Dear all at Hiprunner
7 months and 5 days after a right sided total hip replacement I have just competed in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Lausanne. My hip performed perfectly, no stability issues and no pain.
My swim speed had been relatively unaffected anyway, however my cycling and running has been significantly improved post op, it has taken 20 years off of me!
Triathletes have a saying “Nothing is impossible”, well I’m not too sure about that, but I do know that it is possible to compete on the World stage, post hip op.
Good luck to everyone with your own personal goals.
I have attached a picture taken this Saturday, 31st August 2019.
PS. My operation was on 26th January 2019, full right side replacement, ceramic on plastic. I was swimming after 3 weeks, cycling after 4 and back running after 12 weeks and I’m 53 years old.
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I am 52 and took up running 4 years ago.I had THR right side on 25th July 19. Did my second park run yesterday after surgery and ran the full way. It felt great to run the full way without stopping but was still very cautious. My best time on park run is just under 23 mins and managed 29 mins yesterday so I’m on the mend .… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hi Hip Runners,
I’m 56 and had a right anterior THR 1 month ago (July 24, 2019). I’m walking mostly without a limp (I’m a little stiff in the morning), climbing stairs, stationary bike with no resistance (per dr though I feel like I could add a little resistance and it would be fine), lots of stretching and strength exercises, and PT is going great. I’m thrilled with how everything is going and I feel stronger every day. My dr frowns on running again. My PT is more optimistic though cautious right now. When did you start slow running after hip replacement? I’m not in a huge rush, but I’m curious as to the timeline – knowing it all will depend on how my body is doing.
I’m a triathlete with one full Ironman and many half Ironman races completed. I want to get back into racing but I’m not sure if I should set a goal for summer 2020 or not. Not necessary to do another full IM but I’d like to at least do an Olympic or perhaps a half. I’m very goal oriented and I’m finding I need something to look forward to. Is it reasonable to expect to be able to race on this new hip? My plan right now is to regain strength and flexibility for a few months and perhaps start training again in Jan or Feb 2020. I just need a little advice from those of you who’ve done this thing!
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Hello Hip Runners. New to this site. I am 51 years old and have been contemplating getting my Rt hip replaced for 3 years now. I was diagnosed with arthritis at 40 and stopped playing ice hockey because of it. I used to run 3 to 10 mile runs on a regular basis but pretty much had to cut that out because I always paid with pain for days afterwards. For the last 2 years I have used cycling as my main form of cardio. Even cycling is becoming painful at times. I get these flare-ups that last anywhere from 1 to 4 days and they are extremely painful. They are never triggered from working out, but always from sleeping in the wrong position. Crazy. I have finally grown tired of this and am talking to my surgeon, in ernest, about finally getting in. Looking at about 1.5 to 2 months out. I have actually almost gone through with the surgery on 2 other occasions but ultimately backed out for various reasons, one being fear. Lol. I know in the current state I am in I will never run again. I so badly want to start doing sprint distance triathlons. I can cover the swim and bike legs easily but it so pathetic that I can’t even cover the 3.1 mile run section. I’m sure every one of you that has recieved a THR knows exactly what I speak of. I plan on getting the anterior approach because it seems that the recovery process is much quicker. Has anyone had that approach and if so can you comment. My surgeon discourages running but told me he knows he can’t stop me. I told him that I fully intend to run and use my hip. In due time if course, I know it will take time to heal. I hope these are realistic expectations. I’m still in very good shape. 5’9″ 195lbs cycle 150 miles a week and also do crossfit. I have to modify some of my crossfit moves because my hip doesn’t bend in ways that some of the … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hi, We need a runner for Ragnar Reach the Beach, relay, Sep 13-14 going from Bretton Woods, NH to Hampton Beach, NH. It’s an incredible race, all of the locals love it-it’s a big event each year. Come run with two hip brothers- we are the guys you see in first pic on the home page. In hiprunner shirts. $145 plus van and hotel if you need it.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
2 months post THJR now. I am not running yet, but in the last few weeks I have challenged myself to power walk a parkrun (5km). Managed just under 50 minutes 2 weeks ago, under 45 last week, and 43:30 today. My hip is obviously improving. The hip and surrounding muscles felt very stiff and sore for a few hours after the parkrun, but every time I have recovered well and the day after I found my mobility improved. I am still walking with a limp, but now I am confident I could run – well, slow jog with a limp – between 7:30 and 8:00 minutes/km if I wanted. However, no point rushing and taking risks. I walk regularly, work the legs in the pool, and I will start a few gym sessions. Second THJR on the other side coming soon. I can definitely see myself running now, ideally 3-4 months after the second procedure.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Howdy! Quick race report from my biggest distance to date: the Harding Hustle, near Irvine CA.
Course was on rocky roads, with ~10K’ elevation change. Hip was just fine – strong and stable as always, both on the up and the down. Full range of motion. Smooth downhill technique was good to focus on, to minimize pounding over the 15-mile return. The real challenge was the heat – at least mid 90s by the time I finished.
