I had the right knee done in 2008 and did run the Paris 20K 9 1/2 weeks later. I pushed the training starting 3 1/2 weeks after the op. Then went up about 1 1/2 miles a week got to just over 7 miles, all on the treadmill so I could stop instantly if I found I had a problem but didn't have any! (Boring though) tapered for a week then ran walked the race. Ity was great to feel I'd got my running back.
The consultant had said I could try, but to stop if I found any problem at all in training or the race. So check with him / her first, but for me it was really worth while. In fact it was so good I had the other knee done just over a year later!
I've since run the Great North run but probably / possibly / maybe won't do any more marathons.....
Apart from the one in an Ironman which is still unfinished business after coming off my bike in the rain during training, cracking my ribs & puncturing a lung with just 12 weeks to go.. gutted. still a half IM was some consolation
Thanks for all that. I had a friend at work who had keyhole surgery which went wrong because he didn't have an MRI first! But although he had a lot of problems at the time he's finally OK now and also said go for it.
Dependant on the MRI result, I think I'll have the op as, although it doesn't hurt it's so frustraiting not being able to walk properly and more so not being able to run.
I booked the Paris 20k the week before this happened and would still like to do it. From what the consultant said and from your info above, I might just make it, though a good time is out of the question. Just got to get a doctors certificate, which she won't give me yet!!
Thanks again for the replies it's given me a bit more confidence, though I realise it's still my decision.
Seen a consultant today who thinks I've a Meniscal Tear in my knee, MRI on friday to confirm. I can walk though the knee aches all the time, and I can't bend my leg back more than 90 degrees. It's starting to affect my achillies and my other knee sometimes hurts now as well.
If it is MT then I'm minded to go for the keyhole surgery. Has anyone any experience of this good or bad? It's been 4 1/2 weeks since I did it, and the consultant said it may get better on it's own, but that would probably be within 6 weeks, so that option has nearly gone.
He says after the op I can start training after 1 month and will be ok after 3 month. If so that'd be great but I am slightly worried it may make things worse. However I don't want to go on as I am.