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.

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!

25 Days Until the first ever Hip Runner Marathon

Hey everyone!   Be sure to sign up for the Hiprunner Zero Runner Marathon.  We are only 25 days away…..

On that note I would also like to add that I won’t be participating.  I have been holding off on letting you all know that I am finally getting my knee taken care of.  The reason I was holding off is because my superstar doctor couldn’t do it until July.  July?  Shoot!  Half the running season would have been over by then.    So I went to see my other superstar doctor (Dr. Tim – the one who replaced my hip.  For some reason, I thought he only specialized in hips).  Happy to report that he does knees too!  In two weeks.  I will have the knee taken care (partial knee replacement) and I will be on the road to recovery (hopefully in time to get some summer runs in).  So I will be ‘officiating’ the Hiprunner Marathon from the sidelines.  (I really think the Zero Runner would still allow me to do it, but common sense says I shouldn’t) So if you were on the fence about participating,  you now have a better chance of winning since I won’t be able to run in the first annual …..