oldspeed – about me

Hi All,

I am new to this site and this is my first post.

My situation is a bit different to most on this site in that I am a Masters Sprinter (60, 100, 200, 4×100 relay) and looking to return to sprinting. I had a right THR (anterior ceramic on ceramic) in September 2021, approximately 1 year after an incident which in hindsight turned out to be the first issue I can remember with my hip. I had been slowing slightly compared to my peers in competition but with the odd good performance was unaware of my condition until a track training session when at the end I was very sore and assumed it was just a hip flexor issue. Within a few weeks I was limping and in pain. It took some months for tests and diagnosis and after a house move interstate, finally the operation. For a number of reasons I have been unable to go through a rehabilitation program or attempt to sprint. While there has been over a 2 year wasted recovery time it might mean that there would be good growth of the relevant tissue around the implant before testing it.

So I am interested in feedback from anyone on the site who has returned to sprinting after a THR – at this stage I am unsure whether the landing forces and/or explosive use of the hip will prevent a safe return. I am a few weeks into a program put together by a local physiotherapist (I am located in rural Australia about 200km / 125miles from Brisbane) and will update on my situation from time to time and hope others have some experience to share. I am currently 69 and hoping to be able to compete again early in the 70-74 age group.

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      oldspeed
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      Hi All, I am new to this site and this is my first post. My situation is a bit different to most on this site in that I am a Masters Sprinter (60, 100
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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!!!

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