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.
Hi fellow hiprunners:
I wanted to give a quick update. Had a follow up with my surgeon last Thursday, and happy to say my last follow up with him. Had the surgery, proximal intertrochanteric femoral osteotomy on July 10, 2015, and it’s been a slow recovery. I believe I probably would have been much further along had I gotten a THR. Fortunately for me, no necrosis and the head of the femur is solid. The surgeon thought that I had no better odds of having hip arthritis than the general population, so I have that going for me.
I have been able to be active again, and ran for eight miles this past Sunday. Going to be running a half marathon on October 2. Confident in myself to finish. What I need to realize, however, is I will be running much slower than my past half marathons. Need to check the ego at that starting line. I am sure this is not unique to me, perhaps many of the members of this community can relate.
Thank you all who chronicle their experiences bouncing back from injury and/or surgery. The positive attitudes have been a source of motivation. Anyone who has questions about what having this surgery is like please reach out to me.
Good Morning HipRunners..
53 years old and just 1 year after my first hip replacement and less than 4 months after my second (and final haha) hip replacement I completed the Kiawah Island Triathlon.. an Olympic distance tri here in the low country of South Carolina. I can’t even express how happy I am with the results. Not only my first race following THR but my first open ocean swim and I only started running again about 3 weeks ago.
1:14 bike (21 mph pace)
55:32 10K run (8:59 pace)!!!!
My right leg ached a little on the bike in the area of the anterior cut and I was worried it would affect my run but it was gone when I got off the bike. I know I have to be careful but I really felt amazing. Running is a privilege and I feel so blessed to be given a second chance.
I took Hip Brother Tom’s advice and linked my Garmin to Strava and joined the HipRunner club on Strava. Very cool!
I keep saying I’m going to rewrite the book on THRs but you all beat me to it!
Hi Hiprunners! New guy here…
I had a total replacement on my left hip on July 5th 2016. I’m a career soldier (US Army), so running (as much as I love it or hate it) is a part of what I do. Yesterday (9/13), I hopped on the AlterG Treadmill during my physical therapy appointment and cruised a mile in 20 min. at 65% of my bodyweight. This marked the first time I have ran in any form in almost three years! I’m looking forward to being able to get back at it and re-incorporate running into my fitness regimen.
I had a femoral head injury in 2009 which resulted in a surgery to repair it. They screwed it back together and told me take it easy…which I did not. I kept running. That caught up with me in 2013 and I had to hang up my shoes and figure out another way to keep myself from getting fatter than Uncle Sam would allow. With finally deciding to go through with the replacement my only regret is I didn’t have it done earlier! Here’s to an easy, safe, and injury free transition back into beating the streets.
Cheers to all,
I had THR (oxinium) last December at the age of 43. I knew it was coming even though I was young(ish) and honestly the decrease in pain when I sleep and walk has been such a relief.
I guess I am a bit discouraged about my pace. I ran a sub-4 hour full marathon 6 months before surgery (thanks steroid injections) but I slowed down pretty quickly after that, but I was still able to knock out a pretty fast 5-6 miles pre-op before the pain got too intense. Fast is relative of course but I’m talking 7:30 miles was my standard 10K and less pace.
I had a brilliant recovery and was doing the reduced gravity treadmill a month post-op and doing light jogs 2 months-post op. I had the posterior method because my surgeon said it is better access and lower risk of nerve damage. I’m very happy with that.
What I’m not happy with is my pace. I just ran a half marathon this weekend (9 months post-op) at 2:07. I ran this at 1:45 2 years ago. I am training. I just cannot run fast. I believe it’s the piriformis muscle that they cut into for the surgery. I feel like it is affecting the length and power of my stride. Does anyone have experience with this? I also am running with Hokas now over the Brooks I had been using. I don’t think they are helping much either.
Ironically, I did 3 trail 20K’s this summer and those times are roughly the same as pre-op. I was never a great trail runner but I didn’t degrade. But I don’t understand a loss of almost 2 minutes a mile. I do cross training, Pilates, yoga, etc. I just can’t get that muscle to open up and do full stride.
