HipRunner Running Logs

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  1. Log in to your Strava account at www.strava.com. If you don’t have one, create one, it is free.
  2. After you log in, go to the club search page: http://www.strava.com/clubs/search
  3. Search for ‘The Hip Runners’
  4. Click on the ‘Join’ button
  5. A request will be sent to the running group admin.
  6. You’ll soon be notified when you have been accepted as a member

Happy Running

33 thoughts on “HipRunner Running Logs

  1. Well, this new hiprunner has a new hip. Right THR at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Surgery completed at 5:30 p.m. yesterday (2/22). And I’m home already (4:00 p.m. 2/23!!!) Walking with a cane, which I don’t really need. Not a bad start. I suppose I’ll have ups and downs, but this is a good way to begin. Since I’m doing so well, should I run 5 tomorrow? Just kiddin’

    I’ll report now and then, but thanks to all on this site for providing the incentive to do this.

    1. I’m going in to get a thr next week. I have been biking (can’t run anymore). The questions;
      1) how long were you on non-over the counter pain medicine?
      2) how long did you use a cane for

      I don’t like non-over the counter pain medicine, I wasn’t planning on using any crouches or walking helpers. And I am planning on being on my bike (indoor trainer for now) in a week.

      Thanks
      Matt

  2. I had my right hip resurfaced on June 30th. The result has been good so far. Three days in the hospital with great P.T. teaching. Minimal pain by taking Toradol I.V. and half doses of hydro condone/acetaminophen as needed by mouth.
    P.T. Exercises really helped. I am just stiff by the posterior excision area. My surgeon used the BHR resurfacing hardware with Stryker Ortho Simplex bone cement.
    4days post-op. my home P.T. Starts tomorrow. I see my surgeon in 10 days for my first post-op office visit. I am blessed to have had a great experience so far. I want to be able to run moderately again, but plan not to obsess with running as I had before. I like the elliptical, swimming, weights, and walking. I have a second chance and don’t want to blow it. I don’t know how our ancestors tolerated hip pain with the minimal treatment resources they had.
    I look forward to a great and active future!
    Thanks for this opportunity to communicate with my peers. This has been very helpful for me to prepare mentally and physically for a life change.

  3. Hey all~

    I am very impressed with this site, its mission and the level of activity/viewership!!

    I am also extremely happy to have found this resource to educate myself about the pros and cons of running after a Total Hip Replacement, having had one in December, 2011, at age 50. My surgeon was pretty adamant that I should never consider running, or even jogging, as part of a cardio-fitness regimen, because it would shorten the life of the hardware, requiring replacement, or “revision”, as I have heard it called.

    I had run for most of my life, sometimes five/six days a week, sometimes only a couple, but I have also been cycling, playing tennis, or inline skating. Now, I just bike a few days a week, tennis a couple and walk my MinPin 75 mins a day. I run short dashes with my dog, Eddy, because he loves running, but has no interest in playing with other dogs or chasing a ball.

    Running for 30 yd. bursts feels great, and I never have any pain in my hip when playing tennis with my partner, Beth. Prior to surgery in 2010-2011, she would occasionally have to traction my leg, on the court, because of the bone-on-bone pain I had to deal with.

    I would love to be able to run again, for weight control and general psychological well-being. I will read the Hiprunner reports, and start out slow, on grass (mostly) and short-distances…maybe 1/4 mile, walk, 1/4 mile, walk…or something like that. I would appreciate input about that “running will shorten hardware lifespan” thing I mentioned.

    Almost forgot to mention, but 3 months post-surgery, just a few days before the target date the doc gave me for riding on the road, I went for a spin around my neighborhood and had no problems. Two days later, I was going to ride to my “gym”, and in getting on the bike and throwing my right leg over the seat, I had a wardrobe malfunction, probably because I had limited mobility on that side (the THR was on the right). Short story, long…slow-mo wipe-out to the right, and I fractured my femur. Big pain, but another surgery, 4 metal zip-ties and an added 8″ to my scar, and I have to think that femur is stronger than the other one.

    Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know people and helping where I can.

    Best,
    Steve

  4. So, I need some help. Is it okay for someone with a hip replacement to run? And what hardware would you all recommend? I am only 17 and may be getting a hip replacement. Would I be able to start an active lifestyle again after having surgery? Please help me!

