Is running 100 days good for you?

Official coach for the event, Ian Ladbrooke, shares his thoughts on why we should run a 100 days, and why it is a healthy and positive activity.

As I was doing my training session this morning, 54th day in a row I was thinking over a few points and regular questions that I see when chatting about 100 Days of Running, a common one that comes up is

“Coach, is it good for the body to run for 100 days without a rest day ? “

I was also thinking about how many runners in India (Delhi especially) drop out of running during the summer and then they struggle to regain fitness when they come back in a panic mode to train for ADHM. 100 days of running is awesome and this is why.

Be sensible with your goals

My answer here is simple, its fine as long as you are sensible with your goals and ambitions. I have already cautioned a few people who have little running background and are saying they will run 21 km a day. This has no sense at all and will no doubt end in injury/tears … the idea of 100 days of running is not to boast about running longest/fastest. It’s about personal goals and fitness, its about loving the challenge and running with a smile on your face, not tape and bandages everywhere.

Spread your weekly mileage

If you approach this in a sensible way and spread your normal weekly mileage over 7 days instead of 3 to 4 days, maybe increase by a small amount, then its not going to have any detrimental effects. The minimum daily dose is 2km … and lets face it that’s barely a warm up jog, its a matter of making time and even on those short days doing a little stretch before and after, I’m here to guide you guys, and I’m more than happy to help structure your programs.

Eat, sleep, stretch

If you eat well, sleep enough, stretch and listen to your body, then this period will set you up perfectly for races in the coming season. Or if you are a beginner, its a great opportunity to go from walking to jogging to running…. I personally have done 100+ days every year for last 5 years normally starting at the beginning of the year to motivate myself to retain a healthy lifestyle while being very busy with my work …. its also a good way to motivate my trainees.

Great motivation

The biggest attraction of doing 100 days is the great motivation the challenge gives, in the form of a goal you can look forward to, every day of those 100 days. It motivates you to keep moving, it is a learning experience where your body is getting tuned to go out daily for a run. It is a path towards a fitter lifestyle by riding on the 100 days challenge to make running a part of your life! This is specially try for absolute beginners who have this fear inside that they can never run.

In a nutshell as long as you are healthy and have done some preparation in the last few weeks and you approach it in a sensible way 100 days of running is an awesome thing to do! All the best!

Running apps to use for submitting your daily run data

As per rules of 100 Days Of Running, if you need to submit a run data for a distance exceeding 20km, we require you to also submit a public activity link for that run on our data submit page (not yet live), i.e. something which anyone can click and see and verify your run details. For distances up to 20km, this is not required.

We sat down and went through some of the common apps people use for recording their runs, and analyzed how good or bad they are for sharing your run data. Based on our analysis, here is an app by app analysis to help you understand how to share your run data.

If you see any error or mistake in below, do let us know. It was a tough task going through all these apps and we may have missed some points which might change the recommendation status below, please let us know in the comments section at the end of the post.

List of apps covered

We have covered the following apps in this post:

  • Garmin Connect (for Garmin device users only)
  • Endomondo
  • Nike+ Run Club (not recommended)
  • Runkeeper (not recommended)
  • Runtastic
  • TomTom Sports (for TomTom device users only)
  • Strava
  • Fitbit (recommended via Strava sharing)
  • MapMyRun

Garmin Connect

Does not allow direct run recording from phone (only syncs run data from a Garmin watch). To share, click on the share icon, choose “Web Link” option, and then “Copy to clipboard” from the list of options. You can next paste this copied text on 100 Days Of Running data submit page on your mobile in the appropriate field.

The problem with this copied text is that it is of the below form:

Check out my running activity on Garmin Connect. #beatyesterday
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2624157614?share_unique_id=15

Hence, you will need to remove the extra words before the link and just paste the link, which is of the form:

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2624157614?share_unique_id=15

Before submitting on 100 days website, make sure that your activity link is public, i.e. it can be read by everyone. To confirm this, open your link in a mobile or computer browser when you are not logged in to your Garmin Connect account. You need to do this only once, to make sure all your runs are public.

