Another week gone ... not too bad. Not perfect but OK.
Everything was fine at the start of the week but in the middle my ankle began to rebel a bit. Not much but enough for me to postpone thoughts of another race for a while. As it happened yesterday's run was entirely pain free but I thought it better to be safe than sorry.
Today was much better and confidence has been restored again.
I think the slight relapse was caused by the shoes I have been wearing for strength training. Wore a different pair today and it was like having new ankles ... absolutely no pain whatsoever.
Running earlier in the morning than usual is also a risk factor for ankle injuries because the achilles tendon remains relatively stiff for a while after waking up. Taking care to warm up properly has been helping with that, and I find it more fun running at that time of day. I've also been doing quite a bit more general flexibility work recently.
Still doing rehab exercises five times a day - eccentric achilles stretches, calf stretches and straight leg hamstring stretches.
Overall, progress is still being made and, as I've said before, I'm not interested in a quick fix. I want a permanent solution.