Takeaways: I don’t think too much about the new hip now when I run, but I do continue to think about form: are things moving evenly and smoothly? I think one thing that led to the one hip needing replacement was uneven and unbalanced motion somewhere in the system that accumulated over time, unnoticed until it started to cause pain that won’t go away.
Weight training since recovery has been huge for me, for regaining strength and protecting joints—and I highly recommend it. I’m not the fastest runner out there, but I’m grateful to be able to travel various distances over rough terrain at any speed, pain-free (except for sore feet!). Cheers, everyone!
—THR (anterior), 2016, age 50 :: re-started running at 6 mos post surgery… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I had my left THR one week ago , it was a Mako robotic procedure , and everything seems to be recovering well.
My only concern is that my left foot/ankle keep swelling. I have been told that this is common so thought I would ask all you experienced people if you had this issue and how long it lasted?
Any info would help put my mind to rest. Thanks , in advance.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I am new to this site as this is my first post…since I’m heading for surgery next month I would like to know the realistic prospects of ever running a full/half marathon again. I don’t personally know of any runner that has had the surgery. I know several non-runners, just no runners…
Any insight, stories or anything would be most helpful. Thanks much…
Frederick Von Canon
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Another overall win this weekend at the first of the Summer Slam series in Florida during the heat of the summer. I’ve been training really hard for the last 10 weeks after finally getting over a little niggle that I had before my 100 miler in January which I carried through to the Antelope Canyon race in Arizona in March. I had wanted to run a couple of other races before this, but decided to back off and fully recover for the series. These were the first ultras I did starting back in 2015, and running and winning this race in Orlando in July 2016. These 3 races hold a special place in my heart, having exposed me to something I never imagined and so glad to have found these and the wonderful experiences I’ve had.
For the last 10 weeks I’ve picked up my training a little bit, not completely following MAF, allowing my HR to be about 10-15 beats higher on my easier runs. I also upped my short runs from 4 miles to 6 miles and incorporated a bridge in them when possible. For my long runs I’ve been training on my local bridge doing anywhere from 24 – 36 bridge repeats each weekend in the heat. My feeling was that if I train on the bridge, running the flats, of which these 3 races are, it will feel easier and I will be stronger. This race started at 8:40am so I’ve also been starting most of my training runs at 8 rather than getting up early like all the crazies and starting at 6. The first couple I did trying to keep my heart rate within a zone, allowing it to go to 140 up the bridge and trying to bring it down to 120 down. Of course as the temperature increased into the run so did my heart rate, but I didn’t push it any harder. The bridge if 0.75 miles and each climb has an elevation gain of about 70 feet. I try to do the first 12 climbs, 9 miles, fasted, without any … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
So 6 weeks post right THJR. Slow going, though mostly good. The best thing is that I am sleeping well at night, on either side, and the stabbing pain in the right hip that used to wake me up so often at night has gone (the left hip, yet untreated, has very limited movement but pain settled over the years).
The surgery and the new hip, according to the OS seen yesterday, went well. No leg length discrepancy, and good looking X-ray. I got rid of one crutch 2 weeks ago (week 4), and yesterday (week 6) I replaced the single crutch with a cane, though I limp along without aid for short distances. I have quite some damage to the hip abductors: currently I have a Trendelemburg gait on the right, and can only bear weight on my right leg if I lean right quite a lot, but it is slowly improving. I am walking in the pool with progressively low water level to get to walk straight. And I only need a minimum of support from the cane, just a touch to the ground, so I am hoping to get there.
Since the left hip is not painful and currently is the one bearing the weight, the 2nd hip op (on the left) is now postponed, and I am glad of that. I will see the OS again in 6 weeks and we’ll go for it if my right hip is strong enough.
I read of so many people who walk perfectly fine after a few weeks. I seem to be taking the long way home, but it is getting slowly there nonetheless. So for now I focus on walking properly. Running is still there as target, but in the distance. Oh well. Patience, patience, I am told.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
hello everyone. Just curious. Am due for my second hip to be done and I’m looking into hip resurfacing vs hip replacement. Anyone got any experience or opinions ? Had a really successful THR 5 years ago and being that I’m a runner and a tennis pro by profession I’ve been following the recovery of Andy Murray who went with resurfacing technique.
Keep posting and running everyone… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I had my hip replacement operation on 23/11/2018. The op was well done & successful. I was out of hospital within 48 hours and walking on crutches straight away. I progressed to one crutch and then none within about 6 weeks, but got blood clots close to my heart which delayed things a bit. I was walking increasing distances 3 times a day and moved on to an hours’ walk at a time mostly in our local woods after about 8 weeks. By 3 months, I’d started to run a few steps, building up slowly. By 4 months I was doing half an hour or so jogging. I’m now jogging up to 80 minutes a time at least twice a week. I’ve started the occasional genuine running, but I can feel that my muscles aren’t doing enough yet to keep pressure off the new joint, so that will take a while longer, as the muscles continue to strengthen. However, just being able to jog without pain and at a distinctly faster pace than immediately before my op is wonderful. I doubt whether I’ll be doing any races (I passed my 70th birthday in the middle of this) as I’m never going to get to a speed fast enough for me. Nor do I expect to run longer distances than 10K. But just being able to run freely through the woods and fields, and even being able to tackle some steep hills, is enough.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Has anyone done a Park Run yet?
