7 Months Post Op – Time takes Time

Quick check in fellow Hippies.

In the past 7 months, I’ve regained almost everything I feared losing and more. I’ve been incredibly focused and disciplined, however there are good days and bad. I really only mention this because I can forget it was only last October I had my hip replaced. The last few weeks have been challenging, with nerve / joint / soft tissue pain. It’s easy to let my mind get the best of me and jump to conclusions.  With the amount of rehab and training I’ve done its not a large leap from leg pain to ” OH SHIT – REVISION ” fear. Fortunately, my surgeon is very accommodating. I’ve seen him twice since he’s declared my hip totally healed.

This last visit he explained in much greater detail, about some of the nerves and soft tissue around the site. What I’m feeling is totally consistent with normal post surgical healing. The other discomfort will gradually dissipate, and its totally appropriate to take a few days off to rest. Rest and Advil.

Hardware is great. Soft tissue takes time.  My big swim race is in June, I have to remember to listen to my body.

Sometimes the answer is DO NOTHING.

Good news – Hip is healed. Next scheduled check in 24 months from now.



Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50K Ultra

Hey fellow hippies,

I ran a 50K this past Saturday. It’s been just under a year since my second hip replacement so I’m feeling pretty cocky.  Finished 4th overall with a time of 5 hours and 22 minutes and 10:23 average pace to include aid station stops.  By the way my new favorite ultra food is canned boiled potatoes dipped in salt.  Yum.

I ran in my Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3s.. great trail version of the Clifton 3.  It was a beautiful morning for a trail run in the low country.  I tripped hard on a root at mile 19 and went down like the Titanic! Back up and finished the next 12 miles with no problems.  Started aching a little later that day on my right side.. apparently I bruised a rib when I fell.  Its killing me today but x-rays confirmed I’ll live 🙂  Great news is that both hips felt amazing throughout the event.

Once I heal up I’m looking at some Sprint Tri’s this summer and maybe a 50 miler in the fall?

God I love running…

Check out the race at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39135


Question for everyone who has run

Anyone have success with getting rid of the surgery stitches area/site scar tissue?

I find it quite thick and doesn’t move over the prosthetic that well, so after a 10K of walk/running, I have stinging very specific pain right at the scar that goes away shortly after I finish…..I also find that when I bend over girls whistle, so does the odd guy. Kidding, butt I find that I can feel the scar area slide over the prosthetic…..like a tight elastic.

First Race Post Hip Replacement

Started ramping up my running very gradually at 3 months post op,, consisted of 1 minute light jog, 1 minute walk,, worked up to 22 minutes of running at a moderate pace. Did my first triathlon since my THR last week( 5 months post op) and was amazed at how comfortable I felt coming off the bike. Last year it was misery making that transition due to hip pain. I finished 3rd in my age group ( 60-64) and even though my run pace was slow ( 9:28/mile) it gave me a huge boost in confidence that if I continue to gradually ramp up my runs I should cut that time by 1 minute/mile. Had only some slight pain in the gluteus minimus which disappeared after 2 days. Rolled it out and had my trigger point therapist give it a going over.

Will stick with shorter sprint distances this year and see how it continues to progress. I was quite happy with my results and hope others have had same results

Competed in First 5K – 9 months Post-op

On August 1, 2016 I had a THR of my left hip.  My goal was to run in our local 5K on April 30th; 9 months post op.

I am happy to report I was successful!  I placed 2nd in my age group 60 -69 Female (just turned 60 in March) and I ran 28.09.  Prior to my surgery, I was running 25-26 Minute 5K’s.  I was very happy with this time and was not in any pain.  I had slowly built up to the distance by run/walking over the winter.  Walk 1/2 mile, run 1/2 mile, etc.  After 7 months I was running 3 miles without stopping.  I am trying not to overdo it; I limit my running to 3 times per week; 3-4 miles.  My doctor does not recommend running; and I was hoping I would be satisfied with power walking…but it is not the same.  I am going to be sensible and listen to my body.  I notice that my stride is not as long and I am trying to avoid heel striking.

