One of the main drivers for rehabbing quickly following my THR in July was to complete a 5k race. Now this might seem a strange goal for a guy that has primarily focused on marathon and Ironman for the past decade, but I didn’t want to be stuck on Parkrun 5k number 99 for the rest of my days!!!!
I’ve used the free 5k races over the years as speed training for the longer events. Reaching the magical 100 is a celebrated milestone -rewarded by a ‘100 club’ t-shirt. However, I had a feeling my surgeon would be reluctant to delay my surgery just so that I could complete one more race.
So, on Saturday 5th October I lined up with a few hundred fellow competitors, gritted my teeth and ran around in a time of 20.51 for 44th position.
The course is a three lap up and down challenge and I’ve got to admit that my body developed some serious aches and pains post race. Adductors, glutes and hip flexors were all screaming! But massage and rest helped me kick on and return to training within 48 hours.
The next challenge is a fast, flat 10k this coming Sunday. I’ll let you know how that one goes! lol
So after the Guppy Gallop I continued running 2 – 3 times a week, once with our Wednesday night running group along the beach and another couple of runs each week to try to keep fit and improve upon my time. I didn’t have a firm plan for my next race but didn’t think I would be waiting 12 months, I had never ran more than 1 race in a year. Several members of the group run races on a regular basis so they were always talking about their next race so I knew it would just be a matter of time. I had to travel to California 3 times for my work, once to Texas and a vacation back to England so I took my running shoes with me, running in the mountains or the hills of San Fran was very different than the beach and I really enjoyed the change of scenery. However either during every trip or immediately upon returning the same calf pain would attack me, similar to the pain when I started running after my hip replacement. I would be a mile or two into the run and then a sharp pain in the back center of my calf would attack me, I don’t think it was a cramp but my muscle would be solid and very tender where the pain was. Each time it would take about a week to recover and start running again, I did try wearing compression socks on the flight but that didn’t appear to make any difference. The only time since then I’ve flown and not experienced the same was later that year when I would stand up and walk about the plane as much as possible, so maybe that’s the trick.
So 4 months after my hip replacement I had just completed my first 5K race in a time of 26:41 but I was beat by my 14 year old nephew who had a time of 22:17. I vowed at that time to beat him next year if they came back over from England and so my 1 year training plan began. Now I had got over the barrier of being able to complete a 5K without stopping I thought this was going to be easy, but I quickly found that running is not only a physical challenge, especially after the operation, but also a mental challenge. Running by myself along the beach, without much of a background of running and also the uncertainty of what I was going to be capable of, it’s just too easy to stop, rest and then start again. I know I should still had been glad of my accomplishment of getting out and running 3 – 4 miles a couple of times a week, I was stopping from 2 to 6 times per run and not running as fast as I did during the race. I definitely went through various emotions beginning to think I would never be able to get faster and compete, which was something I wanted to do but couldn’t while playing soccer and thought I would be able to after that. But now I was 51 and with a hip replacement and even though I had the desire didn’t feel I had the ability, I had ran a 19:12 many years earlier in one of my only handful of races so how would I ever get better.
Well my birthday wasn’t too long after the 5K race and my 3 children Sarah, Andrew and Richard clubbed together and bought me a Garmin 210 GPS watch and various running apparel. Now I could at least look and feel good even though I wasn’t running great, but I think the watch was the start of what was to come and I would recommend to everyone. Now I’m able to record all my runs, … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hi, my name is David Whiteside and I had a total hip replacement on my left hip just over 2 years ago on Dec 6th 2010. I’m 52, originally from England but have lived in the US for last 22 years, father of 3 and grandfather of 2, and my story starts about 20 years ago from my days of playing soccer. Initially my doctor’s diagnosed me as having Hip Bursitis and in my 30’s I should consider giving up soccer, but that was never going to happen. So I continued playing and going back every 2-3 years when the pain got a lot worse until 2002 when I got the correct diagnosis of needing as hip replacement within a year as it was already bone on bone. I have to admit, tears came to my eyes with this news as I enjoyed playing soccer so much. I decided to get a second opinion from a sports specialist and he agreed I needed a hip replacement but encouraged me to keep playing soccer as long as I could, what damage could I do. I started taking Celebrex and it helped for a couple of years until my body got used to it and I then tried other medications but none really agreed as much with my stomach. One of the guys I played soccer with told me about a natural liquid Glucosamine and Chondroitin formula he was taking which I took and it helped me a lot before I had my replacement allowing me to play for a few more years. By 2010 walking half a mile to the beach I would be limping quite badly and it would just get worse standing up while fishing. Having given up playing soccer 3 years earlier and now it was impacting fishing I decided it was time to take the next step, I was older, technology was better and what did I have to lose.