Hello all,

After 5 years of pain I finally had THR of my left hip last week, two days before my 58th birthday.  Very early stages of recovery but so far so good.  Started PT this week and am able to go on short walks.  I had taken up trail running about 6 years ago and it quickly became a very important aspect of my life, both physically and spiritually.  I was averaging 30 to 40 miles per week and had done some racing, 10k and 25k.  Enjoying reading about everyone’s journeys but have yet to come across anything regarding trail running /  racing.  I’m curious to hear if anyone has had any issues regarding their implants with trails.  I enjoy fairly technical mountain type runs and am eager and determined to get back in the game.  Let me know your thoughts..


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Birmingham HR 5 years now

Hello, Hip Runners!

I have run, and enjoyed many other sports for 50 years now, my first Boston was in 1977, and I have run about 125 ultras, about 70 trail runs over 50 miles.  I figure about 80,000 running miles over the years.

Although I have not posted for several years, I have been active and enjoying my left hip, a Birmingham Hip Resurface, done in 2015, at age 58, 8000 miles ago. was an inspiration when I was 58, and needing a hip, and you were there, THANKS!  That was a blessing, I only missed a few months of playing, and returned almost 100% since then, until now.  I Grand Slammed (I think the only one with a hip to ever do that, and within a year of the surgery);  Since then, I have run about 30 ultras including some hundos, all of my marathons have been BQs, I have played at inline skate marathoning (89 minutes), raced cross country ski ultras, alpine climbing and cycling are going great, play volleyball and run too many beer miles, hung with my running clan as  President of my running club.  There has been lots of living large, I am thankful for the time, resources, and most importantly, my health.

That said, I kindly could use the counsel and the wisdom of this great group again.  I am having big problems in recent weeks, with my metal on metal Birmingham, even though my mileage is way off, and there has been no long runs and certainly no ultras for me for the first time in years….. After running at any pace for 3-5 miles, there is pain, dull pain. Seems to be near the joint. Enough pain creeps in until I have to pull up. Walking helps a little, but stopping is the quicker answer. I can very soon, in a minute or so, start running again, like nothing happened but it returns sooner than before, much sooner. Next day, it is like starting over. Xray is good. Volleyball, biking, sleeping, are all pretty good. Just a problem with distance … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Post THA and running again!

Hi all!

I had a THA on 3/20/20. Guess the timing of my surgery was perfect: just a few months after finishing a marathon (in great shape – except from for the hip of course) and just a few hours before all elective surgeries were stopped and the whole country more or less shut down. The timing has made it possible for me to stay home and focus on recovery – I usually travel every week for work. I did all the PT as asked, and walked as much as I could. Recovery has been going remarkably well this far (even if there of course have been up and downs) and at 6 weeks(!!) post surgery I was cleared by my doctor to start running again. I’ve eased into the mileage with small increases every week and now I’m doing 4 miles, 3 times a week. My goal is to regain speed and get back to doing half marathons (my normal distance). It’s so inspiring to read all your stories and knowing I’m not alone out there on the trails. Thank you all for sharing successes as well as struggles!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Subsidence of femoral implant

I am about 6 weeks post replacement.  At 4 weeks I had my first post op visit and my x-ray indicated about a 5mm subsidence from the original position of the femoral implant.  Dr. instructed me to basically repeat my first month post surgery routine for another month.  I am about 2 weeks into that period and feel very well.  Just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and what your outcome was.  My intension, like most of us, is to be back on the road preparing to run my next marathon (Marine Corps– October 2021). Do I need to be concerned at all?  This experience has pretty much been pain free to this point.  Thank you very much.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip Resurfaced 6/12/20

I had my right hip resurfaced at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC on 6/12/20. Dr. Edwin Su and staff did an amazing job.  I have metal-on-metal non-cemented joint. After one week I am feeling great! Surgery was late in the day so I stayed over night and was released the the next day.  I had no reaction to the anesthesia (I had both epidermal and general).  I have experienced only minor pain and discomfort and minor swelling.  I have not used any pain medication, not even Tylenol! I feel less discomfort and have more mobility each day. Last night was the first night I was able to sleep in just about any position.

