Tom – Rain, Sleet, Sore Knees or Snow – Staying Optimistic

When I first got my hip replacement, there was never any doubt or fear that I may never get back to running.  I had pain in my hip that was limiting me from being active, and that pain had to go.  I had a built in sense of optimism that protected me from thinking about all of the negatives that might follow.  The optimism has paid off.  I have had more success racing post THR than I ever had prior.  I credit this partly to my running with the SDP boys, but I also have to give credit to staying optimistic.  My optimism has insulated me from thinking too much about all of the potential things that could have gone wrong after the hip replacement.  Instead, I have set goals and I have strived to achieve them.

So now I have sore knees.  My right knee especially has been giving me trouble.  Ever since I hurt it at a basketball tournament (Hoopfest) in late June, it has not been the same.  I went to see my ortho and he gave me news that I was NOT expecting.  My right hip has arthritis and due to its lack of flexibility I am putting more pressure on the knee.  OK, I knew I had arthritis in that hip too, but it doesn’t hurt, so I never paid attention to it.  Little did I realize that while it is not hurting, the hip is losing flexibility.   So I was given a prescription for some PT.  I am hopeful that I will be able to get some exercises that I can faithfully do on a daily basis that will give me more flexibility so I don’t destroy my knees.

It is no secret that I like to run.  My wife Colleen saw me hobbling around one day. I looked at her and said something like “I was born with bad knees”, she laughed at me and said “That’s like a coal miner saying he was born with bad lungs”.  It is true.  It kills me not to run, but sometimes the running kills me.  Either way, I choose it because of all the positives that I take away from it (Stress reduction, physical health (well maybe except for the hips and knees), mental health, happiness).  This knee thing will pass.  I am optimistic about that.

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Tom – July/August New Members

 

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Well this is it.  My final post before I take part in the Hood to Coast relay this weekend.  I run with a group of guys called the “Dirty Half Dozen”.  Great guys.  They have been running together since High School.  I got onto the squad when I ran XC in college with one of them.  Here’s an article about them...they are just good dudes.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone through these thoughts before a big race:  “Wow…my back aches”, “Sheesh, my knees really hurt….they’ve never hurt like this before”, “I think I have a cold – perfect, just before Hood to Coast”, “Man I am tired”, “Man it is hot”,  “Leg 2 of Hood to Coast?  The first leg is COMPLETELY downhill.  Are you nuts? How will you get through the 2nd and 3rd legs with a leg like that?”.  🙂  It always happens like this to me before a big race.  And each time I remind myself “Argue for your weaknesses, and they are yours”.  So instead I flip it.  “Hey, my hip feels great!”, “I don’t have a cold, its just my silly summer time allergies”, “You’re tired because you did a major system upgrade at work”, “It won’t be hot on the mountain – you’ll run faster”, “Leg 2 is great!  I’ll be the 2nd one completely finished….more beer for me while the rest of the team is still running”, “It’s all good”.  We Hip Runner’s have to stay positive.  We have to live on optimism.  If we don’t the waiting will kill us.  (Read Julie’s post below….she needs to wait a little longer before she can run).  The waiting can sap the energy out of you.  The best way to get through it is to “flip it”.  Find some good in the bad, keep your head up and stay positive.  Hood to Coast!  Here I come!

Wow.  Has the summer gone by super fast or what?  So fast in fact that I have an overflow of new runners to introduce…..

 

Steve D – I am just wondering if there is a contest for people such as us who have had bi-lateral hip replacement and are now other-wise in great health. Thanks, Steve

Al W – Hi everyone, I’m a 62 yo male, post traumatic hip fracture that occurred on July 30, 2014 due to stupidity (cycling accident – my fault), with THR the following day. My PT convinced me the long term psychic reward of completing my 38th consecutive Philadelphia Distance Run (Half Marathon) coming up in mid-September, if even possible ?, would not offset the long term consequences of potentially loosening the orthotic currently reminding me that it’s a part of me. I’m following his advice. Good decision?

I’m satisfied with my progress (not quite cane free & without a limp) but wondering what long term impact it will have on running, cycling, hiking and other activities I enjoy. For example, when hiking recently, I spent most of my time looking at the ground. I suppose this was because of my concern about falling and the constant awareness of my new parts. When does the over cautiousness subside and when do the new pieces feel natural, if ever?

