Tom – Hood To Coast Report …. and HipRunner Changes

DHD2014It was another successful year with the DHD Boys (Dirty Half Dozen + 6).  My downhill leg was easier than I thought and I was able to average 5:45’s on that leg.  My other 2 legs weren’t as easy and I had trouble holding 6:35’s for those legs.  Still, that first leg made me feel faaaaaaast.  This was the 29th straight year for the Dirty Half Dozen + 6.  Six of these guys all went to High School together way back in the day.  I am lucky enough to be one of the “Plus Six”.   We finished 6th in our division – in the medals.  This year the team’s pursuits were featured on   I am grateful that I was able to take part again.  The hip did awesome.  Seriously!  I am 2 years and 8 months post hip and I didn’t even notice the hip.  The bigger issue was my knee.  My right knee is still recovering from a hard hit I took during Hoopfest.  I have decided to take a small break from racing while I give it time to recover.


Over the weekend, I modified the front page to have a login link.   Just a simplified way to get logged in to the site.  I also replaced my “Hip” Runners list in the side bar with the most active Hip Runners who post.  If you create a post, you will be in the list.  This is all due to the fact that I could not keep up with the number of registrations coming in.


I’m working on a shirt, and have a prototype in hand.  I hope to have them for sale on the website.  Here are some pics of the front and back….

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For the sake of production, let me know if you are interested.  I don’t plan on making a killing on this shirt….just want you to be able to advertise… tough you REALLY are.

Happy Running……


Stuart P – Finished my first triathlon since my hip replacement

I took up triathlons in April 2012.  Did my first sprint tri in Dec 2012 after losing 60#.  Then in April 2013 I was hit by a car while cycling.  A hip repair surgery was unsuccessful to in late Oct 2013 they did a full hip replacement.

So after a very long layoff and recovery from the two surgeries I started training a few months ago.  On Saturday I did a modified triathlon Swim/Bike/Swim subbing the second Swim for the Run.  I just needed to get an event back under me again.  Hoping to do another event late this year with the run.

Feels great to be back at it.

Tom – Summer Spoils, Inspirational Runners and More Hip Runners

When I leave my SDP Running buddies at home....good things happen
When I leave my SDP Running buddies at home….good things happen

I just got this in the mail yesterday.  It’s not a first place award, but I’ll take 2nd place without complaint.  I left all of my SDP running buddies home, so it helped to clear the way for me to place in my age group.  Pretty cool little trophy.  I especially like the  adjustable  whammy bar.

A motto to live by: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing”.

HIP Runner Dixon.  I have to send a shout out to our oldest “Hip” Runner.  Dixon H is 91 years strong and a hip replacement did not stop him from running in the USATF Masters Track Championships this summer.  He sent me a video of his race and asked me if I knew of ways to improve his speed.  You can check out his performance here: Dixon’s 800 Meter Run – 2014 Masters Nationals Age 89-99.  Dixon lines up in lane #2 on the track (Red Shorts – White Tank).  Being out on the track at 91 years of age is proof positive that Dixon is one “THR Tough” Hip Runner.  Way to go Dixon!  If you have any points that might be useful, shoot them his way.  Way to stay young Dixon!  You are an inspiration to us all.

New Hip Runners.  The list continues to grow.  Welcome our newest “Hip” runners….and help them by providing feedback, once they are able to post.

Michael L –  Hi, I have just found out I have a Labral tear of the cartilage in my left hip, I’m a 55 year old triathlete and have experienced increasing discomfort and a decline in range of motion over the last 18 months. Does anyone have any experience or comments on treatment options please ?

Brittney K – 

I had two total hip replacements at the age of 17 and 18.. I’m now 23.  I used to be a soccer player. When I got my hips done my doctor told me that I couldn’t run anymore and I’m not allow to do any real exercise except for therapy. I was heart broken, I love to run it made me feel happy and free. I would just listen to my music and just follow the rode until I couldn’t go anymore. I haven’t ran in 8yrs…I’m not sure I even know how anymore.. I didn’t think it was possible until I herd about you guys a months ago.. I’m not sure where to start or even how to begin to run again. I could sure use a lot of help and support because my family thinks I’m crazy. They treat me like a baby, they think I’m always going to break. So please if you have any advise please let me know.

