So 2014 turned out to be quite a year. In January I was told by the doctor that a THR was required on the left and to cap that the right will need doing at some point (no noticeable pain or discomfort on this side at present, and while that remains the case then I will be kept away from the surgeon).
So May 20th saw my operation take place. I have to say I was impressed with the care and was delighted to be released on day 2. (First patient ever I was told). Being 48 and still running (albeit slowly and painfully) up to 3 days before the op made me fitter and younger than most that they see.
The biggest piece of advice I can give is STICK TO the experts recommendations. I used both crutches for nearly 6 weeks despite feeling as though I was literally just carrying them around within 2 weeks of the op. This ensures you keep your body balanced and don’t overcompensate elsewhere leading to other problems.
I slowly started walking each day, twice a day and extending the distances along with strength work to rebuild the muscles around the new hip.
In September I managed to go trail running for 3 days with a group of my running club mates and although slow it was great to be back out there.
By October I had a number on my front again and completed a 10 mile trail race finishing 205th of 495 competitors. What a great feeling.
On December the 22nd I partook in the end of year fun trail run including stream crossings and running and deep pools (ice bath en route is highly recommended lol).
That’s me as the Grinch and the smile says it all. Whats even better is immediately behind me is my daughter and behind her (in the elf hat) is my wife. A typical family outing!!!
To start 2015 I along with 350 others (including my wife Karen) ran a tough 7 mile moor and bog run up to the highest peak in the County (it’s a modest climb compared to US standards I assure you.
I have reduced running training to twice a week with 4 sessions of cycling and strength work to rebuild the muscles and this clearly appears to be working. Remember the op fixes the hip. It destroys the muscles so this is where the recovery work needs to be concentrated.
I continue to “listen to my hip”. there are still days when it (or the muscles ache and stiffen), but these are fewer and fewer and the aches less and less. I am ever hopeful of a good 2015.
I have 3 races entered, January 18th for relatively level 10 miler ( my 68 minute pb will not be threatened!) and a 20 mile coastal trail run on 1st March and then a 11 miler on the 21st. After that we see how I feel and plan an assault on the rest of the year.
Finding this site and joining the community has been a huge encouragement and massive help and I wish everyone approaching and op the very best and be positive and a speedy and healthy recovery to everyone else.
HAPPY NEW YEAR