When Mithilesh Kumar from Bangalore starting running in the 2018 edition of 100 Days of Running, he was not even sure if he would finish. But day by day, his confidence grew. Every day he grew stronger. He ran at whatever hours his hectic lifestyle afforded him. 100 days was his transition from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Here is his story.

“100 Days of Running is the playground where Champions are Chiseled”

Summary of my 100 Days Of Running 2018

  • Overall rank: 23/10568
  • State and City Rank: 1 (Karnataka & Bangalore)
  • Total Distance: 2163km (+/- 50km Strava errors)
  • Total time elapsed: 298hrs (this includes break times too)
  • Total runs: 218
  • Single run/activity Day: 60 Days
  • Multiple Activities/ runs Day: 40
  • Runs without GPS links: 7 (Multiple small runs in a day)

What is this challenge all about?

#100DaysOfRunning 2018 edition. 100 Days, 100 Takeaways. Basking on the glory of a life accomplishment, I found the meaning of staying away from comfort zones. I found the answer of why I ran long when my daughters had high fever and my wife was doing my duty. The answer is when they will grow young, they will find something to beat at home. And, take sports seriously.

#100DaysOfRunning – a challenge where courage twinkled through the sea of difficulties and despairs. A challenge where self doubt found many surrogative friendly naysayers. A challenge where a champion got chiseled.

In this mega event, I was living on the cusp of sport evolution where I grew stronger everyday. Every single day, as I ran along, my life – real and imagined flashed passed me.

The  beginning

When I started the journey, I was very skeptical whether I could complete even 20 straight days runs or not. As, my previous longest stretch was 11 days. The initial target was 1000k (+200k bonus mileage). However, I finished strong without any injury or major weight loss. At the start of the event, I was 64kg. Now, I’m 61kg. I wanted to go for (50k*10) in last 10days, but didn’t do that due to personal loss in the family.

Initial 30 days was very tough where I was running 10 to 15 kms on consecutive days and 30kms+ on weekends. To make time for recovery, I was switching workouts between morning and evening alternatively.

Getting into the rhythm

In the second month of the event, I found my rhythm, where kilometers were accruing with ease. After watching guys in the leader-board, I started running multiple times, mostly morning and evening from 45th day. This gave ultra boost to my legs. While morning runs were slow, evening ones were faster.

One of the gratifying achievement of the event was being able to run at any time of the day. I started my runs at 4am, 5am, 6am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm, 8pm and even 11pm on the deserted roads or running nonstop for 12hours. Once, I started my run at 9:26pm and went 8 km on a dark road, found 2km jungle patch and sprinted in fear of unknown and got my PB for 1500m (6:00 min) and finished 27km before 12am.

Given my more time on the roads, I was getting less time for strengthening and stretching. So, adopted the habit of doing whatever little cross training I could do on whenever wherever basis. Like, stretching on office chair while working, stretching in lift when alone, stretching in long queue, stretching on toilet seat, sit-ups in bathroom while geyser was at work, seating on Bajrasana while having food. The exercise innovation went on and on…

I also contributed to environment when I shunned car/ bike and started commuting to office by running/ brisk walking, and saved some ₹3k of fuel money.

The achievements and learnings

Stats apart, the event gave me a complete experience. A event, where I ran in 5 cities of 3 different states. I ran on the road, trails, mud, forests, mountains, beach, countryside and what not. It taught me how to make selfie-genic smile 🙂 . As, non-chubby cheeks demand smile to shine.

I discovered many running routes/ trails/ forests in my locality.

Talking about my food intakes, for carbs, I transitioned to millet and for proteins, I drank 1 kg milk daily. Ate lot of salads, fruits and dry fruits. Being a non-vegetarian in a vegetarian family, getting  non veg or eggs was a rare treat.

Overall, this event gave me great platform to transition to ultrarunning and instill the true value of sportsmanship. Now, time to grow taller and make bigger and indelible marks.

Thank you all for the support and encouragement.


A more humble, patient and with bigger heart

Mithilesh 😊
Website: www.mimiles.in
Instagram: mi.miles.in
PS: top pic shows 10 years transformation. The major transformation happened during HDOR ( the pic was taken during Bangalore 10k, 9th July)