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Running has been in ‘my blood’ forever, comes with the territory, African born, Kenya to be precise.

Live in the UK now but worked for along time in South Africa at various game parks.

16/10/2020 X-Ray Diagnosis

Right Hip:- Marked bilateral degenerative narrowing of the weight-bearing femoral acetabular joint space is demonstrated with articular sclerosis and associated pronounced left-sided acetabular and femoral neck rim osteophytosis.

I continued running but at a lower volume of training and fewer races.
February 2023, i decided that i would stop running altogether, at which point i had run only 4 times in January 2023 and 4 times in February.

The reasoning behind my decision to stop was to prevent further running-induced
deterioration of my bilateral osteoarthritis and hopefully resume my running after a resolution of some kind .

April 2023, top London orthopedic, specialising in custom-made hip replacement was recommended to by my Osteopath.

The option was Total Hip Replacement (THR) and i opted for best possible choice, custom-made Symbios prosthesis, manufactured in Switzerland that would enable me to recovery better, return to running should i wish to after my hip bilateral THR.

From the outset, it was both hips would need to be replaced and the right hip would be first, as its worse of then the left.

Although my running days are over for now, i still trained 6 days weeks at the gym and outdoors, minus any form of running, until well after my scheduled surgery date,

My overall health & fitness was paramount to my success later.

For both THR surgeries, I was in hospital for 3 days, discharged on the morning of the 4th day after having met the requirements of the physio and occupational therapists.

Along the way, I had battles to overcome.

I was struck down with Covid on 2 occasions, the second ended up with a trip to A & E and a severe chest infection

January 2024 – Then came the triple whammy of:-
Strep Pneumonia
Influenza A
Influenza H

And another A & E trip and hospitalization for 2 days.

Only Weeks before my L/THR surgery

That had to be cancelled and rescheduled to give me sufficient time to recover from my illness.

My Mini Posterior THR approach Surgery took place with
Right Hip first on Wednesday 20th September 2023.
5 months later followed the Left Hip on Wednesday 21st February 2024.

severe osteoarthritis

severely degenerate osteoarthritic
hip with synovitis, labral tearing, full-thickness cartilage damage and massive osteophyte formation.

Post-Op the right hip is at 9 months and the left hip at 4 months

Currently (as of Saturday 8th June 2024), I train at the gym doing upper body weight training circuits and light recumbent bike cycling and elliptical x-trainer 3 times a week.
I walk daily, morning and evening, doing 10,000+ steps.
My C.V fitness is nowhere near pre-Op levels, gradually getting my body-fat levels to what I call
normal for me, below 10%. At present i’m af 11.4%.
My weight is 156 lbs.

I am doing my rehab exercises daily and what seems like out of reach at the outset,
is now possible and within reach.

February 21st 2025 is now only 8 months away.
Even though it would mean NO running for 2 years when i resume, plus with 2 new hips, i embrace the challenge and what lies ahead.

if i can get there in the best physical condition possible,
that would go a long way in helping to become a runner again.

I am not in any rush to start running again.

My goal is to complete the set of the 6 Majors of Marathon, with only Berlin and Tokyo missing.

When to resume running is the question that is repeated constantly in my head but with the difference of 5 months between the respective surgeries to factor in, the long lay-off from running, i would be grateful for any input regarding comebacks.

I’m thinking of kick-starting my running comeback from Wednesday 21st February 2025, 1-year Post-Op for Left hip THR.

Aiming for Berlin 2025, Tokyo 2026.