To set your Garmin account runs as public, refer to the instructions we shared in our earlier article on sharing Garmin activity.

To avoid all this hassle, we recommend you connect your Garmin Connect account with Strava. That way, after your run syncs to your phone (or computer), it will automatically be exported to your Strava account. Copying activity links from your Strava account on a computer is much easier, once we have the automatic data integration between Strava and 100 Days Of Running, you will not be even required to submit your daily run data, our backend system will import it automatically from Strava.

Sharing the activity data from the computer is however easier. Just login to Garmin Connect website, open your run activity, and copy/paste the URL which you see in the browser to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

Endomondo

There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the Endomondo app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

You can however share your run from the computer. Just login to your Endomondo account on its website, go to your activity, and then share the activity link which shows up in the browser URL bar. Make sure that you have set your privacy settings to “Everyone” in advance.

Nike+ Run Club

There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the Nike+ Run Club app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

There is a share via Facebook option on the NRC website, but it did not work for us. Directly sharing the activity URL also does not work since it requires logging in by the activity owner.

Please do not use this app if you want to participate in the event.

Runkeeper

Go to the app Settings section, set “Sharing Settings” to Everyone (for both Activities viewable by, and Maps viewable by sections). When you share, there is no direct option to share the activity link, but you can share to you email app (choose from the list of apps shown under share), and you will receive an email of the form below:

I just completed an activity with Runkeeper https://runkeeper.com/cardio/348900a0-b9e2-48d2-adae-6d6e2ddcc672

Copy and paste the link part from above to the 100 Days Of Running data submit page. Not a great way to share, but at least it works. The negative part is that this link can display only very minimal information about your run, unless the person opening the link is already logged in to their Runkeeper account. So, Runkeeper is not highly recommended, but you can use it for your runs, and for sharing your activity link.

Sharing the activity by logging in to the Runkeeper website and copying the link from there also has the same limitations. The link does not show full activity data unless the person viewing it is logged into their Runkeeper account, even when setting the privacy settings to share activity data with “Everyone”.

Runtastic

Similar to Garmin Connect in terms of easy of sharing. First update your Profile / Settings / Privacy / Activty to “Everybody”. You can then share run details via the share icon, choose “Copy to clipboard”, which will copy some text and the activity link together. Before pasting, remove the extra text.

Tanvir just finished a Runtastic run of 0.11 km in 01m 32s

https://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/87cc47cb-ff1d-4eec-b22e-dc22d668b67a?sharing_token=5ad76dc600dee2547041f698&share_locale=en&utm_content=session.runtastic.running&utm_source=runtastic.lite&utm_medium=gplus.android&utm_campaign=user_generated_sharing

Use the link from above for sharing at 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

Sharing from the Runtastic website works well. Just login, select your run activity, and copy the browser URL for the activity, and submit on the 100 Days of Running data submit page.

TomTom Sports

There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the TomTom Sports app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

Correction: As confirmed by @Pankaj in comments below, TomTom mobile app can actually generate the link to share via the “Copy Link” option (see image on right), instead of the “Share” option. The link generated this way can be submitted on our website (after removing the text before the link).

You can however connect your TomTom Sports app account with Strava, which will ensure that your runs get automatically exported to Strava, and from where you can share it, either from mobile or Strava website.

You can also share your run activity from the TomTom MySports website by logging in to the activities section, selecting an activity, and then clicking on the share icon at the bottom to see the share options. Select the link option and copy/paste the link generated to the 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

Strava

This is our app of choice for sharing data, whether directly using the Strava mobile app, or indirectly by sharing your run data from another app (provided it supports exporting data from that app to Strava).

