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.
Bryant here again. You all motivate me incredibly… I had my 2nd THR May 24th. And amazingly I feel great… I do get a little reminder every once in a while but that’s usually very mild. I have been swimming religiously, weight lifting and lots of stretching. Even doing squats better than I have in 20 years. Rode bike 60 miles on Saturday at about a 17.5 mph avg pace. Two weeks ago I started running experimentally and I am working carefully on developing/ perfecting a mid-foot landing form. Seems to help quite a bit. This past Wednesday I ran 4 miles at about a 10.5 mph pace with no pain. I’ve signed up for a Triathlon in September and plan to walk/run that portion. Will be my first open ocean swim… funny that’s the part I’m worried about vice the run.
Question for anyone.. what kind of running shoes are you using? I’ve just started with Newtons to get away from heel striking and although awkward I like them. Wondering if I’ll start losing toenails now? Anyway keep up the great work everyone! If anyone is in or near Charleston SC let me know! The 40th Cooper River Bridge Run is next spring – great race in a great city!
Great to see HipRunner on Facebook & Twitter!
Well, it’s been 6 days shy of 4 months. some days are better than others – mostly ‘how much did I sit on my butt’ vs ‘how much exercise did I get?’ Still obviously healing – well, it’s obvious to me, I have always paid close attention to what my body is telling me. Got another 4 mile run/walk in this afternoon with the dog. I wasn’t feeling great (too much work, not enough exercise) so I didn’t push. Last week I got in a 5k at 34 minutes. That may not sound like much to the ‘real’ runners out there, but even fairly fit pushing my 216 lb frame around takes a lot of work! Best part is the times are coming down, and it’s faster than the St Paddy’s day race I ran before surgery. Best part is it doesn’t really hurt the next day the way it did 2 months ago. But remember to start out slow!
I’m far off my PR of 24 minutes for a 5k, but I can start adding some miles which will also get rid of extra weight. My goal is another 31 lbs so I can go back to the wrestling veterans national championships next spring at 185. If I’m not ready I will wait a year, I can be patient when necessary. And in the meantime I can run.
Woo Hoo. After a long hiatus, social media is back. Now when you post here, your post will automatically post to Facebook (www.facebook.com/hiprunner) and Twitter (@hiprunner). Check it out for yourselves! 🙂
Using this site for my inspiration. Can’t wait for the surgery to be over, the two nights in the hospital to pass, get beyond worrying about infections and things going awry, and just being able to walk and then run and then run faster. Got a new pair of orange, super light, Adidas Adizeros Boosts and will bring them with me to the hospital to help keep me focused. Here goes!
Tomorrow (Friday) is my 18 month mark since my THR — And I have to say the results have been beyond my wildest expectations! So happy to have found this community as well to share the journey and discuss the concept of even thinking about getting back into running — so many of my non-running friends just don’t get it. 🙂
I’ve been noticing some residual discomfort on my surgical side at the hip flexor and some pain around the back of the hip — I was starting to get worried that either I was having a leg length problem (about 1/4 inch off) or I had somehow damaged the hip!
At the encouragement of my regular doc at my annual checkup (the same doc who told me over 10 years ago to go see an orthopedist for my dysplasia!) — I decided to schedule a checkup with my PT team that assisted me through the recovery. I really didn’t want to hear I was having some sort of issue that would send me back to the orthopedist’s office.
After a thorough evaluation he determined my pain was from three things: One, glutes that weren’t firing properly, making the hip feel weak and hip flexors work harder, tendonitis on my surgical side (which I had not even noticed until he had me touch each hip simultaneously and I couldn’t believe how tender and swollen I was!) and tight muscles across the lower back and periformus. Whew!
After even just one session of proper massage and release work and some very simple bridge exercises to get those glutes firing, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt and how much less weak the hip felt!
I’m going to go back a couple times a week for a few weeks for more massage and release work and follow a regiment of glute-firing exercises and an icing routine for a couple of weeks to get back to where I want to be.
So glad I decided to check in with PT and get this fixed — it was a good reminder for me that even though the ‘recovery’ is officially over, this is a lifelong process of balancing and adjusting to keep everything strong and healthy.
Keep on truckin’ HipRunners! 🙂
In my last post in May, I was having some issues gauging where the balance should be between pushing myself and laying off some of the impact activities that were making me sore. Now just 3 months later it seems I have found that balance.
