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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.

2016 Recap

2016Recap 2016 Recap

At the end of the each year following my hip replacement, I have provided a recap of the year and established new goals (See 2012 Recap, 2013 Recap, 2014 Recap, 2015 Recap).  These recaps have helped me to assess my progress and establish goals for the new year.

Here is a recap of my goals for 2016….

2016 couldn’t have turned out better given my circumstances….Here is how I did.

    1. Snake River in under 1:35.  My time: 1:30:48.  Boom!  Good way to start the year with this goal.
    2. Bloomsday in sub 49:00.  My time: 49:02.  OK.  Not bad.  Close
    3. Weight under 180. This was one that I couldn’t get to.  I will be carrying over this goal into 2017.
    4. Survive the Rut.  Not only did I survive it, I took third in my age group.
    5. Increased Leg Strength.  Summer training for the mountain runs helped with this very much.  I spent a lot time doing elevation training and this helped with my leg strength.
    6. Hip Runner Shirt..Version 2.0.  Yep it came out. 🙂
    7. Break the record for the most Hip Runners gathered together at one time – Currently 3.  Some day it will happen, but it didn’t happen in 2016
    8. Stay Optimistic.  Scheduling (and completing) a mountain run and a rim-to-rim Grand Canyon run in 2016 is a good indicator that I reached this goal.

So what is in store for 2017?

As I plan my goals for 2017, I am still recovering from my achilles issue incurred during my Grand Canyon run in October.  But I am taking PT and hope to be back at it soon.  So in no particular order….here are my goals for 2017…

  1. Snake River in under 1:35.  I ran in it in 1:30 last year but a I suffered a set back with my left achilles tendon after the Grand Canyon run.  This has severely limited my outside running.  I have been getting workouts in on my Zero Runner.
  2. Bloomsday in sub 49:00.  Same goal as last year.  I will be happy to achieve this.
  3. Weight under 180. Try number 2.  2017 is the year!
  4. Beat the Rut.  Last year was a trial run.  I survived.  This year I know what it is like.  Let’s see if I can beat last year’s time.
  5. More Strength.  If I have learned anything, it is that overall strength is necessary to avoid injury.  Especially for us Hip Runners.  This year I will focus more on overall body strength especially strengthening the glutes and the legs.
  6. Hip Runner Shirt..Version 3.0.  Version 2.0 was good, but Version 3 will be even better.
  7. Stay Optimistic.  I have to close with this one.  Where am I without it?

Where would Hip Runner be without optimistic people who believed that they could continue their running pursuits after their hip replacements?  Stay tuned for my next post which will focus on the most noteable posts of 2016 from this Hip Running Community…..


Getting ready for op

Hi All

Finally have a date for surgery (Feb 9th). I was initially scheduled for September 22nd but my surgeon had a health scare (thankfully he’s on the mend now) and had to cancel.

Nervous and excited at the same time, I’ve two small kids (a two year old and a ten month old) at home so worried about the pressure my wife will be under for the first few weeks and the fact I won’t be able to lift them. Not sure how long before I can lift them?

I’m looking forward to throwing myself into rehab and getting back running. The doc supports me going back running (although we didn’t go into details of exactly how much!) Left hip is totally gone at this stage. at 42 he told me I’ve done well getting this far and that the joint is nearly starting to fuse at this stage. I’ve probably less than 5 years life left in the right hip too.

As ever, enjoy reading all the positive stories here.

First Post Op 5K

I was convinced that 2016 would be the year I would qualify for Boston. In 2015 I had taken over an hour off my half iron distance tri. I was conversationally running in the mid 7’s. I was dialed in and focused, it was only a matter of time. I would finally achieve the elusive goal that I had previously toyed with but never really took seriously. The only mild issue was a nagging deep groin pull and pain that I couldn’t shake. At the time I incorrectly thought, this is just par for the course when you’re middle aged. No pain no gain.

I was able to deny the pain for awhile but during a 1/2 marathon BQ speed trial, I was forced to face the music. First 3 miles were right on pace but my hip radiated pain throughout my body with each stride. It was excruciating. I ended up hobbling to the finish line, but was never able to shake the pain.

I knew something was wrong but was in denial about the severity. The first x-ray and MRI conclusively showed FAI and DJD. It took the doctor 0 seconds to blurt out – I’m sorry to say but you need a hip replacement.

He must’ve been speaking Chinese, because I certainly didn’t accept his diagnosis. I spent most of the next year exhausting non surgical options and searching for better doctors who would surely find a different diagnosis and solution.  As I searched the pain increased and quality of life decreased.