On your Strava mobile app, go to Settings and uncheck “Private by Default” under Privacy Settings (i.e. make sure that the box is NOT checked). Next, go to your activity and press the share icon, and share to your email account by choosing an appropriate email service shown. Your email would have text of the form below:

Check out my run on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/1516010801/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1524062841

Copy and paste only the link from above to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

On the Strava website, it is easier. Just go to the my activities section, select your run, and use the link you see in your browser URL bar at the top for sharing to 100 days website.

Fitbit

There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the Fitbit app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.

The Fitbit website also does not seem to have any activity sharing functionality. Looks like a pretty closed ecosystem to us.

@Rohan informs us that Fitbit data can be synced via Strava. That means you can use Fitbit app if you connect it to Strava, since sharing public activity link via Strava is straightforward.

Map My Run

Go into the Settings > Privacy section of the app and set “Default Workout Sharing” to “Everyone”. Sharing from the mobile turns up very limited share options, Facebook, Bluetooth and Messages, essentially useless for our purpose.

You can however login to Map My Run website on your computer, and then share the activity link right from your browser URL bar by copying the activity link from there and pasting it on the 100 Days Of Running data submit page. Example below:

http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/2828386273

Conclusion

So, there we go with a thorough look at some of the post popular running apps, and how we can share our “public” run data activity links from those apps. It is very important that you test this out yourself before the event starts. Copy an activity link (from your mobile app or the app website), and see if it loads up correctly in a browser where you have not logged in to the app website. If that did not work, go back and check the privacy settings both on your mobile app and the app website and ensure that you are sharing your activity link with “Everyone”.

And finally, we recommend that you connect your app with Strava, so that your run data is exported to Strava as well. We are working on automatic import of your run data from Strava, so this would be very useful for you in the future (hopefully soon with this edition only, no definitive timelines yet).

How to submit your Garmin run activity data on event website

This is a step by step guide on how to share your run data from your Garmin GPS watch and submit it on the 100 Days of Running run data submit page (not yet live). Do note that most of you will not be required to go through all the below steps if you already have your watch setup and syncing to your phone or your computer. In that case, you can directly start from Step 7 or 8 below.

Step 1: Buy a GPS watch if you don’t already have one

You can get one from Amazon India here. There are all sorts of watches with different feature sets. Take some time to browse, look at your requirements and budget, and then take the call. Options start from the entry level Garmin Forerunner 35, to middle of the range Garmin Vivoactive 3 or Garmin Forerunner 235, to the high end Garmin Fenix 5, with several models in between to choose from. Caution: Do not opt for a non-GPS fitness band.

Step 2: Create a Garmin Connect account

Go to  at connect.garmin.com and create an account. Once you create the account and login, read instructions on how to install the Garmin Connect app on your mobile or Garmin Express software on your computer, and how to sync data on the how-to-sync page. You can choose to do any one of these, or both if you wish to sync from either phone or computer (phones are usually more problematic, but also much easier to sync if it works).

Choose either of Step 3 or Step 4 below, depending on whether you want to use the Garmin Connect mobile app for data sync, or the Garmin Express software from the computer.

Step 3: Install the Garmin Connect app on your phone

Install the Garmin Connect app on your mobile phone (available for Android, iPhone or Windows phone) and login to your account using the account you created in Step 2 above.

Set the privacy option on your mobile or computer to public, so that you can submit your runs as “public” activities readable by everyone when you submit this data on 100 Days of Running website.

To do this from your mobile, go to to your profile section in the Garmin Connect mobile app (visible right on top when you login, visible as your profile photo if you have set one up). In the Profile section, click on the “Edit” link on the top-right of Profile page, and then in the Activity section, change value to “Everyone”.

Step 4: Install the Garmin Express software on your computer

Instead of syncing via mobile, you can sync your watch activities to your Garmin Connect account using your computer. Install the Garmin express software from:

https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express

Login to your account, and connect your GPS watch to set it up.

Don’t forget to update your Privacy settings for your account from your computer to make your runs public for “Everyone”.

To do this from your computer, go to:

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/settings/privacySettings

and under Privacy Settings > Activity, set the value to “Everyone”.