So far, the one plus I’ve come up with is that accomplishing new goals keeps my motivation level up; something that had subsided as an older runner.

Thanks for creating this group. BTW, I love the name!

Stuart P – I was never a runner but began as I took up triathlons. It was while cycling that I was hit by a car and fractured my left hip. The first surgery was a failed attempt to repair the hip. Six months later I had a total hip replacement.My goal is an ironman Triathlon in 2016. Swimming and cycling are going fine but still struggling with the run. Doc says I can go for an Ironman Tri on two conditions:

1. I must learn a new style of running away from my current heal strike to a more gliding style (like Chi).

2. I get one shot only at an Ironman, finish or no.

So that’s my story.

Robert B – Having left hip replacement in 2 weeks.  (That would mean that he should be having it sometime next week)

Gord M – My surgeon was pretty clear running was not a good idea. Running has been a big part of my life since university. Completed many marathons and lots of triathlons including 3 Ironman. Not tuning has Ben tough and it has been very inspiring reading the blogs. If anyone has any comments in going a gaisnt the advice of the surgeon would love to hear them.

Brian G – I have a 7 year old RBHR and now LTHR from same surgeon so I have quite a bit of experience in running and other activities.

Rick C – I had my hip resurfaced in 2010 by Dr. Michael Mont, Sinai Medical in Baltimore. I run 2 or 3 miles four or five times a week. On the other days I work out on a either an exorcise bike or an elliptical machine.

I do some form of stretching each day. So far so good. Before the surgery I ran 18 marathons and numerous smaller races. My marathon and heavy duty days of running are over, but I love to be out in the morning on a crisp day just running and not thinking about anything else.

Mac M – I had a hip “resurfacing” 10 years ago and it had become increasingly more painful and limiting. During the last couple years, the other hip went south as well. I’m told I have “dysplacia” and likely would have had hip problems earlier in life had I not been a runner for 20+ years. Over the past three months I’ve had left then right THR (posterior.) Due to hip pain, I haven’t run in about 7 years. My surgeon (not a runner)said running is “out of the question” since it would cause increased wear and shorter a life for the hardware.

I’m doing post-op PT now and walking with just a minor limp. My incision was dry and closed at about 7 days – I credit our high antioxidant/anti-inflammatory vegan diet with that success.

I am really thrilled to see so many people discussing running after total hips. I still dream of running and I know now, though just 3 weeks out of surgery for the second hip, that I can at least try running in the not-too-distant future. I don’t plan on any marathons or PRs, but I am really excited by all your amazing stories!

Sondra M – So encouraged by your site! Two years since my RTHR and four since my LTHR – always been active and just trying to run again. Been having IT issues – all about stretching and rolling. Agree with the prior posts on core exercises and would add in any exercises for balance – making a big difference!

Kathy P – I am writing a book about my SuperPATH hip surgeries. I would like to put other anterior and posterior stories and surgical scar photos in the book too. Could you post about this and put my email or a link to it? Could I use your photo and story? I used to run a mile a day but now swim

Jeff R –
Wondering if there are any additional members who have tried a Cortisone injection for relief of hip pain and if so what was the result?

I will be getting these runners added to the club soon…..

 

 

 

 

Tom – Running, Running and More Running

I was sitting down with a friend on Sunday appreciating the fact that I had accomplished quite a bit in the previous 48 hours.

On Saturday, my city (Spokane) hosted its first summer track and field games since the mid 70’s.  The games are a scaled down version of a track meet with the marquee event being the 1 mile run.  Elite athletes were brought in to try to become the first runners in Spokane to ever go under 4 minutes for the mile.  There was a prize purse.  The winner would get $500.  Additionally if the winner broke 4 minutes, they would get an additional $3000.  Wow.

To kick off the day, there was a summer games 8k in the morning.  I ran this race and my race number got me into the summer games on Saturday evening for free.  I ran the 5 mile course in a respectable time of 30:45.  The course was flat.  The air was humid as it had been very hot and it rained for just a few minutes prior to the race.  I felt like I was sucking wind the whole time, and I was very happy to see the finish line.

