Disappointed, but pragmatic
I saw a GP last week who touched my Achilles and I nearly jumped off the bed. I've known it's been wrong for a while, but I've run through it and running makes it better, temporarily. I discovered yesterday that it's making it worse, long term: tendonopathy.
The physio says I have to take 4-6 weeks off running (and pretty much everything bar seated upper body weights) to stretch, do yoga, stretch, have physio, stretch and undergo a course of acupuncture to break down the steadily accumulating scar tissue. And stretch.
Is anything about to break right now? Probably not, so I'm doing the Oxford City Race on Saturday because that only crops up every couple of years and then that's it. I'm proud of lying third in the Street-O series with five events counting but I suspect that @Schwepps will take that spot from me if he can make it out west. I'll also miss the CompassSport Cup qualifying round which I'm sorry about but I was unlikely to make a significant contribution, and I shouldn't really be walking round the last of the Saturday Series either.
Gutted, but it'll be good to get it fixed. I'm running well at the moment. If all goes to plan I'll be running better in the future.
And (with a nod to @paul_c and @Eoin) it's only 4-6 weeks and doesn't require surgery. Keep the perspective!