I think 9 months was the right amount of time for me to build up to a 5K distance.  Good luck!

Sue S.



First Post-THR 1 mile run

I know my hip is still not fully recovered but it’s been 5 months since my THR so I decided to give it a go.  I’ve been taking my bike out on rides (up to 57 miles) over the last month which seemed to help out my recovery (plus no longer doing leg presses).  However, my leg still has more stiff days than loose days.

This was not one of its loose days.  I was a 6 minute miler prior to surgery but my goal was 10 minutes.  Weather was perfect. Started from my house going up an incline.  The running started out uncomfortable…had to stop after a minute.  My heartbeat was already up to 153, lol.  Began again and had to stop after another minute.  Eventually, my body adjusted to the feeling and I built up enough momentum to finish in 9:46 (pleasantly surprising!).

During the run, I felt like I was favoring my hip but it didn’t appear so based on my shadow.  Also, turning was harder than expected.  Afterwards, my hip does not feel worse so that is a relief.  My goal is to finish a 5K on the 4th of July so we’ll see how that goes.


Hip Debridement

I had left hip labrum debridement surgery on Jan 10.  Prior to surgery – in March, 2016 i ran 9 miles training for a half marathon.  later that day i mowed my yard and that night it felt like someone stabbed me in the hip.  after resting and not running for a couple of weeks the pain decreased but was still there.  i went to orthopedic doctor and had an MRI done and was diagnosed with a torn labrum.  the doctor said i could have surgery whenever i wanted but not to run long distance because long term harm to hip.  i kept putting off the surgery because of work schedule but as time passed the pain pretty much went away.  i started running 2-3 miles a couple of times a week at 8 minute mile pace and i seemed fine.  Because of advice from my doctor and thinking i should get the surgery done, i had it done in January.  It has been nearly 4 months since surgery and i have more pain than i did before surgery.  i now question why did i have the surgery if my hip is not any better post surgery than pre-surgery.  Am i being inpatient and it is going to take more time?  Can anyone relate to me and give me some advice?  I am so frustrated because when i do push it a little – walk fast/very light jog for 20 minutes my hip pains me the next couple of days.  Help!

New Hippie here

Hi all, I had anterior right thr on March 23, this year. Doctor says my running days are over. Yeah, gonna not follow that one. I’m 54 and was doing the occasional slow half marathon before I got injured Nov of 2015. I would like to know when is a good length of time before I attempt running. I’m up to about 8000 steps a day with a 2 mile walk thrown in that. I’d like to get up to 10,000 steps consistently before I attempt jogging. I’d like to get to the point of running 5K’s, or doing 3 mile runs. Suggestions?

Triathlon 2.0 – Relaunch – 12 Month after THR

It has been exactly one year since my hip surgery. May 10th 2016 – THR, right – Stryker ceramic ball with a polyethylene cup.

Since then, I did almost everything to get back on track – but always under the restriction not to overload my new friend ‘CiPi’. To be precise, I went 3 times a week to the Gym, did a lot of Miles on the Bike as well as in the Pool. I decided to start running very late – during Christmas Holliday last year; to make sure, that all required muscles had been in a supportive and good shape. Since then I am running 2-3 times a week, now also doing some short intervals (400m – 1k).

And next Sunday – ‘CiCi’s’ first anniversary – I will participate in my first Triathlon (Sprint) since the surgery. Sure, running will be my weakness. But I would like to work as hard as it makes sense to get even faster. Right now, I am aiming for a 22:30 in the 5k after the Bike split.

I am still hoping, that a sub20 in 5k or sub40 in 10k might be possible again. But I am still struggling in regards to the right ‘workload’ for my hip. Maybe you have some good advices, which I will appreciate.