Five years ago this month at the age of 56 I had a THR of my left hip. At the same time I found Tom’s website and therefore went into surgery confident I would run again. There were only about 5 Hipsters at that time. My surgeon was strongly opposed to me running post surgery (and still is!) and also informed me that it was likely I would need a THR of my right hip in about 3 years. After my surgery I did a lot of pool running, biking and weight training for the first 5 months. I began running beginning in the fifth month and have continued to do so, injury free up until 1 month ago when I started to get significant pain in my right hip. During these past 5 years I have run many long distances races and have competed in several triathlons of various distances, including a few Olympic distance triathlons. The good news is that my 5 year X-ray on the left THR showed no visible wear and tear. As for my right hip, I can bike and swim with minimal pain but running has become too painful. My surgeon said if I don’t run I probably can defer the surgery for 2-4 years. Since I am a runner at heart rather than a biker or swimmer, I told my surgeon I will be scheduling the surgery shortly. After all runners need to run!