Step 5: Go out for a run using your Garmin watch

Step 6: Sync the data from your Garmin watch to your mobile or computer

If you have installed the Garmin Connect app on your phone, and your phone bluetooth is on, some Garmin watch models sync automatically. If that does not happen, open the app on your phone and it should start syncing your run data in a few moments.

If you have installed the Garmin Express software on your computer, connect your watch to the computer USB port using the provided cable and open the Garmin Express software to start syncing data to your Garmin Connect account.

Choose either of Step 7 or Step 8 below, depending on whether you want to use the Garmin Connect mobile app for data sync, or the Garmin Express software from the computer.

Step 7: Get the activity link from your phone

On mobile, open the Garmin Connect app, go into Activity Stats > Running and click on your recent run activity. You will notice the share icon, click on it which will open up a Share section with two options (1) Photo with Stats (2) Web Link. Click on Web Link and select the option called “Copy to Clipboard” (on Android, this might be named differently on iPhone or Windows phone). The public activity link is now copied to your clipboard.

Step 8: Get the activity link from your computer

On the computer, open the Garmin Express app, allow the data sync to happen, and then click on the Garmin Connect button which says “view your activities on Garmin Connect”. Garmin Connect will open in your computer browser. Click on the “Activities” section, locate your run activity and click on it. Once the activity details open up, click on the share icon, then “More”, and your activity link will be displayed right on top below the big “Share” title. Copy it.

Step 9: Paste the activity link on 100 Days of Running website

Go to the run data submit page (not currently active, will be made live when event starts on Apr 28th) on 100 Days of Running website (on your phone or computer), and paste the activity link there.

Note: we noticed that if you copied the activity link in your mobile app, it also includes some comments and then the link. Remove the comments part after pasting the entire copied text.

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Inspiring Stories #39 – Irina Hazarika Barua (Guwahati)

When she started running a 100 days, everyone around Irina Hazarika Barua thought that she had lost it! Even her son joked to her about this. Starting from just 2km a day, Irina gradually built up her mileage to 10-15 km daily! She considers this challenge as a life changer for her.

Congratulations Samir Singh for achieving the unachievable!!!! You are truly amazing. Congratulations also to Mamta Jaiswal who leads the Women’s leaderboard.

On the final day of this amazing challenge, I saw participants from Ahmedabad, Jammu, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata and other parts of the country celebrating their 100th day. But, from the north-eastern part of the country, I and Amit Gulati were the only participants to have actively participated and completed the challenge (I hope the organizers correct me if I am wrong). And we ended our challenge by participating in Organothon – a run organised by Zublee Baruah, popular singer of Assam, in support of organ donation. And what a unique way to end our 100 days of running challenge!!!

This event has been a revelation for me and has brought a drastic change in my running life.

During the initial days of the event, when I first started running every day, come hell or high water, everyone around me thought I had lost it. I would carry my running attire everywhere that I went so that I would be able to run wherever I was during my running time. Even my younger son remarked that I would go mad running. But once he saw my name featured in the leaderboard, he became my greatest supporter.

The challenge has taught me that nothing comes easy and to achieve a goal I have to push myself. Initially when I had joined, I never thought I would be running more than the required 2 km a day. I was already running 4-5 km on alternate days with 15-16 km thrown in on Sundays. But, gradually the challenge got into my skin. I started pushing myself and found myself doing 12-15 km every day with a HM / HM+ once and sometimes even twice a week!!!

Instead of the 4-5 km two times a week, which I was running earlier, the challenge has revealed to me that I can run up to 15 km every day if required. Even HMs don’t scare me anymore.

When I joined the challenge, I could not think of being in the street –  running all alone. Since there were no participants from here, I had to choose between being independent and running alone or else bow out of the challenge. I chose the former, and now I am happy running alone.

