8 months in

I’ve been reading about everyone’s recovery and have been a bit jealous because my recovery has been much slower than expected.  My THR was performed 12/08/2016 and I thought I’d be able to run a 5K in 4-6 months.  After all, I’ve run 50 marathons prior to surgery.  I tried to run a few times in May (1 mile) but it was extremely painful and my hip would stiffen up and be sore for 3-4 days.  In the meantime, I’ve been focusing on the bike to keep active.  I usually do a 40-50 mile ride on the weekends.

Lately though, I’ve noticed that my hip has been able to take on my activity.  For example, I’ve started doing box jumps and lunges without pain but more importantly, no lingering pain/stiffness afterwards.

So I ran on the treadmill today.   My goal was 2 miles in 20 minutes but I knew I would need walk breaks.  At first it was difficult to maintain a 10 min/mile pace but after each walk break, it was easier to go faster and I was able to get to a 9 min/mile pace in the final stretch to meet my goal.  The cool thing was that my hip actually felt better after the run than before I started.

I’m still nervous about taking it to the streets so I’ll continue to be cautious for awhile but it looks like I’ll be able to finally join everyone as a hiprunner in the fall.

Eric

First Post-THR 1 mile run

I know my hip is still not fully recovered but it’s been 5 months since my THR so I decided to give it a go.  I’ve been taking my bike out on rides (up to 57 miles) over the last month which seemed to help out my recovery (plus no longer doing leg presses).  However, my leg still has more stiff days than loose days.

This was not one of its loose days.  I was a 6 minute miler prior to surgery but my goal was 10 minutes.  Weather was perfect. Started from my house going up an incline.  The running started out uncomfortable…had to stop after a minute.  My heartbeat was already up to 153, lol.  Began again and had to stop after another minute.  Eventually, my body adjusted to the feeling and I built up enough momentum to finish in 9:46 (pleasantly surprising!).

During the run, I felt like I was favoring my hip but it didn’t appear so based on my shadow.  Also, turning was harder than expected.  Afterwards, my hip does not feel worse so that is a relief.  My goal is to finish a 5K on the 4th of July so we’ll see how that goes.

Eric.