The Harrison Clinic is proud to present Sally Kent, one of our amazing patients. Here is her inspirational story. Thank you Sally for sharing this with us, it is a pleasure to care for you, we are delighted Simon is doing such a great job.
My name is Sally, I m a member of Bracknell Forest Runners and started to attend The Harrison Clinic when I started entering races regularly.
I have been running regularly for the last 2 years entering a number of 10K races and Half Marathons, starting again after an injury in 2008.
In 2015 I ran The Great North Run, which was my first Half Marathon since I injured myself in 2008. I told Jeremy, the Physio at the time, that I was never going to run a Half Marathon again, I was going to stick to 10K races only. I was having a massage before and after my longer runs and found that this really helped with my recovery.
In 2016 I entered 3 Half Marathons and ended up not running any of them, as I was either injured or sick. I then stuck to my original plan of 10K races only. The Harrison Clinic really helped me in this time with advice on training and recovery, strengthening exercises and stretching.
In 2017 I decided to set myself a challenge, as my running was going really well and I was enjoying being part of a very supportive club. So, I decided I would run 12 races in 12 months, a mixture of Half Marathons, 10Ks and also The Great South Run which is 10 miles.
As my training increased I started to get little niggles here and there so decided that I should increase my trips to The Harrison Clinic for my massage as part of my race preparation and recovery. This is where The Harrison Clinic really helps me, everyone is really nice and there is always someone that can help you with any sort of ache or pain. I now go for a pre-race massage a few days before my race, this helps me to feel relaxed and ready to run with a few days to rest and then book a post- race massage for a couple of days after my race, this helps with the sore muscles after the race and acts a reward for all of the training and hard work that I have put in to be able to complete the race. It also gives me an excuse to show off the bling and talk over the experience.
I now have 2 more races to go to complete my 12 in 12 challenge, The Great South Run (10 miles) and The Muddy Welly (10K), so hopefully , with the help of my lovely if not painful massages I will complete both and be proud of my achievements.
This now brings me to 2018, the challenge has already been set, changing from running to cycling, I am taking on a Women V Cancer Challenge cycle ride in India, cycling from Agra to Jaipur, 250 miles over 5 days. But with the Harrison Clinic available to treat any niggles and sore muscles during my training and after the event, I know I will be in safe hands and they will get me through the challenge ahead.