Today I started my run late in order to enjoy the morning fun with the kids and their Easter baskets. I started out from Millard at 9:30 and ran up the Sunset Trail, then took the Mt Lowe railway through to the Mueller Tunnel, and the Mt Wilson Road up to the summit of Wilson (11.9 miles, 2:32); returning in a total time of 4:22 for 23.9 miles.
I felt OK although the air quality was not so good. Toda's run was 15 minutes faster than I ran on the same course 4 weeks ago. Achilles were OK. The pattern that's developed: Right achilles is a bit tender going up; left achilles is a bit tender going down.
Today I ran in a new-ish pair of Inov-8 Trailroc 255 trail shoes. These I picked up on-line as a clearance item; they have 6mm drop heel-to-toe and my thinking was that this larger drop might mitigate achilles stress. They are good shoes, a bit heavier and taller than I am used to; the 6mm drop posed no problems and I am considering running in these at Leona Divide next week. They are not as comfortable on my feet as Merrell Ascend Gloves and the Skecher GoBionic Trails and I wound up with a blister (rare for me); the stack height is a bit more than I am used to and I did turn an ankle today with no damage sustained.
Last week I found myself speeding up in my short workouts, which felt good, although speed is not a great idea with marginal achilles. Indeed the achilles were a bit sore by the end of the week although I had begun the week pretty much pain-free after the 28 miler I did last Sunday. I chalk that up to some ill-advised 7 minute miles run at lunchtime on the Sawcut Wash Trail.