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    • #19591
      AKrunner907
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      Hey everybody, I’ve posted here a few times regarding my hip surgery. Just a recap, I had anterior THA of my left hip in February. I’ve been doing wal
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    • #19592
      Petemeads
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      I think you are making progress almost perfectly, especially given the conditions in AK since your op. My THR is ceramic, incision was lateral, surgeon said I would not break it so was jogging 5k before my 6 week assessment-encouraged by my PT. It was not a pretty sight but no harm was done!
      The only downside to the operation was I picked up 3mm to 5mm of extra leg length which sometimes still affects my thigh (illeo-tibial band?) even 4 years later. I just graduated to Hyperion Tempo shoes and have had a spell of running much faster than usual to collect county standard times at distances from 1 mile to 30km – at age 70 – and the hips have been great despite the increase in total distance and the frequency of running.
      Been watching your inspiring videos on on Youtube – envious of the trails on your door step.
      Keep up the good work!

      • #19594
        AKrunner907
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        Wow you have really done amazing! Yeah I have about a 2mm difference in leg length, Dr’s anticipate replacing the right hip down the road. I’m most concerned that I’m going to disrupt the bone growth process as the bone grows into the prosthetic, I don’t want to screw this up haha. The Hyperion Tempo is an amazing shiw, love doing my speedwork in them.

    • #19595
      WedgeC
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      Hello AK and I believe you are doing great!
      I ask the same questions you have of my doc and PT and while both are highly respected and they have given me insights, I believe ONLY YOU truly know if you are doing too much. Last Sat 18 weeks post-op, I ran a hot and hilly road 10K in 46:39. I have not done any speed work nor specific distance training; roughly just going out and shuffling / jogging 12 to 16 miles per week. That time is about 2-2:30 minutes off of what I could run a 10K in last fall, post op when I was running about 20 miles per week with some occasional speed work. My gauge on if I am doing too much is if I have any significant fatigue or pain both on the operated and non-operated sides. My biggest challenge in the last two months is adjusting to my new “alignment“ or “structure“… i’ve had some aches and pains on my non-operated side and a fairly significant hamstring pull on the nonoperated side… listen to your body, know and trust your self!

      • #19600
        AKrunner907
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        Thank you, I forgot to consider my new leg alignment, that explains a few of my little aches and pains. With my 12 week evaluation on May 11th I’m sure I’ll have more clarity!

    • #19633
      kathryncmallory
      Participant

      Hi Chris,
      In regard to running too soon or not, I am I agreement with all: trust your body, with a caveat: none of us really knows how to tryust our bodies after getting a synthetic body part. I am 7 months out, began jog/walks in earnest at 6 months, no more than 2:30 walk/30 jog, then 45 jog, but none of that applied when I was on terrain, then I only jogged when I was on flat sections or slight inclines. However, today I had an outrageous success, completing the Annihilator trail run in Nenana with ca. 1200 altitude gain/loss with running poles only 2.15 mm slower than my time before the operation, and I felt great, wished I had included poles in all the past trail series runs, all with altitude challenges. More, I was not even close to being the Red Lantern. Hope to see at one of these events (with your poles: recommended) soon too.

    • #19641
      WedgeC
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      Hello Kathryn and THANK YOU for that advice – namely the “trusting” – or “not being able to trust” – our bodies after getting a “synthetic body part” 😉 in that regard, there is a degree of “forgetting” some of our pre-op training practices. Certainly the performance expectations – for at least an indefinite time ! Being open-minded. experimentation, and listening to your “new body” is key!!!

    • #19661
      Dave Whiteside
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      Chris, for me the question is not “Am i running too much”, it’s more “do I feel okay during and after the run”. I can run 100 mile weeks, in fact I’ve ran over 200 miles in a week 9 years post op. It’s also about pace and intensity. For me a 5K is so much harder than 100 miles on my hip, so distance and time are not the real gauges. Sure I can still run a 5K sub 20 minutes but if I do it throws my training off for 3 weeks. I prefer to run ultras as they are easier on my body. It’s all about what works for you at this time, it may change over time. I used to be able to run 5K’s, but now I rarely do. Good luck.

    • #19664
      WedgeC
      Participant

      Hey Dave thank you so much – and your results are simply fantastic!!!
      And for the solid advice – “It’s all about what works for you at this time, it may change over time.” LISTENING TO OUR BODIES!!!
      Thanks again!!!

    • #19788
      kathryncmallory
      Participant

      How are you doing Chris? I wanted to know how you are doing now, 6 months post op. I continue to make slow, steady progress with the motto “No set backs.” I am preparing for a trail half marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in October at my one year anniversary of hip replacement. Today I walk/jogged 9.5 miles on trails along the firebreak of Old Murphy Dome Road to the summit of Murphy Dome (2970 feet), a route with an altitude gain of 2310 feet, 2:29 minutes/15:45 mm pace with running poles at 48 degrees, blustery winds at the top, and I could have kept going! What is even more wonderful is looking back on when I first started “running” 6 months post op, “50 breaths walk, 10 breaths jog,” 19 circuits, which amounted to 9 1/2 minutes of jogging. That was only 5 months ago! No set backs. Slow and steady wins the race…but I am not racing anyone anymore. I hope you are being patient with your progress too.

    • #19791
      WedgeC
      Participant

      Hey Kathryn pretty well! Sounds like you are making good progress! Depending on the footing and terrain, your pace was either really good or respectable but no way was it slow! Keep it up!
      I ran a 21+-mile trail race last weekend – SUPER HOT (it was an evening race and 93 degrees at the start) and ran 3:56 good for 10th overall. I hadn’t “trained up” for it though had done some 5-8 mile-runs and a couple 10 milers in the 4 weeks leading up to it.
      Yes slow and steady! AND PATIENT! KEEP IT UP!

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