I have been running for over 20 years. But now have arthritis in my right knee. I have had two surgeries on the knee in 2007 and last October both for torn meniscus. Since, my surgery in October (in hindsight I wish I never had)I have been barely able to run. I had a cortisone shot in February which has helped some. I am contemplating running the Boston Marathon which I have done for the past 18 years in a row. Last year I ran the race in 3:20 but know I am not sure if I can run under 6 hours. I don't mind running slow but don't want to make my knee any worse. I was thinking of getting the gel injections but not sure if that will help. I am able to walk with no pain but as soon as I start running no matter how slow I go after a couple of miles my knee hurts. I have exercised a lot on the Nautilus machine and elliptical machine but the knee pain always returns when running. I have tried running with a knee brace but that doesn't help. Anyone have experience running with knee arthritis or with gel injections? Any ideas on how I can get back to the joy of running?
Troy, what did they do in this last surgery? Did they remove part of the meniscus? It really sounds like that knee is not ready for prime-time, at the very least. Even if you qualified last year, I would consider not being ready for Boston any time soon. Your recovery protocols need to be revisited by your doctor. While there may be time to requalify for next year's Boston, I would not push this. Arthritis is a big deal and it's painful effects are not easily reversed. Not saying you should never run again, but I would seriously consider retiring from competition on a high note. You already have more to be proud of than the vast majority of athletes will ever accomplish.