The good news is that although I haven't run in 8 full weeks - my heart rate stayed "low" at 132 at 9:45/mile. I'm not really sure that is low or a good sign but at least I wasn't "aerobic" pace! I'll look for the positive.
Secondly, I've started interviewing some coaches. My goal is to race an Ironman again in 2009 and to do so I have several tasks in front of my in 2008 1) get achilles tendinitis situation straitened out 2) improve body composition 3) re-establish workout progress on an Ironman volume type schedule.
I'm honestly not sure I should hire a coach. 1) I have the knowledge I need 2) Money - I haven't been charging market rate for the friends/family I've helped since 2004 and to be honest I have coaching services sticker shock 3) I know my body and the effort it takes to get it in top shape - I'm not sure a third party would push me like I push me unless I tell them what I already know 4) arrogance - my own confidence in myself and my own coaching and some of the coaches I've talked to who don't even want to talk about their methodology without me signing on.
Honestly, running that one measly mile has lightened my mood. The coaching situation will work itself out. I'll talk to Jenny and Elizabeth in the coming days and get their read out (which I value).
Right now, I just need to re-establish myself and press on with the positive energy that running healthy brings. I feel whole again.