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?
It’s been another busy week on Hip Runner as our “Hip” running group continues to grow. Here are our latest 3 members of the “Hip” Runners Club and some of their quotes:
Jim F – Age 71 (Hip replacement 7 years ago)
Been ultra running for 30+ yrs; 71 year old duffer! Had HR 7 yrs ago. Been running for last 2 yrs: 1/2 marathons, 10 k. Doc said no running..BS, I’m running & speed walking! , etc. Last check up showed no stress fractures or excessive bone growth.
Jena A – Age 42 (Hip Replacment Scheduled for October 2013)
just got news today need total hip replacement and feel awful I’m a runner and a personal trainer not happy at all looking for some support…..
Mark Kelley – (Hip Replacement May 2012)
I had a total hip replacement May 2012. I was a triathlete since 1984 so now I will do Aquabikes which are swim and bike races.
We are all a unique group of runners/overachievers. Who knows, maybe down the road people will be wanting to get hip replacements just to be members of this elite group…..
I received an email from Yvonne last week. She had her hip replaced in June 2012. Yvonne had fought off hip pain since she was a child. But it took wearing green high heels to work during the summer of 2011 for the pain to come back and never go away. The doctor is discouraging her from running, but she went out looking for a second opinion and found this website. She “gets” running. Here is what she said in her email (which I asked her to repost):
“I want to run. I want the music in my ears at just the perfect beat. I want the breeze past me.”
She wants to run again. Looking forward to her colorful posts in the near future.
WE HAVE A NEW MEMBER OF THE CLUB. Gregg Ellis is an ultra runner who is 12 days past his new hip replacement. He is going to be posting regularly about his progress. Welcome Gregg!
Here is what Gregg had to say…….
I’m an ultra runner from Calhoun, Ga and I just had a hip replacement 12 days ago. I have been reading hiprunner.com for the last couple of months and it has really helped me during these tough times. I was diagnosed with a vascular necrosis about 9 months ago and it progressed rather quickly. It went from stage 1 to stage 4 in less than 4 months. I know I already had my surgery 12 days ago but I would like to become part of the club and to start writing about my progress/setbacks etc.
I found myself wide awake this morning at 2:00 am. Just staring at the ceiling. My mind wandered off to last night’s workout with the SDP boys. I finally had a workout where nothing was tight and nothing hurt. I felt strong. Then I started thinking about getting myself back to the way I used to be. It occurred to me that I might be motivating myself in the wrong way.
As I lay there…the concept of “looking back” kept popping into my head. That took me way back in time when I was in High School at a track meet. I remember watching our 4×400 relay team. For the first 2 legs, we had a comfortable lead. The third member of the team was fast, but he had a knack for looking back. During his leg, he kept looking back to see how close the next runner was to him. As he kept looking over his shoulder, the gap between him and the next runner kept getting smaller. Eventually he was overtaken, and we lost the relay.
I have been spending a lot of time looking back and trying to get back to the athlete I used to be. It occurred to me that maybe I have been limiting myself by looking back so much. Sure I needed time to heal after the hip replacement, and looking back helped me to get through that process. But now I am feeling it is time to let go of the past and “stryke” (as in Stryker Hip Replacement) a new course. I will allow myself to occasionally look back and fondly recall my past performances, but they will remain in the past. I will not use them to drive me forward, nor will I compare as much. Just being able to get back to running and compete is a blessing. Every day is a new and exciting day and every faster time that I achieve over the previous time with this new hip, is a new record for me. I have always been a competitor, so I am not worried about my times not improving….they will. I just need to let go of how I used to be……and trust in the new runner that I will become. And who knows, maybe by not looking back so much…..I will achieve things I never knew possible. I’m optimistic….
Last week, it was great to lay down the first tracks in the fresh snow. This week…that snow has been walked on, melted and frozen again. THAT makes for some serious unneven surfaces. The hip is feeling it today. 8 miles. But it was sunny outside, and I try not to miss to many runs when the sun is shining. Feeling it a little bit today.
Placed my first order for Brooks apparel last night. I am going to be dressed to the hilt in Brooks gear. Looking forward to when the gear arrives in about 10 days. Maybe by then the weather conditions will have improved. HOPEfully this snow will melt and I can start picking up the quality again. Brooks is expecting me to R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T….and I don’t plan to disappoint.
Tomorrow is a rest day….I have a coaches meeting during my lunch hour to discuss the upcoming Spring Track Season…..so my normal noon workout is out. I have to admit….I won’t mind a little rest…..just a little….
Going into this whole thing almost a year ago, it would have been easy to have a feeling of hopelessness about returning to running. The problem with that approach was that it would have made each day hard to wake up to. Instead, as I have said in the past, I have tried to remain hopeful and optimistic. While there have been moments where my hope and optimism ebbed, I am certain that this positive approach has been beneficial in speeding up my return to running and a happier life in general. I don’t have a crystal ball to tell me what the future holds, but if my rate of recovery matches that of 2012, than I remain optimistically hopeful for continued improvement. Stay tuned for the 1 year (52 week) report, when I recap the highlights of year number 1.
In recent years, I have become a Brooks guy. When I started training with the SDP boys, I noticed many of them wore Brooks running shoes. Once I tried, them, I never looked back. I just received notice that Brooks will be sponsoring me as a “Unique Story” in their 2013 “Inspire Daily” program. I am excited. There are things I have to do to commit to the contract. For instance, I can only wear Brooks running gear at racing events and advertise Brooks on this Blog. That will all be easy enough, but the coolest thing is that in return, I will get some gear and some swag. I am especially excited about the swag because I can use it to motivate kids that I coach in XC and Track. I am also eligible forI some positive media awards. I’m not completely sure what that means, but its exciting to be a part of the program. And with the help of my friends in the “Hip Runner’s Club”, I am hoping that 2013 will bring more depth and breadth to this blog as more individuals come on board to tell their stories.
I have never been preachy. I started this blog to use as an outlet and a distraction while I recovered from my total hip replacement. Today I am using it as an outlet again, but not for anything health or running related. Today, I was reminded how small and miniscule my worries, pains and concerns are compared to others. Today a tragedy beyond comprehension occurred in Connecticut that resulted in the loss of many young school children and several adults. It is haunting me at this moment.
A young and disturbed man came into a classroom, and then proceeded to kill kids at random. Some other adults were killed as well. WHY???!!! How could someone’s soul become so dark that they would be willing to act out in this manner? I want to try to understand the motives of the gunman and what caused this senseless act to happen, but it is not working. HOW COWARDLY!!! HOW SELFISH!!!!
I’m a coach. I’m a father. I revel in the way kids teach me about the joy and excitement of life through their sheer wonder of the little things in their world. But today, I hurt for the children who died. I hurt for their classmates who had to witness the terror; many will be scarred for life for what they were exposed to today. They were just babies!!!! And the thing that tugs at me the most is that there are many parents who will not be able to hug and kiss their child tonight before bedtime.
As simple as it may sound, I’m imagining those babies…in God’s arms, laughing, giggling, and feeling safe in his warm embrace. That is what is getting me by at this moment. Admittedly, I don’t sit down and pray too often, but I’ve said a few today. If you have a moment …. say a prayer for those children, their parents, and every single person on this earth who was affected by the acts of this one disturbed man.