First 50K: hip and hot

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)

Full Hip Replacement Surgery Next Month

Hi All,

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

Sanford, NC



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First of the Summer Slam series and an Overall Win!

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)

6 weeks post-op

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)

Hip resurfacing vrs hip replacement

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)

My hip op and after

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)

A return to running…

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 ( 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)

Big Sur Marathon – HipRunner Group Run

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.

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2 weeks post-op

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)

It was a long decade, get ‘er done.

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.

That’s right.

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)

SI Joint/some glute pain anyone else?

Background, I’ve been a runner for > 10 years…..marathon runner for > 5 years.  Earlier this year after suffering from joint pain that severely impacted my runs, diagnosed with severe arthritis in my left hip, I had anterior hip replacement.   It’s been 14 weeks now.

I started PT at week 3.  It started slow and then, of course built up from there.  The PT made my PT different than most hip replacement patients as she knew my goals to get back to running.

I have been going back to spin classes 3-4 times a week since about week 6 or 7.   I’ve tried to run twice both of which were very rough.  The joint pain is gone but, I’ve been suffering since about week 4 with SI joint pain with pelvic rotation in that hip as well as some glute pain off and on.   I researched online and found many stretches and exercises that I do for it but, it still comes back nagging almost every day.  It’s frustrating.

Anyway else have this type pain after surgery and during recovery?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Bloomsday 2019

Wow!   Spring was busy.  Between coaching track, working on the Bloomsday board holding down a full time job,  and dealing with a sore hamstring, I had little time to maintain a good running base.  And that is probably why this year’s Bloomsday time was a bit slower than my past ones.  Last year I skipped Bloomsday because it was too soon after my partial knee replacement.  So even though I ran slower,  I was happy to be back out on the course again.   I ended up running the 12k course in 53:38.  That put me at an average of 7:11 minutes per mile over the 7.46 mile course.  I told everyone that I wanted to just break 55 minutes this year, but secretly,  I wanted to beat 53.



The training has been hit and miss for the last few months and boy can I tell!  Just a note of encouragement to all of you hiprunners getting back to running after a long recovery hiatus.  Don’t expect to get it all back at once.  There will be days when you are challenged and you question if you’ll ever get back to where you were.  Those initial days will be your make or break days.  During those days, it is imperative that you S-T-A-Y   O-P-T-I-M-I-S-T-I-C!  In time, you’ll get stronger and eventually, you’ll be chasing those old PR’s again.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

1 year Post Total Hip Replacement

Well I thought I would share some news on my Total Hip Replacement.  On May 9th, 2018 I got an anterior right total hip replacement.  Ceramic on Ceramic.  I was 44 years old and have been an avid runner for the past 10 years running 3-4 thousand miles a year with about 2 marathons a year.  Ran Boston 8 times with a 2:34:28 marathon at the age of 40.

I was able to start biking pretty good about 4 weeks after the surgery, but running never felt good for a long time.  My hip felt pretty good hiking at inclines of 20-40%, so it was nice to get in the mountains here in Alaska or on the incline treadmill.  I would be careful coming down though and used trekking poles.

I’ve just recently started doing anything that resembles to running.  I would say at 10 months, I was able to shuffle pretty comfortable but a long stride and flat terrain still didn’t feel great on the hip.  This past month it has been feeling much better.  I run about 3 times a week between 5-8 miles and can keep a 7:30 pace and have it feel pretty good on the hip.  The other days I bike and hike.

I guess my advice to everyone is just be patient.  When I would see stories of people running after a few months, it was kinda discouraging because I was nowhere near that.  I would always think something went wrong in my surgery or I would never be able to run again.  It just takes time to recover and everyone is different.  I am so happy where I’m at now and I know it’ll get better as time goes.  I’m super stoked to run the uphill mountain races here in Alaska this summer, especially after missing all last summer recovering.  They key for me is to make sure I don’t overtrain and mix it up with biking and hiking.

My other hip is pretty arthritic as well, but I hope to get another 2 years of playing before getting that one done.  It’s … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Showing Up At the Start Line

FROM 2016

I am not much of an ultrarunner anymore but running on trails is in my blood! This story started 24 years ago on April 24, 1993 when I was one of 60 starters who ran the 1st battle of the Bull Run Run 50 Miler put on by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club.  VHTRC members, that included Ed Demoney, Anstr Davidson, Joe Clapper, Chris Scott, Scotty Mills, and others, created a race that would attract large numbers of ultrarunners over the years.

Life happens to all of us, and for a variety of reasons this 50 miler became my one ultra each year.  I just kept showing up at the start line.  In 2007 I started to suffer from pain in my left leg, and I wore a sleeve on my quad.  Over the next few years I added a sleeve on my calf, a knee brace, something for shin splints, and ultimately I wore compression tights, all on my left leg.  I visited my orthopedic surgeon yearly to ultimately learn the root cause of the pain in my left leg was arthritis in my hip, and he told me to just stop running.  I listened to the doctor but somehow I always ended up at the start line in April for the BRR 50.  My times got slower and the pain got worse but I was able to finish almost every year.

This year I finally decided to have hip replacement surgery, and I scheduled it for February but then it got moved to April 20.  So there I was again on April 9th at the start line of the BRR. Each year is special and 2016 was no different.  Although I only made it 16.6 miles, I got to experience rain, hail, snow, mud, and thunder.  But the weather was not the story.  Tom Green was the story as he returned to start for the 24th consecutive year after a near death accident last April!  Gary Knipling was the story as he had just suffered a stroke and could not make it … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Running update

Hi everyone.  It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted.  I had my Rt titanium THR on July 5, 2018 due to OA.  Prior to that I’ve been a long time runner  and marathoner then after becoming symptomatic with OA, I became a jog walker and for the next 5 years continued to do half marathons and the Chicago and LA marathon depending on pain meds and steroid hip injections.  Finally had my THR, had a great recovery and at the start of the new year, I started to run again.  My ortho doesn’t want me to run at all but my primary care doc said I could at races.  I could do that.  So I’ve done a few races. End of Sept I walked the Run the for the Cure 5K…my first event back.  Just doing it felt good no matter how slow.  On Jan 1 I did my first bit of jog walking  on the sand. Felt great!  Averaged 19 minute mile.   In Jan did a 5K (39:31) /10K (1:11:24)  race with a half hour rest inbetween. That was  at night, my first race back and it felt great.  Ran pretty efforted, effortlessly without needing med.  YAY!  Then in Feb did a 7K race (for free!)  in 53:50.  In Mar did a 15K with a friend to celebrate her  65th birthday  and this past weekend I did  10 miles of a half marathon in 1:50.  I did a 4min run and 30sec walk and ran hard and it was fine.  Never needed med.  Hip never hurt.  So I’ve decided just to do these races every 1-2 months, different distances with jog walking, enjoying them. Inbetween races I just do fast walking and that’s good enough training.  I’m happy where I’m at with my hip and exercise and encourage everyone with THR to just  keep active!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)