I’ve slowly built up my mileage to 16 miles a week by now. I still have a ways to go before hitting my baseline weekly mileage, which is 25 miles. Every time the achilles starts to hurt, I scale back. However, since getting rid of hill running I’ve had less flare ups. The goal is to get back up to 25 miles/wk by end of June, then I can probably start training again in time for the CIM held in early December. Whether I’m going to try for a BQ or for fun will depend entirely on the achilles.
One of the things I love most about CA is the weather. I remember back in AZ, I never got the chance to sleep past 6am on weekends during the summer months because it would get too hot to run after 7am. Now, I can sleep ’til 10am and still get in a comfortable run.