But credit for the completion of my challenge goes to another 100 days of running finisher – ultra-marathoner Amit Gulati (Ranking 20th in the overall leaderboard). With no professional running coach in these parts, he was the one who guided me, motivated me, instilled confidence in me and showed me how to go about in the challenge. He put before me a target of at least 10 km per day. At first, I laughed because it was unthinkable that I could run 10 km every day continuously for whatever days were left. But he persisted, I tried and ultimately finished with an average of 10.8 km. Had it not been for him, covering 946 km would have been only a dream for me.

I started with the most minimum of average per day and built it up to 10.8 km which helped me to finish 15th in the Women’s leaderboard and 137 overall. This has gone a  long way in boosting my morale. I have emerged confident and am looking forward to practising for my maiden FM sometime in the early part of next year.

All-in-all, the “100 Days of Running” has changed my running life. It feels good to be one of the torch-bearers of the event in this part of the country, and I am sure many others will follow next year.

A heartfelt thank you goes to the organizers for organising an event which has changed the lives of so many! Congratulations to the team for the successful and grand completion of the 100 Days of Running event – 2017 edition. God bless you all for bringing sunshine into our lives.

Inspiring Stories #38 – Madan M Trivedi (Noida)

Age is never a factor, as long as you have the will to reach out for new goals. Madan Trivedi from Noida was inspired to take on the 100 days of running challenge at 58, and made it through all the hurdles that life throws at you when you do anything crazy like this.

The youthful 58!

While continuing with the monotony of the daily life, I finally let loose only to browse through my Facebook timeline, when I stumbled upon this quote, “Set goals that scare and excite you at the same time.” At moments like this, life actually hits you right on the face and then you start questioning everything that has ever happened and will happen to you as you grow older and present slowly turns into just a string of moments that you might (or mightn’t) remember.

At the youthful age of just 58, what more can you expect from life than unceasing reminders of days that have passed and days that are yet to come, isn’t it? That’s how I thought before I finally started thinking about myself and realized how important it is to love yourself first; and it came to me through my running shoes and a resurrection of an old dream of becoming a sportsman. I still remember the days when life was all about playing hockey and bunking classes. However, today is not the day to talk about the bygones; it’s a day to celebrate an achievement that had been on my mind since I came across the 100 days run-challenge. Life has not been the same since.

The journey started on 29th April’17 and although I have been into running and sports almost all my life, taking up this challenge was quite overwhelming for me. To make it more exhilarating, I set a goal of running over 1000 Km in 100 days. My family was constantly nagging me to not over-strain myself (out of love, of course), but then what is life but a series of challenges to overcome and win over! During this period of 100 days, I feel that I have lived my life to the fullest; come rain or shine, I ran and ran and just ran. I believe that the thrill of facing the challenges eye to eye is what we all must enjoy the most and that’s what I did.

On the 42nd day, I had to travel to Haridwar for a marriage function for a week and that was the fun part because with less sleep and a lot of work to do, I took out time to run at least 3 to 5 km everyday that week. At another time, I was down with viral fever and my wife was totally against me going for a run. However, a challenge is a challenge; I tried to cover at least 12 Km every day. Certainly, it was exhausting to run while down with fever; but it’s equally and even more fulfilling and satisfying to realize how strong both emotionally and physically you have become when you work hard to complete a challenge.

The 100 days challenge has not only made me believe more in myself and in my strength, but it has also made me realize the importance of never giving up on anything in life! I ran for 10, 15 and even 21 Km daily sometimes and instead of feeling tired or exhausted, I used to feel as fresh as ever and energetic daily. I believe it was the motivation and the will to run and complete the challenge of reaching 1000 Km that kept me going.

During the last few days of the 100 days challenge, I had to go for a family vacation; but, could that put a halt of my running spree? A big no! We had a morning flight and I had no time to run, so, with 2 hours of sleep and a lot of places to visit, my family was a bit skeptical about me going for a run that day. However, I ran on the beach, wearing jeans and chappals (quite an experience) and completed around 2.5 Km. The next day, we had to travel to Puducherry from where we had to then head to Bengaluru by a night bus. While my family had a nice lunch at a French café, I completed my 2.2 Km of run at the Paradise Beach.

