Swearing by the Hoka


The HOKA ONE ONE Rapa Nui 2 – RunningWarehouse.com has these babies on sale for $69.88. Can you say W-O-W?

Sometimes I have dreams where I am running effortlessly on a trail that seems very familiar – but never is.  I love these dreams because in them, I am gliding and enjoying the run more than I am feeling the pain of the workout.    In these days of naked running and stripped down shoes, HOKA ONE ONE offers an alternative – the ultra cushioned running shoe.  Even though they are built up, they have a surprisingly light weight.  Many of my SDP Teammates have started wearing this shoe to work out in.  Being a “Brooks” guy for so long, I was initially hesitant, but I finally broke down and bought some of these.  My teammates prefer the Hoka One One Clifton model. I on the other hand prefer the discount.  So I went with these Hoka One One’s Rapa Nui’s instead.

Today, I ran Fruit Hill in my new Hoka One One Rapa Nui 2’s.  All I can say is “WOW!”.  I was living my dream.  Fruit Hill is the name of a road that leads up a hill to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in the Spokane Valley.  At the top, the winery offers panoramic views of the entire Spokane Valley.  From the start of this at the Spokane Valley YMCA to the top and then back, the run is 7 miles.  The .8 mile long hill is in the middle of this run.  Running in my Hokas, I decided to push the pace a bit.  I don’t think I can clearly articulate how well these shoes absorbed the impact during this run.  Instead of feeling the pain of the jarring steps, I was able to push my limits and feel the pain in my chest and core instead.  I have been keeping track of my runs on Strava for the last 2 years.   During that time, I have run this route 12 times.  Today was my fastest logged time.  Wow.  Bad knee, bad hip, but still a PR.  I am crediting the Hokas.  If you haven’t tried them, I strongly encourage you to do so.  They are pillows on your feet and they will surely alleviate some of the jarring that your body endures while running.

So now I am looking towards Bloomsday.  I had my MRI yesterday.  I will know the status of the hip and knee on the 23rd of April, the next available date for my doctor.  I am confident that if surgery is in the future, it will not happen before Bloomsday, so I am setting my sights on racing as well as I can.  My goal for the year was to run a sub 49 minute for the grueling 12k course.  (Last year I ran 46 and change).  The knee and hip are still bothering me, but these Hokas have given me a new sense of optimism.  I am beginning to look forward to this race.


THR is tomorrow..

made my “tentative” surgery date, which is tomorrow, back in November at HSS…time flies! I am super nervous and want to run away from this, but can’t walk or run at this point! I know this is my only option to a better life and to the me I want to be again…Just wanted to thank you all for sharing your stories and commenting on my last post and giving me optimism and strength..Here goes..

Bob S. A bit about me since I’m new here.

On Tuesday, March 3,1 I will be 8 weeks post THR surgery. Everything is going along pretty well. I am getting back to normal and hope to be outdoors running and biking very soon.  (I did get a bike ride done yesterday, but it is still pretty cold here in upstate NY, so I cut it a bit short)

My journey started in the winter of 2014 when the hip pain after running got progressively worse. X-rays did show arthritis, but I took a wrong turn when my doctor described it a moderate. After some PT that was going nowhere, I talked with an orthopedic surgeon who told me quite bluntly, Of course you are in pain, you are bone on bone and a good candidate for a hip replacement.

After some more time waiting for doctor appointments, a friend told me about a seminar to be given by a new local orthopedic surgeon who used the anterior technique. This technique intrigued me being somewhat less invasive and having a quicker recovery. I went to the seminar and was impressed. I got an appointment with the surgeon and she told me I should do very well being fit and healthy. On February 2, I had it done.

The first week of recovery was a bit tough, but keeping up with the basic recovery exercises and doing some walking around the house, my recovery progressed well. I threw the walker and crutches away after the first week, was driving and back to work in week three and by my 6 week checkup, I was free to do just about anything, no restrictions.

We have a small workout room here at work. I ride a stationary bike 2 or 3 times a day and do some other small things to get the hip strength back. Right now I am looking forward to some warmer weather to get some longer bike rides in. I’m glad I found this site to see there are so many people out there who are running after having a THR. I was getting a bit down reading all the doctor recommendations, most saying running is not recommended. (My surgeon did say I could run again, so hearing that right from my surgeon was very  encouraging.) So now, I think it will be up to me. As my surgeon put it, people go through this surgery to get their life back, and do all those activities they loved and gave them joy. To hear doctors then say after the surgery that there are things they should give up is not comforting. So go do what you love, just be smart about it.

I am not sure when I will start running again. In a few weeks maybe.  I still have some tenderness around the incision site. But I will be back out there. I miss all my running friends and feeling the road under my feet and the sweat running down my face.

Good luck all those out there with upcoming surgeries. You will definitely be better off having it done. Everyone else, maybe I’ll see you on the road sometime. We can compare scars and talk about how having this surgery was the best decision ever made.

