It’s been 5 and 1/2 years since my hip replacement. My right knee has been limiting my running to mostly Zero Runner miles, but that didn’t stop me from signing up for and running the Broken Goat Trail Race on July 15, 2017 in Rossland BC. For 25 and 50k racers, this unique point to point race takes runners up 5 peaks along the 7summits trail in Rossland BC. My SDP teammates and I ran the 25K(15.5 Miles). There was a mix of single track and alpine trails along with a little bit of trail marked only by ribbons. My SDP teammates and I had been looking forward to this trip all year long. I wish I could have taken in more of the scenery, but I was too busy watching the trail in front of me. We hip runners need to be ultra careful of the hidden and not so hidden things that can sneak up and trip you. In my case, I am not sure what it was, but halfway through my race, between 2 mountain peaks, I kicked something (probably a rock) and went flying. Luckily I was wearing padded gloves to keep my hands from getting torn up. My elbow was not so lucky. Up until that moment, my race was going well. I kept reminding myself to pay attention to the trail, watch for things and step high. But then I started looking at my time, calculating if I was on course to break 3 hours. Let’s see 7.2 miles in……at 1:26……if I pick it up a bit between these 2 peaks, I might just have a chance to….WHAM! I almost became the broken goat.
The first thing I did was get up and make sure nobody saw me. Then, I assessed the damages. My gloves saved my hands. The elbow bore the brunt of the fall, but it was so caked in dirt that I didn’t know how bad it was scratched up. The non THR hip took a hit too. A little bruising, but otherwise ok. Continuing on…finishing in under 3 hours didn’t seem so important anymore. 🙂 Waiting at the finish line were all of my teammates. I got the elbow patched up (a mere scrape) and the celebration began. Racing was secondary to sharing this accomplishment with the rest of the team.
Nevertheless, while I was finishing the last half of that race, I thought about my THR. It was as happy as a lark. No issues whatsoever with the THR. Fellow Hip Runners, as I have said before, the only thing that is stopping you from getting back to what you love…..is you. 🙂 Don’t be afraid. There will be good days, and there will be bad days. Listen to the hip and stay optimistic. Every day will get better. Keep believing. Never give up hope. You will run (and enjoy running) again. 🙂