I wanted to give an update. Today, 13 months after my hip resurfacing surgery with the world renown Dr. Su in New York City, I successfully competed ay my first track meet, finishing 2nd in the 50 meter dash in 50-54 age group at the Connecticut Masters Games. I had entered the 50, the 100, and the 200, only ran the 50. My goal was to just take each race as it came and see how my body was holding up.
My recovery from surgery had gone famously well. I eased into jogging last summer, and then over the winter, I did the P90X program while continue to do some jogging. I continually used Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) to break up all the scar tissue from the surgery and get my range of motion back. Everything was great until about a month ago after I'd had a couple of really good track workouts, I strained my back lifting weights. Like many of us idiots, I just
kept training through it and overdid it and really hurt myself. So, I took 10 days off, got a lot of A.R.T and just as I was turning the corner over the back strain, I sneezed. It was catastrophic. I actually could barely walk and my wife took me to the Dr. on crutches. This was two weeks ago!
Anyway, my back actually cleared up quickly (more ART) but even so, it was 50/50 whether I'd be able to compete today. I had a quality workout on Wednesday and got some work in with the blocks, so I figured what the heck, I'll give it a shot.
As we're lining up before my heat, my contact lens got all blurry. Fine, I thought, I only need one eye to run 50 meters for a straight line anyway. Then after a practice start, my back hurt! I knew I could run through it, but it pissed me off. About halfway through the race, I became aware of some tightness in the operated hip, which did not surprise me. Finally, about 5 meters before the finish, my left hammy seized up. Thankfully it was only a 50 meter race and I gave it all I had for those final 5 meters.
I wasn't sure how many in my age group had run the 50, so I was really really happy to hear my name over the PA as winning the Silver. Overjoyed actually. 7.51. Ironically (coincidentally, ominously?), it was my left (non-operated side) hammy that I pulled at the National Indoors in '10.
My hip is great. It's just the rest of my body that is falling apart. But P90X gave me a lot of confidence and if I can just get this hammy better I hope to race again soon.
From a big picture standpoint, I hope that this will shed a bright light on the benefits of hip resurfacing and how it can help older athletes with hip arthritis return to do the things that they love. A lot of doctors don't like it and will tell you that your only option is a total hip replacement and that you will never be able to run again. I call BS. Do your own research. If you love to run and you have hip arthritis, a hip resurfacing is a viable option; you do not need to get a total hip replacement. Just make sure you get an experienced surgeon. I had to travel to NYC. There are a few doctors in Boston who will perform this surgery but I was not comfortable with them, especially after other orthopedists in their hospitals warned me against hip resurfacing and told me I would never run again. Anyone can email me directly if you want more information about that.