@Jeff the Klutz
Jeff: I can do almost everything but run, which remains a pretty slow shuffle, an ugly looking affair. After running 44 marathons, running is a big part of my identity, so I keep trying. Hiking, walking and so on all going pretty well. I don't tend to think about a 2nd tear, just not my nature. I have had about ten years of fairly serious health challenges, including six serious surgeries, so a part of me is in the "just glad to be alive" camp.
I would say that not being able to run again especially since you were a runner (44 is a lot of marathons) would be a big deal. But do you have a feeling that over time you will be able to get back to at least running some 10k's? Of course, like you said, you're in the "just glad to be alive" camp and that probably means that running is not really a priority. I used to be a competitive long distance runner but last 10 years I haven't done much more than 4-5 miles at around 8 min pace. So, if I can't run again, not that big of a deal. I am expecting to be able to cycle again. Hoping. Hey, about the running and "shuffling". If you had to do a quick "sprint", could you do that? You know, in case of emergency.