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Milagros Lockhart

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have been very impressed with your tenacity but I didn't really know the true history behind it all.
Anything is possible through Christ, and you have proven this to all of us!

I personally have also found a new passion in my life after the birth of our daughter. For years, my wonderful and supportive husband tried to get me to run with him and I never would joined him. Truthfully, I never thought I could do it. I always felt somewhat inferior to active people. Until one day I've had enough. I needed to loose 60 pounds of baby weight, and decided to stop feeling sorry for myself.
So, I ran on my street .25 of a mile at a time. I walked a little, ran a little until I was able to run a whole half mile! Then another half, and then a whole mile! That day I knew I could do it, and one mile after another one added up to my first 5K and then a 10K, and a HM, and my 1st 26.2 after 3 years of giving birth to our daughter! The funny thing about it is, my husband always knew I could do it, but he waited patiently all these years until I realized how powerful the body, mind, and spirit are.
And now as we grow in our faith, the love of Christ, and fellowship of our Christian Milers group, I know anything is possible!
I have made it a personal goal to inspire as many people as I can to be healthy, and take care of the wonderful gift God has given us through our bodies.
Thank you again for sharing! I would like for others to share their stories as well!

Happy Running! :)

Bruce Downs

Thanks Milagros. Running teaches us to overcome our preconceived physical/mental personal limitations which transfer over to our walk with Jesus and what we can and cannot do for him. As Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Diarmuid Brannick

Hey Bruce,
I am planning on bi-lateral THR, and am wondering what your gait pattern, i.e. your walking was like after surgery??? Was it much different than before??

Winnie K

Hi Bruce,

I had a hip injury (luckily not requiring surgery), an a knee surgery. It had been hard to overcome both, and I do Pilates to train my walking motions for almost 10 months, but I still have hip and knee pain after walking 1 mile.

I was hoping to walk a 7K in October (6 weeks from now), but I don't think I have enough time to overcome the injuries properly. While the 7K was a good concrete goal, it is not the right time for me. However, I am having a hard time setting proper concrete goals to get to the 7 K. Do you have any good suggestions?




Hi Winnie,

I’m sorry to hear about your injury. I want to start off by saying I’m not a doctor, I’m just someone that wanted to be able to live the lifestyle that I was accustom to. To do this I give full credit to riding a stationary bike which made a huge difference for my knee and my hips benefited from the non-reactionary type of exercise.

This is what I did. I rode the bike Monday – Friday 2 times a day and sometimes on Saturdays. I would adjust the resistance level on the bike so I could maintained the RMP’s above 98. This will take time, so don’t be in a hurry. Keep a daily log of every workout, including time, distance, and level – Use this to motivate you. Where I work out there are 8-10 recumbent bikes and 5 upright bikes. Use both – Week one; Mon, Wed, Friday use upright. Tues & Thurs use the recumbent bike (these bikes uses or attacks different muscles in your legs and most importantly the quads that helps line and support your knees. Second week (rotate bikes) Mon, Wed, Friday use recumbent bike. Tues & Thurs use the upright bike. Rotate each week. One goal I set was to not let anyone out do me while on the bike – I wanted it to be oblivious to everyone that I was working the hardest on the bikes at all times.

Did I experience some pain? Heck yeah, but I believe I know the difference between different types of pain. I was sore and I limped a little more for a while, maybe a month or two, but the pain I was experiencing was not making my injuries worst I was experiencing muscle soreness because I was making them WORK!

Over time I was feeling much stronger and my endurance level was excellent, so I decided to give running a try and have not looked back since. I’ve run a little over 75 miles in the last three weeks (604.63 miles for the year) and training to run the Space Coast Marathon in November. A little disclaimer, I’m much slower (~3 minutes a mile) then when I ran my last marathon 15 years ago. I do walk with a limp and I run with that same limp, but I’m pain free!

I wish you the best of luck and please keep me posted on how you are doing on the website. Just curious, how did you find my story?


Running teaches us to overcome preconceived physical personal limitations which transfer over to our walk with Jesus and what we can do for him. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”


Hi Diarmuid,

First I want to say I’m sorry you are in this position to be planning on this surgery, but you have advantage that I did not have – the internet for research. I went many years walking with a limp and constant discomfort, but it never stopped me from running or playing basketball even if I did not have the flexibility to put on my own socks the next morning. My thought process was I would much rather put up with this discomfort and sometimes pain to do things I loved -- my fear was that I would have to give it all up once I had surgery and I was in my early 30’s.

