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.