Vivek Salvi’s SCMM – Joy and Lessons

19-01-2016 008SCMM Pre-Race Day, or Expo Day as it is called was an exciting one. Like all my fellow runners, on 16th  Jan I was very anxious and emotional at the Expo for SCMM 2016. I met Nikhil Shah and Priti Arwade, two of the biggest stars of Pune Running at the Expo.

All talk around me was about the next day preparations.

The morning of Sunday, 17th Jan 2016 finally arrived. I began my travel from the hotel on time but was getting late due to heavy traffic. Sunday morning 5am traffic issues can only be encountered in Mumbai especially on SCMM day.

I crossed security at SCMM and reached holding area with hardly any time left for the warm up. The race was flagged off shortly and  soon I was on the Bandra-Worli sea link. A dream come true.

I completed 10km at a steady pace in around 70 minutes. It was nice to see a few familiar faces on the other side of the road, runners doing the full marathon.

A high-five with Prasad Patil really charged me up. I then saw Priti who was a pacer for full marathon. On the way, I also saw celebrity runner Milind Soman.

Just like it was for everyone else, Pedder road was the toughest part of the run. I somehow managed to climb up the road but my pace dropped thereafter.

I was extremely tired but most elated as I completed first SCMM Half Marathon in 2 hours and 29 minutes!

 

I can now reflect upon my SCMM performance and look back with pride. At the same time there are a few lessons that I carry with me –

1)      Book a hotel well in advance

2)      Keep buffer time for warm up

3)      Never run too fast especially on uphills. Conserve energy for later part of run too.

4)      Run in a group instead of running alone so that you can manage the pace.

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I hope to come back to SCMM 2017 and put up an even better performance.

I would like to sign off by acknowledging the enormous contribution by my PUNE RUNNING group which has helped so many of us first timers get into running. Guys, THANK YOU for making me believe that anyone can run, its just a mental hurdle that one needs to overcome.

Vivek Salvi is a running enthusiast from Pune

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