Dr. Su wanted me to be walking a mile after two weeks. I walked my first mile today with only a cane, one week ahead of schedule.  In-home PT is going well.  The only medication I am on is the anti-inflammatory and aspirin to prevent blood clots).  My goal for this next week is to start walking without the cane.

About two years ago, around the time when I was starting to realize there was something wrong with my hip and running stride, I signed up for the Antarctica Marathon for 2021.  The Antarctica Marathon has a very long wait list, so 2021 was the earliest that I could get in.  At the time I figured any physical issues I was experiencing would be resolved, like every other running injury I ever had,  well before 2021.  By the time I was diagnosed and tried other methods of relief and therapy, it was March 2020 before I could get surgery scheduled.  Then unfortunately surgery was delayed until June 12 due to Covid-19.  I told Dr. Su of my goal to run the Antarctica Marathon and he said he would help me get there.  So that is still my goal with only eight  months left until the marathon.  I have not run a marathon in over two years and have done very little running of any kind in the last year. So my plan is to take … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Early success and now it is time for a break

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all surviving this crisis that COVID-19 has created.  If there has ever been a need to be able to get out and run, it is now.    It’s been over 8 years since my hip replacement and it is time’s like this that I am thankful that I am still able to get out and run.  One of my annual events that I help to coordinate and take part in is Spokane’s own Lilac Bloomsday race.  For Spokane, it is like the formal introduction of spring to the community.  Everybody, walker and runners alike, gathers together on the first Sunday of may, to run the 12k (7.46 Mile) Bloomsday course and welcome in Spring as a community.  The race hosts around 40,000 people each year…….except this year.  This year the streets were silent and the race was postponed.  We are hoping to host it later in the year (September 20th to be exact).

While the race didn’t happen, some Bloomsday diehards decided to run on raceday anyway.   These diehards included me and a bunch of the guys from my training group (The Spokane Distance Project).  We had all been training through the winter months to run a 50K race on the west side of the state (The Chuckanut 50K trail race in Bellingham, WA).  It would have been my first endeavor into racing a distance longer than a marathon.  When we learned that that race was cancelled due to Coronavirus, we traded out our long slow trail runs for some more up-tempo shorter workouts to prepare for Bloomsday.  We assumed/hoped that Bloomsday would take place.   When we learned that Bloomsday was postponed, we decided to run the course anyways on the day of the planned race.  We chose to go out earlier than the official race start time to avoid any crowds that might have had the same idea. 

It was a blast.  My training paid off and I finally was able to put in a race with race splits that averaged under 7 minutes for the entire length of the course.  … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

THA 6/1/20

Had a THA Left on Monday 6/1/20 and anticipate the right being completed mid-August.  Only on aspirin and Meloxicam currently (stopped the oxycodone on Thursday).  Had some ups and downs, but think I may have turned the corner today (Saturday).  I know everyone is different, but when did you start feeling normal again.  I had general anesthesia, which apparently my body didn’t care for, so will have the spinal when the right hip is completed.  Just now beginning to feel like myself and wanting to eat.  Nausea was a big problem after the surgery.  Trying to walk as much as my body will tolerate and doing my PT which seems to get easier.  Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

THA 6/1/20

Had my left THA on 6/1/20 with general anesthesia – quite a bit of nausea associated with it.  Finally feeling like myself today (Saturday).  The right hip will be completed in mid-August and will opt for the spinal instead of general anesthesia.  So far I have been walking as tolerated (went from the walker to the cane on Thursday.  Walked in and out of the bathroom without assistance, so feeling a bit more confident.  A question, when did you feel comfortable not using the elevated toliet.  They gave me a portable one and not just the elevated seat (wondering if I should just purchase an elevated seat.  Walking and PT as much as my body can tolerate and trying to stay up during the day.  Any helpful hints or suggestions are very much appreciated.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

New Member

Hi all –

New member here.  I have lurked for a while while I was deciding what to do about my osteoarthritis (both hips).  I did PT, but nothing else.  I eventually decided to get total hip replacements, and so far I don’t regret not trying some of the many other options.