In many ways the hip diagnosis felt like death. Fear and loss consumed me. I slowly accepted my running days were over and came to terms with the death of my youth. As unpalatable as having my femur amputated and hip replaced was, my first waking thoughts became: I’m in pain, the day is over. I usually had been awake for 15 seconds before this reality arrived.

Once the pain took over the only realistic solution became surgery.

Surgery was 10/3/2016.

I walked that day, climbed stairs the next.

I ditched the walker almost instantly and walked a lot.

As it became medically approved I appropriately added non impact cardio machines and lots of swimming.

This past Saturday I did not intend to run a 5K. I though I might push the kids in the stroller and cheer on my wife and sister. When I found myself at the start I was overcome with excitement and decided to just give it a shot and play it by ear. Running does not feel the the same, but it doesn’t hurt.

I pushed the girls at a 12+ min pace for the first mile. Slow and steady. My sister could see I was itching to go and graciously offered to push. I took off. Adrenaline surged with each person I passed. I settled into a pace, found my breath and it dawned on me – HOLY SHIT  – i’m running ! I became a sensory sponge, taking in the beautiful scenery of the park, feeling the crisp air in my lungs, and the glorious warm glow of the sun. Pearl Jam’s Alive came blaring through my brain, like it had been waiting for me to hit play. I chanted the mantra – GET SOME  – as I passed more people. I’m still alive. Then as quickly as it started it was over. My new hip PR and final time 29:56.

I couldn’t be happier or feel more complete.

The doctors will tell you that you cant run.

Most other will tell you that you shouldn’t.

Don’t believe them.

You can and you will, if you want too.

You are a HipRunner !! GET SOME !

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MattR – Total Hip Replacement – Front incision (Surg – Post Surg Day 21)

Total Hip Replacement – Front incision

Pain Levels:

0 0% of the time I don’t even know my hip surgery happened
1 I know I have a sore hip, it takes a few seconds to go from sitting to walking due to stiffness, but when walking I’m ok
2 Feels like the day after a marathon (I’m a half marathoner so I’m usually really sore after a marathon) or hiking up or down a steep mountain when the next day you need to hold onto the stairs handrail in order to go down. You can move, but it is slow and your muscles hurt.
3 I need pain medicine in order to feel comfortable sleeping or sitting (pain meds no more than over the counter)
4 0      So far I didn’t have a 4 or greater

Myself: I’m 56 years old, I like half marathons, I’m not fast but also not slow, I can do a half averaging a 7:13 – 7:20 pace. I do triathlons Olympic distance; I can usually finish top or close to top in my age group. I bike at a B+ pace with a bike group. I’m a vegan due to health reasons, and I brew beer (meaning I enjoy a good beer, and occasional scotch).

Approach: I panned this operation for 7 months when the doc told me it’s not if its when. So I decided to do this when I’m in really good shape. I had bad arthritis in my left hip (right one is good), and I had to stop running because I was over compensating for my bad hip and it was starting to cause pain in my knee. I went all in with biking, did close to 4k of mileage this year, all out doors. I did the triple bypass in CO, I did it in 9 hours, a little over 8 in the seat. I also did a bunch of century’s and usually one metric century a weekend. I also did a lot of abs workouts.

I treated the surgery as a long bike ride, drinking a lot of fluids before and after. My goal was to stay really hydrated and flush out the toxins from the medicine used during the surgery. I purposely did the operation in Dec so I will have enough time to build myself back up. I live in PA, so there is not a lot of outdoor biking in Jan & Feb (this is usually when I do a lot of running). I am signed up for the Honor ride metric in Florida in Feb 2017. I really don’t think this will be a stretch goal at all. As of Post Day 3, I will listen to my PT, he is telling me right now less is more due to how well I’m doing. So while I would love to get on my trainer and just spin, I will follow his direction.

Surgery Day:

  • Epidural for the surgery and 24 hours after
  • Walked around the hospital floor with a walker
  • Sat in a chair
  • Still on surgery pain meds
  • Sleep: Slept ok – they woke me up 3 times during the night for hospital stuff
  • Worst Pain Level: 2 – when the meds wore off during the night
  • Average Pain Level: 1

Post Surgery Day 1:

  • Pain Meds: Extra Strength Tylenol
  • Walked around the floor without the use of a walker or cane
  • Did PT
  • Showered and dressed myself (I was able to put on my socks myself)
  • Got released 10 am
  • Went to a restaurant to eat
  • Sleep: Slept well
  • Worst Pain Level: 2
  • Average Pain Level: .5 (When sleeping or sitting 0 pain, when walking or moving really stiff 1)