Interested to see how pace went for others. I am relieved to be out of the major pain and that I’m running so far already with relatively good recovery. But I want my pace back and I want to focus on a BQ! Although I promised my surgeon I would stick to half-marathons, we did agree that I can do one or two last full’s but I’m not going to do it until I can find my stride and pace.
Wow! Just Wow! Hip replacement or not, I just completed the single-most-difficult-thing-I-have-ever-done-in-my-life. I….ran…..The Rut; a 28k course that took me over Lone Peak, the 11,000 foot mountain pictured above. There are 2 races over this mountain; a 50k and a 28k (17.4 Miles). The 28k race was on Saturday and the 50k was on Sunday. I am thankful I didn’t run the 50k on Sunday because the course had to be diverted from the top due to bad weather.
I am happy to be done. For me, it was a great accomplishment and I couldn’t have done it without some help along the way. I had the help of my Zero Runner, my understanding family, my SDP training buddies and some advice from my friend who is a physical therapist.
In order to train for the Rut, I needed elevation. To do this, I spent a lot of time training with my SDP buddies away from the city. One of the places we trained regularly was on Mount Spokane, the closest mountain to Spokane. The runs were long and the travel time kept me out even longer. Half of my weekend days were devoted to this, which meant less time with the family. I am very lucky to have a family that understands my desire to run. When they’d see me walk through the door after a dirty and dusty day on the mountain, they’d give me big smiles and tell me “I’m Crazy”. So thankful for them.
Earlier in the year, my THR hip was hurting. I am pretty sure this was due to the knee surgery I had had in July of 2015. As I trained, I favored it keeping the weight off of it while I ran. This put more stress on my THR on my left side. Enter the Zero Runner. When I first learned about this machine, my body felt completely broken. After seeing the endorsments it received from running greats like Alberto Salazar, Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher, I was sold. I began to run on this machine in mid-May and it changed my life. Half of the miles that I put in getting ready for this run, were put in on this machine. It allowed me to workout in a full running motion with zero impact on my joints. It was instrumental in my ability to come back from what felt like a point of no return.
I also had been using gel inserts in my right shoe to accomodate for the leg length difference that I had (around 3/4″). One of my running buddies who is also a physical therapist, gave me a real insert and suggested I move to a different shoe for trail running. I had been training in Hoka One Ones (which are great for road running), but I kept tripping on the trails. The Hokas with their extra cushioning gave me less ground clearance, and I was constantly tripping. So I switched to the Brooks Cascadia, a shoe with a much lower profile, and I stopped tripping on the trails.
In the days leading up to races, I usually get a little quiet and a little cranky. My wife Colleen noticed this wasn’t the case with this run. On the morning that the team left for Montana, I was whistling and feeling good. This attitude took me right to the starting line on Saturday morning. Initially I had agreed to run with my buddies who were planning on taking their time and enjoy the Rut experience. But when I saw the age group results from the previous year, I had second thoughts. When the Elk Bugle (that’s what they used for the starting gun) went off, I abandoned my buddies and took off. I worked my tail off, but I was able to take a few pics along the way……
I remember when I finally arranged for my hip replacement. There was no doubt (even before speaking with the doctor….even after speaking with the doctor) that I would run again. This race reminded me that the only thing that stops anyone from achieving anything, is themselves. I am crazy. This race was crazy. But at the end of my life, all I will have are my cherished memories and this one is now a part of them.
I’ll close with my motto which many of you have seen before…..
“You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing….”
Recently I tried Hokas again since I have been diagnosed as needing a hip replacement and I was looking for a cushioned shoe to walk in. Not to run in since it hurts to run. Three years ago when I was running well I tried Hokas but they were too much cushion for me while running and my calf locked up while running in them. But now, with my hip injury, the Hokas felt great for walking. So I bought a pair and the are my daily walk around shoe. Maybe after my hip replacement this Fall I’ll even run in my Hokas. We’ll see.
