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.


6 thoughts on “8 months in

  1. That’s the spirit Eric! The hip dictates the pace of your return, but your return to running is imminent!

  2. Hi Eric! Sounds like you are doing really well! I echo Tom’s comment — your hip will tell you what you are ready for and what pace is best — everyone is different. Keeping it slow and steady is the best call and you’ll get faster and stronger as you go. At 8 months you are really just getting your strength back and I didn’t start running until 7 months after — slow and steady and by the following spring I was training for a half and finished a half just under 14 months after my THR. slow and steady and keep us posted on your progress!

  3. Suggest you try not to worry about your pace. You have a second chance to run without pain. That’s a big deal!

    1. Eric,
      Get some well cushioned shoes. Hokas are good, but I now like the highly cushioned Altras (wide forefoot). I guess the jury is still out (although, not my jury) on weather cushioned shoes are beneficial, but you WILL feel a positive difference in them. Even if it’s for a short time, or even if it’s placebo, it’s worth it.
      Healing and improvement for me, is coming in spurts and fits.
      Good luck,

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