Hip recovery

Hello all! Thank you for accepting me.  I heard about this site while reading an article of a marathoner who returned to running after his TLHR.  How long did any soreness last for you?  When were you able to ditch the walker/cane?

I’m almost a week post op.  I’m doing well with PT – second session.  My long term goal is to return to running – well run/walkimg. And to races.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Shoes after THR

Hi everyone, I had my THR anterior right hip last April. I want to start trying to run again but am curious to know whether you all went back to your favorite running shoes after THR or had to find something different as a result (more cushioning etc?). And advice on shoes to try or just how to get back to it would be welcome. So far, I have tried running once on an indoor track one lap at a jog followed by a few walking and back to a jog. It was challenging and not without any pain so I am taking it slow but hoping to get back to at least a few miles a few times a week.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Booked for a new hip for June

Good morning. Just officially joined today after a good friend directed me to this site. Had been a competitive Masters runner for many years here in Toronto, but was diagnosed with moderate OA in my left hip 3 years ago. As you all know, things do progress, so gave up running ~ 15 months ago, and focused on all of those other non-impact sports like cycling, swimming, rowing, Pilates, etc.. I always said that I would go as long as possible with my existing hip, but the minute it starts to compromise my lifestyle by impacting sleep, ability to walk our dog for more than 3o minutes, unable to even muster the strength to play doubles pickle ball with other 56-year olds, I would proceed wth surgery.

Wait times in the public system are brutal here in Ontario, and they really will only do it when you are bone on bone and can’t even walk. So I have opted for private surgery in Montreal. Just booked the date for June 11th. Exhilarating…terrifying….exciting.

I am fit, relatively young, as active as I can be. I hope with the right surgeon that this too shall pass and I can get back to living a life where I am not always thinking about my hip. The forums here and comments have all been so amazing in helping me move forward with this decision, so thank you.


Toronto, Ontario

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Hello all.

New to the community but just wanted to say thanks to all of you for being an inspiration for me to know there is running after THR. Your stories are nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait to get back at it. I’m 43 years old and 3 weeks post right THR and the new hip is feeling good. Ran a little in high school but didn’t pick it back up until mid 30s, life and business gets in the way I guess. Took up trail running and ultras and haven’t had this much enjoyment since I was a kid. Thanks all will keep posted on recovery.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Post THR Surgery Running

I found HipRunner just before my surgery in August and thankful to this community for all the positive stories, vibes, and dedication to being active post THR. It was really helpful leading up to the decision for surgery and the surgery itself. I have a couple of questions: 1) I had my surgery in August 2023. I thought I would start slowly with running about 6 months post, but now a bit turned around with stuff I have read and surgeon (middle of the road conservative I would say) input. I am trying to figure out if waiting until 8 months or even a year to start will help with the long-term durability of components because of more time for bone growth etc. I LOVE running and can’t wait to get back, but have been walking a lot, riding a stationary bike and now getting on my regular bike too. I am wondering how people have made their choice for how long to wait and/or any resources that folks can point to; 2) I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I was interested in finding a potential running partner with the same timing/arc of THR recovery. I am in the Boston area. Is HipRunner a place to try and connect for this? I couldn’t tell from looking around. Thank you.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

“More Faster”

Happy holiday season Hipsters – this is a report from The Florida senior games, a Seniors track meet last weekend.  This is a follow-up to my report of last month when I qualified for this track meet.  I posted the following times and the subsequent improvement over last month:

2:32 – 800m (5 sec. improvement)

67 sec – 400m (1 sec. improvement)
5:25 – 1500m (2 second improvement)

I’m thankful to be running well and know that most important is to run joint pain-free.  I’ll likely keep shorter distances as part of my routine, at least for seasons.

This experience is humbling at the same time, as I’m reminded of my genetic lot in life…
The 800 m and 2 mile relay were my events in high school… I’m no fast sprinter, with not enough stride length nor fluidity to be very good at 400m, and I have a stocky build… a classic grinder – and with a replaced hip!!!!

Experiment with racing and training and listen to your body – and especially those hips!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

“The need for Speed“

So while I have done fairly limited speed training since my THR in December, 2020, over the last couple months, I focused on the 5K distance and I’ve started throwing in some more fartlek and shorter stride type intervals on flat grass surfaces.

