Thanks for giving me this platform first to run & second to convey my thoughts. Here it goes – Long email alert or post 😁

1. For a beginner like me who hated running since childhood because I was someone who used to be studious & would bunk a PT period to complete homework over running or playing on the field. This event gave me a platform to put on my shoes, get out of the door & run.

2. I have been a caregiver to my mom who battled fiercely with a terminal illness for an year. She passed away in the month of November 2016. This event acted as a therapeutic & healing to me & for my soul grieving for my mom who was my soul mate, my best friend , my sister & much more than anyone was & would be important to me and someone who I can offer my love to. This is one step towards healing, to celebrate & honour the gift of life given to me by my precious & beloved mom & last but not the least, for myself because our body is something that is going to stay with us till our last breath & in service to our loved ones & mankind.

3. I weighed 70 kg then & still weigh the same but scale can’t differentiate between muscle, fat or water retention. I weigh almost everyday but don’t get discouraged by it as I feel wonderful leaning & fitting in clothes with de-tan glowing face. Blush Blush.

4. Running has toned my legs & I have gained a lot of confidence & to be comfortable in my own skin making me feel sexier than ever. Credits to the compliments increased multifold. Everybody has been appreciating my confident & bold gait. Wink Wink..

5. Running not only boosted my physical staminaΒ but helped me de-stress from work, relationships , break ups & sting of ” Log kya kahenge”. Yes, I can’t shy away from confessing my love for…… Running. Damn it .. <3

6. Dec 15 2016 – I participated in an event “Run for Fitness” organized by Voice of Youth at Infosys, Chandigarh. I am in blue and white striped cardigan in the enclosed pic . Fortunately, I was captured in the frame as the race just began. I got completely exhausted within 5 mins but I didn’t give up & completed the rest of the race walking. This run gave me some serious fitness goals. πŸ˜›

My takeaway was : I don’t need to compete with others. Everyday, I need to make an effort & strive to make myself better than I was yesterday – to be more loving, polite , kind, focussed , stronger & happier. Other people are on their paths & I need to stick on to mine. I should be able to look into the mirror everyday & say – That’s my competition. But then I again got lost in the noise of the world & fitness goals were forgotten. Here is my journey ..personal diary unfolded.. towards the test of endurance and commitment for 100days of Running.

April 28 2016 – We received an email to participate in the event “100 days of running” . Immediately, I pinged a few of my friends but none of them were interested as most of them are married & need to attend to other important obligations at home. Without another thought, I applied & nominated to participate. I believe that it was also the last date to participate.

Apr 29, 2016 Day 1 – 1mile in 12:57
An important date in my life to remember when I began running.
Coming out my comfort zone & accepting the challenge to run 2k everyday without a miss for the next 100 days starting today to beat myself that says I can’t.A beginner.. Yes. Better late than never. Let us live & die exhausted … not in boredom or fear.

Day 2 Not bad πŸ‘‰3 k in 23 mins

Day 3 I remember how tough it was to make it to 2k huffing and puffing.

Day 4 Personal milestone – 1 mile in 11.22 minutes. It’s a Fact πŸ‘‰”High” fitness women ran the mile in 9 minutes or less; β€œmoderate” fitness women ran it in 10 minutes and 30 seconds or less and β€œlow” fitness women needed 12 minutes or more to complete the mile. Run for Life states that a 10-minute mile rate is good for beginners; the goal is to complete 3 miles in 30 minutes. Keep running..Oscillating between a low & moderate fitness woman πŸ‘©

Day 5 Another day huffing and puffing looking at the Endomondo app reading if it’s read 2 k or not.

Day 6 Keep pushing yourself out of the bed even if you had a bad sleep last night 😁😁 Treat your body like gold πŸ‘‰ Train your mind, body will follow πŸ˜‡πŸ™

Day 7 Personal milestone 1KM – 06:52 πŸ˜ŽπŸƒ πŸƒ If sun can make a comeback every morning , so can we, in our best version of ourselves everyday (SummerLady πŸ˜ŽβŒ›)

Day 8 ✌ Studies reveal walking with confidence repels the potential attackers. The cowards who attack look for ‘victims’. They ignore strong & confident people who look like they’ll put up a fight. So stand tall & walk with confidence. The big question here is how can we improve our gait? Defeat sleep on a weekend & run πŸ‘‰You will thank yourself for the favour later.βŒ›πŸƒ

Day 9 Ohdi Raza Je Hove, Ta pani ucheya wal vi wagde ne, Meri Mehnat Jaari Hai, Teri Rehmat Saari Hai. πŸ˜‡πŸ™ πŸƒmeaning everything happens with God’s grace , so keep working hard.

