Asked 6 years ago
Two knee surgeries: should I keep running?
Exposed Bone Patches Cause Concern
I am 50 years old, and have been running for 30 years on paved streets. I run 40 miles a week, usually 6 or 7 miles at 7:00 pace. I compete in 5Ks and 10Ks at about 5:50 pace. I do speed work at this pace eight months out of the year, and usually try to work in a 10- or 12-mile run every few weeks.
In 1997 I had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus in my left knee. After a few months I was back to normal pace and distance. My left knee is fine today, but this week I had the same surgery on my right knee. For the first time, I harbor doubts that I'll be able to continue indefinitely, and would like to know your thoughts on my future running and competing. Will I damage my knees further, and can I expect recurring injuries in a few years?