Still Hard

I am ten months out from my total hip replacement (right).  According to my Garmin Watch, I have run 205 miles including my first “race” yesterday in which I ran 5 miles faster than plan.  My question is (and I look forward to comments) is when does it get easy?  Every run is hard.  Not painful, but they are not what they used be, effortless (not all the time), and fun.  But now, no matter the distance, they are not without some stiffness, and some struggle.  Could it just be the gift of aging?  I am 58 years young.  It is very frustrating and I fear that over time it will quell my interest in continuing to run.  All comments/responses are welcome.  Thank you.


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      I am ten months out from my total hip replacement (right).  According to my Garmin Watch, I have run 205 miles including my first “race” yesterday in
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    • #11867

      Hi Mark, the thing you have to remember is that you no longer have natural bone & joint there so there will be a degree of difficulty if I can put it that way. Although age is but a number I’m now 66 & a previous ultra marathon runner (89kms). I had my first thr posterior in 2012 and the second in 2014 . I don’t do many races especially the long distance but run up to half marathon. Some days I find it effortless and other days a bit more effort is needed. Certainly you do slow down a bit with age but I wouldn’t let that stop you from doing what you enjoy – running!! Try doing some yoga to loosen up your muscles I find this works plus I occasionally take the odd anti inflammatory.

    • #11868
      ali burrow

      I’m almost 2 years out. I find that I absolutely must warm up now. i used to be able to get away with just heading out the door for a run. Now I have to do the high knees, butt kicks and squats for about 5 minutes to warm things up, and then I can run. I also have found that I have to lift weights to build and maintain the muscles that I probably lost while waiting for the surgery. Other than that. At 64, hell, I’m just happy to run a couple miles every day, and crank out 13 occasionally.

    • #11869
      Dave Whiteside

      Hi Mark, for me I didn’t do too much running for a year, not because anything hurt but I didn’t love the sport at that time. Once I started to like running I was able to increase my speed and distance. I know Tom always says it takes about a year before it becomes 100% but we’re all different. Yes yoga, massages, strength/core training etc will help, as will biking and swimming. Don’t give up, there will be better days ahead and probably worse days. I’ve had a couple of set backs in the last 6 years but I’ve come back stronger each time. Just back off and rest when it hurts and you should be fine.

    • #11870

      Scar tissue.

      Scar tissue needs to be broken up eventually. It is totally no pliable and will cause tearing of the soft tissue, which causes more scar tissue – the scar tissue = stiffness and needs to be warmed up. I would get the rolling pin out and break up the scar tissue…..have you had any work done to the site?



    • #11871
      Hip Brother Tom

      Hi Mark,

      I didn’t feel like I was near 100% until about 16-18 months. But at 3 months I started running. And it hurt a bit. But when it hurt to much I rested. And after I rested, I ran again. Eventually I was back to racing. It will come. Stay optimistic my friend. 🙂

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