The trip to Stride was the result of a sharp pain in my Achilles I've had for the past couple weeks that's kept me off the road. I know enough to stay away from impact, but that I need to keep moving. After my trip to Stride, I learned I had a credit at Sports Authority, so bought the weighted vest you see pictured here. The idea is to stay low impact, but push myself with the vest. The reality is I was able to run with a limited stride - short steps.
The call back from Stride told me I needed to revisit the doc to update my prescription. I'm not sure when that'll happen since the travel schedule and working hours limit my ability to do much during daylight. I've learned quite a bit, so the challenge will be to apply what I've learned to keep myself moving and fit without making this Achilles any worse. We have a marathon to run in November, and cannot miss a beat.