Post Surgery Day 2:

  • Pain Meds: Extra Strength Tylenol & Aspirin (for blood clots)
  • Able to go to the bathroom (a lot of talk about being constipated due to the medicine used during and after surgery, that is one reason I didn’t and don’t want to take any narcotic medicines after surgery)
  • Showered and dress by myself
  • Drove myself to PT
  • Walked very slowly (no assistance equipment or person) 200yards into the doc office
  • PT – I’m doing very well, warning don’t over due it, less is more right now with me
  • Went out to happy hour – had a few beers
  • Sleep: Slept well
  • Worst Pain Level: 2 – I felt that this will probably be my most painful day of the post operation, my body is off all operation meds and I’m starting to move around
  • Average Pain Level: .5

Post Surgery Day 3:

  • Pain Meds: Extra Strength Tylenol & Aspirin (for blood clots)
  • Prior to taking any medicine, I’m seeing how I feel this morning with out any pain meds. It feels like good while sitting, but walking is slow and stiff.
  • Walked around the house, did a few light things, ice storm outside so I didn’t take any outside walks
  • Went out to dinner, short walk from the car to the restaurant
  • Sleep: Slept ok, woke up a few times during the night
  • Worst Pain Level 2: Pain level was the same as yesterday
  • Average Pain Level .5: most of the time I was not in pain

Post Surgery Day 4:

  • Pain Meds: Extra Strength Tylenol (night), Motrin (after meals) & Aspirin (for blood clots)
  • My leg was a bit more swollen today, didn’t ice it enough yesterday
  • The extra strength Tylenol was not working as well as I would like, I feel I’m still at the same movement level as post surgery day 2. So I decided to take 200mg of Motrin after every meal instead of Tylenol.
  • Walked my dog twice for about 1K each walk, it was slow and I felt pretty sore by the end of each walk
  • Sleep: Slept ok, woke up a few times during the night, and woke up at 4am not able to go back to sleep. Getting comfortable to fall asleep was difficult.
  • Worst Pain Level 3: Pain level was more than it has been, but I’m doing more
  • Average Pain Level 1: most of the time I was not in pain

Post Surgery Day 5:

  • Pain Meds: Extra Strength Tylenol (night), Motrin (after meals) & Aspirin (for blood clots)
  • While my sleep is getting worse, I felt better today than yesterday. I went to work today Monday. I have a long commute (drive) but I was able to ice my leg while I drove to work. We have a work campus, and I usually need to walk around a bunch, I stayed pretty close to my desk all day. My hip was pretty sore by the time I got home from work.
  • Sleep: Slept ok, woke up a few times during the night, and woke up at 4am not able to go back to sleep. Getting comfortable to fall asleep was difficult.
  • Worst Pain Level 2: Pain level was a bit better than yesterday
  • Average Pain Level 1: most of the time I was not in pain

Post Surgery Day 6:

  • Pain Meds: Motrin (after meals – Lunch and Dinner) & Aspirin (for blood clots)
  • I slept a bit better last night. I’m still only getting 4 – 5 hours of sleep per night. I went to work today Tuesday. Iced my leg on my drive into work. I was feeling pretty good this morning, I didn’t take my usual Motrin after breakfast, I went until early afternoon with out any pain medicine. I did take 200mg after lunch and after dinner. I did a good amount of walking at work today. Still a pretty slow pace.
  • Sleep: Slept better, woke up but was able to go back to sleep. I didn’t take any Tylenol for sleep, and I got 6 hours of sleep.
  • Worst Pain Level 2: Pain level was a bit better than yesterday
  • Average Pain Level 1: most of the time I was not in pain


I am starting to not need as much Motrin or Tylenol. I feel that keeping my pain level at a certain point will keep me from over doing any walking / activity. So while I’m still pretty slow when I walk, my pain level is getting to a point where I may be off all pain meds soon. The most pain is when I go from sitting to walking, if I have been sitting for a while, it takes me a bit to get loose. I have PT tomorrow and Friday, and I’m hoping to do light bike peddling on my trainer on Sat (Post Surgery Day 10).

Post Surgery – two weeks

Post Surgery Day 10 – I was able to bike on my trainer 10 miles. This was my first ride after surgery, not counting 10 minutes biking at PT,  I averaged 93w, mostly soft peddling but if felt really good.

Post Surgery Day 15 – I was able to do several small bike rides between day 10 and day 15, but on day 15 I did 15 miles on my trainer averaging 139w. I was starting to get more power, and during PT a few days earlier the therapist allowed me to work out pretty hard on the bike.