    -Kayla

    1. Hi Kayla,

      You’ll probably get different responses from different doctors but hey…we’re running. 🙂 From what I have read so far, the best option is #1 ceramic to ceramic with #2 ceramic ball with a highly cross-linked polyethylene cup as a close 2nd. The risks of the ceramic to ceramic is that you may end up squeaking a little bit, although by now that may just be an old wives tail. Good luck on your journey. Regardless of which option you choose, you will still have a full and active life ahead of you.
      Hip Brother Tom.

  5. Hello folks,

    Recently started back running around 1 1/2 years after my THR, thing is though I’m getting a dull pain just to the back of my left hip at the side of the left arse cheek. I’m just looking a bit of advice to be honest, I’ve never been a huge runner, mainly 3 miles every other day when I was able to.

    This pain now has me slightly worried though, what are the chances of it being the hip joint itself? Or is it more likely that it’s a muscle related issue?

  6. I am hoping for a little perspective. I am 50 and have been diagnosed with arthritis in one hip. I am told that whenever I can no longer cope with the pain I can get a hip replacement. I have never been a great runner but I do try to stay active and exercise 5-6 days per week. It has been a goal of mine to do one more marathon before, or at, the age of 50. I have only ever run one marathon, so this would be my second, and last. Running is already too painful so I am planning to walk it with a friend. The marathon is June 21, 2015.
    I have been trying to build a base of walking, and walking quickly (my friend walks quite fast). If I am careful and control my movements well I can get through my workout with an acceptable level of pain. However, by the evening I have severe pain which radiates down my leg. This is becoming unbearable.
    I am wondering, if I were able to get a hip replacement this month, or in January, is there any way that I could have recovered sufficiently to complete my marathon in June? I am struggling with whether to just keep going with the hopes that I can last long enough to complete the marathon (walking) on my bad hip, or whether to schedule surgery as soon as possible.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      That is a tough question. While the hip replacement will free you from the pain, there is the issue of healing that will take a while. I went on my first run 4 months after my surgery. I played in hoopfest (A 3 on 3 basketball tournament) 6 and a half months after surgery (end of June). It hurt a bit, but I was able to play. My hip surgery was on January 3rd that year. If it was me, and this is ONLY if this was me, I would get the replacement (quality of life IS quality of life) and rid myself of the pain. Then I would set the marathon walk as my goal. You said your friend was a fast walker…you might want to warn her that she should plan on going ahead of you if you can’t keep up so that there is no pressure on you to maintain a pace you can’t sustain. Just my thoughts. 🙂
      Hip Brother Tom.

  7. I had my thr on December 16 2014. It is my second replacement and I am just realizing that my surgical leg is about a half inch longer then my other one. Has this happened to anyone else? What do they do about it? I’m so frustrated at this point cause I feel like I’m walling like a penguin.

    1. Hey there Karen. A longer leg length is not uncommon, and believe it or not, you get used to it. My left leg was already a bit longer than my right prior to the left side THR. I ended up getting a gel insert for my right leg after the THR to help a little with the leg length difference.

    2. Hi Karen, my left thr was 12/3/14 and my surgical leg was about 1/2 inch longer too. I feel like now the difference may be closer to 1/4 inch and am hoping to resume walk/running again this week. My surgeon said that the difference should be unnoticeable by month6, I do still wobble a bit in high heels but thanks to an insert in my right running shoe, I feel stable when I exercise.

    3. Karen: Right after my RTHR, I noticed that my operative leg was longer than my other leg. I was distraught. However, in my first PT session, the Therapist pointed out that my posture was causing the problem. After years of favoring the sore hip, I was torqued over to one side. Working in front of a mirror, I was able to learn to stand correctly after a couple of days. All better!

  8. Hi. I had a THR Oct 8, 2014. Although I have never been a fast runner, I ran. But the doc told me no more running ever because it would lead to a replacement of the replacement. (I am 54) I was excited and encouraged to find this site! Since returning to work, I have noticed some mid-thigh pains sometimes and I think I have narrowed that down to carry heavier loads which may cause me to lean. Has anyone else had this paid? I recently announced that I would walk a half if I could not run, but it is getting to be great weather and I feel the call to run. Since I know my doctor will not agree to me running, is there a better time to start after THR? 6 months?
    Oh, I have been told that my left hip needs to be done….joy.

