I’ve been absent from the blog for some time now, but I haven’t been idle. A foot injury has kept me from running (now much improved) so I poured my energy into writing an eBook, ‘How to Run with a Hip Replacement’.
A presumptuous title as running with a hip replacement is a tricky business and there are as many ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ approaches as there are opinions – as we all know. However I’ve taken a stab at throwing my thoughts down and put it on Amazon’s bookshelves. The 90 page eBook is available for a nominal fee ($2.99) – I just looked and people are already purchasing it.
I’m hoping that it will let a runner or two know that all is not lost when they are told that a hip replacement is on the cards, and that they are not alone either.
I will update the contents occasionally so let me know if you would like a subject covered or something corrected. I’ve already spotted a few errors that I need to change. If you do read it and think you’d like to review it on Amazon, I’d appreciate it.
I’ve put a link to this blog in the Resources section at the back of the book, I hope you don’t mind. Now that it’s finished (whew!) I can put some writing energy into a blog or two.
Oh, you can buy the eBook through Amazon by clicking this link.
On Christmas day 2005 I walked out of Wellington Public Hospital with a new hip replacement and no pain at last. If it wasn’t for the crutches I’d have thrown my arms in the air in celebration, just as I did finishing the Western States 100 fourteen years earlier.
Hi fellow hippies and hippies-to-be, I’m Alistair from New Zealand, “thanks” Tom for bringing us all together. I mention the WS100 mile ultra-marathon because during that last long run in 1991 my genes overtook me – Hip dysplasia, the family curse. Over the following years niggling hip pain deteriorated until I struggled to walk. You probably know the stabbing hip pain well.
After hip replacement surgery I began using trekking poles and was soon able to enjoy walking some of my old trail-running routes. I had dutifully listened to my hip surgeon who answered “No” to the inevitable question “Will I be able to run after a hip replacement?”.
One day though, about 5 years post-surgery, an old urge sneaked up on me. As I began my walk up Belmont Trig I leaned forward on my toes and started to run up the steep gravel track. My hip felt strong and it seemed such a natural thing to do. Since then I have spent many happy miles playing with and researching safe running techniques and learned a lot about running with a hip replacement, and myself.
My weekend runs range from two to five hours, although I have to sheepishly admit to injuring my right foot on a tough bush run about 5 weeks ago. It’s healing but, as I sit contemplating my unused running gear, I am reminded once again not to take running for granted.