It was so satisfying and so motivating because I had finally reached the 98th day of the 100 days-challenge. We reached Bengaluru at around 7 AM in the morning and by 8 AM, I was all dressed up for the 99th day! Completing around 10 Km, I finally reached my goal of 1000 Km on 5th August’17! Oh, how happy I was! Moreover, it was made even more special by the young people of a group that I am a part of, whose encouraging words had made my victory even sweeter.

Here I am now, on the 100th day of the 100 days-run challenge, as excited and as energetic as I was when I first started with the challenge. I had once read somewhere that we shouldn’t measure our lives by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away and these 100 days have been full of such moments.

At the end of it all, I can only say that I am 58-year-old, and never in my life have I ever given up on anything despite the challenges that had come up and the 100-days challenge for me was a reminder of all that I was, have been and ever will be and indeed, it re-ignited in me a will to keep running, keep working out and keep eating healthy. Most importantly, this challenge has made me more aware of the importance of taking care of myself and loving myself first. Here’s to the 100 days of motivation, strength, will power, self-love and never-grow-up-ever-attitude!

Inspiring Stories #37 – Supriya Khound (Guwahati )

Supriya Khound is part of a group of fitness enthusiasts called United Fitness Squad from Guwahati. She registered for 100 days of running to use this platform to spread awareness about women health issues, something which she suffered with personally, and to hear stories of other women.

WHY I SIGNED UP FOR A 100-DAYS OF RUNNING

I have always enjoyed exercising. Initially I wasn’t too comfortable joining a gym as working out while staring at a wall was something I could not fathom. Running was one thing which I enjoyed and would love to do whenever I got an opportunity. I am not very good at running alone, especially in the streets of India. My first proper run started in the streets of Vietnam in 2012, where I started to feel free and safe and enjoyed myself thoroughly and continued to exercise henceforth.

In November 2015, my periods lasted for over a month. It was unusual and I didn’t understand why it happened. When I got my period in Class 4, I remember the excruciating pain I endured which has persisted to this day. Every month it was the same story, as a child I had to sometimes be sent home, due to the pain. As a working woman, I need to excuse myself from meetings or sit through extreme discomfort. That month in November was however very unusual. I had never faced this before. That month changed my life forever.

I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had never heard of this term and didn’t realize how complex it was. Endometriosis is an abnormal growth of endometrial-like tissue, which is usually found in the interior lining of the uterus, located outside the uterus. Simply put, there is stuff growing in your reproductive organs which shouldn’t be there. Whenever we get our periods, this endometrial tissue is shed every month. As a result, every month when I am on my period, the pain cannot be described in words, as I am not just shedding the uterus lining but the lesions/ cysts are also growing every month because of the period cycle. As Wikipedia beautifully states, ‘pain can range from mild to severe cramping or stabbing pain that occurs on both sides of the pelvis, in the lower back and rectal area’. The pain can be different for everyone in a varying range. However, for most women these lesions can be found in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, surface of the uterus, bowel and on the membrane of the pelvic cavity. In my case I have two chocolate cysts (so deliciously named!) in the right ovary and one cyst in the left ovary.

So how is my fitness related to my endometriosis? Ever since November 2015, I have struggled very hard both physically and emotionally to deal with this excruciating pain (which comes unannounced), hormonal imbalances, weight issues, fitness, diet, and most importantly the incredibly strong medication.

As a young girl, I barely learnt anything of the complexities of the female reproductive systems. The various issues women face in their lives and the myriad of health complications women can have in their bodies. The lack of awareness on these issues and research for solutions is something I realized at the onset itself. I went from doctor to doctor and all they said was have a baby. Since that didn’t work out too well, I was put on heavy medications which stopped my periods for months, made me gain weight and dis-balanced my health completely. The treatments for endometriosis seemed like they were based on the principle of hit or miss. Endometriosis and a lot of other disorders like Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), are not lifestyle diseases and they have huge impact on a woman’s mental, physical and social well-being.