DonnaC, new member, about me

I’m very happy to have stumbled upon this site! I am having THR on April 14th, and the prospect of it is nervewracking, to say the least.  Efforts to avoid this have been going on for over three years.  One year ago I had stem cell therapy, which clearly did not work.  It was pretty invasive and painful, and the doctor followed up at month one and then never again, despite my calling the office 4 times.  I began running in 2006 at 40 because my son was a cross country runner and it looked fun.  Flash forward to today, a single half-marathon under my belt and lots of 5k and 10ks, with marathon hopes dashed (or so i thought?).  I am the local high school cross country and distance track coach (the older son is now a junior in college and the younger is a junior at the high school, a pretty decent pole vaulter with a recently severed ACL).  The past 7 months or so, once I began adding running mileage to my weekly workouts, have become more and more painful.  I have run about 5 times since Christmas, most recently a dismal 1.7 slow miles with my 4×8 relay team on a Central Park practice run before Indoor Nationals.  I skipped this past weekend’s 10k–it’s hard to walk at all at this point.  So the doldrums had set in when i did a google search about running after THR, which the docs have all said is a foolish idea, but I found you!  I will continue to read and follow you all as I rehab, and will hopefully post my first run as soon as possible! For now, thank you for being here! It’s a huge comfort!

Here are “my” boys, who finished 13th in the Championship division of the 4×8 in 7:57.78 at New Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals on March 14, 2015.



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OK. I bit the bullet and got a hip replacement this month at 68 years old. I want to run 12 to 15 miles weekly for another 20 years. My doctor recommends I don’t run, but gave me a metal on plastic hip to reduce the chance of fracture, since he knows I will run some. The testimonials on hiprunner are very encouraging. However, there is very little on how long the hip replacement will last-10, 15, 20 years-for a moderate amount of running. Does anyone have experience or data? How long until I can start rehab on an elliptical walker or with weights, then start running?


Thank you everyone for the feedback and encouragement!

Hi all!  Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you so much for the posts/feedback and messages about my progress at the 6-week mark — It’s great to hear from others that things will get better.  I guess I had some kind of notion that at 6 weeks I would be pretty darn close to perfect and I know that’s not realistic.  😉

I am excited to see how the next 6 weeks of healing go and my body is able to do more and more.  Thanks again!

Waiting Game….



In my last post I indicated that the MRI for my knee and hip on my right (non-THR) side was finally coming.  That was because on the day I made the post I received word that the MRI was approved and I would eventually be hearing from someone to schedule the MRI.  I got anxious after a few days and finally called them.  They had the order in their system…FINALLY!  Then I learned that the order was only an MRI  for the hip and did not include the knee.  HALT!

I didn’t want the hip to be looked at without the knee, because I really think there is more of an issue with the knee then my doctors think.  So I cancelled the order and called my doctor back asking to get the knee included.  So the waiting process began again.  Ugh.  After a long week of delay, I finally got a new date for my MRI – April 2nd.  So I have waited one whole month since my first appointment to get to this step.  I sincerely hoped I could get it done before all of the summer fun starts…..now I may wait.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, I have stepped up my running again.  Bloomsday is coming.  I am heavily involved with that run.  I coordinate the 2nd Seeded runners for that race.  How can I not run it….as a second seeder?   So despite the knee aggravation I have bumped my weekly mileage into the 30’s and 40’s.  The knee still aches, but i am starting to feel stronger.  Sometimes the THR side hurts, but the pain comes more from piriformis pain than from the hip.  I am sure that I am overcompensating with my THR side due to the soreness of the right knee.  It’s ironic that my THR side would be carrying me through my runs these days.  But that is me.  An optimistic runner.  Not just a runner….a Hip Runner.


6 Weeks Post THR update

Hi all!  Today is my 6 week mark.  I am happy with how things are going — I have to admit I am stunned when I read some posts about people doing ‘all activities’ at this point or running not too far from now…Wow!  I guess everyone recovers at different paces and I’m trying hard not to be too jealous.  🙂

PT is going well but I’ve been struggling a bit with a strained hip flexor which has made it hard to do some of the strengthening exercises but patience, patience, patience.   I can walk pretty easily at least mile or so without stopping for a break.

I’m just really stiff most of all — The hip was always tight even before the surgery b/c of years of struggles with the dysplasia.  Question for the group  — for those that had a long-term battle with muscle pain/tightness b/c of either dysplasia or over compensation — Have you also experienced challenges with getting your muscles to try and ‘relax’ and get used to your new, properly aligned hip?

The hip itself doesn’t really seem to hurt at all, it’s just all the muscles that were so tight before are battling to figure out this new configuration.  Would appreciate any feedback/tips.

Thanks all!


Which surgery to pick?

Hi guys,

My right hip is degenerating and the pain is getting worse every week.  I was diagnosed 7 years ago at age 30 with dysplastic hips and got both labrums repaired by Dr. Kelly from HSS.  Because of the arthritis, Dr. Kelly is recommending I get a hip resurfacing by Dr. Suh to avoid the THR due to my age and activity level.  I frequently run, lift weights, swim, crossfit, and bang hard.  Would anyone recommend a doctor in NJ or NYC area for a 2nd opinion?  I’m nervous the hip resurfacing won’t fix the stability of the dysplastic hip and I’ll need a THR too soon.  The hip resurfacing is supposed to last 15 to 20 yrs.  Please email me any experience shares or ideas @ finaldid@hotmail.com.  Feedback or advice is welcome!


32 days

Post THR.  This morning I woke up for the first time and felt I didn’t need any pain meds at all — Not even the Tylenol.  I took a dose before I went to bed and had been taking a dose upon waking to kick the overnight pain out.  Today, a little creaky and stiff, but not real pain and not enough to want meds.

I know it’s a tiny milestone but I’ll take it!  I backed a bit off on my activity; think I was doing too much (even though it felt like barely anything to me) and it has made a world of difference.  Going to the gym in the morning and just doing my PT exercises, some light upper body work and some stretching.  Limiting my stairs/walking a bit as I had a lot of pain/tightness in the front of my hip and that has gone way down.  Will try and increase again maybe in a few days.

Happy Monday everyone!  🙂