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.

Further encouragement to undergo THR

For BehnHughes29: I couldn’t agree more with recent posts encouraging you to proceed with your THR.  I underwent one in November 2015, at age 59, and regret only that I waited so long to get it done.  I am back to my pre-THR habit of running twice daily, except for Sundays (when I do long runs of 10+ miles), and marvel at how great my surgically improved hip as well as the rest of my 61-year old self feels.  Best wishes.  David (from Boston, MA, USA).

Ben – Hip replacement required at 32.

Hello fellow hipsters!

So I’ve been scouring YouTube and the Internet on and off for three years searching (without real success) for unequivocal testimony (or better still video evidence) that having a hip replacement doesn’t not mean game over. Until now I found little inspiration. But having found this site and read only a few of the inspirational posts I’m starting to feel a little more confident about the whole thing…

I’m 32 now and was diagnosed with severe OA of my left hip with cam and acetabulum impingements 3 years ago. I went back to my home town (Reading, UK) for an antroscopy by Dr Tom Pollard in September 2014. He did a decent job of it, shaving off the excess bone, patching up whatever residual cartilage was left and microfracturing the bone to create a scar tissue substitute for the all-too-illusive cartilage. Fast forward 2.5yrs and to be honest I was back to square 1 and staring a THR of my left hip full in the face.

I have always been a very keen footballer, representing professional premier league academies up to age 15 and thereafter enjoying a very competitive level of amateur football (up until my OA diagnosis 3yrs ago, aged 29). I was also always a keen runner and gym-goer. Nothing competive on the running side – it just always gave me that ceratonin boost I needed to get through the week of my sedentary office based job.

As I write I’m on holiday with my young family and for the first time I’m becoming totally convinced I need the hip replacement as soon as possible. The pain when walking longer distances has become almost unbearable and I’m struggling to keep up with my 2yr old. I think it’s time to man up and deal with this finally…

…or is it?! Every time I make a decision to arrange the dreaded THR I think to myself – I’m too young for this aren’t I? Can’t I live with the pain a little longer? Is it really that bad? What happens in 10-15 years when I need to replace the replacement? And what in a further 10-15yrs when I’ll only be in my 50/60s? I can’t run or play football now but will I be able to post op??

My answers usually include: pain which inhibits your day to day has to be dealt with, pain relief and Physio helps in the short term but do you want to be hijacked by your hip every time you’re away from your Physio? Who knows where medical advances will take us in 10-15yrs – deal on information you have NOW. Think about the knock on affects on the surrounding muscle tissue and other joints. Look how you’re limping! I’ve read about 60yr old double hippees running marathons quicker than you could dream of fully fit – so MAN UP.

Unfortuantely my right hip seems to be going the same way. Impingements, cysts etc staring to show so hope to catch that early enough for a more successful arthroscopy…

Ill continue to scan through the posts, but if anyone has time to reach out to me I would love to hear first hand experience to help me answer some of my lingering doubts:

– can I really run as much as I want post op?

-is football (even 5 aside) totally out of the question post op?

– am I likely to always limp?

– which technique and hardware is best for my physical status (32yr old, 6ft, 85kg, 15% body fat)?

– does the pain disappear completely?

– is there any benefit in waiting?

– is there video evidence out there showing the running gait of post op hippies?

– what does having a hip replacement now mean for me 30 yrs down the line?

– what limitations will I face post op?

anyway I hope to hear from some of you and I’ll keep updating with my progress….

Doing it

I finally pulled the trigger, I am getting resurfaced on Wednesday by Dr. James Pritchett.  A BHR device is what he recommends for me ( older male marathon runner) .
In prep for the Surgery I have been running 6 miles / day .. funny that as Surgery day
approaches, I think my hip feels a little better. I’ve been hurting a long time and I know this is just temporary, but it does play with your mind.

My recovery goal is to run the Boston marathon, one more time. It will take time I know, hoping to qualify in 2018 and run in 2019 event.

12 Miles at 8-months

I had a total hip replacement December 2016 at the age of 38.  I’ve been holding off on writing a post until I reached something that felt like a milestone: I ran 12 miles on the 8-month anniversary of my surgery.  The farthest I ever ran previously was 16 miles.

Moments that didn’t make the cut? Three weeks post-op, I was back in the gym lifting and using the elliptical.  At four weeks, I was back in the pool.  I returned to work as a diver doing boat maintenance at 7 weeks.  My first run was at two months, alternating between running and walking for two miles.

I’ve had similar issues that others have written about like start up stiffness after sitting for a while and tightness in the IT band.  One thing is certain: I feel best when I’ve been running.

With a little luck, I hope to run the Savannah marathon this November.  I figure I might as well get the 26 in while this joint is still new.  Being told you’re never going to run again is a hard thing to hear.  I’m grateful for the inspiration from the other runners in the Hiprunner community.  Thank you!

8 Weeks after Surgery

Hey Everyone

I am 8 weeks from having my Hip Replacement Surgery and I was wondering if I can get some experiences from some of you in regard to pain.  I am back in the pool and on the Spin Bike with some walking also.  My surgeon tells me to do some strength work which I have started (bodyweight stuff) but I am still in lots of pain.  He says this is normal. Am I expecting too much??