    1. Hi Gayla,
      I started running after 4 months. Competing in races at 7 months. But really didn’t start feeling fully healed until about 18 months. I hope that will help you decide. Good luck on the 2nd hip.

      Hip Brother Tom.

      1. Thank you for sharing those milestones. That helps me to put my recovery in perspective. So many people I know with hip replacements are not active and have no physical goals for themselves.

      2. Hi Tim,
        Just wanted to know what you meant by not fully healed for 18 months. I’m scheduled for THR on January 24, 2017 and trying to figure out when I can expect to be fully healed and as active as this sites readers.

        1. Hi Hopeful! To clarify, I had my hip replaced in January of 2012 and I was racing 5ks in July. But I could “Feel” the hip when I stressed it during those early months. It wasn’t until I hit about 16 months that I felt pretty normal after my races. My doc told me that the hip can take up to 3 years to fully heal. I believe it!!

  9. Anyone have shoe recommendations for post THR runner, who has not run since 2010, though surgery was in late 2011? I thought about trying to start running last summer, but didn’t have enough information, or cushy enough shoes.

    I have to do it, because riding my bike is not regular enough, with the Portland, OR weather. I am going to try to change my foot plant for the THR leg, to avoid heel planting. What should that tell me about how absorptive, or cushy, the shoes should be? If you have had experience with different brands/models, please share.

    Thanks,

    Steve Keller

    1. Hi Steve,
      If you are looking for cushy shoes, you may want to check out the Hoka One One brand. I put about 300 miles on a pair, races and workouts, and I must say they are like running on pillows. I hope to get back to using them once I get back on the road.
      A couple warnings on them; they are expensive, about 50% more than normal shoes. But they are suppose to last longer so it should work out to be about the same cost-wise.
      When I purchased mine, they only made a neutral shoe. I usually wear a stability shoe so I had to be careful. I usually rotated my shoes around between runs, using the Hokas mainly for longer runs.
      And finally, they are super ugly. They look like orthopedic running shoes. But they are super comfortable. So if you have some extra bucks and do not care about looks; check these out.
      Bob

      1. I agree that the Hokas are the way to go. Prior to my anterior THR, I ran in Gel Kayanos for as long as they have been around. The additional cushioning has really helped, but I think the reduced heal elevation is even more important. I am 3 months past my surgery and am doing 3-4 miles a day of 50/50 jogging and fast walking. So far, I have little discomfort in my hip. As for getting the rest of my body back in shape, that is another story. Good luck.

  10. I am also a “passionate runner” having begun my running career on the original Kenneth Cooper Aerobics program in the summer of 1968. The late Jim Fixx, author of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING, inspired me to “follow in his footsteps” to run the distance around the equator, a goal I set out to accomplish on September 18, 1978, and accomplished on Saturday, December 7, 1996, “Pearl Harbor Day.” From that date in September of 1978 through Friday, 01 April 2016, I have run a total distance of33,296 miles of 53, 583.2528 K.
    On Friday, 15 April 2016. I went to Springfield, Illinois, for an overnight stay. I was to attend our Committee on Annual Conference Sessions Committee the next day at our Conference Center on Springfield’s Toronto Drive. However, that evening while taking a shower, I slipped, fell over the tub onto the hard tile and concrete floor, and broke my right hip. I had total hip replacement surgery at Springfield’s St. John Hospital on Sunday, 17 April 2016.
    I was making good progress in my recover until Monday evening 16 May 2016, when the hip went out of socket. I had to go to the emergency room at Herrin Hospital to have it put back in place again. Then just a couple weeks later it went out again while I was at the Orthopedic Institute of Southern Illinois doing my therapy. I then had to have a HIP REVISION SURGERY at Herrin Hospital on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. As of this time, which is Thursday, 11 August 2016, I am making good progress again, am back in therapy at OISI, and I HOPE TO IN TIME RETURN TO RUNNING. I would appreciate prayers that I can do just that.

  11. If there ever was a person that benefited the most from this site….. That would be me, and I don’t even have a replacement….., at least not yet. Running is such a passion for me, it is such a big part of my life and who I am.

    This is a big year for me …or rather “US” as my wife Carol, after many years and tear full tries, finally Qualified and was accepted to the Boston Marathon, and in her words, running is the one thing we can do together, This year will be my 3rd Boston marathon. It was during training last month, I had a pain in my left leg that just wouldn’t respond to anything that I tried, and I tried just about every therapy out there. I was really worried if I could even finish Boston without pain and limping, so I scheduled an appointment with my Dr.

