This is my first posting ever. I’ve never blogged before but I feel compelled to since I’m facing a right anterior hip replacement surgery on July 5, 2018 and I’ve been a runner/ marathoner for 34 years. Five years ago after the Orange County Marathon I started to have persistent right hip pain. Before that I’d feel a little give and discomfort in my right hip at the start of my long run training and I’d shake the leg out and be on my way. When I started to have persistent pain, I went to a doctor and an Xray and subsequent MRI revealed osteoarthritis in my right hip with all the related changes that go with it. It changed my life. I was a pretty fast runner for my age. When I turned 55yo I got a little crazy and started speed training for my races because I could place higher. I was doing marathons in around 4:26. Then the pain came and that slowed me down. I became a jog walker just to keep moving. And I hadn’t quit moving until this past month…just walking, no jogging. Since having arthritis I’ve done the Chicago and LA marathon both in over 6 hours and countless half marathons still. I manage by taking anti-inflammatories and tramadol during the race to manage the pain. Actually, I found as it gets warm and as my body and joints get warmed up, I do pretty good, esp if I’m jogging slowly. This past year from June 2018 I did 7 half marathons as my last hip hip hurrah before my hip replacement. The San Diego Rock n Roll half this year was the first race I did not attend that I registered for. My hip was hurting too much and I didn’t want to push it. I decided to get a hip replacement to get off my pain meds, to not hurt and limp so much and to hopefully get back to jog walking. My surgeon discourages running on a hip replacement (don’t they all) but I’ll be happy to get back to jog walking. Also, summer is my best time to do it….I work less. So that’s my first blog. Wow. Hope to get encouragement and support as I bid my hip farewell and get a new titanium one to get me moving pain free again. Till next time.