Back to my, now long running knee saga. Last night there were two firsts for me; first visit to an orthapaedic doctor; and first doctor who didn't speak English! So a double challenge but at least an opportunity to practice my German (actually not that tough as the German word for knee is errr...knie - pronounced "knee" and all the bits inside are in Latin anyway).
Encouragingly the doc tells me he has has run marathons (plural) - which I find encouraging! So cue some fairly vigorous manipulation of my knee, which, if it doesn't result in identification of a problem will surely create one (mental note: must improve my stretching routine).
Conclusion is that my knee is basically in good condition (for a man of my advancing years) and no problem to keep running. Pain has been caused, in his view, by muscle imbalance and (probably) shortening of the ham strings. Solution? strengthen imbalanced muscles and stretch more! (how much is this going to cost me?) Recommendation: cycling to balance up muscles on inside of thighs (what are they called?).
I suspect the problem has initiated itself through the nature of the running I have been doing this year (lots of hills) and compounded by lots of downhill running (particularly in races) creating high amounts of shock.
So no need for a protracted rest - but I suspect in order to fit in the cycling (as I had already started last week) that running may be confined to four sessions a week - last weeks four sessions amounted to about 38 miles a bit light for a marathon but no choice really.
Longer term, I don't see marathons featuring much (I never like the long runs anyway) and after this October I suspect I will shift down to short races only - and if the cycling goes well then maybe I'll have a tilt at a duathlon (I might even learn to swim! and try a tri).
To be honest though more relieved than anything else.