I still don't know exactly what was wrong with my knee (and, yes, a doctor could have helped me figure that out) but the pain was not constant nor was it always in the same place on my knee. Ironically, my knee seemed to feel best after a run and worst when I would be sitting. Very weird. In early November, I got so frustrated with the pain that I vowed to take a complete week off from running so it could heal once and for all. My plan was to not run for a week but, at the end of that time, I still felt some mild pain so I continued to rest. My patience paid off and, after 15 days of not running, the knee healed. Knock on wood.
I have SLOWLY been adding miles each week which is frustrating as I just want to run. However, I know that although my knee feels fine, I can't take a chance and re-injure it. It wasn't until about two weeks ago that I was able to run more than 2 or 3 miles once or twice a week. Now, I am running 4 times a week and am up to 16 miles a week. Baby steps but no knee pain. I am so happy to be able to run again. I have never not run for that long (obviously or else my knee would have been healed back in August!) and hope never to have to do it again. I hope I can continue to run the bare minimum (about 20 miles a week) to maintain my sanity and fitness and remain injury free until we move. Once we are back in the U.S., I have so many great options for my running routes - paved trails, dirt trails, paved roads, etc. - I won't ever have to run on concrete. I am also playing netball again but have been taking it easy as far as sprinting and jumping and trying to let the middle and high school girls carry the load.
This is where I was at mile 1,200.
1200.0 mi - "15.93 mi to Chester, IL", Jackson County
"Section: 9 Map Name: Murphysboro, 114"
Have a great Wednesday.