Overcoming Fear Of Running – Sonia Juneja

This blog post is written by Sonia Juneja, a runner from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Sonia talks about her fear of running, and how she overcame it by taking small steps.

The only thing standing between me and my dream was FEAR. Two years back when I started brisk walking, I feared I won’t be able to walk and used to sit back after walking some 100 to 500 meters. It used to result in heavy breathing, due to my missing inner strength.

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Sedentary lifestyle, struggling between the personal and professional life, immune system declining due to issues like herpes, urticaria (severe food, environment and drugs allergy), psoriasis, thyroid – was leading me slowly towards depression.  I still pushed each day, while facing the stiffness in body due to hypothyroidism.

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One day I could walk a Km and the next day I had to struggle for the same.. this is how I started with walk and then initiated running intervals of 100, 200 meters… The day I managed running 2Km nonstop, I posted on Facebook to express my happy self 🙂 But this didn’t mean I could run all days!… Still struggled with the lack of initiation, the determination and the fear. Would I be able to run?

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I started dreaming about myself running, followed runners on Facebook, liked running pages by prioritizing  news feed preferences related to running and read them day and night. I had created a bookmark folder name “Run Sonia Run” in my Chrome browser where I bookmark all the important pages related to running and fitness. During office meeting someone got to see it and asked what’s this “Run Sonia Run” to which I smiled and answered it’s a dream folder  🙂 — So this how I nourished my dreams.

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To bring my dreams into action, I participated in first 5K (4th Jan 2015), 7K (15th Feb 2015), 10K (25th Oct 2015 Pinkathon, 3rd Jan 2016(BSafal), 7th Feb 2016(TCS) and 7K (31st Jan 2016) for self-motivation. Ran the latter two 10K runs at a very slow pace (timings: 1:32 and 1:24) but I FINISHED it running nonstop. Got severe pain in my right knee post above runs and was not able to come back for almost 1.5  months.

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Despite the above facts,  my body and mind were still not ready for disciplined run, and I came across 100 Days Of Running challenge. This missing determination, was truly fulfilled by 100 Days Of Running challenge and it was the FEAR shoo-off. I’m now happily running each day for 100 Days – consistently. It has transformed me into a very different personality.

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I once dreamt to run Half Marathon and now gaining strength to achieve one after accepting the 100 Days Of Running challenge. From 100 meters to 100Kms for 100 Days Of Running to running my first ever 21K in my city in Ahmedabad on my birthday 9th Sept ( D2D -21K– 11th Sept). This is THE BIRTHDAY GIFT I want to give to myself.

#100DaysOfRunning  – Turning DREAMS TO ACTION

Cheers and Happy Running!!!

2018-04-17T11:13:22+00:00June 15th, 2016|Blog, Inspiring Participant Stories|17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Preeti Chawla (sister) June 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Keep it up.
    “Jaha chaah vaha raah.’
    ” run Sonia run’

    • sonia June 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      thanks di

    • sachin thakar July 1, 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

      great going sonia…

  2. Umang June 16, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Absolutely inspiring Sonia….I can see your determination of Running from Daily update on Strava….i can observe this as i follow very less people and less people follow me…..Many a Times you Run that extra 100 Mtr to 200 Mtr Sprint to prove your self….Even that extra Km you Run from 2kms to 3 kms and some times 4kms….every extra meter you Run Shows your determinatio to Run 21k….I can understand this as I am also Beginer and too looking forward to Run 21k on 11th Sept in Abad and 25th Sept in Surat….I agree that #100daysofRunning has given us platform to be Runner..

    I wish you all the very best and looking forward to see you at Finish line of 21k on 11th Sept’16….

    RUN SONIA RUN….Best Wishes

    • sonia June 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much!! Umang
      All the very best to you as well. We would surely touch the 21K Finish line on 11 th sept.

  3. Rashmi June 16, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    And you shall Sonia.. give yourself a lovely birthday present this year and remember it forever. There is still work to do – remain determined, train sensibly, eat and rest well – and you will sure be there – at the finish line of your 21km run… Good Luck!!

    • sonia June 17, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rashmi. You are always an inspiration to me. Would need your guidance to achieve this goal.

  4. Trilok Chand June 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Very inspiring story for new runners. Respect to your determination and self-motivation…wish you good luck for your first HM.

    • sonia June 19, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Thanks very much Trilok..

  5. Moutani Goswami June 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Sonia…Since you want to do it….so you will do it……..Excellent determination inspite so many ailments …..Wishing you all the very for your 100 days of running …I am following you on Strava…..You gonna enjoy your first Half Marathon ….and than many marathons…

  6. Shashikant July 22, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

    WOW super self-motivational Sonia Keep running stay healthy

  7. Manish Dhiman July 28, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Sonia your running story is very inspiring for new runners. Respect your determination and hard work…. I wish you the very best of Luck and looking forward to see your post soon after you Finish your 21KM….. I am sure you will do it soon…..

  8. Mehul March 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Divyabhaskar writes you have cured your thyroid problem by Running. Is it true? Were you on medicine earlier & do not need medicine now?

    Also, Can you share bookmark links from your “Run Sonia Run” folder?

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Hi.. my dosage is reduced .. bcos the reports r within the range past 9 mths ( every 3 mths report).

      The links r mostly from Runningworld.com, popsugar, youtube links on running

  9. Hamsa April 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Knowing you personally it’s not surprising….u were always a go getter and never gave up…the above blog is truly inspiring… great job!! And good motivation for rest:)

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hamsa.. You wld b the next to post blog on 100Daysof running..
      Happy Running!!

  10. Dhairya September 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Very nice Sonia. It is really inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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