I’m still in love with my active lifestyle since the hip replacement. Since my last post I’ve gone hiking in the National Forrest of Arkansas, played several tennis matches, I continue to time and improve my mile time, and have even started picking up some old solo soccer drills.
The difference I have found over the last few months is my dedication to the gym. Although I work a desk job Monday through Friday I now go to the gym 7 days a week. Dedicating 2 days a week to legs only has been helpful. Squats have improved in weight almost 50% over the last few months. The extra strength seems to be boosting my performance threshold before I begin to feel any sort of pain!
I still have problems with lunges. That has to do with old scar tissue from my original core decompression surgeries. My toes curl up when I pull my full back towards my body. For instance, when kneeling the foot connected to the leg that is kneeling has tightly curled toes and hurts quite a bit. I’ve been told I can have surgery to release those tendons but it will lose the ability to move those toes anymore. I don’t feel like that’s necessary at this point.
Charging forward, I’m loving the progress. I haven’t felt any pain in quite a few weeks now, and I’m pushing harder every day. This “30 year” hip had me skeptical at first, but no more.
I can’t wait to see where I can go from here. Thank you all for giving me a place to share all of this. As a 27 year old I’m short of people in my tribe who can relate. Your feedback has encouraged me and motivated me to keep going forward.
All the best,
Thank you for accepting me Tom, I appreciate the gesture. Bit about me, Justin Rogers, 33 years old with a permanent ileostomy due to Crohn’s disease and now a Ceramic on Poly THR resulting from a few years on corticosteroids. I am now 14 weeks post op after surgery the first week of may at Rothman Institute in Philadelphia by Dr. William Hozack. It went great, I feel pretty good so far. Some minor aching still, though I have been lifting and cycling since six weeks post op with no real complaints. I am concerned though with running; my first run was a short 2.25mi on Friday followed by another 2.25mi Tuesday. My surgeon told me after 12 weeks I would be able to resume running, I was doubtful and asked a few times repeating the same question and scenarios to be completely sure on their answer and recommendations. After reading some snips here I see things like 6 months post op to resume running ect. I am now really questioning if I should hang the shoes back up for another few months and just ride my bikes?
Any input would be great, thanks again for accepting me.
Heading into last weekend’s Matt Mahoney’s 50K race I wasn’t sure what to expect, not because of the pantyhose division but due to my hip replacement giving me issues during the last week. I had trained hard for this, completing many runs of 26.2 miles or more, many during the heat of the day and including a marathon of just bridge repeats. However the week before the race on an easy 10 mile Saturday run with my iRun Family my hip started screaming at me at mile 3 and didn’t ease up. So during the week I took it easy to prepare for the race.
I drove 2 hours to Orlando that morning as the race didn’t start until 8:40am, who starts a race at that time in Florida. At the start I chatted with Michael Stork, last year’s winner and also the race director for the Pinellas Trail Challenge, a 46 mile race on September 3rd, labor day weekend. I knew he would be pretty much my main competition in the race and I wanted to beat him. I have about 5 or 6 ultra’s that I plan running this year, leading up to the Daytona 100 mile race. Today was a smaller race and I knew there would only be a handful of people that could beat me if my hip held up and I didn’t cramp like I did in the previous 2 ultras, my goal was to win.
8:40 came and we started running, sure enough it was me and Michael out at the front running a mid-7 minute pace, a little quicker than I planned. I kept up with him as we completed the first loop around Lake Baldwin, 2.5 miles with little shade and I then informed him I was planning on running 8’s so I dropped behind him 20 yards but didn’t slow down and maintained the same pace. As we came to the end of each loop I had closed the gap but had to stop to change my handheld nutrition whereas Michael’s wife passed him his and he pulled away again. At the end of the third lap I still had some left so decided not to stop and didn’t lose any ground, however very shortly after I had finished it and didn’t have anything to drink and now the temperature was already in the low 90’s and I was regretting it and I think it was going to come back and bite me later.
Coming to the end of the 4th loop Michael went to the bathroom and I had to stop to refill my bottles as I only had 3. In the rush to get back out before Michael I forgot to pick up my water and even though I was probably about 25 yards away I decided not to turn back and kept going. Our pace had slowed to just over 8 minute miles now and I completed laps 5 & 6 ahead of him seeing him come into the aid station area as I was leaving. I took of my shirt after got a dry shirt out but forgot to put it on and left without it. During the next loop I could feel my right hamstring starting to get tight with cramp and I had to back off the pace a little. I don’t usually have any cramping issues after 15 miles but with the drink issues and the heat I was concerned with 17.5 miles still to go. When I came round next time I asked if anyone had any pickle juice but nobody did so I pushed ahead.