My surgery was originally scheduled for April 1, but COVID got in the way.  Now I am scheduled to have my right hip replaced tomorrow, and assuming all goes well my left about 3 months later.  I am both excited and a bit nervous, but I feel like I have a good doctor (Dr. Kreuzer of INOV8 in Houston) and I am ready to start this new chapter in my life.

I am embarrassed to say I don’t know much about my new hip, other than it is “small ball” and ceramic, which Dr. Kreuzer chose due to my age (61) and desire to get back to running.  He told me I could do whatever I want post surgery, run, bike, ski, as long as I felt comfortable, and said they should last 30 years.  I was so ecstatic to hear that (I had heard many different things, including OF COURSE you shouldn’t run on your new hips)  that I didn’t ask many other questions.

I will ask tomorrow what I am getting – I am hoping they are the Nike Carbon Fiber 2000’s.  😉

Thanks to all of you who have inspired me and given me hope.  I will keep you posted and can’t wait to begin running again.  I have missed it so.

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Global One-hour Virtual Race

Oh wow – what fun.

Thank you to all of the Hip Runners who took in the Global One-hour Virtual Race – what a gas.

The Hip Runners led the team event for a week, which really motivated two Vancouver Island, long-running and tough clubs to get going. The point spread looks like a lot of you are not familiar with cross-country scoring, but they are not.

Carolyn Rosner won the women’s elevation gain category and put the scare into some of the Comox Valley Road Runners who live next to a mountain range. They love mountain running. Dave Whiteside and Tom Fuchs led the Hip Runners with strong performances. You can see all of the Hip Runners in the results. Thanks everyone.

By the way, I could have helped the Hip Runners a little bit. But I dropped the ball – hilarious.

So I registered with three teams: Hip Runners, TNLW and Prairie Inn Harriers. I made three attempts and bailed on the first two. The third one, I warmed-up for 10:30 slowly, as you do. I had it in my mind to remember to mentally add 10:30 to whatever elapsed time that the Garmin showed. Then I lost all the brain sugar from the effort and when I got to around 48-minutes I was thinking, “just 12 minutes remaining, I am going to finish with 12.3 to 12.4 kilometres run – enough to get some points for Hip Runners.

Of course that 10:30 warm-up at 6:30 pace was included. So I stopped at 60:00 and you can see that the first 1.8k is warm up on my Strava. DOH! Total Facepalm.

The silver lining is that the runs were a tremendous stimulus for the top of the aerobic range or mid-range lactate threshold or right at the Aerobic Threshold. Can’t get better stimulus than that.

Thanks, everyone for jumping in. Check out the next unique race thing coming up. It’s pretty cool:

See results here>>

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Dave – A new milestone – 200 miles of running in 7 days

I can’t believe I’ve just ran 200 miles in the last 7 days and also walked 15 miles on top of that. A friend of mine ran that distance 2 weeks ago he said why don’t I do it, I thought about it and said no way, the maximum I thought I could ever do was 140. I didn’t think any more of it as a weekly goal but knew last week I had planned to run a lot of miles to finish the #GVRAT (The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee) before I go on vacation May 30th. Every time I thought about finishing in that time I kind of dismissed it, I knew it meant running a marathon a day for 2 weeks and some longer runs on top of it. As this weekend (Fri-Mon) came around I set myself an ambitious goal of 31, 42, 42 & 31 miles which would leave 3 more marathons for me to finish the 635 miles in 28 days on May 28th, and hopefully a Top 100 finish (out of 19,000+). Yesterday when I was running I knew back to back 42’s was going to be really tough both mentally and physically, so I decided to run 50 miles yesterday so it would only require me to run 34 today, so much easier. My usual weekly mileage is around 45 miles, but during this pandemic it’s been higher around 70 miles. Last week was a new high for me with 108 after the previous weeks 92. It was only yesterday when I looked at Strava that I realized if I ran the 84 miles it would bring me to exactly 200 miles, kind of weird that it worked out that way. Fingers crossed the next 4 days will go to plan and I can finish this race without injury and then enjoy a 9 day break from running. This race has been fun but pushed me way outside my comfort zone, and this heat and humidity is no fun, but at a 10:02 pace it’s been an amazing journey. 105.76 … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Looking for some advice