Today, 12-years post bilateral hip replacement, I still limp but nearly as bad as pre-op – I often say that limp because of habit NOT pain. When I concentrate on my gait I have little to no limp. When I run I have much less limp because I concentrate on my stride.

My advice is to work every day with your flexibility pre and post op and you will do great. Ride a bike as much as possible to strengthen your legs. Listen to your body and when it tells you to slow down, slow down. You will learn to tell the difference between soreness and joint pain.

This weekend, Saturday, I ran 15 miles in 2:46 (11:06 min pace) for my training for the Space Coast marathon, 11/28. This will be my first marathon in 15 years – yes I’m much slower compared to my last marathon (8:26 pace) but I’m not just running -- I’m ENJOYING running.

Best of luck and keep me up-to-date with your progress,


Winnie K

Hi Bruce,

Thank you for your reply.

Also, thank you for the scripture. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” This is the question I asked during prayer time last night.

I did more research last night on the Internet, and realized there is more involved than I realized.

So my current plan:
I need to work on my gait, and strengthening my core and legs. Bike is a good idea. I will try that. And I will increase my distance 10%-20% increments each week. That will take me to the end of the year.


DePuy recall Ireland

I need to have a hip replacement surgery as my doc said to me. How should i confirm that it is not one of faulty implants as there were from DePuy where harmful metals particles could get dispersed in your body?

DePuy Compensation

The recent recall of DePuy ASR hip replacement systems has left many people concerned and wondering what to do about compensation.

Hip Injury

A hip injury compensation claim can arise from a variety of reasons. You could injure your hip in a road traffic accident, slip and fall on an uneven road surface or be the victim of a negligent product such as in the recent DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement technique recall. In all of these cases, where it can be proven that someone with an obligation of care had acted negligently, you are entitled to make a hip injury compensation claim.

DePuy Asr Recall

A very inspiring story. I like the way you incorporated your sport with your religion. As athletic as I am, I play soccer, I never had an interest in running, although I am not belittling those who are into it. For me, it takes will to run especially long distance runs or marathons and honestly, I can't motivate myself enough to do it. Whenever people asks me to run, I would say I'd rather play soccer all day long because I would have a purpose in doing it and that is running after the ball and scoring a goal. However, reading your story, I somehow now get the point. Your words "I believe that running teaches us to overcome preconceived physical personal limitations which transfer over to our walk with Jesus and what we can and cannot do for him. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”" got through me and somehow I finally understand why some people go into it. A close friend, who recently got into running, once said pretty much the same. She was never athletic in our younger days and we sometimes tease her that she's a late bloomer because most of us are over our athletic days and she's just beginning. Now, I fully understand her. Another thing amazing is how you are able to do this after your hip replacement surgeries. Perhaps you are so blessed that you were spared in being victimized by the DePuy ASR recall.

DePuy Hip Replacement

Congratulations for being able to surpass the running activity despite your hip replacement surgery. Be informed that DePuy hip replacement recall has already been processed by Johnson and Johnson. Other defective products should be recalled as well to stop the recurring health risks they may cause.

Lawyers for hip implant

Hi Bruce,
Your story is something worth sharing with everybody. It is amazing how much willpower you had and how you managed to overcome such a major change in your life. Running a marathon is not something most people can say they did, let alone doing it after a total hip replacement surgery. My mother had hip replacement surgery and I must say that recovery it is a total pain for her, especially PT. I will show her your story to keep her motivated. Maybe when she'll see that even running a marathon after a hip replacement is possible, she'll stay strong and finally realize that after recovery she will be able to live a full live.

Todd Penberthy

Dear Bruce,

Thank you so much for your invaluable testimony. I am deciding on whether or not to get a left hip replacement. I am 45 years of age and otherwise in perfect health as far as I can tell. My injury mostly stems from my passion for movement only for me it involves playing soccer.

Your is Just such a fantastic story !
I super appreciate your sharing it !!

Best Wishes,

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