For me working out became a huge task and the one thing I enjoyed thoroughly, which was running, was not possible anymore. Every time I ran, after about 500m, my pelvic area would have a stabbing pain and I felt like I was on the verge of passing out.  It was not until August 2017, when I joined a group of amazing fitness enthusiasts called United Fitness Squad, in Guwahati did I resume running again. I have done two half-marathons now, thanks to the support of this group but I still have days when I cannot even run 100m.

In the past few months, I have started to understand my body better and am trying to understand this disorder better as well. I have started including more raw food in my diet with lots of nuts and fruits and home-made smoothies and juices, and sticking to local organic produce.

In March 2017, when I was sitting by myself in a waiting room in Chennai for another round of check-ups, I realized how little most of us know about the complexities and challenges most women face with their health and yet we are not creating enough spaces to hear their voices and stories. When I saw the 100 days of running page, I immediately signed up and resolved to use these 100 days to hear stories of other women who have suffered, endured, or don’t even know some issues exist. It’s incredible how most research on endometriosis or other such disorders has been led by national level support groups for endometriosis in America since the 1980s.

I want to use these 100 days to run, enjoy myself and most importantly create a space to share this journey, hear your voices and stories and raise awareness on women health issues.

Mail me your stories at: supriyakhound@gmail.com and follow the journey on supriya_khound on Instagram and Facebook 😊

Inspiring Stories #36 – Abha Jain (New Delhi)

For Abha Jain from Delhi, running was more like a filler for her cycling and swimming activities, until she chanced upon 100 days of running on Facebook. Running a 100 days broken many misconceptions she had about running. Here’s her story.

First of all, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart to have taken.up such an inspirational initiative of introduction of continuous running … The mere thought of running usually puts people who never run in their life before, on a back foot ..they are forever in doubt about their abilities to run …and to run for such a long continuous streak was beyond people imagination ..

It certainly was not in my mind, even though I myself a sports person & fitness freak since long, but even I never trained for 7 days a week ever in my life .. !!!

I have been cycling & swimming since last couple of years for fitness and runs in between to make it more interesting & keep me motivated.
But unfortunately in march 1st week I got a bad muscle tear in my right ankle so it out a complete stop to my fitness routine. I struggled to come back to my normal self and I had put on a lot of weight in the meantime. Recovery was very slow as I was occupied in a very hectic work schedule that made it even slower.

Then, by chance I came across this event #💯DaysofRunning on Facebook and I thought to give it a try. As I had not completely recovered from my injury, so I ran for only 2-4 km in initial days before actual run just to test if I could run at all. It’s very painful to say the least but the kind of relief I felt at the end of this was exhilarating I!!! So, I decided to continue just to keep me motivated with a goal in mind that of rehabilitation and keep me in the road to fitness and lose weight. And I thought it was easy to run for 2 km everyday after work at my workplace. How wrong I was!!!!

The 1st week was ok but the weeks afterwards it became very tough to continue with the pain increasing and the busy schedule hampering the routine to run. The odd hours of working & eating made it harder to stick to a regular venue and time. That’s how I came up with he idea of road running near my residence ( I detested road running like a plague as I thought it to be detrimental to my knees & ankles! And I never thought I would cross 10 km at a stretch as running on a track is so boring that I never ran more than 7 Kms ever before. I had just run few cross country races before on muddy trails of Bonta (Mall road ridge Area).

It’s amazing what and how misconceptions are broken by ones own will and efforts to try. As the weeks grew, my resolve to keep running became stronger and distances grew gradually and I have managed to run 3 half marathons in 98 days and close to 11 km on an average daily! The lovely weather made it even more pleasant and push my limits and run even at midnight !!!

Even with travels in between for various reasons to unlikely venues in Lucknow and Dehradun didn’t stop me from runs. My family and friends implored me to give rest to my swollen ankles but that only made me go harder for the runs.