A good triathlon buddy of mine, one of those ultra competitive types 😉 talked me into doing the golden age games, a Seniors track meet last weekend.  Without formalized speed training workouts and as it was the first time I had raced on a track since my senior year of high school, 1989, I posted the following times

2:37 – 800m
68 sec – 400m
5:27 – 1500m

This qualified me for the Florida senior games and as long as my right hip pain (my non-replaced side) stays relatively pain-free, I’m going to compete and continue racing the shorter distances.  Note that my replaced side has no pain and interestingly, I feel like I am in lesser pain when running the speedwork on both the grass and rubberized – polyurethane track surfaces.  Perhaps this is due to the stride and gait change with faster running???  or maybe the softer services? Or maybe a combination of both?

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Question on hip replacement materials


My name is Connie and I’ll be getting my new hip this Thursday 10/26/23. One part is Stryker accolade 2 and I am wondering if anyone out there has had problems with it. One article stated some patients had groin pain. I am 60 and injured my hip last year and went downhill quickly. I am hoping after my surgery I can run again. I was very active doing races from 5K to marathons but will be happy sticking with 5K and 10Ks   Any info will be appreciated. Just fyi I also will have the Stryker titanium acetabular shell. Thanks fellow hiprunners… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

2nd THR inevitable

Well 3 – 3-1/2 years ago I knew my left THR was inevitable when “normal life” was being seriously impacted: not able to sleep in my left side, could barely swing my leg up over the saddle get up on a horse, and of course in a ton of pain after hard runs, namely the next day.  Well, I think I’m there now on my right hip.  I’ve been feeling it coming on over the last 6 months.  I’ll be making an orthopedic appointment soon but I’m confident I already know my fate… would have loved to postpone it for 6 more months…. We will see and I will update.  COURAGE!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Pinellas Trail Challenge 46 mile race in Florida 90+ degree

I didn’t have high expectations for this race given how my hip has been playing up the last 6 weeks. It fell apart during the Orlando 50K and 10 miles into the 6 hour Durty Beer Run it went again and I was forced to walk for a couple of hours but managed to run again at the end. Last weekend I went out for an easy 10 mile training run just on the flat road rather than my usual bridge repeats, but 6 miles in my hip gave up and I was forced to run/walk the remaining 4 miles home. So going into the PTC this year I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete to win the race and the chances of me being able to complete the race were pretty low. I decided I was still going to go out and hope that I could finish ahead of Brian C Heeren and Scott Bauer Hoover who me close to me for the Summer Slam award. I planned to run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute and see what I could do. I told Luis A. Gomez before the race I was not going to be able to compete and word got to Jeff Iosa who was expecting to battle me and Brian Sharbono for first place. Jeff saw me at the start line talking to Brian Heeren and said he had heard the bad news, I hadn’t told him as I didn’t want to encourage him to go after me and win the slam as I knew this was going to be the last year I compete in the slam series. So I said I was just going to aim for a 7 1/2 hour finish time which I was hoping was going to be too fast for Brian to chase me. In my mind I had no confidence in that time as I didn’t know if I could even finish.

The race started and I set out at the front but kept a comfortable 8:30 pace, my goal was to run the first 2 miles to separate
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Summer base phase (ala Arthur Lydiard) nearly done

I intended to get in 100 kilometres per week throughout the summer, for a summer base phase, ala the great and legendary Arthur Lydiard. But being slower than I was pre-hip, the time it takes to run the metric version of 100 is what it used to take me to run the imperial measure. So, time spent running is a better way to measure things than accumulated kms or miles.

So, in eight to eight-and-a-half hours run weekly, there was plenty of 80-85 kilometre weeks. For you Americans: 50-53 miles per week. It is pretty much all I have to give. I did run a 100K, or 62M or so once or twice.

In the context of “working with what you have,” I ran my base phase and did increase my volume a little and overall enough to get fatigued with some long runs, tempos and lots of easy running. Some strides, drills and gentle fartleks.

So, now to move into the quality phase. I am skipping the Lydiard hill phase, as all runs are hilly, and some are ridiculously hilly. Job done.

I do not have much in race plans until January, then I will race every other week for 16 weeks, so if I can move the fitness needle a little. I will, however, probably run a 5K on Oct. 8.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

32 and very scared !!! Please help

Hi all . ANY ADVICE APPRECIATED . I’m 8 weeks post Rod insertion from hip to knee for intertrochanteric hip fracture . IM ONLY 32 And fell while running ! I’m so terrified I’ll never run again . I’m walking no bother but I still feel it and when I try to run it’s too week and sore . Despite people and physio saying I’m doing great I feel weak . Anyone any experience. I feel I’ve aged years and never run again . 