OK. So, I’ve now obtained 2 opinions about my hip which has left me in a quandary-1 from a doctor in general practice and the 2nd today from an orthopedic doctor. Both have said no more running. I’m bone on bone with no cartilage left. Hurts when I walk, put on my sock, untie by shoe, go up and down stairs and generally many types of activity especially after running. There were no comments from the doctor about the possibility of running after a THR-only no running. Was going to do a 1/2 marathon in October. Do I risk putting in the mileage and running the 1/2 at the expense of my health? The type of hardware installed for a THR seems not to allow any contact with the pavement in a running motion. What to do?
Blew the dust off my Garmin yesterday and went for what I hoped would be an easy 4 mile run in my brand new Newton Fate running kicks. After a blazing 12 minute mile pace I was compelled to run one more to make it a sweet 5 miles in exactly an hour. I spent the whole run concentrating on a midfoot strike. My legs were sore but I really felt great during and after the run. I plan on continuing that distance for a while, only running every other day and working on my speed. Stay tuned while I rewrite the book on second chances!!
Of note, although I do feel great I had a nice reminder this past Saturday that I had hip surgery just 3 months ago. I was throwing an apple core into the woods (for the squirrels of course). When I wound up to throw and release, the pain in my new hip was pretty intense. Guess I twisted it or something. It was fine in 30 seconds though.
Last year I came second after leading the race for 4 hours and then had a series of cramping that allowed someone to pass me and eventually win the race. Although we both ran 35 miles, a new race record, he completed his quicker than mine. This year I felt stronger and was hoping to run an extra loop, I was better prepared physically, mentally and hopefully from a nutritional perspective as well. I’ve been using Tailwind Nutrition recently having given up Gatorade a few months back when I saw the heart rate spikes it causes. Tailwind is more natural, provides the eletrolyctes you need, and also has 200 calories so you don’t need (as much) real food. I also had a couple of bagels and gels just in case I needed backup, salt caps, Hot Shot (to avoid cramping) and pickle juice although I was hoping I didn’t need any.
I lined up at the beginning wearing my Artic Cool sleeveless shirt, similar to a tech dry fit shirt but supposed to keep you cooler, hey when you’re racing in Florida in summer I’ll take whatever advantage I can. They’ve been great in training leading up to this, the shirt doesn’t stick to your body as much and feels like it allows more air through to keep you cooler. I also wore my 2XU XTRM compression shorts, they prevent chafing that you would normally get running in shorts for 6 hours, I still apply Body Glide around suspect areas just in case. I believe the compression shorts help support my hip and supporting muscles during these long ultra runs better than regular shorts. On my feet I wore my Adidas Climachill Rocket Boost that has a vent in the sole to reduce heat and my Drymax PTFE maximum protection socks. What you wear is just as important as the practice you put in, you have to have confidence that it can get you through the race in one piece without discomfort.
The race started and I was out at the front with 2 girls, kiera and Betsy (?). This year the loop was 3.4 miles and I was hoping to set a new course record with 11 loops for 37.4 miles. The pace for the first loop was 7:54, 7:46 & 7:48, a little quicker than I had planned. The girl running with Kiera had such a sweet compact fast cadence, I thought I could be in trouble is she kept up that pace. Kiera I’ve raced several half’s against and I’ve been lucky enough to beta her by a few yards in each of those races. To my surprise she stopped after the first lap and the other girl kept going. The next loop was just a little slower but still going at a good clip, by this time we had separated ourselves from the race of the 123 race participants. After each loop I came in, reached into my cooler and switched my Amphipod handheld with my Tailwind. I had purchased 5 of these to reduce the amount of time lost in each loop. The fast pace continued for the next couple of loops and then I had to stop and make a bathroom stop, they were locked when we got there and I hate losing time but nature calls.
