achilles tendonosis battling a tolerable injury

It’s been almost 2 years now since I started noticing the tightness, the twinge in my Achilles. I had just cranked out a personal best performance at the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational and was now lying on the ground in pure enjoyment, as well as exhaustion. As I stood up to begin my cool down, I felt a certain tightness in my left Achilles tendon, one that was also sharp to the touch. After a couple of minutes of jogging around I thought a better solution would be to see our trainer, rather than aggravate it further. Following a deep massage on my calves, I was feeling slightly better but still had to limp my way to the team bus. This was the beginning of the “the limp.”
This limp would follow me around for the next two years. Waking up in the morning, the first few miles of my run, after sitting down for any period of time, and following workouts and races. I was 21 years old yet would hobble around campus like an 80 year old man, the one you help across the street. Men in canes would look at me wondering if I need assistance. Runners are supposed to have extended lives due to their fitness level but what about hips, knees, Achilles? Are you to enjoy your 90 year lifespan sitting down after 40 because you have abused your body so much?
Back to the injury.
After seeing our medical training staff and finally researching the injury on my own, we concluded that it was Achilles Tendonosis. This is when micro tears occur in the Achilles tendon due to overuse, weakening the area and constraining blood flow. It is a disastrous injury to runners because with most being extremely OCD or already having race commitments, they often feel that rest is not an option. Instead they uncomfortably push through it, day after day, race after race, until it gets to a point where stopping is the only option. Otherwise serious damage will occur, rupturing of the Achilles.
I was one of those OCD runners who insisted on running day after day. After all, it was painful but tolerable. I could struggle through the first couple of miles, limping around, and then it would loosen up and I would be able to finish the run with only a slight twinge. Later that night however, i would be left with an extremely tight Achilles, very sensitive to the touch, and limping dramatically when walking. I always had another season around the corner: cross country to indoor track to outdoor track to summer base training. I felt that if I were to miss anything my performance would be hindered dramatically.