I have been more or less on the shelf since lumbering across the finish line at the New Orleans half marathon in a serious ugly 2:20 plus. I finally went into the sports doc to see about the constant clicking and tracking problems with my patella and tibia. He thought it was my left meniscus which has had a very minor tear for 2 1/2 years and sent me for a follow MRI.
Good news, bad news on the MRI. The meniscus is unchanged from 2012 but I have very little cartilage remaining on the inside of my left knee.
So at the moment, I am in a knee brace and doing all kinds of weird but kind of cool exercise physiology. But no impact running other for a 1-2 minutes at a time to see how thing are doing. They want me to stay active with biking, swimming, pool running, walking on trade at 4-5% elevation. No running other than 1-2 minutes at a time to check on form and discomfort. Trying to be stoic about it but man do I hate running in a pool, god awful boring stuff.
Only good side is the exercise physiology is starting to correct a lot of little flaws in posture, gait and foot strike that have crept in over the years. Goal is to stabilize knee, strengthen the surrounding muscles, take stress off the inside joint by improving balance between larger muscle group and gait.
No surgery on the horizon just a lot of tedium in the mean time. Will keep you posted.