Post Surgery Day 18 – This was New Years Day, I did 30 miles outside with a group averaging 140w.

Post Surgery Day 21 – This was my first followup with the doc, they gave me the green light to do what ever I want to do as long as I’m not seeing any unordinary inflammation.

Over all, I had a plan with my recovery, and I was able to either stay to the plan or be a bit ahead of it. I’m also able to do things with my new hip that I wasn’t able to do with the old one, and while the swelling reduces, my waking stride still has a limp to it, it is slowly getting smoother. I will probably not try to run until the spring, and I will try to limit my runs, unless races, to track work. But for now, I will be shooting for 100 miles a week on the trainer or if it is nice outside. Currently in Allentown, PA it is snowing, so it looks like this weekend I will be on the trainer.



First jog 3 months post op

I’ve trained almost every day since I got medical clearance to resume normal activities.  I’ve substituted swimming, biking  and low impact cardio machines  for running, hoping this would pave my way back. All traces of arthritis pain are gone, but I haven’t totally recalibrated to the new normal.  I have very little surgical numbness, range of motion is dramatically improved but there is still lingering low grade tingling and pulsing in what I believe is soft tissue. I’ve scheduled a appointment to re-confirm healing is complete and hardware is set. With all that in mind, and my surgeons strong bias not too, I was reluctantly given the green light to run, if I must.

I chose to start on a treadmill in a effort to minimize some of the impact. Through lots of roadwork walking I’ve discovered I prefer the feel of the road more then cushioning.   I’ve moved away from heavily cushioned Hoka’s, and landed on Newton’s. My balance, stride and gait have changed and less shoe  counter intuitively feels better.

I started to envision a 5k with 1/4 mile repeats at breakneck pace as I drove to the gym. I’m thankful I recognized the stupidity of this as I found the machine. Even still, I started too fast. I was high on adrenaline. After a few short strides I put the speed at 7 for a bit, then 8 and 9. It didn’t take long for my hip to tell me to lay off the throttle. I settled into a measured pace at 6 and stayed there with brief returns to 7 for the duration of a mile. I could’ve gone faster and further but I was able to connect with the truth. I haven’t run in over a year, heavier, had my hip replaced three months ago, and this wasn’t my crucible. Reluctantly, common sense won the day.

As I write this, I’m thankful I took it slow. My hip feels fine but the rest of my body feels the impact. All in all, I feel great. I did not expect to be back this quickly. I will slowly add more mileage and speed with a heavy emphasis on listening to my body.  2017 GET SOME !!

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Old School

Hello Everyone!  I am brand new to the site and this is my first post.  I must confess that I am a basketball player first and a runner second.  However, the numerous experiences that I have read on this site have inspired me greatly!  I am scheduled for a total hip replacement on January 30th after succumbing to end-stage osteoarthritis this past September.  I am an avid, life-long gym rat and have played both competitive and recreational basketball since I was eight years-old (I am now 57).  I was originally diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in both hips in mid-2012.  While the condition in the right hip is barely noticeable and has not impacted the movement of the joint much at all, the left joint has been my contant problem.  Although I continued to play basketball (albeit with some difficulty) with the help of annual guided cortisone injections into the left hip joint since 2012, the condition reached the point of no return in early fall of 2016.  It took me two months to schedule a consult with my selected surgeon at Rush Hospital in Chicago.  I met with the surgeon on November 23rd and the surgery was scheduled for January 30th.  Needless to say, I am counting the days as I am basically operating on one leg at present.  I am staying as active as possible with the assistance of stretching, walking, ice baths, hot showers, and Aleve.  Your numerous posts have given me hope and comfort that not only will I get my life back post surgery, but a return to basketball and running is a likely possibility.  All the best to everyone, and I will post later on my progress post-surgery.

Dave – 10 Days Off – 10 Days of Fun – 6 Tri’s, Half Marathon, 2 Duathlons

Entering this Christmas period I was thinking about not running for a couple of weeks to try to rest my hip and see how it would go. Well if you know me that’s never na easy plan for me to follow. I knew I had (for charity) to run a half marathon on Christmas Day so we moved our weekly fun triathlons to Saturday, besides who else was going to work out that day.

IMG 4057 150x150 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 DuathlonsSo Saturday cal group of us met and did our weekly tri, for me 18 miles on my ElliptiGo bike while the road bike group on their 21 mile route try to catch me. Luckily they’re still to achieve that. IMG 4069 150x150 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 DuathlonsSo Sunday came and I headed out, I hadn’t run more than 6 miles in about 4 months so I knew this would be a challenge, I will write a post about that soon. I accomplished it, having to walk a little each mile between mile 9 and 13.