On Friday, I was sitting down with some friends and telling them that I drew leg 2 of the Hood to Coast Relay.  This race is a 12 man race from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast.  It’s beautiful.  Each runner on the team runs three legs in the relay.  My first leg (still on Mt. Hood) would be straight down the mountain.  It goes without saying that I had some concern about my hip and my first leg down the mountain.  So I told my buddies that  I would be going to a local ski hill (Mt. Spokane) on Sunday to work on my downhill running.  Mike, one of my SDP teammates volunteered, “Well you should just run the Chewelah Peak Half Marathon on Sunday instead”.  I thought about it for a half a second – because I’m a stupid runner with a fake hip – and said “I’m In!”.

The mile event on Saturday night was awesome.  There was a good crowd to witness this attempt at the first ever Sub-4 mile on Spokane soil.  A storm had blown in earlier in the afternoon, but by the time the mile race started, there was a comfortable and cool calmness in the air.  It was the perfect temperature for this sub-4 attempt.  When the gun went off, an elite 800 meter runner set the pace for the first 2 laps.  They came through lap one at 1:01. After that lap, I was under the impression that the sub-4 mile wouldn’t happen on this day.  But on the second lap, they came through at 1:59.  The 3rd lap was a a little bit faster.  When it was all said and done 2 runners had broken the 4 minute barrier (AJ Acosta – 3:58.07, and Riley Masters 3:59.23).  AJ walked away with $3500 for his efforts.  (Poor Riley – taking 2nd place and still going under 4 minutes – he was out of the money).  It was truly very exciting to watch.

On Sunday morning, Mike drove to my house and picked me up for the the drive to Chewelah Peak.  Once we were on the road, he started telling me more about the race.  “Well”, he said, ‘it’s not really 13.1 miles, it is more like 13.6, and the first 7.2 miles are straight uphill”.  Really?  You trap me in your car and you tell me this on the way to the race? 🙂 I didn’t care.  It was going to be a training run for me.  I just wanted to try to cruise the downhill and see how my legs felt.  I never fuel up too heavy in the hours before I race, but typically my races are 5 to 10 miles and not straight up hill.  So I ate my typical energy bar, and drank a bottle of zero calorie gatorade (oh yeah that helped).  When the gun went off at the start, I didn’t realize how little fuel that was for a race like this.

The climb up the peak was tough, but I was surprised to find myself in the lead from the get-go.  It was hot.  It was hard, and it hurt.  I was even more surprised when I got to the top and looked back.  There was nobody in view.  Wow!  And all I had left was this 6.4 mile downhill and I’d be done.  Sweet!  There was an aid station on the top of the mountain.  It had water, bananas and pretzels.  I skipped the food, gulped down 2 dixie cups of water and headed down the hill.  A few minutes into the downhill I looked down at my watch.  5:48’s.  Perfect.

That’s when it happened.  If I were a car, the best way I can explain it is that all of my wheels started wobbling.  My head felt like it had disconnected from my body and was floating above it.  It was clear to me that I had run out of fuel.  At one switchback, I looked up the hill.  I could see a competitor behind me.  He caught me just after mile 9.  I asked if he might happen to have some gu or some other food.  No joy.  So I plodded along until I reached the aid station just before mile 10.  I swear I ate 12 bananas.  I kept telling the person at the aid station over and over again….”You SAVED me” and “I needed this”.  My mile time between 9 and 10 was 13 minutes and change.  Ouch.  One of my other SDP teammates (Todd) came by.  I learned later that he “was” going to run with me for the final part of the race, but I wasn’t making too much sense so he continued on witout me.  One more runner passed me as I licked my wounds and refueled.  In the end I was able to pass that runner settling for a 3rd place finish.   This was the first time I really understood the effects of fuel on race performance.  I was totally impressed with how quickly I was able to bounce back after I refueled.  Next year: mental note, carry a fuel belt.

Thinking back  2 years and 8 months ago, when I first got my hip replaced, I would have never imagined myself doing something like this.  My legs are sore today.  But not “hip” sore.  They are downhill running sore.  My quads are screaming at me.  But my hip is fine.  I am really a runner again.

Tom – Missoula 1/2 Marathon Results

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I guess I got a little greedy after my 1/2 marathon 3 weeks ago.  I was thinking the Missoula course was easier.  This deduction led me to believe I could run a sub-1:23.  It wasn’t in the cards on this day.  I came through the finish line with a chip time of 1:24:43 (30 Seconds Slower than my Seattle half).

