So, what was wrong with my knee? To sum it up - overuse. The swelling and pain was a ruptured Bakers Cyst. The MRI showed that there's still some fluid there and the doctor explained that it will go away on it's own and nothing I can do. The MRI also showed that there is some degeneration of the meniscus - meaning it may or may not tear at some point and that there is really no way of knowing. The clicking in my knees? Good ol' genetics. I love it. Not really. Apparently my knee cap is not exactly where it needs to be and it kind of rotates to the side and rubs - hence the clicking. To help out with that, I need to focus on strengthening my quads and inner quads. Done!
The overuse part comes from my stupidity. I was training for that darn ultra and was determined I was going to do it. Then the plantar fasciitis happened and I was forced to rest. But I could bike, so I biked. A lot. Too much. I broke the rules when increasing mileage and paid for it. Like losing out on over $200 for that race (registration and non-refundable motel room) and then another $50 for Beach to Beacon. Lesson learned.
What does this mean for races for the fall? I've decided that it is best to not do the full marathon at MDI. I could do it. I know I could. But with the lack of training due to these injuries, I don't think it's the smartest thing to jump right into high mileage. I'd rather have many years of running shorter distances rather than wreck myself for one race. But I'm not completely losing out on my registration for MDI. Earlier this week, MDI announced that they were adding in a half marathon. I knew right then and there that the half was a better distance for me. Woohoo!
Really, I don't think I want to do a marathon for a long time. Perhaps I'll wait until I turn 40 and try to BQ. Who knows.
For now, I'm going to focus on getting stronger and enjoy running again.