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.

3 months post-op!

Hello hiprunner community. I’m a newbie hiprunner, about 3 months post op and just signed up from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. I have started to read some of the good news stories on this site and hope someday one of them can be mine.

A bit of background. I was quite an avid runner and soccer player but about 2 years ago that lifestyle started to become very very difficult. I had torn my quad a couple years in a row playing soccer and the second time it just didn’t rehab like expected. I tried physic, massage, acupuncture, chiropractor and obtained temporary relief but it was always short lived. Shooting pain in my hip, quad, groin and but was random and increasingly harsh so I went back to my doctor for X-rays. Last May, my doctor called me and gave me the news that my right hip was in bad shape. On a scale of 1 to 10 I asked him? Bad is all he said.

In late September of 2016, I gave the surgeon the ok to put me on his list and I got in on a cancellation and had surgery November 9th. Quite the new experience for me, one I certainly don’t want to repeat but after 3 months I’m actually feeling pretty good. Back on the bike, walking lots, doing my theraband exercises religiously and I’ve even engaged in the odd jog.

This summer I’m expecting to limit myself to continued rehab, golf, biking and swimming. I thought I’d hold off on running until later summer or fall but I’ll see what my physiotherapist recommends and look forward to reading more of your very encouraging stories. Bye for now everyone!

All important 78-day follow-up and check-in and report and update and blog entry and status report and whereabouts prominence

Soultouchingcoffee 200x300 All important 78 day follow up and check in and report and update and blog entry and status report and whereabouts prominenceYesterday, so I guess really “77-day report,” I walked a 10K trail loop with ski poles. Note, not “walking poles”, but downhill ski poles, just because.

I probably walked about 15K yesterday including a 1.5K walk from car park to race start area (photo shooting) and then back again, plus the 10K, plus random other movement while I was out and about, for example grocery shopping, which is good because the shopping cart is like having poles – gives stability in the effort to walk perfectly straight. And if I was dyslexic, they would be “sik lopes” – a dyslexic Fruedian misnomer.

In this case, we put the cart before the horse, metaphorically and malapropism-ally.

Anyway, the coordination to take advantage of the poles required no time whatsoever. I plan to drop those bad boys soon, so have no intention of buying nordic-walking poles.

So no problems whatsoever from the extreee walking.  I find this interesting as the most I have walked since my surgery date on December 2nd, was about 3K in one go. So to jump ahead to 10K and 15K for the day is exciting, especially with having no repercussions.

Well there were repercussions, but I solved that issue with a mouth-watering bottle of Earth’s Heavenly nectar, a double bock (ice-bock stout that you have at room temperature) known as Hermannator; it’s the elixer of life. A seasonal fare that provides a note of caramel and dates and a hint of a nuts and molasses finish; perfectly paired with a juicy steak well seasoned and cooked just so on the barbie.

We had nachos, but added beef. Hermannator pairs with anything actually. Even hot buttered popcorn.

Have played table tennis (don’t call it Ping Pong (®) ) for about a month. Record at work is currently about 100-15 and that’s with my opponents taking advantage of my inability to dive through the air, due to THR.

I can see doing short ultras in my future. I couldn’t really before. But rather than do road marathons, I can see doing trail 50K races (30 mile). So I might go for that.

I love racing 800-metres, but the nuero-muscular function has to be so high, where in an ultra, the running is pretty low-profile.

…just thinking out loud. Feel free to unknow most of the latter bits.






Hello im new

Im 42 and from Glasgow. Its nice to know that there is life after hip replacement and want peace of mind that it will be safe to resume running.

I played footy (soccer) most of my days on astroturf I blame this for my osteoarthritis. Had to give it up 2010. But for some reason I was still able to run and was pretty decent. One day out do in my miles my right leg gave way band i scuffled to stop falling. So got myself checked band was not only told my right hip was buggered but my left was also too. I was still running 42 min 10ks and 20min 5 is and had been faster than that. But within a period of 6 months from running up to 13 miles, struggled completing a 5k.

I have had my right replaced with a ceramic hip in August 2015 then my left hip with metal June 2016. I’ve been very depressed not being able to do what I’ve done most my life and that’s being very active. And im sure most folk will agree that running is great mentally.

At the turn of the year I decided to start again barely managing a half mile but my determination to get back to it is very strong and finally Ive managed a 4 mile a 5 mile and another 4 mile run within a week couple with 2 very intense mountain bike rides.

Its nowhere near as quick as I once was but I can finally see light now. And pray my 2 Young’s sons find their interest in running again as they had a lot of potential. They where good at parkruns and I often entered my under aged teenage son in 10k events.


Thanks for listening

Cryotherapy – Have you tried it yet?

Just got back froCryotherapy 200x300 Cryotherapy   Have you tried it yet?m my first session and I feel good. For those of you that don’t know what it is you get in a chamber and they use liquid nitrogen to lower the temperature to -230 degrees Fahrenheit and you stay in it for 3 minutes. I wasn’t as cold as I thought I would be and once you get out you warm up immediately. It’s great for inflammation so if your feeling sore from one of those runs you may want to think about incorporating this into your recovery options. The cost is approximately $40 – $45 per session, maybe schedule one the day after your next race. I also believe in massages, I have one every 3 weeks to help treat my muscles and get some additional range in my abductors etc.

