I met with my orthopedic doctor, Dr. Andruss today to get his thumbs-up before I really go at this thing gung-ho. The only concern I've had in my pursuit to run the St. George Marathon is my really crappy knees. When my knees bend, the knee caps are pulled off to the side and rub against the groove which makes them pretty sore. Dr. Andruss said I should be okay as long as I continue to strengthen the muscles around the knee, don't push my training too much, and "avoid him like the plague".
I also have this pesky little bump on my right knee that is about the size of an unshelled almond. I wanted to get that checked out too. This bump didn't show up on the x-rays so he thinks it's just a cartilage growth which can be easily removed if it starts causing hassles. I prefer to avoid any cutting, stitches, blood, or unnecessary whining about pain unless necessary so we'll just keep an eye on things.