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.

Sprint Triathlon Summer Race Series #1

Rocking my new HipRunner shirt after the Charleston Sprint  Tri race this morning.   Number 4 in my age group with a 12:28 swim (600 yds) 33:25 ride (12 miles) & 22:35 (5K).  Not my best ever but my best with dual hip replacements and there are are four more races this summer to improve.  My girlfriend’s son DJ took second in his age group.. his 1st tri ever!


Another improvement.

Instead of posting new posts, I am editing this post, over and over, as I add new laps of the 10K “lakes run” that I have been doing a couple of times per week.

Started with walking with ski poles and each time have added more bits of jogging. Each improvement in time I think is mostly me just running more and more of the distance…not a matter of much in the way of cardio vascular fitness change. I think I have some lower leg adaptation, as I am really forcing myself to walk and jog by emphasizing the plantarflexion/dorsiflexion so that the lower limbs do more of the work.

Land midfoot/forefoot, try not to drop hard, slight lean forward…..using ski poles to take up some of the weight as I am about 165 pounds at 5′ 8″ – 5’9″……used to race at 135-138 pounds. So when I lose some weight and gain more lateral strength (as the IT band was snipped in surgery), I will lose the poles and gradually run more and more of the trail.

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

Surgery: Dec. 2, 2016

1:08 – Thurs, May 18. (note so self: lose 30 pounds).
1:09 – Thurs, May 4. May the 4th was with me.
1:13 – Sat, April 29 – Need to do more physio. These are the only effort outings I have done….
1:15 – Thurs, April 13 – Taking a week or two off this route as I am just chasing time…
1:16 – Sun, April 9 – ran about 11-12 minutes – 48:00 improvement in 42 days – 10 laps.
1:18 – Thurs, April 6 – ran about 10 minutes
1:22 – Fri, March 31 – ran about 6-7 minutes total – 33 days since first trip around lakes.
1:25 – Sun, March 27 – ran about 6-7 minutes total
1:29 – Wed, March 23 – ran about 5-6 minutes total
1:35 – Sun, March 19 – ran about 1 minute total
1:38 – Thurs, March 16 – no running
1:47 – Sun, March 12 – no running
1:57 – Sun, March 5 – no running
2:04- Sun, Feb. 26 – no running

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

Bloomsday 2017

This year’s Bloomsday is in the books.  With a finish of 50:36 for this 12k course (7.46 Miles), this was by no means my fastest race, but considering the issues I had with my achilles,  it was one of the most rewarding.   After my rim-to-rim run through the Grand Canyon in October 2016, my achilles tendon on my left leg tightened up on me.  Numerous attempts at running after a few days rest caused me to injure it more.  So I resigned myself to the Zero Runner and pool running, trying to stay away from any real outside running.  The trick worked for the most part.  After the achilles started feeling normal again in mid-march, I battled other injuries related to trying to “catch-up” with my training in time for Bloomsday.  From calf strains to hammy tightness, it was a constant battle to get quality miles in.   So when Bloomsday rolled around, I was thinking I would be happy to get 7 minute miles in and hopefully break 53:00 minutes.  I thought that goal was appropriate given the fact that “Cemetary Hill” and the dreaded “Doomsday Hill” stood in my way.   When I finished and the clock showed 50:36, I couldn’t have been more relieved.  6:46 pace for the race.  I’ll take it…..today.  Tomorrow is another story….I am back to training.

Speaking of training, this result is just another justification for the zero runner.  This zero impact trainer got me through those tough months when the achilles just wouldn’t loosen up.   I have owned the machine for 11 months and just a month ago, I finally went hands free.  This is just a great machine for training and preserving your body.  Here is a little video of me training on it.  It truly is an awesome machine for injury prevention.


New member

Hi all – just signed up for membership due to my right hip receiving a Zimmer ceramic/poly THR on 2nd May 2017. I initially found this site in 2014 but decided I was ineligible due to having a left hip BHR (resurfacing) hence I have spent the last couple of years on surfacehippy.com. The plan was to get the right BHR to match but during the op my femoral head broke off so I got (what I initially considered) second-best with the THR.