Day 10 It is said “Good words, good thoughts & good deeds is a simple sure fire πŸ”₯ method of spirituality.” Gurbaani says”Kabeer manas janam dulambh hai, hoye na baarai baar. Jeo ban fal pake bhuay gire, bahur na lage daar”
Kabeer, it is so difficult to obtain this human body; it does not just come over and over again.It is like the ripe fruit on the tree; when it falls to the ground, it cannot be re-attached to the branch.

The human life is so precious and if we waste this away, we will not be able to meet with Waheguru Ji and the soul is reincarnated into other life forms.
Let us honor Life by treating our body in the best possible way first followed by cleansing of our thoughts & ultimately with good deeds. πŸ˜‡πŸ™

Day 11 It is said “No pain, no gain”
Exactly my situation – sore muscles.According to surveys, muscle soreness is one of the major reasons non-runners don’t run. 😐

Day 12 Cure to treat sore muscles after running πŸ‘‰ By hydrating within the first 10-15 minutes after stopping. ✌

Day 13 A tip for women πŸ‘‰
The red flush you get after running is beyond comparison to any blushers in the market across the globe. πŸƒπŸƒ 😎 πŸ˜‰ 😊
Day 14 Personal milestone 1Mile – 11 mins . Started Day 1 with huffing & puffing & with a little practice, now could manage with little effort and with unlabored breathing ✌ Hydration is very important looking at the forecast to be high as 40 degrees today β˜€

Days 15,16 & 17 were regular with 2k but really tough.

Day 18 πŸƒπŸƒTip πŸ‘‰ Studies reveal that running first thing in the morning creates a “runners’ high” that lasts all day. It releases neurotransmitters in the brain that cause a feeling of increased energy and mood. ✌ Also, πŸ‘‰Listening to music while running can add to feelings of well-being and motivate us to work out harder. ✌ Also, I have been feeling little dizzy today.

Day 19 Studies reveal that if we run as much as our mouths , we would be in good shape. βŒ›πŸ˜

Day 20 Need to be hospitalized due to dehydration as a result of loss of electrolytes along with high BP since I was just consuming plain water throughout the day. It could have also been due to over exertion especially because of low energy levels during the onset of a normal monthly cycle. Doctors advised to have lime water, lassi or ORS to maintain electrolytes. The best is after i got discharged, I used the dormitory for the veru first time in my career of 6.5 years with Infosys.I am really thankful for a friend who was besides me when I was feeling low & later to my maternal aunt & cousins who made it to look after me for the coming weekend.

Day 21 Tips to prevent lightheadedness due to dehydration πŸ‘‰
1. Drink fluids throughout the day to prevent dehydration, and drink small amounts of water or sports drink during exercise.
2. Use sports drinks with 6 to 8 percent carbohydrate to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes, especially if you exercise intensely or for prolonged periods.
3. Try taking vitamin B12 and folate supplements to prevent anemia-related low-blood pressure. β™₯πŸƒ πŸ™πŸ˜‡

Day 22 πŸƒ ✌ With the prayer , I bounced back again “O Power of Akaal, give me this boon .May I never ever shirk from doing good deeds. That I shall not fear when I go into combat. And with determination I will be victorious.”πŸ™

Day 23 Another regular 2k run

Day 24πŸƒ Baba Nanak ape mukaam te pahuncha denge πŸ˜‡πŸ™ I need to keep running, God will lead me to reach the finish line.

Day 25 πŸƒ ✌ Simple living & high thinking should be our agenda. Refrain from jealousy & we should lead by example (with reference to running here)
“Mann nivan paaniyan de vaang chalda,
Par mat sada rakhidi uchi e.
Aiven sadi da ni vekh ke tarakiyan,
Harek bhaag apne hi khanda ae.”
Day 26 πŸƒ ✌ Bahut Hi Karma vale ne oh jinha nu eh swaas mile. Let us make each breath of our lives worthwhile – Treat your body & mind like gold & radiate positive vibes in the name of Divine “The One” – Call Him Waheguruji, Ram, Allah, Jesus, Mom / Dad…….. πŸ˜‡πŸ™
“Raat gawai soye ke, diwas gawaya khaye,
Hira janam anmol tha kodi badle jaye.”