For all of you racers out there, I am sure you can remember those points in the race where you had to make a decision….Do I go with this pack or not?  The difference between Seattle and this race was that in this race, I chose not to go. It’s a mental thing and on this day, I wasn’t mentally strong enough.  Even so, there was no coasting.  I ran at a high level, just didn’t put myself into that next gear.  I was still pleased to run another sub 1:25 which has been my goal all year.  The time was good enough for 4th place in my age group.  Not terrible.

As far as the hip goes, it did great.  At certain points both knees ached a bit and maybe more on my hip side.  I don’t think it was hip related.  I think it was more basketball and “Hoopfest” related.

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Every single one of these guys was at least in the top 4 in their age group – I was the slowest of the group. Christopher, the guy on my left won his age group and nearly set an age group record. Turlan, the young man on the lower right, a 9th grader, ran a 1:23.

I came over to this race with a bunch of SDP teammates.  We had a great great time.  Many of you know the value of running with a group.  This group pushes me to limits that I wouldn’t push myself to on my own.  I can thank them for getting me back to running after hip replacement.  If you are struggling to get back to running, maybe it is because you are trying to do it on your own.  You don’t have to join  a “competitive” running group. There are running groups in most every town that make it easier to get back into running shape.  The social aspect of these groups is a  great motivator to stick with it.  I count my SDP teammates as some of my closest friends.

Tom – Missoula Bound

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This weekend is my next 1/2 marathon test.  Today I will be heading out to Montana to run the Missoula 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.  I’ll be running with the team I train with.  There are 2 individuals on my team (The Spokane Distance Project), who are in my age group and will most likely kick my rear end.  But I am hoping for a podium sweep by the SDP.  That will be a tough task as there are a few Montana locals who will provide a challenge to that goal.  This event has been voted one of the top marathon events in the country.  I am looking forward to it.  We will be using tonight and Saturday to ‘acclimate’ ourselves to the Montana culture.   Hoping for the best and feeling optimistic.  Race report (good or bad) will come next week….

Tom – New “Hip” Runners

It seems as though I JUST posted a list of new hip runners, and now I am back at it.  We have some new members to welcome to the group.  Watch for their posts soon.

Kristine M – I am three weeks out from my second THR. I am so pleased to find HipRunner. I can’t wait to read and share stories..

Christine G – I had just begun to find a path to running. In our local area, I had joined our Abe’s Army – training group for our Abe’s Amble 5k run. About 90% through the training, I realized the pain I was feeling in my hips was getting worse. After seeking a doctor’s opinion, I had to quit running immediately prior to the race I had been working so hard to run.  In 2012, I had bilateral anterior THRs. My surgeon said my running days were over. But, me being the type A person that I am hasn’t listened. Off and on, I had run a few miles on the treadmill in the gym over the course of the last two years. I am allowing myself once a week on the treadmill for now paying close attention to how my body reacts. I do still have pain after running particularly in the right hip which was my worst. But it dissipates over the course of the week. Last year at my annual follow up everything looked great. Since I have begun to run a little more this year, I am anxiously awaiting my annual follow up in September to assure that everything is doing ok. If so, I intend to increase my running over time as long as the hips permit. I am encouraged to find this group. I had seen a couple of articles of runners continuing on to run marathons after bilateral THRs but I was still concerned. When the surgeons tell you your running days are over…it is kind of scary. However, I wonder how much of the docs telling us never to run again stems from the lack of research of THR patients going on to run since now so many of us are younger. I hope to encourage others with my journey as well.