Having read more about the current technology, and particularly Mike Rix’s inspiring entry recently, I am now happier that my new hip will be able to do all I want, and even my surgeon is happy to agree! One benefit is that this time around I can weight-bear right from day 1 instead of having to be on 2 crutches for a couple of weeks, another is that I do not have to constantly worry about breaking my femoral head off while the bone remodels itself, my surgeon  did that for me already..

About me: 66 years old, I was a serious climber in the 70’s who drifted into running in the 80’s because my friends did and because marathons suddenly became popular events for regular folk. 5 road marathons, pb 2:54 in London ’89, then moved into longer events in the hills in the 90’s because road running hurt too much. Then family life took over, as well as studying for a degree, so running became less and less…

Fast forward to 2008 and I found myself seconded to an office where people went running at lunchtime so I joined in and was horrified at how unfit and out of touch I was. Worked at it for 6 months and started getting the confidence to enter races again, culminating in two decent half-marathons in 2009/10 just under 1:39 which were equivalent (in masters percentage) to my old pb of 1:23 set years before. Very pleased to get back to where I was but there was a price to pay in my hips and lower back, constant aching and stiffness. A PT said to stop running to save my hips, and get a bike to keep fit (which I did) but my wife had started running and parkrun 5k’s were something we could do together so I carried on running but stopped trying to train. This did nothing for my 5k pb, as you can imagine. Eventually I discovered the BHR and a surgeon prepared to fit it locally and a new chapter began in November 2014. Despite having to be careful I started with walking then walk/jog then gentle jogging at about 8 weeks then back to parkrun within 3 months.

90 parkruns later the right hip had had enough, another BHR was ordered and I find myself here!

So far so good with the THR, I set a 5k pb of 63 minutes yesterday without using my crutch and I now have enough ROM to pedal my static bike so I expect to be jogging again after my 6 week check up and climbing indoors soon after. Apparently there is little risk of dislocation with my 36mm ceramic ball, and I doubt I have enough years left to wear out the plastic, so I am looking forward to a decent autumn/fall of training then next spring chasing 5k pbs in earnest…

Thanks for having me, Tom!

Tony Rands

I am a 78 year old male who has been jogging/running for over 60 years. My right hip has been been increasingly troublesome over the last 5 years, and recently has deteriorated sharply. Xrays indicate a replacement hip is required, and I am determined to continue running. Normally I run around 50 miles a month.  I would appreciate it if I could get some guidance as to the type of ball/socket combination might be the most suitable.  Thank you.

9 Months Out and Getting Started

I haven’t posted since I was sitting in the parking lot of the hospital ready to go in. That was Aug 12, 2016. I need to say, without hesitation, that it was this site that gave me the courage and belief that there could be hope after hip replacement. Hope to run again, hope to be athletic again. It’s been a long time since I felt that way. Surgery and recovery were great. (Trouble sleeping for a bit but that went away at about week 5.) Rehab was good except for a pulled muscle in my opposite quad at about week 7 that derailed me for a bit and got me off the rehab wagon. Anyway, I have no pain ever in my hip but occasional pain, a sort of weakness, in my mid-thigh, only some days and only when walking. I assume it’s just lack of strength. I can usually shake it off by engaging the glutes for a bit. Played basketball gently a few times in the past month and then all of a sudden last week was flying around the court like it was 15 years ago, screaming at everyone else to pick up full court with me! That spurred me on to put the running shoes on. Did some easy, super easy soft trail running with the dog. No pain, no issues the next day nor the next time nor the time after that. I’m making running plans, started writing in the running journal again for the first time in 6 years and am wicked thrilled to be doing so! More later, I hope!

New Hip on May 8

My name is George.  I was a runner turned power walker. I am 67 and had my right hip replaced on May 8.  I am just a week out from my surgery.  This is my first post as a new member and I am not much of a social media person.  But, I will try and share some useful information when I have it and maybe get some support from folks further along in the process.  Right now, just strollering around the house and wishing I could get back outside.  More to follow.