    After an x ray, the diagnoses was moderate Arthritis in my left hip and headed for a replacement down the road. ….and then the worst part … “once you have the hip replacement….no running! as you don’t want to have a future revision surgery”. I felt like I had just been diagnosed with a terminal disease. I have never been so mad, sad and discouraged, all at the same time.

    Needless to say, finding your Site Tom, was such a big Relief!…I have combed through it daily, reading many of the Blogs and entries …..confirming to me that yes! there is a running life after hip surgery.

    And Yes! Carol and I will be Running in the Boston Marathon on April 17th …I may not be that fast and may be limping across the Finish line, but I truly will be happy , knowing this is probably not my last marathon …and there is hope.
    Thank you all, who contribute to this site, you are my hero’s and my future hope
    S. Mahoney

    PS. My strategy is to run on this hip as long as I can, I probably won’t do any more marathons (with this hip) after Boston and focus on shorter runs like 10ks as long as I am able

    PSS. While we attend running event’s together, we don’t really run together, we have different paces. With my arthritic hip problem, my new goal, in addition to just finishing, is to breakout and reach Wellesley college well before she does. I don’t want her running right behind me as the Marathon route passes by all those screaming college girls holding the “kiss me” signs

    1. Steve! I am glad you found us! Yes there is life after hip replacement and you’ll see for yourself. It is probably wise that you avoid the marathon after hip replacement, (although I know many who have continued to run longer distances after hip replacement). For me, I really am enjoying the longer distances of mountain running. It is not like marathans where you are running mostly on hard surfaces. It is mostly trail running with a lot (a lot) of power hiking. Good luck in your Boston run and I hope you are way out in front of your wife so you can enjoy Wellesley College! 🙂

      1. Thanks Tom, yes, I love the trails and mountains too .. we live in Oregon

        Wife says, if I can run the Boston Marathon, especially if I reach Wellesley ahead of her, I don’t need a hip replacement…hold off on that surgery!…… Wonder how sympathetic those Wellesley girls will be to a limping runner?
        The Boston Marathon is April 17th I am Bib #18258 and Carol is #24843 you can track us online and see how it all unfolds

  12. Good luck Steve, having a hip replacement isn’t that bad and you can still run after that. As Tom says, maybe marathons are pushing it a little but you never know until you try. Yes I’m injured a lot but I love running and I’m always learning and pushing my body to new limits. I hope you both do well in Boston. Dave.

    1. Thanks Dave, I always enjoy reading your posts, I get the feeling we are a lot a like, see below

      Back From Boston and we both had a Fantastic experience. We both finished!
      Carol’s and my approach to Marathon running is very different… I run as hard as I can. Nearly collapse on the finish line, and then hobble back to the motel in pain all night and Complain about my time.

      Carol’s philosophy is to not worry about her time. Slap hands with all the kids along the course. Stop to Rescue an injured runner, take lots of photos ( one at every mile, enjoy pop sickles passed out by spectators and have a very enjoyable race. Then she returns to the motel room with a big smile and medal around her neck and says wow! that was so much fun, it couldn’t have been any better! …. Let’s go out for a celebratory beer . I’m in so much pain and so stiff I can hardly move. The party pooper I am stuck here with my roller and trying to stretch out my leg with yoga

  13. My hip replacement has left me more or less pain free, but not the same. I jog very slowly sometimes 4 miles per day but I am always aware of the prosthetic. I can’t run like I use to no matter how hard I try. Just don’t have the ability to push off like before. I am sad that my running (fast) days are gone. Nothing will bring that joy back. I look at the positive, and try to stay up beat. ..but it’s not the same. I am not free to run and know that joy again.

    1. Hi Theresa
      I am so sorry to hear about your experience. Have you been able to find anyone to help you figure out what is wrong? I never thought about the implant slowing you down. It makes total sense! It is supposed to be lubricated by your own body, which is supposed rally around the site, create a new capsule with fluid. It seems to me that it is not creating enough fluid to move the joint quickly through its motion. Or, do you think it is lack of strength? That something was never reconstructed/healed properly to return to normal? Maybe a short circuit to lose the firing power of the muscle?

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