VLM 2019 Update

Virgin London Marathon 2019


The day before race day...

It’s the final countdown! Less than 24 hours to go... Are you ready?

We are so excited for the 51 SV clients that are running the Virgin London Marathon this year. We have each and every one of you tracked!

And the SV team will be cheering you on with pride at mile 25! Come and give us a high five and get a morale boost for the home stretch.

Good luck, everybody!

Sophie, Annabel Fleur, Nicole and Gabi

Please tag us in your social media posts

Let us support you on race day by tagging us in your social media posts:


You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - and we love sharing posts about our inspirational clients!

Or send us a photo of you in your vest or with your finishers medal, and we can include you in our 2019 hall of fame...

Running Strategies

You should be relaxing at home today, with your kit bag packed, race attire laid out and your rituals all organised. This is a perfect opportunity for you to mentally prepare - to breathe, reflect and relax.

You may run the marathon with your legs, but you also need a prepared mind for the demanding miles ahead. 

Sports scientist, Chenelle Barber, says that runners should identify possible strategies to help cope with different situations which have the potential to arise on race day.

Current research suggests that learning to manage your self-talk is an effective strategy to apply when running for a prolonged distance. Self-talk is the ‘voice’ in your mind and controlling it can help minimise negative thoughts.

Repeating a variation of motivational and spiritual words or quotes will increase your ability to focus on the positive. For example, quotes you could repeat to yourself might include:

"Keep running, I will complete this"
"The harder the run, the better the victory"
"I can do this, I am feeling confident"
"I am trained and prepared, it will pay off"

What's your motivational quote for race day?

A guide to leg, ankle and foot injuries

Nicole, Fleur and Sophie have put together this helpful guide to leg, ankle and foot injuries.

They discuss shin splints, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy and calf strains, and provide exercises you can do to help yourself.
Find out more

London Marathon Update from Sophie

It is with a heavy heart that I have had to officially withdraw from the 2019 London Marathon.

This has not been an easy decision. I have been suffering with significant knee pain during my training. I had ultrasound scans on both knees last week which showed Knee Synovitis, which is an inflammation of the synovial knee joint fluid.

A steroid injection has helped but not to the point where 26.2 miles will be achievable.

Fortunately I have been able to defer my entry to next year and St Clare Hospice have confirmed I can still run for them, so all the fundraising I have done this year will roll over into 2020...

To all our amazing SV clients running on Sunday, I wish you the best of luck. Go and have the time of your life! Soak up the atmosphere! Breathe and smile. Do yourself proud! And I'll see you at mile 25...


A Final Thought...

If you are struggling with any aches, pains or injuries after your London Marathon experience, please do not ignore it.

Get in touch with us or go and see another sports therapist, physiotherapist or health professional who has the skillset to assess, diagnose and treat your pain.
If you would like any help/ advice, please get in contact with us:

07904 116757
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