Getting rather frustrated thinking I should be further along?

Any advice would be much appreciated.



Things are escalating.

Added Monday: Ran up hill without trekking poles again, this time a shorter hill, but twice, called Little Saanich Mountain. Atrophied leg a little irritated….but within reason.

So I have done some multi-hour hikes with intermittent running always with trekking poles, as it has been since Dec 2 that I had Mr. Cerami installed.

So eight-plus months.

Yesterday after a smaller beach hike with climbing I headed home and decided to run up a local mountain. Not huge, 3K? Up with steeps and 3K back down. Left poles in car, started running….ran 90% of the time going up – some is likely too steep for any runner to run? Maybe. Ran about 50% down, fearful of roots and rocks.

Today I rode my road bike – that steed I call “dirty bastard” because on steep uphills I make sexual noises, sorta.

72K at 24Kph.

If you are reading this and contemplating hip replacement surgery and you are limping and losing sleep.

Best choice ever 51 is the new 19, ‘cept bits of gray and sexy-sexy wrinkles.


2 1/2 years post THR

2 1/2 years ago today I was at the hospital, getting my new hip — just a week shy of my 43rd birthday.  A million thoughts went through my mind, but mostly: Am I making a mistake?  Do I really need something so drastic at a relatively young age?  What if I am worse than before?

This morning, I woke after a restful, pain-free sleep and went on a long walk down the beach — turning around to head home only because I wanted to, not because of pain.  Getting my hip done was the best choice I’ve ever made for my overall health, happiness and well being.

For the HipRunners-to-be that are contemplating the surgery — believe there is a life without pain out there for you!  For all the existing HipRunners, the last two and half years have taught me many things — But mainly:

  1. Give yourself a break; you’re only human
  2. Listen to your body — you know it best
  3. Patience is a virtue, even if it’s hard as hell to endure
  4. The feeling of strength and ability is worth all the headache of the recovery process

Keep rockin’ on HipRunners and here’s to more adventures for us all!

— Aimee.

I saw this place in Asheville, NC this past weekend and had to share a pic with the HipRunners.  It is not some seedy dive bar as I originally suspected but a funky clothing store… missed opportunity or genius marketing I am not sure

Broken Goat at the Broken Goat


It’s been 5 and 1/2 years since my hip replacement.  My right knee has been limiting my running to mostly Zero Runner miles, but that didn’t stop me from signing up for and running the Broken Goat Trail Race on July 15, 2017 in Rossland BC.   For 25 and 50k racers, this unique point to point race takes runners up 5 peaks along the 7summits trail in Rossland BC.  My SDP teammates and I ran the 25K(15.5 Miles).  There was a mix of single track and alpine trails along with a little bit of trail marked only by ribbons.  My SDP teammates and I had been looking forward to this trip all year long.  I wish I could have taken in more of the scenery, but I was too busy watching the trail in front of me.  We hip runners need to be ultra careful of the hidden and not so hidden things that can sneak up and trip you.  In my case, I am not sure what it was, but halfway through my race, between 2 mountain peaks, I kicked something (probably a rock) and went flying.  Luckily I was wearing padded gloves to keep my hands from getting torn up.  My elbow was not so lucky.  Up until that moment, my race was going well.  I kept reminding myself to pay attention to the trail, watch for things and step high.  But then I started looking at my time, calculating if I was on course to break 3 hours.  Let’s see 7.2 miles in……at 1:26……if I pick it up a bit between these 2 peaks, I might just have a chance to….WHAM!  I almost became the broken goat.

The first thing I did was get up and make sure nobody saw me.  Then, I assessed the damages.  My gloves saved my hands.  The elbow bore the brunt of the fall, but it was so caked in dirt that I didn’t know how bad it was scratched up.  The non THR hip took a hit too.  A little bruising, but otherwise ok.  Continuing on…finishing in under 3 hours didn’t seem so important anymore. 🙂  Waiting at the finish line were all of my teammates. I got the elbow patched up (a mere scrape) and the celebration began.  Racing was secondary to sharing this accomplishment with the rest of the team.

Nevertheless, while I was finishing the last half of that race, I thought about my THR.  It was as happy as a lark.  No issues whatsoever with the THR.  Fellow Hip Runners,  as I have said before, the only thing that is stopping you from getting back to what you love…..is you. 🙂  Don’t be afraid. There will be good days, and there will be bad days.  Listen to the hip and stay optimistic.  Every day will get better.  Keep believing.  Never give up hope.  You will run (and enjoy running) again. 🙂



First Trail Race

It has been almost three years since my THR, and I am running the Half-Wit-Half Marathon Trail Run August 13.  This will be my first race since surgery.  All I want to do is make the cut off, so I can finish.  I have been training on the AT south of Boiling Springs, PA.  It is all because of this site, that I am even running again.  The testimonies, the encouragement,  and the sheer determination of all the folks who post here got me to try running again.  Thank you.  After thirty years of running, it was really hard to quit.  Now I am out there again, not as far and not as fast, but out there on the trail again.  Topping it off, I turn sixty five this week, so the race is going to be my birthday present to myself.