Asked 8 years, 2 months 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?

Dale Watchel
Gaithersburg, MD


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