This was the first time in a while that I've woken up to sub-60 degree temp's and it was a huge help; I didn't have that sluggish feeling that I get in the warm weather which takes a few miles to shake off. Instead, I was running pretty briskly right from the get-go.
I went straight to the GHS track where I decided to test the tendons a little by comfortably pushing the pace for 8 laps. I ended up averaging 6:24 per mile with no achilles problems and I didn't feel wiped out afterwards, all of which are great signs. The total mileage for the morning was 9.1 and the overall average pace was a sharp 7:09.
Hopefully the achilles won't flare up later in the day. In any case, it was a promising start to a shortened marathon training program. Fully committing to the race has had a nice psychological impact. I feel fully engaged in training for the first time in a while and it feels great!