New hip advice

I’m getting a hip on my right side on 4/30/20.  I’ve run since 1971.  I was fairly competitive.  My best distance was the 1/2 marathon but did run a 2:45 in Boston several years ago.  I’m hoping to just be able to run a few days a week and maybe do a 5K or 10K somewhere down the line.  My left hip is in good shape.  Extreme pronation on my right side took its toll over the years.  I know the medical community basically says don’t run on a replacement.  I became aware of this web site and thought maybe there’s some hope for me post surgery.

I’m very active.  I swim 3-4 miles weekly.  I play hockey, tennis and hike.  So I’m in relatively decent physical shape.  If I run again it will likely be on trails in northern Michigan.

Any thoughts on the prospect of me running after I get my hip?

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    • #17896

      I’m getting a hip on my left side on 4/30/20.  I’ve run since 1971.  I was fairly competitive.  My best distance was the 1/2 marathon but did run a 2:
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    • #17898

      Wait 4 months after surgery, this gives the body time to grow into the prosthetic. You’ll feel fine much sooner, but hit the elliptical, not the treadmill. Buy a mountain bike. Avoid any pounding activity, like hopping or jumping, or skiing moguls. Run the trails, slowly, then gradually ramp up. Good luck.

    • #17901
      Rusty Rathburn

      You won’t be running Bayshore in 2020, however, a late fall half is possible. Bayshore was my last Marathon. It was miserable because of my hip issues.

      I had surgery in late November and ran a LaJolla half in lass than 6 months. And Kalamazoo half a week later. Unfortunately, my other hip started failing. That one was replaced less than a year after the left.

      Make sure you have a Dr that encourages running after the replacement.

    • #17902
      Hip Brother Tom

      You will definitely be able to run again. But it will take a little time before you start feeling like yourself. For me it took me 1 1/2 years to finally start feeling better. I started running 3 months after hip surgery and I maintained decent physical shape prior to the surgery. It felt really different. During those early months, the hip would tell me when I was doing too much. Be sure to listen to the hip. When it says to take a break….take a break. It will get frustrating at times. Stay OPTIMISTIC. Each day gets better.

      2:45 marathon? That’s great! Welcome to the group! Can’t wait to see your progress as you return to running. Hip Brother Tom

    • #17912

      I had a Rt THR on July 5 2018 the day after struggling to finish a 4th of July goodbye 5k on my old arthritic hip. I took 6 months off of running to allow for full healing but did lots of fast walking. My orthopedic does not recommend running at all but my regular doctor said I could run at races so I decided to allow myself to do at most one race a month if I could find one I wanted to do. So I’ve done quite a few races and usually run 5k’s without stopping and did two of them at around 30 minutes. Felt good to run fast. For 10k’s I do a 3 minutes jog and 30 sec walk and that works out good. Have yet to do that at a half marathon but have two planned soon. Did walk a half in 4hours with a girlfriend last year. In-between my races I do fast walking at around a 15 min/mile pace. Hip is holding up fine. Great to move without pain. Don’t know how my “cup” of my THR is doing but I’ll find out later. I’m not heavy so I cant be putting that much pounding on it. I have been marathoning for years prior to my THR so I think I have muscle memory to be able to run well at races. Feels so good when I’m in my running groove. After you heal, just listen to your body. Don’t overdo but keep on moving. Good luck! Hip runners unite cuz most orthopedists out there would rather we not run. FYI, Dr Mikulak, yes Sam’s dad, told my friend to do what she likes including running and to call him when she thinks she needs another one.

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