Hi, This is Durgesh Ghotgalkar and I stay in Pune. It was April mid when all employees of our company received a mail on 100 days running challenge. I went through the mail but did not register immediately as I was not sure if I can take it and follow. I had doctors appointment by end of April for yearly health check up. I had a history of cholesterol. Some 5 years ago when I started yearly checkups, my cholesterol was high and I did not go for any medication at that time.

My life style was lightly active with 1 day riding cycle to office and coming back (around 25 Km one way) and occasional running on weekend. There was no consistency on any exercise. I used to do it for a week and then forget about it with laziness. The effect was obvious, in 4 years from initial checkup, I was put on the medicine for 6 months every year for increased cholesterol. It used to increase when the medicine stopped and reduce with the medicine. So this time I was sure that I don’t want to take the medicine even if cholesterol increased and have alternative solution. As the day of test neared, fearing the medicine I registered for 100 days challenge.

The medical test result was as expected as Triglycerides touching 382, cholestrol 205 and HDL ratio 5.7. Doctor said you need to take the medicine and then my wife came for my rescue and she insisted that I try exercise routine rather than the medicine. We asked for 3 montsh but doctor agreed for 2 months time to reduce it and get a better report.

Now I had no option but to follow routine and best option was to fulfill 100 days challenge. I started on 29th April with very slow run of 3 Km. I could not run for more than 300 metres at a go and had to follow run-walk schedule. Slowly I started increasing the distance and increasing the pace. I was able to biuld stamina slowly in one month. I started enjoying the run. Sometimes my wife and daughter also joined me and it was a family activity. As 100 days run was capturing daily run data, it was like someone watching if you do it or not. This was enough motivation for person like me who is highly inconsistent. The inspiring stories I went through at the start on 100 days running home page kept the tempo going. I have clocked 350+ Km in past 90+ days with longest run of 12 Km.

We did the cholestrol test again on 1st July and results were amazing. Triglycerides reduced to 205, Cholestrol to 185 and HDL ratio of 4.4. All parameters near to expected range. The doctor was also surpirised and I explained the activity done under 100 days running. He allowed me to continue the same and did not suggest any medicine. Now I continued with 100 days challenge and go beyond the same by making it routine to run atleast 2 Km everyday. It has already become a habit and I can’t miss my daily run. I have even found time everyday which was a challenge for me.

I thank 100 days challenge and my wife who kept me motivating to continue with running for better health.