Nine months hip test!

A brief synopsis of how I got to last Sunday – my THR hip was fitted on 2nd May 17, the excellent BHR is over 3 years old now. Recovery went well and I ran my first 5k at 6 weeks, by November I had managed 24:08 and was feeling great as a result of the chiropractor loosening up my lower back and sports massage sorting out my glutes. So I went and entered the Charnwood Hills race that my climbing club organize – surely by February I would have done sufficient cross-country distance to manage 14+ miles and 1200 ft of ascent? No, I hadn’t…

By Christmas my 5ks were getting slower and my limping getting worse – pain in my upper thigh and the feeling that my leg might give way. Putting all my weight on it did not hurt but relaxing the pressure did, and badly. Nobody I asked had any real idea what was happening and I did worry that there might be a stress fracture in my femur, the symptoms were not right though and I could run through the initial pain and the limp improved after the first few minutes. I eased up on running, returned to the Wattbike for fitness and wondered whether to transfer my race entry (race filled in 8 minutes, places like gold dust) and decided to wait until the end of Jan to make a decision. Which was, of course, to give it a go anyway…

I wasn’t last, I beat 3 outright, and another 11 did not complete the course, but it took 3:01 to finish 301st on a 23km course over 1400 ft of hills. This included about 4 miles of mudbath crossing farmers fields and the golf course – the actual hilly bits were sound underfoot but the downside was that I had no speed downhill due to my leg complaining about the pounding. Still, I did get round, it was twice as far as I have run on this hip and the first time over 13 miles in two years and the sun shone occasionally. Very stiff at the finish, and yesterday, but getting better today. Massage booked for this afternoon,  hoping to get on the bouldering wall tonight but no running for a good while!

Pete

3 thoughts on “Nine months hip test!

  1. Nice work Pete. As you know, your hip needs to be your guide; not the mileage in your log book. I didn’t feel like my hip had recovered until around 18 months. Congrats on your run!

  2. Way to go Pete and Congrats on your finish. I have a similar dilemma as after my BHR in August, I signed up for two races…. Eugene marathon at the end of April and Tunnel marathon in mid September. At the sign up time, I thought for sure I would be recovered enough, but it’s not happening as fast as I would like! I can run 10 Ks but will be sore and limping for a couple days after. Being an ex marathon runner, I’m used to just pushing through pain…..finding out that technique doesn’t work with my new hip …..Profit Tom warren me (the guy can predict the future) and can easily spot guys like us, that believe we are different, somehow immune and will have extraordinary short recovery times.
    Think I will down grade my Eugene marathon to a 1/2 M

    1. Thanks for that! After my BHR it took 9 months to get up to 5k speed and I managed 13.2 miles in 2:01 just before its anniversary – the difference being that I knew I had to be careful not to knock the head off my femur (bone quality not brilliant). Since my surgeon managed to do just this to my other femur, hence the THR, I reckoned I could push harder this time, especially as time is running out for me! Will back off running, keep fit on the bike for a while, and do plenty of walking.
      Cheers, and good luck in April!

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