- January 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm #17484
- January 15, 2020 at 2:25 pm #17485RUN Oak ParkParticipant
I restarted at 3 months with a very slow walk/run. It was not comfortable at all but I’m a running coach and had a group to lead. Tried to be very conservative with distances, surfaces and rebuilding running fitness. It wasn’t until the second year that I felt comfortable running a little faster. You have nothing to lose by waiting 6 months! You’ll just get stronger. Use the time to do your PT homework—it really pays off!! Good luck!
- January 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm #17486CarolynParticipant
Congrats on the new hip! Mine was replaced at age 50 and I had also been a runner, but never marathons. Anyway, along with PT I was recommended to walk easy ground (around town) at ~2-3 weeks post op. Started easy gym workouts by 2 months, and did a weekend cross-country backpacking trip over very rocky ground with a ~30lb pack at 3 months (with doc’s OK), and skiing moderate terrain by 4 months (he emphasized “moderate”). He said full recovery would be ~18 months for the joint capsule to heal, bones to recover, nerve issues to cease, etc. Also you will be working on fixing goofy patterns and imbalances that you picked up while dealing with a wonky hip. I’m still working on that, 3+ years later.
I was not given an official date for re-starting running but I remember thinking that running sounded completely unappealing to me until I hit the 6 month mark, which was when it started to seem appealing, and I started to ease back in. Figured I’d listen to that little voice tell me when it was OK to re-start. I have gained back all of my speed and endurance (actually I’m faster now ‘cos I’d been persisting in running with the bad hip, I was slow and in pain all the time). I run only trails, and they are usually steep and rocky to some degree.
In short, everyone is different, and don’t rush it–listen to your body and let things heal, you’ll be glad you did! We all want to get back to the stuff we did before, but this is a major operation and it needs time. Good luck!
- January 21, 2020 at 8:00 am #17536PetemeadsParticipant
Hi TJ – check out my previous posts for details, I had a Birmingham resurfacing 5 yrs ago and was jogging at 8 weeks and racing 5k in 23:45 around 9 months. I also have a ceramic THR from May 2017 which allowed me to run at 8 weeks and back to speed in about the same 9 months. I also spent December/January 2018/19 limping around with thigh pain in the THR leg which stopped all running. Rest was enough to repair whatever I had done and all is fine now. Speed is currently less but am training more for aerobic endurance, as well as being just turned 69 years old (which seems to make a difference…)
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