Hello all. It’s been 5 months since my THR. I’ve gone from counting weeks to counting months. How time flies! I’m looking forward to that point when I won’t be thinking about my new hip at all. In month 5 I started biking in addition to running. I got out my old mountain bike that I hadn’t used in years because my hip hurt too much to bike. Aired up the tires and went for a short 6 mile ride on a multi-use asphalt path that I also run and walk on. It felt great! Zero pain in the hip. I followed that up with a couple of 9 mile bike rides the over the next few days.
Unfortunately, my knee on my non-THR side started giving me problems. I’ve got a history of knee pain from a bad soccer sprain 30 years ago that keeps coming back to haunt me. It started aching really badly on Feb. 9, which is unfortunate because I wanted to run the Cupids Chase 5K on the 14th. I took the rest of the week very easy and by the 13th, the knee felt much better so I went ahead and registered for the Cupid’s Chase. I figured if my knee gave me problems, I would just run slow or even walk. Well, it turns out both my knee and hip felt pretty good. I was able to run as fast as my heart and lungs would allow….which after a year and a half of slow running turned out to be an 8 minute average pace. I was hoping to finish in under 25 minutes and made it in 24:38. Whoo hoo!
My last good 5K race was almost 5 years ago, just before my hip started giving me problems, and I did that in 2o minutes. I know I’m older now, but if I can get down to 21 or 22, I’ll be happy. Heck, I’m already happy to just be able to run without pain!
Next month, I’m going to start increasing the distance and intensity. I’ve been running about 3 to 4 times a week and I’ll probably keep it at that frequency. Maybe try an every-other-day schedule and see how that works.
If anyone else can share their training schedule, distance, and intensity….I’d love to read your input.
May the wind be always at your back.