Hi All, I’ve been waiting to get my TRHR, and this week it looks like the surgery will finally be done at Maine Medical Center in Portland next month.  My surgeon has told me that he will be using a Zimmer fiber metal taper femoral stem, trabecular metal cap, and ceramic Brolox head.  I’ve been an avid runner for over 30 years.  Running brings me such joy that I plan to continue my running post-surgery.  I would appreciate any experience you can share about the Zimmer products he plans to use and how you got back to running post-surgery.  Thanks for including me in the group.  Regards, Scott

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Fearful to return to running

I am one year post THR. I’ve tried running a mile or so every  4 or 5 days with success!  No pains or issues. I made the mistake of mentioning to my doctor, a normal orthopedist who deals with people who are overweight, inactive, and a lot older than I, that I ran a mile. He cringed and said that I will never run again. I’m 52, a past Multiple marathon runner with multiple, multiple 5 k, 10 K, and half marathons? Is there any reason why my doctor so against me running.? I’ve been following this website so I’m confused as to what the issue really is. Maybe someone I can contact and discuss this with other than my doctor. Any input would be appreciated.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Listen to your body

I had my left hip replaced due to severe arthritis in dec ‘17. I got back to running pretty quickly and felt great. I started training this year for pikes peak ascent, running >40 miles a week. I was getting in good shape, able to run >10 miles at a sub 7 pace.

After a long hard run, my right hip started to have similar pain. I kept running, and the pain just kept getting worse. My distance and times were declining with each run.

Doc said arthritis in right hip was only mildly worse than 18months prior. I tried several treatments without success. Doc couldn’t explain it, and after about 2 months, I opted for a THR.

During the surgery, they found two large lesions on the femural head, which didn’t show up on imaging.

I am 8 days Post op and feeling much better. Ralking (run/walk) more than 3 miles now, getting stronger each day with two good hips.

My body knew something wasn’t right and not getting better, I just needed to listen and trust it.

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Running Shoe Recommendations

Hello everyone

I had Right THR in December 2019 and Left THR in March 2020 so I am now at Week 7 following my 2nd operation and progressing well, now walking 7km daily.
I was a lifelong runner but stopped in January 2017 to try and preserve my hips. Latterly I used Brooks Glycerin for running, normally in triathlons.
I weigh 93kg

I would be grateful for any advice on new running shoes as I aim to start jogging, possibly in 2-3 weeks with the aim of running 5-10km a couple of times each week

Thank you in anticipation

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Fellow hippie running NYC Marathon for Charity

Hi everyone,

I hope this is ok to post here.  I had a left THR anterior February 2019.  I was scheduled to run DC marathon but it was cancelled.  I decided to run NYC and the only way to get in was charity.  I picked a great group that provides camps for seriously ill kids and their families.  This will be my first full marathon!!!!

Please consider making a donation.  Thank you- David Scott (btw, i’m the guy wearing the hip runner shirt on the picture on the home page-I’m on the right!

Or facebook if you prefer.  Thank you so much!

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Marc age 43 and I had a THR on my left side late December 2019. It was ceramic on ceramic.

I have been very active throughout my life , playing football (soccer) at a fairly high level back here in the UK. I finished in my early thirties. A couple of years passed where I ,lets say, over indulged a little! My youngest Daughter is a sufferer of Cystic Fibrosis so wanted to raise some money for the charity. The London Marathon was a perfect way to do that. This was to be start of my running love affair. It progressed very quickly to ultra running and since that marathon in 2013 , have run some of the best mountain races in Europe , UTMB(twice) , Transvulcania(twice) , Mont Blanc 90km , Laverado(twice) ,Ultra Pirinieu and numerous races here in the UK. Over this period from 2016 my left hip started to get worse and worse and I finally got round to admitting defeat so seeked some medical advice after not finishing 2 races in Italy and France last year. The result being the THR obviously!

When running became hard last year I took up cycling which I love. Post operation , I have continued to cycle a ton and still loving getting out there but I’m starting to miss trail running a lot. I have been getting loads of encouragement listening to all of your posts on here and have found you all to be truly amazing!! I never thought that I could back to mountain ultras but now feel that the door is slightly open. I am currently introducing walking and jogging a bit on the treadmill at home and enjoying that so fingers crossed and will take one day at a time.

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