Felicity – S Africa /Spain

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.

5 thoughts on “Felicity – S Africa /Spain

  1. Felicity,
    So glad you found us too. Don’t get too frustrated with the fact that you are running slower. I was able to get back pretty close to where I was….it just takes time. Stay optimistic and things will continue to get better. That’s a fact!
    Hip Brother Tom.

  2. Felicity

    We are near twins! I’ve been running since 1988 and I now have dualies as well. I had my first in November 2013 and other hip in November 2014. I’m no where close to where I want to be and not sure I’ll ever get there. However the journey is sooooo much better than where I was headed. I flew through the first replacement and ran my first Half Marathon well with 6 months. The second recovery has been more challenging. Simply because I still think I’m 30 years old and I try to ignore that I had anything major done. I’m progressing slower, but now progressing. It’ll take time. It will most likely be 12 – 18 months before you feel like you can start pushing back to your old self. I can’t say for sure because I’m only at the 9 month mark for my last surgery. I did run 7 miles 2 days ago and 6 miles today. Slow miles, but my pace is getting faster. Keep up the good work!!!

  3. Felicity,
    I think he speed and distance will come back with time, keep with it and it will come. Make sure you cross train and strengthen your hips, glutes and abs and that will help. You may have some setbacks but don’t give up, there are sunny days ahead.

    1. Hi Dave. I don’t cross train as such. Never been a great gym fan but love my yoga. I never learnt to ride a bike as a child but My husband did buy me a mountain bike 2 years ago. I managed to get my balance and as long as I’m riding on the flat I feel more secure and comfortable. Unfortunately out here in Spain we live up in the mountains so there are plenty of hills around. Love running them, but I’m battling to get up them on a bike

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