Steve K – Hey all~  I am very impressed with this site, its mission and the level of activity/viewership!! I am also extremely happy to have found this resource to educate myself about the pros and cons of running after a Total Hip Replacement, having had one in December, 2011, at age 50. My surgeon was pretty adamant that I should never consider running, or even jogging, as part of a cardio-fitness regimen, because it would shorten the life of the hardware, requiring replacement, or “revision”, as I have heard it called. I had run for most of my life, sometimes five/six days a week, sometimes only a couple, but I have also been cycling, playing tennis, or inline skating. Now, I just bike a few days a week, tennis a couple and walk my MinPin 75 mins a day. I run short dashes with my dog, Eddy, because he loves running, but has no interest in playing with other dogs or chasing a ball.  Running for 30 yd. bursts feels great, and I never have any pain in my hip when playing tennis with my partner, Beth. Prior to surgery in 2010-2011, she would occasionally have to traction my leg, on the court, because of the bone-on-bone pain I had to deal with. I would love to be able to run again, for weight control and general psychological well-being. I will read the Hiprunner reports, and start out slow, on grass (mostly) and short-distances…maybe 1/4 mile, walk, 1/4 mile, walk…or something like that. I would appreciate input about that “running will shorten hardware lifespan” thing I mentioned. Almost forgot to mention, but 3 months post-surgery, just a few days before the target date the doc gave me for riding on the road, I went for a spin around my neighborhood and had no problems. Two days later, I was going to ride to my “gym”, and in getting on the bike and throwing my right leg over the seat, I had a wardrobe malfunction, probably because I had limited mobility on that side (the THR was on the right). Short story, long…slow-mo wipe-out to the right, and I fractured my femur. Big pain, but another surgery, 4 metal zip-ties and an added 8″ to my scar, and I have to think that femur is stronger than the other one. Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know people and helping where I can.

Della – Hi Everyone, I was an avid runner who has been told for the past 6 years that I needed both hips replaced. I’m a 52-year-old female and my running has seriously tapered off because of the pain post-run (not during). I would love to get back to it, and just being able to do other types of physical activites. I’m two-weeks post-op and using just a cane to help stabelize myself walking. Not walking far yet, but I think I’ll be off the cane by next week and hopefully walking farther. Really just looking for people in the same situation to share information about what to expect, not expect, etc. Best wishes and happy running to all.

 

Tom – 1/2 Marathon Done, Goal Achieved….

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In the weeks leading up to the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon, I felt like I was running through water.  My body was aching and everything was sore.  I even skipped my workout with the SDP boys on Tuesday night because I just did not feel good.  It seemed like I was falling apart.  My right calf was very tight.  My hip-side knee was super sore (like ‘arthritic sore’ ouch) and my hip side glute was causing me to adjust my stride in order to run.  Perfect!  Just in time for my first half-marathon test of the year.   I had a 1:25 goal that I set for myself for this year (I set that 1:25 goal in THIS post).  I was really worried.  Luckily for me, I was able to schedule a massage with a massage therapist who knows how to treat runners.   After that 1 hour session last Wednesday,  a good portion of the pain melted away.  I strongly encourage all of you hip runners to find a good massage therapist if you are going to continue to run competitively. They can do wonders for your training.  If it was not for my massage therapist, I know for a fact that I would not have had a race like I had on Saturday.

Seattle weather in the summer is pretty spectacular.  When I woke up on Saturday morning at 5:00 am, the sun was shining through the window and there was a slight breeze playing with the curtains.  The temp outside was about 65 degrees….perfect.  After taking a quick shower and eating a quarter of a bagel, I headed down to the starting line which wasn’t even a mile from where I was staying.  I felt good.  There were 20+ starting corrals to line up in, mine was the first.  I had put down on my registration that I planned to run 1:25 for this half marathon, and that was fast enough to warrant me starting in the first corral.  So there I was.  The elite runners were right in front of me and (for any of you who have read the book ‘Born to Run’) I ‘think’ I may have even been standing next to a member of the Tarahumara.  He was shirtless and he was wearing sandals very similar to the ones described in the book.  10 minutes before race time, I clicked my button on my Garmin watch to sync up with the satellites.  I waited for it to sync.  The master of ceremonies was rambling on thanking all of the people who helped to make the event happen.  5 minutes to go…still not synced.  The guest starter was a beauty queen (Miss Seafair) who was being asked nonsensical questions about whether or not she could complete a race like this in her high heels.  1 minute to go, my watch was still not synced.  I opted to go with the gps-less option and just used the stopwatch feature.  The gun went off and the race was underway.

At mile one, I looked at my watch and I had just run 6:04.  I wasn’t worried.  This is how I always run.  I like to “bank” time.  If I feel good, maybe I’ll maintain this pace through the entire race.  The Tarahumara runner was in my sight.  I kept going.

