Chris, Glad to hear that you are on the way back. My right Achilles was injured about 3 and a half years ago. It took a lot of therapy and eventually shock treatment to get it to start to heal. I was running most of the time but could not train seriously. I started back Jan 1st this year.
Graham, As you know I have run a lot of halves over the years and know the event very well. I am confident I could run a 1:45 right now but I know that if I did that I would be very disappointed in myself. I need to properly prepare with the right focus on stamina. Once I have my speed at the right point I will be ready to do that. It is easy to build up the endurance and strength, it just takes time, but speed takes some hurting and my old body seems to take forever to respond. I just have to be patient. I have run literally 100s of races so just being in a race is not enough. My joy comes in getting my body to do what I want it to do, when I want it to do it.
No Graham report yet?? //edit - Mixed up, it is not Sunday, confused by everyone being off yesterday
ceal, You are starting to put in some longer runs, do you enjoy them?
My over 60 PB for the half is 1:39:20 but after that came my achilles problems. Even though my right heel still bothers me it is no longer a limit to my training so this is the first serious training cycle I have done since. I am confident I can get back there, but I am being very cautious about starting half training, as you know it is my favourite distance, but the training is demanding. My next race is a flat and fast 5k so this will be my benchmark as to how my training is going. As you pointed my stamina and endurance are back but is my speed? I have a 10k and will race a 15k later in the summer. If I have some speed I will enter a half but if not I will focus my training on 5 and 10ks for a while. I suspect that it is going to take a couple of training cycles to get back to where I was despite the weight loss.
Legs are feeling a bit beat up today so a do nothing day for me, apart from watching Spurs win.