The achilles are slowly slowly improving (I think).
I am up to 67pounds on my back while I do the twice daily sets of eccentric heel drop exercises - no question that I am getting stronger. I ran on Thursday and it felt fine, but the Achilles tendons on both sides are still tender to the touch. I am about 5 weeks into a 3month eccentric heel drop strengthening program so am hopeful it will end well.
Oddly enough running is most comfortable/ least discomfort in the achilles if I run barefoot (as I have observed previously). I think it's because it slows me down and forces good form. On Thursday 12/5 I ran in Monrovia's Sawcut Wash, barefoot. Running on this gravel trail felt great to my surprise. Man it certainly improved my outlook to run.
This coming week my pal Al will bring a 35 pound weight in for me to borrow. I have run out of weights for my backpack: 2 x 25 pound arm curl weights plus my diving belt.