β€œWhole of your life you spoilt and wasted your time by sleeping and eating only, but remember god has given you this birth to achieve heights, but you have made your life worthless”

Days 27 & 28 Regular easy 2 k runs

Day 29 πŸƒ ✌ Joy of running in the evening – Revitalizing & Comfortable in the breeze.Hawa vich uddi fira me, Menu Pyaar udanda Tera, Waheguruji πŸ˜‡πŸ™

Day 30 πŸƒβœŒTwo important things we need in life to do anything
1. Motivation πŸ‘‰It is said that action is the antidote to a lack of motivation. I wasn’t very motivated to run since school days. In Jan 2017, I performed really bad in an event at office, #100daysofrunning gave me an opportunity to defeat my fear πŸ‘‰ “Running is not for me”.

2. Commitment πŸ‘‰ It is said that the irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating β€” in work, in play, in love. The act frees us from the tyranny of our internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around like rational hesitation. To commit is to remove our head as the barrier to our life.

Waheguruji, Meri mehnat jaari hai, Teri rehmat saari hai. πŸ˜‡πŸ™

Days 31 & 32 Easy 2k runs just to be in the competition.

Day 33 Almost 1/3 f our journey ✌
Some days like this one seems tough & looks impossible when it starts raining. With a leap of faith, I still thought of trying & found that it was God’s plan for me to experience the nature’s spell as My Mom Dad sending love from Up above the world so high. Thank You, I see them embracing me via Nature & people around me.

The key here is to conquer our mind that will conquer our fear and then we will see His grace everywhere.πŸ™πŸ˜‡

Day 34 πŸƒ ✌ Summer vacations begin for children on June 1. Wish we could turn back time to those childhood days & live those school summer vacations once again. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚

Day 35 Another 2k run on the endomondo app.

Day 36 Busy schedule after work – I have to cook, run & watch a cricket match. By the time I finished running , SL lost 4 wickets. Interesting πŸ‘‰Cheering for SA😎✌ #CT17 #SAvSL #ChampionsTrophy

Day 37 Runner’s High or the Joy Of Running πŸƒ ✌ πŸ˜‹ Running is more than aches & pains πŸ˜‰

Day 38 & 39 Regular running with sore legs. There’s no stopping.

Day 40 No pain in legs seriously …no huffing puffing…More than a competition over my fears, it has now become my comfort zone. In fact, perfect way to channelize my adrenaline rush πŸƒ ✌

Loki kehende “40 din simran ya nitnem karoge , tan Rabb dil di sari ichava puri krda.Me kehendi har roz, har jagah simran karo. Kuch managan lyi nai, shukar karan lyi”

It is believed that one who meditates on the name of God regularly for 40 days gets all his desires fulfilled. But I would say that God dwells in each one of us & he knows better what is good for us. Keep up the faith & meditate daily without any desires but just to be grateful for all His blessings.

Day 41 Another 2k completed.

Day 42 πŸƒ ✌ Can’t think of anything rejuvenating than running on a full moon Friday night.
That’s the secret of my Sang diyan laalian glorious gallan ( Blushing cheeks ) πŸ˜‹ 😎 πŸ˜‰

Day 43 ✌ πŸƒKudos to me for completing 1 mile in 10m.

Day 44 Yayy.. No quitting.. I am still in the game with an easy 2k.

Day 45 Sore legs said “Quit”
Mind said “Let’s try. If not, you can atleast fake as if it’s the 100th day”

Mind won over pain – managed to complete 1 mile in 9 mins comfortably. Pain relieved as an end result.✌ πŸƒ Virat Kohli

Days 46 , 47, 48 & 49 were another busy days with a regular easy running of 2k & recording on the endomonda app during another but happier monthly cycle with no cramps, no moodiness or no low energy levels. I am so high with running πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Ž

Day 50 Halfway there today, and can’t wait to get through the other half. Waheguruji di rehmat saari ae.
It is important to say Ardaas or Prayer during all times (when we start something, in the middle of something & on completion) as nothing is possible if His grace is not there. Gurbaani says
“Aad pooran madh pooran ant pooran parmaysureh.” meaning In the beginning, He was pervading; in the middle, He is pervading; in the end, He will be pervading. He is the Transcendent Lord.πŸ˜‡πŸ™ <3

