Got up early to run my old training route in the Verdugos: Park at La Tuna Canyon exit off the 210; slog up Holfstater road (3.3 miles) lugging water to make a water stash; run west to the trailhead out of Burbank (9.5 miles out); turn around and run back to the midpoint for a water stop, then run east to the trailhead out of La Canada (?) turning around at 20.5 miles; run back to the midpoint and down, total 28.5 miles in 5:31; a bit ahead of my nominal 5 miles per hour pace. Last year I did this run in 5:20, but with a variant making it about 0.75 miles longer, so I was faster last year; however I feel fine today after the run and last year I pinged a calf on this run (this was before I had learned about foam rollers).
Today I did a lot of walking on the uphills so as to conserve my achilles and I suppose to convince myself that liberal uphill walking still fits within the 5 mph pace...it does. The achilles have been stable, while not 100%, and I don't want to over do it. I ran in the Skechers GoBionic Trails. These shoes have been my mainstay lately and they are about worn out.