At mile 5 I was under 31.  Feeling good. Maintaining a good pace.  Thinking…I can do this!  There was a little 1/4 mile out and back jag on this course.  As I was heading out of this jag, Jody, a fellow runner friend that I know from Spokane, was heading into the Jag.  I didn’t know he was running.  He beat me in the final stretch at the Bloomsday race this year.  But he was a quarter mile back.  A much slower pace…. hmmmm…..he must have been running the marathon.

Between Mile 6 and Mile 10, I struggled to maintain pace.  The 6:04 pace was long out of the picture.  So was the Tarahumara runner.  At mile 10, I came through at 1:02:29 (6:15 pace).  But my legs were starting to feel heavy and my right calf was right on the edge of pulling.  I shortened my stride and just tried to increase turnover.  It managed to get me through the last 3 miles (which were terribly slow).  In the last .1 mile of the race, my runner friend did it to me again.  Jody zoomed by me and beat me by 12 seconds.  Even so.  I couldn’t have been more elated with my time.  It was the fastest I have run a half marathon in this century.  🙂

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At the finish line with Jody

 

So with that goal accomplished.  It is time to set some new ones.  My next half marathon is coming up in 3 weeks.  The Missoula Half Marathon is on a slight downhill slope with some rollers.  I’m thinking I can hit 1:22 or better.  That is my new goal.

Hipsters!  Don’t forget:

You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing

It’s possible.  There will be days when everything feels sluggish and you don’t feel 100%.  This is all part of the process.  You can either give up, or fight on to the next day.  The best cure for this feeling is running in a race (and having a good massage therapist).

Believe in yourselves and good things will happen!

Stay tuned….I have more new hiprunners who have asked to join……

Tom – Steltfest X – Winner Winner

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Not quite the “Jumpman” of old….

 

It is a well known fact that while I do enjoy running……I REALLY enjoy playing basketball.  In June, there are two 3 on 3  basketball tournaments that I always look forward to being a part of.  The first event is called “Steltfest”.  It is hosted by Rick Steltenpohl, one of the original organizers of Spokane’s Hoopfest Tournament (the nation’s largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament).  Steltfest consists of a bunch of former athletes in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s who are organized into 3 person teams.  This was the 10th year of the Steltfest tournament. steltfest The theme this year was “Pro basketball players under six feet tall”.  Our team name was Spud Web.  My two teammates, KC and Jim, had skills.  KC was just an all around athlete.  He could easily hit the 3, and had no problem muscling up in the post down low.  Jim was wiry.  While he is just 6 feet, he plays and finishes like a 7 footer.  He had a great feel for the inside and was always around the board for rebounds.  I am not a terrible shooter, and I don’t mind posting up, but it was my ability to get to loose balls (I can thank running for that) that was my best asset for this team.  With the 3 of us combined, we ended up winning the tournament.    This was a nice confidence builder for the hoopfest tournament which will take place on the weekend of June 28th and 29th.

But before that can happen….I will be running the Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon in Seattle on June 21st.  This will be my first attempt at breaking the 1:25 mark that I set as my goal at the start of the year.  Last year, I had one half marathon on the schedule and I ended up running a 1:27, this year….I am ready.  And if I don’t make it, I have another marathon coming up in July.  The sub 1:25 will happen.

We have some new members joining our growing group….please welcome them warmly when they post their first post…..

Kathy J – had a hip replacement in June 2013.  She is 56 and looking forward to sharing her progress.

John B – Hasn’t had his hip replacement yet. “In January 2014, I reached a point that I couldn’t run due to pain in my right hip. I’ve had PT, massage, and a Sports Medicine doctor that was treating me for a deep tissue injury without taking an x-ray. A second doctor did take an x-ray and referred me to an orthopedist, who diagnosed osteoarthritis from the x-ray and an MRI. He suggests a THR with a ceramic/polyethylene combo. and says no future running. I am seeking a second opinion before committing to the surgery. I want to see if future running is possible. Any suggestions or help in finding a second opinion for a doctor that is running oriented?”

