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  • in reply to: Booked for a new hip for June #20856
    WedgeC
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    Trevor – have faith and go get it done!!!
    I am running as fast as I was in the years leading up to my THR (current 5k is 19:45) and I’m confident I will get faster. I’m currently very close to my lifetime age-graded bests as well… listen to your body, think critically about how you train, recover and train hard! You’ll be back !!!

    in reply to: Shoes after THR #20855
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    Back to same fave shoes post THR for me!

    in reply to: oldspeed – about me #20854
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    Hello oldspeed and wanted to share my story regarding “shorter” distances. I have done LOTS of mileage over the years including ultras and up to 100-milers. As I aged and particularly as my hips began to bother me (upper 40’s) I moved more away from marathon and beyond to half marathons and 10k’s/5k’s. Then had a THR at age 49… I’ve returned to running including a few ultras but over time and in keeping TOTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS more front of mind, the lure of going back to “much shorter” interested me… in November ‘23 I entered my first track meet since 1989 lol…the 400, 800, and 1500. I was happy and please to run 68, 2:34, and 5:25 respectively. One month later I entered another and went 67, 2:32, and 5:23 respectively. Now I am hooked!!! Have another in 2 weeks but am not running the 400 as I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not best geared for it…. So I can’t comment on your shorter distances, BUT CAN TELL YOU FOR SURE FROM MY EXPERIENCE-YOU CAN GET FASTER!!! My THR joint at this point feels little of difference than a “natural” other than just a tad more stiff. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

    in reply to: Thank You For Giving Me Hope #20853
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    Great story of inspiration Rhon!
    I am back to running 5 and 10k’s FASTER than I did in the couple years prior to my hip replacement so getting faster and building endurance is absolutely in the cards! Note, I am 52 years old!

    in reply to: “The need for Speed“ #20764
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    Hey OB, I had a posterior THR on my left. Titanium shank, ceramic ball, some form of cross-linked HDPE into the titanium girdle, and a 2 inch screw. I started doing research and ultimately put the trust in my orthopedic doc, who also was previously a personal friend. He’s an active guy and I told him “do the procedure to me you would have done to you… Knowing you want to run and not just be able to walk the dog or to the mailbox”.

    in reply to: #20744
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    Fantastic recap Dave! What a model of persistence and an amazing recognition for the other racers and your pacer! Hang in there and get things healthy!

    in reply to: 32 and very scared !!! Please help #20721
    WedgeC
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    Hey there, and I think the nature of your procedure might lead to lack of responses or advice. We know hip replacements but maybe not your procedure?

    in reply to: Dave – 6 hour “Durty Beer Race”, not quite as planned #20718
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    Thanks again Dave for another great recounting of your race, and providing us all motivation and inspiration! I do hope you figure it out and appreciate you explaining the challenges you have from the posterior approach. It may be worth your while to seek out an extremely knowledgeable PT, and do some work in that regard.

    WedgeC
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    OK thanks Dave – always curious about the amazing results you’re getting and really appreciate how you share the struggles, pains, and challenges! Puts it all in perspective!

    in reply to: Sean – About me #20674
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    Hey Sean, I love what city of smoking Joe and 0B said above in regards to advice. My orthopedic had an outstanding reputation and also just luckily for me was a friend. He totally understood my desire to be very active and while he hasn’t had replaced hips, is an athletic guy at about age 60 and has replaced a hip of his nephew who is a former Green Beret and has exercise addictions like us 😉
    When I inquired about posterior and anterior, he said “posterior only or this conversation is over… there are simply far too many risks with anterior“… that made the decision for me… I greatly trust him, and he was in Fattic. Hope that helps and best wishes! I am just over 2 1/2 years post THR and now contemplating having my other hip done, as I am starting to get more oa pain there.

    WedgeC
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    Yes, Dave way to go, and you continue to inspire and impress! The picture of you in that young whippersnapper who barely beat you says it all!!!! Keep it up, and I do hope your hip recovers! Question – is that your replaced hip?

    in reply to: 4 weeks post bilateral anterior THP #20643
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    Hey there and you have certainly come to the right place… Regarding your question there are probably hundreds of posts of advice about your question contain herein. I’m certainly no doctor, physical, therapist, or professional trainer, but don’t think too hard about this. that you are feeling good and that structures are healing and assuming you are 4 to 6 weeks post surgery, keep up with the walking and start walking faster. Keep the footing safe, but find a few gentle hills and hike up those hills and shuffle, fast down the hills… you might find yourself even getting into a stride down those hills and if there is nice flat grass even better! Then take it to flat ground… Make that that fast walk a jog, and go for a minute; then back to a walk if that felt good, jog for two minutes, then back to a walk. Be creative and keep building all within the confines of “no pain“ or what feels like extremely little pain. Based on your running résumé, you are the expert here, not your doctor! I am 2 1/2 years post hip replacement, and I can run a 5K in 20 minutes and have gone beyond 50 K in races multiple times. There are numerous others on this blog that have done the same!

    in reply to: Pre-surgery advice #20642
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    Hello JB, and my comments will be very similar to what OB and some others have said… That is “if you know it’s happening, why wait?“. However, I did not opt to do replacement surgery until I knew it had to be done. For me, that was when I had at least constant mild pain, affecting my sleep at night, and when any significant running effort produced significant pain. I dealt with discomfort sleeping at night and joint pain on the “7 out of 10 scale“ after moderately hard 45 minute runs for about a year and a half before I decided to do the THR surgery. That was 2.5 years ago on my left hip and a great decision! Now, as time has gone along, and I have been running pretty well, my right hip is starting to hurt more than it has in the past. Now I am not disparaging your comments about seeing your doc, getting the diagnosis and medical issues figured out, and then prognosticating a future surgical timeframe, however, I suppose I will need another hip replaced… Of course, I will see my doctor and have it x-rayed, but when the pain hits that point, and it is an inevitability, I will know!

    WedgeC
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    That’s awesome Dave! Damn endurance and speed! Also a good lesson in just how much the overall “endurance” of the marathon is directly-related to the “speed” required at 5K… way to go!!!

    in reply to: Dave – Manchester Marathon, 3:06:25, 13 minute PR #20591
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    Amazing time and performance Dave! Forget hips and replacements – amazing for your age and that’s how I know you think of it! Particularly after the injury comeback over the last year!!! you are an inspiration… I hope all hipsters aspire and take note of what you continue to accomplish! And at the Manchester Marathon! Go Blues!!! You will go sub-3 when you switch your allegiance over from MANU! ha!

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