9 weeks post-op

Hi all, just a brief update on the last few weeks. Jogged my first 5K in 31:54 three days before my 6 week check up, it went surprisingly well considering. Since then I have done a 5k parkrun every Saturday, progression has been 30:50, 29:18, 27:16 and limpiness has been improving quickly. Three climbing sessions, mainly bouldering, have been negotiated successfully and I am getting more confident in the strength of the new hip at the limits of its range. Surgeon is happy for me to bike outdoors so there have been several trips which culminated last week in a 30-mile solo ride at 17.5 mph and a long 58 mile ride with my son at 16 mph last Sunday – standing on the pedals where necessary.

Basically, I’m nearly back to normal except for 5k pace, which I am trying to improve by gym treadmill work. I was tempted to take on 10k as a target but it is probably too soon, my first attempt was 80 mins but involved a lot of wobbly jogging…

Onwards and Upwards!


WEDS Checking in…!

Hi All, just to share my story…

I’m an Asian, 43 y/o, 5’11, 230lbs, and had my left hip replaced with CC last December 2015. I’m not a runner but was active and playing competitive basketball back in high school days. I did injured my hip in a few bad fall but recovered and the hip was still ok when I’m in my early 30s. It gets worsen after a few years and I started to feel restrictions in the hip movements plus pains after the game. Then it starts to hurt and I begin to limp because of the pain even just a normal walk. I had a hard time deciding if I should go for THR and has since stopped playing (but still occationally spending time in gym doing upper body exercise). Then when the pain become unbearable, I pulled the trigger and conceed to give up my active lifestyle for the THR.

I thought that was it… 6 months after the posterior procedure and initial PT for recovery, I went back to gym, started some muscle strengthening exercise just to keep myself going. I thought that’s the most I can do because I don’t swim, no snow ski in this tropical country and I’m not a fan of tennis either. I’ve been wanting to get back to the hardcourt but the doctor told me not to think about it anymore. Seeing my son playing basketball really makes me feel bad and enve him.

I thought I need to try something new, so I bought a bike last Christmas and started to do some road biking on Sundays. Cycling is great and I feel I’m getting my needed dose of cardio. The legs and hips were fine on uphills but I don’t feel it’s enough. So I went on some dirt trails, had a few falls, luckily not direct… yeah I know it’s dangerous…

4 weeks ago, the stationary bike in the gym was full… I look at the threadmill, thinking just to take a few meters walk to warm up myself. Started few steps and took my first 100m, then 200, 300… then I went faster… and faster… next thing I realized I was running at 6km/hr already!

Now I occationally doing 3-4k run on threadmill at 8-9km speed after my 18 months THR. I am not feeling any pain on my hip and the best thing is…… I’m back on the court!!! Althought not as aggressive as before but at least I’m playing again – with extra caution and avoiding all the contacts of course!

I found my groove again and is aiming my first 5k real run in an event next month… it will be my first and I want it so bad! At 43, if I can do 40km cycling, one social basketball game and 5k run every week, I won’t complain anymore. Afterall, THR was meant to improve the quality of life, and I’m glad I push it further to enjoy it!


Hello again, three weeks post op. Right hip THR. Doing better everyday. Took four opinions before surgery, three out of four surgeons said I should discontinue running including the one who I used. Currently walking and doing therapy everyday. Planning to wait at least three months before I consider running, I would like to prepare myself by strengthening all the muscles, there is so much else I can do, like elliptical, stationary bike, walk on treadmill, swim but yes someday soon, I will be out there jogging if not running. Don’t plan on long distance, just 3-5 miles would work for me, like I said there is so much else, but will definitely run too.

Hip Replacement wear

Good morning you all I had never been a runner myself, I had a car accident when I was 21, got 2 surgical nails in the femur head on posterior approach, 16 years later I had worn the bone so bad that I needed the replacement, my doctor’s advice always was to walk, he said that was the best for recovery, went for almost 6 months to physical therapy, I started just walking and after a while (whit the purpose of losing some weight) I started jogging, which of course made me realise how bad in shape I was (not counting I’m an ex-smoker), so one day I asked my therapist if jogging would be bad for the hip replacement and her comment was, as long as you are not running 5km a day you should be fine ( that is actually my goal) so i want to ask everyone here, what your experience is with the wear of the replacement and what you all recommend

Scared, very scared…..

Hi you inspirational bunch. Take a bow every single one of you.
This is my first post. I’ve recently got the news that I have advanced OA of my left hip. The news terrified me. I’ve always been an active person playing football (soccer), squash & for the last 3 years running. I probably picked up an injury doing one of these sports causing the hip problem. For the last 6 – 12 months I’ve been having physio for what I and the physio thought was piriformis syndrome. I had a sharp pain in my left buttock & sciatica like symptoms. I was able to run relatively pain free but paid for it the next day. I was still able to run 3 – 4 times per week and competed in 15 races. At the same time I developed the deadly limp. After various physio & acupuncture sessions I was free from pain. I thought I was finally on the road to recovery. Little did I know I was about to head down the hill of despair.

My GP sent me for a routine x-ray to ensure I had no other problems with my hip. After this I was referred to a consultant who gave me the OA news. I was gutted 🙁 especially as he said the only treatment was THR. Supposedly his hospital doesn’t undertake hip resurfacing. He said I was in job shape for my age (52) and said it was all about if I could manage the pain. I deferred the operation as I’m scared, very scared.

