Dave – The 6 Hour Race, Saturday August 6th, St Petersburg, FL

Yes we do crazy things here in the heat and humidity in the peak of Florida’s summer, we run around a 3 mile loop as many times as we can in 6 hours. This race was my first ultra back in 2015 after reading Born to Run (Chris McDougal) and Eat & Run (Scott Jurek) inspired me to see what I could achieve. After running my first marathon in 2013 and being injured for a year after that with my hip, it’s crazy to think I would try this, but now I love it and I have no issues with my hip. It’s a free race and usually attracts about a hundred runners and I’ve been lucky enough to finish second in my first attempt and win in 2017 and 2018 setting and improving the course record on those attempts. So I always feel there’s pressure on me to come and do my best and compete against some strong young talent. 4 weeks earlier I won the first in the Summer Slam Series of 3 ultras, and my training had been going well so I was optimistic heading into this race.

There was another strong field at the event this year of which anyone of these could win, Michael, Jason, Greg, Luis who normally participate with an average age in the early 30’s. Bruce who had come up from the Miami area, he came second in the Long Haul 100 and also did well in the Antelope 100. Andy, 25, who had recently joined the Clever Training run group that I run with, had ran a few ultra’s and was a sponsored Spartan athlete. The group fancied his chances against me, less than half my age and in good shape but would the distance and heat be too much for him. Then there were a couple of other young faces I didn’t know that looked like they came out to run a tough race. The race started at 6:30am with high humidity and Michael immediately set of at a fast pace running a sub 8 minute mile and started to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

THR 60k+ runner

I’m 51 years old and just had THR on August 28, 2019. After one week I’m walking cautiously without a cane. I’ve run over 60k miles since the mid eighties. I feel really confident that I’ll be running again within 2 months. My plan is to start Nordic walking, followed by eliptical, and then light running!

For those thinking about THR – anterior- the surgery day was easy and I was released the same day. I’ll be honest, the next 3-4 days were rough. You will have to deal with pain. But after that initial period it got a lot better. I’m now back at work for half days.

So far I would recommend this to anybody.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Triathlon World Championship

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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Happy to Find the Group!

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!

Many thanks!

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Right THR eminant

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)

Looking for a runner for Ragnar Reach the Beach-come run with two hip brothers!

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-op

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)

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!

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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.

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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 (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)

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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