Thanks a mill, 



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Dave – 6 hour “Durty Beer Race”, not quite as planned

I had concerns going into the race given that 3 weeks earlier my hip was bad during Lake Baldwin 50K, but fitness wise I was on top of my game. The week leading up to this I switched running to swimming to give my hip as much rest as possible and just went for a shakeout run the day before. There were a lot more runners this year and you never know who’s going to turn up and surprise you, but I knew Jeff for sure was going to give me a run for my money. We started of together setting a good pace just under 8 minutes but it felt comfortable. We knew we would have to back off from that pace given the heat and humidity with temperatures in the mid 90’s and feels like over 100 degrees. We came in to the end of the 3.6 mile loop together and got a handheld to drink on the next loop, nutrition was going to be important given the heat we were racing in. We slowed the pace down to right around an 8 minute pace as we headed out again and still everything felt good. I was breathing easy and felt comfortable as we came into the end of the second loop and grabbed new handhelds.

As we started loop 3 I could feel my hip beginning and Jeff’s pace had quickened a little to sub 8 so I was happy enough to let him go, it’s a long race. However by the time we got to the pier about 1.5 miles into the loop, my hip pain had got significantly worse. I carried on running but looking at my watch my pace had slowed to around 8:40 and by the time we left the pier it was now 9:15. I was unable to push off with my left leg with my hip pain and my left leg started collapsing inward occasionally, I knew then my race was over. As I limped in to the end of the loop I was surprised I still hadn’t been caught by … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Has anyone worn out their proshetic?

Eight years ago, I had my hips replaced, and dialed back my running 80%, for fear of wearing out the prothestics.  In 2008, a study found the aveage hip replacement was good for over 15 years, but that was first generation prothestics.  Since mine are cobalt/ceramic (second generation, I think), I would assume they last longer, but haven’t found the studies.  And, it would be nice to see a comparaison of non-runner vs. ultramarathoners replacement times.  I’d really like some hard science, if there is any.  jimmyc… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Caycee Cullen, San Francisco, CA

Hello Hip Runners! I am new to this group and so so so happy to be here.

I just got my surgery date (10/26/23) for a total right hip replacement. Yikes! I am scared (I’ve never had surgery before except for wisdom teeth removal)  and excited (hopefully an end to my pain and BACK TO RUNNING). I am here for information and support and to pass on my experience so hopefully I can support someone else on their hip replacement journey.

One year ago I did the SF Half and my right hip was never really the same. I had a lot of pain:( I went to the PT and X-rays showed I have stage 3 osteoarthritis with bone spurs. It crushed me at first and what was even more brutal was that I could barely run 2 miles – sometimes the buckling pain would stop me in my tracks.

I am a cyclist, rower, and runner, however running is my true love. I LOVE LOVE LOVE running. It is integral to my happiness on all sorts of levels. So going from running 5 miles 5 times a week and able to do half marathons (I did one marathon – NYC – and would like to do that again!) with a month’s notice to being in pain and barely running once a week REALLY AFFECTED my life. I turned 50 in February and without running and a slowing metabolism I gained 12 pounds and didn’t feel like myself. I am slowly shedding the weight with diet and Tunde, my favorite Peleton instructor, but I am so so so ready to run free.

Questions for this most awesome forum:

  1. Does anyone have any pointers for how I can be best prepared for this surgery so the recovery is smooth and as successful as possible? I am a nurse and on my feet a lot at work so I want to make sure I don’t go back to work too soon and honestly, I want to make sure I don’t do anything too soon so I can heal with no complications. I
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Dave – Lake Baldwin 52K race decided by 4 seconds in sprint finish

My training had gone well leading up to this race, the Lake Balwin 52K race, but in the last 2 weeks I had noticed my hip had started to feel a little tight. Since my trip during the Manchester Marathon in April when I broke my scaphoid and had my hand in plaster for 8 weeks and the 6 weeks since, I still cannot put my body weight on my hand and haven’t been able to do much foam rolling, hip strengthening exercises or general mobility stretching. I also ran on the beach on Wednesday evening with my niece and nephew over from England which isn’t great for my hip due to the slant, so I went for a massage Thursday morning to help it. My initial pan was to go the night before and get a hotel with Brian but it was my sisters birthday that day so I couldn’t really leave. Luckily Andy was driving up in the morning so I hopped in the car with him.