I did one today.
5K they are. I ran 23:51. I was aiming for within one minute per km of my best. Missed that, ha ha. 17:58.
Ran 23:38 in January on a flatter course at night. So this one was about the same….
….for the want of 13 seconds….
Might go again next week, stay tuned.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I had a total hip replacement back in March 2018 (age 67, left hip, anterior approach, ceramic on polyethylene). Recovery was surprisingly easy and I was back to gym workouts within 2-3 weeks. In the 15-16 months since surgery I have gotten back to “pre-hip pain” intensity and duration workouts on stairs, rowing and elliptical workout machines. Until now, however, I have been reluctant to return to running since several attempts to run have not felt right and since I am reluctant to risk causing the need for early revision surgery.
This past week a walk on the beach turned into a 3 mile walk-run (2/3’s walk and 1/3 run). To my surprise, running once again felt natural and I completed this workout with no pain and the feeling that I could have easily run the full 3 miles. No pain afterwards nor in the days following. I am now back to doing daily walk-runs on the beach or on a Woodway Curve treadmills (http://www.woodway.com/products/curve/) that we have at my local gym. I think that the Woodway treadmill is excellent for hip runners due to its curved and cushioned running surface. The curve seems to promote fore foot (vs. heel) striking which greatly diminishes impact forces.
Wonderful to be back to running, even if I am only walk-running so far! I had honestly just about given up on ever running again and it is a joy to feel the running high of a beach (or even treadmill) run again!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Who would be interested in running the Big Sur Marathon on April 26th, 2020. It’s supposed to be one of the most scenic marathons in the world, they also have 21 mile, 11 mile and 12K options.. Registration is a lottery drawing, however they also support group registrations. I’m thinking if we can get a group of Hip Runners to register as a group we would have a pretty good chance of getting in. Registration starts July 8th and the group drawing is made starting on July 15th. Let me know if you’re interested and I start the group registration processes.
Big Sur Marathon… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
hi everyone, just joined this club, reading all posts with interest.
I am a 51 year old sardinian-born kiwi, played basketball since before I could read and write, also played recreationally other sports – ice hockey, rugby and soccer. My left hip started with intermittent pain 12 years ago. I took up running 9 years ago when the hip stopped me from performing the turns/rotations that other sports require and, well, caught the bug. Additionally, running allowed me to shed 17Kg and stop antihypertensive+statin that I had been for a few years (creeping up BP and lipids). I am now 71.5 Kg at 6’2″ tall. I coped well with pain and movement limitation whilst improving my running. Finished 8 marathons and many more shorter races. I ran my PBs (3:43 for marathon and 1:39 for half) only last year. Then my right hip started off and within a few months progressed to more pain than the left. I kept running but not sleeping well at night, problems with high steps/reaching the floor/putting socks convinced me to go for bilateral THR. Conventional, ceramic, lateral approach as advised by OS I trust. Right hip done on May the 30th. Tough first few days to be frank, but now improving 2 weeks out. Still on crutches, no heavy painkillers, only paracetamol and ibuprofen (I think tramadol made me sick and moody the first few days). My recovery is not as smooth as others I read about on this forum – still achy at night, and stepping normally is not possible yet as there is a very painful “catch” if I do that without crutches, but remaining positive. I intend to restart running -it has been too good for me to give up -but won’t rush it. Ideally I would start slowly 4 months after surgery, but the left side procedure will probably come before that. Will post with follow-up on progress, but any comments/suggestions welcome.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Update: June 7, 2019
Well, I ran a hard 11.5K as a weekly sustained pressure run (Lydiard out-and-back). One of the final kms was 4:44, that’s exactly what my 5K race pace was in January. Boom.
Then we had beer and nachos.
Another 60K week…..
I haven’t checked in for a while. I have been busy. Some of that busyness is caused by running which is a great thing.
For context, I used to run 110-160 kilometres per week (65-100 miles). Had two heel surgeries, one for each heel: Haglund’s Deformity or Retrocalcaneal Bursitis. Then the hip – and the prolonged decline….so 8-10 years off of running depending on what you call running.
Two weeks ago, I had my biggest volume week in a decade-ish, 50K. Then a 33K week – but a seven-day stretch in there of about 45K. Then this week 6oK. I could have done more.
Things are coming together.
My average pace is improving.
So, if you are reading this wondering if you should get a hip replacement done because you are limping and not enjoying a good quality of life – get it done.
It was a long decade.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)