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.

Grateful.

Happy Friday HipRunners!  Hope everyone is having a good spring so far.  Just a quick post to say how grateful I am for this community — to see everyone’s amazing progress, hear their stories and continue to be inspired by the power of perseverance.

This morning I went for a nice long walk on my favorite beach…And thought about no matter whether or not I ever do another distance race, or even a run around my neighborhood, I am extremely grateful for the ability to open the door and go for a walk, anywhere I want, for as long as I want…simply because I can.  🙂

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!  🙂

18 month check in and PT tune up

Tomorrow (Friday) is my 18 month mark since my THR — And I have to say the results have been beyond my wildest expectations!  So happy to have found this community as well to share the journey and discuss the concept of even thinking about getting back into running — so many of my non-running friends just don’t get it. 🙂

I’ve been noticing some residual discomfort on my surgical side at the hip flexor and some pain around the back of the hip — I was starting to get worried that either I was having a leg length problem (about 1/4 inch off) or I had somehow damaged the hip!

At the encouragement of my regular doc at my annual checkup (the same doc who told me over 10 years ago to go see an orthopedist for my dysplasia!) — I decided to schedule a checkup with my PT team that assisted me through the recovery.  I really didn’t want to hear I was having some sort of issue that would send me back to the orthopedist’s office.

After a thorough evaluation he determined my pain was from three things:  One, glutes that weren’t firing properly, making the hip feel weak and hip flexors work harder, tendonitis on my surgical side (which I had not even noticed until he had me touch each hip simultaneously and I couldn’t believe how tender and swollen I was!) and tight muscles across the lower back and periformus.  Whew!

After even just one session of proper massage and release work and some very simple bridge exercises to get those glutes firing, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt and how much less weak the hip felt!

I’m going to go back a couple times a week for a few weeks for more massage and release work and follow a regiment of glute-firing exercises and an icing routine for a couple of weeks to get back to where I want to be.

So glad I decided to check in with PT and get this fixed — it was a good reminder for me that even though the ‘recovery’ is officially over, this is a lifelong process of balancing and adjusting to keep everything strong and healthy.

Keep on truckin’ HipRunners!  🙂

A HipRunner Hits the Rock N Roll Half in San Diego

Hi HipRunners!  I am very happy to report that almost exactly 16 months to the day to my THR, I completed the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Diego!  My last half was in 2010 on a completely flat course and finished in 2:10 — Today’s run had a few more hills/ups and downs, and am very happy that I finished in 2:12!

IMG_2524 I was smiling almost the whole way (even through the pain that comes from running for 2 hours) and the fatigue as I was just so grateful to be out there again!  I think I’m probably retired from distance running (have done many full and half races prior), but I really wanted to just push myself to see if I could do it.  Happily the hip actually felt amazing; the only pain was some lingering tightness in the back and psoas as the body continues to adjust to its new alignment!IMG_2533

So all the HipRunners out there, you CAN do it!  Just have patience in the recovery process, listen to your PT team and your body, and it can be done!!!

 

Feeling really like a ‘runner’ again

So I’ve decided (I think) to do the Rock N Roll Half Marathon here in San Diego June 5.  I’ve been upping my mileage and today I went out for 7.  Felt super strong and as I ripped open my pack of Gu halfway through the run (to get back into the habit of eating during a run) — I had flashbacks of races past and really started to feel like a runner again.  Anyone else have this experience?  I know I’ve been doing training workouts and some 5-6 milers, but there’s something about knowing you have to think about fuel out there that just feels more raw.

Happy Saturday HipRunners!  Aimee.

365 Days

HipReplacementAnniversaryHIkeThis past week marked my official one-year mark since my THR.  I remember waking up in the hospital the day after my surgery, unsure what the road ahead would hold and if I made the right decision getting a hip replacement at age 42.

One year later, my recovery is beyond my expectations and I am so grateful and happy for everything back in my life — Running, Walking, Hiking, Yoga, sleeping comfortably and most importantly…Being able to travel pain free.

To celebrate my hip-aversay, I went for a nice long hike all around beautiful Torrey Pines Preserve here in San Diego — Lots of hills/stone steps and gorgeous views all around.

To the other hip runners out there going through the recovery phase, have faith that it will get better and your life can be whatever you choose it to be.  Cheers!

Well, I did it! 2.2 miles, first outing

8 months post surgery, and feeling so good and strong, this morning I decided to try to run.  I’ve been working out almost every day and building my cardio back up, but really wanted to stretch those legs….

This morning at the gym, after I did about 30 minutes on the bike, I wasn’t tired and really felt the treadmill calling.  So, I ventured over and fired it up.  I thought I would go maybe half a mile.  Maybe at a 5 MPH pace — very slow.  Started at 5 MPH, felt fine — bumped it up to 5.5.  Went about 3/4 of a mile and felt stiff but good.  No hip pain, just tight and awkward.  At about the one mile mark, was starting to loosen up.  Upped it to 6 MPH.

Spent the next mile opening up, feeling that familiar rhythm come back.  Could not stop smiling; I’m sure the people around me thought I was nuts.  Towards the end of mile 2, was up to about 6.2 MPH and then ended up finishing the last .2 bumping up to 6.5.  Felt amazing.  I could have done more, but didn’t want to push it.

We’ll see how I feel later today but I am so blown away.  I could feel my muscles really loosening up and I got a release I haven’t had with any of the other exercises (bike, hiking, elliptical, etc.).

I’m not getting my hopes up, but I might be back.  🙂