Dennis H – I have lived a very active sports life (basketball, tennis, Running ). Right hip gave up on me Jan. 2013 and was replaced on May 23,2013. Anterior with Ceramic/Polyethylene , two weeks after operation walked 2 miles, 4 weeks after op. walked/slow trot 6 miles. Six weeks to the day after my operation, I completed my 28th. consecutive Peachtree road race (10K). I was able to trot about 2 miles and walked the rest of the 6.2 miles. This July 4th. completed my 29 th. in a row in 1:07:47 ran with no walking. Just wanted to thank everyone for posting, this site has been such an inspiration. At 70 years young I am not ready to give up the joy of running. Again thanks to you all!





Tom – Missoula 1/2 Marathon Results



I guess I got a little greedy after my 1/2 marathon 3 weeks ago.  I was thinking the Missoula course was easier.  This deduction led me to believe I could run a sub-1:23.  It wasn’t in the cards on this day.  I came through the finish line with a chip time of 1:24:43 (30 Seconds Slower than my Seattle half).

For all of you racers out there, I am sure you can remember those points in the race where you had to make a decision….Do I go with this pack or not?  The difference between Seattle and this race was that in this race, I chose not to go. It’s a mental thing and on this day, I wasn’t mentally strong enough.  Even so, there was no coasting.  I ran at a high level, just didn’t put myself into that next gear.  I was still pleased to run another sub 1:25 which has been my goal all year.  The time was good enough for 4th place in my age group.  Not terrible.

As far as the hip goes, it did great.  At certain points both knees ached a bit and maybe more on my hip side.  I don’t think it was hip related.  I think it was more basketball and “Hoopfest” related.

Every single one of these guys was at least in the top 4 in their age group – I was the slowest of the group. Christopher, the guy on my left won his age group and nearly set an age group record. Turlan, the young man on the lower right, a 9th grader, ran a 1:23.

I came over to this race with a bunch of SDP teammates.  We had a great great time.  Many of you know the value of running with a group.  This group pushes me to limits that I wouldn’t push myself to on my own.  I can thank them for getting me back to running after hip replacement.  If you are struggling to get back to running, maybe it is because you are trying to do it on your own.  You don’t have to join  a “competitive” running group. There are running groups in most every town that make it easier to get back into running shape.  The social aspect of these groups is a  great motivator to stick with it.  I count my SDP teammates as some of my closest friends.

Tom – New “Hip” Runners

It seems as though I JUST posted a list of new hip runners, and now I am back at it.  We have some new members to welcome to the group.  Watch for their posts soon.

Kristine M – I am three weeks out from my second THR. I am so pleased to find HipRunner. I can’t wait to read and share stories..

Christine G – I had just begun to find a path to running. In our local area, I had joined our Abe’s Army – training group for our Abe’s Amble 5k run. About 90% through the training, I realized the pain I was feeling in my hips was getting worse. After seeking a doctor’s opinion, I had to quit running immediately prior to the race I had been working so hard to run.  In 2012, I had bilateral anterior THRs. My surgeon said my running days were over. But, me being the type A person that I am hasn’t listened. Off and on, I had run a few miles on the treadmill in the gym over the course of the last two years. I am allowing myself once a week on the treadmill for now paying close attention to how my body reacts. I do still have pain after running particularly in the right hip which was my worst. But it dissipates over the course of the week. Last year at my annual follow up everything looked great. Since I have begun to run a little more this year, I am anxiously awaiting my annual follow up in September to assure that everything is doing ok. If so, I intend to increase my running over time as long as the hips permit. I am encouraged to find this group. I had seen a couple of articles of runners continuing on to run marathons after bilateral THRs but I was still concerned. When the surgeons tell you your running days are over…it is kind of scary. However, I wonder how much of the docs telling us never to run again stems from the lack of research of THR patients going on to run since now so many of us are younger. I hope to encourage others with my journey as well.