Since then my hip has been very sore (physiological?) & I’m getting aches and pains elsewhere as my body compensates. Even running short distances is painful but I can cope with the pain…….just! I’ve been hitting my exercise bike hard to build up my leg muscles in preparation for the inevitable. Lots of stretching & hip exercises. Anti-inflammatory’s, Heat & ice. I feel I’m now at the crossroads and there’s a helluva lot of traffic to avoid.

My questions to you lovely people are:

Should I get a 2nd opinion about potential resurfacing?

Will the strengthening I’m doing now help post op?

How does a THR affect your love life?

How do I get over my fears? So many questions……..

Once again thank you so much for providing this platform to discuss these issues. Your stories are heart-warming, emotional & inspirational.


2 weeks since surgery

I had full hip replacement  two weeks ago and have been coming to this site and for inspiration tips and any thoughts to help me get through this. The hip pain is gone now just dealing with sore muscles incision pain and a bit Of knee pain from all the limping.  I’m not a very patient person already I’m thinking about when I can start exercising again.  Previous to the surgery I was adamant that I would return to running  even though my surgeon says he doesn’t recommend it and my physical therapist is very much against it. now I just keep thinking about not hurting my new part  as I like to call it. I just wonder when I’ll get over that fear of dislocating it by moving the wrong way or hurting it   I know it’s only two weeks but I’d appreciate any thoughts for advice. From reading previous posts I see that I shouldn’t even think about doing anything for At minimum three months  which at this point seems like a lifetime.   What do you do in the meantime? I’m someone who was in the gym almost every day whether it was running boxing Bikram yoga or working out with a trainer.  I guess that’s what got me in this position in the first place at only 51 years old.

Just How Long??? Don’t miracles happen overnight??

Hello Hiprunners… I remain positive most all of the time. I am a personal fitness/movement trainer who had a left hip total replacement on April 10th, 2017. My frustration with my hip is making me a little nuts. I keep wishing to wake up every morning hoping to jump out of bed and not do this slow step here, there, what do I feel, please no pain. My surgeron is due to release me on June 29th for Yoga and Pilates. Since my surgery I have continued to do upper body, but I just want to run, bike, walk normal. If I walk more then 3 miles I have pain in my knee and my limp gets worse. I watch people in the gym doing all the exercises I am dying to do. Someone please tell me it gets easier, because I am about ready to quit the career I love.

Another improvement.

Okay, don’t laugh at the over analysis – just for entertainment purposes only. Not to be used for the purposes of betting or sarcasm.

The off-road 10K that I have been doing (see efforts below) is actually about 6.06 miles, so 9.82 kms. In racing, it is typically one minute slower for runners around from 30:00 to 45:00 +/- a little on either end of the spectrum, because of the surface in comparison to their road 10K.

Now here is an equation that I find anecdotally to be quite good: “For every pound that you are over optimum weight, you lose two seconds per-mile per-pound.” So if you are for example 10 pounds over optimum race weight and race a 10K, you should be two minutes slower, all else being equal. Well I am 25-30 pounds heavier…..165 vs 135-137.

So let’s take six minutes off for being morbidly obese and one minute off plus a little (because I am slow – other end of the spectrum) and that is at least seven minutes of fasterness, than I currently am: 1:07:00 – 7:00 = 60:00 or 59:59’99 because as any runner knows, you see the clock-a-ticking towards a benchmark, you go a little faster…..

I used to run the route in 37:00-48:00 depending on the purpose of the run.

Surgery: Dec. 2, 2016

1:04 – Thurs, June 15 – 1 hour faster than Feb 26th, first time out.
1:06 – Tues, May 30.
1:07 – Thurs, May 25*
1:08 – Thurs, May 18. (note so self: lose 30 pounds).
1:09 – Thurs, May 4. May the 4th was with me.
1:13 – Sat, April 29 – Need to do more physio. These are the only effort outings I have done….
1:15 – Thurs, April 13 – Taking a week or two off this route as I am just chasing time…
1:16 – Sun, April 9 – ran about 11-12 minutes – 48:00 improvement in 42 days – 10 laps.
1:18 – Thurs, April 6 – ran about 10 minutes
1:22 – Fri, March 31 – ran about 6-7 minutes total – 33 days since first trip around lakes.
1:25 – Sun, March 27 – ran about 6-7 minutes total
1:29 – Wed, March 23 – ran about 5-6 minutes total
1:35 – Sun, March 19 – ran about 1 minute total
1:38 – Thurs, March 16 – no running
1:47 – Sun, March 12 – no running
1:57 – Sun, March 5 – no running
2:04- Sun, Feb. 26 – no running

*The asterisk is there because I had a massive brain fart and clicked “stop” on Garminder and then start 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 minutes later – who knows. So doing the math I started faster at 65:00 pace, for the first three K, then ended slower for the final 3K, based on my usual slow-down I suspect I would have come in at 67:00….

Some surgery site soreness, nearly 100% recovered next day…not quite.

phantom leg pain?

21 months out from first hip replacement on left side. Last few weeks have had some pain in my left leg, lower thigh area towards the outside/back and about 4 to 5 inches above my knee. Pain seems to radiate through the back of my knee? Primarily when I get up after sitting or first thing in the morning. It comes and goes but not an issue when exercising. When its “on” however I can barely walk without limping. Anyone have anything similar? Going to see doctor but wanted to feel the water with the HipRunner crew.. Thanks!