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SCMM

Description: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
Members: 425

ADHM

Description: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Members: 290

TCS World 10K

Description: Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bangalore 2011
Members: 98

Ask the Coach

Description: Ask the Coach
Members: 113

Ask the Doctor

Description: Ask the Doctor
Members: 63

Savio D'Souza is Mumbai's first international marathon winner, who is now a full time coach to long distance athletes as well as sportspersons following other disciplines. Since the inception of the Standard Chartered Mumbai marathon in 2004, Savio has coached scores of runners, inspiring them to graduate from the Dream Run to the Half Marathon and then the Full Marathon.

Savio D'Souza's main objective is to have the opportunity to train people of different backgrounds and sports and help them achieve their optimum fitness levels.

As an Athletics Coach, he has trained several state level athletes for various athletic events. As a private fitness trainer, he has trained a number of international tennis players who have represented the country, like, Harsh Mankad, Manisha Malhotra and Mahesh Bhupathi. He has also trained players in various other faculties like cricket (at the Elf Vengsarkar and Garden Cricket Academy), Badminton and football.

His sports achievements include:

  • Recipient of the "Shiv Chatrapati Award" for excellence in sports in 1984-85
  • Represented India in the Singapore International Marathon in 1984
  • Represented India in the Hong Kong International Marathon in 1985 & 1986
  • National Champion in the Marathon event from 1984 to 1988
  • Winner of the Pune International Marathon from 1984 to 1986

If you have any questions on training for the marathon/half marathon, you can send these to Savio D'Souza.


Disclaimer: The expert views/suggestions/comments by Savio Dsouza are purely of recommendatory in nature. You are advised to consult your physician before adhering to the expert views/suggestions/comments. Procam International, Savio Dsouza, sponsors/partners of the event or any of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Committee persons, officials or volunteers or any persons or entities associated with the event or the directors, employees, agents or representatives of all or any of the aforementioned shall not be held liable for any injury, damage or even death which may occur by virtue of following views/ suggestions/comments expressed herein.


Title / Thread
No Practice
Dear Sir,
I am 16 years old. I am presently studying in std. 10. Due to this reason I have no time to practice. My prelims exams are also going on right now and it ends on the 11th. Will I be able to complete the Dream Run Marathon ?

By, bhavya
Posted On : 04 Jan 2012 ,5:35 PM1 reply
see above answer

Posted On : 10 Jan 2012 ,9:42 PM
Reply by, Coach
No Practice
Dear Sir,
I am 16 years old. I am presently studying in std. 10. Due to this reason I have no time to practice. My prelims exams are also going on right now and it ends on the 11th. Will I be able to complete the Dream Run Marathon ?

By, bhavya
Posted On : 04 Jan 2012 ,5:35 PM1 reply
see above

Posted On : 10 Jan 2012 ,9:41 PM
Reply by, Coach
GU Gel
Sir,
I am participating for half marathon in Mumbai. i have practised 21 km. The timing was 2 hrs 29min. Someone told about GU Gel. So can you advise whether that is required or not. If yes then what should be the usage.

By, Priyank16
Posted On : 02 Jan 2012 ,12:15 PM1 reply
hi priyanka, you should stick to your regular food or energy bars while running. its too late to make any changes now. to use the gel you need to practice very well in advance with it since you can never be sure if your body will adjust to it right away.
regards, savio

Posted On : 10 Jan 2012 ,9:36 PM
Reply by, Coach
Planning of run on race day
Dear Sir,
I have run the half marathon last year, my timing was 2:51:21. Last year while running I have completed 15 km in approx 1hr 30 min but rest part was very hard for me. My calf muscle was paining and also feeling very much exhausted. Please advise me while running in what interval I can run and walk to complete the run in 2hr 30 min.

By, Neet
Posted On : 29 Dec 2011 ,12:33 PM1 reply
by neet, you must have started the race too fast and could ot sustain hte pace. as a result you struggled for the last 5km. this time start the marathon at a more comfortable pace of around 6:45 - 7 mins a kilometer. and run relaxed, you will surely run below 2:30.
regards, savio

Posted On : 01 Jan 2012 ,7:11 PM
Reply by, Coach
Is running 42 kms necessary during practice for marathon race
Thank you for your valuable advice. Accordingly, I shall not run 42 kms in training two weeks before the marathon. I have a doubt to clarify. My longest run in preparation for the marathon was 33 kms three weeks before race day. Is this sufficient or does training require a practice run of 42 kms.

