Inspiring Story 2018 #53 – Nirmal Damani (Hyderabad)

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.

LB Nagar Runners Group

  1. 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
  2. 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

    Running with PHIN Deaf & Dumb Students

  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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 !!

Nirmal Damani

Twitter – @nirmaldamani 

2020-10-23T17:48:02+05:30July 31st, 2018|Blog, Inspiring Participant Stories|11 Comments


  1. Srinivas Gattu August 2, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Congratulations Nirmal for your consistent performance. Yes you are correct, running helped us in many ways.Good to know you because of running and wish to run many miles with you going head.

    • Nirmal Damani August 4, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Srinivas. Absolutely nice knowing you. I also look forward to many more runs with you and the group !!

  2. Sunthosh Enamala August 2, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Dat is one beautifully written article….. Good to be associated with u in running group….u motivate in many ways…. Miles ahead r waiting for us to accomplish and cherish …

    • Nirmal Damani August 4, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Sunthosh. You are a perfect example for #3 above. I cannot forget you slowing down to run & motivate me for the last few kilometers during the Charminar heritage run to meet my goal and the tip you gave is a blessing to me !!

  3. Sunder August 2, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Too good Nirmal 🙂

    • Nirmal Damani August 4, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Sunder. Apart from getting motivated from you by your ultra marathons, marathons and your pace, I appreciate the leadership trait in you for leading the LBNagar Runners group !!

  4. Madhu Mohan Bhukya August 2, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Beware of addiction! Running is addicting and contagious 😉
    Congrats and welcome to the running community.

    • Nirmal Damani August 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      I agree Madhu. It is addictive as well as contagious.
      I wonder how how you manage to do 10 miles on a daily basis !! That itself is a big motivating factor for the whole group. Thank you.

  5. Vasu August 8, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Wonderful!! Kudos to your persistence. You definitely motivated people at E2open to run regularly and you have been the drive for the group 10k next month. Wish you all the best for you HM and FM. 👍

    • Nirmal Damani August 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Srinivas. You are the only one in the #E2Fit group who did a Half Marathon last year at #AHM and you are an inspiration to all of us in the group. I look forward to more runs (and discussions during the run and of course Idly, Dosa & Smoothies post run) together !!

  6. Nirmal Damani August 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

    The 100th day run could not have been better. We used Hyderabad Runners #AHM training run as an opportunity to run a half marathon together near Alankrita Resorts & BITS Pilani with family, office colleagues/friends and the LBNagar Runners Group. The icing on the cake was the post run sumptuous breakfast was at Alankrita Resorts.

    I missed my third goal by 8 kms, however glad to be among the top 12% of the runners. Love my Rank # (1234) too – would had to spend a lot of money to get this as my car registration #.

    Event Statistics
    Runners Reporting Data : 10,581
    Average Distance Per Run (km) : 5.77

    Personal Statistics
    Number of Days Reported : 100 out of 100
    Total Distance : 569.67 km
    Total Time (hours:min:sec) : 87:51:52
    Rank : 1234

    Looking forward to the next #HDOR !!

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