Steve K – Hey all~  I am very impressed with this site, its mission and the level of activity/viewership!! I am also extremely happy to have found this resource to educate myself about the pros and cons of running after a Total Hip Replacement, having had one in December, 2011, at age 50. My surgeon was pretty adamant that I should never consider running, or even jogging, as part of a cardio-fitness regimen, because it would shorten the life of the hardware, requiring replacement, or “revision”, as I have heard it called. I had run for most of my life, sometimes five/six days a week, sometimes only a couple, but I have also been cycling, playing tennis, or inline skating. Now, I just bike a few days a week, tennis a couple and walk my MinPin 75 mins a day. I run short dashes with my dog, Eddy, because he loves running, but has no interest in playing with other dogs or chasing a ball.  Running for 30 yd. bursts feels great, and I never have any pain in my hip when playing tennis with my partner, Beth. Prior to surgery in 2010-2011, she would occasionally have to traction my leg, on the court, because of the bone-on-bone pain I had to deal with. I would love to be able to run again, for weight control and general psychological well-being. I will read the Hiprunner reports, and start out slow, on grass (mostly) and short-distances…maybe 1/4 mile, walk, 1/4 mile, walk…or something like that. I would appreciate input about that “running will shorten hardware lifespan” thing I mentioned. Almost forgot to mention, but 3 months post-surgery, just a few days before the target date the doc gave me for riding on the road, I went for a spin around my neighborhood and had no problems. Two days later, I was going to ride to my “gym”, and in getting on the bike and throwing my right leg over the seat, I had a wardrobe malfunction, probably because I had limited mobility on that side (the THR was on the right). Short story, long…slow-mo wipe-out to the right, and I fractured my femur. Big pain, but another surgery, 4 metal zip-ties and an added 8″ to my scar, and I have to think that femur is stronger than the other one. Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know people and helping where I can.

Della – Hi Everyone, I was an avid runner who has been told for the past 6 years that I needed both hips replaced. I’m a 52-year-old female and my running has seriously tapered off because of the pain post-run (not during). I would love to get back to it, and just being able to do other types of physical activites. I’m two-weeks post-op and using just a cane to help stabelize myself walking. Not walking far yet, but I think I’ll be off the cane by next week and hopefully walking farther. Really just looking for people in the same situation to share information about what to expect, not expect, etc. Best wishes and happy running to all.


Tom – New Hip Runners in June

Hey everyone we have some new “Hip” runners to add to our growing community.  Be sure to welcome them enthusiastically after they post their first posts:

Cathy G – Hello!  I had hip arthroscopic surgery in November 2013 and I had a large Labral tear repaired with three anchors and CAM & pincer impingements shaved down. During surgery, the OS also found that I have a rare hip disease called Synovial Chondromatosis which is a tumor that makes tiny cartilage pieces (looks like rice) and fills-up the space in my hip joint. Since this condition is so rare, I don’t know a whole lot about it and I don’t know anyone who has been diagnosed with it. I also have damaged to the lateral cutaneous femoral nerve from the hip arthroscopic surgery that I deal with every day, along with some pain and very limited ROM due to the hip disease.   I ran before my surgery in November but could only go about 3 miles before I would need to stop because of pain. Now, I’m up to 8 miles and working towards my first HM. I still have pain but I don’t want to stop running! I’m addicted completely and luckily my OS is supportive of me running! I know that a THR is in my future. I’m just trying to hold off for as long as possible and just hope that I can keep running into my old age. I’m definitely inspired by your story because I worried that a THR would mean that I would have to stop! I have hope!!By the way, I started a running group on Facebook called FAI and THR RUNNERS so we can start share stories and support each other. We are a unique breed!

Kristin – THR at the young age of 47 in January of 2014.  Out of Winona, MN, Just wants to be a member of the club.

S Marie – I am a very active person, I’ve run marathons, danced, hiked etc. I am not happy that I had to have hip replacement! Even saying it makes me feel old and mad! lol  I am itching to get back at the world and it’s driving me crazy not to be perfect NOW! I got rid of the crutch at Day 4. Never took any pain meds besides Tylenol after the surgery. (Can’t stand them) I’ve been walking a mile at the track since day 7. And today walked 3 miles. Yes I am still sore, but I don’t care, I NEED to move and exercise. I have dressed myself since I got home. Yes, even do my own socks. My question is… when can I run? When can I do hills? When can I sweat!  I asked my doctor and he said “gradually” introduce activities at 6 weeks… what does that mean? Can I run a bit at 6 weeks? I”m happy to find this site and see that there is life and exercise AFTER hip replacement! I am not a happy hip replacement recover-ee lol I just want to feel normal!  If anyone is 6 months to a year out.. I’d love to hear if you feel like your old self!

