and was amazed that my new hip had no pain at all, however my other hip was also in dire need of replacing. I waited 9 months for my second hip, and 2 weeks after surgery I am walking 3 miles a day and virtually no pain. I would just like to tell anybody who is contemplating surgery to strengthen the area as much as possible via cross trainer or bike to give yourself the best chance of a speedy recovery and keep positive. My need for surgery was due to hip dysplasia from birth and my new hip is metal/plastic. It has taken 5 years to get here from initial pain in my left hip but fingers crossed I will start jogging again in 10 weeks. Mentally it can be tough, but there are so many good outcomes on here it certainly kept me focused. Thanks again everyone.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Young hip replacement – advise needed!

Hi All,

It’s been a while since my last post (about 4 years) – here: https://www.hiprunner.com/?p=8422

I’m finally at the point where I’m scheduled within 1 month to take the plunge with a left THR, aged 35.


A brief background:

– previously a very active amateur footballer and casual runner. Aged 29 I was diagnosed with bilateral OA. Genetic/ over-use etc …

– I had a left hip arthroscopy 5.5Y ago and I did the same for my right hip last year.

– I have done Hyalauronic injections in both hips a couple of times over the years – last time about three months ago.

– I have pain most days which I try to manage with needling, massage and hard-rolling. At times I get very sharp, acute, shooting pain in the worse (imagine that’s the bone-on-bone?)

– Post op, the right is looking good on the X-ray (good spacing, no re-growth of impingements, no cists). Occasionally I get this annoying catching sensation and often muscular ache. I’m hoping that is scar tissue/ compensation for my (much worse) left hip as the Dr says the X-ray looks like I have a good few years left in the right hip.

– The latest X-rays on the left hip show visible progression over the years – irregular spacing, big spurs/ impingements, bone on bone at the corner, cists everywhere  – so I’m booked in for the left THR in 3 weeks….

I came to the decision over the past 12 months to finally get the left THR. I have struggled consistently to walk longer than 10 mins – often having to stop to stretch or rest the hip. I can exercise as usual on the bike/ cross-trainer/ swimming but haven’t run properly for three years. For me that’s not good enough: I have two young sons and I want to be an active dad, I want to be able to manage my weight and health with exercise, I dream of running or playing football casually again, I want to be pain free. I want to maximize my mobility (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Sub 20 hour 100 mile attempt – Part 1

A year ago I ran the Long Haul 100 finishing in 20 hours 49 minutes and after it vowed never to run another 100 miler again. Well we’ve all said that and we know how long that lasts. So this year I decided to try again and aim for a sub 20 hour finish. I decided to run the Ancient Oaks 100 on the east coast in Titusville, Florida at the end of December. I started off strong and was feeling great. I had trained hard for the last several months and the last 8 weeks had done back to back long runs each weekend, around 20 miles each run. I had selected this race rather than running the Long Haul again in January as I had a goal race in February called the Last Man Standing where I was hoping to run the 4.166 miles every hour for as long as I could, hopefully to be the last man standing. This would allow me about 8 weeks to recover for what would probably be 150+ mile race.

I thought this 100 would be good training and I planned to run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute and repeat the process and I felt like I could still finish sub-20. However when I started I decided I would run the first lap of the 3.5 loop course to get a feel of course and where the difficult parts were and then plan to walk those sections on each loop. For some reason, probably because of my competitiveness, I didn’t walk and carried on running each loop, but watching my Stryd power meter to make sure I wasn’t going over 200 watts, so my effort was consistent and my pace varied as the wind and terrain changed. I felt like I kept my nutrition going well and I was feeling good running my race, not worrying about my position.

I probably was in about 8th position after the first lap but gradually was picking off people in front of me. I’m not sure what loop I was on when I fell … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Trochanteric Bursitis–bilateral

Hi All:

I’m a 68 yo woman who had bilateral hip replacement(lateral approach, minimum incision, Zimmer Biomet) on 9/27/19, so am now 4 months out. Everything was going pretty  well , apart from some minor bursitis over the trochanter which did not limit my walking and doing some gentle yoga. I believe it’s tied to a tight IT band + some minor scoliosis caused by the prior arthritis, which was much worse in one hip  and had resulted in one leg being at least one inch shorter than the other.

Then I tried to do some specific exercises for this condition. They didn’t hurt at the time. Next day–agony. Felt like hot needles being inserted into my sides.

This happened 6 days ago, and I’m still creeping around and in pain. Am going back to PT on Friday for an evaluation, but from all I’ve read this condition is very tricky to deal with. You can imagine how depressed I feel. My goals from this surgery were not as ambitious as most–just wanted to do some slow jogging(5K max) and yoga.  I’ll be returning to live in London shortly and am in no state to be dealing with stairs, let alone getting around via tube. I was in pretty good shape before the surgery–far worse now.

I have a near infrared device, but am not sure if it can be used over a prosthesis. I also have some topical NSAID cream from England(currently I’m in the US), but am not sure if that can be used either. I can’t take oral NSAIDs. So right now, I’m just using some heat and limiting movement(sigh).

I would be very grateful for feedback from anyone else who has had to deal with this condition and if anything specific helped.




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6 years in two weeks

Howdy Hip Brother Tom,

I post infrequently because I never think about my hip. But I remain grateful to Tom, especially, and others here who added to my decision to get my hip replaced 6 years ago. I write to encourage any fence sitters and those who are still in recovery.

I had my hip replaced by David Mayman at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. In our initial consult he was quite confident that I could do anything with my new hip. And he was right.

I was discharged 18 hours post surgery. Walked with my wife’s arm to the car. Cycled on my wind trainer two days later. Went to work 3 days later. Ran – slowly – after 11 weeks, only because he convinced me to wait because of the risk of developing fibrous tissue if running sooner.

Since then, bliss. I mountain bike every day. Crash occasionally. Run when I want to, although I’m so slow these days (I’m 73) that it’s depressing. But my hip is never – I said never – an issue. I climbed a small mountain with my granddaughter during the holidays and twisted, jumped 3-4 feet down small ledges and ran most of the downhill in hiking boots. The next day we skied some challenging terrain.

There is nothing, ever, that indicates that my hip is not the natural hip of a 30 year old.

I attribute this to modern materials, a good surgeon, and the use of computer-aided precision during the procedure, assuring alignment, leg length etc. Perhaps lucky genes too, I suppose.

But anyone who tells you life has to be limited is wrong. With today’s materials and skills, a hip replacement is just a blip in life. I can’t imagine how miserable I would be if I had not made this decision. I went from running and cycling 10-12 hours a week to constant pain and difficulty walking up two steps in a matter of about 2 months.

Best to everyone, and feel free to message me if you want more encouragement or some dilettante advice.

Steve Nelson… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)