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.

Anterior v. Posterior & scars

Hi, friends!

I am 40 years old & healthy weight.  I have an upcoming THR surgery scheduled for 12/19/17.  I was told initially that my surgery would be anterior approach; I found out today that my surgeon only does posterior approach.

I’d ever so much appreciate your feedback about the following:

1) Among runners, is there a preferred approach, anterior or posterior?

2) Is it true that both approaches have about the same outcome?

3) How bad/long/sunken are the posterior scars?  From where to where exactly are the anterior scars?  Is there a specific place on this site or other sites where I can review pics of scars and compare?

The doc today was quite irritated and dismissive about any of my questions related to anterior THR.  “I don’t do that, so I’m not going to answer that.”  I managed to arrange a consult with the one doctor at Mayo Clinic who performs anterior THRs before my surgery day so I can call off the posterior surgery if needed.  This, of course, would be quite stressful as I’ve arranged my life to recover from surgery over the holidays.

I’m not sure why I fear the posterior scar as much as I do.  I have an ACL scar that has never bothered me at all.  Given that I am female and curvy, I just don’t want a surgery that would noticeably deform my figure, and I have some concerns about the butt muscle being “split.”

4) Is a split glut muscle a big deal, or not a big deal?

5) The doc said today that the anterior scar is much uglier than the posterior scar.  Is that true?

All feedback/advice is much appreciated!  Please and thank you.



Six-month update

Hi all, just passed the 6 months mark with my THR right hip (BHR is coming up to 3 years this month) and I am starting to feel more like a runner again – first 5k was nearly 32 mins, 19th was 24:58 so that sub-25 target has been achieved. Part of the improvement is due to chiropractor attention to my lower back to ease stiff facet joints, and tight glutes. And I seem to be getting a bit fitter.

Still a strange pain on unweighting my right leg (like when putting socks on) but it is not apparently getting any worse…

Hope to start training properly in the near future, rather than just racing.


First race post op

I’m 4 months post op from right THR and ran my first race in my hip runner shirt!,  A 5k and very proud. Ran very slow (it took me 35 minutes) but was able to run the 3 miles with out stopping which was a major accomplishment. I’m so so happy and thank everyone on this site for their own stories and encouragement!  Doing another one on November 19th and this one is 4 miles. Can’t wait!

so many questions

I’ve had three arthroscopy in six years and now my new doctor from HSS is going to do a posterior hip replacement next month. I’m nervous as hell. How long is the recovery and do I need to really be worried about dislocations? Will I be able to have a normal life and play basketball and do spartan races?

I’ve been in constant pain for six years but I was still able to do anything I wanted when coming to exercising, will this change?

Hiprunner Nation!

Hey everyone!

I haven’t posted in a while and wanted to check in with you all to provide an update.  The hip is doing fantastic.  But the knee on the opposite leg is giving me all sorts of grief.  I will be seeing the ortho later this month.    We will see what he says.  The hoopfest injury I sustained a few years back is catching up with me.  An attempt at micro-fracture surgery failed to correct the bone-on-bone issue.  So…we’ll see what the doc says.  I am optimistic.

In the meantime, my time has been occupied with a very  VERY busy work schedule and volunteer time as the head XC coach at St. Aloysius Grade School here in Spokane.   I just wrapped up another stellar Cross-Country Season with a great GREAT group of kids.  We just had our end-of-the-year party and the kids presented me with something that was pretty special.

Running is therapy and coaching is too.  Since my running has been minimal lately, I thank GOD for coaching.  Even on those days when I have had the worst day at work,  those kids just change my attitude and make me smile.   This little gift was such a wonderful gesture.  I am simply honored.

I continue to run, although not as much.  In fact, a few weeks back, I finished a little outing of beer bingo with my SDP teammates.  This was a fun little event where everyone wrote down the name of a bar within a 2 mile radius of our starting point.  We then proceeded to draw a bar out of the hat, run to that bar, quench our thirst and repeat.  While the knee was not totally happy, the running was tolerable, because there was rest (and medicine) at the end of each run.  A fine time was had by all.

The Zero Runner has been my saving grace.  It has enabled me to keep up my miles  and maintain fitness.  No pain, at all.  I freaking love that thing.  I probably talk about it too much, but honestly, it has kept me sane.  For those of you having trouble getting your miles in, you should check this machine out.  It truly is worth its weight in gold.

Lastly,  has anyone noticed the member count on the home page?  We have just surpassed the 900 member count!  Woo Hoo!  People!  We are a small nation.  We are Hiprunner Nation!  With that in mind, it was brought to my attention that we should all try to meet up at regional races.  While I am sure that is not possible for everyone, I know there are a lot of like minded people who would like to meet up and run together as ‘The Hiprunners!”.  If you are interested in suggesting a race and being a regional ambassador for Hiprunner, I would love to start working with you to coordinate these meetups!


Timelines and benchmarks??

Hi all,

Thank you very much to the hosts of this site, and to everyone who shares on this site!  It is inspiring to know what is possible in the years moving forward.
I had a right THR in January of this year (10 months ago).  I have been active and fit since that time (biking 60km, working out ~10 times/week), but am struggling to get back to running.  When I attempt running (jogging!), I have shooting pain down my femur.  I’ve read a few other comments from people struggling with similar pain issues.  I’m also struggling with what seems like hip flexor pain / tightness, which keeps me from doing almost all ab exercises.  Am wondering what this is all about too.

Questions: does anyone know what the cause of this pain is?  Does running through the pain make it better or worse?  What can be done to alleviate/prevent the pain?  What is the timeline for being pain free?

I’m wondering if there is a timeline or set of benchmarks for getting back into running?  I’d like to do a 10k or even a half, ideally a half-ironman, but currently can’t run 3 x 30seconds!  It’s a bit disheartening 😉  Though what is not disheartening is being generally pain-free after years of chronic pain!  Trying to keep things in perspective 🙂

Thanks in advance,