Remember I was complaining about a sore foot/ankle after trying the Speed podcast? I went to see my chiropractor yesterday in the hope that she could fix me. She could indeed! She asked if I'd done anything different like running up a steep hill or - get this - changing the length of my stride. I 'fessed up and she proceeded to adjust my big toe (huh???), and then spent a lot of time massaging the very sorest bit of the tendon. It was excruciatingly painful, to the point that I was sweating like a pig and yelping with pain. In an attempt to distract myself I asked what I'd done, and she dismissed it as 'just a bit of tendonitis'. I explained the situation with regard to the 100th run on Wednesday and she said I should be fine, provided I didn't over-extend my stride. She also told me to keep icing it if it was sore.
And guess what? I went for a slow, short run today, and although I can feel it slightly now, didn't have any problems at all during or immediately after the run. Woohoo! I plan to do a short 99th run on Monday, go for the 100th on Wednesday and then take a break if it isn't completely better.
I was dreading being told to stop running for weeks. It's interesting that she could pinpoint my poor technique, and fortunate that I didn't persevere with this in the hope that I would get used to running with a longer stride. I'm still not quite sure how to run faster without lengthening my stride, but I can play around with that over the next month or so. Hooray for good health professionals - God bless 'em all