By, Banjo
Posted On : 28 Dec 2011 ,10:32 AM1 reply
hi banjo, dont do more than 30kms now. do a 2hr run around 20-22kms on wednesday the 4th. do another 2hr run on the 7th or 8th this will be your last long run. in between you should do shorter runs. during the last week reduce the distance of your runs to keep fresh.
regards, savio

Posted On : 01 Jan 2012 ,11:30 PM
Reply by, Coach
Marathon under 5 hours
I recently ran Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2 hours 5 minutes. Accordingly, I am training to run the marathon in SCMM under 5 hours. But I find my pace drastically gets reduced after 21 kms. I am planning to run 40 kms two weeks before race day. What should be my race strategy to run marathon under 5 hours.

By, Banjo
Posted On : 23 Dec 2011 ,4:58 PM1 reply
hi banjo,to run 40kms 2 week before the race will be a huge mistake. you will not have enough time to recover to run the 42km on the race day. the maximum you should run 2 weeks ie 31st or 1st is 27km. one week before the race ie the 8th, the maximum you should run is 20-22km this should be your last long run. the main idea is to be fit and fresh for the race day. your strategy for race day should be, the first 21km in 2:17-2:20 minutes and try and maintain the same pace for the rest of the race. you could also try joining the 5hr bus (amit sheth) at least till the 30-35kms mark, then make a move out if you feel strong.
regards, savio

Posted On : 26 Dec 2011 ,11:33 PM
Reply by, Coach
Thank you !
Dear Savio,

I had posted a query on behalf of my friend ( Manish Vora) and subsequently post talking to you he met you in person.
He sincerely wishes to thank you for all your support and advices.
I am sure your advice will work for him as have worked for me in past.

Thanks again.
Regards.

By, Anurag
Posted On : 21 Dec 2011 ,2:18 PM1 reply
hi anurag, you are welcome always happy to help.
regards, savio

Posted On : 26 Dec 2011 ,1:22 AM
Reply by, Coach
Hello Coach
Sir, I live in delhi. Could u please tell from where can I get long run coaching? Also if u can provide the contact details of a good long run coach, that would be very helpful.

Thanks & regards,
Taranpreet Singh

By, Taranpreet
Posted On : 20 Dec 2011 ,9:36 PM1 reply
hi taranpreet, you will have to contact the delhi athletic federation or the nehru stadium or the athletic federation of india.
regards, savio

Posted On : 26 Dec 2011 ,1:27 AM
Reply by, Coach
Basic nutrition needs during the run
Hi Savio,

As a beginner and first time half-marathoner, I have some basic doubts on nutrition before and during the race:
1. How much water and what food exactly is most helpful before the race? Which foods are best to stock up before the race?
I ask this because I have a tendency to urinate if I hydrate too much before the long run. I eat some dry fruits, figs and dried dates and sip on Enerzal before I start. It has helped so far without too many issues but I am looking for expert advice.

2. How do I carry nutrition during the race?
I do not want to run with a waist pouch but what should i fill my pockets with to help. I am unsure how to carry my nutrition during the race. Right now, I run in mile-long laps and keep my stuff at a specific point but the actual race is line with different start and end points. I carry a foil with dates and figs as a trial.

Your suggestions would be most appreciated and help me be a better runner.

Thanks,
Sam

By, Sam
Posted On : 20 Dec 2011 ,12:23 PM1 reply
hi sam, as much as possible you should try to stick to the food you are used to before and after your run. do not make any changes now. you should have at least one glass of water half an hour before your race. you should urinate before going to the starting line. regarding nutrition during the race, water will be available in plenty, if required carry a small banana or a few dates at the most you might eat only one.
all the best, savio

Posted On : 29 Dec 2011 ,10:00 PM
Reply by, Coach
Basic nutrition needs during the run
Hi Savio,

As a beginner and first time half-marathoner, I have some basic doubts on nutrition before and during the race:
1. How much water and what food exactly is most helpful before the race? Which foods are best to stock up before the race?
I ask this because I have a tendency to urinate if I hydrate too much before the long run. I eat some dry fruits, figs and dried dates and sip on Enerzal before I start. It has helped so far without too many issues but I am looking for expert advice.

2. How do I carry nutrition during the race?
I do not want to run with a waist pouch but what should i fill my pockets with to help. I am unsure how to carry my nutrition during the race. Right now, I run in mile-long laps and keep my stuff at a specific point but the actual race is line with different start and end points. I carry a foil with dates and figs as a trial.

Your suggestions would be most appreciated and help me be a better runner.

Thanks,
Sam

By, Sam
Posted On : 20 Dec 2011 ,12:23 PMNo replies
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