Hi Melissa - I have a hip injury - broke my hip 28 years ago and became a major surgery as they did not detect the fracture as it was a fracture of an 80 year old and I was 28. It wasn't until I broke the ball of the hip off 4 months later that it was discovered. I also have osteopedia.
I would say about 8 years ago I started running and did 5 and 10 k runs - not many as I would rather just run for myself as exercise then pay to go in a competition but then I stopped - likely because of winter, I will not run as our city is terrible about enforcing sidewalk clearing by-laws. Then about 2 years ago, my hip started to bother me (because of surgery I have a leg length discrepancy - only about 5/8 of an inch but makes a difference) and I will likely have to have a hip replaced - which I have known since the initial break but I am too young yet. I have now taken up running again - but at the Y on an indoor track. Not ideal as running outdoors is much easier on you. I am taking it slow and the most I have done in one run is 1 mile which I could have done more but was bored - part of why I hate running a track.
Should you run? Listen to your body - you will definitely have aches and pains but I think any new runner does. With me, the pain when I run is not in the hip but in the knee - but is still related to the hip injury. Start slow. Run so far then walk so far and slowly increase. The worse thing you can do is go out and do too much too soon.
Also, treadmills are not ideal for running on as they create more of a pounding. Also an alternative would be an elpitical machine or and arc-rider. Both give the motion of running but no impact with the added benefit of the arms also being engaged. I find you don't get the runner's high on them and that is why I am easing back into running but you may find them better for you - Put songs on your Ipod and give them a try. If you are not a member of a gym, maybe the Gazelle would be an alternative - don't buy new as, with any fitness equipment, used are usually in fantastic shape and cheap. The Gazelle is not expensive even new and I find them to be a pretty solid maching - but the one with the hydralics so you can increase your resistance.
I do not have the amount of weight to lose that you state you have to, in fact my weight is in the normal BMI range so our circumstances are different but I do have a husband who is morbidly obese and has trouble walking as his leg pains him. The doctor's advise - lose the weight. He is up to walking just over two miles and day and doing 6 miles on the bike at the gym and losing weight so you don't have to run to lose. Remember, with weight loss, slower is better - its a marathon not a sprint!
Also use the library to research diets for anti-inflamation. I am not a big fan of taking anti-inflamatories and then exercising because something doesn't hurt - I think that is the easiest way to do harm. We read "Why You Are Fat and What To Do About It" by Gary Taubes, The Wheat Belly and a few Paleo books and decided that we would follow this kind of diet. (there is a Paleo Diet Group on Sparks) It is not for everyone and I'm just telling you what we did. We have been on it a month and even over the holiday season we were able to stick to it - I would say 90% of the time. It is not as restrictive as people say. We did not go the organic route everyone who is die hard Paleo will suggest as we could not afford that. One of my favorite books on the topic was Practical Paleo - which I was able to get at the library. Don't buy the books until you know you have one that is right for you and then buy for reference.
Sorry been very long winded - if I can help, let me know. I do feel your pain
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