Sonia Juneja – From 2 Kms to 50 Kms And She Is Not Stopping!

This blog post is written by Sonia Juneja, a runner from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Sonia started taking running seriously with the start of the 2016 edition of 100 Days of Running, and within an year, she has progressed from doing 2 km to running 50 kms. A perfect inspiration for anyone who is just starting with running.

Last season I took up 100 Days of running which was from 29 April- 8th August 2016. Before the start of 100 days, I was not sure about whether I would be able to live up to this challenge as I could barely walk 200 meters. Anyhow I gathered strength and registered myself for 100 days.

At the start of the event I just managed to run 2 kms everyday. Initially I used to go for run and do 2 kms and come back. All participants posted their run data on 100 days website and Facebook. We used to follow all athletes on Strava. This kept us motivated and we tried to push more.

Slowly  friends of 100 days pushed each other to do more and i did 4 kms first time and was so happy. And then this distance increased from 2 km to 4-5-8-10-12-18 km. Be it summer, rainy season or female cycle issues – 100 days kept me motivated to run consistently all days. It was super fun getting connected with all the 100 day participants, following them and getting inspired. Yes this is the key to any beginner, “One needs to stay inspired and motivated during the challenge”.

I did my first Half Marathon (Night) just a month after completion of 100 days challenge. This was the gift to myself and i owe it to 100 days – it is a dream come true. The journey of healthy lifestyle continued from there. Running became a daily routine for me. Inspired by 100 days, I then joined running group -ADR (Amdavad Distance Runners) in our city. We starting enjoying long runs with group.

Between April 2016 sine the start of 2016 edition of 100 days, and April 2017, I have done 5 half marathons, trails Runs, 10K runs, a 6 hours Stadium Run (34 kms), and a 50 Kms SPRR Night Run (Sardar Patel Ring Road- Ahmedabad city). I still don’t believe how I have improved so much, where I could barely run 2Kms and recently did 50Kms in a day.

I have reduced weight by 9 kgs, my hypothyroidism is within range and medicine is reduced. I do not fear distance anymore. I have regained my strength which I lost in past years while juggling the day-to-day chores. 100 Days Of Running converted me from “fat to fit”. I owe this healthy lifestyle to 100 Days Of Running.

I even added cycling to my kitty – have done 60kms once.

I dream to participate in the half Ironman – Chennai  Triathlon event.

I even wish to run full marathon in SCMM in coming season.

Lastly I would like to add – it is very important to run injury free. So message to beginners is – go slow and stay Consistent. Take proper nutrients and do not hesitate to consult or take advice from fellow runners who are experienced in this.

I was been inspired by many, and now I wish to reciprocate. I have taken a challenge on myself to make at least 5 (and more) people ready to run 100 Days and they take it up as a lifestyle ahead. I have already initiated it, in my office and in my community. If I am able to inspire others by this message, I would feel I have run some more 100 days.

Cheers and Happy Running 🙂

2018-04-17T11:13:22+05:30April 14th, 2017|Blog, Inspiring Participant Stories|27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Gopinath April 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    thats a remarkable journey Sonia, I witnessed it since last June in front of my eyes.. Proud of you

    • sonia juneja April 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      thanks Gopi… thanks for motivating me always…

  2. Rajeev mishra April 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Great all the best never stop

    • sonia juneja April 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      thanks 🙂

  3. Harsh Madan April 17, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Ditto for me, am able to relate with it. I also started running in jan 2016 and my transformation happened only after running 100 days continuously, was able to shed around 10 kg in 2016, did around 1300 + kms in 2016 and ran around 7 HM, improved my timing from 2.37 to 1.59 hrs for HM.

    I also owe it all to 100daysofrunning,

    Thanks

    • sonia juneja April 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Commendable…. Hats of to you…
      and indeed we owe it to 100Daysofrunning..

    • Gattu Ramesh Babu May 15, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Same with me, I started in Jan 2016 with Ahmedabad bsafal half marathon, and ran almost all half marathons in Gujarat till now, with SCMM 2017 full marathon, SP ring road 76km, Mt. Abu Hill trail Half marathon, Baroda Ultra trail run, night runs and now converting into a barefoot runner. I got to know about 100 days of running during the period in 2016, which i felt should not miss this season. Thanks to all my co-runners, Gandhinagar runners group and Amdavad barefoot runners group to bring out the potential in us.

  4. Rinku April 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Commendable Running Sonia from a meager 2 km to an ultra distance. Well done ! Keep up your hard work 🙂 Cheers !!

    • sonia juneja April 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      thanks Rinku… 🙂

  5. SUDHIR SHARMA April 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    A truly inspiring story! Proud of you Sonia jii

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks… Sudhir

  6. Biju Kumar Pillai April 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    We proud of you Sonia….
    Sterlite Runners Club

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks Biju Sir

  7. Chetan Sankhala April 18, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Great Sonia..

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chetan

  8. Indira April 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Awesome Sonia, hats off to you, and its so inspiring for me to read this, and I’m sure I can take your path down to success too.

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Yes .. Thank you so much Indira

  9. Shashi April 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Truly motivating,Sonia.
    Have seen you working hard throughout your journey. It requires a very strong mind and determination. Wishing you achieve all your goals successfully!!!!

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Great words Shashi.. thanks so
      Much!!

  10. Harish Nair April 26, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Truly inspiring stuff Sonia! You’re definitely a winner and the consistency has helped! Kudos and keep those miles ticking!!

    • Soni juneja April 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks .. and thanks to ADR as well..

  11. Rajani Sharma April 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Sonia Ji…superbly written, Running definitely gives you some sort of superpower,way to go 🙂

  12. Jignesh Sagar May 4, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Hi sonia I have really inspired by your blog and now decided to do 100 days running with more consciously as now I confident that my dream of running marathon will achieve through this …and I am on right track…Thanks for motivate me and guide me through this blog…I now can dream of ironman run too..
    Out of your initiative of inspiration of 5 people to run 100 days challenge one is done …I will be happy to take guidance for long distance run…in future…Happy Running.

  13. Mihir Bhatt May 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Great going Sonia 🙂

  14. Kamal May 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Truly inspiring Sonia. Keep it up.

  15. Ajit Shirwalkar May 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    You are amazing mam. Keep running, keep inspiring

  16. HARSHAL MHAISALKAR May 7, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Great & INSPIRING journey Sonia!!!

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