Una – I was informed two weeks ago by my orthopedic surgeon that I would need a hip replacement in the very near future because of osteoarthritis, especially if I keep on running. Now, I’ve never been what I would classify as a serious runner. In fact, I’ve only taken up the sport about 8 months ago, after losing a LOT of weight and wanting to get in better shape. And for the first time in my life I actually found an exercise I really enjoy. It even got me as far as quitting smoking in January so I could breathe easier on my runs. But my hip started bothering me in February, at times so painful that I couldn’t run. After a couple of trips to my GP and being treated for inflammation, he agreed, after I quit running for 4 weeks that it is probably something more sinister and that I should go and see the orthopedic surgeon. X-rays and an MRI later, the earth shattering diagnosis. And that at age 35. One would think it wouldn’t be such a big deal for someone who barely had time to get into running properly, but I am heart broken. So my question, anyone here who managed to run with a bum hip with any length of time? I honestly can not see the point in quitting if I’m going to get a hip replacement regardless. Is there any type of exercises I could do to strengthen other muscles to take strain of my hip? Or should I just go and get it done now and get it over with?

Mike A – Gets his hip replaced –> Tomorrow!  I am so stoked to read that it is possible to run again one day after surgery. I’m going in tomorrow and hope to be running in 8 months.  I’ll keep posting on my progress…

 

 

Tom – 2 Years 6 Months & More “Hip” Runners

Today was one of those days.  I could feel all of my aches and pains.  My knee on my hip side has given me problems on and off since before the hip was replaced.  I am sure that it is related to all of those years running on a bad hip.  So today for my Sunday Long Run, I chose to go-it-alone, and forego my normal long run with some of the SDP boys.  That group is fast, and today, I just wanted to take my time….and take my time I did.  But the problem with that plan was that it hurt MORE to run slow than it did to run faster.  At my weekly workouts with the SDP Boys,  they complain that I take the warm up pace out a bit to fast.   I tell them “The faster you run, the sooner you’re done”.  It is so true. The slower you run, the more pounding your body has to take.  Needless to say, with the warm weather (It’s only 80 degrees, but that is warmer than it has been around these parts) and the slow pace, my body took a pounding and I was hurting more than I usually do when I run with the fellas.  Despite all of the aches and pains, I couldn’t help but feel optimistic.  The sun was shining and I put in some good miles this weekend; eight miles  yesterday with the dog, and then 13.4 more today.   My base is good for the next 2 half marathons coming up(Seattle Rock and Roll Half on June 21st, and Missoula Half on July 14).  (Sub 1:25…Here-I-Come!)

Ten days after introducing a bunch of new “Hip” Runners, I need to introduce a bunch more…..Be Looking for their posts soon.

Anthony S – Thanks for this site. First replacement was done incorrectly.  Dislocated at any time. Nice. New Doctor and hospital, this one feels years better already. Ready to train, but need patience…

Andy G – Be delighted to add my progress. I am a runner with an average of 1300 miles run per year since 2008.  3 ultra marathons run (max was 64 miles) 2 in 2013. Hip major issues prevented running from Oct 2013. Marathon PB 3hr 23mins (2010 and 21012)  Hoping to return to running with the help of swimming and cycling to get back to fitness.

Brendan M –  Hi, I’ve been told I need both hips replaced. I’m 54 and love triathlons. Everyone tells me to take it easy and stop the running and I’ll get a few more years out of the current hips. However, I don’t want to waste my 50’s and be fit in my 70’s so I’m seriously considering having both done now.  Can someone advise the best type of hip replacements, and is it ok to take up triathlons again after hip replacements? Am I doing long term damage by running, and will I eventually need 2nd replacements?

Victor T – Hi all!  Was amazed that there’s a web page just for all THR and TKR people! Hope to hear from many like minded people who refuse to stop or finding other outdoor/indoor activities to stay active and young! 🙂 Look forward to catch up soon!

Dave R – THR scheduled for 6/14/14. Doctor advises no more running, fast walking OK. This is tough as I ran everyday and competed in 5k’s, 5 mile, 10 mile or 1/’2 on the weekend. Hate the dreadmill and am an OK cyclist. Doctor indicates life expectancy of prosthesis 20 years. If I run and shave off 5 years, I’ll be 77, and not sure if it will matter to me at that pint, or have another THR. Going to be a long summer.