My next lap the cramping continued and I had to slow down a couple of times and walk a little when I felt it coming on to prevent severe cramping. I looked down at one stage during this loop and my left foot was planting outwards about a 30 degree angle but after walking it was okay again. There was a couple that passed me and asked if I was okay and they said they had some pickle juice that they would leave on top of the car for me. However when I started running again I soon passed them so that would have to wait another lap. This race had people running in both directions and I kept passing a young attractive girl, Renee, who was racing the opposite direction from me and I wasn’t sure how close she was to me as I felt like we passed many times, but in my direction I was still leading and assumed Michael was behind me.
When I came in the next lap I looked on top of all the cars but couldn’t see any pickle juice, I was concerned as my cramping was getting worse. I had remembered to take a couple of salt caps but each time coming in always forgot something. I also experimented with Tailwind for this race having given up taking Gu’s and Gatorade as much as I could over the previous couple of months. However I think I completely underestimated the dosage and watered it down to much so it wasn’t as effective as it should, in addition to not drinking enough. During the next loop my left foot started planting out sideways again and I couldn’t do anything with it to get it straight.
As I looked down at it my outside calf muscles cramped hard and they looked like they bulged out the left side of my leg by an inch, then my right calf cramped and then my hamstring, I knew I was going down then. Luckily there was a good Samaritan who quickly came to my rescue, Malika, she kindly stopped and helped me stretch my calf’s until I was out of pain and then helped me to my feet and instructed me to walk and off she went. A couple of minutes later I passed her on the loop and she told me I should slow down otherwise it would happen again, I replied “I would but Michael Stork is probably 2 minutes behind me so I can’t”, she laughed and said go for it.
My next stroke of luck occurred as I came into the transition zone, I still couldn’t see any pickle juice on any cars but as I was running a couple in a car (I still don’t know their names to thank them) rolled down their window and asked if I still wanted the pickle juice. They had started earlier to avoid the heat and were leaving, of course I said yes and they produced half a large jar of pickle juice which I quickly accepted. As I sat down on my cooler to try to drink it, just raising the jar to my mouth my arm muscles were cramping making it difficult to drink, that and the taste of it. However I knew it would helped so gulped down as much as I could and ate half a bagle with chive cream cheese and drank a bunch of water. Feeling better I got up and set off again remembering to grab a cold cloth to also put under my cap to help cool me off.
I also remembered to tighten my shoe laces as they had started to feel a little loose and my feet were moving in them. I committed one of those cardinal sins in this race running in DryMax Hot Weather Running Socks for the first time. When I put them on in the morning I wasn’t sure I had a good pair, both feet had an ‘L’ in the toe area and the socks I usually run in have an ‘L’ and an ‘R’ to signify which foot to put them on. I later learnt that the ‘L’ is the size. They contain something called PTFE to reduce friction which allows them to stay cooler and drier, and have a vented arch band to allow the heat to escape which is a perfect match with my Adidas Climachill Boost shoes which also contain a vented strip. My feet felt great, didn’t blister and were not an issue at all, hopefully they will perform as well in my longer races. I had 2 blisters from a 6 mile barefoot tempo beach run from a couple of weeks before and they were no trouble.
As I ran the 11th loop my legs felt easier but still were tight and I had to walk again. Renee saw me and we exchanged our usual ‘good job’ and she continued, I was still concerned in case she was ahead of me and now she saw me walking. When I came in at the end of that loop I sat down again and finished off the rest of the pickle juice, sucked down an Accel Gel , refilled my hydration and off I went again. I think the Accel Gel is less thick than a Gu and easier to swallow, they claim more endurance and less muscle damage, try a sample pack of 6 for $3.49. I felt much better now and threw down a sub 9 minute 29th mile, even if it was by less than a second it was my quickest since mile 16 and I felt good. My next mile was 9:04 and now I was coming in to start my last lap as I announced it to Susan Anger who arranges this race, which is free, well organized, self-supported and a great way to get into Ultra racing. I sat on my cooler and looked over and Michael was at his truck, I was a full lap ahead of him as he had been suffering with cramps also. I took my time now, made sure I had plenty of water to make sure I could get through the last lap without any issues and had the other half of my bagel. At some stage during the race I also snacked on a very small bag of oatmeal cookies that was given out at the end of some half marathon and that was my nutrition for the day. Talking with Stephanie after the race she told me she drinks about twice the recommended dosage during a race in this heat and humidity. I still have a lot to learn about ultras but everyone is so generous in their advice.