The following day I took it easy and just did a bike ride, which unfortunately was cut short with a blown tire, and a run. IMG 4064 150x150 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 DuathlonsThe following day was nice so I started with a bike ride, then went for a run with my dog and decided to swim in the Gulf again as it was around 80 degrees outside. The next day I got up and went for a bike ride again, then took my dog running, then for another swim (you’ve got to love the weather in Florida) and then finished up with the Clever Training Group Run where a ran 6 miles at a pace a couple of seconds faster than my last 2 10K races over the last morted the same wnth (another post coming).

IMG 4121 150x150 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 DuathlonsThursday started the same way so I did another tri, making it 4 in the last 6 days. I decided to rest Friday and just ran a couple of miles with my dog. On Saturday we switched out Sunday Tri a day early again with the holiday and I also added a run with the dog.

On New Years Day for the last 4 years we’ve done a Polar Bare Race, at least a Florida version of it. What makes it tough is that I throw a New Year’s Eve Party the night before that we don’t shut down to 3am so getting up at 7:45 is awlays a challenge. We meet at the beach, the water temperature was around 63 degrees but it was sunny and maybe 70 degrees air temperature. With our Polar Bare Race you get points added on for the more clothes you wear so we have a little fun.
NY Polar Bare Race Group 300x169 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 DuathlonsCompare the 2 photos of our group and another group a couple of miles north. There is no better way to start the year with a duathlon with friends, a ows wet suits 300x225 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 Duathlonsshort swim followed by a 1 mile run on the beach with optional shots or beers in between for extra minute credits. A few people turned up about an hour late (too much to drink) but as it was so nice a few of us did the race again with them. We have a blast dressing up (or down) each year and this year was the best. We then follow it with breakfast and a few more beers.


Monday a rogher day in the gulf 150x150 Dave   10 Days Off   10 Days of Fun   6 Tris, Half Marathon, 2 DuathlonsMonday was also a beautiful day so I also did a tri, although the water was rough, and then went to the Clever Training bridge speed workout in the evening. So in a 10 day period I did 6 triathlons, 2 (or 3) duathlons), a half marathon and a day of rest (only 1 run). 30 workouts in 10 days.

Not quite the rest I had planned but at least I did follow the cross training plan that I try to promote and encourage you all to follow. Now it’s back to work and to follow a moderate training plan. Life is about having fun, don’t let your hip stop you. Happy New Year and all the best for all your goals in 2017.

Dave – 2,000+ miles for 2016

This year I was able to run more than 2,000 miles for the year. Last year I missed out by about 30 miles due to racing too much and my hip was sore and I was trying to recover for January races. This year I had ran 1,720 miles by the beginning of September but had a heel problem , plantar fasciitis and hip problems, probably made worse with the other issues. However by not pushing too hard and just taking it easy I’ve been able to run about 25 miles a week. This wasn’t a goal at the beginning of the year and I advise against making mileage goals. We need to run based on a specific race goal and rest when our body tells us to. I ran various ultra races this year and that’s why my mileage was so high. Next year I plan run no more than 1,500 miles and do more training on my ElliptiGo. Still I’m proud of reaching this level, it’s a huge accomplishment for anyone and even more so for members of the HipRunners Club. Run safe, run smart and enjoy your 2017 racing schedule.

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2000 miles in 2016

Nearly 9 weeks post-op and have just started jogging again

So on Christmas Day I did my first walk/run, having seen my surgeon a couple of days before who said that was OK. He’s a runner himself and knows there is no point telling me not to run!

I have a question though. What is the risk of running on roads as opposed to trails/grass? Is it merely wear and tear on the prosthesis or is there some other danger? I don’t anticipate doing very much in the way of road running but I would like to do my favourite10k race next year, which is all on tarmac. I’m just a little confused about the advice and the basis for it. I’m light and I try to run mid-foot rather than heel striking – does that make a difference too? Also, what about track running? My running club does a track session that is for all-comers (i.e. very mixed ability) and I’d love to go back to that again at some point, but not sure if track running is OK? I wouldn’t be trying to sprint, but the intervals sessions are really useful for building up a bit more speed/stamina.


1 Month Post Op

Just had my 1 month post op check up and everything looks good. Doc cleared me to resume swimming as incision has healed completely. We talked about a realistic time frame for me to resume some running. He wants to wait to see bone growth into the implant to ensure it is good and stable. Anyone else trying to move that window up a bit? I’m 63 so not a spring chicken, but would like to at least think I could get a sprint distance triathlon in late summer?