Days 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 & 57

Day 58 It was supposed to be my first marathon today & like all first timers, I did my homework & had certain expectations in mind.
1. Goal was to “defeat the distance” ( reaching the finish line ) if not time.
2. It is believed that “There are no bad runs… Just stories about Marathon .” I was just curious about the day.
3. “Believe yourself and don’t give up till you reach the finish line.” The reason I wanted to participate since I am strongly in favour of this.
4. “Easy runs are meant to run slow & easy.” I assumed it to be an easy run & an advantage of falling in women category.
5. The experts say – ” You are not the first person to take on a marathon & you won’t be the last.”
Last but not the least,” the first step is always the hardest ” as we are always ready with xyz excuses for every damn thing out of our comfort zone.The way we talk about our success & journey ..we should also talk about our setbacks in life. I reached the spot late by 5 mins & couldn’t participate. Hell, here goes my story about my first marathon – The first important lesson is about discipline & to value time like πŸ’΅ …to reach the spot on time as per the schedule. Hoping for another chance, day & finish line but yes, I am still in the league for 100daysofrunning πŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸƒ ✌ Have a terrific Sunday 😁

Day 59 It’s the grace of God that I have been able to manage till here. Waheguruji di kirpa sadka warna nimaane di ki aukat. Jo ho reha, Sab raza Maalik di. πŸƒ ✌

Day 60 & 40 more to go πŸƒ We may cancel running plans in the evening if we are working late, or have sudden plans to watch a movie, or housework ,cooking or just too tired. It is better to run before work & we will not have any excuses and we’ll still have time after work for daily chores. πŸƒ ✌ It is believed that running in the morning wakes you up better than a cup of coffee 🍡 or an apple 🍎 πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‹

Day 61 Seems 2k easy to me so completed 3.8 k today. Yayyy.

Day 62 Now maintaining 3+ k distance became my goal because I wanted to push furtherπŸƒ ✌

It is believed running everyday in the same way works out the same muscles hence putting us in our comfort zones with no results. πŸ‘‰Here’s a tip..Let us challenge ourselves in new ways by varying steps, running high knees, big leaps, tiny baby steps, in a zig zag or increasing the time or distance we run & let the lower body πŸ”₯ burn & our toned legs will thank us later πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‹

Days 63 , 64, 65 & 66 running 3.5 k, 4.5 k, 4k & 3.5k respectively to push my extremes further.

Day 67✌ πŸƒ Kya apke jeewan me nirasha hai?

What a crappy question πŸ˜‚ If we had to pay a πŸ’΅ to feel each moment of happiness , I am sure we would have done that. Ayurveda originated in India & foreigners are so fascinated & are following it to experience the benefits. Yet, why are we looking for happiness & wellness outside. Mitro, Kuch din to apna India ka wo bhi free ka formula apply karke dekho πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

A long workout ( Remember with each breathπŸ‘‰ exhale negativity & say in mind “I give up everything that brings me down” & inhale positivity & say in mind “I take in everything that makes me smile”) Then, Hear yourself roar πŸ―πŸ†

Day 68 Another 3k + distance ran.

Day 69πŸƒ ✌ Haha, if it still doesn’t motivate to start running for yourself, do it for the poor head-turners πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‚

Day 70 – Completed a total distance of 175 k in 24 hrs for the 70 days – What an analogy (Uff.. 24 hours make just a single day πŸ˜…) πŸ”₯ Bhaag Sukh Bhaag Run Sukh Run πŸƒ ✌

Day 71 Another 3k+ distance

Day 72 My personal milestone 5k in 43 mins – Adrenaline rush, what else will motivate to run in this hot & humid weather. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Ž

Day 73 Yes.. Another monthly cycle back butanaged to finish 3k+ gracefully & later to discover another discomfort or con of running. Yes, you are right… The severe sports rashes with wear & tear of moist & sweat skin with clothes. Googled h managed to take dermatology powders & creams that provided some relief.

Day 74πŸƒ ✌ My personal milestone 10 k in 1h 30 mins , Bas niyat saaf honi chahidi, Waheguruji ap sahai hunda.
Keep working hard with all your heart, Waheguruji will carry you through the journey πŸ™πŸ˜‡

Days 75 & 76 ran 9k + & 7k+ respectively to push the bars further.

Day 77 πŸƒ ✌ Important to spend Friday evening with friends but never quit running even if you have to run after dinner. It is said that some endurance athletes train their bodies to eat on the run. Even at the marathon distance, runners must ingest some nutrition during the race, although hardly a large meal. Experimenting in your training with eating and running will let you know just how much you are able to eat before a run.

Day 78 Another 10 k in 1h 30 m. I ranked 1324 today on the leaderboard for the top 4000 runners.

Day 79 I could run just 7 k in an hour in such hot & humid weather of Chandigarh with sore legs but there is no quitting. It gives me immense pleasure to be ranked at 1274 today. I am eligible for a bronze till today. πŸ˜‹