On the next loop my shoe lace came undone, it must have been lose for a while as I could feel a blister forming on the underside of my big toe. Betsy must have also stopped as she passed me while I was retying my lace but I quickly caught up to her. When I came in next time I changed shoes to my Newton Gravity 5’s and put a new pair of Drymax socks on. I ate half a bagel and took a salt cap as well. I felt like I was handling my nutrition better this race, pretty much finishing my 20 oz handheld each loop. This time I had to refill all my drinks so I lost a few minutes in transition. On the way back in the loop I saw Betsy running the other way, she was behind me and that was to be her final lap, I’m not sure if she was just training or what but she called it a day after 6 laps, if she had stayed in I knew it would have been a close call. Tyler who I beat 4 weeks earlier in the 50K in Orlando and Clint were over a mile behind me and I was still feeling good.
Over the next few loops my pace slowed down to the low 9’s, completing the marathon in around 3:48 and the 50K in 4:37, both decent times considering the Florida heat and I still had miles to run. I could feel my legs getting a little sore so I grabbed a Hot Shot, a new product designed at preventing muscle cramps and also took a Gu gel. I also put on my Inov8 hydration vest with a plan of not stopping on the next loop and went out on my 10th loop which would pretty much tie last year’s course record. That loop I ran around 9:35’s but didn’t think I had anyone close to me so when I came in I decided to drop my hydration vest and take a hand held for my last lap and another Gu. I set of and shortly after I could feel my right hamstring starting to cramp so I slowed down. It still felt tight so I decided to walk a little, still moving forward but I felt confident. I started jogging again but the cramping returned so I stopped for a short while and then started jogging again. I did see one person pass me but wasn’t sure if he was in the race or not as there were also many other joggers on the course now. I had less than a mile to go and knew if I just kept an easy pace I would be able to make it without cramping again. My pace was a little over 10 minutes but I believed I had time on my side as I hadn’t seen any of my challengers close.
When I came into the finish area Sean Connolly, the race director, was there as he was checking me in after each lap. I could tell by his face that something was wrong. I looked at him and asked if I was second, he confirmed it, someone had come in less than 45 seconds ahead of me. Was he the person I saw, was it someone else, I was devastated. I had led the race for over 36 miels and 5and half hours to have it snatched away from me in the last mile. Yes I equaled a new course record of 37.4 miles but that didn’t comfort me, I wanted the win and though I had done enough to secure it. Now all those moments I lost time came into focus. I should have stopped at the hotel before the race for a bathroom break, I shouldn’t have stopped to change my hydration vest on the last lap, if I had someone to pass me drinks and refill by bottles. So many opportunities to save 45 seconds. If I knew he had passed me I would and could have pushed harder that last mile, I would have left everything out there to win it. I knew this was going to be hard coming second for the second year due to cramping.
I pretty much had left everything on the course, I now started to cramp badly. Both hamstrings and both calves at the same time. This would go on for another 25 minutes or so with Jennifer and Stephanie coming over to help me and someone giving me a beer. My hip area was now starting to hurt, not so much my actual hip replacement but just the entire area. I didn’t know whether I should stand, sit, lie down, be on my left or my right. Once again at the end of the race the pain and discomfort would question why I do this. Although I went to the bar after the race I only stayed for the first bar and not the several other bars which form part of the Durrty Beer Run. I was still wearing my Artic Cool shirt which now felt completely dry and didn’t even looked like I had ran the last 3 plus hours in it. My wife drove me home and I tried to get comfortable but for the next 24 to 36 hours it was torture. During this time I wasn’t sure if I would race another ultra again.
I took 3 days off from running but by mid-week I felt good again and now I’m looking forward to the next race. The next race is the Pinellas Trail Challenge, a 46 mile point to point race put on my Michael Stork, last year I finished second in 7 hours 30 minutes, 30 minutes behind Patrick. This year I feel confident I can run it faster and hopefully be the first Pinellas County resident to win it. Nutrition and cramping will be the deciding factors, I’ve trained hard all year, with the previous 3 years champions running the race and 8 out of last years top 10 finishers and more than 30 additional runners it’s going to a competitive field. I’m a year older but I still feel strong, I’m hoping to go out and make HipRunners proud.