Welcome to Hiprunner

So….I’m a runner.  I had a hip replacement in January of 2012.   A month prior to my surgery, I started this blog to share my experience with anyone who might be facing the same fate down the road.  I wanted to show my weekly recovery progress and hopeful return to running.  Hence the name…hiprunner.com.  As the months have progressed, I have been contacted by other individuals in the same situation as me.  To make this blog more informative and well-rounded, I have asked them to share their stories and their reports as well, so in the side bar under “Hiprunner Reports”, they have a location for their reports.  We are the Hip Runner’s Club.  The primary purpose of this blog is to tell our stories of how we were or weren’t able to get back to running.    If you find yourself getting a hip replacement, and would like to become a member of the Hip Runner’s Club, we would love to have you share your story on this blog.  Click here to become a member.

Hip Discomfort

I had my 3 month+ checkup last week.  As mentioned in an earlier post, I was experiencing some discomfort and was concerned that something was going on.  X-ray’s confirmed everything is doing fine.  My range of motion is ok, but not great.  Dr. feels that what I am feeling is just scar tissue that will get better over time.  He cautioned me against “over expectations” in that we will never be 18 again.  For me, that happened 50 years ago.  He stressed the importance of continuing with the exercise program, lengthening the hip flexors, etc.  Activity is great, but doesn’t target the specific areas that need to be worked on.  He also cleared me to start a bit of jogging, although with caution to not overdue.  He did say that it will probably feel a bit weird at first.  And I never realized it but apparently my right leg was a bit shorter than my left.  So surgery has corrected that.  Now if the weather will only cooperate.

6.5 Weeks Post Op

Hi All.  Had my left hip replaced on Feb 9th (Posterior approach).  All went well.  Doc put a couple of screws in to secure the cup.  The physio tried to get me walking the next day and I fainted! (Luckily back on to the bed).  I was able to walk around the bed though later.

6 and a half weeks out and I’m getting there slowly.  I’ve been doing my exercises 3 times a day, attending PT sessions weekly and have added resistance bands into the equation now too.

I was back with the doc last Thursday, and he’s happy how everything looks.  However my op leg is still shorter than the other.  I’m off the crutches but still have a significant limp.  In his words though my hip was ‘spectacularly bad’.  I still can’t drive as I just don’t have the power in the leg yet.  He said I could use a stationary bike so have been using it for just 5 minutes a day trying to build up the mobility.

Hopefully will get back driving later in the week.  Running seems a long way off at the moment!

March 10th THR

Long story. Retired Army 22 years. Running 5K, 10k, half’s for 30 years. Started triathlons in 07. Many sprints, a few Olympics and 2 half’s. Tore my meniscus for the 2nd time in 2012. Doc suggested I get a High Tibial Osteotomy. Had HTO and a laminectomy done in 2012. Ever since then my right leg/hip kept getting worse and worse. I had to stop running about a year ago because too painful.  I finally went in to my back doctor to see what was going on. He showed me my x-ray from 2012 and now in 2016 and said lets take a look at the hip first (I thought it was my back again). Had an injection and took 75% of my pain away. Hip doctor suggested THR and I agreed.

Had it done about 2 weeks ago and I feel great. Walking normal and can even tie my own shoe again. Back to work after a week. Started slowly in the gym this weekend on stationary bike and elliptical. Taking it slow, but hope to maybe be able to run again. Praise God!

Another improvement.

I posted earlier a couple of times about this route I have been walking.

It’s a 10K flat-ish route of dirt and gravel around a couple of lakes. Four small hills.

I used to run it in 37:00-48:00 depending on purpose.

Surgery: Dec. 2, 2016

2:04- Sun, Feb. 26 – no running
1:57 – Sun, March 5 – no running
1:47 – Sun, March 12 – no running
1:38 – Thurs, March 16 – no running
1:35 – Sun, March 19 – ran about 1 minute total
1:29 – Wed, March 23 – ran about 10-12 minutes total
1:25 – Sun, March 27 – ran about 12-13 minutes total

Some surgery site soreness, nearly 100% recovered next day…not quite.

Setback during anterior direct thr – what’s next

Hi all new to group, Bob here. Just home from hospital where procedure went awry – fractured femur during setting of appliance. They finished by banding on both sides of fracture then implanting Exeter appliance and glueing.

my bad luck. Now looking at 6 weeks on crutches 50% wt bearing.

at 156 lbs with 28 IM triathlons behind me I was looking forward to eventually running some, all casual. The doc says still possible but have any others a perspective?


Thanks in advance; many inspiring threads here.



Hip discomfort after 3+ months

I am now 3+ months after my THR, right side, and am experiencing some pain.  I get a sharp pain when I turn quickly to the left, nothing when I turn to the right.  I went back to PT just to see if I was doing something incorrectly.  Hip is often quite sore when I first walk.  I tried jogging a bit on the treadmill, but it felt quite different, so I did not continue.  I have a follow up with the Dr. tomorrow 3/24, so assume he will also x-ray to be sure everything is lined up correctly.  My first two months of recovery were great, but the past month has seemed to go downhill a bit.  Anyone else experiencing this?

Pool Running

Now at 10 weeks post op. and ready for a new challenge-pool running.  Just started this morning and ran for 45 minutes in the pool not touching the bottom.  I wasn’t even winded.  Something’s wrong here.  All articles I have come across indicate this activity is great exercise.  I’m dropping $40 a month for a Y membership so I want this to work out and be a work out!  Those of you who are experienced in this – what tips do I need to follow so that when I climb out of the pool my body feels like it’s been pushed?

10 X 5K Ultra

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Checking in 10 months post-op (second hip May 2016, first hip Sep 2015,) completed a 10 X 5K ultra last Saturday.  You run a 5K every hour, on the hour, for 10 hours. Fun right?  It doesn’t seem too bad until around 5K number 7… when the wheels can start to come off the bus.  I had done one before, pre-op and found myself struggling during that one due to bad hips and the problem of just tightening up and very tired legs.  My strategy this time was to rest between each 5K by rolling out my legs and hips on a foam roller and walking around to stay loose.  I’ve learned that on any ultra sitting down is your worst enemy.  It paid off this time… finished 31 miles with a total time of 4 hours and 23 minutes or about an 8:30 pace overall.

Got a 50K coming up in May to celebrate the first full year with 2 new hips.

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Megadestroyer Imperial….

Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout is one tasty beer. Howe Sound Brewery. That and Pothole Filler, that’s another Stout that’s tasty and less licoricey – also brewed by Howe Sound. Then there is Hermannator, the finest Double Ice Bock beer on the planet, earth’s heavenly nectar. Contains hints of caramel, molasses, nuts and coffee, with a slightly tart finish of walnut and an essence of good old wholesome yum. It sustains me.

I know someone who has the last known bottle to man (and woman too), I am going to take him hostage for his beer. They brew again for November, but we are moving towards the warm season: hops (IPA) and Heffeweissens. I cannot hold out that long, like Mizner, wouldn’t last the night in a bamboo cage (Vietnam War, Once a Runner reference).

Sorry. Lost track, what I was going to talk about was, remember when I posted and I was saying that my first hobble around Elk-Beaver Lakes (10K trail) was 2:04, then the following week 1:57, then the following week 1:47?

Well this week it was ….drum roll please….1:38, ta-da!

That’s 26-minute improvement. But, just to keep shit real, that’s an hour and one minute slower than my personal best on the course BA HA HA HA HA.

That’s why I am currently enjoying a Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout.

Sunday, I go for a sub-1:30:00 and a hostage taking.