Rachel – Hi my name is Rachel. I just came across this site by accident. This site is clearly making use of technology for the good!! I had my hip done at age 28. That was three years ago now. My need for a replacement resulted from a break in my femoral neck that went overlooked. I had reconstructive surgery and was on crutches being non weightbearing for a year!! The break healed but it eventually let to femeral necrosis from lack of blood supply. I found out that it I needed a total hip replacement Two weeks after my son was born. So I was back on crutches taking care of a newborn for four months till I could have the surgery. I have since had my second child. I take my two boys for walks all the time but decided to be brave and run the other day!!!! I failed to mention that I am a runner, well was. I feel a loss when I see people running because I long for that feeling. The need to run Hasnt gone away and walking just won’t fill the void. So….. I’m going to be reading posts from all you runners!! Because it’s awesome that you are living life and not letting EVERYTHING that comes with a total hip replacement keep you walking 😉 this has been a long time coming. I am very young to have a THR and want to preserve it as best I can, however I have weighed my options and it’s better to run and be happy and possibly have the replacement done a few years sooner than to be bored walking around lol!!! Thanks for reading my story.

 

Tom – New Members

I remember when I first was told about the arthritis in my hip. “Stop running and find a different sport.” Those words echoed in my head for a very long time. I obeyed and turned to mountain biking. Most of you know the story from there. I gained weight, got out of shape, and who knows, maybe THAT did more damage to my hip then running. So I turned back to running. Lost the weight, got into better shape, and faced the inevitable down the road….Hip Replacement. You know what? It’s not so bad. OK, I know I am just 2.5 years in, but the worst thing that can happen is I will need another. Better that, knowing I am staying in good shape in the meantime, than living an inactive life. There are probably other activities that could maybe keep me in as good of shape, but are they as convenient? Can I just do it out my front door? And for those of you who think turning to stationary bike or elliptical training would be the answer, how many times will you stare at the speck on the wall until you decide it is time to paint the room. No, way. For me and my mental state, running is it. Being out in nature, going to that zone that let’s me forget I am running, so that I can just process….that is the place for me. I think all runner’s on this blog would say the same.

It is time to welcome a boat load of new “Hip” runners….

Mike F – (Hip Replacement in 2007) –  Just checking in on how folks deal with the pain of running postoperative .  I am (was) a serious runner but now stick to the elliptical until a nice day where I am compelled to give another try to running outside. I love being a runner but am facing the wall and need help in breaking through for a few more years of running.

Vicki W –   (She got the Doctor’s Orders) – Day after my surgery Doctor come into my room and the first words out f his mouth are: “Surgery went fantastic, No more running, right?” Other than the replacement wearing down quicker, why can’t I run?

Amanda D – (She knows a THR is coming) – Shakira is wrong…. My hips do lie. And I’ve been lying to myself and others about the pain for several months now. I believe my mental need to run has outweighed the physical pain (and deformity) of running for me for awhile. But I did finally go to an orthopedic surgeon (well, 3) last week, and all were shocked by my bone on bone osteoarthritis in my left hip and how I was walking (barely) let alone running (messily). I know I need to have this surgery but it is hard for anyone who is not a runner to understand where my mentality is on this. The first doctor I saw gave me a death sentence for post op exercise, where as the 3rd doctor I saw said of course I could run again and do anything else I have done before. I have a great support group of family, friends and trainers, but finding your website has given me an optimism far greater than I thought was out there. Thank you for sharing all of your stories and I look forward to one day soon posting about my own post op pain free best run.

Nancy N – (THR scheduled in June)  – 26 days and counting!!! I am grateful to have found this site. Just stating running at the young age of 56, only to be shut down by osteoarthritis and bone spurs……. First doctor told me I’d never run again (wanted to do anterior). 2nd opionion said I’d be running next summer! Guess who I chose! Updates to follow post-op! Until then, keep the post coming! Your encouraging words are keeping the fear-factor at bay

Alison G – (2 THR’s ) –  I was born with congenitive hip dysplasia and about 2 1/2 years ago had my right hip replaced followed by my left hip 6 months later. I never used to be able to even walk a mile now I do 5K walks with ease.  I am looking into training for a 10K that is timed with a pace requirement. Does anybody out there have 2 artificial hips that can share some advice?

Rick A – Hip Replacement is coming……

 

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