This is my first HDOR and I started with a target of 350Km for 100 days, increased it to 500Km after almost 35 days and reached this target today in 92 days. I have revised my target, a stretched goal to beat HDOR overall average which is about 5.65 per day today and constantly moving up. I think I will fall short of reaching this goal but that’s ok.
I am Nirmal Damani, starting running in late 2016 with LBNagar Runners group in Hyderabad, ran for few months and then stopped due to business travel & late evening calls (I realize now that this was my lame excuse). I restarted the running few weeks before HDOR as a preparation for Hyderabad Marathon. Life lessons often come from places you least expect and wanted to share some of my lessons, experiences & learnings.
- Persistence & Endurance – I never thought that I will survive 100 continuous days of running however I always had encouragement from my running group & buddies. I started the initial few days 2-3Km a day and could consistently increase the distance and improve pace without much effort. I am planning to run few HM this year and FM by next year August
- Time Management & Productivity – I remember what my professor wing commander Roy used to say in early 2000 – “A busy man always finds time”. Just getting up 30 min early (and not be on twitter & outlook till midnight) helped me run for 4-5Km consistently and HDOR has made me do that; The other thing that is improving productivity is planning my day activities too while running. This saves about 30 min of my work day
- Compassion – My personal experience during the timed runs (participated in 3 timed runs in the last 90 days) – if a fellow runner is struggling, the fellow runners help & guide them (at the cost of compromising their pace); Saying a simple thank you to the Sag support team or motivating & congratulating the fellow runners showed how running teaches you to be compassionate to others
- Making friends – Made lot of friends from different backgrounds – architects, doctors, entrepreneurs, sportsmen, and of course the people from the industry I work in – IT & Supply Chain and we share variety of experiences. I also got opportunity to run at places that I didn’t even know existed in Hyderabad and for that matter less than 10Km from my place – like a deer park that is 20 min drive (Err 60 min run) and a forest trail, again a 20 min drive from my home
- Given it back to Society – The activities I am participating due to HDOR gave me opportunity to run to support couple of social causes, ran with students PHIN Deaf & Dumb school, part of organizing team for Nagole Forest Run, mentoring about 15 office colleagues as part of our #E2Fit program (hope to sustain it). What I realized is that these activities improve my own motivation to run.
I wish we had a OYOR too (One Year of Running) that will become motivation for lot of people to run consistently.
Thanks for reading and wish you all the best. Keep Running !!
Twitter – @nirmaldamani