Hope – Started running after the surgery (6 months post op) even though surgeon stressed no running. Can’t find anyone who I can relate to.  Because I fear going under the knife again and having it re-done, I stopped running and started cycling and using the elliptical. Not the same as everyone knows. I guess I want to know if others were told not to run and have decided to do so anyway? I just want to run again…….it was the only thing that gave me some sanity and peace as it helped me cope with my stress.

Sivananda – Out of Bangalore India, Sivananda had a hip replacement in December 2012 at the ripe young age of 38.  Just wants to be a member of the group.

Dusty – Very encouraging to read about folks running after hip replacement.

Kim S – Started out walking 5k 2 years ago, have graduated to sprint Tri’s and 10k, 1/2 marathons running this year. Did Coast to Coast 1/2′ s last year. Signed up for 48.6 this January at Disney World. Did not run prior to either surgery. I should also mention left knee is bone on bone, but does well with less weight in it, and cross training of bike, swim, run and strength training. With the minimally invasive total replacements I left the hospital the next day without aids of any kind. It was a slow process but eventually got better. No time off of work with this type of procedure other than vacation time also.

Lori M – Researching my chances of running after hip replacement. I’ve been told “no” by the Dr’s. What type of surgery/hardware gives me the best odds of at least jogging after hip replacement?


Carol S – About Me

I’m now at 3 weeks past surgery. I’m one of the ones who fell into a new hip. I’ve felt so many sore muscles in places I didn’t even know I had muscles like from trying to slide over to the side of the bed and then get up . I still can’t put a sock on my THR side foot but I can do it with a reaching arm device or, even better with my husband, Randy, nearby. I don’t understand what muscle it is that won’t let me reach that foot but I am getting closer.

I went back to work day 4 after surgery but hadn’t expected to be so exhausted. I may have pushed going back too soon, even though I only worked 5 hours/day at first, and am a speech therapist in a hospital. I’ve been walking a mile but am not happy with the way it feels. First I had to learn how to walk bringing my THR leg through straight instead of hip going out and toe turning in. That’s working ok now. I’ve always felt my walking stride was jostling and jarring. I think my slow shuffling jog has less impact than walking so as soon as my legs will let me. I will start transitioning to a gentle jog and later on to running.

My goal at this time is still to run Marine Corps in October. Hopefully with my husband in sight now and then. And for now we will be volunteering at the Keys 100 this weekend instead of running the 50 miles we had entered.

GloriaA.-About Me. Testing the waters!

I am very excited, yet a little tenative about joining this group.  I had a right THR 1/15/2010.  The procedure went well & I had an excellent recovery and have been working out since 12 weeks post-surgery.  Mostly biking, elliptical & fast walking.  I have managed to lose 25 lbs in that time, but really want to lose 20 more.  With that in mind I started adding a little bit of running in with my walks.  I was told by my doctor to never run.  Wanting to not believe him I started googling about running on a THR .  Most articles said NO!  However one thing I read made me reconsider running as an option.  It was about the load on your hips during certain activities- the load with walking 3 mph was 3.75 & running 7 mph was 6.  Well I was walking @ 4 & running @ 6- so I didn’t see a significant difference!  Still I was afraid.  I kept running a little & surfing the net for info.  About 4 months ago I googled again and that’s when I found  I bought the e-book & was convinced it wasn’t as risky as I was lead to believe.  So I bought a new pair of running shoes (Nike Pegasus)  and started a Couch to 5k program.  I ran into a little trouble once I started running- but on the non THR side.  I got a bad case of Piriformis Syndrome & was forced to back off.  Currently I am doing a run 1 min/ walk 1 min routine for 45 minutes 4-5 times a week.  Hoping to do more in the future.  Glad to find a group of like-minded & brave (lol) people.

