Long story short-ish:
18 months ago I had a 'crisis' - after 4 years of increasing pain in my knees [and assuming I was just getting old - I've been running for 35years], I was doing a hill rep session with the club and had to stop with a 'panic attack' on the 3rd downhill. The pain was just too intense.
Cue months of physio, starting with the club physio - then moving on to get mri scan that confirmed tendonopathy. I have now been doing another 8 weeks so far with another physio. I have been on a couple of slow jogs [2M, with the dog] during the last two weeks and felt OK, though my right knee occasionally still flares up.
I'm seeing physio tomorrow but I now have so many exercises to do, I have to get up even earlier than usual as I have to walk the dog too, and then get to work. After work, I'm in to housework etc so am finding it increasingly hard to keep it up - 2x a day every single day, for 20-30 minutes each time.
I am feeling that right now, after 18 months of trying to fix it, it will never be fixed and I should revert to 'take a painkiller and just do 3-5M' and be damned. I don't need to do long distances any more as I have done all the usual races you want to tick off your bucket list, so just need to run to maintain my sanity. I certainly don't need to keep paying money to various experts when there isn't an easy fix. I'm no pro runner and I never was a competitive club runner
...hang on - am I talking myself into giving up?! Or is it worth persisting?