AR - it depends on the cause of your achilles problem (if you have a leg length discrepancy you can get achilles issues on the shorter leg apparently), but I use an osteopath who is very good and if the cause is anything structural he'll sort you out. Andy Jackson of Avenue Osteopaths (Reading based). I can also second Dachs' recommendation of Berkshire Physio (though I am not his injury magnet clubmate ). Incidentally, what do you think triggered your tendinosis?
Dachs - no pressure from here (though it won't stop me pulling your leg about it ); I spent enough years ignoring the same thing so it would be remiss of me to try to talk somebody else into it. Having said that, you don't need to worry about making a decision until much later in the year
JH1 - I'd never manage 18 weeks as one long phase, but if I remember rightly the P&D plans are broken down into phases, each with their own purpose, so though it's purported to be an 18 week plan the marathon specific element is not that long? My basic plan is not dissimilar (approach, not structure) - break it down into phases and just do that phase (knowing what you're looking for from it) and not think about the next until it's time to start it.
LD - I agree regarding OP. I'd be very surprised if he is not found guilty. Poor choice of words (but can't resist ), but his own testimony was akin to shooting himself in the foot, albeit with a gun that miraculously fires itself.......
HR - slacker
Tmoth - try some hot baths (as hot as you can bear), maybe stick a pair of Skins on if you have some, and also lie on the floor with your legs up against the wall for 10-15mins a few times a day. Not all at the same time of course
selbs - I don't see it as impossible. Plenty of us on here have come back stronger after long injury periods (mine started autumn '09 with pneumonia, I was just getting fit again and had my knee accident, which meant I didn't run a marathon from Spring '09 to Autumn '11). Patience is key (hark at me who forgot that a while back!), but you've now got plenty of time to ease it up. Think positive
Wardi - there's never been an issue with entering them; it's getting to the start line that's the bloody problem I'm trusting in organisation and sensibility this time around. I know what's required so I just need to stop self-sabotaging by messing around and do it.
TR - I agree. I've never been keen on a long focus on just the marathon as it has never worked out for me. I just need to get out of the habit, as mentioned to Wardi above, of forgetting the things I know work just to experiment.
First bit of quicker running for me today since Eastleigh. Only a 4m fartlek in the middle of a 10, but good fun. Mixed profile and terrain. All untimed/unmeasured efforts. Hard, but fun