Love the new site update Tom, great seeing all the athlete pictures at the top of the page.


Lenore – General Update 3yrs Post Surgery

Howdy everybody! I’m keeping up on reading posts via a feed to my Feedly account but I haven’t posted in a long time. 2016 was a big year in running for me because of volume. I haven’t gotten back into marathon running yet because of a few things:

1. I made a deal with myself if I could get through 2 years without an injury I’d start training for a marathon. 2016 was my second year running after my THR and I managed to keep improving in lots of small 5k’s, 3 road half marathons and 2 trail half marathons. Then after my last half marathon in November I had a bit of a back twinge was diagnosed with scoliosis. I’ve been in physical therapy for the last few months and it’s greatly relieved the discomfort I’d felt with running.  I feel more balanced but it took a while to get used to doing some exercises only on one side in therapy.

2. My left hip isn’t deteriorated enough to get that replaced yet but it was talking to me thru 2016. I think the scoliosis therapy has helped it a lot though because it was a left curve putting more stress on the left hip. I’m running a little bit and started a half marathon training program in January but got sidetracked because ….

3. I’m in the middle of switching careers to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. It’s a huge change from being a corporate financial reporting accountant! I’m currently in my first round of clinicals and I’m having a blast. But the class load is pretty heavy right now so I don’t get to run as much as I like. That’s my choice and burden as it’s just a lot of memorization right now, a lot of grunt work — it’s paying off in good grades. I was running 4 times a week and sticking with the plan, then suddenly my head was in a book or flashcards til midnight daily. So instead of being disappointed in not getting the distance in, I’m going to work on getting my mile time down plus continue working on my strength and flexibility. Trying to fit in shorter, more productive workouts will have to do for now with the goal of cutting down my 5k time after the spring semester is over.

I have about 15 months to go until I get released unto the world with my new career as a graduate but I’m in love with it so far. I consider myself very lucky to have this opportunity to do this and it’s really jump started my brain again. But it was my love of running and going through all these hip problems that started me on this path, especially the obsessive reading of things on the net including everything I could on this site. So….thanks Tom for helping me change the course of my professional life!

Two Weeks and One Day Post-Op

The past two weeks have been both challenging and humbling.  From the normal physical limitations of the surgery, to the side effects of Norco, to chronic sleeplessness, and a general lack of energy, I have been constantly reminding myself this is worth the effort.  Fortunately, the energy and sleep are slowly improving, and now I just have to trust the process.  As many of you have posted, athletes are conditioned to deal with physical adversity; however, for me, its the general unknown of what’s in front of me.  The new hip is responding well to physical therapy (five visits since surgery), and I can already see the arthritis pain is virtually non-existant. With that said, the idea of running and returning to basketball still seems light years away…..again more patience is needed on my part.  For now, I am hoping to progress from the crutches to a cane soon as my surgeon requires an assisted walking device for six weeks after surgery.

2 year update

Hi HipRunners!  2 days ago was my 2 year anniversary of my right THR — Can’t believe it has already been 2 years!  I am getting to the point where I don’t think about the hip really at all — now it’s a constant battle to keep other parts of my body healthy of course.   About 2 weeks ago I wrenched my back horribly working out (of course!) and was flat on my back for almost a week, taking muscle relaxants for the first time in my life — even recovery from my THR didn’t hurt like this — I was immobile!


Anyway, after a week of rest, heat, stretching and the relaxants, I seem to be on the mend — thank goodness!  Now, just to get to 100% and continue on my HipRunner adventures.


To all the HipRunners out there — keep on keepin’ on!

PS: Tom — Love the new look of the site!  🙂

Post Op Quandry-Patience is a Virtue They Say

So, I’ve made it almost 6 weeks post op.  Chucked the walker, swallowed my last hard drug, and started on therapy with exercises and some walking and stationary biking.  I know that a patient must be patient, but when do you know how far to push yourself with the exercises?  As a runner we all are used to pushing ourselves past the point of painfulness but when does that turn into being downright foolishness during recovery?  Never been down this trail before and I don’t want to jeopardize the healing process.  I have the post op “waddle” and PT is addressing this.  This is one area of recovery I wasn’t expecting.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

4 Month update

One of things discussed during my pre-op consult was the possibility that I might forget that I ever had my hip replaced. I recall the timeline for this being somewhere around two years. Fortunately, four months in and I’m already having this experience.  I’m back to boot camp style HIT classes, treadmill running, swimming, biking, yoga and lifting. I’m back to feeling like myself. My energy level and stamina are back to normal.  I actually listen to my body now, I listen to pain. I let it guide me. I’m looking forward to adding some longer runs and eventually adding speed work. So far 2017 is off to a amazing start, I’m happy to be a hiprunner.