- March 14, 2020 at 11:05 am #17929
- March 14, 2020 at 11:21 am #17931jimmycParticipant
You didn’t say how long ago you had THR, your age, weight, work you do, or what Grit class is. If it involved hopping, or your surgery was recent, you may have done a very bad thing. I felt absolutely fine for two years, then overdid it, and had a permanent setback, where I had to give up running entirely. There are dozens of readers of this website who ran marathons and ultra’s after THR, but it is a self-selected group. People who had to give up running probably won’t contribute here. Send me an email if you like: firstname.lastname@example.org. Best.
- March 15, 2020 at 2:09 pm #17937Hip Brother TomKeymaster
JimmyC posts some good questions. In my experience, giving your hip a rest, and waiting until it lets you try again is likely the next step. Stay optimistic!
JimmyC you bring up a good point. The people who visit this site need to know the WHOLE story…not just the success story. Please fill us in on your experience (through a post). I would like to create another category of posts to make sure all visitors to this site have a clear picture. You are correct we don’t get many posts about failed attempts to return to running. Please post your experience. It would be very useful for the readers of this site.
- March 22, 2020 at 6:59 am #17953
In response to the above posts here is more details about my experience and return to running.
I had a right posterior hip replacement in July, 2018 due to arthritis. I’m 55, 6′ tall and weigh 205 lbs and am a back of the pack runner and triathlete. I initially tried to run 6 months post surgery but that was too soon. I finally did a Turkey Trot in 2019 after training and felt great. I then started training for the Broad Street Run, a 10 miler in Philadelphia, and was doing fine, running slow but loving it. My longest run was 5 miles.I did do a 5 miler in the snow and had a lot of pain afterwards but that subsided after 2 days. I think where I screwed up was in the same week I added a short track work out and a GRIT class which is a 30 minute high intensity interval class and that might have over done it.
I visited my ortho, had the x-ray and was diagnosed with a “stress response,” a precursor to a stress fracture. In my case, the distal tip of the prosthesis in the medullary canal was (is) hitting against the lining, or endosteum and apparently the bone marrow. According to my surgeon, the bone has not completely grown into that part of the prosthesis. The stress response is the body’s way of saying “whoa, ease up there buddy.” Which I have done. I have not run for 2 weeks though I am constantly walking and doing stairs at my job.
I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar issue and how things turned out. I may be in the same boat as jimmyc and not be able to run. I’m going to give in one last shot after I am pain free. I believe the race will be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 but, yes I’m an idiot, I deferred my entry in the Marine Corp Marathon from last year until this year. The embarrassing thing is I should know better, I’m a geriatric physical therapist so it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do.”
- March 25, 2020 at 6:16 am #17980jimmycParticipant
Will Shakespeare once wrote “Remember, thou art mortal”. Our bodies have a tremendous ability to heal, but it is not unlimited. If you run the MCM, and things go south, you will probably not return to where you were before the race. Do you want to risk a permanant limp for one more finishers medal? Sounds like your life is pretty good right now…if I were you, I’d buy a SwiMP3 player and hit the pool, or the eliptical, or the Mt bike, etc. It sucks getting old, but it beats the alternative. Best.
- March 28, 2020 at 7:08 am #18045
I think that is the path I must take. THanks
- April 11, 2020 at 2:59 pm #18258Dave WhitesideParticipant
I find that any faster workouts aggravate my hip so typically I don’t do many. However long slow distance running is great and I never feel any issues with my hip. Strengthening and flexibility training will also help as you need to build up your muscles. Anything is possible, just don’t push it too hard when your body tells you to back off.
- April 11, 2020 at 6:05 pm #18262
Thanks for the input Dave. I definitely need to get back to strengthening.
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