Yesterday I completed 82 miles and 5,385 ft of elevation, hiking the magnificent Ridgeway over three days as I marked XNRG’s awesome Druid’s Challenge (see excellent review Adam in Runderland: The Druid’s Challenge). As I neared the finish, hiking up the 3 mile hill to Barbury Castle guided by my head torch and the light of […]Read More Stepping out of our comfort zone
27th September 2021 The pure joy of running! I have just completed my first run, well walk/run, since my right hip was replaced some fourteen weeks ago and my first run since 13th May, when I slogged out a very slow and uncomfortable 4 miles on the Isle of White. It felt so good to be running, […]Read More Pure joy of running!
12 September 2021 Since my previous post some 8 weeks ago, I have spoken with two other ‘runners’ who have had similar surgery and we unanimously agreed that a positive mental attitude and can-do (will-do) approach to exercise and recovery has been a significant factor in all of our excellent progress (to date). Subjectively, I […]Read More The Power of Positive Mental Attitude. And a puppy!
Life changing The operation to replace my right hip with a ceramic one took place mid-afternoon 15th June and by Thursday 17thduring my morning Hydro session at The London Clinic, I knew that this op was without doubt life changing. Funnily enough, once home during my early morning walks with one crutch (I have stuck to […]Read More 4 weeks post hip replacement-op: life changing
On Tuesday, I will have my right hip replaced and subject to a diligent recovery (not over doing things!) the plan is as follows. Full recovery will take 12 months so this will be a measured journey; Wk0: lots of movement which means not sitting for periods longer than 40 minutes so regular short walks […]Read More Superfit at 50: pre-op benchmark to aid recovery
In readiness for my forthcoming operation to replace my right hip, I visited my consultant to see the results of the MRI and CT scans of the hip and for him to talk through any questions I had.Read More Superfit at 50: realising we’re finite
I wrote back in December 2020 of the benefits I found from running at least one mile a day every day for a year, mostly in the early mornings. Well last Tuesday 4th May, I completed day #500 and stopped my run streak. On the 7th June, I will have a hip replacement and I wanted to […]Read More Superfit at 50: Ending a Runstreak
My last post was about my long-held avoidance of taking pain relief, particularly in helping me to deal with Osteoarthritis in my right hip. Well this week I had an inspiring call with a hip specialist from the NHS to talk me through options and eventually a hip replacement. At the start of the call […]Read More Listen to medical experts and to yourself!
A friend of mine recently asked me how I was getting on with my hip and what was I using for pain relief? If you’re new to this blog, I contracted Lyme’s disease last summer which set-off an auto-immune reaction in my right hip and an x-ray and talk with the doctor revealed that the […]Read More How to handle pain relief?
As I previously wrote Superfit@50: No more ultrarunning for a while an auto-immune reaction with the cartilage in my right hip has put an end to long runs and ultra-running for the time being. However, I remain true to my goal of trying to be Superfit @ 50 and I am using rowing with my […]Read More Superfit @ 50: rowing to maintain strength and endurance