Now with just 2 days remaining, I am very satisfied and proud of myself that I continued running, which made rehabilitation faster and helped shed a few wrong notions about self and fitness. It’s intoxicating feeling at the end of each run which is beyond expression and can only be felt by those who have undertaken this challenge ….

And to top it all, Samir Singh’s runs have inspired me to try running longer and continuously in-spite of any unseen circumstances. He taught me to have belief in self and push for goals, to overcome personal limitations and go beyond and think beyond the obvious …

A Big Salute to:
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Inspiring Stories #35 – Pradeep Sharma (Chandigarh)

Pradeep Sharma has a hectic lifestyle, working in a marketing position which involves a lot of travel, but that did not stop him from giving his all in the 2017 edition of 100 days of running. And he had another motivation, his wife, who was his partner in crime in this challenge! Here’s his story.

I am Pradeep Sharma, 31 years old, working with Royal Enfield as a Regional Service Manager & let me introduce my better half Mrs. Anshu Pradeep Sharma who is taking care of two children. One is me and the second is our 6 years old baby 🙂 Me & my wife both started running in December 2016.

I don’t know my story is inspiring or not but yes it’s been adventurous journey for me to take 100 days running challenge!!! Me & my wife started running in year 2015 but stopped again in July 2016 due to my health issues as first got planter fascistic & then had gall bladder stone & got operated in October 16 with removal of gall bladder.

So finally picked up & back on track in March 2017 & got chance to enroll myself & my wife in 100 days challenge & started running with lot of enthusiasm. The challenge is like a daily meal for us. After starting it and doing it for 20-25 days, we tried techniques to improve our running under this challenge.

I am working in marketing & handling a big region due to which most of the time I am on tour for as long as up to 20 days in a month, but somehow I am managing to run everyday but one very fine day I was at Chennai for review meeting & skipped morning run due to hectic schedule & planned to run in evening but after reaching office I came to know that today evening there is some farewell party of our quality head at a place which was around 15 km away from the hotel where I was staying, so got confused what to do then.

But commitment is commitment & I didn’t want to break a single day in this challenge so went to my hotel for ten minutes & changed clothes not in party dress, yes not in party dress , wore lower & t-shirt with running shoes & went to another hotel where party was organized.

Met with the person who’s farewell was organized, wished him for future & asked colleagues to excuse me for 20-25 minutes & started running from hotel to Adyaar (Chennai) & came back at hotel after 15 minutes & done some stretching , yes stretching is must after running to relax your muscles.

Second incident happened with me again on another day when in the evening I had to attend a marriage at Hoshiarpur which is 150 km from Chandigarh where I am living. When woke up in morning, I found it was raining heavily, so I planned to run in the evening but this was also in mind that by 5:00 pm I have to leave for attending marriage at Hoshiarpur.

So again wore shorts, t shirt & running shoes & sat in car with colleagues. During the journey, I was just thinking how to run, where to run, but God heard my heart’s voice & my fellow colleagues said that they are hungry & have to eat something. I came out from car & told them that I will meet you after 2.5 km from this place & started running at around 8:45 pm on highway. This incident really tested my commitment for the challenge!

As of today I have almost completed 90 days regular running with break of 6 days only due to a tour in Leh and Ladhakh where I was not able to run because of the acclimatization concerns at high altitude as I am have problem of Sarcoidosis.

So guys basically this 100 days challenge of running changed my life style & regularized my running schedule with lots of improvement in my running postures, speed & pace.

The most wonderful experience during this 100 days challenge was to run at every place like on grass, hard road, highways, jungle track, in mountains , treadmill etc.

Me & my wife are about to complete our 100 days challenge of running with mine 94 days & wife around 90 days.

During this challenge my wife inspired me a lot as she ran with me at every place wherever I was with her enjoying holidays at Shimla, my native place which is very small town & everyday in our joggers park.

So specially thanks to my wife for giving me such inspiration & motivation during this challenge.

Keep running!!! But injury free !!
Cheers!!!!!!