Second THR Monday !

The day has arrived! On Monday I will have my second THR. This time it’s my right hip. My left hip was successfully replaced 5 years ago at the age of 56.  I began running 5 months post op the first time up  until 3 months ago when the pain in my right hip STALLED my running. Two months ago I followed Tom’s advice and purchased a Zero Runner. I have been using it pain free and anticipate that it will become a permanent part of my  training post op. Thank you Tom! I don’t know how quickly I will begin using the Zero Runner post op but I am hopeful it will be within a few months. I will keep you all posted!

P.S. Tom’s video of him running “hands free” on the Zero Runner is amazing.

Oh Well, Time to Get the “Other Hip” Replaced!

Five years ago this month at the age of 56 I had a THR of my left hip.  At the same time I found Tom’s website and therefore went into surgery confident I would run again. There were only about 5 Hipsters at that time. My surgeon was strongly opposed to me running post surgery (and still is!) and also informed me that it was likely I would need a THR of my right hip in about 3 years. After my surgery I did a lot of pool running, biking and weight training for the first 5 months. I began running beginning in the fifth month and have continued to do so, injury free up until 1 month ago when I started to get significant pain in my right hip. During these past 5 years I have run many long distances races and have competed in several triathlons of various distances, including a few Olympic distance triathlons. The good news is that my 5 year X-ray on the left THR showed no visible wear and tear. As for my right hip, I can bike and swim with minimal pain but running has become too painful. My surgeon said if I don’t run I probably can defer the surgery for 2-4 years. Since I am a runner at heart rather than a biker or swimmer, I told my surgeon I will be scheduling the surgery shortly. After all runners need to run!

Brian -10 Month Report

Hi Hipsters, It has been a while since I last posted a report, however, I wanted to be up and running for a while before providing an update. I did manage to wait 5 months before taking my first run. Prior to that first run I did spend a lot of time weight training, biking, swimming and aqua running. I truly believe it prepared me for actual running since I have had little discomfort with my new hip. I am only running 3 or 4 days per week supplemented with 3 days of weight training biking and swimming. Many of my family and friends have commented that I look much better than when I was “just a runner”. I guess that is because I am a little fuller and have more upper body muscle than before surgery.

I have run a few 5k races and am running at a 7:40 – 8:00 minute pace as opposed to a 6:30 – 6:50 minute pace pre-surgery. I am very happy with my progress and know I can decrease my times if I intensify my workouts. I plan on participating in some triathalons since I now enjoy long bike rides.

My only real concern right now is the fact that I will eventually need my other hip (right hip) replaced. The surgeon said within 1 to 3 years the wearing of the cartilage will cause me the same pain as it did in my left hip. Since it is inevitable, I am going to continue my activities and let the chips fall where they may!

I plan on purchasing Alistair’s book tonight!!! It should motivate me even more.

Brian – Week 14

My recovery from a THR of my left hip is going very well. However,  I have decided to wait a full six months before I begin to run again,  Unlike some of the other hipsters, I have been advised by my surgeon not to run “ever again”.  Although I have decided not to take his advice, I do intend to take it slow.  I have been riding a stationary bike for 45 minutes  4 or 5 days a week. I am also weight training 3 – 4 days a week. I do full body weight training and have spent more time training my lower body then I ever have in the past.  I want to condition my lower body as much as possible before I begin to run again. I have done some swimming and intend to start pool running workouts in January. I have been reading a lot about pool running and am considering substituting some pool runs for “real” runs.  Also, I am considering entering the triathlon world as a substitute for the marathon world I lived in prior to my hip problems.

Another consideration for me is that I am headed for a THR of the right hip sometime in the future, probably in the 3-5 year timeframe. Therefore,   I could be looking at  a “double” hip revision surgery when I am in my late 60s or 70s.  With or without running, I will likely need the revision surgeries if I live long enough. Maybe I should run as much as I want to and have the revision surgeries when I am still relatively healthy? Food for thought!!