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!


Recovery Journey (Day 17)

Had right THR on January 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  All went well until day 13, the first day back in the office.  Apparently I pulled or aggravated a small area or muscle in the upper inside of my thigh (near the groin).  It was extremely painful and has stayed sensitive enough that I have not been able to perform any of the regular PT exercises since then.  That can’t be good for the healing process.

Separate from the above, getting even 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night has been impossible.  That, alone, has made for a less than pleasant recovery period.  At what point will I finally get to the “I am so glad I got the hip replacement” stage?

All the Best,


6 weeks post LTHR

I had a LTHR on 12/21/17. Doc gave me the all clear on Monday,1/29.  I had been lifting, using the lifecycle, elliptical and doing burpees without much issue prior to Monday. However, I wasn’t able to run very well, and had lots of pain after.

Tuesday I went for my first “official run”, a whopping 1.1miles, at a 9:13 pace. While I felt a bit like a 3 legged dog, it was a start. Most importantly, I didn’t have much pain after. Looking forward to a run tmw, and many more after.

l should have gotten this done 3 years ago!

It’s Done

Well, It’s done! Yesterday January 29, 2018 I had my right hip replacement surgery. All of the worry, concern, indecision, pain and limping are gone. Poof! It’s magic. I now have tears of joy. Just 24 hours out of surgery and my hip feels better than it has for the last 2 years. Sure there’s the pain and discomfort from the surgery but already it’s so much better than before.

My name is Mark and I’m a long time casual runner. My hip is a birthday present for my 64th birthday. Half marathon running has been my run of choice as they’ve been challenging and achievable. The realization that I needed a new hip and that my running days were likely over were heart wrenching. Finding the hip runner forum gives me hope and encouragement that I may still run again. I plan to take things slow and easy and see how my mind and body adapt. But I must say that in my heart I am, always have been and always will be a runner regardless of whether I am able to pursue further running or not. This site and the testimonies I’ve read give me great hope and inspiration that I can and will run again. Thank you.

Dave – Another great start to the year, it’s important to have fun and laugh at yourself

This was our 5th year for this event. It’s always tough getting up in the morning after partying hard the night before, but it’s a great way to start the new year. It’s only a short swim and a one mile run on the beach, but you get rewards/penalties for how many clothes you wear and if you drink a beer between the swim and run. I always do pretty well get minutes taken off for both categories.

70’s themed NY’s eve party

This year we had been to a 70’s theme NY’s eve party and I was dressed a John Travolta, we had a blast and danced the night away to around 2am. I had 2 costumes planned and decided to go for the Sexy Strappy Hollow-Out Brazilian Bikini Bottom Swimwear Swimsuit as I could make use of the wig Judy wore the night before. It was a good choice as my alternative was the Sexy Collared Bow Tie Bodysuit Thong Butler Teddy Costume but someone else showed up wearing the same, although he did cover up a lot more than I would have. I parked across the road at Crabby Bills where we have breakfast afterwards and strutted down to the beach.

Strutting down to the beach with beer and Fireball.

It was a cool morning, overcast, 63 degrees and windy. We waited around for 30 minutes until everyone turned up, we never start on time. By now my jaw was already shivering and we hadn’t even got in the 65 degree water.

Trying to keep warm before the start

The wind had started to really pickup and the temperature falling fast. By now the water had really started to whip up and several people opted not to swim. We did discuss swimming parallel to the shore but opted to do our usual swim out to the buoy, around it and back. We started north of the buoy as we knew the water would push us south and in we charged. The swim out wasn’t too bad, everyone was pretty close to each other as we got near the buoy. Bill was the closest, then me, and the other 3 swimming were just south of me. We were now south of the buoy and tried to swim towards it but after about 30 seconds I look up and I’m now about 30 yards south of where I started, Bill wasn’t making any ground nor were any of the others. At this time we decided we had to swim to shore to save ourselves, the wind was now stronger.

The wind really pushed us down the beach. It was the scariest swim ever.

As you can see from the GPS route how much the wind pushed us down the beach. As I was swimming back I remember thinking about how crazy this was, we’re all still drunk from the night before and now we’re swimming to save our life’s, I was praying we all made it back safely. Luckily we did as we all got close to shore and was able to stand up and walk out, checking we had all made it. The video below doesn’t really do it justice.


The smart ones bailed as soon as they realized how strong the currents were.
Even Superwoman couldn’t stop the waves from crashing over us as we started the swim.

Posted by Jackie Doucette on Monday, January 1, 2018

Now we all had to run back up to the start line and then start the mile run. We started off together, I think still recovering from the swim and feeling thankful that we made it, none of us had a beer this year. I started to push the pace and put some distance between me and the rest of the group, turning round at the half mile and now running into the wind. The wind was now gusting around 40 mph with no protection, the temperature had dropped to 55 degrees and it was a real struggle to make ground. I was pretty confident with the lead I had built up that no one was going to catch me and just kept pushing forward, high fiving the others as I passed them. By the time I got to the finish line, half of the spectators had bailed because of the conditions. We had a quick beer and then headed off for breakfast.

The conversation was largely focused on how scared we all were in the swim and that it wasn’t a good idea. But we had a great time as always and then proceeded to my truck in the parking lot. We piled as many people as we could into it and then the others tried to get some protection from the wind standing behind the door. We hung out for over an hour, finishing off the beer that was left from the night before and just having a blast talking about all the previous years races and the fun we all have. This is one time where it’s all about having fun, starting the year off with friends and doing what we love. I know it’s late posting but I wish everyone a “Hippy” New Year for 2018 and may you all stay healthy and achieve your goals.

Part of the crazy crew.
Getting our safety speech before the swim, we should have listened to Jen.

The most underdressed and overdressed.

17 Days and Counting ……..

Hi Everyone!

We are just 17 days away from the first ever HipRunner/ZeroRunner® Marathon.  Every participant will earn an orange Octane Fitness towel.  Top female and top male will get a Hip Runner hat and some more Octane Fitness swag.  Not bad for a free marathon right?  Don’t let the February doldrums bring you down!  We have treadmill runners participating!  We have road runners participating!  We have Zero Runners participating!  It’s going to be fun!  If you don’t have a Zero Runner, you should try to get access to one in your area.  Put in a few hours on it and see if you’re sold!  Sign up for the race  in the right side bar and learn more about the Zero Runner at this link!