I was expecting Michael Stork to be there and to challenge Andy and myself for first place, and you never know who else is going to show up that you don’t know, I knew Jeff was out of town. Brad gathered everyone for the start and we set of. I took up the pace at the front and decided to push the pace harder than I normally would As Andy usually starts well but fades later, but I also know he’s done a lot of ultras over the last 2 years and has learnt a lot so I wasn’t expecting an easy race. Despite the high temperature and humidity the pace felt comfortable as we ran sub 8 minute pace. The race consists of 13 laps of Lake Baldwin, a 2.5 mile loop with not a lot of shade. It’s a good course and the distance is easy to self support from a cooler at the back of the car as you finish each loop. I finished the 1st, 2nd and 3rd loop in first place with … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Sean – About me

Hi all,

I am new to this forum but so glad I found this site. I am 55 years old and have been an avid runner all my life. An MRI from a bout of hamstring tendonitis first revealed arthritis in my left hip in 2016. Over the years, the arthritis has slowly gotten worse. Initially I had great success with cortisone shots, and was able to continue running w/o pain until it wore off, or I got another injury, but my most recent shot in March has had little effect. My arthritis has seriously degraded in the past year. I can no longer run w/o pain and have pain doing simple things like getting off the couch or out of a car. I am now 100% clear that THR surgery is my best option, and seeing all of the success stories on this site has made me optimistic that there is yet another chapter in my running life.

What I am afraid of is that I get one chance to get the surgery right, and there are many options. I’m going for a second opinion on surgery in August. Recently I have heard about dual mobility joints, and I am wondering if I should be pushing for that. I have also heard that anterior surgery is easier to recover from. If there is a checklist of things I should be pushing for or asking about, I would love to hear from others – or even things you would have done differently if you could turn the clock back and go through surgery again.

Sean… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

5K racing update

So for those of you who remembered my last post, my question posed was “can an aging, experienced, 52-year-old, post THR runner get faster?”  And the trial is essentially eight 5K‘s over a four month period to prove it … well here is how it’s going:

May 27, 2023 – ParkRun 5k: 21:17 (good weather for Central Florida; only in the mid-60s)

June 10 – Clermont triathlon series 5K: 21:36 (very hot weather, typical central Florida)

June 12, 2023 – NACDA 5k: 22:06; (not sure if the course was accurately measured, very hot weather,course runner on golf course cart paths too; summary: not a fast course, and only two days rest from last 5K)

July 4 – Tuesday – Freedom 5k – Clermont: 20:54 (hottest day of the year thus far and a hilly course; but a big race, and “home town pride on the line“

July 8 – Clermont triathlon series 5k: heavy rain from about 3/4 of a mile till the end of the race making my Feet definitely heavier, but ran 21:08.

So like many things in life, not a total linear progression, but as of right now I’m about 30 seconds faster at 5K than I was back in May.

Knock on wood I am feeling healthy so I will keep training appropriately, which means most of all safely and second and third of all more mileage with a bit more of speed work.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

4 weeks post bilateral anterior THP


Today marks four weeks since I had THR anterior approach on both my hips.  This morning I was able to get out of bed and walk without any real issues, no pain and a fairly good gait!  Today, I visit my physio hoping for some additional exercises that will help  with rehab and continued hip strengthening!

I’m a runner who has completed 70+ marathons (last one October 2019 before hip issues forced me to stop running) countless 1/2 and 5 / 10k’s.  Once running became to painful, I turned to walking, rowing and weight training for exercise.  I’m fairly healthy without any other health issues.

I am hopeful that I can return to running and was wondering how long it will take before I can start “shuffling” again?  I was able to walk 4.5k yesterday slowly but without need of any aid.  Is there anyone who has had a bilateral anterior THR that has returned to running and what has been your experience.

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Pre-surgery advice

Hi all, looking for some advice from people who knew well in advance that they’d need a hip replacement, please.

I’ve been running injured for the past year, all right leg problems.  First my calf muscle seemed to stop working, then achilles problems, finally persistent weakness and pain around the knee.

Orthopaedic surgeon, x-rays, etc, turns out that the problem is my right hip.  Replacement will be needed within 4-5 years at the outside.  Key diagnosis terms are: degenerate femoral acetabular impingement with cysts in the femoral head and superior lateral acetabulum, large osteophytes inferiorly, dramatic restriction of movement of the right hip (20 degrees of internal rotation reduced to 10 degrees by mid-flexion and extension, 30 degrees of external rotation reduced to 20 degrees towards extension).

For those of you who also knew years in advance, what did you do about running?  Less often and less far until surgery?  Screw it, continue running until the hip’s well and truly knackered?  Pilates, yoga?  Surgeon recommended symmetrical activity – static exercise bike and rowing machine, both with very low resistance – but that barely qualifies as exercise, in addition to being extremely monotonous.

Feeling pretty demoralised, though finding this site and reading so many positive posts is helping.  Never enjoyed going to the gym, no interest in team sports, and mostly detest tennis (decades of which probably caused the damage), so have to be able to run!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)