It’s almost three months since my hip replacement, so nearly time to get running again. My compromise is that, to gain the extra nine days till the official three month go-ahead I will only run uphill or on soft ground. That way the impact of each stride will be lessened, but the muscle work-out will be high.
When I first started running I used to like running on roads because you get back so much energy through the hard foot-strike. That’s one of the reasons that it can be hard to transition to fells, or even to trails, and why you can end up much more muscular as an off-roader.
Anyhow, the important thing about this inaugural run is that, after over ten years of hampered movement, and at least three of excruciating pain, I ran completely unimpeded. I still tended to protect my right hip, but not through pain, so I could stop the loping sideways just be noticing it.
And now, of course, I’m wondering just how far I can push myself. That’s not to say I’m going to test it to destruction – it’s far too important to be able to walk – but I am going to build on what I’ve got.