Tom – Bloomsday Prep

Have you ever had one of those workouts where you know its going to be painful and you just want to get it done so that you can celebrate the fact that its over?  I had one of those last night with the SDP boys.  In preparation for the upcoming 12k Bloomsday Road Race we ran the Bloomsday course and stopped at the top of each killer hill turned around, and did it again.  On the second time up, when we got to the top, we surged for 20 additional seconds.  Torture.  But when it was finished (10 miles later), there was sweet satisfaction in knowing that we had conquered the workout.  After 4+ weeks of fighting a cold, last night was the first that I felt that I was back and even though I still wasn’t as conditioned as I would like to be, I was able to finish the workout feeling strong.  I even had an additional gear for the hilltop surges.    That left me feeling optimistic about the Bloomsday Race which is coming up in 2 weeks.

The Bloomsday road run is one of my main races that I train for each year.  Last year I had hoped to beat my age (47), and I ran 46 and change.  I would like to do something similar this year.  Over the weekend, I went for trial run on the course.  It wasn’t quite race pace, but I wanted to see what I could do.  At the 12k mark (7.46 miles), I was at 49 minutes and change.  I think a little speed work is in order.  This weekend I will be running The Race for the Cure.  This little 5k race should be just the ticket for some final speed work before the big race.  And now with my cold behind me…..I think I am peaking at the right time.

The hip is doing great!  Sometimes I catch myself because I almost forget that I should be reporting on my hip.  At 2 years and 4 months it is doing awesome.  Some days….it is stiffer than others….needs a little time to warm up.  But most days I don’t notice because there are other parts of my body that are aching more.  Right now it is my lower abdomen.  I must have a muscle strain.  I first felt it after I ran the St. Paddy’s Race back in March.  It’s tolerable, but I feel it, especially when I just begin my run.

We have some new Hip Runners joining us:

Carol S – She just had her hip replaced on 4/21.  Here daughter found this site  a few days before the surgery and had this to say….”My mom broke her hip on Saturday running a half marathon trail run.  Because of her age and severity of the fall tomorrow she is getting her hip replaced. I found your blog and am so thankful for all of the stories and information. My mom has been working towards qualifying for her 5th Boston Marathon and instead is getting her hip replaced.  She will run again.”

Stacey C – She is trying to decide and needs some nudging….. ” I can’t decide. I have bone spur and arthritis in my right hip. I am in constant pain getting in the car, out of bed, etc. But I have a high tolerance for pain. I fell two Christmases ago, and the rest has been pain history. I am afraid to do it. I run and walk marathons (my best time; 5:18), and want to keep doing what I love….even if it isn’t marathons, I want halfs, 10Ks, or whatever I can to stay fit and sane. Can you all help me be brave…be decisive….and know that I am making a good decision for this time of my life? I don’t know anyone who has done this”.

Watch for their posts soon…..


Margaret – About Me

I’m 58 years old. I’ve been running ultras for over 25 years.  My first 100 miler was Wasatch in 1987 and my last 100 miler was  Hardrock completed in 2010. I’m a middle to back of the packer and just love going distance. Over the past 6 years I noticed something was going on with my hip. There was no pain so I ignored it. It became more and more difficult to tie my shoe on that leg.

It wasn’t until this past April that the hip stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. I was training to run another 100 but I just couldn’t do it. I started to limp and drag my leg. Running just didn’t work. I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t get the pain under control. My knee on the same leg was really hurting. PT tried to help me but said it looked like I needed a hip replacement. Xray showed large bone spurs and flattening in the joint. 3 different doctors said I needed a hip replacement. So I decided I would do it during the winter.

The pain subsided when I quit trying to be active or walk. But I still had the limp and people asked about it. I wasn’t even aware of it. The fall was spent mostly small hikes dragging the leg and strengthening the legs by mountain biking.

After Christmas I didn’t feel a lot of pain and questioned the whole decision to have the surgery. That is when I found this site and found support in what people wrote. I noticed other people had similar knee pain of the IT band associated with the bad hip. I also noticed others did not have the extreme pain. I decided I would work out for the two months leading up to surgery and see how I felt. I needed to know that this was the right thing to do. I actually ran twice before I came up limping. Then I went to jogging and the limping aggravated my good hip so much I had to stop that. So I x country skied almost daily for the last month before surgery.

My surgery was March 5th. I’m excited for this new phase of my life with a new hip. I’m looking forward to being able to move along mountain trails again. Not that I’ll try another 100 but I enjoy pacing friends at 100’s and trying the shorter runs of 20 to 30 milers.

I really appreciate this site. It gave me encouragement to follow through with my surgery and now onto recovery.