I saw this place in Asheville, NC this past weekend and had to share a pic with the HipRunners.  It is not some seedy dive bar as I originally suspected but a funky clothing store… missed opportunity or genius marketing I am not sure

phantom leg pain?

21 months out from first hip replacement on left side. Last few weeks have had some pain in my left leg, lower thigh area towards the outside/back and about 4 to 5 inches above my knee. Pain seems to radiate through the back of my knee? Primarily when I get up after sitting or first thing in the morning. It comes and goes but not an issue when exercising. When its “on” however I can barely walk without limping. Anyone have anything similar? Going to see doctor but wanted to feel the water with the HipRunner crew.. Thanks!

Sprint Triathlon Summer Race Series #1

Rocking my new HipRunner shirt after the Charleston Sprint  Tri race this morning.   Number 4 in my age group with a 12:28 swim (600 yds) 33:25 ride (12 miles) & 22:35 (5K).  Not my best ever but my best with dual hip replacements and there are are four more races this summer to improve.  My girlfriend’s son DJ took second in his age group.. his 1st tri ever!

 

Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50K Ultra

Hey fellow hippies,

I ran a 50K this past Saturday. It’s been just under a year since my second hip replacement so I’m feeling pretty cocky.  Finished 4th overall with a time of 5 hours and 22 minutes and 10:23 average pace to include aid station stops.  By the way my new favorite ultra food is canned boiled potatoes dipped in salt.  Yum.

I ran in my Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3s.. great trail version of the Clifton 3.  It was a beautiful morning for a trail run in the low country.  I tripped hard on a root at mile 19 and went down like the Titanic! Back up and finished the next 12 miles with no problems.  Started aching a little later that day on my right side.. apparently I bruised a rib when I fell.  Its killing me today but x-rays confirmed I’ll live 🙂  Great news is that both hips felt amazing throughout the event.

Once I heal up I’m looking at some Sprint Tri’s this summer and maybe a 50 miler in the fall?

God I love running…

Check out the race at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39135

 

10 X 5K Ultra

Checking in 10 months post-op (second hip May 2016, first hip Sep 2015,) completed a 10 X 5K ultra last Saturday.  You run a 5K every hour, on the hour, for 10 hours. Fun right?  It doesn’t seem too bad until around 5K number 7… when the wheels can start to come off the bus.  I had done one before, pre-op and found myself struggling during that one due to bad hips and the problem of just tightening up and very tired legs.  My strategy this time was to rest between each 5K by rolling out my legs and hips on a foam roller and walking around to stay loose.  I’ve learned that on any ultra sitting down is your worst enemy.  It paid off this time… finished 31 miles with a total time of 4 hours and 23 minutes or about an 8:30 pace overall.

Got a 50K coming up in May to celebrate the first full year with 2 new hips.

 

 

Kiawah Island Triathlon

Good Morning HipRunners..

53 years old and just 1 year after my first hip replacement and less than 4 months after my second (and final haha) hip replacement I completed the Kiawah Island Triathlon.. an Olympic distance tri here in the low country of South Carolina. I can’t even express how happy I am with the results. Not only my first race following THR but my first open ocean swim and I only started running again about 3 weeks ago.
My results
2:41 overall
26:51 swim
1:14 bike (21 mph pace)
55:32 10K run (8:59 pace)!!!!

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My right leg ached a little on the bike in the area of the anterior cut and I was worried it would affect my run but it was gone when I got off the bike. I know I have to be careful but I really felt amazing. Running is a privilege and I feel so blessed to be given a second chance.
I took Hip Brother Tom’s advice and linked my Garmin to Strava and joined the HipRunner club on Strava.  Very cool!
I keep saying I’m going to rewrite the book on THRs but you all beat me to it!