Runners inspire other runners, and Kanwarpal Singh, a runner from Delhi NCR, was inspired by the achievements of Harmider (yes, the 100 days guy who never stopped running since 2015 edition) to start his own streak after the 2016 edition, and he continues to run everyday without missing a single day. Kanwar shares his experience.
For me it started with a very casual conversation with one of my colleague, who told me about this challenge. I never knew that it would become a life changing event for me. I was going through the phase where like many others around me, the need to keep fit and healthy was realized and I was continuously looking for challenges to keep myself motivated and going. My fitness goal was (and continues to be) “be balanced” and this challenge sounded just right and balanced – Not too aggressive but at the same time required discipline, commitment and fairly good physical fitness.
I talked to Tanvir (my biggest inspiration in my company) and discussed with him about the challenge. In his usual motivational style, he encouraged me to take up the challenge and I signed up. My only goal at that time was to hit 100 days. This is the promise I made to myself and was very happy to finish this off in style with a number of follow runners at India gate on Aug 6th.
On the day when I finished the 100 days challenge, I had two obvious choices… stop and do other things or just continue. During the 100 day finishers facilitation event, we were introduced to Harminder Singh who started with the challenge in 2015 but never stopped since then (has hit 700 days now). I decided to go for this goal and be called the same way in 2017. I am 15 days away from my target of making it 365 days and I am very excited to hit that milestone and then get going for this year’s challenge, which starts the same day.
The journey of these 350 days has been simply great and as I said was a life changing event for me. It is a habit now and each day I look forward to go out and run for at least 2 Kms. During this year, I did my Airtel half marathon where my running streak helped me clock much better time than last year. Additionally I did 10K Super Sikh Run as well. I would like to highlight two precious things this running challenge has given me
- A lot of new relationships: Wherever I have been in last one year, I have
tried to find running partners and have made a lot of good “running” friends. I have also come to know my friends, co-workers, family members a lot better as all have been my running partners.
- A chance to explore new places and also be innovative: As part of my job I do travel to a lot of places and every time I am booking a hotel, I try to find one near a place
where I can go out and run. As a result I have been to mini forests, parks and trails around my hotels in various countries South Korea, Israel, UK, US, Brazil and of course India. These are the places where I would never go otherwise. And need to be innovative is also related to travel as many times I would reach my destination only after the date change, so I did a jog on the airports to clock the 2 Kms for that day. It is interesting to pretend to be a passenger who is rushing through the airport as he is missing his flight 🙂
I am not breaking records in terms of the distance I run and the time I clock but I am definitely trying to make a mark with the continuous number of days I run and also inspire people around me. I am very happy that this year my wife and a lot of my friends are joining for the 100 days running challenge and add this ‘good habit of fit (trying to be fit) people’ to their lives 🙂