Just checking in to report on my maladies over the last few weeks.
To cut a long story short, I picked up an Achilles injury towards the end of a fairly nondescript run about six weeks ago. Despite it never feeling terrible, it took a full two weeks until I was able to run. Two weeks later and I was back into the swing of things but after a slow 12k run (my longest to date) I had a recurrence of the same ailment.
Recovery this time was a bit quicker although it is still not 100%. My best theory as to what was going on is that the low drop shoes that I got to help with my knee/hip issues back in March were causing undue stress on my Achilles.
A trip to the running shop last Friday resulted in the purchase of a pair of New Balance MRT580s (no photo yet but I will see what I can do when I get home later). They are a bit heavier and feel a bit clunky compared to the Asics but I have run in them twice so far (both fast 8ks) and so far so good.
I have my first official race scheduled for August 16th and am still following (a heavily re-jigged) training program for my HM in October so any further disruption from here would be a major setback (fingers crossed).
My apologies for going AWOL recently but after picking up the first injury Mrs D and I went away for a few days which left me with multiple piles of work to do and I am only now just getting back on track on that front.
I will catch up with all of your stories over the weekend.