Hello, I am new to this site. I was looking up information on hip replacements and came across this site. I am a 29 year old from Iowa and ran cross country in college. In high school I never took the sport very serious because I just used it to get in shape for wrestling, but I was offered a scholarship to do it in college and decided to take it. I thought I had always had this problem in my groin and started going to the doctor when I was 16 for it. I was always told it must be a groin strain, ice and ibuprofen. I never had any flexibility and thought that’s just the way I am. I started to coach high school wrestling 5 years ago and I noticed how much pain my groin was in. I had been to the doctor 3 times for my groin at this point in my life and every time I got the same answer. When I was 27 I had a doctor check my hips and we did an X-Ray. He called me later that day to let me know I have advanced arthritis in my left hip and moderate in my right. I went to a surgeon in my town who thought I was going to be a 70 year old man when I walked in after he look at my x-ray and he told me he can only do a full hip replacement. I have bone spurs, my femoral head is far from a perfect sphere, torn labrum, and I have no cartilage left, all just in my left hip. I ended up going to a different doctor who did arthroscopic surgery on me for 4 hours and the pain is worse now. I am at the point that I am going to go through with the replacement. I am worried since I am young that I will never be able to do anything again. I would like to run a marathon but there is no way I can do it with how I feel now, as some days I can barely walk. Is a marathon something that is possible for me to do with a hip replacement and possibly somewhat compete in? I don’t want to do it just to say I did it, I want to be able to run hard. My thinking is to do whatever I want with my first hip replacement and then take it more easy after that. Assuming I am going to have more than just one. I feel like the next years of my life are going to be wasted because I will not be able to do things that define who I am. Thank you for any advice.