Good morning to you all from a very very hot Spain. I’m brand new to this site but I’m so glad I found it. After all the negative feedback from the medical profession regarding running with a THR ( I now have two) it’s an absolute joy to read here all the positive comments.
I have been running since 1989 & the very thought of not being able to run again puts me into a major meltdown. I had my first hip replacement in April 2012 after struggling through countless marathons and ultras in the previous 3 years. I finally had no option but to visit the specialist who told me I needed a left hip replacement because of the arthritis and indeed would need the right one done in the not too distant future. I went ahead with the operation and was extremely surprised to experience the fact that I no longer had any pain from that hip or from the operation itself. My Physio was very pleased with the results having told me that my hip was well and truly “stuffed”. She actually watched the whole operation & told me it was a pleasure to watch the Master (orthopaedic surgeon) at his work because he was so skilled. It took a while for me to get back on the road. I’d say about 4 months of walking intermingled with a couple of 100 metre runs. The only thing I did find was that I was much slower than I’d previously been. I’m not sure if that is down to age or the hip replacement. I was used to running all my training runs at an average 6 min/ km and races at 5.30 per km but now I find that I’m nearer 7 which frustrates me no end ! Then in April 2014 I decided it was time to have the right hip done, and so far all is well. My running has definitely improved although I’m still only running up to a maximum of 16kms & still at the same speed but I’m hoping that will improve with time.