I set off and soon passed Michael as I continued around a 9 minute pace. I thought about taking it easy but didn’t want to be passed so pushed on, I still felt good. As I passed the 50K mark at 5 hours and 5 minutes, what I thought was the length of the race I still had 1.5 miles to go as we had to complete 13 laps of the 2.5 mile course. I was tired but knew this was going to be good training for my upcoming longer races. As I approached the finish I picked up my pace as I ran to the finish line to the applause of Susan and the others, I had won my first ultra race on my third time of trying.
That was my goal, I had trained hard and was somewhat confident and now I was rewarded. The time was 5 hours, 19 minutes, 31 seconds, to be honest a lot slower than I was hoping for but given the heat probably still a very respectable time. My goal was probably unrealistic given the conditions and I have to set better expectations for myself. There was a young girl sat by one of the first cars as you approach the finish, she was with a young guy and now I remember that I hadn’t seen him all day. He, Tyler, actually ending coming in second around 20 minutes behind me. I’m glad I had forgot about him otherwise I would have probably pushed harder and maybe suffered more cramping if I had known. Jennifer came in third, Stephanie shortly after and then Michael. I felt sorry as several others still had a couple of laps to run and now it was 2 o’clock and did I mention very hot.
My hip was aching as I tried to walk it off and I knew the drive home would be no fun. After a quick shower in the dog park I put on my 110% ice compression pants and stuck a couple of bags of ice in the pockets to ease the pain. Thoughts about why I race with a hip replacement run through my mind as they do after most races, and with even longer races ahead I question should I give up. However after a day or so I’m longing to get back out on the road and push ahead to my next challenge. I walked around and chatted with many of the others as they finished the race, ultra-running is a more friendly atmosphere than most other races and with many entertaining characters, Barbara, Bill etc. all of which make it fun.
This was the first race of 3 of what’s known as the FURocious Summer Slam, a series of 3 free races put on by 3 great race directors, Susan for this one, Michael for the PTC and in the middle on August 13th is the 6 Hour DURTY B-EE-RR-UN in downtown St Pete put on by Sean Connolly and his wife. These Fat Ass events are great and enable people like me to experience these challenges. If you get chance to participate or support one of these I highly recommend them, who knows where it will lead but enjoy the journey. I’m already training hard for the next one and hopefully will do well again this year and continue to learn from my mistakes and from talking to people and reading all their posts. The good news was my hip felt fine after a day off and I ran 6 miles with iRun on Monday at an 8 minute pace and it felt easy. Hope to see you all again on the 13th.
I have to give credit where credit is due. The Zero Runner is saving me. Splitting my time between running on the Zero Runner and pounding the pavement outside has given my joints a much needed rest. Yesterday I did something that I haven’t done since well before my hip surgery in 2012 – I don’t think I have run this far since before the year 2000. I ran 18+ miles. And I ran it on a mountain.
It’s a different kind of running as there are a lot of steep ascents where you are forced to power hike, but never-the-less, it was 18+ miles! As most of you already know, the SDP boys and I are training for “The Rut“, a killer mountain race on Labor Day in Big Sky Montana.
So on Sunday morning in the early early hours, I met up with SDP boys Christopher Goodwin and birthday boy Andy LeFriec to get our long run in and beat the heat. We headed to Mt. Spokane to make sure we got some good elevation training in. These boys are fast and I was lucky to be able to tag along.
I learned a lot about hydration and fuel on this run. Even through I wore a hydration pack…it wasn’t enough. We were lucky to run into a few patches of huckleberries. These sweet little berries helped get me through the run. I also learned that I drink a LOT of water. At one point I was out of water and we were only half way into our run. Luckily there was a restroom with running water at the top of the mountain. I filled my hydration pack and continued on….only to run out again. This run was great in prepping for the upcoming Labor Day race. Afterwards Christopher and I bought Andy a birthday lunch (complete with a cold refreshing beer) at the Bear Creek Lodge at the base of the mountain. It felt great to be done.
It was only a little over a month ago that I felt like I was completely broken. I was having a hard time running let alone walking. The Zero Runner and some much needed rest has helped me to bounce back. Long Mountain Run is done. Hip is good! Life is good! Feeling Confident…and as always…..optimistic.